In 2005 I read scripts for a living. Well, for money. A very small, unlivable amount of money. It’s called coverage,and most companies pay about $50 per script for a summary and notes. This is, by the way, what those companies paid in the 1980s. Some companies now pay as much as $60 per script, while others get away with paying as little as $35 or having interns do the work for free. Which is fucking sick, but was totally not my point.
Here’s another slightly off-topic ramble: hype, success, and bitter haters. Why oh why must everyone hate anyone who is successful? It can’t just be envy. And yet, everyone has an opinion on Diablo Cody, whose debut screenplay, JUNO, was the first I ever wrote coverage on. (Off-off-topic: I have been accused of being responsible for the hype, because I gave it a rave review. I assure you, it is not my fault. The script sold that same week, to another company.) She became an instant media darling, due in no small part to the fact that she is an ex-stripper, OMG. Because none of us have ever met strippers before, I guess? So there was a media frenzy, everyone loved Diablo, and then… the hate. Backlash like I have never seen it. People told me they hated the movie before they even saw it, because they were tired of hearing the Midwest Girl Makes Good story. This makes no sense to me! Why on earth should overexposure that is (presumably) not her fault in any way affect your opinion of her movie?
But anyway, to my main point. Her sophomore effort is a script called JENNIFER’S BODY, which Fox Searchlight owns. According to MediaBistro, Fox Lawyers sent a Cease & Desist to website CC2K for their script review. (I am a little confused about this story, since the review is plainly still online. If anyone can clear that up for me, I’d be grateful.) I don’t get it — why not just send the writer $50 for the free coverage?