Universal doesn’t want your bike path or your screenplay

It seems that NBC/Universal is trying to stop a bike path from being built along the LA River near Universal Studios. Their reason? They don’t want aspiring screenwriters to throw their scripts over the wall onto the lot.

Um…what?

I personally only know one screenwriter who actually exercises, and she is only doing it in case of the zombie apocalypse. And I don’t know any writers who are stupid enough to think their script will be plucked from the ground and subsequently end up anywhere but the trash can (maybe the recycling bin if they are SUPER LUCKY).

But maybe the aspiring and fledgling screenwriters I hang out with are mentally superior to the ones who ride bicycles. That doesn’t make any sense (see also blogging.la’s brilliant cyclists), but neither does Universal’s “logic.”

Via the cat’s meow.

9 Replies to “Universal doesn’t want your bike path or your screenplay”

  1. The reason? They don’t want aspiring screenwriters to throw their scripts over the wall onto the lot.

    Sorry, the comment from the “unnamed production exec” smacks of pure publicity-bait cooked up by Universal’s marketing department.

    I’d call bullshit and EPIC FAIL on that, but … it’s already been covered by the Times and blogged here.

    I wonder if there’s a boycott already in the making …

  2. I think it’s hilarious, but I’ve never known a studio to have a sense of humor on purpose so I’m sure you’re right.

    I missed the earlier post, my apologies if I’m retreading tired ground!

  3. On the flip side, having been an editor in the past, you’d be surprised at the crap that does get flung at you by wannabes. Real writers know better, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t get phone calls from people asking if it’s ok to send a ms, or painfully inappropriate stuff is sent in which is enough to make me scribble, “no, no, for the love of God NO” on the front page of the ms before shoving it in the sase.

    So I can totally believe that people throw screenplays over the wall.

  4. Is it NBC or more appropriately NIMBY-C?

    I’m saving up a couple weeks worth of our dog’s shit to pitch over their fucking wall.

  5. Dammit, I’ve been found out. I’m not preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse, I’m actually prepping to scale the Great Wall of Universal and shotputting my script to fame and fortune.

  6. When I was trying to make it as a screenwriter, I used to toss my screenplays anywhere I thought a studio exec might find one. My cleverest ploy was delivering copies of a romantic comedy script I wrote like newspapers, tossing them on folks’ doorsteps at the crack of dawn. Sadly, I chose a nice looking neighborhood in the Valley for my stunt, and I think my work was co-opted for a film that didn’t use a lot of the dialogue.

  7. When I was trying to make it as a screenwriter, I used to toss my screenplays anywhere I thought a studio exec might find one. My cleverest ploy was delivering copies of a romantic comedy script I wrote like newspapers, tossing them on folks’ doorsteps at the crack of dawn. Sadly, I chose a nice looking neighborhood in the Valley for my stunt, and I think my work was co-opted for a film that didn’t use a lot of the dialogue.

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