Unlike books, however, those screenplays that do sell, tend to sell for a lot. Though the WGA minimum is in the $130,000 range, the typical selling price for a spec script (a screenplay written on speculation, with no committed buyer) hovers in the neighborhood of $300-$600,000, plus bonuses.
Correspondingly, who can I submit my screenplay to?
1. Make sure you have permission to submit your script. This is primarily for submitting to agents, managers, production companies, studios, and talent. You cannot send unsolicited material to these powers that be.
Likewise, what does a screenwriting agent do?
Screenplay agents are brokers who negotiate deals between screenwriters and the people who buy screenplays such as producers, studio executives and financiers. However, screenplay agents aren't just looking for great writers with great material.
How hard is it to sell a screenplay?
If you get someone's ear to pitch a screenplay, you'll want to have a few on hand (also, writing more screenplays = being better at writing screenplays, if you're doing the whole process right). "Realistically," it's highly unlikely you'll sell a script, and even more unlikely that script will be made into a movie.
Who is the richest screenwriter?
- George Lucas (Star Wars) ($3.3 billion)
- Terry Rossio (Dead Man's Chest) ($2.47 billion)
- Terry Elliot (Dead Man's Chest ($2.41 billion)
- David Koepp (Spider-Man) ($2.1 billion)
- James Cameron (Avatar) ($2.04 billion)
- Steve Kloves (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) ($1.855 billion)