Looking for Scripts that were never made or drastically changed

So, somebody's got to say it, so I guess it's going to be me:

"Never made" doesn't really exist in Hollywood. "Not yet made," exists. A 2008 Black List script could absolutely, positively still get made.

And if you shat all over them you could kill deals. Scriptshadow absolutely, positively, killed deals that I know about, so I'm sure there are more out there. I think people finally figured out that he's not worth listening to (there are only so many oscar-winners you have to get completely wrong before even the slowest kids in class realizes you're an idiot) but you're a blank slate.

Please, if you're going to talk about not yet made scripts, only talk about ones you like. Only talk about ones you are saying primarily good things about.

Heck, if you do that, and you develop yourself a platform, maybe you could be a force for good - helping breathe new life into nearly-dead projects.

But if you're going to shit on stuff, just ... please don't. Really. As a working writer, I'm asking you not to.

I know, I know, it's fun to laugh at the script that doesn't work. I've done it too - privately. There's something satisfying about tearing something down - it makes you feel big. I've done that (privately), too.

But if you have a platform, I beg of you to resist the temptation.

If you want to compare how an early draft of "Tonight He Comes" turns into Hancock, great. Do it. If you're smart and insightful and understand a little about how movies get made, it could be interesting ... and you're not going to hurt anyone.

But projects never really die in Hollywood. There is no old script that can't possibly be revived. Passengers took nearly a decade to get made, and there are longer roads that other scripts take.

If you want to be a friend to writers - and if you're asking for scripts here, I sure hope you want to be a friend to writers - focus on the good stuff. Focus on the stuff you can praise to the skies. There are enough unmade scripts out there that you should be able to find them.

It won't get you the quick hits a bunch of pithy put-downs of a popular writer's work will, but it also won't take bread out of a writer's mouth.

And really, this business is hard enough, you face rejection often enough, you face criticism often enough, that the last fucking thing any writer needs is some podcaster who doesn't know what notes they were given and doesn't know the context of the draft they have shitting on it.

So, please, please, please don't do that. Don't be that guy.

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