So toward the end of 2011, I ran a contest: Who could guess the number of spec script sales in 2012? You can see the post with the final list here. And here is that final list:
69: Bob Lackie
75: Debbie Moon
77: Daniel Hogan
78: Teddy Pasternak, J. RA
83: Sean Z P Harris
84: John Arends
86: Jack Napier
87: Jake Lasker, Scott Myers
90: David Proenza
91: Adem, Tim Nargi Jr., @Ry_Votro
92: Courtney Chambers
96: Alexander Gorelik
97: Antonello Sammito
98: Nathan Snelgrove
99: Brock Weaver, Nick J. Scott
100: Christopher Westfield
101: landvermesser, John Muth
102: L. Fernando
104: Marc Teichmann
105: Sean Cameron
107: C. S. Cyr
109: Heather Hale
110: Cameron Alexander
114: Lisa McFadden
116: Diana Lee
117: Chris Roberts, Nick Oleksiw
119: Tillery Johnson
122: Nick West
123: John Geraci, Summertime
128: Judy Potocki
135: pliny the elder
I even offered a prize to winner: ” I will read any script of the winner’s choice and do a thirty-minute teleconference to discuss it with them.”
Currently we are sitting on 88 deals. Interesting that this is one away from my prediction.
Anyway let’s track what happens from here on out. Last year, there were 10 deals in December, an unusually high number considering how Hollywood basically shuts down around 12/10. Plus it just doesn’t seem like the acquisition market has as much steam compared to last year at this time.
But as busy as I am, whoever the winner is, I will stand by my word, read your script and talk with you on the phone about it.
Question: Should we run the contest again for 2013?
It’s extraordinary. I’ve done a quick review of the The Definitive List of Spec Script Sales [1991-2012] and I cannot find anything like this: Four spec script sales announced in a one-day period.
Four spec script sales. Major Hollywood studios involved. Bidding wars. Seven figure deals.
For a brief flickering moment in Hollywood, this wasn’t as good as 1995, the year during which the most spec scripts sold in the last two decades. It was better than that frenzied time, what we generally refer to as the Gold Age of Spec Scripts.
2012 has a chance to top 2011 which was the best year for spec script sales since 2002.
I don’t know how to interpret the last two years in any other way than to say it’s a good time to be writing spec scripts. The market is strong.
Throughout the day, I will post about each of the four spec deals including links to news sources, the latest data and analysis.
In the meantime, get your ass into gear and…
WRITE THAT SCRIPT!
Two more spec sales to report, both from screenwriter Carter Blanchard:
Title: Virus Logline: In the future, the president’s son is held hostage inside a virtual reality tour of history. Writer: Carter Blanchard Genre: Sci-fi Action Agency: William Morris Price: Low against mid-six figures Studio: Columbia Date: 12/94
Title: Bedbugs aka: Dead Asleep Logline: A new species of bug crawls into sleeping victims and devour them from the inside out. Writer: Carter Blanchard Genre: Horror Thriller Agency: UTA Management: Kaplan/Perrone Price: Mid-six figures Studio: New Line Date: 6/04.
Adding these to their respective years make new totals:
Writers continue to provide information on spec script sales. If you are a screenwriter who has sold a spec script and does not see it reported in our list, please contact me with details.
For your convenience, here is every link for The Definitive List of Spec Script Sales from 1991-2012 including some notable sales before 1991.
Before 1991, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.
Personally I think there is a ton of useful information for screenwriters based on these sales figures. Much more to come of that in the future. I will take an initial run at some analysis of the overall numbers on Monday, July 9, but why don’t you weigh in with anything you might have learned in this moth-long series of posts.
Again if you know of any information I am missing or that needs to be corrected, please contact me either through a post here or via email.