December 1, 2006 12:36 AM
On the heels of Hollywood's recent, record $4 mil deal to Akiva Goldsman, Nikki Finke in the LA Weekly writes that many top screenwriters are "in the shit."
Others are trying the indie route, but that's more like a nightmare than a dream. Scribes are being pushed by managers and agents to put movies together with a director and a star and try to find financing. "But the reality is that, of all the finished films submitted to Sundance, maybe four got distribution deals. And, in the process, you've watched three years of your life get away as you fucking try to get a yes from Andy Garcia," a screenwriter complains.