07/07/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Hate Your Movie Choices? Blame the Recession

The Market--or what we laughingly call the current buyer's market for scripts, ideas, books, vid-links, or any underlying material that can be developed into a movie--is in the most miserable shape I have experienced in my 20-something-year career. It's close to moribund. The job that producers, agents, and now literary managers must do in selling their screenwriters' wares to studios has never been more difficult. One young such manager--my son Oly, in fact--recently said the following amazing sentence to me when I told him about a spec script I loved and was trying to sell: "Mom, the idea of a script selling because it is good is soooo 1993."

That pretty much sums it all up. A little patronizing? Yes. But better to be patronized than left in the dust.

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