The 10 Most Expensive Screenplays Ever

May 3rd, 2013 by

Yesterday I featured this post about Shane Black in which there was this:

The 50-year-old isn’t Hollywood’s most prolific writer — he only has a handful of credits, including the first Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and The Last Boy Scout — but for a time, he was its most highly paid, and the $4 million he earned for the 1996 action film The Long Kiss Goodnight is still a Hollywood record for a spec script.

But is that $4M mark for The Long Kiss Goodnight actually the top figure for a spec script sale?

That’s not what an article from CelebrityNetWorth says. Here is their list of the 10 Most Expensive Screenplays Ever:

A Knight’s Tale – $2.5M

Mozart and the Whale – $2.75M

Medicine Man – $3M

Basic Instinct – $3M

Eurotrip – $4M

Talladega Nights – $4M

Panic Room – $4M

The Long Kiss Goodnight – $4M

Deja Vu – $5M

You’ll note there are only 9 because one of the projects listed is The Pink Panther which was not a spec script, but a deal made with Steve Martin to rewrite the project.

Plus there are several other spec scripts that sold for $2.5M including The Sixth Sense, Twister, and Jade, and $3M including unproduced scripts Bad Dog and Married in the Morning. In addition White House Down sold in 2012 for a reported $3M.

But as the article points out and for the record as far as we know, the highest priced spec script to sell is Deja Vu for a cool $5M.

My wish for you: That you write a spec script that sells for $5,000,0001 to top the list.

For more of the article, go here.

5 thoughts on “The 10 Most Expensive Screenplays Ever

  1. I thought I read somewhere that the screenplay for Snow White and the Huntsman sold for $3+ million?

  2. SabinaGiado says:

    My husband says he’ll retire as soon as I hit one of these marks. And buy a BMW. And become a kept man.

    God willing.

    1. Erica R Maier says:

      Sabina, that’s my husband’s hope, too! ;-D

  3. I’m curious – does anyone know how many scripts the writers of these screenplays had already written prior to these sales? Had they already sold other spec scripts previously or had other scrips rejected, or were these their first submissions ever?

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