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.