With the new additions to the development slate and consider list, I was curious as to how the stats broke down in terms of genre, etc.
I took into account every genre mentioned, and many of the scripts were in more than one genre.
Comedy: 14% of development/13% of consider
Female leads: 12.5% of development/30% of consider
Not sure that this tells us a great deal, since we don't know how many scripts were submitted for each genre, whether AS is picking by genre (or just picking scripts it likes), etc.
Anyone want to draw any conclusions from these stats?
Oops - left out thriller: 21%/16%
So I need to write more action. I gotta get my secret agent script online.
Funny how comedy and horror are so low. They usually are big business for low, low price.
Given that Romeo and Juliet and Rosaline is apparently "the story of Rosaline", it seems like that would up the female leads to 18.75% of development (along with TB and CoO).
For me the question is about the Hollywonk blog. It, for all purposes, presents its self as the Amazon Studios brand. Yet, bears little resemblance to what AS, so far, develops. While Hollywonk tries to lure in talent by drawing attention to hip indie films and directors. AS in interviews states "Auteurs, with personal visions, need not apply." While Hollywonk hails the R-rated comedy, AS hits ignore. Hollywonk - "Hey guys check out Whit Stillman's new film" AS - "If you want to be the next Sundance hit we are not your studio."
I'm all down for a Hollywonk Studios but AS is coming across as a tax write-off for someone.
@ Dosch - AS isn't spending enough money to be a tax write-off for a company as big as Amazon. It's a "little bet" so far. I also think it's far too early to say whether AS will be a success or failure.
I agree that it's interesting that the sensibility of Hollywonk (Stephanie's?) seems to be different from that of whoever's picking scripts to develop (Roy?) but I assume we should only focus on the slates, since that's where AS is putting its money and attention.
I agree it's too early to make a decision on AS's fate but it's a waste of time (for everyone involved) to advertise yourself as something your not. In all honesty Roy's interview made him come across as rather offputting. He could be a swell guy but you wouldn't know it from that article. I'm still here because I see potential, otherwise I would have moved on.
@ Scott - yes, I missed that one.
Does anyone know if any of these feature African-American leads?
A Participant says:
Lauri... my lead is perfectly suitable for say, Jada Pinkett Smith. :)
But she's not specifically called out as any race. I try to stay away from that if at all possible. Someone once said that "Enemy of the State" featured a "40-something white man" as the lead when Will Smith read it. :)
Whoopie Goldberg's "Fatal Beauty" was developed for Cher.
Interesting stats, Lauri.
My guess is that, right now, Amazon is simply picking the best CONCEPTS (development or consider). Doesn't appear budget is a factor. I would assume when they spend money on the development slate they also think the script is pretty good, enough to warrant them spending their time on providing notes and developing to the next step - perhaps to pitch to Warners.
The movie business is about making good commercial choices, just like the music business. So far, I'm not sure if AS is making good ones and I'm wondering who is making those choices.
Do they even know what they want?
When this site went live in Oct. 2010, they made a big deal about the first look deal with Warner. To date I've seen nothing about Warner/ AS going into production on something.