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January 24, 2012

  • Writer Held Hostage
  • The Stage 32 website is currently serializing in its blog a gripping tale of a writer on a project that is barely being kept together while not getting paid.

    The writer in question is novelist and screenwriter Doug Richardson, and the film is the 2005 Bruce Willis vehicle Hostage. Richardson set off to spend three weeks doing a probably-unpaid polish of a script…and ended up spending two years on the project, mostly not getting paid.

    It’s one of those nightmare scenarios: a project that just sucks more and more out of you, exhilarating you but not remunerating you either. Well worth a read.

    You can read part one, part two, part three and part four. There’s more to come and I’ll update this accordingly.

    Update (March 11): Part five and a postscript are now available.

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