Warner Brothers Prepping To Release Scripts As eBooks
via Wall Street Journal:
Warner Brothers Digital Distribution is gearing up to release the screenplays of four iconic movies as eBooks.
Digital copies of the scripts for Casablanca, Ben-Hur, An American in Paris and North by Northwest will retail for $10 a piece, and come bundled with historical documents. Casablanca, for example, will also feature "producer Hall Wallis’ production notes and studio chief Jack Warner’s telegrams and memos," according to the Wall Street Journal.
The move follows a crackdown by movie studios on websites that are running free-to-download PDFs of movie scripts. You can learn more about that conflict at this link (in a post written by Scott Myers who is, incidentally, teaching a screenwriting class for us).
This sounds like a common sense move, and I'm a little surprised studios aren't already doing this. Are they not already doing this? Ten bucks seems a little steep for just a script, but if it's coming with supplemental material, maybe that's enough. Do you think that's a fair price point?
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