I have been trying to break into Hollywood as a screenwriter for some time now. My writing partner and I currently have a manager (agent), and have signed one or two contracts with production companies (not studios) but have never received one dime for any work we've done. We're not happy with our current manager and are currently looking for a new agent/manager. We've got scripts out to a few, and recently got one back with this note attached: "Great script! Great writing! But, historical movies don't sell well. Do you have something more high-concept we could look at?" Grrrr! Arrrgh! (To steal from Joss) For the uninitiated, high-concept is one line that can sell easily, like "a teen-age Fatal Attraction" (for those of you like me who suffered through that trailer in front of "Minority Report"). A) This was our high concept movie! It's a big action movie, that does take place during the civil war but isn't about the civil war. And what makes me laugh is that everytime a big historical movie is released it does well! Even the abyssmal "Wild Wild West" made a $100 million! Our current manager similarly refused to handle this script because it's historical! B) If the script is good, and the reader liked it, why do they think that no one else will! Is there no one in hollywood willing to take any risks anymore? (rhetorical question #1) Is there no one in Hollywood intersted in making good movies, or are they all interested in just making money? (rhetorical question #2) C) Agents are almost a thing of the past. No one is interested in handling a writer's career. Instead of thinking, "Hey these guys can write, maybe I should sign them and then get them work" like they used to, all of the agents are now managers. The diference is according to California law an agent can't produce a movie but managers can. The problem is that none of these managers want to get the little buck of setting a writer up on rewrites or adaptations, just the big "Scream" like sale for the fast, big cash. So, next time you think that everything that comes out of hollywood sucks, and like was posted in another thread about screenwriters being brain dead; it isn't the writers, it's the damn executives that control the money. Thanks for letting me rant. But, I don't feel much better because I'm so sick of stupidity in Hollywood!