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Even so, if this should ever come to pass we would definitely want Mr. Kelley's consent, and hopefully his input. We wouldn't want an Ally movie made without him involved, or without the original cast and crew. I'd be willing to sign a waiver relinquishing all rights if Mr. Kelley would just read our script, but it doesn't seem like that is even possible.
Doesn't anyone have any creative ideas on what we could try?
I think you are looking for answers that don't exist. Nobody here can give you any magical advice to make this happen. But you are getting some good advice here, you just don't seem to be taking it in. Obviously the first thing you need to do is see how much it would cost to purchase the movie rights. Whether it is David E Kelley or the studio or whoever, see who you need to get the rights from and get a precise figure. Don't be surprised if you get no answer or they tell you it's not going to happen.
Before you can get investors you need to figure out precisely what this is going to cost. Do some research for yourself and figure out how this stuff works. Essentially you are asking 'How can I get a movie produced that I don't own the rights to when I have no experience, no contacts and no idea what I'm doing?' What do you really think anyone on here can tell you that is going to help you get this done? Have you cut the script down like everyone has told you is a must? Have you been in touch with anyone about securing the rights? Worked out what the cost would be to secure the acting talent you need?
You really need to start looking at this objectively and take a step back from it. Your emotions and love of the show are blinding you to the facts of what is really going on here. Start thinking logically about this and also try and put yourself in the shoes of other people in this scenario eg. potential investors, David E Kelley, the studio etc. How do you think they would look at this project? Would they see you as a writer/producer who can really bring something to the table or as a delusional fan who has his head in the clouds?
Finally, to reiterate what Phil said, go read some scripts.
Yes, it would cost a lot of money. But let's say it was successful. The Sex and the City movie, which appeals to a similar demographic (but had a smaller audience) earned over 400 million dollars. Let's say an Ally movie does only half that well, which is a very conservative estimate. With 200 million gross there would be plenty there to recoup the investors, and even enough to give them a nice return. Also, the way the series ended sort of screams for a movie. The firing of Robert Downey Jr. forced David E. Kelley to rewrite the ending. We got a pretty lame fifth season instead of the ending that Kelley had intended. Fans of the show long for the proper ending. Our script would give them that.
It's not like this would be the first time someone else has taken over another series and made it their own. Granted, I don't know that it's been done by an outsider to the industry, but it's not without precedent.
I realize I have a lot to learn, but it seems like everyone here is thinking too small. We've written a script. It's a good script. It's based on a popular show. It seems like something that has a good chance of being not only a safe investment, but a successful one. Instead of everyone saying, "no, no, no" how about some creative ideas on how we might succeed? Anyone got any?
I have a few ideas on how you might succeed and I'm going to be blunt where others tried to be subtle and polite.
A. It's not a good script - don't delude yourself. There are lots of excellent original scripts on here where the writers own the rights and even they would have a very tough time getting their work before key people in the industry, let alone getting it made. How do you think you're get 'your' script made? This site is littered with fan and comic scripts, good for learning the craft - bad for selling. B. Learn correct script formatting - it's an on going process - that's the first creative step you can take - I'm still learning myself.
There is some interesting stuff here for those who care.
I ain't an Ally McBeal fan. Seen a few and seen enough. Hate to bring money back in, but the bottom line is The Money, Honey.
Once upon a time, long long ago, there was one guy. It wasn't his money, but he was in charge of it. If you managed to persuade him... Well, the world is your oyster, my son. These days they are all petrified. Unless your name is Nolan, Scorsese or Pacino. Even then they are nervous.
Sign o' the times, as Prince Rogers Nelson once wisely sung. It's gonna get worse before it gets better. Still, I have enough baccy and booze to satisfy the Stones and The Beatles for a weekend in the sixties. I also have a fridge fulla crap. It could be worse. Maybe the world needs an Ally McBeal movie this time next year. Personally, if I had the cash, I'd be investing in onea mine. Ho hum. Nuff said.