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I'd be more excited IF Abram's stuck to the established mythology of "Trek."A Star Trek movie has to be a good Star Trek movie first and foremost....
here Bruce, I've a question for you --So about a week ago I sent out snail mail queries for one of my projects, and just now I get an email (spam most likely) that I want you to read.I'll post it below.My question is this: how common is it for a WGA Signatory (as in the ones listed on the WGA site itself) to hand out the contact information of any person who is making a query to them?My first thought would be "a signatory wouldn't do that," but let's ask someone on the inside.The email begins now:----------------------------------------------------I'm a freelance reader and produced screenwriter. Your query was passed to me by one of my clients (see below). For whatever reason, your material was not requested. Agencies and production companies are overloaded with scripts, and must limit the number they request. The query must really be phenomenal. With a system like this, many good scripts likely slip through the cracks. To give screenwriters an option beyond query letters, I started a script-coverage service: Script Doctor Eric (www.scriptdoctoreric.com). For a small fee, I will read your script, give you notes, and if it is good, pass it along to an agent, manager, or producer. Please read the disclaimer - I am not a representative for any agency, just an independent reader trying to help out dedicated screenwriters.As you can see on the site, my fees are far lower than most script doctor services. Yet, if for any reason you are dissatisfied with the service, I will issue a full refund. Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns and let me know if you are ready to take your script to the next level. I'm here to help.Onward!-Eric Myerswww.scriptdoctoreric.com-------------Brief Bio------------- From his start as an assistant at Diverse Talent Group in 2001, Eric Myers soon moved to freelance script reading for C2 Pictures and Michael Lewis & Associates. His contacts from Diverse now work for ICM, others are at Warner Bros., Dreamworks, and various smaller production companies. To this date, Eric has done coverage on more than a thousand scripts.As a graduate student at UCLA and later in UCLA's Professional Program in Screenwriting, Eric received the highest marks from instructors such as Lew Hunter, Hal Ackerman, Dee Caruso, Richard Walter, and Deborah Baron. His last script (SHADOWPLAY- co-written by Nicholas Pallos) was produced by Redshell Entertainment in 2007.
Good question. I don't know. Many agencies may find they don't have the time, or it's uneconomic to process query letters. he number of letter you get is large and the probability of any of them generating profit is low. They may dish them off to a third party, to read or to profit from. I don't know if the WGA has any rules about this. Sorry I couldn't be more help.