Screenwriters share their worst studio notes

You’d think that being an Oscar-nominated screenwriter would be enough to not let you get complaints via studio execs little notes in the script, but no:

Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”)
“So, where are the white people?”

Eric Heisserer (“Arrival”)

“It was the start of a pitch, I said ‘There’s a spy and his wife.’ The executive said, ‘There is no wife. Continue.’”

Todd Black (producer of “Fences”)

“We made a Western called ‘The Magnificent Seven’ [with Sony Pictures]. And the biggest note in development and shooting it was, ‘Do they have to wear cowboy hats and have facial hair?’ And I said, ‘Do you not want them not to have horses either?’ That was a huge note on a daily basis.”

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