This is what I find interesting:
Originally Posted by Mr.Struggle
Moving forward, should I include international and Chinese elements in all my scripts?
One producer you met with is looking for scripts with international
appeal, specifically the China market. So now you are wondering
if all your scripts should have international (specifically Chinese)
elements. You know that China accepts only 24 films a year yet
you're wondering if every script you write should appeal to that
market. You know that this producer has never made a movie that
has been released in China yet you're wondering if going forward
all your scripts should appeal to him.
Seems to me China isn't a huge market.
Two films that came out within one week of each other; “The Great
Wall” and “Get Out”. One was geared toward the international (specifically
Chinese) market and made $44 million on a budget of $150 million.
Although it DID make $170 million in China – still not enough to break
even. The other was set in America, had American characters and was
about American issues. It made (so far) $133 million of a budget of
The producer you met with would have rejected “Get Out”.
If you want to sell to this producer you need to write a script that meets
his needs. However there are producers out there who want to make
movies set in America with American characters and about American
politics and issues.
Yes, thinking about what will sell is important. I'll bet that you could name
five movies that did NOT seem like a good business decision but made a
lot of money. My advice is to not take that too far when one producer
rejects a script you have written.