Thanks to the Internet, we have access to more information than at any other time in recorded human history. That's pretty awesome -- unless you're a movie studio trying to keep the script of your newest blockbuster a secret. Thanks to disgruntled Hollywood staffers, most movie scripts turn up online almost as soon as a screenwriter hands them in to the studio. The studios, as you can probably imagine, are not a fan of this. Once a script's online, every blogger in the universe can read it, start passing judgment and revealing all of the major twists and developments. That's potentially bad for business -- particularly when an early draft of a script is leaked ... one that won't be the same as the shooting one when a title goes in front of the cameras.

To combat this new trend, studios are getting secretive. Instead of sending out scripts to agents -- who then read them and file them in their library where any employee can peruse them and post them online -- many film companies are now sending out only snippets of screenplays. In some instances, they're not even doing that. Instead, they're making actors and creative types come to their offices and read the scripts while being observed. That can't be fun.

As Deadline points out in their exclusive article on the topic, this isn't an entirely new phenomenon -- the difference is that it's happening with more frequency now and for films that aren't made by a Kubrick or Woody Allen. The Wachowski's next project, CN (or Cobalt Neural 9, as it was just revealed), is the latest to be shrouded in secrecy. All we know is that it's about a homosexual romance between an American and Iraqi soldier. It joins numerous comic book films, the recently talked about M. Night Shyamalan project, and several other mid to high profile titles on the list of scripts that no one's really allowed to see.
categories Movies, Cinematical