Screenwriter Josh Friedman (whose blog we've talked about before) says there's only one pitch meeting story he wishes was his. Friedman's friends Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman wrote the screenplay for The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Apparently, Boardman and Derrickson stumbled opon the catalyst that inspired the screenplay completely by accident, when, whilst researching a totally different project, a detective passed them the tape of a German girl's actual exorcism in the mid-70s. "I don't even know if I should give this to you," the detective reportedly said. "I truly believe playing this tape is dangerous."

Dangerously lucrative, that is. Friedman writes, "Now from what I understand the tape is ABSOLUTELY THE MOST TERRIFYING THING YOU'VE EVER HEARD and consists of a girl DYING while screaming in German at two priests attempting to pull SIX DEMONS from her body." The writers apparently went into studio meetings with the tape in tow. After making a general pitch, one would pull out a tape player and a pair of headphones, hand them to the studio guy across the table, and say, "There are those that believe just playing this tape invites darkness into our lives." They'd then press play, and when the tape was finished, they'd walk out of the room.

If that tape ever makes it to eBay ...

[via Movie City Indie]
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