The road from script to screen is a famously rocky one, and being a Hollywood screenwriter is one of the most frustrating jobs on the planet. It can be pretty lucrative, of course, and one imagines that's why writers like William Martell keep plugging away at it. But as Martell says on his blog, Sex in a Submarine, "... [M]ost of the time, your script ends up just a sample so that you can get an assignment writing BEETHOVEN 7 or something ... Even if you land assignments, it's not unusual to write for a decade -- paid to write -- and have nothing ever go to screen."

In an exhaustive piece titled "Robbing From the Poor (Writer),' Martell summarizes the journey of the screenplay originally titled "Nottingham" by Kung Fu Panda writers Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris and how it was turned into the poorly received -- and completely different -- Robin Hood remake. Culling his facts from two years of insider information and trade journal reportage, the story is a sad, stupid, and fascinating example of how the studio system often goes terribly wrong.
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