Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant on Screenwriting: ‘Don’t write your 200 page pirate romance’

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Just for the record, Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant understand that you loathed Herbie: Fully Loaded. They embrace that reality, they take it into themselves, and they release it back out into the universe before diving into a giant pool of gold doubloons ala Scrooge McDuck. Scott Wampler over at Collider interviewed the former members of The State about their new book Writing Movies For Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at The Box Office and You Can, Too!, and they have excellent advice for those among us who’d rather sell The Pacifier than starve to death in a Starbucks bathroom trying to sell our searing portrayal of a young tailor’s journey through the Crimean War. “Write a spec that’s going to really stand out an make people laugh and show what a really good writer you are. Don’t write something that is your passion project because all it will do is get the passion stomped out of you,” explains Lennon. “We’re not teaching you how to make art house films, we’re not teaching you how to win awards with your writing, we’re teaching you how to write big studio movies, and that’s a very different thing.”