A screenwriter friend of mine obtained a copy of James Cameron’s screenplay for the mega-hit movie “Avatar” and shared it with me. It includes the dialogue heard in the movie as well as descriptions of characters, scenes and actions. It’s 150 pages in length, with an average of about 200 words per page. That works out to a total of about 30,000 words, give or take.
Let’s say the movie makes 2 billion bucks, which seems more than likely at this point.
Now, let’s do the math. A 150-page, 30,000-word screenplay that results in a 2 billion dollar haul is worth roughly $13 million per page or a little more than $65,000 per word.
$65,000 a word!
Wow. Wish I could get that rate.