Development: Producers select story and/or acquire rights to underlying intellectual property (e.g. novel, based on play, remake, video game, etc.) and work with screenwriter(s) to craft a story outline into a workable script. in an effort to garner a “greenlight” for the film from the financing studio and/or production company. An agreement for a major star or director to join the film can boost a project's prospects of securing financing, but those arrangements can reverse if scheduling and other details do not work. Films in this stage can languish for months, years, or fall apart completely.
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