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Hey screenwriters: Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions is accepting open submissions

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Everybody is either sitting on a brilliant screenplay or knows somebody who is sitting on a brilliant screenplay (though the brilliance is probably debatable), and if you’d like to finally put your screenplay where your mouth is, here’s your chance. Monkeypaw Productions, the studio created by Jordan Peele that had a hand in Key & Peele, Get Out, BlacKkKlansman, and upcoming projects like Us and The Twilight Zone, has set up an online form for open screenplay submissions—meaning anybody, even some nobody without an agent, can submit their script for consideration.

Naturally, a deal like this comes with some fine print, and in this case the fine print is so important that it’s in full-size and appears right next to the actual form. Specifically, the fine print points out that you submitting your work does not establish any kind of confidential relationship between you and the studio, which means that people at the studio can talk about your screenplay with whoever they want. It also absolves itself of any responsibility to you if Monkeypaw (or some other studio that someone at Monkeypaw talked to) starts developing a project that is similar to your screenplay. After all, Monkeypaw is “constantly developing entertainment and other properties from ideas generated by its employees and/or other outside sources” and “it is not uncommon for more than one individual or company to originate substantially similar ideas independent of each other.”


The main point is that you just need to be aware of what you’re getting into before you submit your screenplay to Monkeypaw, but this should all be a small price to pay if it means proving to everyone who great your screenplay is and/or making all of your dreams come true.

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