This archived episode of Scriptnotes is available to Scriptnotes Premium subscribers only. Sign up or Log in at

John and Craig reprise their roles as development execs in “How Would This Be a Movie?” Looking at four true crime stories, the duo discuss what makes a great screenplay idea, and conversely, which stories work better as a serialized TV drama.

We also attempt to brighten the spirits of aspiring writers living outside of LA, New York and London, sharing the experiences of Scriptnotes listeners across the globe who have found their way into the Hollywood system from abroad.


Email us at

You can download the episode here.

UPDATE 9-22-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.