After writing Larry Clark's "Another Day in Paradise" when he was just 19, followed by MGM's "Blood and Chocolate," Landon left Los Angeles for Austin. And no one wanted his scripts anymore.
But he eventually wrote a spec script called “Disturbia.” It was passed on by every studio, but then bought by Montecito Pictures, brought to DreamWorks, and spent three weeks at No. 1 at the box office in April. It was even pretty good.
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I've seen this happen with authors, too. Janet Evanovitch was, at one point, a washed up romance writer.