In show biz, a spec script is written under “speculation”. No one has contracted the writer to make this script; she is doing it on her own time. In television, aspiring writers often write spec scripts for existing shows, to prove that they can write anything successfully.
Typically, one wants to pick a show he is super familiar with (and is still on the air). I, on the other hand, am completely ignorant of The Wire, besides the fact that the President loves it and the creator of The Wire hates it. Total ignorance (and the show’s cancellation in 2008), however, has never stopped me before. Here, inspired by a random Wikipedia article, is an excerpt from a spec script for The Wire.
EXT. MEAN STREETS OF BALTIMORE – DUSK
Everything’s DIRTY, GRITTY, OBVIOUSLY POOR. A DEAD MAN, wearing a fancy suit, lies in an alley.
Two MEN enter, wearing NOT SO FANCY suits. They grimace. One man tosses his CIGARETTE aside. He is DETECTIVE WALLY WIRE.
Stockbroker, 35. Tried to predict the future. Talk about a market crash.
DETECTIVE PART NER, Wire’s partner, looks down and sighs.
I think you set my shoe on fire.
Wire looks down. Ner’s shoe is DEFINITELY ON FIRE.
That’s comin’ outta my fuckin’ pension. Continue reading