Every year, networks shoot about 100 professionally shot, designed, acted, and edited pilots. These pilots are your competition. These are the pilots you need to beat with your writing alone.
Don't blame writers for a dearth of originality. They're busy writing, developing, and pitching the most creative, engaging stories they can... but they don't get to decide whether those stories get made.
Don’t let the decidedly “literary” title (i.e. “non-cinematic”) fool you: The Reader is an exquisitely imagistic film experience. Directed by Stephen Daldry from a screenplay by David Hare, The Reader synthesizes gritty realism and tenebrous tenderness in translating the internationally renowned book by Bernhard Schlink to celluloid.