How much does it cost to hire a script doctor to fix a screenplay?

Matthew Cooper Director
Matthew Cooper, Script Writer, Director and Script Consultant

Hey, I this is another question that I get asked a lot.

You have a script or screenplay (maybe you’ve written it, maybe you’re a producer or director) and it kind of works, but it needs the services of a script writer for hire, with experience and skills to really bring the most out of it.

So, how much would it cost to get a professional script writer to fix your script?

Speaking as a pro scriptwriter with nearly 30 years experience in the industry and one of the UKs most in demand script editors  and script consultants I can only say that every job is different and what each script needs has to be evaluated first.

So, you need to hire me to do script coverage (or a script report first). In the report I’ll highlight strengths and weaknesses and tell you what needs fixing (and sometimes how to actually fix it).  In the report I’ll also give you a quote for my rewrite and script development service.

I’ve fixed screenplays for all kinds of prices from £250 (a small tweak) to £3500 (total rewrite) it entirely depends on what the issue is. Most jobs fall somewhere in between these prices.

So the first step – is get me to evaluate the material.

Prices are as follows:

  • Short film script report £50
  • TV drama up to one hour script report £80
  • Feature film script report £120

Turnaround time on the reports is usually around two weeks (depending on my own workload as a script writer).

I’m happy to sign an NDA and have done for many large scale productions in the USA and UK.  I’m discreet and professional at all times.

Don’t delay – contact me on

Matthew Cooper has been a script writer for hire, UK Script editor  and UK script consultant for over 20 years. He’s written for most of the UK soaps, including writing award-winning episodes of Emmerdale, EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Family Affairs and has been BAFTA shortlisted and Royal Television Society nominated as a script writer. His UK script coverage service, Script reading service and script development service are highly sought after.

You can find some of his broadcast credits on the IMDb.

You can contact Matthew directly to purchase his ebook The UK Soap Opera Script Writers Handbook.

His directorial debut, the rubber reality horror thriller Markham was released in 2020. You can find out more about Matthew’s work as a director here.