Q. I was wondering if my chances of having a screenplay sold are any better if I already know a potential director. A good friend of mine from college graduated last year and is heading off to film school to direct. I was thinking that if I've written a decent screenplay by the time he is done with film school I might approach him and see if he would be interested in taking on the project.
Attaching a director has pluses and minuses. The plus is that someone other than you is now taking the project around. If someone wants to make a movie with him, and he wants to make your picture, then maybe they'll want to make your movie.
The minus is that if they don't think your director friend is that great, then any interest they might have had in your script dies, because now it's got an albatross around its neck.
In this case, it doesn't sound like your director friend brings anything to the party. If someone likes your idea, but doesn't think you've executed it that well, they can rewrite you. But if they think your director friend needs more experience, all they can do is reject the project.
director or actor does not help your project. What helps is attaching a bankable
director or actor, or a director or actor that a company with money wants to work with