Earlier today there was a Twitter conversation between a well known film producer and a very talented screenwriter. I have kept the names anonymous for their privacy, and also because they're fictional.
Producer: Great redraft, but why did you kill the elephant on page 8?
Writer: The film is called 'Kill The Elephant'
Producer: We just got endorsement from the Foundation Of Large Animals. 20 million dollars. The elephant lives.
Writer: But page 9 to page 119 are about getting revenge for the elephant murder. What do you want me to do?
Producer: Sounds good.
Writer: What does?
Producer: Go for it. Keep it alive. Trust me. Need new draft, by lunch time. No rush.
Writer: If the elephant lives nothing makes sense anymore! How can Tasha end up with Andrew if the animal lives?
Producer: Kill Tasha. Kill Andrew. Must get elephant drinking Pepsi.
Writer: You want me to kill the main characters?? WTF. This is going to Fuck up movie!
Writer: I'm serious!
Producer: We'll save it in the edit.
Writer: I quit.