It was just a writing sample
Gerard Brown originally started out as a playwright but eventually moved on to screenwriting. He and Dickerson, who went to college together, both moved to New York to pursue their perspective dreams. Dickerson came up with Juice and gave Brown only four scenes to build from. Since the two were friends, Brown wrote the script for free. After it was finished it sat on the shelf for three years. Brown eventually obtained an agent and she asked Brown to send her everything he’d ever written. There was a group of director’s who were in the market for a screenwriter and Brown’s agent sent over Juice as a writing sample. They loved it and decided to make that film.