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Adapting Your Book for the Screen A Hollywood Primer

by John Robert Marlow

So you want your book to be a movie. (Or series.) Who doesn’t, right? Most authors dream about this, but few do more than cross their fingers and hope Hollywood will come knocking. And, hey, sometimes that happens. Usually after the book (or book series) has become hugely successful in its own right, thus drawing Hollywood’s attention. Because in the same way that sharks are drawn to blood, Hollywood is drawn to money. But…

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Is Your Book a Movie? (Part 2) A crash course in book-to-screen adaptation

This blog is part of a series. To see Part 1 and find out what Hollywood wants your story to have, please click here.

Is your book a movie? Should it be? How do you get from here to there-and what’s in it for you? Fasten your seat-belt, and let’s rip through this…

TED’s Director of Development, John Robert Marlow, presents a crash course in determining if your novel has cinematic potential.

 

 

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Is Your Book a Movie? (Part 1) A crash course in book-to-screen adaptation

Is your book a movie? Should it be? How do you get from here to there-and what’s in it for you? Fasten your seat-belt, and let’s rip through this…

TED’s Director of Development, John Robert Marlow, presents a crash course in determining if your novel has cinematic potential.

THE AWFUL TRUTH

Let’s face it: being an author is a noble profession, but reaching the financial pinnacle of our chosen profession requires more than the ability to put brilliant words on paper.

Consider Forbes […]

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Characterization and the Film Adaptation of Jack Reacher

Can an inherent limitation in the medium of film compel Lee Child to take a seminal character in contemporary fiction to a whole new level?
I remember it like it was yesterday, the conflicting moment during a hotly contested game of Scrabble when I learned that there was finally going to be a movie made from a Lee Child book and that Jack Reacher would be played by Tom Cruise.

It didn’t take too long to get past my objection to the […]

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