Screenplays & Screenplay Adaptations
Critique, editing, and ghostwriting services for screenplay adaptations, original screenplays, treatments, pitches and more
Overview of Services
Writing a book and writing for the screen are two different things, and demand very different skill sets. TED’s Director of Development John Robert Marlow knows this better than most. As a novelist, Academy-honored screenwriter and author of Make Your Story a Movie: Adapting Your Book or Idea for Hollywood (St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan), John is uniquely qualified to help evaluate your story’s screen potential, guide your own adaptation—or write the adaptation for you. With the additional support of professional screenwriters Jacqueline Sinclair and Robert Blake Whitehill, we provide a full range of critique, editing, and revision services for original screenplays, treatments, series proposals and more.
The process varies based on your needs, objectives, and budget but may include the following:
- A review of your completed manuscript, published book, or work-in-progress to assess adaptation potential and identify the best approach for the adaptation
- Professional collaboration and/or screenwriting for film and TV/streaming
- Development and editing support for original scripts and completed adaptations
- Guidance on film and TV/streaming markets
- Development and editing of pitch materials for theatrical, streaming, and broadcast markets
- Advice and guidance from knowledgeable industry insiders on how to pitch your work to agents, managers, and producers.
Screenplay and adaptation support services are billed at either $75 per hour, or a flat rate based on the length and format of the source material and the nature of the work to be done. For more information or to get started, please click the button below, or contact Ross Browne in the Tucson office.
Make Your Book a Movie or TV / Streaming Series What Hollywood wants. Why they want it badly. How to maximize your odds of adaptation success.
[by John Robert Marlow] Humans have always been storytellers. Whether gathered around a campfire, painting on cave walls, or writing words on dead trees or glowing screens—it’s in our blood. Books and other storytelling formats [...]
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 [...]
Is Your Book a Movie? (Part 2) A crash course in book-to-screen adaptation
[by John Robert Marlow] 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 [...]
Is Your Book a Movie? (Part 1) A crash course in book-to-screen adaptation
[by John Robert Marlow] 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 [...]
Characterization and the Film Adaptation of Jack Reacher
[by Ross Browne] 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 [...]