Books in Hollywood

December 2000
by Dan Lux, storyXchange

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It’s no secret that Hollywood has a fondness for adapting novels to the big screen. By now, we’ve all been overexposed to George Clooney’s look of chiseled shock as he stares up the face of a 100-foot wave in The Perfect Storm. And we’ve all sat on the edges of our chairs as the battle raged over who would win the coveted directing spot for the Harry Potter film adaptation. In fact, many films in recent memory-such as Boys Don’t Cry, The Cider House Rules, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Hurricane, Girl Interrupted, Get Shorty-all have humble roots in publishing. Which leads to the question, how can you get your book made into a big screen film? The answer is simple-write a best-seller. Once you’ve done that, you’ll have producers from the Santa Monica Pier to Ellis Island calling for the film rights to your novel. A best-seller has many built-in components that Hollywood executives love. For one, much of the hard work has already been done. Within the covers of a best-seller exists a well-crafted, compelling story, fully fleshed out, three-dimensional characters, detailed plot lines, conflict, suspense, character arc-it’s all there. In addition, there’s already an audience of hundreds of thousands of readers, and millions who would like to read the book but “don’t have the time.” All the studio needs to do is bring in a screenwriter, a big name star, roll the cameras, and watch the box office revenues pour in. Right? Wrong! Alth…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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