adapting a book to a movie script

Script Gods Must Die: Adaptation, Never Come Morning

Some time ago I worked on a project, Never Come Morning, Nelson Algren’s second novel about Polish youths gangs in 1940’s Chicago. Some history: I adapted the book into a play. This had a five-month run with Prop Theater, Chicago. It won awards. Never Come Morning was the complete package. World—story—characters,...

Adaptations: The Yellow Brick Road to An Academy Award?

Many beloved films have come from adaptations throughout the years. This is more common in Hollywood than you may think. Some think of using adaptations for screenplays as fodder for the “lazy writer” who couldn’t come up with an idea of his or her own. Contrary to this belief, adaptations have...

Adapting for the Screen: Heaven and Hell

Adapting a novel to a screenplay can be heaven or hell, and it’s usually a little of each. Why is adapting a joy?  For most screenwriters, the problems of adapting a book are outweighed by the joys of working with very rich source material. Novelists put in so much work to...