writing an adaptation

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 ‘A Beautiful Mind’: Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman

“I got a 410 on my math SATs. You get 200 automatically for just writing your name correctly. And, there I was, writing a screenplay about a mathematical genius.” Such was the challenge set before Akiva Goldsman, screenwriter of the  adaptation of A Beautiful Mind, the biography of genius mathematician and...