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Make Your Story a Movie

At a Glance

  • The perfect book for those looking to adapt a story into a screenplay
  • Illustrates how to make a story "film friendly"
  • Hollywood is always looking for the hot adaptations and intriguing true stories

Have you ever wondered why some books and stories are adapted into movies, and others aren't? Or wished you could sit down and pick the brains of the people whose stories have been adapted--or the screenwriters, producers, and directors who adapted them?

Author John Robert Marlow has done it for you. He spoke to book authors, playwrights, comic book creators and publishers, as well as Hollywood screenwriters, producers and directors responsible for adapting fictional and true stories into Emmy-winning TV shows, Oscar-winning films, billion-dollar mega-hits and smaller independents. Then he talked to the entertainment attorneys who made the deals.

He came away with a unique understanding of adaptations--an understanding he shares in this book: which stories make good source material (and why); what Hollywood wants (and doesn't); what you can (and can't) get in a movie deal; how to write and pitch your story to maximize the chances of a Hollywood adaptation--and how much (and when) you can expect to be paid.

Whether you're looking to sell film rights, adapt your own story (alone or with help), or option and adapt someone else's property--this book is for you.

Testimonials:

"John Robert Marlow's new book Make Your Story a Movie examines the process of adapting a story to the screen. John's done a terrific job researching the business side of adaptations, and presents practical advice on writing them." - Christopher Lockhart, WME Story Editor

"A comprehensive and practical guide for aspiring writers and producers" - Booklist

Product Details

  • Date available: 12/17/2012
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Return policy: 30 days

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Meet the Author: John Robert Marlow

JOHN ROBERT MARLOW is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and adaptation consultant whose nonfiction articles have appeared in the "Screenwriter's and Playwright's Market" and the "Novel and Short Story Writer's Market" (both published by "Writer's Digest" Books), "The Writer," "Writers' Journal," "Backspace," "Women On Writing," "Writer's World," "Fellow Script," "Parade," and numerous other print and online publications. He recently closed his first Hollywood script deal--an adaptation he wrote and will executive produce, with an estimated budget of $60 million. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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