How Do Books Become Movies

How is a book picked to become a movie. .

I’m really hoping the book “Unwind” becomes a movie. How do they choose the books though? Can you nominate a book for that by writing a letter to the movie company?…Generally, there are two ways a book becomes a movie.1 – the production company has “scouts” that take notice of a book (maybe they read it first, noticed a review of it, or see that it is selling well). If it is determined that it can be translated to a visual medium, the production company will approach the publisher or agent.2 – the agent or publisher believes the work will translate well to a visual medium and approachesthe production companyIn either case, a book is ‘optioned’ for a select period of time and if no work has been made on it by the end of that time period, the rights revert back to the author. It’s good money, and I you do not have to pay it back if rights revert. However, it is not without risks – the author may or may not be included in the process, scripts may be bad, acting may be bad, the whole movie may resemble nothing from the book, etc.There are hundreds of production companies, so it would be difficult to know which one to write to. You could inquire about it to the book’s publisher’s, agent’s, or author’s website.

How much do writers whos books become movies make.

What is a % or an estimate of how much they make if the movie grosses around $200,000,000 worldwide

I would think it depended on the contract you signed. Just like with books. Some make much more than others, while others don’t make as much. Of course, it depended on much your movie grossed.

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How did comic book characters become such a big hit for movies.

I guess movies like Superman and Batman really paved the way for the slew of comic book character movies that have been out.Other movies include Daredevil, Spider-man, Incredible Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Fantastic 4, X-Men, and Captain America.What others can you think of.

Aside from name recognition and the “built-in” audience?–I think genre overlap has a lot to do with it. Stallone and a few other older action-movie stars have mentioned this as one of their complaints–that the superhero movie has easily _replaced_ the old-school action film. And the reason for that is fairly straight-foward–you get a bigger audience for your action film if there are science-fiction and/or futuristic elements to it. As per the Matrix movies, or the Star Wars films. Ditto if your sci-fi flick has action movie elements in it.And this also handily explains why people keep going back to Batman. When you have a good Batman movie, it appeals to sci-fi fans, superhero fans, action film buffs _and_ film-noir detective fans. Ideally. Meaning you pack the movie theater.–The other thing, I think, is also the one thing lots of folks in Hollywood don’t like to talk about.Simply put….there’s a HUGE, as in gigantic, backlog of exceedingly well-written comic-book stories waiting to be adapted into movies and/or TV series. As in some several year’s worth–more than the backlog of late 80s anime that got Japanese cartooning popular in the United States ten-plus years later. And yes, some of the movies have screwed this up–X3 and Spider-Man 3 really needed to focus on telling _one_ story with _one_ conflict at a time. The Reeve-era Superman movies really didn’t _need_ to go low-budget and become Richard Pryor comedies.But when the studio LETS the director trust the material….like with the first _Iron Man_ movie, it’s like, “Ok, how could this stuff _not_ be a hit?” Most of the writing has already been done–and done in a format that is implicitly a _storyboard_, which is how screenplays get translated into movies. All the material needs is some light editing and updating really–provided you’ve picked a good story to tell.And the backlog of material is large enough that even if you just stick to one comic book company–say DC Comics–you can still be really picky, and really pick and choose the best of the best.You can call this the “Well, it beats the hell out of _Twilight_ seven days a week” factor.Catch is getting a director who takes this stuff seriously and letting him work….

How does a book become a movie.

The books needs to be adapted to a screenplay by a screenwriter. Story is a good book about screenwriting. Adaptation is an entertaining movie about writing a screenplay.

How does an amazing book become horrible/boring movie.

I would like to write books that are successful as movies too. And I’m afraid that if the movies fail, it’ll destroy the reputation of my books.”Diary Of A Wimpy Kid” seems to be a successful book series and movie franchise. Not on the same large scale s”Harry Potter”and…

Hollywood and their crazy ways.Books end up HAVING to be changed, cut, added onto, and morphed when they’re made into movies. They want something fresh for people to see, because they think it will be “better,” but really the fans won’t care if the movie is more or less exactly the same as the book. Also, keep in mind that writing a book comes from one person . . . writing a movie involves input from many people! A bunch of ideas get tossed around, and most of them are god-awful, but that’s how it works. It’s much harder to make anything good with that many people than it is when you’re alone and content with your creative, brilliant mind. To finish, Hollywood is crazy. They “chase the market” so to speak and choose what they believe people will like, laugh at, or whatever the movie is about. And, to tell you the truth, movies are made for international countries before where they were made (USA in my case). Films make the MOST money overseas, so their interests are mostly considered by Hollywood. I hope this gave you some insight.

How does a book become a movie.

First, a book is decided on. This is either because the book would work well as a movie, or because the book is popular. Then movie rights are sold, usually for a healthy wad of cash. After that, they start work on the movie script, which is usually the story of the novel hacked to ribbons. Once the script is done, the movie shoots basically like an ordinary film.

How exactly do books become movies.

…such as Harry Potter, or Twilight for example?What is the process that a published book goes through, in order to become a movie? How do they get picked? What role does the author have in this? Do they send their ideas to various directors or something? I would really like to know. Thanks in advance! =D

Here’s a simplified explanation. A producer buys the film rights to the book from the author, then has a screenwriter write a script based on the book. He/she then hires a director, and that starts the ball rolling. I’m skipping all the steps of production — casting, locations, props, costumes, etc. but those are practical details of the production. The important thing is the first step.

How do books become movies.

So people write books and less than half of them become movies. But how to they decide which to produce or whatever? EX. the Vampire Diaries, Twilight, Flash Forward, Harry Potter, ect. Does the author suggest them to the producers or whatever (like Summit, ABC, CW) or does someone random reader or does the actual…

A production company or movie studio will contact the author (through the publisher or agent, usually) and negotiate to buy an option, the right to produce a movie based on the book by a specific date. If a novel it optioned, it doesn’t mean it’ll become a movie–about 80% don’t. What it does is hold onto the rights to adapt it for the screen for the production company which saw its potential first.If a company exercises its option, there’s a lot of negotiation. Unless the novelist is an experienced screenwriter, or carries some serious clout, usually they’re pretty much excluded from the whole process, other than cashing the check. They have no rights when the studio totally changes the work into something completely unlike the original.

How do books become movies.

Does a film company call the author, or does the author call them? does the author decide how accurate the movie is? How does this work?

In most cases, production companies call the publishing agency that produced the book, then they buy the rights to that book. From that point forward, it’s the screenwriters job to interpret the book and turn it into a screenplay. Authors usually don’t get too much of a say when it comes to turning the book into a film (they aren’t the director), unless of course that author is very famous, highly respected, or very wealthy

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41 thoughts on “How Do Books Become Movies

  1. They pick a very popular book with an interesting story. This means that you’re guaranteed an audience because the readers will see it, but other people will see it if they like the story.Unless an author specifically negotiates for movie/tv rights when the book contract is signed, the publishers will retain movie/tv rights, and they will be the ones making the movie deal. Sometimes the author is not involved at all, sometimes he/she is…but only if they fought for some control over that aspect when the contract was originally signed.

  2. But, a script was written, the film given a green light and Voila.. a nice little movie with some terrific acting, well directed and made it’s money back at the box office.

  3. they also consider the book’s potentials to be a Hollywood blockbuster, i think the book needs to be a bestseller too…..

  4. Tina Fey read the book Queen Bees and Wannabes and came up with the idea of making it into a movie (Mean Girls), even though it’s a non-fiction, self-help kind of book with no plot. The first step was to approach the author and give a general idea of what she had in mind, then she had to find a producer (Lorne Michaels, if I got the name right – the guy who created/produces SNL – was an obvious choice).who would finance the movie. Negotiations begin and rights are bought. Lots of times, the book’s author is credited as a consultant or advisor, and these days, the author usually has a little better control over the movie (compare JK Rowling and the Harry Potter series to Maria Augusta von Trapp, who was NOT appreciated on set, and whose opinions regarding facts and especially her husband meant virtually nothing.) A screenwriter (almost never the original author) is hired to create a draft, figuring out how to translate the book to screen (sometimes harder than others), and to edit it for content and to make the story flow. In some cases, major changes are made (in the 1980’s tv version of Alice in Wonderland, the movie included a subplot aimed at giving Alice motive for going through Wonderland/Looking Glass Land, and there was this huge emphasis on her wanting to be grown up, which is completely absent in the book.) Characters are sometimes eliminated, too. Basically, they take the story and try to keep it flowing using only dialogue, which is difficult in itself, since in books, thoughts can be read, literally. A director is brought on board based on his or her concept of how to do the movie (one Sound of Music director possibility was of Jewish descent, and he wanted to really play up the political aspects of the story, making it less about the family and more about the times they lived in and the evils of the Nazi regime; Romeo and Juliet could have been done in many ways, but not many people other than Baz Luhrman would have thought to put it in a heightened contemporary setting like he did).

  5. Comics have a built-in audience which movie-makers always like. Not only are current readers likely to see a big-screen adaptation, but older patrons may have read them as a kid and also go see the movie.

  6. a book becomes a movie usually when a director takes interest on a book writer’s material. he asks permission from that author to use his book to aid in his movie. revisions in content will be discussed as to rights over certain characters and quotes.

  7. It built up over many years. Buster Crabbe did classic flash gordon serials (based on the comic strip) which were more successful than the movies. Kirk Alyn starred in popular Superman and Blackhawk serials. Lewis Wilson played Batman. One of the first and therefore few widely distributed X-Rated films was Barbarella based on the French Comic book and starring people like Jane Fonda, Milo O’Shea, Marcel Marceau (in a speaking role). It was a huge hit. It’s built up over decades.

  8. Probably just somebody is like “Hey, this would make a cool movie! And since we can’t come up with anything original on our owns, let’s do it!”Just read a written reserve and watch the identical booklet that is converted to that movie. You can find details in a written book that we take for granted seeing a movie. We do not have the sense of color or smell our intellects can create.

  9. Pokemon 2000 – the power of one, Pokemon4eva, Pokemon Heroes…(i have almost all pokemon movies….though its more anime)

  10. Bottom line is that the story has to have the elements that create interesting characters and/or situations (Casion Royale is the second version of Ian Fleming’s book. The Bond series is simply a great franchise for Cubby Broccoli.) If you can convince the people with the money and the wherewithall that a story is a good one, then, on to the script, preproduction, production, post production, distribution and the Oscar.. if you are lucky.

  11. If you are not the author of a book you think is terrific, getting the rights may come down to how much money you have, if you have a track record making movies or if you are a movie star with enough clout to attract the funding to make a movie. Many smaller films are done this way with stars producing their own film and drawing funds from investors who think they’ll make a profit because the star is a draw at the box office.

  12. Adapting a book into a film can involve a director but most times it is a studio of some sort. A studio takes interest, buys the rights to the film, hires a director and all that glorious stuff and there ya go!

  13. If John Irving gets a great review on A Widow For One Year, then he’s already in the loop. He has an agent who has gotten some of his other books picked up as films: The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany. With a track record and because Irving writes in a very visual style, Widow was picked up for The Door in the Floor with Jeff Bridges. It’s only about one third of the story.I don’t think that movies can ruin the books, though. They’re adaptions, and they’ll never change the words that were published. However, bad publicity could be a problem. When A Clockwork Orange the movie was criticized for promoting violence, Anthony Burgess felt that it tainted his book. Perhaps, though, that’s because everybody basically slapped him in the face several times–the original version for the U.S. edited out the last chapter so that the ending wasn’t so hopeful, they killed one of his literary strategies by incorporating a glossary for the words he used (as the book was about brainwashing, the fact that the reader learns the strange slang is a brilliant literary strategy, rendered null by the glossary) and then the movie adaption didn’t seem to capture the book correctly, from what I hear (I’ve only ever read the book), which was basically, at that point, just throwing salt in his wounds. I think the creator of the movie went off of the U.S. version, for starters. Burgess was exceptionally haunted by A Clockwork Orange.Do you have a book title in mind that would make a great film?

  14. Evermore by employing Alyson Noel! 😀 She wrote Saving Zoe too lol :] There ought to additionally be a greater helpful version of “Blood and Chocolate”. The e book replace into extraordinary and the action picture suckeddd. they only element that replace into an identical replace into the character’s names….

  15. In this book it says that the Film Co. Fox had expressed interest in aquiring the rights to Eragon to turn it into a movie.From there, the movie making is really similar to an original screenplay, with the exception that major decisions are often double-checked with the original author. While they don’t usually have the option of veto-ing something if they don’t like it and the director does, there is often a kind of approval given for the final product).

  16. needless to say new moon definetly is. considering that its already interior the works 🙂 and rumor has it eclipse is a go too. breaking first mild is the biggest controversy. this is going to likely be very puzzling to action picture. its long and renesmee would be a challenge. to have somewhat one teach such emotion and be so little. so that they havent desperate yet. desire this permits

  17. Yu-Gi-Oh the Movieevery director look or get a bunch of project, eather a remake, a screenplay or a novel, and he pick one, so the only way to make it to the big screen is if the movie commete add it on a list, to do that u have to show it to one of them, and that’s how it isNo harm in trying. The production company would need to acquire the movie rights and find a writer to adapt it to a screenplay.

  18. On a personal note, I think writers should focus solely on writing and should be grateful if it gets published, let alone successful enough to be a movie. Therefore, I would never write a book with a movie in mind. I think it’s more important to create a brilliant novel and then go from there if a movie deal happens.

  19. Or direct to video, if you are not.The Superman movie with Christopher Reeve paved the way for the big screen depictions of super heroes, but TV shows before that which had super heroes paved the way for Superman.

  20. I think, also, movies are more visual these days, and books are merely words that move you emotionally. If you really want to write a book that will translate well for a movie, set it in a fantastical world that would look beautiful on screen.

  21. Never heard of it.I doubt they’d listen to you. You don’t just tell them ‘I want you to make a movie of this’, you send in a script.

  22. Also, some movies simply don’t translate. J.D. Salinger, for example, refused to sell the rights for a The Catcher in the Rye movie because he didn’t think it would work–with good reason, too, because the genius of that book largely comes from the narration. And Hollywood would probably foolishly pick a well known actor for Holden–one that might just encompass phoniness, and completely kill the whole premise of the story.Directors choose what they want to direct. If they like your book, they might make it an idea.

  23. The short answer to this question is easy. Someone writes a book that gets a lot of attention, best seller lists and many sales and rave reviews. The author’s agent fields lots of calls from producers and writers who want to get the rights to the book. The author may then option (give for a limited time) the rights to someone who will then adapt the book into a movie script and the hunt for a director and actors to play the parts begins.

  24. How? Screen writers, Hollywood producers, directors, actors, and the whole production process. Movies are really a short story format, and novels are very difficult to translate into a good movie.

  25. As a writer, I would definitely want some creative say in the movie, and that’s probably drawn up in a contract when selling the rights.

  26. I think the film company has to call the author and make sure it’s okay with him/her. And the director/producer decided what parts they want to keep the same and what parts they don’t want in the movie version, the author has very little say in it!

  27. I think it depends entirely who’s on the creative team. Some authors, such as Suzanne Collins and Peter Hedges (authors of The Hunger Games and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, respectively), help write or completely write the screenplay. Others just sell away the rights and have no say in it, such as J.K. Rowling. However, Harry Potter was such a big deal that they sort of had to do their best to get it right.A book becomes a movie when a particular movie studio takes interest in the book. I am currently reading somehting about Eragon and how it was filmed and such.

  28. Books increase your sentence structure, reading level, spelling, vocabulary, and generally tend to be educational than T.V.

  29. There are some various stories regarding books being turned into movies. Usually, it involves someone in “the biz” reading the book and thinking it would work as a movie, then approaching the author to ask if they would be interested, and to barter for rights to use the story/characters/title to make a movie.It’s usually a producer or director, or a production company, but there have been actors, friends, even spouses or children (Walt Disney’s daughter, I believe, insisted that he produce Mary Poppins; I think a child, too, sold their producer parent on the idea of making Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, only it was changed to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as a marketing ploy to start a new brand of candy).

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