British novelist Ian McEwan calls writing a screenplay a ‘happy demotion’
You probably know British writer Ian McEwan best for his award-winning novels like Atonement, Black DogsandThe Comfort of Strangers. But he also writes plays and screenplays, and his novella On Chesil Beach has now been adapted for the screen by none other than McEwan himself. Dialing in from England, we chatted about the film, and the differences between writing a novel and a screenplay.
What Shakespeare Tells Us About Remakes, Adaptations and Reboots
We usually think of Shakespeare as one of the most uniquely gifted writers of all time. But the truth is that very few of his stories are "original" in our sense of the word. In fact, only two of Shakespeare's thirty-eight plays have no known source. The rest were stolen -- that's right, stolen -- from specific, identifiable sources.
The 5 Best Screenplay Adaptations From Novels
From the Pages of a Book: Five Successful Adaptations
When I was in film school at UCLA, the head of our department, Richard Walter, gave a lecture in which he asked the question, “What does a screenwriter owe the original material?” Immediately, he answered his own question, saying “Nothing!”
While this is a great point—as a ...
WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT by screenwriter Robert Carlock
Writer Robert Carlock has a long list of TV shows that don his name. They include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Joey, Friends and The Dana Carvey Show. But his new film, Whiskey Foxtrot Tango starring Tina Fey, is his first produced feature. It's the story of a naive journalist who takes an assignment in ...
CAROL, from screenwriter Phyllis Nagy
More that 60 years ago novelist Patricia Highsmith wrote a controversial book about a relationship between two women in New York City in the late 1940s. The book’s title was The Price of Salt, and the author used a pseudonym due to the story’s content. Finally, after a long battle by one of the author’s friends, the book has been adapted ...
David Nicholls on FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
Carey Mulligan plays Bathsheba Everdene in Hollywood’s fourth official screen adaptation of the popular Thomas Hardy novel, Far From the Madding Crowd. Set in in Victorian England, the film follows Everdene’s character as she comes into a large inheritance and suddenly finds herself with three possible suitors with whom she could make her ...