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    Screenwriting Adaptation vs. Original Script

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by rnorris88, Jun 2, 2016.

    I've been getting ready to tackle my very first screenplay ever, a biopic about a gambler/hustler from the 20's and 30's in the South. But then my husband brought up a very good point- Is this going to be a completely original screenplay, or am I wanting to make a screen adaptation of the biography that inspired this project?

    I'm fairly new at this area of writing, though I've got a strong theatre background and am very comfortable around stage and film scripts. What do you folks think? What challenges am I looking at with either option? Thanks in advance!
     
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    If you're adapting an existing biography for the screen you may have copyright issues to worry about. An original screenplay, on the other hand, won't give you that problem.
     
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    I think adaptations attract more audience, more of the reading kind at least. When we read "based on X book" we go like, "a-ha, interesting...".
     
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    Anybody could directly adapt a book, so I think you should take an original spin to justify it being you who writes the story. Plus isn't that more fun and satisfying as a writer than copying verbatim from one page to another?

    I'm writing a biopic about the 19th century Australian Tom Wills with robots thrown in. I had thought about adapting his story a couple or more years ago, but needed the anachronism as originality to motivate the effort.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Wills
     

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