I may be jumping the gun a little but hey, "Dream big!". I trying to write a series of sci - fi/fantasy novels and I'm close to the point where I'll be submitting to agencies and stuff. I'm very proud of the story and have faith that it could go far. However I'm also interested in film making, but wanted to tell the story as a book first. This is because a film of this story would cost a lot and have big sets, thousands of extras, special effects etc. If my book were to become successful and a movie studio came calling asking for the rights to make a movie/tv series I would say no. My question is: How far do my rights go? Would they still somehow be able to just get it and make the movie without me or can they do nothing if I say no? This story is really important to me and I want it told correctly. I welcome your responses.