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About the Author
Table of ContentsForeword by Jeff Arch.
1. A Short History of Adaptations.
2. Professor K.’s Five-Step Adaptation Process.
3. Legal Issues of Adaptations.
4. How Faithful Should Adaptations Be?
Case Study: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
5. Mining the Vein and Extracting the Gold.
Case Study: The Shawshank Redemption.
6. Truth, Lies, and Alternative Structures.
Case Study: Rashomon.
7. Compiling Characters, Cherry-Picking, and Captain Phenomenal.
Case Study: The Patriot.
8. Reinterpreting and Reinventing the Storytelling Wheel.
Case Study: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
9. I Know It Really Happened That Way, But . . . .
Case Study: Madison.
10. Learning by Writing Across the Genres.
Case Study: Glengarry Glen Ross.
11. Good, Evil, and the Eternal Combat Over Adaptations.
Case Study: X-Men.
12. Smart Choices with Source Material.
Case Study: Shiloh.
13. Hints from and Interviews with Hollywood Bigwigs.
What People are Saying About This
'A well thought out and professional book on adaptation. Richard Krevolin has done the heavy lifting and put together an indispensable guide for any serious screenwriter. How to Adapt Anything Into A Screenplay has a permanent place beside my computer. . . The best book on adaptation, hands down.'Jack Epps, Jr., screenwriter for Top Gun, Dick Tracy, The Secret Of My Success
"Enlightens and clarifies the adaptation process...It's like a semester of film school only a lot cheaper and you can learn while lying on your couch in your underwear."Tom DeSanto, screenwriter for X-Men, Apt Pupil, X-Men II
'Richard Krevolin understands that writers of adaptations owe little to the original material. Instead, like all screenwriters, they owe audiences the best possible movie. He asserts quite rightly, in clear and engaging language, that adaptations are more like original screenplays than they are different from them. And in doing so, he has written the best book possible.'Prof. Richard Walter, UCLA School of Cinema Screenwriting Chairman
"Oh good, another book I don't have to write since Richard Krevolin's done such a bang-up job of it. He's distilled not only the essence of the art of adaptation but also reminded us of the essentials of drama and why we want to tell stories in the first place."Chris Vogler, author of The Writer's Journey
'I wish I had this book when I was adapting the life of Jake LaMotta into the screenplay for Raging Bull.'Mardik Martin, screenwriter for Raging Bull, Mean Streets, and New York, New York