Saturday, January 29, 2011

Reverse -- but not backward!

In the writing world there are certain standard procedures followed in most segments of the industry. Novels and Screenplays, my forte, are a good example. Usually a novel is written and then if it appeals to the movie industry, it is adapted to a screenplay.
A good example is DANCES WITH WOLVES. My friend, Michael Blake, wrote the novel, Dances with Wolves, and later adapted the story to a screenplay. The novel wasn’t doing especially well but his old friend (Kevin Costner) from their salad days in Hollywood, read the book and encouraged Michael to write a screenplay. The rest is history: Dances with Wolves was made into a movie and Michael won an Academy Award for his efforts.
An opposite approach was taken by Larry McMurtry. He’d written a screenplay specifically for John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, and Henry Fonda in 1972. It was entitled “Streets of Laredo”. The movie was never made so he used the story as an outline for the novel, “Lonesome Dove.” In 1986 Larry McMurtry was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
What’s the point of this post? I’m about to embark on the process of turning one of my screenplays into an eBook novel. It’s going to be a new approach for me. I’m looking forward to the experience.
“Empty Kayak,” a romantic adventure script was written in 2009. The backdrop is Panama in current times. I have it available in PDF form for those of you that wish a copy…just e-mail me. bobhatting@gmail.com.

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