One of the lesser used categories on The IF List is the writer proposal. For some IF Listers, it’s too difficult to think of who they would want to re-write their favorite book for the screen and for others, it’s inconsequential to them. However, screenwriters play a crucial part in making a good film.
“Why not just have the author who wrote the book write the screenplay too?”
Screenwriting is a very different skill from writing a novel. While some authors successfully make the jump like J.K. Rowling, who will write Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and of course Gillian Flynn for Gone Girl, they often have a helpful co-writer who is experienced in adapting for film.
“But I don’t know any Screenwriters. No one talks about them.”
It’s true that screenwriters often don’t get as much recognition as the director or the cast, but…
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