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First Draft: Here Are 20 of the Hottest Public Domain Properties For Screenwriters

First Draft: Here Are 20 of the Hottest Public Domain Properties For Screenwriters

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19. The Secret Garden

The beloved children’s novel was written by Frances Hodgson Burnett and published in 1911. Since then, it has been adapted multiple times for television and film. The book tells the story of a young, privileged girl living in India that is left orphaned when her parents die. She is sent back to England where she goes to live on her uncle’s estate, forced to find things to keep herself occupied. She discovers a sickly young boy and a secret garden.

While the story has been adapted many times, with the right new and fresh angle, a screenwriter could certainly adapt the intellectual property to their advantage. Perhaps it’s a sequel story—a creative continuation.

With a book like this that is considered classic literature and read by millions of children and their parents, the opportunities to bring this story to the big screen again—in different but familiar fashion—is intriguing.

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