We grew up loving movies. We also love reading books. In fact, many times while reading said books, we wondered what the movie version of those books would look like. Then we got to do it once, and it was awesome. And that’s pretty much the extent of our expertise on this matter.
Sure, having done it a few times now with movies like The Fault In Our Stars, The Spectacular Now, and our most recent adaptation, The Disaster Artist, hopefully we’ve learned a thing or two. But truth be told, there’s no “one right way” to go about it, nor will the process that worked last time work the next time and so forth. Every reading experience is different, just as every writing experience is different.
That said, here are five things we’ve discovered over time that do seem to apply whenever we set out to alchemize a book, (our experience is mainly with books) into a workable movie script.