Career Issues

Writers’ and Producers’ Standpoints

The concept of influence is an intriguing one. In adapting a screenplay, you are distilling the essence of a story and its characters, sometimes translating, sometimes transforming these into a film. Where it all starts is in rights acquisition, which sometimes varies country to country.

What Walt Disney did in negotiating with P.L. Travers in Hollywood, London and Australia for the rights to her best-selling Mary Poppins books and what the producers of The Graduate (USA, 1967) did in paying author Charles Webb a paltry $20,000 for his first novel,1 enabling them to make a film that went on to earn an adjusted gross figure of $736,815,8002 differ considerably from what Tarantino did in the ...

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