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Six Adaptation Steps

Six Adaptation Steps Before You Adapt That Book

You’ve found a novel, short story, or stage play that would be perfect for a movie. And now you want to adapt it. How do you go about it? Is the process the same for both famous works and unknown works? And what are the legal issues?

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Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston in “The Essex Serpent,” now streaming on Apple TV+.

The Soul of the Story: An Interview with 'The Essex Serpent' Writer and Executive Producer Anna Symon

Anna Symon speaks with Script about the adaptation process, the amount of research she and the writer's room conducted, charting character arcs, and she share's invaluable advice for writers interested in adapting a book into a screenplay.

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