Producing : Producers Becoming Publishers to Become Producers by Jeff Lyons

Jeff Lyons

Producers Becoming Publishers to Become Producers

Producers creating novelizations off their shows is not new news... been done for decades. But, the change in the publishing world has turned this paradigm on its head... now screenwriters are writing novels FIRST... to feed movie/tv deals. This is a direct result of the publishing revolution. Michael Mann is jumping on this with his new Michael Mann Books. I've been advocating this for years. Check out link : http://deadline.com/2016/03/michael-mann-heat-prequel-novel-michael-mann...

Michael Mann Launches Book Imprint; 'Heat' Prequel Novel A Priority
Michael Mann Launches Book Imprint; 'Heat' Prequel Novel A Priority
EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Michael Mann, long one of the most literate translators of words to the screen, has made a deal to launch Michael Mann Books. The imprint will generate a series of novels wi…
Richard "RB" Botto

I have a number of screenwriting friends who are now writing novels in the hopes of adapting them into screenplay. The reason? Most studios and mid majors want to produce films based on existing IP. If there's a built in audience for the material, they believe the risk is mitigated.

Richard "RB" Botto

By the way, I love Mann, but him working with Winslow, one of my favorite novelists, is beyond exciting to me.

Jeff Lyons

Yeah, it's a huge "movement" to do the script-to-novel thing now. I just did it and had an amazing experience doing so. Learned a huge amount about the adaptation process and how it is so different writing prose if you are a screenwriter. You can't just "write more exposition" and expect it to work. :) There are now a bunch of how-to books on the market about how to approach the problem, but none of them are really are effective, IMO. At the risk of getting this post booted for self-promotion... I did a long interview for Script Magazine on what I (and my co-writer) went through in our process. Very educational for anyone wanting to do this with their own scripts. I wont' leave a link, as that might get me booted out of here. Worth reading though.

Richard "RB" Botto

You can post it here, Jeff! In fact, check out today's blog for my Content Challenge!

Jeff Lyons

Ok... here is the link: http://www.jefflyonsbooks.com/script-to-novel-script-magazine-interview-... I'll check your blog :) Thanx.

Richard "RB" Botto

Cool read, Jeff! Consider the door open to guest blog on this subject any time you'd like. Think the community would be most grateful!

Jeff Lyons

Oh wow... I'd love to. I'm actually writing an article for The Writer Magazine right now on this topic... so I have a lot to say about it... can you msg me privately with details how I would submit??? THANK YOU :)

Richard "RB" Botto

Hey Jeff. I bet you do! Feel free to drop Rosalind a line at Rosalind@stage32.com and let her know I sent you! She handles all our blog content and editing. Thanks, my friend!

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