Adapting a Book Into a Film or Television Program

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Jim Young

Webinar hosted by: Jim Young

Owner/Producer at Animus Films

Producer Jim Young's first production was the award-winning documentary Year of the Bull, which premiered on Showtime. He next produced the thriller, Homecoming, directed by Morgan J. Freeman and starring Mischa Barton, Jessica Stroup, and Matt Long. Paramount Pictures released the film. Young then produced the dark comedy, Don McKay, starring Academy Award-nominees Thomas Haden Church and Elisabeth Shue, and Academy Award-winning Melissa Leo. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically by Image Entertainment. Young's next film, The Words, starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, and Zoe Saldana was the Closing Night Film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. CBS Films released the film last fall. Lovelace, starring an all-star cast including Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Hank Azaria, and James Franco, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Academy Award-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman directed the drama. The film was acquired by The Weinstein Company/Radius and was released this past August. Young most recently produced the film, Life of a King, which starred Cuba Gooding, Jr., Dennis Haysbert, and LisaGay Hamilton. The drama is based on the true story of Eugene Brown, founder of the Big Chair Chess House in Washington, DC. The film premiered this past June at the Los Angeles Film Festival and will be released theatrically next January by Millennium Entertainment. Upcoming productions include Cut Throat City, directed by RZA, and The Man Who Knew Infinity, starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons. Young is currently developing many other film and television projects with independent companies including Lynda Obst Productions, Ruby Films, Tollin Productions, Tribeca Productions, Underground Films, and Pressman Films. Young was a fellow in the Film Independent Producer's Lab and received the Alfred P. Sloan Producer's Grant for The Man Who Knew Infinity. Previously, Young was a Creative Executive at actor Bill Paxton's American Entertainment Company. He is a member of the Producer's Guild of America and attended New York University, where he majored in Dramatic Literature. Full Bio »

Learn directly from award winning non-fiction producer, Jim Young, who's produced 8 films based on books, including Lovelace (James Franco, Amanda Seyfriend), The Man Who Know Infinty (New York Times best Seller), The Catcher Was a Spy and Layover

Some of the recent best feature films were based on books, including Hidden Figures, Lost City of Z, Unbroken, American Sniper, Inherent Vice, Wild, The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything. Some of the top recent television series based on books include Game of Thrones, True Detective, Pretty Little Liars, The Leftovers, Boardwalk Empire, Justified, True Blood, Dexter, the upcoming Fresh Off the Boat.

As you can see, great books often make for great films and TV programs. The first step to beginning an adaptation is to find a book that lends itself to being turned into a film or television project. Discovering an adaptation-worthy subject can be as simple as stumbling across an interesting title at a bookstore or airport newsstand. Another way to find possibilities include reading the magazine Publisher’s Weekly, which profiles new books hitting the market each week along with short synopses. Many other magazines and newspapers give mentions of new titles each month as well.

In this on-demand Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Jim Young will go over how to adapt a book into a film or TV series! Jim will cover everything from acquiring the rights, to script development, to pre-production, to production, all the way to the finish line. Having produced films such as Lovelace (starring James Franco, Sharon Stone, and Amanda Seyfried) and The Man Who Knew Infinity (starring Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones, and Stephen Fry) and the upcoming The Catcher Was a Spy (directed by Ben Lewin and written by Robert Rodat) and Layover (written and to be directed by Toni Kalem) all based on books, Jim knows how to adapt a book into a film and TV series from start to finish.

Jim Young is an independent producer and the president of Animus Films. He has produced over eight films, with upcoming productions including Cut Throat City, directed by RZA. Young is currently developing many other film and television projects with independent companies including Lynda Obst Productions, Ruby Films, Tollin Productions, Tribeca Productions, Underground Films, and Pressman Films.


What You'll Learn:

  • What to look for when considering a title to adapt
  • How to find available titles
  • How to get to the table to negotiate an option/purchase agreement for the book
  • Tips on how to close the deal
  • Advice on the development process for a literary adaptation
  • How to engage the author in the development process
  • Things to consider during the production and post-productions phases
  • Ideas to garner the most broad audience when the time comes for the release/premiere
  • Legal elements to have in place prior to the release
  • In-depth Q&A about adapting

About Your Instructor:

Producer Jim Young's first production was the award-winning documentary Year of the Bull, which premiered on Showtime. He next produced the thriller, Homecoming, directed by Morgan J. Freeman and starring Mischa Barton, Jessica Stroup, and Matt Long. Paramount Pictures released the film. Young then produced the dark comedy, Don McKay, starring Academy Award-nominees Thomas Haden Church and Elisabeth Shue, and Academy Award-winning Melissa Leo. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically by Image Entertainment.

Young's next film, The Words, starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, and Zoe Saldana was the Closing Night Film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. CBS Films released the film last fall.

Lovelace, starring an all-star cast including Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Hank Azaria, and James Franco, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Academy Award-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman directed the drama. The film was acquired by The Weinstein Company/Radius and was released this past August.

Young most recently produced the film, Life of a King, which starred Cuba Gooding, Jr., Dennis Haysbert, and LisaGay Hamilton. The drama is based on the true story of Eugene Brown, founder of the Big Chair Chess House in Washington, DC. The film premiered this past June at the Los Angeles Film Festival and will be released theatrically next January by Millennium Entertainment.

Upcoming productions include Cut Throat City, directed by RZA, and The Man Who Knew Infinity, starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons.

Young is currently developing many other film and television projects with independent companies including Lynda Obst Productions, Ruby Films, Tollin Productions, Tribeca Productions, Underground Films, and Pressman Films.

Young was a fellow in the Film Independent Producer's Lab and received the Alfred P. Sloan Producer's Grant for The Man Who Knew Infinity. Previously, Young was a Creative Executive at actor Bill Paxton's American Entertainment Company. He is a member of the Producer's Guild of America and attended New York University, where he majored in Dramatic Literature.


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  • This is right on. I'm adapting one of my novels into a movie treatment.

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