Adapting Your Script To A Book

As stated by one of Hollywood’s active investors of feature films and why his last three projects were all adapted from books; “they came with a built-in audience.”

Investors and executives have stated that, depending on the project and production budget, a book does not have to be a bestseller in order to receive all or partial funding, . When asked if independents can take advantage of this option, Ms. Flanagan stated that, technology has reduced the time and expense of getting a book (eBook) written, published and distributed (in some instances 1-2 months.) Furthermore many production companies and agencies are pushing certain scripts to be adapted to books as part of their promotion and marketing strategy. BSI is one of those companies.

In speaking with industry executives at Sony, Warner Bros and other major studios they stated that it is not a coincidence that more books than ever are being adapted to films. Which is why you often read in the credits of a newly released movie, “based on a book by…” and the name is of a writer you never heard of.  Basically industry executives see books as one component of their overall marketing strategy to market and promote certain writers / scripts, prior to approving funding.

Executives also stated, books with proven sales also have a built in fan base which means “we’re not starting from zero when it comes to generating interest in the film.”

Keep in mind, although adapting books to films is nothing new, the number of books being adapted to films and TV series is skyrocketing, it’s also important to remember, just like not every script written or funded will become a box office hit, not every script adapted to a book and published will be a bestseller.

In 2012; 10 books were adapted to films and broke a record for Hollywood adaptations in one year.In 2014; 40 books were adapted to films and that number is expected to increase in the years to come.

Also, writers are finding that adapting their scripts to books can prove to be an advantage when submitting their projects to investors or industry executives for funding or licensing.

For assistance with adapting your script to a book … or your book to a screenplay, we can help you!

Click here for more information on how to get started.

BlueStar Studios Inc., recently merged with Word First Publishing. Susan Flanagan our Emmy Award Winning Writer and international best-selling author is our acting editor-in chief.  Her achievements include having  ghost written books for celebrities, politicians and CEOs, along with having adapted books to screenplays and scripts to books for major Hollywood studios, screenwriters and authors  for over several years.

Her talent as an award winning writer and best-selling author  gives her the creative talent and ability to ensure the vision of the script is reflected in the story of the books she writes. The merger with WFP combined with the resources of our film division, allows us to provide first time writers and published authors the same beginning to end writing, editing and publishing services, that best-selling authors receive from traditional publishing companies.

Adapting your script to a novel…

Some advantages:

  • There’s the potential for creating a revenue stream from the book sales, while simultaneously continuing to pitch and submit your script version to  investors and industry executives.

  • No pitching, no need for an agent, no approval process. You decide how and when to have your book published.

  • You have control over publishing and the marketing of your book and retain all rights to your script.

  • The internet/technology has streamlined the process for publishing any type of book in any format; hard/soft cover book and/or as an e-Book.

  • Regardless if an investor or network shows interest in your project or not, your royalties from book sales will continue as long as anyone is buying your book.

Some Disadvantages:

  • Keep in mind, not every book will have big sales numbers or make the Best Seller’s list. Just like not every script that is written gets funded, licensed, or TV show becomes number one in ratings.

  • Costs: We’ve spoken to many independents that said adapting their script to a book and then publishing it took time and effort, when tried without help. Determining the amount you will pay for assistance in getting your book edited, published and marketed will depend on your knowledge of writing, marketing, and promoting your book.

  • Traditional or self-publishing; Getting a literary agent is equivalent to trying to get a film agent, which is why self-publishing is a viable option to explore. Additionally just like a film or TV script; not every book will be profitable, and although the cost is minimal compared to development and production cost of filming a  60 second trailer; some books will not even cover their cost of publishing and marketing.

    Technology has made self-publishing a book cost effective and easier than ever before.


    For assistance with any step throughout your process,

    contact us at 310.496.5705or

    Email me: Elyse

    Christian, V.P. Production

    BSI Media Consulting Group  /

    a subsidiary of BlueStar Studios Inc.


About BSI Films / a Subsidiary of BlueStar Studios Inc.

CEO of North America, TV and Film Production and Production Services
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6 Responses to Adapting Your Script To A Book

  1. When film producers quit thinking professional investors, lenders, & funders are in the business of giving away money that will be start in right direction of getting funded. Next is to realize how many different types of film finance there is and the timeline involved in getting funded. This nonsense of beginning the fund raising campaign the week before shooting is just plain stupidity. So first GOOGLE “Short list of specific types of film finance” also found on wordpress. .

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