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Any screenwriters out there? (Stage to screen adaptation)

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Hi all,

What are some of your favorite musical screenplays (make sure you include who adapted/wrote them)!

In a similar vein, I want to see how one of my musicals could work as a screenplay. If there are any screenwriters on this forum who'd be willing to adapt for me, let me know.

Any screenwriters out there? (Stage to screen adaptation)

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BUMP

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I think Fosse’s ALL THAT JAZZ is one of the most brilliant musical screenplays there is. And while I didn’t love it at the time, the more I write, the more I appreciate Condon’s take on CHICAGO. 

 

And im not exactly sure what you’re asking on the adaptation front, but PM me and I can answer questions you might have. 

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What is your budget for these services?

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Are you asking someone to write a screenplay on spec -- or are you looking to commission someone?  There's a big difference.

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I would say on spec- most of the material, and all the music, is already written. It's the formatting that I have trouble with, which is where a collaborator could come in

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Ado Annie D'Ysquith said: "I would say on spec- most of the material, and all the music, is already written. It's the formatting that I have trouble with, which is where a collaborator could come in"

Any screenwriters out there? (Stage to screen adaptation)

 

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The plays most desirable to be adapted for the screen are the ones with strong, original stories, not dozens of 5 minute scenes.

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Not sure what's so suspicious about that, BrodyFosse...

And Tom5, the work in question is a strong original story. I don't know where you got the 5-minute scene thing from.

Look, all I'm saying is that I have a musical that I'm curious as to whether or not would work as a film one day. I would never in a million years want to steal anything from anybody or what have you.

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I too am an artist, obviously, and have only been paid for it three times for a total of $175. You don't need to preach what's being said on that graphic, my friend...boy do I get it.

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I think what BrodyFosse is implying is it sounds like is you might need to be clear about the parameters of what you’re looking for. If you want help with formatting, there are books that can help you with that. Just buy a book and a copy of Final Draft and you don’t need anybody else. If you want help reimagining it for the screen, that’s a lot of work. Screenwriters in the WGA receive at least five figures for that kind of work. Moreover, what I don’t hear in your request is what’s in it for the screenwriter.  There are contractual issues of who owns the screenplay and the rights to your play that are not addressed in the original post. And if you’re asking someone to adapt the plays, then granting them no rights over the IP or finished screenplay, then I’m unsure what the advantage is for the screenwriter. If you are looking to share credit/rights, just be clear on that point. 

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Ado Annie D'Ysquith said: "I too am an artist, obviously, and have only been paid for it three times for a total of $175. You don't need to preach what's being said on that graphic, my friend...boy do I get it."

 

Do you?  Because you seem to use this place as your own person Craig's List.