As a writer, would you rather adapt an existing work for the big screen, or start from scratch? Each task probably uses a different set of writing muscles. Whether it’s creating the screenplay for “The Theory of Everything” from Jane Wilde’s memoir, or creating the original story for “Boyhood,” as writer and director Richard Linklater did, all of this year’s nominees have gotten kudos from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their efforts.
As a writer, would you rather start from scratch or adapt an existing work? How would you feel about adapting someone else’s work? Better yet, what would you think of someone adapting one of your works for the screen? Would you be able to let it go? I would love to see your comments below. And, if you’re curious, you can see a complete list of this year’s writing nominees here.