Re: [screenwriters-261] Question re: screenwriting credit

From: Lee
Sent on: Friday, November 2, 2012 9:56 PM
Well I literally just finished writing it, we don't even know if we're going to pursue filming it. Just curious at this point, if it becomes serious, then yes, if warranted, I'd call in the hot shots.
Lee


On Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 8:54 PM, Martine Allard <[address removed]> wrote:
I would ask an entertainment lawyer. 

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On Nov 2, 2012, at 8:31 PM, Lee <[address removed]> wrote:

I recently finished up writing a short screenplay. The screenplay is an adaption from a short story written by someone I don't know.

Right now, I have the credit as "Written by Lee Stokes, adapted from a Story by Book Writer".

Which if it was a straight forward adaptation, I would move ahead with.
HOWEVER, the truth is that as I wrote the screenplay, I realized that I hated the ending in the book.
I liked the characters, the setup, and most of the story, but when the payoff came, I pretty much hated it.
As the screenplay is now, I'd say like 2/3 or 3/4 of the story is the authors, but the final piece is wholly mine. I mean, my ending is nothing like his, nor based in any way on his original ending.

So two questions:
1. how do I credit the writing?
2. how do I broach the situation to the author when the time comes to try to obtain rights?

Any thoughts, insights or tips appreciated. If whatever I wrote isn't clear, I am willing to try and explain further.

Lee

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