I've written a screenplay. Now what? How do I get where I want to be?

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I have nearly completed writing a screenplay based on a book. I don't want to write films, however, I want to direct them. I've heard that you must buy rights to a screenplay and pitch the story idea in order to do this. Exactly how would I contact a company with that interest? If I need a representing agent, how would I hire one? When would I need to get author's permission? I am looking for in-depth answers, not advice on how difficult this career will be, I am already aware. How does the process work exactly? Thank you.




  1. Write the publisher.  They're the ones who actually own the rights to the book. Tell them what you want to do.  They'll tell you what you need to do to put the project out to the public. Yes, you do have to buy the rights, but maybe since you're just starting out, you can negotiate a percentage instead of an up front fee.

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