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No.
 
You could write a script that sells. That would curb the interest of
another group working on the same book. But, it isn't your story. You don't
own it. It belongs to whoever wants it.
 
 
At 05:02 PM 8/13/97 +0000, you wrote:
>Lets say I have just read a book.  The characters were compelling.  The
>story was involving.  Greater than great.  It was visual.  Seems like a
>sure bet for a movie.  Even better ... the book is in the public
>domain.
>
>Six month later I have adapted the book into a first rate screenplay.
>I start to market the script around H'wood ... everyone rejects it ...
>and someday I find out Paramount is doing an adaptation themselves.
>
>Is there anything I could do to avoid this scenario; to protect myself
>from other screenwriters/producers/studios in adapting the same book?
>
>Eric Lilleor
>Danish Screenwriter
>
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