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At 17:02 08/13/97 +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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>Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite
>http://www.sa.ua.edu/screensite
>
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