Kelli Mix sent me an email on the subject of trying to turn my novel into a movie, and she graciously consented to my publishing it. Thank you, Kelli!
Here it is:
My husband owns an independent film company. Check out www.mixintlmedia.com. They are always searching for scripts. Most production companies will not consider a book manuscript. It must be in script format. So if you are serious about your manuscript being transformed, you should contact a scriptwriter. As a slush pile script reader, I will give you the following pointers to consider before attempting this monumental task:
1. A large production company such as Universal will not typically touch such a project. They have an arsenal of multi-million dollar scripts and writers constantly cranking out scripts. So, unless you are a cousin to Julia Roberts, stick to small independent film companies. It's not impossible, but similar to getting a Random House deal. 2. Period pieces are very expensive so most independent film companies will not touch them. It is preferable to have a film set in current times (1980 - 2009). 3. It is best if your setting is nowhereville. Can it be produced in any city or is it set in Rome or NYC - also costly & nearly impossible to recreate. 4. Consider your genre when soliciting. Just like the book industry, independent film companies have targeted genres where they make the most money. If a company has produced four horror movies, they will likely not take on a romance. 5. Does your book have any high action scenes such as cars blowing up or bombs exploding - if so the cost of your production will be very high. 6. You can sell the rights to your book and have the film company hire scriptwriters, but you will lose all say in how the script is written. 7. The "funny" market is good right now, but do consider that humor scripts are one of the hardest sells because they do not typically sell well to the international market, who makes up a good portion of profit for film companies. Humor does not translate well across cultures. On the flip side horror markets are huge overseas because action & blood is internationally understood:).
Those are a few that come off the top of my head and have been drilled into me when forwarding a script up the line of readers. Let me know if I can answer any other questions. Again, check out my husband's website because he just finished a television project (The Dukes of Hazzard 30th Anniversary) after doing a movie set here in Georgia and he just commented to me that he was ready to take on another film project if he could find a good script. Kelli Mix Author of the Game Day Alamanac Official Rules of Poker