Adapting the Novel for the Screen

Richard Walter
Moving Pictures
Published in
5 min readMar 4, 2024

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With my new novel Deadpan now available to order online at Amazon and, best of all, directly from its courageous publisher Heresy Press, I thought it would be appropriate to consider the relationship between novels and screenplays.

My own screenwriting teacher, USC’s late and legendary Irwin R. Blacker, used to ask his classes the following: “When adapting a novel for the screen, what does the writer owe…

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Richard Walter
Moving Pictures

Screenwriter, bestselling author, and 40 years leadership @ UCLA’s prestigious screenwriting program. Get 40 lessons from 40 years: richardwalter.com/newsletter