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While books are turned into movies all the time, it’s rare when the book’s author adapts the screenplay for the film version. Here are 8 writers who adapted their own books into movies.
- Gillian Flynn and Gone Girl. Gillian Flynn started her career working as a writer with Entertainment Weekly when she quit to write the novel “Gone Girl.” Reese Witherspoon acquired the rights to the best-selling novel with the hopes of starring in the film. However, when David Fincher signed on to direct the film, he wanted Rosamund Pike to play the role of Amazing Amy instead. Flynn adapted her own book for the film version. She is likely to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, as she’s slated to work with David Fincher again for the American version of the TV series Utopia for HBO.
- Graham Green and The Third Man. Graham Greene worked on the novel “The Third Man” and its screenplay adaptation at the same time. The film actually came out one year before the novel came out (the movie 1949, the book 1950).
- Stephen Chobsky and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Stephen Chobsky released “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” novel in 1999, while the film was released in 2012. Chobsky adapted the screenplay from his own book, while he also directed the movie version.
- William Peter Blatty and The Exorcist. The horror film The Exorcist was adapted by its novelist William Peter Blatty. The film and the book are separated by only two years, the former in 1971 and the latter in 1973.
- Dennis Lehane and The Drop. Dennis Lehane actually adapted The Drop from his 2009 short story “Animal Rescue.” The Drop was also Lehane’s first screenwriting credit, while he also worked on the TV shows The Wire and Boardwalk Empire.
- Bret Easton Ellis and The Informers. Bret Easton Ellis wrote the collection of short stories known as “The Informers” in 1994, while he also adapted the screenplay for the film in 2008. Bret Easton Ellis worked on the screenplay since 2005 and wanted it to be “an absurdist, lighthearted, and expansive satire.”
- John Irving and The Cider House Rules. John Irving won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules in 1999. Irving only wrote one screenplay and won an Oscar for it.
- Carrie Fisher and Postcards from the Edge. After her acting career, Carrie Fisher dived into writing with her semi-autobiographical novel “Postcards from the Edge” in 1987. She also wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation in 1990, which the late Mike Nicols directed.