Adaptations are tricky to pull off. The screenwriter has to please fans of the source material by honoring the spirit of the book/comic book/etc., while also ensuring that the story works as a feature film. Movies and books are very different mediums, and so the screenwriter makes all the difference. Sometimes we get brilliant adaptations like the Harry Potter series, and then other times the films are too slavish to the material, like some of the Twilight movies.
A recent example of a great adaptation is last year’s Gone Girl. Obviously having David Fincher as your director gives you a leg up, but the screenplay was particularly impressive, especially considering that it was written by the book’s author, Gillian Flynn. She did a magnificent job of streamlining her story into a feature film that felt complete and satisfying on its own, and it’s no surprise that Flynn has landed some impressive gigs in that film’s wake (I’m still irked about her Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar snub).
Well add one more exciting opportunity to Flynn’s to-do list, as Deadline reports that the scribe has signed on to co-write the screenplay for 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen’s untitled heist thriller set up at New Regency. The project is based on the 2002 British miniseries Windows, which revolved around four armed robbers in a caper gone wrong.
Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films will produce the picture, reteaming with McQueen after working with the filmmaker on Shame and his upcoming HBO miniseries Codes of Conduct, which is his next project.
McQueen is expected to co-write this heist thriller with Flynn, though it may be 2016 at the earliest before the film moves into production. McQueen will be busy this year on Codes of Conduct, while Flynn is currently reteaming with Fincher on the HBO series Utopia, for which she will write all the episodes and he will direct. The scribe has also set up another exciting reunion with Fincher, a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train with Ben Affleck attached to star as an actor in the midst of an Oscar campaign. Exciting stuff all around.