IP is taking over Hollywood — and leading to great adaptations of books

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Monday, October 9, 2023 - 12:22pm
Updated: Monday, October 9, 2023 - 5:42pm

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Lily Gladstone in “Killers of the Flower Moon,” Rachel Zelger in “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” and Brie Larson in “Lessons in Chemistry”
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(From left) Lily Gladstone in “Killers of the Flower Moon,” Rachel Zelger in “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” and Brie Larson in “Lessons in Chemistry”

The movies “Killers of the Flower Moon” and “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” debut this fall, along with the TV series “Lessons in Chemistry.” They have something in common: Each of them is a screen adaptations of a book.

As Brian McAuley tells us, Hollywood today is all about IP, or intellectual property. And that means, before something becomes a movie, it starts as a book or a comic book — you get the idea. And there are pros and cons to that approach.

McAuley is a clinical assistant professor at Arizona State University’s Sidney Poitier New American Film School as well as a screenwriter and novelist himself. And he knows the screen adaptation game well.

The Show spoke with him more about it.

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