Dear Miss Snark
I've had a half-finished novel in my desk for years. Last year, a professional screenwriter friend thought the story would make a good movie script, so we collaborated on a screenplay. (He mostly wrote it, based on my material.) The process of writing the screenplay made me want to go back to the novel and finish it. The hitch is that a major director is interested in the screenplay and may want to option it. What do I need to do to protect my rights to my original material? Can I insist that the screenplay is "based on a novel" when it's not only an unpublished novel but an unfinished one?
Thanks for your help. I heart your blog and Killer Yap. (Killer Yapp hearts you back and wants to know if there's a poodle in your movie. If so, his people will call your people)
Miss Snark is singularly unqualified to answer this question.
She steers clear of those Hollywood types; her interaction is limited to calling the Gersh Agency and saying "go! go! go!" which she does on Tuesdays at 6pm.
Someone reading this will know more about how to answer your question so watch the comment column.