Adaptations: How to write and adapt existing works or 'based on' true events

Room: Tuke Hall
Time: Saturday 5:00pm


with Jeb Stuart, Danny Brocklehurst, and Tom Edge
moderated by Sarah Williams

Adaptations: How to write and adapt existing works or

Adapting a successful novel or other work seems like a logical evolution, but the process can be problematic. How do you navigate the minefield?

In this session Jeb Stuart (Die Hard, The Fugitive) and Danny Brocklehurst (In the Dark) will draw from their own experience and discuss how best to approach existing works or stories drawn from history which may involve certain ethical responsibilities.  Subjects covered will include:

  • How to secure book and/or life rights.
  • The importance of locking down an air-tight chain of title.
  • The murky grey area between ‘Based on’ and factual story telling – how far can and should artistic license take you?
  • You’ve got the rights, dotted the t’s and crossed the i’s – what next?
  • What to cut and what to keep.
  • What are the common mistakes and tricks of the trade that you should learn now?

This is a MUST attend session for anyone considering an adaptation or a project based on true events – come and learn from masters of the adaptation craft the secrets of their success.

Appearing in this session

Danny Brocklehurst

Danny Brocklehurst – Screenwriter

Credits include: The Five, Ordinary Lies, Shameless, Clocking Off

Danny is a BAFTA and International Emmy winning screenwriter who has written on some of the biggest UK dramas of recent years.
Danny Brocklehurst
Jeb Stuart

Jeb Stuart – Screenwriter

Credits include: Die Hard, The Fugitive

Jeb has been a motion picture and television screenwriter, director and producer for over 30 years and is considered one of the great action screenwriters in film history.
Jeb Stuart
Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams – Screenwriter

Professional singer and drummer, Sarah also writes for the screen and brings her impeccable moderating skills back to the LSF this year.
Sarah Williams
Tom Edge

Tom Edge – Screenwriter

Credits include: The Crown, Strike

Tom Edge is a twice BAFTA-nominated writer; he created the Netflix original comedy Lovesick and wrote on their epic drama The Crown.
Tom Edge