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Where Movie Ideas Come From: Mashups

The movie Outland is basically High Noon, with Sean Connery in the Gary Cooper role, and it takes place on one of Jupiter’s moons. Alien was pitched as Jaws in space by Ridley Scott. The Coen brothers came up with the idea for Oh Brother Where Art Thou, using the plot from Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. They just changed the characters, the tone, and the setting-- to the rural south during the 1930’s.

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Where Do Movie Ideas Come From? Public Domain

One way to come up with an idea for a screenplay is take a classic story that’s proven to be relevant over time and retell it in current day.

Why choose to adapt a literary classic instead of creating your own original screenplay? There are many reasons;

Films based on the classics, (including Shakespear, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Bram Stoker, Lewis Caroll, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Wells) are generally considered to...
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