Tuesday, January 31, 2012

When a producer calls and options the right to your book....

A producer might very well call and ask for an option for the rights to Jim Laughter's ''POLAR CIY RED'' for the L.A.-based production company. The cli-fi novel, some say sci-fi, others say speculative fiction, set in an Alaskan ''polar city'' in the year 2080, is poised to take the world by storm.
What does "optioned" for a movie really mean?

It's like calling dibs on a project. In POLAR CITY RED's case, the production
company might option the rights to his book and will be therefore looking to partner with
a studio. When they get studio interest, the contract will have a provision
for them to purchase the rights to the novel and the process will go from there.

How might POLAR CITY RED get optioned for film?

After the book is released, a savvy Hollywood producer who is looking for books with buzz might contact the author.

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