Todd Rubenstein, Esq., discussed the art and legalities of securing books rights in the Spring 2002 issue of Filmmaker Magazine.
“Not infrequently, a client will call me and say, ‘I just read this really great book. How do I find out if the rights are available? And if they are, how do I get them?’
“Although the specific answer to these questions differs in each case, there is a specific method for hunting down and securing literary rights. By heeding a few important “do’s-and-don’ts,” filmmakers can often obtain the film rights to a property without spending a fortune, tipping off studio trackers or pissing off too many people along the way. For those prepared to do the legwork, here’s a primer on how to do it….” (h/t — The Writers Guild Foundation)