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David Nicholls’ Five Favorite Novel to Screen Adaptations

Updated February 25, 2011

In addition to Jane Eyre, what other classic novels have made great films. We asked Novelist/Screenwriter David Nicholls.

David Nicholls: Novelist/Screenwriter
Oil! (1927)/There Will Be Blood (2007)
Heart of Darkness (1902)/Apocalypse Now (1979)
Far From The Madding Crowd (1874/ 1967)
Brideshead Revisited (1945/1981)
Barry Lyndon (1844/1975)
David Nicholls: Novelist/Screenwriter

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David Nicholls: Novelist/Screenwriter

Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Jane Eyre is the most recent adaptation––more than 45 so far––of Charlotte Bronte’s celebrated novel. What about other novels turned into films? We asked acclaimed novelist and screenwriter David Nicholls, who adapted his own bestseller One Day for Focus Features (due in theaters July 10), to pick five of his favorite films adapted from classic novels. As both a novelist and screenwriter, Nicholls intimately understands the complexity of turning a novel into a screenplay. Having started out as an actor he also knows what it means to embody a text on screen. He’s written three novels––Starter for Ten (2003), The Understudy (2005), and One Day (2009)––and has adapted both Starter for Ten and One Day for film, in addition to penning a number of screenplays for both television and film.