Ever wondered how film execs choose which books to make into movies? French concept Shoot the Book!, which started in 2014 as part of Cannes Festival, comes to Shanghai for the first time later this month, offering an inside look at the process. Originally created to encourage French producers to adapt French novels into movies, Shoot the Book! has spread around the world and will now try to jump-start some Chinese novel adaptations.
The Shanghai installment goes down at the Shanghai Exhibition Center in collaboration with Shanghai International Film Festival. Six Chinese books and 11 French books chosen by Chinese film industry experts for their cinematic potential will be pitched to an audience of international producers. The books range from mystery novels to historical fiction to fantasy, and encompass a wide range of topics, including the life of a European queen and a railway construction site in Yunnan. It's an all-day event: the book pitches takes place in the morning, and producers are able to spend the afternoon meeting with the publishers of any books that sparked their interest. Cocktails will follow, naturally.
Those involved in the film industry can sign up on Faguowenhua before June 12 to attend.