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Article: Adapted Story Showcase (2016 - 2023)

2023 Adapted Story Showcase - Image of vintage typewriter

Adapted Story Showcase (2016 - 2023)

The Adapted Story Showcase recognizes scripts, books, short stories, & stage plays in any genre that feature an adapted story.


2023 WINNER


THE RED PLANET

written by Thomas Maggiore

Based on the book "The Red Planet" by R. R. Winterbotham

Six space travelers struggle to coexist with one another on their journey to Mars after learning the leader of the expedition has plans to return to Earth alone - but upon reaching their destination, the group is forced to unite against an attacking band of hostile Martians intent on killing the crew.


2023 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


A SIREN'S SWEET WHISPER by Fred G. Stemme (based on the book "The Lieutenant's Whistle" by Fred Stemme). Can a World War I romance between ambulance driver Hank Braddock and nurse Kyla Laurens survive a phobia-induced regression resulting in severe memory loss? | HourGlassHistoricals.com

A TWISTED CHRISTMAS CAROL by Phil Olson (based on "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens). A spoof of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," set in a little bar in west Texas. | ATwistedChristmasCarol.com | PhilOlson.com

ASH by Dave Stockwell (based on the nonfiction book "Route 9 Problem: The Battle for Lang Vei" by Dave Stockwell). A Special Forces medic, Eugene "Ash" Ashley, Jr., forced under fire during the Vietnam War, must attempt to rescue fellow Green Berets trapped by enemy tanks, becoming the first African American awarded the Medal of Honor in Special Forces history. | LangVeiBattle.com | Facebook 

BETSY AND THE EMPEROR by Staton Rabin (based on the book "Betsy and the Emperor" by Staton Rabin). A rebellious teenage English girl befriends the most feared man on earth - Napoleon Bonaparte - while he's being held prisoner by the British on the remote island of St. Helena, grows to love him, and risks her life on a dangerous scheme to help him escape. | Script Packet | ISA Profile: NetworkISA.org/profile/staton-rabin | ScreenplayMuse.com | StatonRabin.com | Twitter: @StatonRabin 

BREAKNECK RIDGE by Thomas N. Smith (based on the book "Pursuit of Paradise: The Story of an East Texas Farm Boy, The Pacific War, and Love" by Thomas N. Smith). A young East Texas sharecropper leaves the farm, goes to WWII, battles his way through the deadly jungles of the Pacific, and returns to the farm wanting only to marry his sweetheart. (The story of Horace G "Red" Smith and his experiences during the War in the Pacific from 1941-1945.) | Facebook: @TomSmithPursuitOfParadise 

CAMOUFLAGED SISTERS (Pilot) by Lydia Genner (based on the "Camouflaged Sisters" nonfiction anthology book series by Lila Holley). Five military women tap into the power of sisterhood while maneuvering through the challenges of their military careers and life outside the uniform. | CamouflagedSisters.org

DEAD SOUTH (Pilot) by Scott J. Thompson & Douglas Dell (based on the book "Deep and Dirty" by Douglas Dell). After ditching a long career in investigative journalism, Robert Winchester flees to the Deep South where he uncovers the massive drug- trafficking ring that incited a string of ritualistic murders.

FEED THE BRUTE by Corsica Wilson (based on "The Old Man & The Sea" by Ernest Hemingway). Struggling to survive on the Oregon Trail, one woman ambitiously hunts down a bison single-handedly to prove her worth to the caravan.

GROWING UP IN PALM SPRINGS by Maddy Lederman (based on "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov). A young man struggling in the shadow of his mother, a Hollywood actress, is devastated when his girlfriend runs off with his mother’s latest boyfriend. The mother and son are left bitterly estranged, but the death of a beloved uncle forces them together. 

HOBEY by Tom Mackie (based on "The Legend of Hobey Baker" by John D. Davies). In the early 20th Century, before Babe Ruth and Red Grange, an undersized, multi-sport athlete becomes America’s first Superstar, a WWI hero who carries himself with such gallantry and grace that no one sees the internal conflict that drives him to unforeseen heights. | IMDb: name/nm14641055 

IN HYDING by Carlos Perez (based on the book "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson). Dr. Jekyll creates a formula that will enable him to become who he believes he was always born to be. | IMDb: name/nm2952588 | Off The Wall Plays: Listing

JUST THE SIX OF US (Pilot) by Jimmy Sanders (based on the Warner Bros. series “Just the Ten of Us” created by Dan Guntzelman & Steve Marshall). The Lubbock sisters, suddenly reunited, try to create a better future for themselves by reconnecting with their past. | JimmysVoice.com | TheLostEpisodes.com | Instagram: @the_lost_episodes 

LEGEND by Brendan C. Elrick (based on "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson). In a dystopian future where a virus has turned the population into violent vampires, a lone survivor struggles with her refracted mental state while recalling the events leading up to the end of her once-idyllic world. 

MAGIC TREE HOUSE (Pilot) by Patrick McDaniels (based on "The Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark" by Mary Pope Osborn). After stumbling upon a mysterious tree house in the woods, practical bookworm Jack Smith and his imaginative, younger sister Annie are suddenly transported to the age of dinosaurs and must work together to get home. | Website: McDan113.wixsite.com/PatrickMcDaniels 

ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS DREAM by Aisha Jackson & Shar Jackson (based on the movie "Once Upon a Christmas Dream" by Wayne Roberts & Christopher L. Antie). Two children's lives are forever changed after a magical encounter on Christmas Eve.

ONLY APPARENTLY REAL by Michael Judd Richter (based on "Only Apparently Real" by Paul Williams). Philip K. Dick investigates a break-in at his house. Before it actually happens. (Inspired by Philip K. Dick.) MichaelRichter.com

PARNASSUS ON WHEELS by Jessica Ims (based on the novella “Parnassus on Wheels” by Christopher Morley). Rural New York State, 1910. A practical middle-aged spinster is persuaded to purchase a horse-drawn traveling bookstore, and is propelled into a storybook adventure and road-trip romance with the traveling bookstore’s eccentric former owner. 

PINOCHLE by Becca Stallard (based on the book "And the Birds Are Singing" by Rebecca Stallard). In the card game they love, the shrewdest bidder wins; in the game of life, a deadly family secret holds all the cards. | PoeticShores.com | Facebook: @Rebecca.Stallard.1 | Twitter: @RebeccaThePoet2 | Instagram: @RebeccaThePoet | IMDb: name/nm9931264

THE GHOSTS OF GORESTHORPE GRANGE by Anthony A. Labriola (based on the short story "Selecting a Ghost" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle). Silas & Matilda D'Odd are an eccentric newlywed couple in search of the supernatural. When they purchase a manor devoid of spirits, they hire a "Professional" to liven up the place.

THE MERRYTIME MATCHMAKER by Courtney Walsh & Ashley Bratcher (based on the novel "A Match Made at Christmas" by Courtney Walsh). A world traveling bachelor receives a desperate plea to come home for the holidays and gets more than the Christmas gift he bargained for. He must take over as the quaint surf town's infamous matchmaker to make a match before Christmas. | SimpleJaneFilms.com 

THE MUMTAZ CHRONICLES by Jameel Anne Johnson (based on the writings of Emperor Akbar I, "Akbarnama" by Abu'l-Fazl ibn Mubarak and "Jahagirnama" by Jahangir). Powerful women secluded in a royal harem must work together to manage the dysfunctional relationship between a prince and his father, the domineering emperor. | JameelAnneJohnson.com | Facebook | Twitter: @MumtazJameel

THE SUN ALSO RISES by Phillip E. Hardy (based on the book "The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway). Two hedonistic writers, a bankrupt aristocrat, and a preeminent bullfighter compete for the affection of an exquisite woman incapable of sustaining a committed relationship while leaving physical and emotional casualties in her wake. | Facebook: @Phillip.E.Hardy.9 | Stage32 Profile: Stage32.com/PhillipEHardy | LinkedIn: @Phillip-Hardy-980913a1  


2023 SUBMISSIONS STATISTICS


Writer Gender
Male: 61%
Female: 39%

Genre
Comedy: 16%
Romance: 15%
Drama: 14%
War/Military: 12%
Fantasy & Science Fiction: 9%
Action/Adventure: 8%
Crime/Mystery/Thriller: 7.5%
Horror: 6%
Historical: 5.5%
Sports: 4%
Westerns: 2%
Musicals: 1%

Submission Location
United States: 96%
Other or Not Specified: 4%

Format
Feature Screenplay, Television Script or Short Script: 76%
Stage Play: 16%
Book, Manuscript or Short Story: 8%


2022 WINNER


BITTER LAKE

by Claire Phyphers

Based on the novel "An American Tragedy" by Theodore Dreiser

A working class man falls in love with a socialite, which leads to tragic consequences for his poor impregnated girlfriend.


2022 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS 


AREN'T YOU THE FAMILY? by Angelise Milton (based on the book "Aren't You The Family We're Talking To From Heaven?" by SallyMae Jackson)

ASH by Dave Stockwell (based on the nonfiction book "Route 9 Problem: The Battle for Lang Vei" by Dave Stockwell)

IMOGEN, DAUGHTER OF CYMBELINE by J. Aldric Gaudet (based on the play "Cymbeline" by William Shakespeare)

LOVE OR BEST OFFER by Phil Olson (based on the short story "Love or Best Offer" by Phil Olson)

MANO NERA (BLACK HAND) by Samantha Caprio-Negret & Richard Price Sorin, story by Philip J. Caprio (based on the book "Murders in Monmouth: Capital Crimes from the Jersey Shore's Past - Chapter 6 "Revenge of the Farinella Brothers" by George Joynson)

NONE by Bryan J. Ferguson (based on the novel "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie)

PACT ARCANUM by Arshad Ahsanuddin & Toby Osborne (based on the book series by Arshad Ahsanuddin)

SNOWY STRANGEWAYS by Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel (based on the book "Snowy Strangeways" by Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel)

THE FINAL DAYS OF DOGGERLAND by Mike Meier (based on the screenplay "The Final Days of Doggerland" by Mike Meier)

THE LAST ACT by Jenn Whittaker (based on the nonfiction book "An Exhibit Denied: Lobbying the History of Enola Gay" by Dr. Martin Harwit)

THE SIEGE OF CITADEL BUTTERCUP by J.D. Murphy (inspired by the short story "Boule de Suif" by Guy de Maupassant)

UNDECIDED by Francesca Scotti-Goetz (based on the short story "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway)


2021 WINNERS


BLACK & WHITE

by Benjamin Burgess, Jr.

Adapted from the book "Defining Moments: Black & White" by Benjamin Burgess, Jr.

Two attorneys, one Black man and one white man, look back over their lives and navigate racial tension and stereotypes as they compete for the same partnership position at their prestigious law firm, which has just nabbed the two biggest cases in the firm’s history.


RENDERED SAFE

by Jeff Ingber

Adapted from the book "Rendered Safe: Tales of an NYPD Bomb Tech" by Jeff Ingber

The son of a career criminal becomes a legendary NYPD Bomb Squad Detective, escaping death numerous times and solving the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. 


2021 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS by Sophie Pell

ASYLUM by Kathryn Orzech

CRASHING AMERICA by Kip Pearson and Katia Noyes

DEAD HUNGER by T.J. Barkwill

FOREVERLY by Ray O'Conor

IT HAPPENED IN SILENCE by Shaun Delliskave

KNUCKLEHEAD by Wayne Geschwindt

MANY MOONS by Jeffrey Couchman

MIGRATION by Carly Keyes (story by Cari Noga)

ONE MORE HIT by Brad Max

SNOWY STRANGEWAYS by Melissa Tantaquidgeon-Zobel

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN LOVE & JUSTICE by SW Anderson

TAL JONES: A BLACK OIL LEGACY by Pamela J Richardson (with story by Bernard Moore)

TANKS IN THE WIRE by David Stockwell

THE APE IN OUR HOUSE by Marc Moody

THE BRIDE COMES TO YELLOW SKY by George Langworthy

THE DINOSAUR FOUR by Greg Rhem and Geoff Jones

THE FORGE by Howard W. Robertson

THE LAST ONES by C.D. Peterson

THE TELL-TALE HEART by Aleesha Dineros-Canuto

UNDER COVER by Guido Jimenez-Cruz

UNFINISHED MURDER BALLADS by Zackary Hill, Matthew Riffle, Darren Demaree & Joshua Riffle

WAR MOST CIVIL by Larry Wells

YOUNG JOAN by Charlotte Sheppard


2020 WINNERS


DON Q

by Richard P. Alvarez

Adapted from the book "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes

A bizarre accident sends a middle-aged jouster into a fantasy world, where he struggles against imaginary foes on the streets of San Francisco. Assisted by his teen-aged squire he confronts the demons in his past as well as those of the present.


IN FAIR NEW YORK

by Mark Lindberg

Adapted from the play "The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare

Two students find love while trying to escape the grip of their feuding crime families in present day New York City.


LOST BOY

by Annie Shaffer

Adapted from the book "Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie

The origin of Peter, Wendy, and Captain Hook.


SON OF GUNN

by Lawrence Whitener

Adapted from the television show "Peter Gunn" created by Blake Edwards

African-American retired D.C. Detective Peter Gunn now works in L.A. as Studio Security. A late-night call from his estranged son brings him back to D.C., and into a Presidential assassination attempt as Russian and South African Diplomats try to kill him.


2020 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


A STUDY IN SCARLET by Jessica Ims

BAROQUE by Richard Vetere

BEGUILING DREAMS by Fred Stemme

ED REX by Brian Curran Lewis

HAPPY FEET... MAGIC HANDS... by Mark Donnell

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS by Mikhail Nauth

IMPOSSIBLE by Jaclyn Natoli

METAL GEAR SOLID by Agah Smith

MOODY & THE GHOST by Kim Hornsby

PILGRIM OF JOY by Randy L. Bixby

RAGS: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL by Nicole De Sapio

SEABIRD'S COMPLAINT by Phil Vengrinovich

THE HALLOWING: MARIE LAVEAU by Cristine Beato

THE WINTERS TALE by Joseph Millson

THREATENED by Dean Stavros


2019 WINNER


DECEPTION PASS

by Daniel Alburez

Based on the book "Riders of the Purple Sage" by Zane Grey

While looking to avenge the death of his sister and locate her missing child, a notorious gunman befriends and defends a spinster who is being persecuted by the town's religious leaders.


2019 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


1984 by Rose Paleologos (based on the book by George Orwell)

DEATH FENCES by Ron Chepesiuk (based on the book "Death Fences: Memoir of a Whistleblower" by Caroline Giammanco)

DEATH OF A REVOLUTIONARY by Marshall Ferrin (based on the book "Danton's Death" by Georg Buechner)

FORTRESS OF THE HEART by Mark Hedges (based on the true story of Judith Zatony-Vaughn) and the book "Fortitude" by Christina Gikas)

HEART OF DARKNESS by Margaret Blair Young (based on the book by Joseph Conrad)

I KILLED PINK FLOYD'S PIG by Jason Fraley (based on the book by Beau Phillips)

IN HYDING by Carlos Perez (based on the book "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson)

LULU by Samuel Garza Bernstein (based on the book by Samuel Garza Bernstein)

MERCURY AND ME by Maya Lewins (based on the book by Jim Hutton)

MY TAINTED BLOOD by Paul Sargia (based on the book by Hubert C. Kueter)

ORLEY FARM by Lynn Kear (based on the book by Anthony Trollope) 

THE GOD MACHINE by Jeff Zorrilla and Fernando Dominguez (based on the book "The Invention of Morel" by Adolfo Bioy Casares)

THE KNIGHTS OF ATHENS by Robert J. Kem (based on the play "The Knights" by Aristophanes)

THE LONGEST HALLOWEEN by Greg Gilman (based on the book "The Longest Halloween II: The Hunt for the Forever Amulet" by Frank Wood) 

THE LOVELY DARK by Bronwyn Lewis and Molly Lewis (based on the book "Lovely, Dark and Deep" by Joyce Carol Oates)

THE RIFLE by Diana Lee Woody (based on the short story by William Leggett)

THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Lorenzo Tamburini (based on the book by Henry James)

WE CARRY NUTHIN' OUT by Lawrence Whitener (based on the book "The Night of the Hunter" by Davis Grubb and the film, adapted by James Agee)


2018 WINNER


SIEGE PERILOUS

by Laura K. Miller

Adapted from the radio play "Siege Perilous: The Ordeal of Thelinde, Princess of the Barbarians" by Ronald K. Siskind

Sir Lancelot must escape a damsel-in-distress’ clutches, battle a wicked queen’s warriors, and defeat a giant in mortal combat in order to save a kidnapped princess from certain death. “Excalibur” meets “Night at the Museum.”


2018 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


35 MILES FROM SHORE by Emilio Corsetti III

CYBORG CIPHER by Jennifer Ford

GLORY SEASON by Mark Hedges

GRAVES AND GOBLINS by Adam Zanzie

HEARTSTONE by Michael Williams, Robert Biheller & Phillip Margolin

KINGPIN OF THE HOOD by Ron Chepesiuk

ON BURNING GROUND by Dean Blumberg & Philippa Heal

PHILLIP NOLAN by John Shea

REDBALL by Jon Huggins

SOMETHING LIKE FATE by Matthew Huntington

THE COLOR OF EVIL by Connie Corcoran Wilson

THE DOOM PATROL by Nick Carmine

THE DREAM JUMPER’S PROMISE by Kim Hornsby

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE WONDERLAND by Brianna Mayers

WHEREFORE ART THOU? by Joe Territo


2017 WINNER


THURSDAY

by Olivia Needleman

Adapted from the book “The Man Who Was Thursday” by G.K. Chesterton

A man recruited into a secret anarchist sect of Scotland Yard is tasked with saving the world.


2017 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


A DAY TO REMEMBER by Chris Canning

ABIDING HOPE by Jeff Shevlowitz

AMERICAN SNAKE PIT by Dan Tomasulo

ATTUCKS by Sam Chesney Smith

B-BOY BLUES by James Earl Hardy

BLACK HORIZONS, PART 1: RIFT IN THE VOID by Dylan Perry Morgan

BLAME IT ON THE MOON by Ali Qassim

COOK! byTheo Breaux

CRAZY CHARLIE by Ron Chepsiuk

HELL’S ACRES by Rich Rosenzweig

LIONS OF THE SEA by Jessi Thind

MATA HARI by Sheri Davenport

MOONLIT ROAD by Diana Lee Woody

NIGHT SKIES-REVOLUTION by Derek Gastry

REAFFIRMED: THE ROBERT DAVIS STORY by Mark Daniels

SCAPEGOAT by Emilio Corsetti III

SINGULARITY by Brett Creane, Vladimir Minuty and Angela Minuty

THE BLACK HEART BOOK by Carol Hoffman and Rosezelle Boggs-Qualls

THE COMET’S CURSE by Ashley Kay Mauer

THE FIRST TIME FOR PENNY by Janice L. Walker

THE HEART OF A TIGER by SreyRam Kuy, SreyReath Kuy, and Ross Raffin

THE LAST SAXON by Nigel Grant

THE PATHFINDER by Miriam Missura and TA White

TILL THE SKY BURNS by Don Barak

WARRIOR SONG by Mollie Hale


2016 WINNERS


BLOODY FALLS OF THE COPPERMINE

by Zackary Hill and Matthew Riffle

Adapted from the book “Bloody Falls of the Coppermine” by Mckay Jenkins

When two French Catholic Priests go missing in the Canadian arctic in 1913, a Mountie must endure an unforgiving wilderness and unknown cultures to uncover the truth and bring their killers to justice.


DEADLAND

by Ted Sterns

Adapted from the short story “Deadland” by Ted Sterns

In 1867 Montana, a bigoted Deputy Marshal reluctantly enlists the aid of a renegade Ojibwe warrior as a guide through hostile Indian Territory in order to safely reach a prospecting camp believed to be suffering a cholera outbreak, only to discover that the dead have risen.


VIRTUAL LIGHT

by Christine Beatty

Adapted from the book “Virtual Light” by William Gibson

A bike messenger and a young ex-cop come into possession of high-tech “Virtual Light” glasses that harbor proof of a criminal corporate conspiracy, putting them on the run from hired hitmen and corrupt cops in a dystopian future world of oligarchy and technology run amok.


2016 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


A VISION OF ANGELS by Timothy Jay Smith

AT THE PURSE TABLE by Keisha Bass

BABO by Gary Whitehead

CATCH by Jerry Nield

CONTROLLING by Robert Seckler & Margaret Ford

COOPER’S PROMISE by Timothy Jay Smith

COUNTRY PEOPLE by David Bowbrow

FAR HORIZONS by Michael Moyer & Mark Moyer

JANISSARIES by Jeremy Berk

OSIRIS by Alexa Brown

THE ADVENTURES OF ALI BABA by Victor Dobbins

THE DENMARK by Nicholas Horwood

THE FLID SHOW by Richard Willett

THE POLITICS OF HEROIN by Michael Wallach

THE ROMERO STRAIN by Ted Sterns

WHO DO YOU LOVE by Todd Korgan

WIND RIVER by Megan Breen