In Conversation with Ian McEwan: On Writing Screenplays

Ian McEwan, bestselling author of Atonement, On Chesil Beach, and, most recently, Solar, shares his thoughts on writing screenplays. Sit in as he covers the biggest distinction between writing a novel and a screenplay, the fluidity and idiosyncrasies of the process, and more.

McEwan's 2002 novel, Atonement, made it to the big screen in 2007. The film went on to score seven Academy Award nominations, winning for Best Original Score, and seven Golden Globe nominations, taking home the Globes for Best Original Score and Best Motion Picture - Drama. "Atonement" starred Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, and introduced the masses to breakout star Saoirse Ronan. There's something about McEwan's work that attracts Hollywood's brightest up-and-comers; "On Chesil Beach," which is currently scheduled for 2012 and will be directed by Sam Mendes, has Carey Mulligan attached to the production.

Curious to hear what McEwan has to say about adapting his own novels to screenplays? Dying to find out what book-to-film adaptations are McEwan's favorites? Check back later on Signature.