Scribe makes his ‘Statement’

Harwood enjoys adapting works

“The Statement” scribe Ronald Harwood talked about the joys of adapting others’ work during the Q&A following the Dec. 3 unspooling of his latest pic in the Variety screening series. Pete Hammond moderated the sesh.

“I would never write an original play — never,” he told the ArcLight aud. “I haven’t had the patience to wait for it, to find the producer and the star. I love it when they come to me and say ‘Would you adapt?’ because then, on the whole, maybe it’ll be made.”

Harwood admitted adapting another’s work for the bigscreen — in this case the late Brian Moore’s book about a World War II criminal — can tax a writer’s technical resources, but on the upside, “it’s much less emotionally demanding.”

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