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IP is taking over Hollywood — and leading to great adaptations of books

The movies “Killers of the Flower Moon” and “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” debut this fall, along with the TV series “Lessons in Chemistry.” They have something in common: Each of them is a screen adaptations of a book.

As Brian McAuley tells us, Hollywood today is all about IP, or intellectual property. And that means, before something becomes a movie, it starts as a book or a comic book — you get the idea. And there are pros and cons to that approach.

McAuley is a clinical assistant professor at Arizona State University’s Sidney Poitier New American Film School as well as a screenwriter and novelist himself. And he knows the screen adaptation game well.

The Show spoke with him more about it.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.