Development: Producers select story and/or acquire rights to underlying intellectual property (e.g. novel, based on play, remake, video game, etc.) and work with screenwriter(s) to craft a story outline into a workable script. in an effort to garner a “greenlight” for the film from the financing studio and/or production company. An agreement for a major star or director to join the film can boost a project's prospects of securing financing, but those arrangements can reverse if scheduling and other details do not work. Films in this stage can languish for months, years, or fall apart completely.
ExposureTBARosalind Franklin, an extraordinary scientist, is an expert at crystallography and takes the first photos that eventually lead James Watson to figure out the structure of the DNA in 1953. She never gets the credit she deserves and dies of cancer in 1958.
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