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What My Book Adaptation Taught Me About Hollywood

Eric Weiner

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Sometimes There are Happy Endings

I consider myself lucky. My book, The Geography of Bliss, made the leap from page to screen, and is now airing on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service. It wasn’t easy. The road was long and winding, replete with speed bumps, potholes and the occasional pile-up. But, as I said, I’m fortunate. My experience working with Rainn Wilson (pictured above) and the rest of Team Bliss was overwhelmingly positive. (I served as co-executive producer on the project.)

Are there lessons to be learned? Absolutely. Here are five of them:

1. No One Ghosts Like Hollywood

Every few months, with surprising regularity, I’d receive an email from a Hollywood producer that went something like this: “We love, LOVE your book and would like to turn it into a feature film/documentary/infomercial. We are VERY excited about this project. Can we talk?” We would then take a meeting where said producers would express their undying love and excitement in breathless terms. Then: nothing. I would never hear from them again. I began to detect an inverse relationship between the intensity of their love for my book and the odds of the project going anywhere. I gave up — almost.

2. Not Everyone in Hollywood is a Fickle, Ghosting Jerk

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Eric Weiner

Philosophical Traveler. Recovering Malcontent. Author of four books, including my latest: “The Socrates Express.”