Book to Screen: ‘Room’ Screenwriter Makes All the Right Changes to Her Own Novel

     November 9, 2015


Emma Donoghue scored loads of acclaim and accolades after Room was published in late 2010 and now Donoghue, director Lenny Abrahamson and stars Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are receiving similar praise for their film adaptation.

Larson plays Ma and Tremblay steps in as her five-year-old son Jack. They live in “Room” and as far as Jack knows, that’s all that exists. It’s a windowless 10-by-10-foot space, but Ma has managed to build a life for them there, teaching Jack, playing with him and doing whatever it takes to keep him happy, healthy and safe. However, eventually the time comes when Ma fears that she can no longer guarantee Jack’s well-being, so she devises a plan to break out, escape their captor and return to the real world.

Donoghue wrote a remarkable book, but did she achieve the same with a screenplay? Check out some of the major changes she made and how well they played.

Warning: There are MAJOR spoilers in this article for Room the movie and Room the book.

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