Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Communication, Media and Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Lee Stille, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Deron Overpeck, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Ann R. Eisenberg, Ph.D.


The purpose of this thesis is to explore and expand upon the process of creating live action adaptations of fictional characters from other mediums. This thesis focuses on the pivotal role played by arts managers, better known in the film and TV industry as producers, in bringing these adaptations to life. The contents of this paper provide a comprehensive analysis of the adaptation process, from concept development to production release, emphasizing the multifaceted responsibilities and challenges faced by arts managers and producers. Through a combination of case studies discussing creative vision, character development, and costume design, alongside concept analyses, this paper will showcase the artistry involved in adapting literary fictional characters to the screen and the essential contributions of arts managers and producers in this creative endeavor. The examination of these case studies and concepts aims to elucidate the intricate decision-making processes and collaborative efforts that shape the final cinematic representation of beloved characters.