In 2013, Donoghue told Irish journalist Miriam O’Callaghan that she wrote the screenplay for Room before the novel was even completed. “I wasn’t writing the book in order to make a film, but I do think it would work equally well in both forms,” she said. “There’s a very clear narrative drive which I think helps with the film. I knew it would become a film, but I was determined not to let it become sleazy or sappy. I think this could really work as beautiful film.”
Other authors on The Hollywood Reporter’s list include Kevin Kwan (Crazy Rich Asians) and Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park).