I'm a novel writer (unpublished, but soon to write my first real novel). I've skimmed the surface of screenwriting, just enough to know that I would far rather write novels.
I recently came across a picture book I had read as a kid. I flipped through it again, and realized that it actually has a well-structured plot, with all the points a good novel needs. It would need to be fleshed out a bit, as a lot of character development is missing (because it's a picture book for young kids), but I can easily see it as a movie. For some reason I can't get this idea out of my head.
Is there anything I can do to make this dream a reality? I didn't write the book, and I don't know the first thing about movie production. I'd like to write a screenplay for it, but I'd need someone who actually knows what they are doing with all the timings and everything, as I do not. Who do I talk to if I want this book turned into a movie? Obviously the author/publisher has to get involved at some point, but I'm not sure if I would contact them first, or try to find a producer interested in creating the movie first.
Or am I just asking for trouble if I try to get involved in something I - to be perfectly honest - have no say whatsoever in?