Brit author Nick Hornby discovered the Lynn Barber memoir An Education and showed it to his producer wife, Amanda Posey, as a possible movie. He liked it so much he adapted it for the screen himself, something he has avoided doing with his own novels, three of which--High Fidelity, Fever Pitch, About a Boy--have been turned by other writers into damned good Hollywood movies. He did adapt his first novel Fever Pitch into a British movie starring Colin Firth. But otherwise he has kept some distance from Hollywood adaptations of his novels.
Now Hornby's up for an Oscar for adapting someone else. We talked on the patio of Hollywood's new W hotel about his Hollywood connection, writing to music, and his next script: an original animated film. The flip cam interview is in four parts.