Based on a True Story

Poster: Dallas Buyers Club
Poster: The Butler illustrations from Wired magazine book cover Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas cover New York magazine

Real life stories have always been a source of great entertainment and there have been quite a few successful films that got their start as newspaper and magazine articles.

The just released Dallas Buyers Club is based on a true story first published in the August 9, 1992 Sunday magazine section of the Dallas Morning News. The story "Buying Time" by Bill Minotaglio is about Ron Woodroof who diagnosed in 1985 as HIV positive, tracks down drugs not available in the USA and starts a buyers club to sell them. Mr. Woodroof died only a month after the story was published.

Also released this year Lee Daniels' The Butler was first published as a front page article in the November 7, 2008 Washington Post. The story "A Butler Well Served by this Election" was written by Wil Haygood and later expanded into the book The Butler: A Witness to History.

Here are some more popular films inspired by magazine and newspaper stories.

Comments

Great post, Mary! Informative and entertaining.

I'll admit it. I like Matthew McConaughy and can't wait to see him in the Dallas Buyers Club, and Argo was great.

This is a great post!! Kudos to you and thanks for highlighting the magazines and newspapers!

This is really interesting! Thank you. I'll read the news and try to pick the next blockbuster story :)

This is really interesting! Thank you. I'll read the news and try to pick the next blockbuster story :)

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