Adaptation was written by Charlie Kaufman and based upon The Orchid Thief, a book by Susan Orlean. Kaufman's journey of battling writer's block in adapting the book become the the film which Spike Jonze directed. It was released in 2002 with a budget of $19,000,000. It would go on to gross over $32 million and become a recipient of multiple awards. Kaufman won a BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and Chris Cooper won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Orlean initially rejected the idea of Kaufman's screenplay as she had final say as to whether the film would go or not. Kaufman believed that the script he turned in would certainly ruin his career, but Orlean then later agreed to allow the film to be made; it became a picture she loves, as it stayed faithful to the themes inherent in the book.