Source of Film
screenplay by John Briley (b. 1925)
Producer/director Richard Attenborough was approached by an Indian civil servant about filming a biography of Mahatma Gandhi in 1962. He struggled through two decades of scriptwriters and changes in Indian government support before finally releasing the film in 1982.
John Briley already had eight scripts produced when he was approached by Attenborough. It was Briley who modified the narrative to focus on Gandhi's involvement in the Indian struggle for independence from the United Kingdom. He received his only Academy Award for his screenplay.