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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bad Moms screenplay - posted by Don

Thanks to Wes, over on the Movie Scripts page we have…

Bad Moms – June 9, 2015 unspecified draft script by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore – hosted by: Script Pipeline – in pdf format

Amy has a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, over-achieving kids, a beautiful home and a career. However, she’s overworked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence – putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Screenplays – Dune - posted by Stephen Batchelor

At the time of writing, Denis Villeneuve has been selected to direct a new big screen adaption of the classic sci-fi series, Dune (a series so large, it’s put me off starting to read it). We’ve been treated to a number of adaptions of this incredibly popular series of books, the 80’s film, directed by David Lynch, I believe to be a masterpiece.

dune1A couple of different editions exist for this film, and the only thing Lynch hates more then the original film, are these ‘extended’ editions, which have simply inserted previously cut scenes or animated sequences (?!), all in a bid to make the film less confusing, sadly this has the opposite effect. to be honest, even without having the books, I was never confused by the original film.

At the turn of the century we were treated to a really well made mini series, which spawned a sequel – if you’ve never had the chance to watch them, hunt them down, you won’t be disappointed (or maybe you will, I don’t know what you like).

The scripts (yes, scripts, plural) are for the Lynch film, the drafts are a few months apart, but its neat to spot the changes, and on one of the scripts (I believe it’s the later draft), the front pages have ‘warnings’ about spilling the beans about the project. I’m not sure how far off these are from the shooting scripts, but it gives you an interesting insight into the development.dune2

Anyway, click the pics and have a read, let me know what you think, and if you liked the mini series adaption, I can’t be the only one, it’s got an all star cast, and the big guy from Ace Venture 2 plays Baron Harkonnen!

By the way, casting will begin soon for the new film, who do you think would be a perfect fit for characters like Paul Atriedes or Barron Harkonnen?

And remember, he who controls the spice, controls the universe.


Stephen Batchelor is a screenwriter. He watches movies. Reads scripts. Writes pages. Read His Blog, check out his facebook page Facebook.com/TheScriptMason and stalk him on twitter @thescriptmason.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Screenplays – Dr. Strange - posted by Stephen Batchelor

“You’ve got the Ancient One as Tilda Swinton. Give me a break! Really? I mean, it’s stupid. You know?”

That’s a quote from screenwriter/producer, Bob Gale, you might know him from films like “Back To The Future” and “Used Cars”.

Gale is a huge fan of Dr. Strange, and in the mid 80’s shopped a rather cool draft around. It wasn’t overly ambitious, and seemed designed for a slightly lower budget, but we have to remember, this is back in a time when Marvel could barely give away characters, let alone have them dominating the box office.

Anyway, for some reason this script didn’t sell, and we wouldn’t see an official Dr. Strange on the silver screen for another thirty years. Click the pic and have a read, Gale says he won’t watch it, but what do you think, is he right to avoid it, or is it just sour grapes, let us know below.

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Stephen Batchelor is a screenwriter. He watches movies. Reads scripts. Writes pages. Read His Blog, check out his facebook page Facebook.com/TheScriptMason and stalk him on twitter @thescriptmason.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

La La Land Screenplay (Finally!) - posted by Don

La La Land – undated, unspecified script by Damien Chazelle – hosted by: Lionsgate – in pdf format

Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

Thanks John for the heads up. Find more Oscar nominated screenplays.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Crusade – Unproduced Screenplay - posted by Don

Stephen Batchelor has another interesting article on and a copy of the unproduced screenplay of Crusade written by Walon Green. You can find it on his blog.

For a brief moment in the 90’s director Paul Verhoeven, and super star Arnold Schwarzenegger had the opportunity to re-team for what surely would have been the most fascinating medieval epic of the decade – Crusade. Read More ->

Crusades – January 24, 1993 unproduced, revised draft script by Walon Green (revisions by Gary Goldman) – hosted by: Stephen Batchelor – Screenwriter – in pdf format

Hagen is a renegade soldier who is waiting on death row, but his fate is changed when he meets with the Pope. Hagen started the sacred ground to fight on behalf of Christianity under the walls of Jerusalem.

Information courtesy of GeekTyrant

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Last Chance by Joseph Cahill – Filmed! - posted by Don

Last Chance (short thriller in pdf format) by Joseph Cahill has been filmed

When a man is released from prison after fifteen years, he must choose between his old life and moving on. Though his inner demons won’t go quietly.

Last Chance – Trailer from Daniel Santana Rodríguez on Vimeo.

Last Chance had its origins as an August ’07 One Week Challenge finalist as Second Chance (12 page thriller in pdf format).

Before moving away, a serial killer must make a decision.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Oscar Screenplay Nominations - posted by Don

Best Adapted Screenplay Nominations

Arrival (pdf format) by Eric Heisserer (Based on the story “Story of Your Life” written by Ted Chiang) host:Paramount

Fences (pdf format) by August Wilson (based on his play) host:Paramount

Hidden Figures (pdf format) by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi (Based on the book “Hidden Figures” by Margot Shetterly) host:Fox Movies

Lion (pdf format) by Luke Davies (Based on the book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley) host:The Weinstein Company

Moonlight (pdf format) by Barry Jenkins (Based on “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” By Tarell Alvin McCraney) host:A24

Best Original Screenplay Nominations

20th Century Woman (pdf format) by Mike Mills host:A24

Hell or High Water (pdf format) by Taylor Sheridan host:CBS Films

La La Land (pdf format) by Damien Chazelle host:Lionsgate

The Lobster (not available) by Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthimis Filippou host:A24

Manchester By The Sea (pdf format) by Kenneth Lonergan host:Amazon Studios

Labor of Love – M. Night Shyamalan - posted by Don

Thanks to MNightFans.com you can read Labor of Love

Labor of Love – Undated Unproduced draft script by M. Night Shyamalan – hosted by: M. Night Fans – in pdf format

A widower embarks on a cross-country trip on foot to prove his love for his late wife.

The original screenplay was written in 1992 and sold to 20th Century Fox in 1993. Harrison Ford was initially considered to play the lead with Sydney Pollack approached to direct. The production stalled when Eric Roth’s subsequent screenplay for Forrest Gump (1994) recycled a similar plot device. The movie then languished in development hell for over twenty years.

Information courtesy of imdb.com

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Wonder Woman – Unproduced script by Laeta Kalogridis - posted by Don

Stephen Batchelor has another interesting article on and a copy of the unproduced screenplay Wonder Woman written by Laeta Kalogridis. You can find it on Stephen’s blog.

A Wonder Woman film of some sort has been bouncing around various directors and writers for decades. Studios seem to want to make one, but no one seems to be able to get one off the ground… read more on Stephen’s blog.

Wonder Woman – August 26, 2004 unproduced, fourth draft script by Laeta Kalogridis – hosted by: Stephen Batchelor – Screenwriter – in pdf format

The demi-godess Diana has to stop her vicious father Ares from obtaining an ancient artifact, that could plunge the whole world into an eternal war.

check out Wonder Woman script review

Information courtesy of Wikipedia

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