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Monday, November 9, 2009

Shichinin no samurai (Seven Samurai), The Box and The Men Who Stare At Goats - post author Don

Thanks Simon for the heads up on these.

Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) – Undated, unspecified draft script by Akira Kurosawa & Shinobu Hashimoto & Hideo Oguni. (Translated by Donald Richie) – hosted by: My PDF Scripts – in pdf format

A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village’s request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the townspeople how to defend themselves, and they supply the samurai with three small meals a day. The film culminates in a giant battle when 40 bandits attack the village.

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The Box – September 30, 2006 draft script by Richard Kelly (based on the short story “Button, Button” by Richard Matheson – hosted by: The Script Collector – in pdf format

Norma and Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger, delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. But, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world; someone they don’t know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity.

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The Men Who Stare At Goats – March 20, 2006 first draft script by Peter Straughan (based on the book my Jon Ronson) – hosted by: The Script Collector – in pdf format

A reporter, trying to lose himself in the romance of war after his marriage fails, gets more than he bargains for when he meets a special forces agent who reveals the existence of a secret, psychic military unit whose goal is to end war as we know it. The founder of the unit has gone missing and the trail leads to another psychic soldier who has distorted the mission to serve his own ends.

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There are more scripts on the Movie Scripts page.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Vampocalypse and other original scripts - post author Don

Over on the Unproduced Scripts page there are 34 original screenplays.

Among them is a script with the tongue-twisting title of Vampocalypse by Brian Lee Johnson (crazyartist).

Three geeks, an ancient evil, a prophecy that hangs in the balance, and a Vampire Apocalypse… what could possibly go wrong? Comedy – 113 pages in pdf format. – Don

Saturday, November 7, 2009

TMNT and The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day - post author Don

Thanks to Wes for the heads up on these.

TMNT – August 5, 2005 Second Revised First Draft script by Kevin Munroe – hosted by: Ninja – in pdf format

The continued adventures of the four adolescent mutated turtles gifted in the art of the ninja, as they attempt to stop a mysterious evil that threatens to end the world.

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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – September 1, 2007 unspecified draft script by Troy Duffy – hosted by: ScriptCollector – in pdf format

For the last 8 years the brothers have been living with their father on a sheep farm deep in isolated Ireland. One day their uncle tells them that they have been framed for the murder of a Bostonian Catholic priest. The boys must return to Boston to not only clear their names but find the men who framed them.

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Where The Wild Things Are, Cirque Du Freak, Amelia and other scripts - post author Don

Over on the Movie Scripts page there are a handful of new scripts courtesty of My PDF Scripts and The Script Collector. Notable among them is the controversial Where The Wild Things Are written by Spike Jonze & Dave Eggers.

Commentary on the adaptation has been beaten to death, so I’ll only add that I haven’t seen the movie, yet. I am ambivalent. I’ve read the story countless times to my boys who would wait with eager anticipation for the line, “Let the wild rumpus begin!” and begin bouncing on the bed. The book lent itself so much to firing the imagination of little children. I hope the movie doesn’t suck the life out of that and a new generation can continue to enjoy Sendak’s work.

You can also read the first half of the novelization of Max At Sea by David Eggers which appeared in the August issue of The New Yorker.

Also on the Movie Scripts page you can find Cirque Du Freak, Amelia and Obsessed among others. – Don

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mike Shelton’s 180 filmed - post author Don

Mike Shelton’s short comedy, 180 has been filmed by Stage of Grace Productions.

When Dennis gets dumped, he’s got absolutely nothing to lose and decides to lay it all on the line, with shocking results. (read the 9 page script in pdf format)


Shout outs to Mike can go on the Discussion Board – Don

Funny People and Public Enemies - post author Don

Looks like Universal has kicked off the race to the Oscars (through the Golden Globes, the Spirit Awards and BAFTA). Universal has put up two scripts “for your consideration”. – Don

Funny People – Undated, unspecified Draft script by Judd Apatow – hosted by: Universal Pictures – in pdf format

When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship cause him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.

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Public Enemies – February 19, 2008 revised draft script by Ronan Bennett (revisions by Michael Mann & Ann Biderman) – hosted by: Universal Pictures – in pdf format

The difficult 1930s is a time of robbers who knock over banks and other rich targets with alarming frequency. Of them, none is more notorious than John Dillinger, whose gang plies its trade with cunning efficiency against big businesses while leaving ordinary citizens alone. As Dillinger becomes a folk hero, FBI head J. Edger Hoover is determined to stop his ilk by assigning ace agent Melvin Purvis to hunt down Dillinger. As Purvis struggles with the manhunt’s realities, Dillinger himself faces an ominous future with the loss of friends, dwindling options and a changing world of organized crime with no room for him.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Moneyball - post author Don

Just got back from visiting Mystery Man On Film‘s blog. Great write up of development hell for Moneyball.

“Moneyball was in development a few years and championed by Columbia Pictures co-chair cutie Amy Pascal. It’s an adaptation of a popular book by Michael Lewis.”

“Whispering lips say the studio spent roughly $10 million to get this project off the ground. Steven Zaillian wrote a script. Everybody loved it. Soderbergh came onboard. Brad Pitt came onboard. The budget ballooned to around $57 million, which is quite risky. Baseball movies can be hit and miss…” Read the rest at Mystery Man on Film

Moneyball is the story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

You can follow the progress on the Moneyball twitter page. There are two drafts of the script floating around. There is the Steven Zaillian December 1, 2008 2nd draft (pdf format) and there is the Steven Zaillian, revised by Steven Soderbergh June 22, 2009 revised draft (also pdf foramt). Thanks to Pursue The – Don

Sam Mills’ The Money Tree - post author Don

Sam Mills, long time supporter of SimplyScripts, has a new book out available on Kindle, The Money Tree.

Set in the wilds of Western North Carolina, the story turns on two teen brothers’ chance discovery of a drug dealers’ money drop in the knothole of a tree. The impoverished boys enjoy the “fruit” of “the money tree” until they are caught by the mafiosi whose money it is. The boys narrowly escape, setting off a wild, downriver chase through the trackless Green River Wilderness – a chase that pits unarmed country boys and armed-to-the-teeth city men in a “guerrilla” war to the death.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Old Ninety-Nine Face by Cameron Mitchell - post author Don

http://www.adhocpipe.comThe October One Week Challenge selected script is Old Ninety-nine Face by Cameron Mitchell (cam17)
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The October One Week Challenge genre was Family Horror (in other words, a horror movie you could watch as a family). The theme, as selected by my nine-year-old son, was “At the Halloween festival, strange things happened”. Participants had one week to write a 12 page script on the genre and theme. We had 29 scripts which were read and discussed over on the discussion board. One script was selected to be audio performed by the fine folks over at That selected script is Old Ninty-nine Face by Cameron Mitchell .

Evan, new to the neighborhood, hears the legend of Old Ninety-nine Face, a hermit whose ghost supposedly haunts a nearby house. As the story goes, steal something from the house on Halloween night, and the ghost of Old Ninety-nine Face will come for you. Evan doesn’t believe it, but he soon will.

You can read along with the pdf version of the script. You can discuss this script and all the OWC entries here. Click the “Play” button to listen to the script.

{note: This audio recording is released under a Creative Commons, attribution, noncommercial, no derivatives 3.0 license. You can share the audio recording in its entirety, but you can’t change it or sell it. }

Thanks to everyone who participated in the challenge. – Don

Very special thanks to for sponsoring the challenge and judging the final scripts.

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