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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Teleplays – Mumbai Calling and Merlin - post author Don

Thanks to Russell for the heads up on BBC Writer’s Room’s latest addition to the ‘net. Read Excalibur, episode nine from the BBC Series Merlin.

Thanks to Karin and DailyScript read the teleplay to the first two episodes of Mumbai Calling. Kenny, a British-born Indian, is transferred to Mumbai to work in an Indian call center. Hilarity ensues. Check out ITV for more info on the sitcom.

Check ’em out on the TV Scripts page. – Don

Friday, May 29, 2009

Disconnected – Stranger Things episode 5 - post author Don

Normally, There has gotta be a script to a movie I post. There will be, soon. However, I thought this was too freaking brilliant to wait until Earl passes the annotated script over.

Watch the 5th episode of Stranger Things – Disconnected.

When their prize reality star goes missing, a monolithic network enlists the aid of the entire world to find him.

Written and directed by Earl Newton, based on a story by J. C. Hutchins and Earl Newton.

You can watch the vid at Stranger Things or below. But, I highly recommend that you watch the high quality, full screen version. Launch it, pause it and give it a chance to download. Then turn off the lights and enjoy.

Check out the teleplays to previous episodes of Stranger Things

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A vampire, a werewolf and a ghost walk into a house… - post author Don

BBC Writersroom

Thanks Russell for the heads up on two new TV scripts up on The BBC Writer’s Room. There are the first episodes of House of Saddam (which is about what you think it is about) and the supernatural series Being Human which Russell tells me has been renewed for a second season. The premise of Being Human, as Russell points out, sounds like the beginning of a joke: a vampire, a werewolf, and a female ghost share a house…

Check them out on the TV Scripts page. – Don

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Stranger Things: Latchkeepers script - post author Don imageOver on the TV Scripts page we have the second draft annotated script (pdf) for Stranger Things: Episode 4: Latchkeepers written by Matt Wallace notably writer of The Failed Cities Monolouges and directed by Earl Newton.

Among the locksmiths of time and space, Kalypto is a third-rate immortal. He spends his eternity filing the Universe’s garbage, until a psychopathic client makes him an offer he can’t refuse.

First watch the episode (in three parts), then read the script annotated by screenwriter Matt Wallace and director Earl Newton. Thanks Matt and Earl for allowing us to host the script.

The Stranger Things series, in addition to being the first science fiction series shot in high definition, has also made the leap from the web to television. The online anthology series will appear on cable channel Illusion On-Demand.

All the scripts to every episode of the Stranger Things series are available on the TV Scripts page. – Don

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Dr. Who season four (well, actually season 30) scripts - post author Don

Thanks Tom for the heads up on six teleplays from Season 30 (season 4 of the ‘new’ series) of Dr. Who. These come from the promotional site The Writer’s Tale by Russell T Davies (showrunner for the first four new seasons of Dr. Who) and Benjamin Cook. The book explores Russell’s work on Series Four, revealing how he plans the series and works with the show’s writers, where he gets his ideas for plot, character and scenes and how actors are cast and other creative decisions are made. The book is available from

Check them out over on the TV Scripts and Transcripts page.

Edit: Thanks Peter for the clarification. This is Season 4 of the new series. Counted from the beginning of the original series, it would be Season 30. However, it is the 11th Doctor (canonical). – Don

Edit again: David Tennant, again as corrected by Peter, plays the 10th Doctor.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Power Plays - post author Don

PC’s script, Power Plays (pdf format) has been filmed.

“A congressmen scheduled for the witness stand before the senate investigative committee is target for all sides of the political spectrum.”

Short, Thriller, PG-13 for nudity

You can also listen to the script here

Shout outs and such can be made on the Discussion Board

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Darabont draft of Indy 4 - post author Don

While waiting for servers to update and files to download and upload (get deleted and reuploaded), I spent a lot of time dorking around the internet. In doing so, I came across WikiLeaks, a site that posts leaked documents. Between “Scientology cult FEBC staff training tapes” and “Protokoll Regierungsrat Zurich Missbrauch Steuervereinbarungen durch Offshore-Vehikel” I found the ‘purported’ Darabont draft of the latest Indian Jones movie. In many places it bears a strong similarity to the final film. On WikiLeaks, it is noted, “It also shows how Lucas blatantly ripped entire sequences from a much better film…” I beg to disagree as the credits on this draft show it was written by Frank Darbont [based on a] story by George Lucas. It is Lucas’ story and he can use it anyway he wishes. There has been great debate on the Discussion Board about the movie. There are those who loved it. There are those who hated it. I thought it was the best Indy movie, yet. – Don

Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods – November 4, 2003 draft script by Frank Darabont (story by George Lucas) – hosted by: – in pdf format

Famed archaeologist/adventurer Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind a mysterious artifact.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Stranger Things – Episode 02A: Sins of the Mother - post author Don

Stranger Things – Episode 02B: Sins of the Mother – script- from:

After an unsuspecting patient fails a background check, a second-year intern is forced to make a difficult decision…

First watch the episode, then read the script (annotated in pdf format).

Sins of the Mother is the episode of StrangerThings that really cemented my love affair with Earl and the folks behind StrangerThings. This is where the acting, production values and the story really came together to tell a story that surpasses not only Earl’s previous works, but just about anything that has come out of short speculative television in the last few years. Earl and the StrangerThings team hit their stride on Sins of the Mother and carry it through on the next episode, One of those Faces.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

A word or two about the WGA Strike… - post author Don

You are probably wondering why Simply Scripts, a screenwriting site, doesn’t have a ton of strike news. Simply answer is password snafu on Sunday left me unable to access my own site. However, since I try to have updates scheduled a couple days in advance, the site, of its own accord, continued to spew out updates without human intervention. I am now back in control.

First, shoutouts to Jack (putting up the announcement you sent me now won’t work, tho if you have other words of encouragement, please send ’em over and I’ll get them up). And a shoutout to Sandy. Hope you can keep busy during this down time. I will have that most excellent update on the site shortly.

There is some excellent news and blogs from the front lines from folks like John August. Also, there is a page of multiple reports from the lines over at Deadline Hollywood Daily. The best information about the status of the strike (albeit one view of the status) can be found on the WGA (west) site. A lot of the big name writers are showing up in the papers and in the blogs talking about the strike. If any of the “Not so big” names want to send a report in, I’d be delighted to carry it on the site.

Lastly, while no one really knows how long this will last, one bit of ‘food for thought’ came to me from a couple of writers with regard to thinking that this is an opportunity to break into the biz. According to the WGA Strike Rules, “The Guild does not have the authority to discipline non members for strike breaking and/or scab writing. However, the Guild can and will bar that writer from future Guild membership.” (emphasis added) So, basically if you try to be opportunistic, you may very well screw yourself in the future. – Don

Update: This just in from Jack, “…I just talked to a few good people a WGA WEST and they say that any FILM STUDENT which means a person like myself who’s in college or some type of film school can participate. THE COLOR IS RED.”

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