Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, you discover not one, not two, not even three, but four new screenplays available for your consideration. To date, we have discovered 24 screenplays available for free, legal download from the major studios, specialty divisions and smaller distribution companies. Today, we are happy to announce the availability of the screenplays for Flight from Paramount Pictures, Wreck-It-Ralph from Walt Disney Pictures, and Promised Land and Hyde Park on Hudson from Focus Features.
First, here's the trailer for Flight (also, a fantastic example of how to make a trailer), currently playing in U.S. theatres:
And here's the trailer for Wreck-It-Ralph, also currently playing in U.S. theatres:
Promised Land opens in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 28 before a nationwide expansion on Jan. 4:
Finally, Bill Murray plays FDR in Hyde Park on Hudson, which opened on four screens in NY and LA yesterday:
I have been looking forward to reading John Gatins' screenplay for Flight for several weeks. Reportedly made for $31 million, Flight feels like a real rarity among studio films these days - a sharply written, superbly-acted ensemble piece anchored with a multi-layered performance from a bona-fide star that also happens to have eye-popping visual FX, aimed squarely at an adult audience. When was the last time we saw all of those pieces come together in a studio film at this budget level? Personally, I hope it becomes a new norm.
I'm curious to read Wreck-It-Ralph because I was honestly a little disappointed with the film. It was okay, but the trailer felt like the film had so much more potential. Maybe if I had seen it with the masses on opening weekend instead of the masses of second and third time viewers over Thanksgiving weekend who didn't laugh at the same jokes on repeated viewings, it would've seemed better.
I'll have to hold off reading Promised Land until I see the film. The Hollywood Reporter screenwriter roundtable featuring John Krasinski hinted at a twist at the end, and I'd like to see that twist rather than read it. You've been forewarned.
Finally, the idea of Bill Murray playing FDR is inspired casting for Hyde Park on Hudson, and I'm curious if his performance will transcend the words on the page. This may be a case where I might be compelled to read the screenplay before seeing the film to see how the blueprint disappears in the final production.
Here are the links to the screenplays, courtesy of Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures and Focus Features:
- Flight, written by John Gatins
- Wreck-It-Ralph, screenplay by Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee, story by Rich Moore & Phil Johnston & Jim Reardon
- Promised Land, screenplay by John Krasinski & Matt Damon, story by Dave Eggers
- Hyde Park on Hudson, written by Richard Nelson
As always, please use these screenplays for your educational purposes only, and don't wait to download them as we never know when they will be taken offline.
Again, if you have missed any of our previous posts about screenplays available for free, you can find them at the following posts:
- Moonrise Kingdom, Paranorman, The Lorax, Snow White and the Huntsman, Ted and This is 40
- Smashed and Celeste and Jesse Forever
- Arbitrage and Perks of Being a Wallflower
- Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Sessions, Hitchcock and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (links updated, screenplays available)
- Rust and Bone and Anna Karenina
- Middle of Nowhere, Lincoln, Les Misérables and Frankenweenie
- Silver Linings Playbook, The Master and Quartet
Please note: we can only post screenplays that the studios and distributors decide to make available online for anyone to download.
Which screenplays aren't on this list that you hope to see available for your consideration this awards season and why? Let us know in the Comments.