November 23, 2014

'Birdman', 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' & More Screenplays Available For Your Consideration

Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel & More Screenplays For Your Consideration
We hope you can clear off some space on your virtual desktop because Fox Searchlight has a stack of free, legal downloadable scripts for you to read. So make room for Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wild, Belle, and Calvary.

With some of the most talked about films, filmmakers and characters of the year, Fox Searchlight really has something for everyone as they make these scripts available for your consideration. Here are the trailers for the films, followed by links to the screenplays:

Many professional screenwriters talk about the importance of writing with a unique voice and crafting a specific tone in a screenplay. The screenplays for Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel both give us great examples of voice and tone. Emerging screenwriters should not try to imitate these scripts, but rather read them and identify how the screenwriters let their voices permeate the pages while they also balance the very specific tone of each story. Of course, we've come to expect a certain world when we encounter a Wes Anderson film, but Birdman has really pushed the boundaries of visionary storytelling.

Wild and Belle give us two screenplays with strong, female protagonists based on real people constantly struggling against obstacles -- self-made for one, societal for the other. Finally, Calvary provides an interesting ticking clock tale that forces its protagonist, a priest, to grapple with his true identity and values when faced with almost certain death in a week's time.

Here are the links to the screenplays, thanks to Fox Searchlight Pictures:

  • Birdman, written by Alejandro Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel, screenplay by Wes Anderson, story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
  • Wild, screenplay by Nick Hornby, adapted from the memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  • Belle, written by Misan Sagay
  • Calvary, written by John Michael McDonagh

If you missed our earlier posts about screenplays available for free, legal download this awards season, check them out here. Titles include:

  • Gone Girl
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • St. Vincent
  • Get on Up
  • The Theory of Everything
  • The Boxtrolls
  • Boyhood

As always, please use these screenplays for educational purposes only, and don't wait to download the scripts as we never know when the distributors will take them off the Internet. We'll post more screenplays here as more distributors make them available online for free, legal downloads.     

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Really appreciating all these scripts, guys. Thanks!

November 24, 2014 at 12:55PM

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Bryan Howell
Screenwriter, corporate videographer, and indie filmmaker
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Just saw Birdman, and loved it! I look forward to studying the screenplay; lots of snappy dialog, so it will be a fun read.

November 26, 2014 at 1:43PM

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David Patterson
videographer/editor
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I have a question. Primarily these are post-production screenplays, at least the ones I have read. I'm not sure these are the best tools for aspiring screenplay writers. A screenplay is blue print for a movie. The original screenplay attracts talent & finance - and then the work of turning that blue-print into a movie begins. Things change, evolve, develop etc etc. Until the production team arrive at a final movie. So, my question is : is a post-production screenplay a real help to an aspiring screenwriter ? I'm not saying it isn't, but I raise the question.

November 28, 2014 at 3:23PM

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Peter Delaunay
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