'The Theory of Everything' & 'The Boxtrolls' Screenplays Available For Your Consideration

The Theory of Everything, The Boxtrolls Screenplays Available For Your Consideration

Make some room on your digital stack of screenplays because we have two more scripts to add to your virtual pile. Thanks to Focus Features, you can now download the screenplays for The Theory of Everything and The Boxtrolls. So if you're looking for a biopic with romance, math, and science, or would rather explore an inventive stop-motion adventure, we've got you covered either way.

Here are the trailers for each of the films:

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During the Hollywood Reporter Roundtable with screenwriters, Anthony McCarten described the nerve-wracking experience of screening The Theory of Everything for Stephen Hawking. After the screening, McCarten noted that a tear needed to be wiped away from Hawking's eye, then they all waited for him to type out his reaction: "Broadly true." McCarten was quite relieved since as the screenwriter, even adapting Jane Hawking's memoir, he had to make great leaps to create intimate scenes that felt true to these people's lives but were essentially made out of whole cloth to connect the major recorded events of their lives together.

Inspired by the inventive world of author Alan Snow's book Here Be Monsters, Laika provides us with yet another imaginative stop-motion adventure through their creative use of 3D printed characters with The Boxtrolls. The screenplay and the film offer an interesting exploration into how screenwriters can use a book's universe and its characters to create a new vision of a story that will work for the big screen.

Here are the links to the PDFs of the screenplays, thanks to Focus Features:

And in case you missed our earlier posts about screenplays available for free, legal download this awards season, check them out below:

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.

Are you working on a biopic? Do you invent new worlds to create immersive stories for audiences in your screenplays? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.     

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Are these shooting scripts or after the fact screenplays?

November 16, 2014 at 11:02AM

Jonathon Sendall

It depends on the screenplay. The Theory of Everything is marked as a shooting script, but it looks like the studio has cleaned it up for presentation -- no revision marks or A pages -- so it may actually be a conformed script. In the case of the Gone Girl script, it is definitely the shooting script as each page has a header with its revision version color and date, the revision marks are still on the page, and several A pages remain.

November 17, 2014 at 4:52AM

Christopher Boone

How interesting... that song at 1:00 in The Theory of Everything trailer is called "Mary's Song" and is from The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Strange to hear it re-used in this context.

November 16, 2014 at 7:58PM, Edited November 16, 7:58PM