The holiday movie rush is almost here. That means award contenders opening Christmas Day are revving up their campaigns, making more screenplays available for your consideration.
Admittedly, we're a little behind here with sharing the free, legal downloads of screenplays, so it's time to play catch up. Now, thanks to Universal Pictures and Walt Disney Studios, we have the screenplays for Unbroken and Into the Woods ahead of their arrivals in theatres.
First, here are the trailers for each film:
Take a best-selling true story of wartime survival, get a whole slate of top-notch screenwriters (The Coen Brothers, Richard LaGravenese, and William Nicholson) to tackle the script, bring in Angelina Jolie to direct, and you (finally) get a highly anticipated Christmas release from Universal. Screenplays for biopics tend to run long, but even though the finished film has a runtime of 137 minutes, the script manages to come together in 122 pages, highlighting the key moments in Louis Zamperini's life, both before and during World War II.
On a wholly different note, Into the Woods is an adaptation of a well-loved musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. The musical's devoted fans have been concerned about changes Disney would make to the musical to tone down key elements of the musical for younger audiences, but the studio was wise enough to enlist Lapine to pen the adaptation and hire Rob Marshall (Chicago) to direct it. The screenplay is an interesting example of how to convert a musical into screenplay form. In this case, Lapine provides a table of contents for the musical numbers and uses ALL CAPS in dialogue to distinguish lyrics from spoken dialogue. At the same time, with so many CAPS screaming at you from the page, this script shows the limitations of the screenplay format when used to adapt musicals.
Thanks to Universal Pictures and Walt Disney Studios, respectively, here are the links to the screenplays:
- Unbroken, screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen and Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson, based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand
- Into the Woods, screenplay by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, based on the musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
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
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Kill the Messenger
- Dear White People
- The Imitation Game
- A Most Violent Year
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.