A24 Films has already provided a slew of screenplays for awards season consideration. Now they have made the screenplay available for their biggest awards contender this year, Room, adapted by Emma Donoghue from her best-selling novel.
Here's the trailer:
Novelists rarely adapt their books into screenplays — or get the opportunity to adapt their books into screenplays — for any number of reasons. Conventional wisdom seems to be that novelists are too close to their own material to cut their books down to the essentials required for the screenplay (or producers and studios may use this as an excuse not to hire novelists to adapt their own work). Last year, however, Gillian Flynn wrote a fantastic adaptation of her major bestseller Gone Girl, and this year, we get the chance to see how novelist Emma Donoghue has adapted her wildly successful novel Room into a screenplay. What makes Donoghue's adaptation from book to screenplay so fascinating is the challenge of translating the book's first person perspective of the story as seen through the eyes of a five-year-old boy and making it work for the big screen.
Here's a link to the screenplay, thanks to A24 Films:
If you missed our earlier post about screenplays available for free, legal download this awards season, check them out here. Titles include:
- Ex Machina
- The End of the Tour
- While We're Young
- Mississippi Grind
- Slow West
- Straight Outta Compton
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.
Stay tuned. More screenplays available for your consideration are coming very soon.