Put Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks together in a period drama, add the Coen Brothers to the mix as writers, and you can almost feel the award nominations coming in. Now, thanks to Dreamworks Pictures, we get a chance to check out the screenplay for their latest collaboration, the Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies.
Before we get to the screenplay link, here's a look at the trailer for the film:
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The screenplay for Bridge of Spies was originally written by British playwright Matt Charman, then the Coen Brothers were hired to do a rewrite before Spielberg went into production on the film. Most screenwriters don't like to talk about their experiences of being rewritten, but Charman was quite charitable in a Wall Street Journal interview: "For a screenwriter at the start of his career, to be surrounded by all these legends, was a remarkable thing." And for the Coen Brothers, this rewrite was truly a work-for-hire where Spielberg only gave notes at the end of their writing process.
Thanks to Dreamworks Pictures, here's a link to the screenplay:
If you missed our earlier posts about screenplays available for free, legal download this awards season, check them out here. Titles include:
- Inside Out
- Woman in Gold
- The Diary of a Teenage Girl
- Infinitely Polar Bear
- The Lady in the Van
- Son of Saul
- Testament of Youth
- 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. We'll post more screenplay links as they become available.