As if stranded on another planet, unnoticed by many who would be thrilled to learn of its existence, we are happy to say we have discovered the Oscar-nominated screenplay for The Martian, and would like to share it with you for your consideration.
First, let's take a look at the trailer to refresh our collective memory:
This past fall, I wrote a post describing how The Martian cleverly dropped multiple f-bombs into the film and still got a PG-13 rating. Now we get a chance to see the entire adaptation on the page.
One of the first changes from the book to the film was the opening of the movie. In several interviews, screenwriter Drew Goddard has said he initially started the script much like the book and wanted the opening sequence to be Mark Watney stranded on Mars, performing self-surgery. The final film starts in chronological order just before the incident to set up the mission and the crew. The conformed script shows just how tight those opening minutes are, even with the decision to back up to the beginning of the story timeline.
Here's a link to the screenplay, thanks to 20th Century Fox (via the IMDb Awards Central page):
- The Martian, screenplay by Drew Goddard, based on the book by Andy Weir
In case you missed them, here are the links to the other nine Oscar-nominated screenplays:
Make sure you check out our earlier posts about screenplays available for free, legal download this awards season, check them out here. Titles include:
- The Hateful Eight
- The Danish Girl
- I'll See You in My Dreams
- Pawn Sacrifice
- Danny Collins
- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
- Mistress America
- Far from the Madding Crowd
- Woman in Gold
- The Diary of a Teenage Girl
- Infinitely Polar Bear
- The Lady in the Van
- Son of Saul
- Testament of Youth
- The End of the Tour
- While We're Young
- Mississippi Grind
- Slow West
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.