Your weekend reading stack just got a little taller.
If you're already dreading the family get-together for Thanksgiving next week, we've got some escape reading material ready for you to devour as you hide from your relatives. Yes, more award contending screenplays are now available for download, and we have some heavy hitters in this batch.
Before we toss these scripts on to your virtual pile, let's take a look at the (mostly red-band) trailers.
First, Martin McDonagh returns with his much anticipated, darkly comedic drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Frances McDormand is already being touted as a frontrunner for best actress awards as her character Mildred Hayes confronts the town's beloved chief of police with three bold billboards demanding justice for her daughter, murdered several months prior with no arrests made in the case.
Visionary director Guillermo del Toro brings another original fable to the big screen with The Shape of Water. Sally Hawkins plays a mute, night shift janitor in a high-security government laboratory during the Cold War in the early 1960s who discovers a top-secret experiment that will change her life forever.
Battle of the Sexes, directed by Valerie Faris & Jonathan Sexton (Little Miss Sunshine) from an original screenplay by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, The Full Monty) tells the true off-court story behind the true on-court story of the famous televised tennis match between world champion Billie Jean King and ex-men's champion Bobby Riggs.
I, Tonya, tells the absurdly true story of Tonya Harding's infamous rise to figure skating glory in the aftermath of the poorly conceived and executed an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan, carried out by Harding's boyfriend Jeff Gillooly. Directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, The Finest Hours), the original screenplay by Steven Rogers states upfront that the script is "based on irony-free, wildly contradictory, totally true interviews with Tonya Harding and Jeff Gillooly." Oh, boy.
Finally, a tale as old as time, reimagined as a live-action musical, and the current top box-office earner for 2017 (until a little film from a galaxy far, far away arrives), Beauty and the Beast revived one of Disney's animated classics to the delight of its massive fan base.
Thanks to Fox Searchlight, Neon, and Disney, here are the links to the screenplays for download:
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, written by Martin McDonagh
- The Shape of Water, written by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor (Editor's note: Fox Searchlight has made the script for The Shape of Water available again for download. The link has been updated.)
- Battle of the Sexes, written by Simon Beaufoy
- I, Tonya, written by Steven Rogers
- Beauty and the Beast, screenplay by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos, based on 1991 animated film, written by Linda Woolverton
As always, please use these scripts for your educational purposes only. Also, don't wait to download them because we never know when the studios will take the screenplays off the internet.
Be sure to check out all of this year's award contending screenplays now available for download, and stay tuned as more scripts arrive in the next few weeks.