Time to make some space on your virtual nightstand.
We still haven't put away the Halloween decorations and can't even contemplate decorative gourds right now, but one thing is certain: Awards season has begun. And with awards season come screenplays for you to download legally for free as the studios and specialty distributors jockey for attention.
Paramount got out to an early start with its release of the script for A Quiet Place, but now we have a slew of new scripts to share, courtesy of Annapurna (Sorry to Bother You), Netflix (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, 22 July, Private Life), and Bleecker Street (Colette, Leave No Trace, Disobedience, and What They Had).
Before we get to the screenplay links, let's take a look at the trailers as a refresher.
Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You made waves coming out of Sundance this year, which carried over to an impressive run at the summer box office. Trying to describe Riley's film accurately feels like a futile effort, but here goes: An African-American telemarketer discovers he has a unique gift—the ability to speak in white voice. After swiftly moving up the company ladder using his gift, he soon discovers that the venture capitalist behind the company has much bigger plans for him. Tackling issues like racism and corporate greed with absurdist comedy, Sorry to Bother You just may be the most disturbing film of the year.
The Coen Brothers originally set out to make The Ballad of Buster Scruggs as a six-part anthology series for Netflix. Instead, the anthology structure of the story with six chapters was retained, but ultimately the project was shrunk down into a single feature film and debuted at the Venice Film Festival this fall, where it won the award for best screenplay. Somewhere along the line, Netflix must have seen Oscar potential in the project with a trimmed down version, especially with the Coen Brothers at the helm. If you're lucky, you can catch a very limited release of the film on the big screen starting this Fri. Nov. 8. The rest of us will have to settle for watching the latest from the Coen Brothers on Netflix starting Nov. 16.
Paul Greengrass is no stranger to tackling difficult, extremely painful real-life events to create powerful narratives about events that rock countries to their core (Bloody Sunday, United 93). His latest film 22 July doesn't just portray the horrific events of the worst terrorist attack in a normally peaceful Norway, but also tells the story about how survivors, lawyers, and the country as a whole come together to move forward beyond this tragedy. 22 July is now available to stream on Netflix.
With Private Life, Tamara Jenkins brings her unique sense of humor to the trials and tribulations of a couple trying to get pregnant at a so-called "advanced age." After all of the fertility treatments and attempts at adoption go awry, the story's couple is almost ready to call it quits when a young woman comes into their lives and gives them a glimmer of hope. Private Life was recently nominated for Best Screenplay at the Gotham Awards and is now streaming on Netflix.
Based on a true story, Colette follows the emergence of a singular literary talent as Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette begins her writing career ghostwriting for her husband known by his pen name as "Willy." When Colette's first "Claudine" novel catches fire, she writes three follow-up novels to much acclaim before she starts to demand the credit and pay she deserves for her work. Fireworks ensue.
Debra Granik, writer/director of Winter's Bone, pairs up with writer Anne Rosellini for Leave No Trace, an adaptation of Peter Rock's book "My Abandonment." After living off the grid for years in Portland, Oregon, Will and his teenage daughter Tom are forced into social services. Railing against the confinements of the system, Will and Tom set off to reclaim their life in the woods.
Sebastián Lelio, the director of last year's winner for Best Foreign Film, A Fantastic Woman, returns with Disobedience, co-written with Rebecca Lenkiewicz from Naomi Alderman's novel. After being shunned by her religious community and family in her youth for her attraction to a childhood friend, a woman returns to that same community to mourn the death of her father and reconnects with her friend. Some passions never die, nor do some prejudices.
Writer/director Elizabeth Chomko's debut feature What They Had tells the story of a woman beckoned home to Chicago by her brother to help him deal with their dying mother and their father's struggles to let her go.
Here are the links to the screenplays, thanks to Annapurna, Netflix and Bleecker Street:
- Sorry to Bother You, written by Boots Riley
- The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
- 22 July, screenplay by Paul Greengrass, based on the book "One of Us" by Åsne Seierstad
- Private Life, written by Tamara Jenkins
- Colette, screenplay by Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland & Rebecca Lenkiewicz, story by Richard Glatzer
- Leave No Trace, screenplay by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini, based on the novel "My Abandonment" by Peter Rock
- Disobedience, screenplay by Sebastián Lelio & Rebecca Lenkiewicz, based on the novel by Naomi Alderman
- What They Had, written by Elizabeth Chomko
As always, please use these scripts for 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 available for download and stay tuned as more scripts arrive.