With just two weeks until the end of the year, a flurry of award-hopeful films are heading into theaters. That also means a bunch of screenplays from these same films are now available to download for your consideration, thanks to Annapurna and Focus Features, including If Beale Street Could Talk, Vice, Destroyer, Mary Queen of Scots, On the Basis of Sex, and The Sisters Brothers.
Before we get to the screenplay links, let's take a look at the trailers.
Barry Jenkins follows up his Best Picture Oscar-winning Moonlight with his adaptation of James Baldwin's novel If Beale Street Could Talk. Early indications are pointing to a strong follow-up to his previous award-winning film (Beale Street opened on four screens this weekend to the tune of more than $54,000 per screen). If Beale Street Could Talk follows Tish as she seeks to prove the innocence of her lover Fonny while she carries their first child. The story explores the themes of love, family and justice, set in Harlem in the early 1970s.
Former SNL writer and hit comedy filmmaker Adam McKay proves that The Big Short was no one-time effort exploring real-life stories around social and political themes with his follow-up Vice. The film tells the story of Dick Cheney and his rise as a Washington insider, culminating in his role as vice president to George W. Bush, reshaping a typically figurative position into one of immense power, starring an eerily transformed Christian Bale as Cheney.
Writing duo Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi re-team with director Karyn Kusama after their collaboration on the gripping horror The Invitation to bring Destroyer to the big screen, an idea ten years in the making. Destroyer follows Erin Bell, an LAPD detective who went undercover as a young cop to infiltrate a desert gang and suffered when things went terribly wrong. Years later, when the gang leader turns up again, Bell fights her way back through the gang members and her past to bring a reckoning long in coming.
Writer Beau Willimon knows political intrigue well (House of Cards, The Ides of March). For Mary Queen of Scots, Willimon has adapted the book by Dr. John Guy for director Josie Rourke to tell the story of Mary Stuart, queen of France and widow at 18, as she returns to her homeland of Scotland to reclaim her throne as her cousin Elizabeth I rules as England's queen. Mary and Elizabeth both resist pressure to remarry from their male-dominated palace courts as they clash in a political feud over the right to the English throne. Drama ensues.
In a year with much drama surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court and the very successful documentary RBG, the forthcoming On the Basis of Sex takes a specific look at Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a lawyer, wife and mother as she argues the one legal case she ever did jointly with her husband, Marty Ginsburg, a landmark case in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals to overturn a century of gender discrimination. Written by Ruth Bader Ginsberg's nephew Daniel Stiepleman and directed by Mimi Leder, the film decides not to focus on one of RBG's most famous cases but instead seeks to tell a more complete story of who RBG is among the many roles she has played in her life and with her family.
Although The Sisters Brothers had a modest run here in the U.S., the film directed by Jacques Audiard and adapted by Audiard and Thomas Bidegain from Patrick DeWitt's book recently received the most nominations for France's Lumiere Awards. The film follows Charlie and Eli Sisters, brothers and bounty hunters, as they travel through the Pacific Northwest in early 1850s and struggle with their partnership. As the Sisters Brothers connect with a scout to track down a runaway chemist for a bounty, their familial ties are tested as their desired paths for the future begin to diverge.
Thanks to Annapurna and Focus Features, here are the links to the screenplays:
- If Beale Street Could Talk, screenplay by Barry Jenkins, adapted from the novel by James Baldwin
- Vice, written by Adam McKay
- Destroyer, written by Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi
- Mary Queen of Scots, screenplay by Beau Willimon, based on the book "Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart" by Dr. John Guy
- On the Basis of Sex, written by Daniel Stiepleman
- The Sisters Brothers, screenplay by Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain, based on the book by Patrick deWitt
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.