19 December 2012

For Your Consideration 2012: Free Screenplays

One of the neat little perks of living in the Internet age is that movie studios promote their potential nominees with online websites dedicated exclusively to engaging and swaying voters. These sites include information about special screenings for voters of various awards, but several studios go an extra step and offer some free downloads of screenplays. Here's this year's roundup.

20th Century Fox

  • Life of Pi


  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie by John August, based on a screenplay by Lenny Ripps, based on an original idea by Tim Burton
  • Paperman
  • Wreck-It Ralph by Phil Johnston & Jennifer Lee; Original Story by Rich Moore, Phil Johnston & Jim Reardon


  • Lincoln by Tony Kushner based in part on the book "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin

DreamWorks Animation [screenplays "coming soon"]

Focus Features

  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Paranorman
  • Anna Karenina
  • Hyde Park on Hudson
  • Promised Land

Fox Searchlight

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • The Sessions
  • Hitchcock


Paramount Pictures

  • Act of Valor
  • Mirror, Mirror

  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Skyfall

Sony Pictures Classics

Universal Pictures

  • Dr. Seuss' The Lorax by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, Based on the Book by Dr. Seuss
  • Snow White & The Huntsman by Evan Daugherty and John Lee Hancock and Hossein Amini; Story by Evan Daugherty; Inspired by the Brothers Grimm's "Little Snow White"
  • Ted by Seth MacFarlane and Alec Sulkin & Wellesly Wild; Story by Seth MacFarlane
  • This Is 40 by Judd Apatow
  • Les Miserables

Warner Bros.

  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Argo
  • Cloud Atlas
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Magic Mike

The Weinstein Company

  • Bully
  • Django Unchained
  • The Intouchables
  • Killing Them Softly
  • The Master
  • Quartet
  • Silver Linings Playbook
You may also want to check out 2010 Screenplays and 2011 Screenplays. Some of those links are still active!


  1. Mostly done reading through the Frankenweenie script. It's up there within my top ten of the year, I think...or darn near. Been a fun read as well. I dig John's style.

  2. I'm excited to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I saw that on Sunday and loved it, though I had some problems with it and I'm hoping explanations might be hinted at in the screenplay. I've also recently seen Ted and think that could be a fun one to read, even if just the section with Norah Jones.

    1. I've still yet to read Bridesmaids from last time, which looked pretty funny from the 2 pages I glanced at. Have no interest in seeing the movie, oddly enough, but haven't read a whole lot of actual comedy screenplays. But again, Frankenweenie was a fun and quirky movie that was earnest and honest.

      I haven't downloaded Django yet. Anxious to do so. I enjoy reading QT's scripts.

    2. I started reading Bridesmaids and I think got got about 2/3 or 3/4 finished, then had to stop for whatever reason and just never came back to it. It was a nice read, though. More longhand notes than I'd expected.

      Unfortunately, you'll find that the Django Unchained screenplay is one of several not presently available. I included all titles promoted on the various sites for the sake of thoroughness, but only about a third of the films listed actually include their screenplays. You might putz around the relevant studio FYC site for streaming content, etc. It's even possible they'll add the screenplays at some point.