Now that we’re moving into the colder part of the year in the Nothern Hemisphere, or “indoor season” as I like to call it, it’s a great time to cuddle up with some hot cocoa and a great screenplay. Some people read books. We read scripts!
Screenwriters were hungry for scripts this year, and the following titles were among the top 25 search queries related to screenwriting globally in 2019.
So, I’m doing you a solid and aggregating all those scripts below, so you don’t have to go Googling. And bonus! You also don’t have to go outside because now you have a very good “it’s research” excuse to stay cozy on your couch. You are welcome.
Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
“In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.” – IMDb
Written by Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz, based on the book by Ron Stallworth
“Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader.” – IMDb
Written by Anthony McCarten
“The story of the legendary British rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid.” – IMDb
Written by Ari Aster, original concept by Patrik Anderson and Martin Karlqvist
“A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown’s fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.” – IMDb
Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, and Peter Farrelly
“A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.” – IMDb
Screenplay written by Pete Doctor, Meg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley, original story by Pete Doctor and Ronnie Del Carmen
“After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.” – IMDb
If Beale Street Could Talk
Written by Barry Jenkins, based on the book by James Baldwin
“A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn’t commit.” – IMDb
A Star Is Born
Written by Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, and Will Fetters, based on the 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and the 1976 screenplay by John Gregory Dunne, Joe Didion, and Frank Pierson, based on a story by William Wellman and Robert Carson
“A musician helps a young singer find fame as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.” – IMDb
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Written by J.K. Rowling
“The second installment of the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards, seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.” – IMDb
That list should keep you busy for a while. I haven’t read all of these scripts myself yet, but I did get pulled into the first few pages of each of them. When screenwriters are good, they’re good!
I'm looking forward to some downtime to put on my snuggie and warm up with these great stories.
Winter is coming,
Courtney Meznarich, Director of Community Outreach