Truth Script

Year:2015
Director:James Vanderbilt
Written by:Mary Mapes (Book), James Vanderbilt (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:A behind-the-scenes look at news anchor Dan Rather during his final days at C.B.S. News when he broadcast a damaging report about how President Bush relied on privilege and family connections to avoid fighting in the Vietnam War.
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The Rundown Script

Year:2003
Director:Peter Berg
Written by:R.J. Stewart (Screenplay), James Vanderbilt (Screenplay), R.J. Stewart (Writer)

Script Synopsis:When Travis, the mouthy son of a criminal, disappears in the Amazon in search of a treasured artifact, his father sends in Beck, who becomes Travis's rival for the affections of Mariana, a mysterious Brazilian woman. With his steely disposition, Beck is a man of few words -- but it takes him all the discipline he can muster to work with Travis to nab a tyrant who's after the same treasure.
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White House Down Script

Year:2013
Director:Roland Emmerich
Written by:James Vanderbilt (Writer)

Script Synopsis:Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.
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James Vanderbilt Scripts

James Vanderbilt could be considered the “renegade” of The Amazing Spider Man  (2012) screenwriting crew. He was part of a four man team, made up of seasoned professionals (i.e. Alvin Sargent) and the actual creator of the Spiderman series, Stan Lee.

To imagine the tension that Vanderbilt must’ve felt when entering this writing crew is inspiring. Vanderbilt’s career is only made up of a few movie scripts, none of which could match the grand scale of this entertainment-driven, action film.

It has been said that a person is only limited by their own fear. Vanderbilt could have easily choked on a project this big, falling into depression and self loathing as he tried to match horns with these big league players. But he didn’t. Whatever the method was that he used, it worked; and now his name can be seen as the first name on the film’s IMDB page.

Many screenwriters become writers because they do not want to face people. They would rather live in their fantasy worlds and create characters whom they enjoy seeing and experiencing something with. However, the film industry is a business and there will always come a time when a screenwriter must collaborate, join meetings and deal with difficult people. To build these skills early on is a diving board to success for any Hollywood-bound writer.

Filmography

  1. (2012) The Amazing Spider-Man
  2. (2010) The Losers Script
  3. (2007) Zodiac Script
  4. (2003) The Rundown [Transcript]
  5. (2003) Basic
  6. (2003) Darkness Falls [Transcript]

Basic

Year:2003
Director:John McTiernan
Written by:James Vanderbilt (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:A DEA agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army ranger drill sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.
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Zodiac

Year:2007
Director:David Fincher
Written by:James Vanderbilt (Screenplay), Robert Graysmith (Novel)

Script Synopsis:Based on the actual case files for one of the most intriguing unsolved crimes in America, "Zodiac" tells the story of a serial killer that terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.
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The Losers

Year:2010
Director:Sylvain White
Written by:Peter Berg (Writer), James Vanderbilt (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:A tale of double cross and revenge, centered upon the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team-Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar -find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they're joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily-guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war.
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