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William Goldman Scripts

William Goldman is not just a screenwriter, despite the fact that he has had enormous success in the field. Goldman is a writer of all sorts- novels, non-fiction biographies and even how-to books that have sold in record numbers. He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his astoundingly touching screenplays and for the ideas that he created that changed cinema.

As a novelist, Goldman was responsible for writing at least two of the most widely respected and loved stories of the American people. One is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) which inspired the love that America still has with Westerns. The other was The Princess Bride (1987), a complete 180 for Goldman to do. From the desert landscape of the Western film, he jumped to the classical enchanted surroundings of a fairy tale.

As far as screenplays go, Goldman has shown his flexibility in adapting to different genres with ease. For the horror movie fans, he was responsible for the Stephen King adaptation of the novel Misery (1990) which is still emulated and joked about to this day. He diversified into the romance district when he wrote such films as Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
and Year of the Comet (1992).

Without a doubt, Goldman is a prime example of a writer who did not put himself in a box. Unlike other writers who generally stick to one genre or another, Goldman gave himself the freedom to experience worlds from all different
perspectives.

Screenwriters should take note of Goldman’s actions and realize that screenwriting is an art of experience. The human life is full of ups and downs, and this effects what the screenwriter thinks like and writes about. This is not something to be ashamed of, but is an opportunity to grow in different directions as a human being and as a writer.

Filmography

  1. (2003) Dreamcatcher Script [For Purchase]
  2. (2001) Hearts in Atlantis [Transcript]
  3. (1999) The General’s Daughter [Transcript]
  4. (1997) Absolute Power Script [PDF]
  5. (1996) The Ghost and the Darkness Script
  6. (1996) The Chamber
  7. (1992) Chaplin
  8. (1992) Year of the Comet
  9. (1992) Memoirs of an Invisible Man [Transcript]
  10. (1990) Misery Script
  11. (1987) The Princess Bride Script
  12. (1986) Heat Script
  13. (1978) Magic
  14. (1977) A Bridge Too Far
  15. (1976) Marathon Man [Transcript]
  16. (1976) All the President’s Men Script
  17. (1975) The Great Waldo Pepper Script [For Purchase]
  18. (1975) The Stepford Wives
  19. (1972) The Hot Rock
  20. (1969) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Script [For Purchase]
  21. (1966) Harper
  22. (1965) Masquerade

The Princess Bride


Note: Multiple links are listed since (a) different versions exist and (b) many scripts posted become unavailable over time. Please notify me if you encounter a stale link.

Classic Novel Adaptation Scripts

It should come to no surprise that many of the greatest films of our day have been inspired, or directly taken, from the pages of novels. Writers such as Stephen King and J.R.R. Tolkien have been able to reach new audiences through the help of creative film makers and script writers.

The fact is that many people do not have the time to read. A good novel can often run from 300 to 1000 pages (depending on the author), and can take some time in order to finish. Even for the most avid reader, there is never enough time to read all the books in the world and that is where film makers come in.

One of the biggest problems related to transforming a book into a movie is the issue of accurately following the storyline while maintaining the same emotions that a person gets when reading the book. This is a difficult task and requires a person of great emotional intelligence and technical skill in order to complete.

Below is a list of some of the best (and worst) adaptations of novels. Whether they are good or bad depends on the viewer. However, there are some elements that make them generally enjoyable and worthy of being a major motion picture. What are those elements, you ask? Well, I will leave you to find that out as you compare some of these screenplays to the classic novels that inspired them.

Once you find out the answers, you will be on your way to being able to accurately adapt a novel that you cherish. And who knows? One day your screenplay might be the one chosen for a major motion picture adaptation. Good luck!

  1. The Godfather Script
  2. The Shawshank Redemption Script
  3. Schindler’s List Script
  4. The Hunt for Red October [Transcript]
  5. The Princess Bride [Transcript]
  6. Wuthering Heights [Transcript]
  7. Scarface Script
  8. GoodFellas [Transcript]
  9. No Country For Old Men Script
  10. Girl, Interrupted [Transcript]