Darkness Falls Script

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Year:2003
Director:Jonathan Liebesman
Written by:James Vanderbilt (Screenplay), John Fasano (Screenplay), Joe Harris (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:A vengeful spirit has taken the form of the Tooth Fairy to exact vengeance on the town that lynched her 150 years earlier. Her only opposition is the only child, now grown up, who has survived her before.
*14067

Scream (2022) Script

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Year:2022
Director:Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Written by:James Vanderbilt (Screenplay), Kevin Williamson (Characters), Guy Busick (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past.
*14027

Murder Mystery Script

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Year:2019
Director:Kyle Newacheck
Written by:James Vanderbilt (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:After attending a gathering on a billionaire's yacht during a European vacation, a New York cop and his wife become prime suspects when he's murdered.
13151

The Meg Script

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Year:2018
Director:Jon Turteltaub
Written by:Belle Avery (Writer), Dean Georgaris (Storyboard), Steve Alten (Novel), Erich Hoeber (Writer), Jon Hoeber (Writer), James Vanderbilt (Screenplay), Richard Bennett (Storyboard), Dylan Coburn (Storyboard), Warren Mahy (Storyboard)

Script Synopsis:A deep sea submersible pilot revisits his past fears in the Mariana Trench, and accidentally unleashes the seventy foot ancestor of the Great White Shark believed to be extinct.
*12650

Truth Script

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

Script Synopsis:As a renowned producer and close associate of Dan Rather, Mary Mapes believes she’s broken the biggest story of the 2004 election: revelations of a sitting U.S. President’s military service. But when allegations come pouring in, sources change their stories, document authenticity is questioned, and the casualties begin to mount.
*12409

The Rundown Script

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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.
10754

White House Down Script

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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.
*11235

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

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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.
*5739

Zodiac

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

Script Synopsis:The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for three men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.
*4743