Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Screenplays for Warrior now available online

Previously, I've posted the links to screenplays for Moneyball, Bridesmaids and six films from Focus Features including Hanna and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Now Lionsgate has made available their official script for Gavin O'Connor's mixed-martial arts film Warrior. The film stars Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton as brothers who are both mixed martial arts fighters who have a complicated relationship with each other as well as their father, played by Nick Nolte. Critically well-received, it scored 84% on from the critics and 93% from the audience.

Others studios have been slow to release their screenplays, but they are posting more information on films they hope to promote as possible Oscar/Awards contenders. Previously, Sony Pictures Classics only plugged La piel que habito (The Skin I Live In), but now they also have A Dangerous Method and Carnage. Disney has added The Muppets to their list. Warner Brothers is providing screening info for Contagion, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Happy Feet Two, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, J. Edgar, The Hangover Part II, Horrible Bosses, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and Crazy Stupid Love.

It goes without saying that if and when those screenplays and any others become available, I'll provide the links for them as well.

The official screenplay for Warrior is undated. But it is different from another version that is available online and dated January 15, 2009. I haven't seen the film myself but I would have to assume that the official version is later and closer to the film itself.

The way they've written the credits is also confusing. Normally, writing teams are identified with "&" but the word "and" is used to demarcate unrelated writer(s). But on the title page of both scripts for Warrior, they've used the "&" and "and" the opposite way to what you'd expect. "Gavin O'Connor and Anthony Tambakis" are written together on one line but the word "and" indicates they weren't a team. Cliff Dorfman is written on a separate line, making it appear that he wasn't associated with either of the others as a writer, yet his name is preceded with "&" indicating that he was part of a team.

IMDb has them listed altogether with "&" but gives story credit only to O'Connor and Dorfman.

Here are the two versions of the screenplay. Click on the title.

Warrior -- January 15, 2009 (by Gavin O'Connor and Anthony Tambakis & Cliff Dorfman; Revisions by Gavin O'Connor and Anthony Tambakis; Current Revisions by Gavin O'Connor and Anthony Tambakis)

Warrior -- undated (Written by Gavin O'Connor and Anthony Tambakis & Cliff Dorfman; Revisions by Gavin O'Connor and Anthony Tambakis)

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