Hollywood screenwriter David Koepp is using his personal website to release over 30 major film scripts that he wrote to the public.
Even while everyday life is starting to make a return to normal, there are still millions of people all over the world looking for ways to keep themselves busy without having to leave the comfort of home. Movies have been an even bigger escape than normal through these difficult times, and fans have banded together for re-watches and viewings of hundreds of the most popular movies out there.
Many movie fans, including some of us at The Illuminerdi, also enjoy going deep behind the scenes into exactly how some of these major movies are made. We love all the intimate details of what goes into casting, filming, directing, and writing the films that keep us entertained for hours on end. Today brings a new outlet available to dive into, specifically for a few of the biggest blockbuster films of the last few decades.
David Koepp Shares His Scripted World
Via ScreenRant, Hollywood screenwriter David Koepp is using his personal website to release over 30 major film scripts that he wrote available to the public! These include both credited scripts for final cuts of some of these films, along with a handful of uncredited rewrites for others. Koepp brings these with a message for any hopeful screenwriters out there who dive into these scripts
Here’s a couple dozen movies I wrote, in various stages of their evolution as scripts. Most of these managed to get produced, but were some unfairly neglected due to the insensitivity of the cinematic establishment, or were they just bad scripts? Judge for yourself. I think some of them are good, some of them are not, but I know all of them taught me something. Hope they might be helpful for you too.
Among all of these movies are some of the most impactful movies of our lifetime, most notably films like 1993’s Jurassic Park and 2002’s Spider-Man. These two movies helped to begin the modern era of major blockbusters, not only for their use of action shots and CGI, but for their stories and the scripts behind them. The interesting tidbit about both movies is that they were both adapted screenplays based off of other written material.
Jurassic Park was based off the 1990 Michael Crichton novel going by the same title, and it was such a success that Universal Studios reportedly bought the movie rights before it was even published. Koepp penned the script for the film, which released in theaters three years later, and it turned out to be one of the films that opened the door for the new era of movies to arrive. The movie even spent a few years holding the title of the highest grossing movie of all time before it was overtaken by 1998’s Titanic.
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Nine years after Jurassic Park, Koepp broke through once again penning the script for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man in 2002. This was one of the films that kicked off the modern era of superhero movies, and brought the pages of Marvel Comics’ most popular hero to life in a way that nobody had ever seen at that point in time.
Some of Koepp’s other work available to read on his site includes scripts for Mission Impossible, Death Becomes Her, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Carlito’s Way, Panic Room, War of the Worlds and more. There is also an unproduced script for a scrapped sequel to Spider-Man and uncredited rewrites for movies like Men in Black 3.
What was your favorite David Koepp scripted movie? What did you think of his Spider-Man sequel script? Let us know in the comment section below or on our social media!
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