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Scripts for the viewing

Posted at 5:57 PM on November 13, 2007 by Euan Kerr

As regular readers will know I like to read ahead sometimes in preparation for seeing a movie, particularly if it is based on a specific book.

I would recommend Bob Dylan's "Chronicles Vol. 1" before going to see "I'm Not There," if you are of a mind to do some preparation.

Now I am trying something new. For the last few weeks I have been delving into the script for "Beowulf" written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary. It includes both the original treatment written years ago by Avary, and then the script that he produced in collaboration with Gaiman which was used for the Robert Zemeckis film which will open this week. There is also some early artwork

It certainly produces images in your head as you read it, and I am now eager to see how the finished film will appear.

There is also an intriguing new site from Paramount Vantage which is offering final scripts of a number of films, some which have already been in the theaters for a while and a few which are yet to open (including "The Kite Runner.") It's worth a look.

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