Film Scripts

Film scripts written by Charlie Kaufman.

This unproduced interpretation of the Philip K Dick novel was eventually vetoed, in favour of Richard Linklater's own adaptation. Kaufman's draft is very faithful to the source material.

This revision of Adaptation's 2nd draft offers a slightly different opening, a refinement of pretty much everything - and the swamp monster is still there.

This early draft of Adaptation is consistent with the tone of the final film, though changes were made between this and the shooting script. There's no swamp ape in the movie, for instance...

This French translation of Adaptation is based on the published Newmarket edition of the screenplay. (Translation by Mark Roberts.)

This appears to be the final version of Charlie's animated feature, Anomalisa. It doesn't seem to differ from the filmed version.

The first draft of the Being John Malkovich script, in pdf format.

Charlie wrote one draft of this script, an adaptation of the Patrick Ness YA novel. Other writers were later brought in and Charlie is no longer involved, despite other media outlets insisting otherwise.

Kaufman disliked the treatment his script received from director George Clooney, claiming the movie was too "aren't-I-cute." Read Charlie's screenplay and decide for yourself.

The first draft of the Eternal Sunshine screenplay features a futuristic opening, an extended "first" meeting between Joel and Clementine, and a significantly darker finale than the movie. This is the first draft in pdf form.

The shooting draft of Eternal Sunshine ditches the furuturistic opening and the grim ending, but still differs from the movie in some respects; Michel Gondry filmed several scenes on-the-fly, and Kaufman was still tweaking the screenplay while cameras rolled.

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