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The Hulk, by Michael France - 2nd Draft
This very well written, with some good characterization and insane action scenes. I'm not overly fond of Betty not being Ross' daughter here, and I could really do without the fast food bit where Bruce Banner turns into Leo Getz for five pages, but other than that this is a good one.
The Michael France script is The Hulk movie I've always wanted to see. Hensleigh's take was just weird.Die Hard With A Vengeance it was not.
 
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The Michael France script is The Hulk movie I've always wanted to see. Hensleigh's take was just weird.Die Hard With A Vengeance it was not.
France's Fantastic Four script and his first draft of Punisher are excellent as well. And the irony is that Hensleigh ended up rewriting and directing his Punisher script. XD

Weirdly, I finally saw Venom just the other day, and the whole private space travel angle grafted onto a generic superhero movie reminded me a lot of Hensleigh's Hulk script.
 
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France's Fantastic Four script and his first draft of Punisher are excellent as well. And the irony is that Hensleigh ended up rewriting and directing his Punisher script. XD

Weirdly, I finally saw Venom just the other day, and the whole private space travel angle grafted onto a generic superhero movie reminded me a lot of Hensleigh's Hulk script.
His Punisher and Fantastic Four scripts were awesome indeed.Yeah Venom has a habit of reminding me of the weirdest stuff.I was getting more than a few flashbacks to the Spawn movie.
 
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I agree, France's first draft of Punisher was awesome, and while i like 2004 film, i would rather prefer if this version was made instead. His second draft was pretty good, but to me, not as good as first one.
 
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The Incredible Hulk, by David Hayter
This wasn't terrible, exactly, It has some decent moments like the Hulk out in the interrogation room, but most of it reads like a watered down version of France's draft. This is really obvious when the helicopter scene is repeated almost word for word, but getting shoved into the late second/early third act hurts it a lot. Sterns' motivations and powers are vastly less interesting here, and a lot of the potential with that character is squandered. And Creel is a real downgrade, going from a legitimate threat to a whiny little fratboy bitch.
 
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Fantastic Four, by Sam Hamm
Yeesh, that was bad. It felt more like a very crammed pilot for a crappy sitcom than anything. And Doom is awful, probably even worse than the one from the 2005 movie.
 
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Fantastic Four, by Sam Hamm
Yeesh, that was bad. It felt more like a very crammed pilot for a crappy sitcom than anything. And Doom is awful, probably even worse than the one from the 2005 movie.
I felt his Watchmen was not good at all. I remember began reading it, and suddenly at a quick, I quit reading it, it didn’t even opened like the GN.
 
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Fantastic Four, by Sam Hamm
Yeesh, that was bad. It felt more like a very crammed pilot for a crappy sitcom than anything. And Doom is awful, probably even worse than the one from the 2005 movie.
And wow. I was thinking of reading it, but thanks for your review. You saved me from it, sir!
 
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The Punisher: War Zone, by Jonathan Hensleigh
There are a lot of cool moments in this, like Frank Castle turning himself in to get at a child murderer, and the action is pretty brutal. It feels like a very rough first draft, though, almost more like a treatment than proper script in some respects. Frank has a few too many mediocre one liners too, especially the bit where he rips off Sudden Impact with "Go ahead, make my morning." XD
 
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I didn't mind Santora/Sutter script but i personally like Hensleigh's script more. Both have some issues, but even though it is a first draft, Hensleigh's script was pretty good, and it reminded me on Michael France's unproduced scripts for first film.
 
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Jordana Del Muerte by Alan B. McElroy and John Milius:
Wow.. Let me just say this script surprised me in some respects, and simply met my expectations in others.
First off, I was sure Simon was going to be a main character. His death, and the story suddenly switching to Jonah kind of surprised me. Overall, it was just a standard revenge story that Milius most likely did for money. At times, Jonah acts vaguely Dirty Harry-ish owing to Milius' early career. There are also several aspects which ensure in today's sociopolitical climate, that it could NEVER be shot today as written.

Here are some of my favorite parts of the script: The way it's revealed that the corrupt Sherriff is working with Primera and Yellow Face, Jonah's confrontation with Psycho Billy in the restaurant, and Jonah's down-and-dirty murder of Primera. My most disliked aspects, aside from the standard plot and conventions, were Yellow Face basically getting off scot-free (although such is sort of a Milius staple), Jonah's almost immediate forgetting of his Father's murder, and the almost symbolic, dark ending being followed by a saccharine coda. Although I realize this is also common to Milius.
Overall, in my opinion, even if it were produced and released, it would have been a mostly forgettable action/revenge romp. But it was certainly interesting to get a taste for how Milius would write modern movies (before the stroke), and imo, it's still way too good to have been "helmed" by Helmsley and WWE.
 
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Pet Sematary, by David Kajganich
Honestly, this was pretty solid. It takes some liberties with the source material, most notably aging up both of the kids and swapping a few things around towards the end, but it's mostly reverent to the story and themes. I wasn't overly happy about losing the Wendigo again, but I suppose that's a minor point. It's not Kajanich's best work, that's still the Suspiria remake, but it's far and away the best of his three unproduced King adaptations. This one doesn't suffer from having to condense a sprawling plot into a single two hour film like his take on It, and isn't generally crap like his version of The Stand.
 
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Breaking the Empire State, by S. Craig Zahler
Not the best script ever, and not Zahler's best, either, but this is a well done Die Hard style action script. The Empire State Building is well utilized as a setting, which helps, and the action scenes are suitably cool and expectedly brutal.
 
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Pet Sematary, by David Kajganich
Honestly, this was pretty solid. It takes some liberties with the source material, most notably aging up both of the kids and swapping a few things around towards the end, but it's mostly reverent to the story and themes. I wasn't overly happy about losing the Wendigo again, but I suppose that's a minor point. It's not Kajanich's best work, that's still the Suspiria remake, but it's far and away the best of his three unproduced King adaptations. This one doesn't suffer from having to condense a sprawling plot into a single two hour film like his take on It, and isn't generally crap like his version of The Stand.
Better or worse than the Buhler draft?
 
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