Driver Script Leak Surfaces

Posted by Ryan (1263 posts) -
It seems like you can count the Mississippis it takes for a video game's retail success to translate into a movie deal these days. Sometimes, though, you don't even need a favorable critical or financial pedigree to get your name in Variety; in the case of Driver, a recognizable name and an easily digested concept were apparently enough.

A Driver movie has been kicking around in some form for years now, but I hadn't heard anything about it in a good long while when the super-minimalist superannuation managed to grab what it's claiming to be the cover and first four pages of a Driver script from 2006 credited to none other than Roger Avary. Avary's probably best-known to the general movie-going public for being Quentin Tarantino's writing partner on Pulp Fiction, though in the exclusive and glamorous world of video-game movies, he's better known as the screenwriter for the kinda-OK Silent Hill movie. 

His screenwriting work hasn't been terribly consistent, but I've got a certain amount of respect for Roger Avary. More worrisome is that Constantin Film, which produced the Resident Evil film trilogy, is listed as the production company at the bottom of the page. You can see the pages for yourself below, and while it doesn't paint a particularly complete picture, it provides a decent idea of the tone Avery seemed to be going for. I don't love the apparently ripped-from-the-headlines choice of setting some portion of the action in Iraq, but it's got a pulpy quality to it that could fit the source material pretty well. 

Of course, since this is an unverified internet leak, it's impossible to gauge the script's authenticity. Even if it's legit, it doesn't necessarily mean that this is representative of the current state of Driver, or if the movie's anywhere near actual production.

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#1 Posted by Ryan (1263 posts) -
It seems like you can count the Mississippis it takes for a video game's retail success to translate into a movie deal these days. Sometimes, though, you don't even need a favorable critical or financial pedigree to get your name in Variety; in the case of Driver, a recognizable name and an easily digested concept were apparently enough.

A Driver movie has been kicking around in some form for years now, but I hadn't heard anything about it in a good long while when the super-minimalist superannuation managed to grab what it's claiming to be the cover and first four pages of a Driver script from 2006 credited to none other than Roger Avary. Avary's probably best-known to the general movie-going public for being Quentin Tarantino's writing partner on Pulp Fiction, though in the exclusive and glamorous world of video-game movies, he's better known as the screenwriter for the kinda-OK Silent Hill movie. 

His screenwriting work hasn't been terribly consistent, but I've got a certain amount of respect for Roger Avary. More worrisome is that Constantin Film, which produced the Resident Evil film trilogy, is listed as the production company at the bottom of the page. You can see the pages for yourself below, and while it doesn't paint a particularly complete picture, it provides a decent idea of the tone Avery seemed to be going for. I don't love the apparently ripped-from-the-headlines choice of setting some portion of the action in Iraq, but it's got a pulpy quality to it that could fit the source material pretty well. 

Of course, since this is an unverified internet leak, it's impossible to gauge the script's authenticity. Even if it's legit, it doesn't necessarily mean that this is representative of the current state of Driver, or if the movie's anywhere near actual production.

Staff
#2 Posted by warxsnake (2650 posts) -

M60's are 7.62mm not .50BMG. M2HB are .50


script fail 
#3 Posted by Scooper (7882 posts) -

LALA:      C'mon, Phil

PHIL:       I'm trying. He's going really fast, and these Iraqi's drive really erratically.

#4 Posted by HairyMike87 (1016 posts) -

lame

#5 Posted by spiceninja (3056 posts) -

I'm kind of indifferent on this. Sure it's going to be bad but if bad movies keep tanking at the box office then maybe Hollywood will stop putting money behind horrible scripts.

#6 Posted by AndrewB (7590 posts) -

Cue guy driving. He continues to drive. keeps driving. He stops at a stoplight. Camera occasionally freezes to music.

#7 Posted by Not_Rage (470 posts) -

Jason Statham as Tanner.


Done
#8 Posted by afrokola (547 posts) -

Not to familiar with the games myself but these scripts are way to informative. The people writing these need to cut some of the fat out of the scene descriptions and get to the dialogue. We don't need a paragraph to explain people putting large wads of cash into duffel bags. A sentence or two is enough to explain all that.

#9 Posted by Double0hFor (410 posts) -
Not_Rage said:
Jason Statham as Tanner.Done
wasn't he already a driver?
#10 Posted by natetodamax (19193 posts) -

Vin Diesel should be in it because he's the Wheelman

#11 Posted by Coltonio7 (3156 posts) -

Reads as good as it plays.

#12 Posted by RHCPfan24 (8609 posts) -

Not going to be good. It's Driver! That's enough there!

#13 Edited by Zatoichi_Sanjuro (945 posts) -

I'm sure the story for Driver was already largely based on the pretty good Ryan O'Neal movie.

This script just reads like a typical Hollywood video game-to-movie format. i.e. bearing little to no relation to the game it's based on.

Movie Exec#1 "Driver Vs IEDs... in Iraq!"     Movie Exec#2 "I like it but will it get them off their tractors in middle America?"


#14 Posted by NathHaw (2760 posts) -

Some more Fox News bashing on the final page, Lynx News Network.  That stuff is so old.

#15 Posted by PureRok (4235 posts) -
nrh79 said:
Some more Fox News bashing on the final page, Lynx News Network.  That stuff is so old.
Well, the script is from 2006, so it wasn't old yet.
#16 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -
@Bloviator: I haven't seen any bashing yet. Seems like just a parody to me. You can't have a modern setting and just ignore the overwhelming presence of national "news" networks.
#17 Posted by Babylonian (837 posts) -

No way in hell, NO WAY IN HELL, is GTA: Vice City parody character Timmy Vermicelli actually the villain in the Driver movie.

I 0% buy this.

#18 Posted by NathHaw (2760 posts) -
@PureRok:

Good point there.  ;)
#19 Posted by Cirdain (3078 posts) -

Possibly the worst screenplay I have ever seen. And i've only seen this one.

#20 Posted by Clubvodka (417 posts) -
Babylonian said:
No way in hell, NO WAY IN HELL, is GTA: Vice City parody character Timmy Vermicelli actually the villain in ... [more]

I think thats clever. The script is bad but that at least made me smile
#21 Posted by th0a (43 posts) -

i hope its based on the first drivers story, that was so intense!
im just joking if i remember correctly the first one had an awful story, but it has been many years since i played it

#22 Posted by caseylakes (293 posts) -
@Cirdain: So that means, it is the worst, the best, the longest, the shortest, the funniest, the most serious, etc screenplay you have ever read.
#23 Posted by Cirdain (3078 posts) -
caseylakes said:
@Cirdain: So that means, it is the worst, the best, the longest, the shortest, the funniest, the most serious, etc ... [more]
My brother wrote that but, Fuck yeah
#24 Posted by SneakyPenguins (242 posts) -

"you take you salt with your sugar" no this movie wont suck at all


#25 Posted by Bouke (1402 posts) -

Maybe Hollywood can spent some money on a movie with an actual good story for once! Diver was a good game, so i´d rather see a new game instead of this movie. 

Then again, if Driver the movie has both Paul Walker and Vin Diesel and a bunch of NOS powered Nissans it could be a win!

#26 Posted by Psych0Penguin (412 posts) -

IRAQ SETTING ... RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES!!! HOW CAN IT FAIL!?!?!

#27 Posted by Aas (603 posts) -
Psych0Penguin said:
IRAQ SETTING ... RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES!!! HOW CAN IT FAIL!?!?!

Exactly!
#28 Posted by Contra (247 posts) -

ITS LIKE IM LIVING THE NEWS!

#29 Posted by RichardLOlson (1852 posts) -
Well I seen online that vin diesle is suppose to be the "driver" in the new movie.  But its not suppose to come out till mid 20010.
#30 Posted by Media_Master (3283 posts) -

o boy...

#31 Posted by Baron6489 (1 posts) -

There is no way this is the real thing. Sure the first page is probably real, copied off of the real script but the rest is a fan-made fake. I think that Roger Avary, who won an Academy Award for his collaboration with Quentin Tarantino on "Pulp Fiction", would have a better villian than GTA: VC spoof character Timmy Vermicelli. I can just hear the collective laugh of the audience when he's introduced. Does he come complete with his water wings, maybe a psychological fear of water as well that's explained in a dialogue with one of his henchmen and later used against him in a final fight with the Driver? What's up with the Landroamer anyway? Didn't want to pay royalties to LandRover or are they ripping off GTA again, ala the Landstalker. Also, the Ameriraq Corporation? That's just plain stupid and lazy screenwriting.    

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