SCREENPLAYS FOR MR HUGHES, BLACKWATER, SAFE HOUSE, CARITO'S WAY, SNAKE EYES, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, MORE
David Koepp has posted several of his screenplays in the "Script Archive" section of his website, DavidKoepp.com. Along with multiple drafts of his screenplays for Snake Eyes, Carlito's Way, and Mission: Impossible, Koepp has included three unproduced screenplays that he had worked on with Brian De Palma: Blackwater ("Strange piece me and DePalma came up with that I was going to direct. Too strange, turns out."); The Safe House ("Early version of Blackwater. Too dark, too creepy, too impenetrable for mass taste. Plus, guess what? Mental illness isn’t for entertainment purposes, it’s real and painful as hell. Glad I grew up."); and Mr. Hughes ("Oh, how I love this Howard Hughes / Clifford Irving story DePalma and I came up with. Inches away from making this with Nic Cage, but then Snake Eyes came out and wasn’t a hit, and we were dead. It be’s like that sometimes.")
At the top of the Script Archive page, Koepp explains:
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.