Screenplay by John Lee Hancock, book by Michael Lewis

The movie version of the opening:

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The movie version of the opening:

We see this a LOT: The script has a soft open (e.g., mini-van, suburbs) while the movie has a hard open (e.g., action, military). If it’s an action movie, this is an editorial choice that makes sense: Give the audience a taste of what’s to come. It also buys the story time to set up key characters and get some exposition out of the way.

You may read the screenplay here.

FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY!

Page One is a daily Go Into The Story series featuring the first page of notable movie scripts from the classic era to contemporary times. Comparing them is an excellent way to study a variety of writing styles and see how professional writers start a story.

For more Page One posts, go here.

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