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Tim Burton’s Screenplays (Download)

Before you see Tim Burton’s Dumbo take a listen to the legendary director as he discusses his screenwriting and filmmaking process here. Afterward, you can download Tim Burton Film’s Screenplay collection and learn how the masterworks from page to screen.

The screenplays below are the only ones that are available online. If you find any of his missing screenplays please leave the link in the comment section.

(NOTE: For educational and research purposes only).


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PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE (1985)

Screenplay by Phil Hartman and Paul Reubens – Read the transcript!

BEETLEJUICE (1988)

Story by Michael McDowell, and Larry Wilson; Screenplay by Michael McDowell and Warren Skaaren  – Read the screenplay!

BATMAN (1989)

Story by Bob Kane and Sam Hamm; Screenplay by Sam Hamm and Warren Skaaren – Read the screenplay!

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990)

Story by Tim Burton and Caroline Thompson; Screenplay by Caroline Thompson – Read the transcript!!

BATMAN RETURNS (1992)

Story by Bob Kane (characters), Daniel Waters, and Sam Hamm; Screenplay by Daniel Waters – Read the screenplay!

ED WOOD (1994)

Book by Rudolph Grey; Written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski – Read the screenplay!


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MARS ATTACKS! (1996)

Screenplay by Jonathan Gems – Read the screenplay!

SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999)

Screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker – Read the screenplay!

PLANET OF THE APES (2001)

Screenplay by William Broyles, Jr., Lawrence Konner, and Mark Rosenthal – Read the screenplay!

BIG FISH (2003)

Screenplay by John August  – Read the screenplay!

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (2005)

Screenplay by John August – Read the screenplay!

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (2007)

Screenplay by John Logan – Read the transcript!

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010)

Screenplay by Linda Woolverton – Read the screenplay!

DARK SHADOWS (2012)

Screenplay by Seth Grahame Smith  – Read the transcript!

FRANKENWEENIE (2012)

Screenplay by John August – Read the screenplay!

BIG EYES (2014)

Screenplay by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski – Read the screenplay!




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