How To Write The Top 10 Blockbusters Of All Time

How To Write The Top 10 Blockbusters Of All Time

How were the top 10 blockbusters developed and what was the screenwriting process like?

I took some time to dig up interviews, articles, breakdowns and documentaries to take you behind the scenes of these giant blockbusters.  You’ll hear from the screenwriters on the challenges they faced and what inspired their work. There are more than 70 resources listed below packed with inspirational tips and in depth advice. So how do you write a blockbuster?  Read on!

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10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Written By: Ted Elliot & Terry Rossio

Domestic Gross: $423,315,812

Close-Up: Ted Elliot & Terry Rossio on ‘Dead Man’s Chest’ | Box Office Mojo

An Interview With Ted Eddliot & Terry Rossio | DV Dizzy

Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot On Writing ‘Dead Man’s Chest’ | Movieweb

Interview with PotC Writers Ted Elliot & Terry Rossio | IGN Boards via Coming Soon

9. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Written By: Melissa Mathison

Domestic Gross: $435,110,554

E.T Turns 30: Melissa Mathison Interview | The New Yorker

E.T At 30 | Screenwriting From Iowa

The Story Origins of E.T | The Story Department

Weird Facts You Didn’t Know About E.T | Io9

8. Shrek 2

Written By: Andrew Adamsom, Joe Stillman, J. David Stem & David N. Weiss

Domestic Gross: $441,226,247

Note: Many articles below focus on Shrek due to lack of quality links for Shrek 2.

Sneaking Emotional Depth Into Shrek | Writer’s Store

Specs & The City: Break Into Act II & Shrek | Script Magazine

John Truby’s Screenwriting Take: Shrek | John Truby Screenwriting

Writing The Hollywood Blockbuster | Gideon’s Screenwriting Tips

7. The Dark Knight Rises

Written By: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer (Story)

Domestic Gross: $448,139,099

Brilliant Filmmaking Duo Discuss Acclaimed Batman Trilogy & ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ | Buzzine

Christopher Nolan On The Dark Knight Rises Literary Inspiration | Coming Soon

Jonathan Nolan On Constructing The Dark Knight Rises | Empire Online

Christopher Nolan On The Making of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ | The Hollywood Reporter

Christopher Nolan Talks The ‘Dark Knight’ Trilogy, Blockbuster Filmmaking & More Pt 1 | The Playlist

Christopher Nolan Talks The ‘Dark Knight’ Trilogy, Blockbuster Filmmaking & More Pt 2 | The Playlist

Christopher Nolan Discusses the Open-Ended Nature of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ | /Film

6. Star Wars: Episode 4 – A New Hope

Written By: George Lucas

Domestic Gross: $460,998,007

The History of Star Wars | Wookiepedia

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope | Wookiepedia

George Lucas: Recreating Myth | Hollywood Insider

Before The Galaxy Far, Far Away: Influences On ‘Star Wars’ | Cineleet

5. Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace

Written By: George Lucas

Domestic Gross: $474,544,677

Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace | Wookiepedia

4. The Dark Knight

Written By: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer (Story)

Domestic Gross: $534,858,444

David Goyer & Jonathan Nolan Talk The Dark Knight | Movies Online

Interview with Christopher Nolan | /Film

Christopher Nolan Revisits His Favorite Scene In The Dark Knight | Hero Complex

Interview: The Dark Knight Scribes David Goyer & Jonathan Nolan | Film School Rejects

Christopher Nolan Talks About His Writing Process | Spinoff Online

‘Dark Knight’ Writer David Goyer – “This One IS Better” | News-A-Rama

XTRA Spark | David Goyer On The Future Of Screenwriting

3. Marvel’s The Avengers

Written By: Joss Whedon

Domestic Gross: $623,357,910

Joss Whedon’s ‘Avengers’ Screenwriting Hurdle? Too Many Characters | Film School Rejects

Joss Whedon Says The Avengers Screenplay Is All His | Rope of Silicon

Joss Whedon Interview | /Film

Zak Penn Talks ‘The Avengers’ Script.  Joss Whedon Sole Writer | Screen Rant

Everything You EVER Wanted To Know About The Avengers Movie | Todd Alcott via Comics Beat

10 Screenwriting Lessons You Can Learn From ‘The Avengers’ | Script Shadow

Joss Whedon Says His Avengers Script Originally Included The Wasp | Superhero Hype

Avengers Inspired By ‘Dirty Dozen’ & Black Hawk Down | Digital Spy

Joss Whedon’s Setbacks | io9

The Q & A Podcast with Jeff Goldsmith: Joss Whedeon

XTRA SPARK | Joss Whedon’s Top 10 Writing Tips

2. Titanic

Written By: James Cameron

Domestic Gross: $658,672,302

The Making Of Titanic | Empire

5 Things We Learned From James Cameron From The Making Of Titanic | E Online

James Cameron Interview | That Action Guy

The Case For James Cameron, Screenwriter | Movie Line

6 Lessons In Creativity From James Cameron | Fast To Create

Why Jack didn’t get on the plank with Rose… | Daily Mail

James Cameron Is Finally Getting Over Titanic | ABC

 

1. Avatar

Written By: James Cameron

Domestic Gross: $760,507,625

James Cameron: Before Avatar…  A curious Boy | TED

Read James Cameron’s Sworn Deposition On How He Created Avatar | THR

Man Of Extremes: The Return Of James Cameron | The New Yorker

James Cameron On Writing Avatar | WGA

THE TOP 10 SCREENPLAYS

Click the links below to read the screenplays for the top 10 grossing movies of all time!

Avatar Screenplay Titanic Screenplay Marvel’s The Avengers Screenplay (N/A)

The Dark Knight Screenplay

Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace Screenplay

Star Wars: Episode 4 – A New Hope Screenplay

The Dark Knight Rises Screenplay

Shrek 2 Screenplay (N/A)

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Screenplay (N/A)

Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest Screenplay

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