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The Avengers Script Could Be Yours, If The Price Is Right

For a high-profile movie with an ensemble cast, The Avengers has remained surprisingly secretive, with even the inclusion of the villain Loki uncertain until Marvel officially announced it just yesterday. It’s not Dark Knight Rises-secretive, mind you, but the studio has managed to keep a fairly tight lid on leaks.

That is until someone apparently got his hands on a copy of Joss Whedon’s script. And not just any copy — Samuel L. Jackson’s copy.

Obsessed With Film revealed today that it was contacted by an anonymous source looking to “negotiate terms” for a 129-page shooting script — under the production title “Group Hug” — belonging, at least briefly, to Nick Fury himself. Asked for proof, the source offered up photos of some of the pages, all bearing enormous “SAMUEL L. JACKSON” watermarks and offering a glimpse of dialogue between Black Widow, Iron Man and Bruce Banner in a scene presumably set on the damaged S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.

The script certainly looks legitimate. But unless Obsessed With Film, or another website, is willing to cough up some cash and then run the Disney legal gauntlet, we probably won’t know for sure — at least until we hear Scarlett Johansson speak the words “Doctor … Bruce, it’s okay, I’ll get you out of this.”

The Avengers, which opens May 4, 2012, stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg, and Samuel L. Jackson, who should probably keep a better eye on his script. It’s shooting now in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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  • Mr. M

    “and Samuel L. Jackson, who should probably keep a better eye on his script.”

    I guess that would be the eye without the patch. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahaha…ha…ahem.

  • http://thevenger6.blogspot.com Matt Spatola

    Well that certainly takes balls to take on Disney lawyers like that. As to the script the page or so that could be read really don’t give us much info other than a damaged helicarrier.

  • kalorama

    Taking on DIsney’s lawyers isn’t ballsy, it’s a suicide mission.

  • http://twitter.com/HeroicTStudios Michael Sacal

    The hellcarrier getting damaged is such a cliche now, that the only way for the movie to surprise the audience would be if the hellcarrier DIDN’T get damaged, heh.

  • Daystorm

    For the general public it might be a surprise… not every person a comic reader..

  • Thad

    Whoops.

    Now that this is public, the guy had better quit trying to sell it, or he’s going to find the buyer is somebody in law enforcement.

  • http://twitter.com/sillymander sillymander

    I smell sting operation.

  • Shadowlancerx

    Yeah challenging the House of Mouse is a very bad idea.

  • cookepuss

    Cliche to you and me. New to younger fans and non-comic book moviegoers. Marvel’s audience for this film is much larger than just comic geeks. The movie just won’t succeed on us alone.

    As far as the theft goes…. This yutz will get caught. They always get caught. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that you A) shouldn’t steal from the likes of Disney and B) shouldn’t attempt to SELL that stolen property. While it’s sort of poetic that Disney, a company known for some underhanded dealings of their own, should have stuff stolen from them, it’s hard to imagine that the “house of mouse” won’t unleash some ungodly fury on this hapless schmuck. Good for them.

    Sadly, even if the thief is caught, the genie is out of the bottle. Anyone close to him who has read the script is bound to leak major spoilers to sites like AICN, who will no doubt rip it to shreds. I hate it when movies get ruined like that. Even with the invariable on-set tweaks made to the shooting script, I’ll have to avoid the fan sites for the next year. _/

    I feel pretty bad for SLJ. He’s gonna catch hell for not guarding that thing with his life.

  • cookepuss

    Interesting, but unlikely. First off, sting on whose part? Disney/Marvel setting up sites like AICN or JoBlo? Seems a little sketchy to me, bordering on entrapment even. I sorta doubt this scenario.

    What WOULD seem interesting to me is if this guy was trying to sell off fanfic. Talk about caveat emptor. =P

  • Drfunkphd

    “An anonymous man’s body was found with a perfectly placed bullet hole in his head Thursday evening. Authorities were baffled, as the only items left at the scene was a pair of mouse ears…”

  • Anonymous

    What’s that I hear? Mickey, Donald and Goofy singing that lovable Disney tune, “Cease and Desist!”

  • domu

    So we’ve come to the point we’re cheering Disney lawyers now…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Honestly, whoever buys it should just give it straight to Disney… But that won’t happen. Those spoilers are coming, guys!

  • Grant

    That’s a silly complaint. Just because it’s been done a few times in the comic doesn’t mean they shouldn’t do it in the film. It could be an exciting sequence.

  • Grant

    I don’t think too many bloggers are dumb enough to buy it. Or at least pay the asking price. It seems like more trouble then it’s worth right now. Stuff is going to eventually leak as the continue shooting. We already saw one potential major scene filmed in Times Square.

  • Boko

    Hmm. It sounds like a publicity stunt. In this free information society it would be extremely hard to get sufficient journalistic revenues from buying, publishing, and then legally fight for doing it.

  • http://www.spinoffonline.com Kevin Melrose

    The Times Square scene was for Captain America. The Avengers only began shooting on Monday.

  • Lewis4510

    You can bet Disney will put out a press release that any website or individual who publishes all or part of the script will be prosecuted both civilally and criminally to the fullest extent of the law.

    I believe that any website just showing photo’s of the script puts itself at risk.

  • http://twitter.com/HeroicTStudios Michael Sacal

    It hasn’t only been done in the comics but in the cartoons as well. It’s a cliche in every media.

  • Newton58107

    Has it been done in a major motion picture yet? Didn’t think so.

  • Newton58107

    Entrapment would be if they encouraged him to steal the script and/or to sell it. Catching someone committing a crime isn’t “entrapment,” it’s just “law enforcement.”

  • Thelameavenger

    very sneaky

  • 0bsessions

    I have to imagine it would be three perfectly places bullet holes forming a shape somewhat reiminiscent of a cartoon mouse.

  • 0bsessions

    To be entirely fair, this isn’t Robin Hood we’re talking about, we’re talking some moron who stole a script from an actor and is now trying to make a huge profit off of it. Disney has every right to sue the everliving crap out of the guy. I’m a fan of the little guy and all that, but come on.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LU3R4VT6464HWY3E4WMWU4DXRM robert

    I’ll buy that for a dollar.

  • http://twitter.com/HeroicTStudios Michael Sacal

    Doesn’t need to be to be a cliche.

  • 0bsessions

    True that, man. I still can’t believe that they’re actually sticking with the cliche of having Iron Man, Thor and Captain America on the Avengers. Hasn’t that been done to death?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    The first time a Hellicarrier is in a major motion picture it’s getting destroyed. I don’t agree that it’s a cliche, but there is an undeniable pattern. They destroy one whenever they want to say “BIG SHIT IS HAPPENING NOW.”

  • EndlessKng

    Forget Disney… you just stole from Samuel L. Does he look like a… well, you know the rest.

  • Piret012

    give them back All My Children and One Life to Live, and I am sure you will see the script again, disney @.@

  • http://twitter.com/HeroicTStudios Michael Sacal

    Yes, it has. They should consider mixing it up so it’s not a rehash of what came before, like when DC replaced Wonder Woman with Black Canary as a founding member of the Justice League.

  • 0bsessions

    Sounds like a marketable idea!

    /headdesk

  • http://twitter.com/HeroicTStudios Michael Sacal

    None comic book readers don’t know or give a frak about who the founding Avengers are.

  • 0bsessions

    Of course they don’t (Especially considering that Cap wasn’t a founder anyway).

    My point is that complaining about a cliche showing up in a medium it’s never shown up in before is kind of ridiculous. Cap, Thor and Iron Man are the cliche big three of the Avengers roster, but the movie would absolutely bomb if they shook things up for the sake of shaking them up. Likewise a JLA movie would probably do about as well as Mystery Men did if they attempted a JLI formula with it.

    Basically: a cliche is a cliche for a reason.

  • http://twitter.com/BigAl6ft6 Al D.

    The first time a hellicarier goes down, it’s impressive. When you see it happen again and again, you notice the cliche. It’s a cliche to *us*, but 90% of the viewing audience probably wouldn’t notice at all. So it’d say yes and no it’s a cliche. Because I sure as heck do want to see it happen on screen.

  • T. Van

    I wonder if the script ever got to Jackson in the first place? While it could’ve been stolen from him, I wouldn’t be surprised if the copy was meant for him— but never reached its true recipient.

    Unless the theif is a professional (or has consulted one), Disney probably knows their identity, already. They’re likely best off if they publicly give it back to Disney while claiming they “found”— not “stole”— it.

  • T. Van

    @Newton

    True. What’s worse for the “seller” is that, the longer he/she has it, the lower its value gets— and the more his/her risk *increases*. He/she is in possession of something that is reported as stolen property.

    Unless the person is a professional, this is unlikely to end well, for them.

  • Aiden Rush

    It turns out that Mickey hired Deadpool to take out the script extortionist.

  • Aiden Rush

    Does Mickey look like a b**** to you?!?!?!? Then why are you screwin’ him like one????

  • Lord Balls

    Pink revisions? I’d more interested if it were Double Pink – the chances of the scene these pages represent even making it before camera are negligible.