Three Kings Movie Script

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Three Kings Movie Script

Three Kings is a 1999 satirical war film written and directed by David O. Russell from a story by John Ridleyabout a gold heist that takes place during the 1991 Iraqi uprising against Saddam Hussein following the end of the first Gulf War. The film stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, and Spike Jonze.

Script controversy

Former stand-up comic John Ridley had originally written the screenplay, then titled Spoils of War, as an experiment to see how fast he could write and sell a film. The writing took him seven days, and Warner Bros. bought it 18 days later. When the studio showed a list of their purchased scripts to Russell, the one-sentence description of Spoils of War, “heist set in the Gulf War”, appealed to him. Although Russell claimed he never read Ridley’s script, so as not “to pollute my own idea”, he admits that “John gets credit where it’s due. The germ of the idea that I took was his.” Ridley maintains that Russell shut him out of the process, saying “I never heard a word while he was shooting the movie. Never saw any of the script changes. And then finally, a year later, I get a copy of the script, and my name isn’t even on it.” Although Warner Bros. worked out a deal to give Ridley a “story by” credit, Ridley remains unhappy with the experience, and has blocked Russell’s efforts to publish the Three Kings screenplay in book form.

Three Kings Movie Script