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Like, the writer, for example! The "12 Years a Slave" screenplay & script is written by John Ridley (pictured below). It's based on the biographical novel by Solomon Northup.

We have the final shooting draft (from 01.24.2013) available to download. Free, of course, from 8FLiX and Searchlight Pictures.

John Ridley is a producer and writer known for 12 Years a Slave (2013), American Crime (2015-2017), Three Kings (1999), Undercover Brother (2002).

What's "12 Years a Slave" about?

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Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty personified by a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

There are some whose tracks the hounds will refuse to follow.

Solomon,
pg.87 : scene 130

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"12 Years a Slave" became the first film directed and produced by a black filmmaker (Steve McQueen) and also the first to be written by an African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of the Year.

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