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July 24th, 2009 | EarthBound

EarthBound fan Galena wrote a screenplay for an adaptation of EarthBound. I have yet to read through it myself, but if you’re interested, check it out here.

I always find it cool when fans of anything are inspired enough to put this much work into something πŸ˜€


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34 Comments to EarthBound Screenplay

IWontGetOvertheDam said on Jul. 24, 2009

In a world where one series has a fanbase so dedicated…

Miles Vialpando (PK ELECTION) said on Jul. 24, 2009

Wow, that’s pretty cool.

Jeagle101 said on Jul. 24, 2009

Wow. This looks quite interesting!

PSInesslove93 said on Jul. 24, 2009

and here i thought i was the only one doing Mother screenplays lol looks pretty cool, ill have to read it sometime =) i wrote one for mother 3 and am filming pretty soon; going to be hard work =l

ashencitadel said on Jul. 24, 2009

I’m a good friend of Galena’s and a while ago, she asked me to read her screenplay. I gotta admit, I was skeptical at first, but the instant I started reading I was hooked! It’s VERY well written- this isn’t your ordinary fan fiction, this is a professional quality screenplay-style retelling of the Earthbound story we know and love.

I’m glad this was posted because she really deserves more readers. πŸ˜€

Someone Else said on Jul. 24, 2009

I’ve read the first four acts. It’s well written, but I kinda don’t like how Ness murders some people… Doesn’t the game state that the cultists go back to normal once Ness beats them? Also, why did Carpainter have to die?

I thought the only characters who truly die in EarthBound are Buzz Buzz, Everdred (possibly?) and the Flying Men.

Oh well. It’s still quite good. I just don’t like how Ness kills people here.

Galena said on Jul. 24, 2009

@ Someone Else:

Thanks for your comment and for reading. Here is my response.

I must say that murder is the wrong word to use here. To murder someone is to intentionally kill them in cold blood, which is not what Ness does. Carpainter is hit by the lightning that was reflected by the Franklin Badge. Ness never attacked him in my script, and based on his reaction to the death of Carpainter, I think it is fair to say that Ness is not pleased with what happens. He is mortified by it.

You are correct that the game states these characters are “tamed” or “turn back to normal” when defeated. And this happened with the other cultists in my script, but not Carpainter. He was struck by lightning, which more often than not is a fatal occurrence. So he was not murdered, but rather I portrayed him as a victim of the spreading evil and a pawn in the game set in motion by Porky and Giygas.

Thanks for your concerns. Feel free to contact me on my site, or on DeviantArt (username: GalenaLarkin).

Someone Else said on Jul. 24, 2009

Thanks for the response. I guess I got the wrong idea. The script says “The bodies fall lifeless”, which was what got me thinking Ness killed them. I guess not.

If it’s just Carpainter who dies then I’m more okay with it all.
I wasn’t referring to Carpainter when I used the word “murder”, as I was aware that it was the Badge that reflected Carpainter’s own lightning. I do understand that it was the wrong word, though.

Pimpshi said on Jul. 24, 2009

Having only read the beginning of Act One, I’m already very impressed with this! I walk into fanfiction or movie adaptations with hesitation as a general rule, but this is well-executed, organized, and a lot of fun to read.

I haven’t read too much, but from what I see this is really well made! I’m imagining it in cartoon as I read… πŸ˜›

Someone Else said on Jul. 24, 2009

Sonething I forgot to note, this script seems a lot more serious than the actual game, doesn’t it? Everything in the game was incredibly light-hearted, but here we’ve got emotional scenes with things like Ness and his mother on the phone, as well as the total omission of silly things like the giant pencil statue. Personally, I like silly EarthBound better than serious EarthBound, but I’m not asking you to change anything.

Komaru said on Jul. 24, 2009

I did the math-
If this were to be turned into a Movie and everything were to be kept intact, it would be 7 hours long.
But it would be the greatest 7 hours ever.

Galena said on Jul. 24, 2009

@ Someone Else:
Don’t worry. I was sure to inject lots of random humor and also include cameos of some of our favorite Earthbound characters and objects. You will see the Pencil Statues later on, as well as a few other things. But expect Mother 3 to be ten times as heavy. I would just not be able to let that one go without really digging into its wonderfully tragic plot.

@ Pimpshi:
Thank you! I am glad you enjoy it. It’s always nice to hear how people imagine the film in their minds. I have it written and planned as a live-action movie, but if it were to be animated, I think I would like Japanese style animation or high-quality, realistic 3D (like the kind used in “Polar Express”). I think the original Mother would make a very cute film, animated or live-action!

Galena said on Jul. 24, 2009

@ Komaru (and sorry for posting so much guys! If you want to know more, visit my site or just contact me on DevArt, AIM, or Skype. I love chatting):

Yes! 6-7 hours using a 300+ page script. Generally film scripts are 120 pages at most, which would equal 2 or 2.5 hours. So this would be very long and I have not made any attempts to shorten it. But if Mother fans don’t mind sitting for that amount of time (and potty breaks are allowed), I think maybe we can work something out here lol

santiagoff said on Jul. 24, 2009

Way…too…long @______@

PKSTARMAN said on Jul. 24, 2009

O_O If that fonth would have been in the box of the Earthbound game, it would have been a hit in buying.

Alxprit said on Jul. 24, 2009

I’d read it but I don’t think I have enough time to. Still, Galena is a truly dedicated fan to have written this whole thing. I’d watch the movie in a heartbeat.

_oMeGa_ said on Jul. 24, 2009

Are you kidding? If your mom finds out Picky is
missing, she’ll tell my mom. And if my mom
finds out Picky is missing, she’ll tell my dad, and
then they’ll blame me. They’ll say-
(speaking in a high-pitched, squeal-like voice)
Porky! Why aren’t you watching your brother?
You’re the older one. You should be responsible.
Blah, blah, blah! Nag, nag, nag! Stop leaving your
dirty poopies all over the bathroom floor!

NESS halts suddenly and looks back at PORKY.”

Briianz said on Jul. 24, 2009

cool, i will check it out later.

Master Shambler said on Jul. 24, 2009

I have personally read the entire script up to the most current chapter and I am completely blown away by it. This script has an incredible amount of, love, time, research, and dedication! It is very true to the game in many aspects and others are true to real life. Nothing feels out of place and it feels like a fresh take on some ideas. There are some places skipped due to time constraints but Galena takes the time to make sure all of the important events are accounted for! I recommend this to any MOTHER/Earthbound fan!

Pimpshi said on Jul. 24, 2009

Things have been changed, rearranged, and a couple things left out, but honestly you can tell it’s all in the name of presentation, and it shows through the quality of the writing. I’m thinking you could make an anime/CG series out of this based on its length (as opposed to an awesome yet reaaaalllly long movie). Roughly 20 minutes per episode if you include commercial breaks makes roughly 20-21 episodes, which is enough to fill a season.

You know you’re obsessed with a game when you write a screenplay this long; you know you’re just as obsessed when you can read said screenplay and begin to think of ways to realistically make it a reality. XD Bravo, Galena, I’m a fan of your work now.

Pyroguy42 said on Jul. 24, 2009

Amazing Galena, the picture is conveyed perfectly. I could see everthing going on as a live action movie. I am not fond of movies changing the script of the game or book because I think the author or game designer wanted to it be as is, but I can see from a directior standpoint as being if you followed EarthBound word for word it would be very long. 5/5 stars. *Applause*

Ice Sage said on Jul. 24, 2009

… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

AMAZING! I wish I had talent like this. You could make it into two parts or something because of its length. If the Sanctuary guardians were present, it’d be even cooler, but this is absolutely wonderful as is! I love how you portray Jeff, he’s hilarious!

Ice Sage said on Jul. 24, 2009

Sorry about double post, but I want to apologize for what I said earlier, since I just now got to the part with Carbon Dog. That was stupid of me. I guess I should have read all of it, huh! :/

Sorry again, Galena! I love your work! πŸ™‚

skyrunner14 said on Jul. 25, 2009

This… is the most fantastic piece of work I’ve ever read, and I’m not just saying that because I’m an Earthbound fan. The writing is fantastic, the characters are full of life, and I also enjoyed all of the slight nuances and references to the source material. As I read what has been posted so far, I felt as if I were sitting in a theater, watching the plot unfold with my very eyes upon the silver screen. I can only hope that this could one day become an actual movie! Both fans of the series and movie-goers would fall in love with this lovingly crafted piece of work. Can’t wait for the next “act”!

questionsleep said on Jul. 25, 2009

I recognise this is a great effort, and lots of effort is being put into it.
But I honestly don’t think it’s for me. Tried to start reading it, but I just can’t handle the changes. I overstand they’re somewhat necessary for the medium, but as-is, it seems this EarthBound screenplay turned into a Lord of the Rings-type adaptation. It’d be split into a few movies. I think I’d rather watch 10 accurate portions than 3 janked up ones.

Maybe in a few more years I’ll lessen my grip on the precious story of EarthBound and open my heart to reading the rest.

But big bravo for all this work! A while ago I tried writing a screenplay for Metroid Fusion ^^;

sunarashi (rubin55) said on Jul. 25, 2009

oh, I remember seeeing this! I just finished reading what you had yesterday, and I have to say that I love it~! sure, it’s different from the actual game, but it’s good in it’s own way! excellent job, and I’ll be checking even so often to see if there’s anything new up O:

The Great Morgil said on Jul. 25, 2009

For a while now, i’ve had an idea for a screenplay for Mother 1 in my head, but, like so many other things i’ve come up with, i’ve never actually gotten around to writing it down on paper (or word document). Laziness is a curse, i guess.

chimera said on Jul. 25, 2009

This NEEDS to be turned into a movie, someone get George Lucas on the phone!!!

Galena said on Jul. 25, 2009

@ questionsleep:
Sorry the changes bother you so much. I know that can be a problem for anyone, and I used to be opposed to such things myself. But my last semester in college, I was fortunate enough to enroll in a class that focused on the literary themes of film, and also the adaptation process (making a book into a movie). It was there I wrote my first screenplay (only fourteen pages long, but a good effort), and learned that what works in a book/game, cannot always work in a movie. If you ever get the chance to take a class like this– anyone– please do! It is so informative and really a treat (plus you get to watch movies every class!). It will also give you a greater appreciation for the work and changes done to any original source material when it is being made into a film.

To everyone else who has read and left their thoughts on this page, thank you! I need all of you people to help move this project (and the upcoming ones!) along. I appreciate everything you have to say and any ideas you might have.

Much love to all Mother fans! <3

MotMot said on Jul. 25, 2009

@ Chimera:
I would be horror-struck if George Lucas decided to direct an Earthbound movie. For all we know, he would want to change the original story it is into something that he could milk sequels out of. Thus lining his pockets with even more money he doesn’t need.

@ Galena:
Unfortunately the page wouldn’t load for me. My connection is skittish at it’s best right now :/ But props to you for making a screenplay of such an awesome game. There may be changes yes, but it’s the same when going form one medium to another in any case, sometimes things need to change for the better of the story or to covey the message you’re tryign to deliver.

Galena said on Jul. 26, 2009

@ MotMot:

You can read the screenplay on my DeviantArt page as well. http://galenalarkin.deviantart.com
Or contact me through email: PlatinumMoon425@aol.com

Earthboundcommander said on Sep. 22, 2009

I read the entire screenplay while listening to the earthbound game soundtrack to add an emotional effect and I have to be honest, the magicant part made me cry a little bit, it is a good adaptation of the game good job Galena.

Wafffo! said on Feb. 20, 2010

i read the whole thing and this is AMAZING

Absolutely No One said on Sep. 4, 2010

I read the first and last bit, and I am quite impressed. I’ve been working on an EB script for some time, except I plan to actually make it into a movie as soon as possible. I don’t really like it when people change the names of characters like Pokey to Porky, even if that is his name in the sequel. Remember that it was fan-translated and Nintendo might have planned on changing Porky to Pokey in Mother 3 as well. I saw Everdred in the last scene, which confused me because EVERDRED DIES. Or, well I think. I don’t remember the exact details, but he does get shot and talks about almost being dead before the blurry part of my memory.


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