A Simple Plan. Screenplay by Scott B. Smith Based On His Novel Los Angeles Paramount Pictures 1998 First Edition. 119 page shooting script produced by the studio and sent out to members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to consider the screenplay for Academy Award nomination. This crime drama was directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda, and Gary Cole. The screenlay did win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and Thornton won Best Supporiting Actor. Paperbound. Fine in printed studio wrappers.