The Great Gatsby script
Synopsis: Midwest native Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) arrives in 1922 New York in search of the American dream. Nick, a would-be writer, moves in next-door to millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and across the bay from his cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her philandering husband, Tom (Joel Edgerton). Thus, Nick becomes drawn into the captivating world of the wealthy and -- as he bears witness to their illusions and deceits -- pens a tale of impossible love, dreams, and tragedy.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. PROBITY TRUST BUILDING - NICK’S OFFICE - DAY

Countless identical grey-suited CLERKS, yell into telephones!

CLERK 1 (INTO PHONE)

It’s like pickin’ up money in the

street!

CLERK 2 (INTO PHONE)

I got a dandy tip on Burlington;

who’s comin with me?!

DISCOVER:
Nick, speaking much more moderately.

NICK (INTO PHONE)

Yes sir, of course nothing is onehundred percent. Well, I wouldn’t

go investing every penny. But...

DISSOLVE TO:

5.

INT. NICK’S BUNGALOW - DAY

Nick, still unpacking, eyes a mountain of unpacked books...

NICK (V.O.)

At Yale, I’d dreamed of being a

writer.

He resists the temptation to swap bonds books for literature.

NICK (V.O.)

But I gave all that up.

EXT. NICK’S BUNGALOW - PORCH - DAY

Nick emerges onto the porch, greeted by dazzling sunshine.

NICK (V.O.)

With the sun shining and the greatbursts of leaves on the trees, I

planned to spend the summerstudying.

Nick sits and places his bonds book in front of him...

NICK (V.O.)

And I probably would have-

When woman’s shriek startles him...

NICK’S POV:
On the neighboring beach a group of revellers arefrolicking. A scantily girl clad waves and then disappearsinto the trees, drawing Nick’s eye to his neighbor’s house...

NICK (V.O.)

Were it not for the riotous

amusements that beckoned from

beyond the walls of that colossalcastle...

Through dense foliage Nick spies the mysterious spires andtowers of the neighboring Gothic folly.

NICK (V.O.)

Owned by a gentleman I had not yetmet, named...

In a high tower window, a curtain flutters ominously...

DISSOLVE TO:

6.

INT. SANITARIUM - DOCTOR’S OFFICE - WINTER - DAY

CLOSE ON:
Nick, still staring out the window.

NICK:

Gatsby.

The Doctor concludes:

DOCTOR:

So... He was your neighbor?

NICK:

My neighbor? No, Gatsby was-- Well--

If I think about it... The historyof the summer really began thenight I drove over to my cousinDaisy’s for dinner...

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Baz Luhrmann

Mark Anthony "Baz" Luhrmann (born 17 September 1962) is an Australian film director, screenwriter and producer best known for The Red Curtain Trilogy, comprising his romantic comedy film Strictly Ballroom (1992), the romantic drama Romeo + Juliet (1996), and the pastiche-jukebox musical Moulin Rouge! (2001). His 2008 film Australia is an epic historical romantic drama film starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. His 2013 drama The Great Gatsby, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name, stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. more…

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