The Fault in Our Stars script
Synopsis: Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a 16-year-old cancer patient, meets and falls in love with Gus Waters (Ansel Elgort), a similarly afflicted teen from her cancer support group. Hazel feels that Gus really understands her. They both share the same acerbic wit and a love of books, especially Grace's touchstone, "An Imperial Affliction" by Peter Van Houten. When Gus scores an invitation to meet the reclusive author, he and Hazel embark on the adventure of their brief lives.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

Written by

Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

Based on the novel by

John Green

May 1, 2012

FIRST DRAFT:

HAZEL GRACE LANCASTER (16) lies in the grass, staring up at

the stars. We're CLOSE ON her FACE and we hear:

HAZEL (V.O.)

You have a choice in this world, I

believe, about how to tell sad

stories.

CUT TO a SERIES OF QUICK IMAGES:

- Hazel and the BOY we will come to know as AUGUSTUS "GUS"

WATERS (17) at an outdoor restaurant in some magical place.

[They look very much like the perfect Hollywood couple.]

HAZEL (V.O.)

On the one hand, you can sugar coat

- the way they do in movies and

romance novels.

- "Perfect" Hazel and "Perfect" Gus sit on a BENCH

overlooking an incredible seascape in some foreign country.

She rests her head on his shoulder.

HAZEL (V.O.)

Where villains are vanquished

and... heroes are born and...

- "Perfect" Hazel and "Perfect" Gus kiss in a dark room.

HAZEL (V.O.)

... beautiful people learn

beautiful lessons...

- "Perfect" Hazel and "Perfect" Gus fall onto a bed together.

They look deep into one another's eyes.

HAZEL (V.O.)

... and nothing is too messed up

that can't be fixed with an apology

and a Peter Gabriel song.

BACK TO Hazel on the grass, still watching the stars. Were

those dreams or were they memories? Still unclear.

HAZEL (V.O.)

I like that way as much as the next

girl, believe me. It's just not the

truth.

Hazel closes her eyes.

HAZEL (V.O.)

This is the truth.

And EVERYTHING GOES BLACK. We HEAR:

HAZEL (V.O.)

Sorry.

FADE IN ON:

2.

INT DOCTOR'S OFFICE - DAY

The real Hazel is no less beautiful than the one we just saw.

HAZEL (V.O.)

Late in the Winter of my 17th

year...

There are, however, some key and obvious differences.

First, you'll notice the OXYGEN TUBE in her nostrils which

help her to breathe.

Second, you'll notice her hair - which we couldn't see in the

grass. It's much shorter than the "Perfect" version, the

result of someone whose head was completely shaved a few

years before.

HAZEL (V.O.)

... my mother decided I was

depressed.

HAZEL:

I'm not depressed.

Hazel's legs dangle over the side of an exam table. Her

mother FRANNIE (early 40s, younger than she feels) explains

to the DOCTOR:

FRANNIE:

... she eats like a bird. She

barely leaves the house,

HAZEL:

I'm not depressed.

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Scott Neustadter

Scott Eric Neustadter is an American screenwriter and producer. He often works with his writing partner, Michael H. Weber. The two writers wrote the original screenplays for (500) Days of Summer and The Pink Panther 2. (500) Days of Summer is based on two real relationships Neustadter had. They also wrote the screenplays for The Spectacular Now, based on the novel by Tim Tharp, The Fault in Our Stars, based on the best-selling novel by John Green, and Paper Towns, based on another novel by John Green. They also created the television series Friends with Benefits, which lasted one season. more…

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