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.

A BLACK SCREEN.

The blackness is pierced by a single, pulsing green light...

We drift, as if by boat, across a dark bay toward the light.

Then, we hear a troubled voice.

NICK (V.O.)

In my younger and more vulnerableyears my father gave me someadvice: “always try to see the bestin people,” he would say...

A gentle snow begins to fall, obscuring the light...

NICK (V.O.)

As a consequence, I’m inclined to

reserve all judgements.

The snow grows heavier.

NICK (V.O.)

But even I... have a limit.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. SANITARIUM - WINTER - DAY

Continue drifting, through the snow, across an icy lake...

NICK (V.O.)

Back then all of us drank too much.

DISCOVER:
A stately Victorian building...

NICK (V.O.)

The more in tune with the times we

were, the more we drank.

CLOSE ON:
The sign, “The Perkins Sanitarium.”

NICK (V.O.)

And none of us contributed anything

new.

DISSOLVE TO:

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

DISCOVER:
A man shrouded in darkness. He leans against an oldfireplace, hand covering his face.

2.

NICK:

When I came back from New York I

was disgusted.

REVEAL:
NICK CARRAWAY (37), unshaven, morbidly alcoholic.

NICK (CONT’D)

Disgusted... with everyone, andeverything... Only one man wasexempt from my disgust.

REVEAL:
A kind, elderly DOCTOR.

DOCTOR:

One man...? Mr. Carraway?

NICK:

(whispers)

Gatsby...

DOCTOR:

Was he a friend of yours?

NICK:

He was... the single most hopefulperson I have ever met... And amever likely to meet again. Therewas something about him...

Nick wanders slowly towards the window, remembering.

NICK (CONT’D)

A sensitivity. He was like one ofthose machines that registerearthquakes ten thousand miles

away...

DOCTOR:

Where did you meet him?

Nick stops and stares out the window, haunted.

NICK:

At a party. In New York.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. NEW YORK CITY - DAY

THROUGH THE CLOUDS: New skyscrapers pierce a clear blue sky.

3.

NICK (V.O.)

In the summer of 1922, the tempo ofthe city approached hysteria...

ON WALL STREET:
A fever pitch of buying and selling...

NICL (V.O.)

Stocks hit record peaks. And WallStreet boomed, in a steady golden

roar...

IMAGES OF DECADENT NEW YORK FADE IN, ILLUSTRATING NICK’S V.O.

Dancing girls, speakeasies, bootleg kings, fat cats countingfresh fortunes, and the stock market climbing up, up, up...!

NICK (V.O.)

The parties were bigger; the showswere broader; the buildings werehigher; the morals were looser; andthe ban on alcohol had backfired...

making the liquor cheaper.

FADE IN:
A sea of boater hats crowds a Manhattan street.

NICK (V.O.)

Wall Street was luring the youngand ambitious.

PUSH TOWARD:
One of the hats. Its wearer stops, and gazes up.

NICK (V.O.)

And I was one of them.

REVEAL:
A clear-eyed, hopeful, 29 year old Nick Carraway.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. LONG ISLAND - WEST EGG - DAY

AERIAL:
The city is still visible in the distance...

NICK (V.O.)

I rented a house twenty miles fromthe city, on Long Island.

DISCOVER:
A unkempt bungalow, hemmed in by enormous mansions.

NICK (V.O.)

I lived at West Egg...

DISSOLVE TO:

4.

EXT. NICK’S BUNGALOW - DAY

Nick is moving in...

NICK (V.O.)

...in a forgotten grounds-keeper’s

cottage squeezed among the mansionsof the newly rich.

INT. NICK’S BUNGALOW - DAY

Nick is unpacking...

NICK (V.O.)

To get started, I bought a dozenvolumes on credit, banking andinvestments-

CLOSE ON:
A row of heavy red and gold-bound bonds books. Nickplucks one up.

NICK (V.O.)

All new to me...

And turns on the radio.

RADIO VOICE:

The stock market hit another record

high today!

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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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