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.


... she reads the same book over

and over...


She's depressed.


I'm not depressed!

Off her look, CUT TO:

QUICK SEQUENCE, which play over:


The booklets and web sites always

list depression as a side effect of


- A SHOPPING MALL. Filled with TEENAGE GIRLS - gossipping,

laughing - being teenage girls, basically. And here's Hazel.

With her Mom. And her oxygen tank. Just another day.



Depression's not a side effect of


- HAZEL'S LIVING ROOM. She sits watching game shows in the

middle of the afternoon. Her Mom brings her a sandwich. A

glass of water. And then a whole host of prescription meds.

Hazel eyes them with indifference.


... it's a side effect of dying.

- A STARBUCKS. Hazel sits alone reading a dog-eared, heavily

underlined copy of a novel ("An Imperial Affliction" by Peter

Van Houten). She only looks up when distracted by a squeal of

delight. A YOUNG GUY has lifted a YOUNG GIRL over his

shoulder playfully. He spins her around. Hazel watches a beat

- goes back to the book.


Which is what was happening to me.



Frannie continues to talk to the doctor. Hazel continues to

dangle her feet.

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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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