La La Land script
La La Land (2016)
Synopsis: Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

FADE IN...

A sun-blasted sky. We HEAR radios -- one piece of music after

another...

We're --

1 EXT. 101 FREEWAY - DAY

Cars are at a standstill. It's a horrific traffic jam.

Morning rush hour. Sun beating down, asphalt shimmering in the

heat. The blown-out downtown L.A. skyline hovers in the

distance.

We DRIFT past more CARS. Hear one snippet of audio after

another...

One driver taps his steering wheel to PROG ROCK. Another

sings to OPERA. A third raps along to a HIP-HOP track. We

move from a RADIO INTERVIEW to a FRENCH BALLAD to TECHNO,

until finally we begin to hear...

...a new, original piece of music... [ANOTHER DAY OF SUN]

We settle on the CAR from which this new tune is playing.

The driver is a YOUNG WOMAN. She hums along to the riff on

her radio -- then starts SINGING.

Then -- she EXITS her car. Then -- she starts MOVING down the

lane.

One by one, more DRIVERS join her -- SINGING and DANCING

along. Without a single cut, we've found ourselves in a FULL-

FLEDGED MUSICAL NUMBER...

Drivers leap on car-tops, dance Jerome Robbins-style, making

use of the road and the hot gleam of the automobiles. Arms

swaying, feet banging, dancers darting, as the MUSIC blasts.

We WEAVE and SWIRL and DART between and around the cars,

taking the magic in...

Finally -- all the drivers swing back into their vehicles --

and the song comes to a dramatic stop.

Flash title card:

WINTER:

A1 We settle on a new car. A 1983 Dodge Riviera. In it is

SEBASTIAN, 32, L.A. native. He's listening to the radio. He's

playing a track on his music system -- a tape of Thelonious

Monk's "Japanese Folk Song". But he keeps stopping it, over

and over and over -- always rewinding to the same exact spot.

Revision 2.

B1 OMIT

C1 We DRIFT from his car to one further up ahead. A light-green

2005 Prius. Inside is MIA, 27, Nevada-raised. Six years of

"no" in L.A. have toughened her, but she's still a dreamer.

She seems to be on the phone, speaking into her car's system.

Fast, fiery, full of energy --

MIA:

...and I swear to God, she was wrecked.

It was pure insanity.

Mia stops. Thinks. Mutters to herself: "Insanity"... Then

leans down and grabs a piece of paper from the passenger

seat. It's a SCRIPT.

MIA (CONT'D)

(reading now)

Pure lunacy. Oh God, I know...

Just then -- the traffic around Mia starts to let up. She's

too focused on her lines to notice.

Then -- a long, sustained honk behind her: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHT.

Mia comes to. Jerked back to reality. The honking car behind

her swerves into the next lane. It's Sebastian. Mia gives him

the finger. We then FOLLOW her as she drives...

2 OMIT

3 OMIT

4 INT. COFFEE SHOP - DAY

Mia works, photos of Hollywood icons on the wall behind her, as --

CUSTOMER #1

This doesn't taste like almond milk.

MIA:

Don't worry, it is. I know sometimes it --

CUSTOMER #1

Can I see the carton?

Mia hands it over. The Customer looks.

CUSTOMER #1 (CONT'D)

I'll have a black coffee.

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Damien Chazelle

Damien Chazelle was born on January 19, 1985 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Whiplash (2013), Whiplash (2014) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016). more…

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