1 THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber Based on the novel by John Green FOX 2000 PICTURES FINAL SHOOTING SCRIPT W. Pico Blvd. August 21, 2013 Los Angeles, CA Revisions Green August 27, 2013 Yellow August 30, 2013 Goldenrod September 13, 2013 Salmon September 18, nd Blue September 23, nd Pink - September 30, 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. COPYRIGHT 2013 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION. NO PORTION OF THIS SCRIPT MAY BE PERFORMED, PUBLISHED, REPRODUCED, SOLD OR DISTRIBUTED BY ANY MEANS, OR QUOTED OR PUBLISHED IN ANY MEDIUM, INCLUDING ON ANY WEB SITE, WITHOUT THE PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT OF TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION. DISPOSAL OF THIS SCRIPT COPY DOES NOT ALTER ANY OF THE RESTRICTIONS SET FORTH ABOVE.
2 THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber Based on the novel by John Green FOX 2000 PICTURES West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA Shooting Draft - July 26, 2013 Blue Draft - August 9, 2013 Pink Draft - August 21, 2013 Green Revisions - August 27, 2013 Yellow Revisions - August 30, 2013 Goldenrod Revisions - September 13, 2013 Salmon Revisions - September 18, nd Blue Revisions - September 23, nd Pink Revisions - September 30, 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. COPYRIGHT 2013 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION. NO PORTION OF THIS SCRIPT MAY BE PERFORMED, REPRODUCED, SOLD OR DISTRIBUTED BY ANY MEANS, OR QUOTES OR PUBLISHED IN ANY MEDIUM, INCLUDING ANY WEB SITE, WITHOUT THE PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT OF TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION. DISPOSAL OF THIS SCRIPT COPY DOES NOT ALTER ANY OF THE RESTRICTIONS SET FORTH ABOVE.
3 1 EXT. S HOUSE - BACKYARD - NIGHT 1 GRACE LANCASTER (16) lies in the grass, staring up at the stars. We re CLOSE ON her FACE and we hear: (V.O.) You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories. CUT TO a SERIES OF QUICK IMAGES: 2 EXT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT 2 Hazel and the BOY we will come to know as AUTUS WATERS (17) at an outdoor restaurant in some magical place. [Though we DO NOT SEE HIS FACE, the impression we get is that the two of them look very much the perfect Hollywood couple.] (V.O.) On the one hand, you can sugar coat - the way they do in movies and romance novels. 3 EXT. RIVERBANK - NIGHT 3 Perfect Hazel and Perfect Gus in a GONDOLA in some foreign country. She rests her head on his shoulder. Again, we cannot get a good look at him. (V.O.) Where villains are vanquished and... heroes are born and... 4 INT. ANNE FRANK HOUSE - DAY 4 Perfect Hazel and Perfect Gus kiss in an unmarked room. The CAMERA favors Hazel. Gus remains unseen. (V.O.)... beautiful people learn beautiful lessons... 5 INT. HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT 5 Perfect Hazel and Perfect Gus fall onto a bed together. Though we still don t see Gus, the love in her eyes for him is unmistakable. (V.O.)... and nothing is too messed up that can t be fixed with an apology and a Peter Gabriel song.
4 The Fault In Our Stars Pink Draft 8/21/ EXT. S HOUSE - BACKYARD - NIGHT 6 BACK TO Hazel on the grass, still watching the stars. Were those dreams or were they memories? Still unclear. (V.O.) I like that way as much as the next girl, believe me. It s just not the truth. Hazel closes her eyes. (V.O.) This is the truth. And EVERYTHING GOES BLACK. We HEAR: Sorry. (V.O.) FADE IN ON: 7 INT. DOCTOR S OFFICE - DAY 7 The real Hazel is no less beautiful than the one we just saw. (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. (V.O.)... my mother decided I was depressed. 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 oncologist, DR. MARIA: FRANNIE... she eats like a bird. She barely leaves the house,
5 The Fault In Our Stars Pink Draft 8/21/ CONTINUED: 7 I m not depressed. FRANNIE... she reads the same book over and over... DR. MARIA She s depressed. I m not depressed! Off her look, CUT TO: QUICK SEQUENCE, which play over: (V.O.) The booklets and web sites always list depression as a side effect of cancer... 8 INT. SHOPPING MALL - DAY 8 Filled with TEENAGE GIRLS - gossiping, laughing - being teenage girls, basically. And here s Hazel. With her Mom. And her oxygen tank. Just another day. (V.O.) Depression s not a side effect of cancer... 9 INT. S LIVING ROOM - DAY 9 She sits watching game shows in the middle of the afternoon. Her Mom brings her a sandwich. A glass of water. And a whole host of prescriptions. Hazel eyes them with indifference. (V.O.)... it s a side effect of dying. 10 INT. COFFEE SHOP - DAY 10 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. And we CUT BACK TO: (V.O.) Which is what was happening to me.
6 The Fault In Our Stars Green Revisions 8/27/ INT. DR. MARIA S OFFICE - DAY 11 Frannie continues to talk to the doctor. Hazel continues to dangle her feet. FRANNIE... some days she won t even get out of bed. Dr. Maria scratches her face, thinking. DR. MARIA I may switch you to Zoloft. Or Lexapro. And twice a day instead of once. Why stop there? Hmm? DR. MARIA Keep em coming. I can take it. I m like the Keith Richards of cancer kids. (ALT) I m like the Charlie Sheen of cancer kids. Dr. Maria looks at Frannie who just shakes her head. DR. MARIA Have you been going to that Support Group I suggested? Instead of answering, Hazel looks at her Mom. FRANNIE She s gone a few times. I m not sure it s for me. DR. MARIA If you re depressed -- (exasperated) I m not de-- DR. MARIA (ignoring her) -- support Groups are a great way to connect with people who are...
7 The Fault In Our Stars Green Revisions 8/27/13 4A. 11 CONTINUED: 11 What?
8 The Fault In Our Stars Green Revisions 8/27/ CONTINUED: (2) 11 DR. MARIA (beat) On the same journey. Journey? Really? Hazel. FRANNIE DR. MARIA Just give it a chance, ok? For me. Hazel rolls her eyes, knows she s lost this battle. DR. MARIA (CONT D) Who knows? You might even find it... enlightening. SMASH CUT TO: 12 INT. CHURCH BASEMENT - AFTERNOON 12 CLOSE UP on PATRICK (30s, pony-tail). He has a guitar. PATRICK... we are gathered here today - literally - in the heart of Jesus. Patrick gestures above, to the rafters of the church, which is in fact shaped like a cross. (Thus they are - metaphorically - in the heart of Jesus.) ANGLE on Hazel who just shakes her head. This is the lamest thing she could be doing right now. PATRICK (CONT D) Who would like to share their story with the group? The basement is filled with SICK PEOPLE. Hazel among them. Most are under the age of 18. QUICK CUTS: SPEAKER #1 Jillian. Lymphoma. SPEAKER #2 Angel. Ewing sarcoma. SPEAKER #3 Sid. Astrocytoma.
9 The Fault In Our Stars Green Revisions 8/27/ CONTINUED: 12 SPEAKER #4 Tamra. Neuroblastoma. PATRICK Patrick. Testicular. It began a few years ago when I was a perfectly healthy, strapping young man of 31. I d just gotten married... As Hazel watches, bored, and Patrick continues, we hear: (V.O.) I ll spare you the gory details of Patrick s ball cancer. Basically INT. PATRICK S BATHROOM - DAY 13 Patrick is urinating. We stay on his FACE as he finds something off. It s alarming to him. (V.O.)...they found it in his nuts OMITTED INT. OPERATING ROOM - DAY 15 Patrick, terrified, is wheeled into an OR. (V.O.)...cut most of it out, he almost died, but he didn t die. And now here he is INT. PATRICK S LIVING ROOM - DAY 16 Patrick plays GUITAR HERO on XBOX. He s really into it. (V.O.)...divorced, friendless, addicted to video games INT. PATRICK S LIVING ROOM - DAY 17 Patrick sits on the couch watching an inspirational program on TV while knitting what looks like a RUG of some kind. A18 INT. CHURCH BASEMENT - DAY A18 Patrick has laid the elaborate (and badly sewn) rug of Jesus Christ on the ground in the middle of the basement and is placing chairs on it for the group to sit.
10 A18 The Fault In Our Stars Green Revisions 8/27/13 7. CONTINUED: (V.O.)...exploiting his cancertastic past in the heart of Jesus - literally - A18 18 INT. CHURCH BASEMENT - AFTERNOON 18 And as Patrick finishes up his speech, we hear: (V.O.)...to show us that one day, if we re lucky, we could be just like him. PATRICK... which is why I believe every day is a blessing. Thank you for listening. Patrick smiles broadly when he finishes. And everyone says: ALL IN UNISON We re here for you Patrick. Hazel says it the least enthusiastically. She locks eyes with her only friend in Support Group, a blonde kid with an eye patch, ISAAC. He s also shaking his head. PATRICK Now who else would like to share? (no response) Hazel? Oh no. Patrick gestures for her to speak. Reluctantly she stands, sighs... I m, uh, Hazel. (beat) Thyroid originally but with quite the impressive satellite colony in my lungs. Not much more to say, Hazel is about to sit down. PATRICK And how are you doing Hazel? Hazel has no idea how to answer that. (V.O.) You mean besides the terminal cancer? But that s not what she says. She says: Alright? I guess...?
11 The Fault In Our Stars Pink Draft 8/21/ CONTINUED: 18 Isaac tries not to laugh at this. Hazel sits back down. ALL IN UNISON We re here for you Hazel. Hazel exhales. This is not at all helpful. A few more beats. PATRICK Maybe now I ll play a song EXT. CHURCH - AFTERNOON 19 Frannie sits in the car in the parking lot, reading from a book, waiting for Group to be over. She sees the church door open and puts the book away. Hazel comes out, disappointed to see her Mother waiting there. You didn t go to the movies, did you? FRANNIE (caught) Maybe next time. Hazel is a little bummed by this, the lack of life being lived by her parents. But what can she do. FRANNIE (CONT D) (re: support group) So... was it amazing? Hazel just rolls her eyes, exhales, and we CUT TO: QUICK SEQUENCE, which plays over: (V.O.) And that was my life. 20 INT. S LIVING ROOM - DAY 20 Hazel watching TV, book in hand. 21 INT. DOCTOR S OFFICE - DAY 21 Hazel in another doctor s office. 22 INT. S BATHROOM - DAY 22 Hazel popping pills.
12 The Fault In Our Stars Pink Draft 8/21/ CONTINUED: 22 (V.O.) Reality shows. Doctor s appointments. Eight prescription drugs, three times a day. A23 B23 INT. S BATHROOM - LATER Hazel popping more pills. INT. S BATHROOM - NIGHT Hazel popping yet even more pills before bed. A23 B23 23 INT. S KITCHEN - ANOTHER DAY 23 Hazel and her parents in the kitchen. Frannie prepares Hazel s lunch. Hazel s father, MICHAEL (40s, kind, doing his best to stay positive) drinks coffee at the table. Hazel frowns. (V.O.) And worse worse worst of all... support group. Ugh. You can t make me. MICHAEL Of course we can, we re your parents. FRANNIE You need to get out of the house. Make friends. Be a teenager. If you want me to be a teenager, don t send me to Support Group. Buy me a fake ID so I can go to clubs and drink gimlets and take pot. MICHAEL You don t take pot. See, that s the kind of thing I would know with a fake ID. FRANNIE (beat) Get in the car.
13 The Fault In Our Stars Pink Draft 8/21/ CONTINUED: 23 Hazel mock stabs herself in the stomach with an invisible sword. CUT TO: 24 EXT. CHURCH - AFTERNOON 24 A small Episcopalian sanctuary in suburban Indianapolis. (V.O.) And so I went... Frannie s car pulls into the parking lot. (V.O.) Not because I wanted to or because I thought it would help. But for the same reason I did anything these days... Hazel, oxygen tank in tow, steps out, helped by Frannie. (V.O.)... to make my parents happy. She turns to go. Quickly realizing that her mother isn t going anywhere. First, you wouldn t let me drive myself. And now you re gonna sit and wait the whole time? FRANNIE Of course not, no. I... (she totally is) I have errands to run. Hazel knows she s not planning to run any errands. She doesn t press the issue. Love you. FRANNIE (CONT D) Love you too Mom. (V.O.) The only thing worse than biting it from cancer - is having a kid bite it from cancer. As Frannie gets back in the car, she shouts to her daughter: FRANNIE Make some friends!
14 The Fault In Our Stars Green Revisions 8/27/ CONTINUED: 24 Hazel just shakes her head. CUT TO: 25 INT. CHURCH - AFTERNOON 25 Hazel walks towards the elevator. A GAUNT LOOKING KID holds it open for her. Hazel thinks better of it. I ll take the stairs. The KID nods. The doors shut. She turns to go, walking right into: Ooph. Sorry! A SUPREMELY BEAUTIFUL BOY (we will come to know him as ). Tall, lean, muscular, straight short mahogany hair, blue eyes. Hazel has never seen a better looking kid in her life. My bad. No, it s... For a brief moment, the Earth stops. They stand looking at one another. Hazel is speechless. (CONT D) Excuse me. With the Beautiful Boy watching, a wan smile on his face, Hazel shuffles off as fast as she can, ducking into: 26 INT. BATHROOM - AFTERNOON 26 Hazel catches her breath. Shakes her head. Surprised at herself. She looks in the mirror. So doesn t like what she sees. The Earth starts moving again. CUT TO: 27 INT. CHURCH BASEMENT - AFTERNOON 27 CU The Beautiful Boy. He s staring at Hazel. That same flirty smile on his face. CU Hazel. Feeling his eyes. She meets them - then quickly, self-consciously, looks away. Around her, the rest of the GROUP take their seats. PATRICK Who would like to begin? An eager Support Group Member, JULIE stands and begins sharing the weekly battle she s won and lost.
15 The Fault In Our Stars Green Revisions 8/27/ CONTINUED: 27 JULIE Hi. I m Julie. 15. Hodgkin s Lymphoma. It s been an ok week I guess. I ve been sleeping better. More energy. I don t feel as sluggish as I used to. So far, everyone seems pleased with my results. But it s hard, you know. My friends are at school, they have parties on weekends. I can t help but feel I m missing out. I should be grateful, I know that, I just... it s hard, that s all. It s hard. Hazel tries to concentrate on the share - but she still feels the eyes of the Beautiful Boy. It s intimidating. And intimidation irritates her. Hazel decides to play the game, turning towards him and meeting his gaze. A staring contest. The eager Support Group Member s voice recedes into BG along with the rest of the universe as the acoustic, guitar-picked intro to Josh Ritter s Change of Time fills their world. The staring contest continues for several more beats. The Beautiful Boy smiles, enjoying this. Hazel raises her eyebrows - not looking away, intimidation be damned. Patrick s voice eventually swims back into focus. PATRICK (O.S.) Thank you Julie. Isaac, I know you re facing a challenging time. Perhaps you d like to say something. TWO SHOT of Isaac, sitting next to Gus. We can see that Gus continues to stare at Hazel. PATRICK (CONT D) Or maybe your friend would like to. Which causes the Beautiful Boy to look away. Aha! He s lost the staring contest. Hazel smiles to herself. Gus, who does not want to share, looks over at Isaac. Isaac stands. ISAAC Yeah, um... I m Isaac. Eye cancer. (beat) It s looking like another surgery in a couple weeks. After which, well, I ll be blind... Not that I m complaining or anything. (MORE)
16 The Fault In Our Stars Green Revisions 8/27/ CONTINUED: (2) 27 ISAAC (CONT'D) I know a lot of you have it way worse but, still, I mean, you know, being blind s gonna suck... My smokin hot girlfriend helps. And friends like Augustus here... Isaac nods towards the Beautiful Boy who now has a name - AUTUS. Hazel stores that in the back of her mind. ISAAC (CONT D) So... yeah. That s what s up. ALL IN UNISON We re here for you Isaac. PATRICK Ok Augustus. Your turn... Hazel looks at Augustus. He definitely doesn t want to speak. But he ll do it. With one more radiant smile in Hazel s direction, he stands: I m Augustus Waters. Had a touch of osteosarcoma bout a year and a half ago - lost this baby as a result... Gus holds up his right leg - a prosthetic. (CONT D) But really I m just here at Isaac s request. PATRICK And how are you feeling Augustus? Me? Oh I m grand. I m on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend. Hazel smiles. Gus catches this. Hazel, immediately embarrassed, stops smiling and looks away. PATRICK Perhaps you d like to share your fears with the group, Augustus. My fears? Gus thinks about this.
17 The Fault In Our Stars Green Revisions 8/27/13 13A. 27 CONTINUED: (3) 27 Oblivion. (CONT D)
18 The Fault In Our Stars Green Revisions 8/27/ CONTINUED: (4) 27 Oblivion? PATRICK ANGLE ON Hazel, intrigued. Yeah, see... I intend to live an extraordinary life. To be remembered. If I m scared of anything it s... not doing that. Patrick doesn t quite have the tools to deal with that. PATRICK Would, uh, anyone like to speak to that? And Hazel s hand goes up. Even Patrick is surprised by that. PATRICK (CONT D) Hazel! That s unexpected. Hazel stands, takes a second to gather her thoughts. Augustus watches her, waits for it. I just wanna say... there will come a time when, you know, all of us are dead. Gus is now even more fixed on her than before. (CONT D) It might be tomorrow. Might be a million years from now but... it s gonna happen. And when it does, enough generations will come and go, there ll be no one left to remember Cleopatra. Or Mozart. Or Muhammad Ali, let alone any of us. The look on Gus s face is unreadable. (CONT D) Oblivion s inevitable, dude. And if that scares you, well, I suggest you ignore it. God knows it s what everyone else does. A beat. And then an enormous smile spreads across Gus s face, not a flirty smile but a surprised one, a real one. CUT TO: 28 EXT. OUTSIDE THE CHURCH - AFTERNOON 28 Hazel waits for her Mom s car to appear.
19 The Fault In Our Stars Pink Draft 8/21/ CONTINUED: 28 Across the parking lot, she sees Isaac going at it with a redhead, MONICA (17), sucking face like there s no tomorrow against the door of her green Pontiac Firebird. Between kisses, we can hear: Always. ISAAC Always. MONICA And Hazel hears: Literally. Hazel turns to find the Beautiful Boy, Augustus, standing right next to her. Hazel smiles. Gus laughs. (CONT D) I thought we were in a church basement but apparently we were literally in the heart of Jesus. Someone should probably tell him, don t you think? Jesus? Seems kinda dangerous keeping all these kids with cancer in your heart. What s your name? Hazel. No your full name... (confused) Hazel Grace Lancaster. Gus nods to himself, smiles. Still fixated on her. What? (CONT D) I didn t say anything.
20 The Fault In Our Stars Pink Draft 8/21/ CONTINUED: (2) 28 Why are you looking at me like that? Because you re beautiful. Hazel is taken aback. No one s ever said that to her before. (CONT D) I enjoy looking at beautiful people and I decided a while back not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence. Particularly given that, as you so astutely pointed out, we re all gonna die pretty soon. (beat) I m not beaut -- A CUTE YOUNG GIRL walks past them. Hey Gus. YOUNG GIRL Hey Alisa. Hazel isn t surprised that other girls know Gus. Of course they do. She turns back towards Isaac and Monica pawing at each other. She hears: Always. ISAAC Always. MONICA What s with the always? Always is their thing. They ll always love each other and whatnot. Must have texted always to each other at least four million times this year. They continue to watch the show. It s pretty gross. Isaac squeezes Monica s breast like a clown horn. He s gotta be hurting her boob. Let s watch a movie.
21 The Fault In Our Stars Pink Draft 8/21/ CONTINUED: (3) 28 Hazel is again surprised. Oh. Um. Uh... (yes!) Sure. Yeah. I m... pretty free this week-- No I mean now. What? Hmm? What do you mean now? I ve got a car. He shrugs. Hazel has never seen someone so confident. You could be an axe murderer. There is that possibility. (beat) Come on Hazel Grace... take a risk. As Hazel mulls this over, Gus reaches into his pocket and pulls out, of all things, a pack of cigarettes! Hazel is in disbelief. He flips the box open, puts a cigarette between his lips. Oh my god. Oh. My. God. You re kidding right? (off his look) You just ruined the whole thing! Whole thing? What, you think that s cool? Oh you idiot! There s always a hamartia, isn t there? (MORE)
22 The Fault In Our Stars Pink Draft 8/21/ CONTINUED: (4) 28 (CONT'D) And yours is - even though you had FREAKING CANCER you give money to a corporation for the chance to acquire EVEN MORE CANCER!? Ugh. And you were doing so well. As she rants, Gus continues to look at her with that smile on his face. Hazel does not find it so amusing. (CONT D) Let me tell you... not being able to breathe? Sucks. Totally sucks. Hamartia? Hazel folds her arms and turns away from him. A fatal flaw. Gus takes a beat and then moves to face her, the smile still etched on his face. They don t hurt you unless you light them. Sorry? I ve never lit one. Hazel turns back to him. (CONT D) It s a metaphor. See? You put the thing that kills you between your teeth. But you don t give it the power to do the killing. Hazel is floored. And impressed. Metaphor. Gus holds her gaze. And it s at this point Frannie pulls up. FRANNIE Hi sweetheart. Top Model time?
23 The Fault In Our Stars Green Revisions 8/27/ CONTINUED: (5) 28 Hazel looks at Gus, cigarette dangling from his lips. Cool as anything. Handsome as hell. She looks back at her mom. I can t tonight. (off her confused look) I ve made plans with Augustus Waters. And with that, she walks off. Frannie looks at the boy with the cigarette in his mouth. This could be trouble. Or awesome. Or both. And we CUT TO: 29 INT. S CAR - AFTERNOON 29 Hazel is terrified. Turns out, Gus is the world s worst driver. When he brakes, her body flies forward against the seatbelt. And when he hits the gas, seconds later, her neck snaps back in the seat. Gus sees the look on her face. I failed the test a couple times. You don t say. Most amputees can drive with no problem but... yeah. Not me. I m surprised you have a license. Tell me about it! Another brake forces Hazel against the seat belt. (CONT D) The fourth time I took the test... it was going about how this is going... and when it was over, the instructor looks at me and goes, your driving, while unpleasant... is not technically unsafe. Aha. Cancer perk. Total cancer perk. A few beats of silence.
24 The Fault In Our Stars Pink Draft 8/21/ CONTINUED: 29 (CONT D) So what happened to you? Hazel takes a deep breath. She s told this story before but somehow this seems different. I was 13 when they found it. And as she speaks, we see it unfold. SMASH CUT TO: 30 INT. HOSPITAL BED - FLASHBACK - DAY YEAR OLD has a biopsy. (V.O.) Stage IV thyroid cancer. 31 INT. OPERATING ROOM - FLASHBACK - DAY YEAR OLD on the operating table. It s a nightmare. (V.O.) I had surgery first. 32 INT. ANOTHER HOSPITAL ROOM - FLASHBACK - DAY 32 This poor little girl is taking a beating. And it s just getting started. Getting radiation treatment. (V.O.) Then Radiation INT. S KITCHEN - FLASHBACK - DAY 33 Having her head shaved by Frannie. (V.O.) Then Chemo INT. ANOTHER HOSPITAL ROOM - FLASHBACK - DAY 34 With a PICC line in a chemo chair. (V.O.) All of which worked for a while. 35 INT. ANOTHER HOSPITAL ROOM - FLASHBACK - DAY 35 A RADIOLOGIST looks at an X-ray. He s not pleased. (V.O.) And then stopped working.
25 The Fault In Our Stars Green Revisions 8/27/ INT. ANOTHER HOSPITAL ROOM - FLASHBACK - NIGHT Year Old Hazel lies in bed, struggling to breathe. Frannie tries to comfort her. Dad calls for a Nurse. (V.O.) And then my lungs started filling up with water. 37 INT. ANOTHER HOSPITAL ROOM - FLASHBACK - NIGHT 37 In the ICU, her parents standing over her. (V.O.) That should have been the end. FRANNIE (through the tears) You can let go, sweetie. Don t be afraid. 14-Year Old Hazel nods. Michael can t keep it together any longer. He completely breaks down. (V.O.) But it wasn t. 38 INT. ICU - THE NEXT MORNING - FLASHBACK - DAY 38 The sun shines in the room. 14-year old Hazel eats ice chips, the color has returned to her cheeks. (V.O.) The antibiotics kicked in. They drained the fluid from my lungs. And in time I got better. Stronger. 39 INT. YET ANOTHER HOSPITAL ROOM - FLASHBACK - DAY 39 Slightly older Hazel is getting more intravenous medication. It s never ending. (V.O.) I even found myself in an experimental trial. You know the ones that are famous in the Republic of Cancervania for not working. 40 INT. RADIOLOGIST S OFFICE - FLASHBACK - DAY 40 A SECOND RADIOLOGIST examines a second X-ray.
26 The Fault In Our Stars Green Revisions 8/27/ CONTINUED: 40 (V.O.) It s called Phalanxifor. Didn t work in over 70 percent of patients but, for some reason... The Radiologist looks surprised. (V.O.)...it worked in me. They called it The Miracle. And finally, BACK TO: 41 INT. S CAR - AFTERNOON 41 Gus has one eye on the road, the other on Hazel. He was impressed with her before. He s totally dazzled now. Of course my lungs still suck at being lungs but, theoretically, they could continue to suck in just this way for, I dunno, a while maybe. So are you back in school or...? Can t. Why not? Already got my GED. A college girl! Well that explains the aura of sophistication... He smiles at her. She smiles back. Shoves his upper arm playfully. They re easing into each other. Eventually Gus s car pulls into his driveway, knocking over a GARBAGE CAN in the process. (CONT D) We re here! He s as good at parking as he is at driving. CUT TO:
27 The Fault In Our Stars Pink Draft 8/21/ EXT/INT. S HOUSE - LATE AFTERNOON 42 Hazel follows Gus inside. She quickly notices all sorts of engraved plaques and framed signs with phrases like Home is Where the Heart Is and True Love is Born from Hard Times. Hazel looks at Gus quizzically. My parents call them encouragements. (rolling his eyes) Don t ask. Gus s MOM and DAD (40s) are in the kitchen making dinner. Hey guys. (CONT D) S MOM Augustus, hi. New friend? Gus s parents don t seem surprised to see Gus with some random girl in their house. Hazel takes note of that. This is Hazel Grace. It s just... Hazel. S DAD How s it going, Just Hazel? (abruptly) Downstairs if you need us! Gus drags Hazel to the next room. As she s pulled: Nice to meet you! 43 INT. S BASEMENT - LATE AFTERNOON 43 They walk down the carpeted stairs - Gus having an easier time with his one leg than Hazel is with her oxygen tank and weak lungs. Eventually they arrive at Gus s basement bedroom. There s a TV with a video game console, a few band posters, and a whole host of basketball memorabilia (autographed sneakers, school trophies, framed images etc.) Gus sees her looking at them.
28 The Fault In Our Stars Pink Draft 8/21/ CONTINUED: 43 I used to play. Must have been pretty good. These are mine. And these. The rest of it s just cancer perks. Gus grabs a DVD from his stack of DVDs. Hazel sits down on the bed, her breathing noticeably heavier. Need to sit. Gus sits down next to her on the bed. (CONT D) Don t get any ideas. (catching her breath) All that standing... and stairs... and then more standing... lotta standing for me. I understand. I ll be fine in a minute. Unless I faint. I m a bit of a Victorian lady, faintingwise. Gus smiles. He waits for her breathing to slow down. In time: You ok? Hazel nods, smiles. (CONT D) So what s your story? I already told you my story. I was diagnosed -- Not your cancer story. Your story. Interests, hobbies, passions, weird fetishes...
29 The Fault In Our Stars Pink Draft 8/21/ CONTINUED: (2) 43 Um... Don t tell me you re one of those people who becomes their disease. No. I m just... I don t know... unextraordinary. I reject that out of hand. (beat, Hazel shrugs) Think of something you love. First thing that comes to mind. An Imperial Affliction. Ok. What s that? It s a novel. My favorite novel. Does it have zombies? (laughing) What? No. Stormtroopers. Seriously? (he shrugs) It s not that kind of book. Sounds horrible. It s not, it s... kind of my bible actually. Interesting. What s it about?
30 The Fault In Our Stars Pink Draft 8/21/ CONTINUED: (3) 43 Cancer. (off his look) But not in that way, trust me. The guy who wrote it, Peter Van Houten, he s... well, the only person I ve ever come across who seems to a) understand what it s like to be dying and b) not have died. (intrigued) In that case... I am going to read this horrible book with the boring title that does not contain zombies or stormtroopers. And in exchange... Gus pulls a book from his bookshelf. (CONT D)... all I ask is that you read this brilliant and haunting novelization of my favorite video game. Hazel looks at the slim, ridiculous novella. She laughs. (CONT D) Don t laugh, it s awesome! All about honor and sacrifice, bravery and heroism, embracing your destiny, leaving a mark on the world. (beat) But mostly it s things blowing up. Hell yeah! She laughs again. She s adorable when she laughs. He holds the book out for her and she takes it. And as she does, their hands get tangled together for a brief, charged moment. (CONT D) Your hands are cold. Not so much cold as under-oxygenated. Hazel Grace... (beat) I love it when you talk medical to me.
31 The Fault In Our Stars Green Revisions 8/27/ CONTINUED: (4) 43 Hazel blushes. And off her completely smitten smile, CUT TO: 44 EXT. S HOUSE - NIGHT - ESTABLISHING 44 A LIGHT on in an upstairs window. Hazel s Bedroom. 45 INT. S BEDROOM - NIGHT 45 Hazel sits in bed reading Gus s novella. Frannie enters carrying folded laundry, notices the new book. FRANNIE That s different. Hazel shrugs. Frannie looks intrigued. FRANNIE (CONT D) Did he give it to you? By it do you mean herpes? FRANNIE A mother can dream, can t she? (ALT) Feisty! I like it. Hazel rolls her eyes. At which point, her phone buzzes. She excitedly checks it - only to be disappointed. Frannie notices. FRANNIE (CONT D) Don t worry. I m sure he ll call. I m not worried. Please. It s not like I m waiting for him to call or anything. I just... we hung out. No big deal. Frannie says nothing to that. Her silence says it all. Hazel rolls her eyes. CUT TO: QUICK SERIES OF SCENES: Hazel continues not to wait for Gus s call. We see her: 46 INT. BATHROOM - DAY 46 Brushing her teeth. And checking her phone. 47 INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 47 Watching TV. And checking her phone.
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