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Script of the Week: Stoker by Wentworth Miller

I’ve read Stoker twice this year.  The first time I was on a plane to Italy.I didn’t know what to make of it. I couldn’t figure out the appeal. To be fair, I did have a few glasses of wine during the reading, which in addition to the jet-lag, might have contributed to my overall state of confusion regarding this script and life in general.  However, the script’s weirdness stuck with me and I vowed to read it again.

I did so recently and found a beautifully told coming of age story. One filled with violence and murder. One akin to Stand by Me or other dark visions of lost innocence.  Mr. Wentworth is concerned with the experience of maturing as one with tough and almost impossible choices that cannot be put off . The coming of age is the coming of self, and the self we choose to become in that moment (our adolescence)  is the self we will be for the rest of our lives. It’s a bit of a depressing vision of growing up but it effectively keeps the stakes high and feeds the script enough tension to keep it interesting.

Stoker tells the tale of Indira Stoker, a strange and solitary girl dealing with the death of her father.  Complicating matters are her apathetic and fabulous lush of a mother and an uncle whose visit comes as a surprise to all of them.  Charlie, her uncle, brings with him an arsenal of violent intentions and transformative family secrets. No one in his wake will ever be the same.

From the first page Mr. Miller demonstrates that he can do much more than break out of prison (couldn’t help myself).  He opens on the image of a spider living inside a piano who is disturbed by the pounding of the keys.  The spider makes it’s way out of the piano to explore the source of the intrusion only to meet its squishy, gooey, and violent demise under the foot of Indira Stoker.  It is a very telling moment when she, “with no more than a glance”, fails to consider the violence of her action or the death she has just caused. Will she approach her life that way? Is that who she will be?  These are the question Mr. Miller poses of his character and he is relentless in pushing her to discover the answers.

It’s a phenomenal piece of writing, really… It’s enhanced by beautiful prose rare in a screenplay and a hell of a lot of personality which Mr. Miller successfully incorporates.  The result is a brooding meditation on growing up and I am sure that in the hands of a director like Chan-Wook Park it’s going to make for a very interesting watch.

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11 thoughts on “Script of the Week: Stoker by Wentworth Miller

  1. Olivia Griselda on said:

    I was researching on Chan-Wook Park’s films when I found that it’s Wentworth Miller who wrote “Stoker”. Surprised and skeptical, but I can’t wait to see the film!

  2. bianca on said:

    i’m an italian scriptwriter and i would like to read this script! i know this script and know it’s fantastic. For me it would be useful and beautiful to read Stoker. How can i do?

  3. bianca on said:

    STOKER: i read! end i’ve been totaly immersed even if my english is not very good, because the magic of his writing has given me the meaning of the words. i can touch the atmosphere. Mr. Miller is poetic and sarcastic. His sarcasm it’s like a lash and i feel like hi wants play with us. I love the parenthetical!! the script is a chimical mixture: sun and shadow; smile and fear; love and anger. In two words: the black and the white, mescolated everywhere in the script: up the covered; the India’s shoes; children and grannies; the light of the day and the dark of the night; Jo Stefford song is white. Uncle Charlie is the dark, the shadow. Richard Stoker was the light. India it’s in the middle. She have to decide and i understand why she decide what she dicide. Because emotion. Because she meet the greatest emotion she ever meet. And she decide after a specific scene: the scene of the piano! it’s one of the greatest scene i ever read. Intense and exciting! the rhythm of the scene it’s absolutely perfect: !”caressing and coaxing, stabbling and demanding…” a scene of love. The white and the black are the beginning and the end of everything and Mr. Miller put in his script that feeling on every page. I’m realy happy to have this script. thank you so much and thank you to Mr. Miller. Him have to write! please don’t stop it! Bianca

  4. A.G. on said:

    Glad you enjoyed it!

    • bianca on said:

      I’d really like to send to Mr. Miller my impressions and my compliments. Do you know how can i do? Bianca

    • hi A.G. — are you the author of this blog? this is wonderful work you’re doing, thanks much!

      can i also please have a copy of the script? how haunting your writing about it is. i’m due for a good script read, i’d like to begin with Stoker, please.


  5. Allison Pennington on said:

    Would love to read the script. Is there a way I can get my hands on it for myself instead of just hearing about how amazing it is??? I would appreciate anyone who could provide this information to me. This story sounds incredible from what I have read from those who know more, so I’d like to be part of that group of people who can honestly say (having ready it for myself) that is is truly genius and complex, and thought provoking. If you can give me information as to how to come to possess a copy for myself, I would be very thankful. Allison P.

  6. Ndidi on said:

    Hi Bianca, how did you eventually get a copy of the script? Would love to read it.

  7. Hello, I am a movie holic from Korea, and also a great fan of director Chan-wook Park. I read your review with great interest and although this is the tip of the iceberg, I could imagine the mood of the movie. I just can’t help thinking three wonderful actors absorbed into characters.
    As I heard the news that movie had began shooting, I googled for the script for months but sadly, couldn’t find any download routes available. I’m desperate the script ; ( Would you mind sending me the script file? If you don’t have it, would you please tell me any website that I can download the script file?

  8. hi there — the way you wrote about Stoker makes me feel so compelled to read the script. i’ve scoured the internet (blacklist, simplyscripts, script-o-rama, etc.) but you’re the first to mention having read it. how can i please obtain a copy of this haunting tale?


  9. I would love to red the script…does anyone know where ca I download it?

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