As you may have been able to figure out by this point in time, I'm kind of into screenplays. Recently I had the joy of reading Todd Phillips and Scott Silver's script for the much-ballyhooed Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix and Get Out writer-director Jordan Peele's newest nightmare Us. And today I will be reading the script for The Witch director Robert Eggers' nautical nightmare The Lighthouse starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.
Truth be told, I haven't yet had the chance to sit down and read this script for myself just yet, but you can bet that I will be getting to it as soon as I get off shift today! However, you can go ahead and read Robert and Max Eggers' screenplay for The Lighthouse right now if you please, right here.
To give you guys a bit of backstory on the script, the story goes that Robert Eggers had hit a wall trying to get his modern masterpiece of horror The Witch produced and asked his brother Max what he was up to. Max told him that he was working on finishing author Edgar Allan Poe's infamous unfinished short story, The Lighthouse. Max's script turned into something called Burnt Island and when he found himself struggling to finish it, he allowed Robert to step in and give his two cents.
This led to the Eggers brothers doing endless research regarding "lighthouses, seafaring types, and maritime mythology," all while tracking down as many pictures of 1890s New England as they could, watching "the great lighthouse cinema coming out of France in the 1930s", and reading not only the lighthouse keeper's code-of-conduct manual but the works of authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) and H.P. Lovecraft (The Call of Cthulhu, At the Mountains of Madness).
The two eventually came across an infamously true story commonly known as "the Smalls Lighthouse Tragedy," where two lighthouse keepers were marooned during a major storm. From that true tale, the Eggers brothers went about crafting something "musty, dusty, and atmospheric" filled with "cable-knit sweaters, salt cod, clay pipes, and hand-rolled cigarettes," that would have to be shot in black and white and in a narrow, vintage aspect ratio. And they eventually got their wish.
Robert Eggers directs The Lighthouse from the above-mentioned screenplay he co-wrote along with his brother Max Eggers. Robert Eggers produced the film along with Jay Van Hoy, Rodrigo Teixeira, Lourenço Sant' Anna, and Youree Henley. It stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson and sports killer black and white photography from cinematographer Jarin Blaschke. Meanwhile, Mark Korven provides the film's haunting score while it was all edited together by Louise Ford. Regency Enterprises, Parts & Labor, and RT Features were the production companies behind the scenes of the film which A24 recently release into a theater near you back on October 18, 2019. This screenplay for Robert and Max Eggers' The Lighthouse comes to us from Script Slug.