White Elephant by Patrick Hunter | Script Revolution

White Elephant



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"The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs
After being gifted a shard of elephant ivory, a wealthy trophy hunter suffers the unintended consequences of a Christmas wish.

One night before Christmas, an upper-class couple, Sterling and Joan Streiner, have gathered their four closest friends to celebrate the WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE. After the game has finished, the friends are puzzled by the appearance of a mysterious SEVENTH gift.

Sterling opens the strange box to find a FRAGMENT of ELEPHANT IVORY. Scrawled into the box is an African phrase meaning "three to the owner." Decidedly too drunk, the group calls it a night and wish one another a Merry Christmas.

That night, Sterling is visited by an elephant-faced SANTA CLAUS, who informs him the ivory in his possession shall grant him THREE Christmas wishes. Anything he could ever dream of or long for. Ever the skeptic, Sterling first wishes for ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

After the wish fails to come true, Joan is KILLED in a tragic car accident. Sterling, now a widower, is named the lone recipient of Joan's life insurance payout -- a certain SEVEN FIGURE amount.

"WHITE ELEPHANT" A cautionary Christmas tale!

Submitted: November 20, 2019
Last Updated: November 20, 2019
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The Writer: Patrick Hunter

I'm a rookie screenwriter from South Mississippi with B. A. in Theatre. Also the co-founder of a small production company, Falconista Films, with whom I've written and directed a handful of short film projects. As a storyteller, I'm passionate about telling stories that are both realistic but also celebrate the realm of impossibility that exists only in the movies. A few influences would have to include: Clifford Odets, George Romero, Anne Washburn, Scott McCloud, and Keiko Nobumoto. Go to bio

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