'Don't Worry Darling' is a psychological thriller film directed by Olivia Wilde and penned by Katie Silberman. The film follows a young couple in the 1950s who are settling in the beautiful California town of Victory. However, when Alice grows suspicious about their husband's job and his connection to the "Victory Project," the couple's lives take a drastic turn. Here's what we've learned thus far about the story!
Is Don't Worry Darling a True Story?
No, the film 'Don't Worry Darling' isn't based on a true story. Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke, and Katie Silberman wrote the script, which Olivia Wilde directed. The project originally developed as a speculative screenplay by Carey Van Dyke and Shane Van Dyke.
Silberman was later added to the project as a screenwriter, while Van Dykes received a story by credit in a Variety interview. Director Olivia Wilde stated she wanted to explore present socio-political issues in science fiction.
Wilde explained that her conception of a utopia in the film is inspired by her attachment to the industrialized world she grew up in, which she believes is unsuitable for women.
Wilde explained the story's focus on the two main characters' sexual desires, which were uncovered through sex and some fantasy elements. "It's all about immediacy and (an) extreme passion for one another. Their impractical behavior speaks to their ferocious desire for one another," Wilde said.
Despite the film's surrealistic approach to genre tropes of a relationship, Wilde's statements are believable. The character of Frank (Chris Pine) is an enigmatic businessman who is the founder of Alice and jack's utopian neighborhood. The character is said to be loosely inspired by psychologist and author Jordan Peterson.
'Don't Worry Darling' is a fictional and original story that investigates a variety of socio-political issues women face in the modern age. Through several metaphors and allegories, the film provides social commentary on modern-day misogynistic behavior, its propagation, and incel culture.