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Peter Jackson's 1st Draft King Kong Script (1996)

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Stacy Dohm
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« on: August 25, 2007, 11:19:16 pm »

HERB'S VIEWFINDER POV ... JACK walks into shot.

DENHAM
(annoyed)
Hey buddy! I don't know who you think you are, but you just walked into
a Carl Denham Picture! Take a hike!

JACK sees the camera pointing at him.

JACK
What the hell is going on?

MR GINTING
(Insincere)
It's Hollywood!

JACK
Yeah? Well, see that?

He points at his heavily laden truck ...

JACK (CONT'D)
That's "Jack's Wood" - and it's going on that boat!

JACK jumps back into the CAB, and drives straight at the OFFICIALS,
sending the reception into CHAOS ... HERB has to quickly pull the
CAMERA and TRIPOD away - DENHAM looks FURIOUS! MR GINTING hurries over
- looking SICK with FEAR and EMBARRASSMENT.

MR GINTING
(distraught)
I so sorry! I so sorry!

DENHAM spins around ... his mood so black, he looks as if he might hit
MR GINTING ... He suddenly breaks into a CHARMING SMILE!

DENHAM
It is I who has to apologize, sir. It's people like him who give
Americans a bad name.

MR GINTING almost sobs with relief.

MR GINTING
You are most kind. We will be proud to assist you!

DENHAM
Exotic lands, primitive people, dangerous animals ... That's what the
public expect from a Carl Denham picture! Lead us into the mountains,
Sir!

MR GINTING
The mountains?

DENHAM puts an arm around MR GINTING'S shoulder.

DENHAM
Shut your eyes - let me paint a picture in your mind ...

MR GINTING squeezes his eyes shut.

DENHAM (CONT'D)
Our cameras are focused on the deepest Sumatran jungle. Steam rises
from the verdant foliage... Suddenly a jackdaw screams! Why? ...
Because the Beast is moving through the trees! Eyes blazing, insisors
dripping, the Beast knows no fear - for he is the most powerful
creature to walk the land!
(lowers voice ominously)
You know what I'm talking about don't you, Mr Ginting?

MR GINTING nods FEARFULLY.

EXT. LOGGING CAMP/SUMATRAN MOUNTAINS - DAY

MONTAGE SuMATRAN LUMBERJACKS are working at fever pitch, clearing a
RAIN FOREST ... SAWS and AXES rip into the TREES ... They CRASH to the
ground. A PRIMITIVE SAWMILL works the LOGS in ROUGH-SAWN TIMBERS.

WIDE Several ACRES has been stripped. The FOREMAN watches with
satisfaction as the last solitary TREE in this block is attacked by two
AXE MEN.

JACK pulls up in his truck.

JACK
Hey, great work! You guys have earned yourselves a bonus!

JACK leaps out of the TRUCK as the LAST TREE starts to splinter ...
suddenly a TERRIFIED SCREAM comes out of the top most branches of the
tree. The FOREMAN looks sick.

FOREMAN
(upset)
Orangutan ...

The SCREAM continues as the TREE slowly topples to the ground with a
THUNDERING CRASH ... SUDDEN SILENCE.

JACK
Goddamn monkeys. They **** me off!

JACK strides into a makeshift wooden hut ...

INT. LOGGING OFFICE - DAY

JACK
The sooner we clear this rain forest the better.

The OFFICE is functional and tidy.

THE SOUND OF PANIC ... JACK turns as TENKU - a SAW MILL WORKER is
carried into the office with a NASTY INJURY to his LEG.

WORKER
Tenku hurt pretty bad, boss!

JACK clears the desk with a sweep of his arm ... They lay the TENKIU
down. JACK looks at the WOUND ... A NASTY SHARD OF METAL - the size of
a DINNER KNIFE - is embedded in his leg. JACK GRINS at TENKU, clearly
not wanting to alarm him.

JACK
(forced casual)
Hey, it's just a splinter.

JACK takes a grip of the METAL SHARD ...

JACK (CONT'D)
How's Mrs Tenku? She must be close.

TENKU
(gasping)
Baby due any day ... ARRGHH!!

JACK suddenly pulls the SHARD OUT. WORKERS close in, wrapping the WOUND
in BANDAGES.

JACK
Ok boys ... Take him to hospital! Quick now!

TENKU is carried outside as a SAW MILL VEHICLE pulls up.

CLOSE ON A SAFE ... JACK quickly takes a wad of BANKNOTES and slips
them into an ENVELOPE.

EXT. LOGGING CAMP/SUMATRAN MOUNTAINS - DAY

TENKU is slid into the BACK SEAT of the CAR. JACK strides out of the
OFFICE.

JACK
Hey! You wanna be more careful!

JACK leans in, slipping the ENVELOPE into TENKU'S HAND.

JACK (CONT'D)
You dropped this in my office.

TENKU gives JACK a GRATEFUL toothless GRIN as the DOOR SLAMS SHUT and
the CAR roars away.

AN EERIE ANIMAL ROAR suddenly echoes across the valley. The ENTIRE SITE
pauses as WORKER look around, trying to figure out where this FEARFUL
SOUND is coming from ...

JACK FROWNS.

EXT. SUMATRAN HIGHLANDS - DAY

ROAR CONTINUES ... over a slow pan across a misty ridge-line ...

EXT. JUNGLE CLEARING - DAY

ROAR CONTINUES... PAR onto CARL DENHAM roaring into a MEGAPHONE! He is
sitting in one of TWO VEHICLES, parked just off the road, on the edge
of a clearing. Several CREW MEMBERS from the ship are perched on the
vehicles, including PEEK and KURT. MR GINTING, and TWO SUMATRAN GUIDES
look nervously around, clutching RIFLES.

DENHAM lowers the megaphone looking very satisfied with himself ...

DENHAM

DENHAM
The sound of a wounded warthog ... a little trick I picked up from the
Tau Tau people of New Guinea! Keep you're eye to the eyepiece, Herb! We
won't be waiting long.

HERB has the camera set up in the middle of the clearing, his lens
staring into the thick, dark jungle that lies ahead ... he looks alone
and vulnerable.

DENHAM throws a huge lump of BLOODY RAW MEAT into the clearing ... it
lands at HERB'S feet ... he swallows nervously. DENHAM settles back
into his seat, lighting a LARGE CIGAR.

DENHAM (CONT'D)
Tell me Mr Ginting - are there any parts of your country where people
still wear ... native costume?

MR GINTING
Native costume?

DENHAM
Y'know ... traditional ceremonies where the woman ... divest themselves
of their undergarments.

DENHAM gestures at his chest ... MR GINTiNG is confused.

DENHAM (CONT'D)
Hooters, Mr Ginting. There's nothing the public like to see more than
native hooters.

PEEK sniggers. MR GINTING frowns.

MR GINTING
We are a very modest and deeply religious people, Mr Denham.

DENHAM
(grunting)
That's too bad.

A NOISE from the jungle - DENHAM suddenly leaps to his feet.

DENHAM (CONT'D)
He's close, boys - Roll camera! Roll sound!

HERB rolls camera ... the WHIRRING MOTOR is the only sound in the
clearing - even the BIRDS are suddenly quiet ...BRANCHES SNAPPING ...
LEAVES SHAKING -SOMETHING is approaching from inside the dense jungle
...

TENSE FACES! DENHAM ... MR GINTING ... KURT ... HERB wipes a bead of
sweat from his brow without taking his eye off the eyepiece ... A GASP
is heard from the GROUP as the bushes part and out steps the mighty ...

SUMATRAN TIGER! It warily steps into the clearing, regarding HERB with
suspicion. He can barely breath as he pans, following the TIGER'S
movements.

DENHAM (CONT'D)
(loud megaphone)
Looking good Herb! Stand by for the roar ... here we go!

DENHAM lowers his MEGAPHONE and throws a large STONE, hitting the TIGER
on the back! The TIGER ROARS!

DENHAM (CONT'D)
Boy! Were those teeth in focus, Herb?

HERB
(choked whisper)
Yeah!

The TIGER sniffs the meat ... REJECTS IT ...

MR GINTING
(quiet)
He doesn't want the meat ...

He SNARLS AT HERB ...

MR GINTING (CONT'D)
(panicked)
Man Eater!!!

DENHAM
A man eater! Fantastic!
(megaphone)
Making history, Herb

PEEK
For Gods sake! Get him outta there!

DENHAM
Just a few more seconds ...

The TIGER suddenly springs on HERB! The cameraman SCREAMS as he topples
backwards - CAMERA, TRIPOD and TIGER landing on top of him!

For a moment, all ONLOOKERS are frozen in their VEHICLES ... MR GINTING
suddenly raises his RIFLE and fires ...

CUT TO

EXT. SUMATRAN DIG - DAY

BANG! BANG! GUNSHOTS echo across the dig site. EVERYBODY stops - looks
around ... LORD DARROW races out of a tent.

AT THAT MOMENT ... The TIGER races out of undergrowth, charging
STRAIGHT THROUGH THE CAMP!!

LORD DARROW
(yelling)
Tiger!!!

CHAOS ERUPTS!

BRIEF IMAGES FLEETING GLIMPSES of the TIGER, racing through the camp -
leaping tables, crashing through tents ... PEOPLE are running, diving,
grabbing RIFLES. ANN pushes a SUMATRAN MAID clear of the TIGER.

VEHICLES suddenly BURST OUT OF THE TREES and career wildly through the
camp! The SUMATRAN? RAN GUIDES are SHOOTING at the fleeing TIGER ...
HERB - battered and bleeding - is FILMING from one of the bouncing
vehicles! DENHAM is balancing in the front seat with a look of EUPHORIA
- like a general leading a CAVALRY CHARGE.

The vehicles do MORE DAMAGE than the TIGER! ANCIENT STATUES are BODE
OVER, GUY ROPES snag on the cars -RIPPING TENTS OUT OF THE GROUND,
LUNCH TABLES are destroyed. PEOPLE that lept away from the TIGER have
to LEAP-- FURTHER to avoid the SPEEDING CARS!

BANG! BANG! The TIGER does a HUGE LEAP as BULLETS whizz by ...
RICOCHETING OFF THE BUDDHA in the BG!!! Lumps of ROTTEN STONE fly off
in clouds of dust.

The TIGER bounds up the bank beside the BUDDHA and DISAPPEARS into the
undergrowth.

LORD DARROW runs at the VEHICLES.

LORD DARROW (CONT'D)
Stop it! You idiots!

ANN races towards her FATHER as the vehicles SLIDE TO A HALT at the
foot of the cliff BELOW THE BUDDHA.

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