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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, 11:21:04 pm »

ANN is shown into a SMALL, FUNCTIONAL CABIN by KURT.

ANN
Thank you.

EXT. VENTURE DECK - DAY

KURT closes ANN'S door ... JACK is holding a BUNDLE OF DRY CLOTHES.
Standing outside,

KURT
'Fraid Miss Darrow' s taken the last cabin. I could put you -

JACK
(interrupts)
I'll take care of myself. Thanks.

JACK heads towards the FRONT OF THE SHIP. He approaches an OPEN DOOR
... A PAIR OF FEET protrude from beneath the door.

JACK suddenly kicks the door! With a SCREAM, RANDELL PEEK drops to the
deck, clutching his BLEEDING MOUTH!

JACK (CONT'D)
Sorry! I didn't see you there.

JACK walks on.

EXT. STERN DECK/VENTURE - DAY

CLOSE ON A GOLF BALL sitting on a TEE.

WHACK! DENHAM hits the ball OUT TO SEA ... He is aiming at a small raft
with a GOLF HOLE & FLAG that is being towed a 100 yards behind the
ship!  He wears a CAP and PLUS FOURS.

ANN (O.S.)
Mr Denham ...

DENHAM glances at ANN as he tees up again. She is wearing a borrowed
set of MEN'S CLOTHES.

ANN (CONT'D)
Can I see the map? My father spoke of references to a Beast God ...

DENHAM
(interrupts briskly)
Kong is a myth, nothing but a native superstition, Miss Darrow. All
we're going to find on that island are some primitive people in grass
skirts. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm trying to reduce my handicap.

DENHAM swings at the ball ...

ANN
Have you considered a personality transplant?

DENHAM misses the ball.

EXT. FORE-DECK - DAY

HERB is CLEANING HIS CAMERA in the sunshine - it lies on a blanket IN
PIECES. His SHOULDER is still BANDAGED from the TIGER ATTACK. ANN is
relaxing beside him.

HERB
I know he can be a little crass, but Mr Denham's basically a good guy
... put both my kids through school.

HERB lifts the CAMERA BODY and WINCES.

ANN
ANN How's your shoulder?

HERB
Shoulder's fine ... It's this -

HERB pulls up his sleeve - ANN flinches at the sight of an UGLY SCAR on
his arm.

HERB (CONT'D)
(matter-of-fact)
Sea Lion up in Nova Scotia. No hospitals ... it was stitched up by an
Eskimo housewife using penguin gut. The sinew never really mended.

ANN
That's terrible!

HERB
(misunderstanding)
No, no - we got the shot. Mr Denham won an award for that picture.
Personally I'm more proud of "Animal Love in the Rockies" -I got some
wonderful footage of a pair of Grizzlies - er, you know ... mating.
Excuse my language!

HERB pulls up his TROUSER LEG, revealing AN ARTIFICIAL LIMB!

HERB (CONT'D)
Cost me my leg - but as Mr Denham says ... "Pain is temporary, Film is
forever"

ANN looks appalled.

EXT. DECK - NIGHT

ANN emerges from the door, walks past a COVERED LIFE BOAT and leans on
the RAIL. KURT is hunched on a box, playing a VIOLIN.

It is a HEAVY SEA, and SPRAY mists over ANN, her BLONDE HAIR blows in
the wind ... it is a LYRICAL MOMENT.

ANN
(to KURT)
Do you know "Brahm's Lullaby"?

KURT
(shakes head)
Can't say I do, Miss Darrow.

ANN
When I was little and away from home, father would sing it to me when I
got scared ...
(singing softly))
"Lullaby and good-night, Go to bed and sleep tight ..."

KURT recognizes the TUNE and JOINS in with his VIOLIN ... ANN continues
singing, withdrawing her father's SILVER FOB-WATCH from her jacket.

ANN (CONT'D)
(singing softly)
"Close your eyes, start to yawn, Pleasant dreams until dawn."

ANN releases her father's WATCH and it disappears into the churning sea
... She wanders away down the deck.

VOMIT SOUNDS ... ANN JUMPS WITH FRIGHT as the LIFEBOAT COVER suddenly
lifts up and JACK leans out, THROWING UPi He glances at ANN with BLEARY
EYES.

JACK
Haven't found my sea-legs yet. I'm not a good sailor ... bur's who's
complaining? I'm on a wonderful cruise with first class accommodation
... and a beautiful babe has just walked into my bedroom.

JACK rolls back in the LIFEBOAT ...

JACK (CONT'D)
Yeah! Life's looking pretty damn good at the moment.

ANN
I don't know what happened to you, Jack ... but I can't believe you
were always this much of a bastard.

JACK
(shrugs)
When this boat finally reaches Jakata, I'll be first off. You'll never
see me again ... and believe me - that day cannot come soon enough.
I've got no problem with you ignoring me for the rest of the voyage.

ANN turns and walks away ... to the SOUND of the SOULFUL VIOLIN.

INT. ANNE'S CABIN - DAWN

ANN wakes to the SOUND of VOICES and RUNNING FEET.

EXT. DECK - DAWN

ANN emerges from her cabin, hurriedly pulling a SWEATER on. KIURT runs
past, heading for the BRIDGE.

KURT
(excited)
We've arrived!

INT. BRIDGE - DAWN

A SWEEPING PAN of the HORIZON ...

... NOTHING BUT EMPTY SEA.

DENHAM, ENGLEHORN, KURT and ANN are standing BRIDGE, looking in ALL
DIRECTIONS.

ENGLEHORN
(smug)
I guess that answers your questions. There's no island on these co-
ordinates - not even a lousy fog-bank.

DENHAM
(angry)
Well, that was a monumental waste of time! I pay good money, only to be
taken on some wild goose chase!
(to KURT)
I made the mistake of trusting my idiot translator!

JACK arrives in the doorway ... He glances at the CHARTS.

ANN
It has to be here! It was on the map!

ENGLEHORN
I'm turning this ship around. We're charting a course for Jakata!

ANN
No! This is my father's discovery! You can't just abandon the search.

DENHAM
I have to apologize, Miss Darrow. It seems we've all been badly misled.
Kurt! I want you to take this the right way - you're a genuine moron!

ANN BREAKS DOWN INTO SOBS ... JACK looks at her - MAKES A DECISION ...

JACK
We're further south than this.

He's pointing at the CROSS marking the island. ANN looks at him, a
flicker of HOPE crosses her face. DENHAM raises his eyebrows ...
ENGLEHORN FROWNS.

JACK (CONT'D)
I'd guess we're at least half a degree below the charted course. The
island's a couple of hundred miles north-west.

ENGLEHORN
Impossible!

JACK
I know how to navigate, Captain Englehorn. You've made a mistake.

ENGLEHORN
(flustered)
This is lunacy! He's talking nonsense.

DENHAM
(darkly)
Steer a course north-west, Captain Englehorn.

EXT. DECK - DAWN

JACK is walking away from the bridge ... ANN runs after him.

ANN
Jack!

JACK pauses ...he turns. She wipes the LAST OF HER TEARS AWAY

ANN (CONT'D)
I want to thank you.

JACK
It's ok.I know what you were feeling.

ANN
I can't imagine you crying.

JACK
Relax ... it was fifteen years ago. I don't do it now.

JACK turns and walks away.

CUT TO

INT. DENHAM'S CABIN - NIGHT

DENHAM hosting dinner for JACK and ANN. He is in a relaxed, jovial
mood. He reaches under the TABLE and produces a GIFT-WRAPPED PRESENT
... he hands it to ANN - she is surprised.

DENHAM
It's time to smoke the peace pipe - as we say back in America.
(gestures at gift)
I bought it in Singapore for the wife, but I'd like you to have it.

ANN holds up a PALE SATIN NIGHTDRESS and QUILTED DRESSING GOWN. JACK
raises his eyebrows.

DENHAM (CONT'D)
I hope it fits ... Mrs Denham's a big lady.

ANN
(being polite)
It's ... lovely.

DENHAM
Miss Darrow ... I've been thinking. I would very much like to dedicate
this motion picture to the memory of your father. It's a great shame he
wasn't able to join us on this adventure. Truly a wonderful man.

JACK and ANN exchange a look.

DENHAM (CONT'D)
I thought that with your assistance we could have the premiere at the
Albert Hall. We'll take out a full page ad in Variety - "The Lord
Darrow Benefit screening". We'll invite the King of England - hell,
we'll get the whole Royal Family along! It'd be good for them and good
for us!

ANN
(pause)
To be quite honest, Mr Denham ... I find the whole idea to be quite
reprehensible.

DENHAM grins and lights a CIGAR ...

DENHAM
Thank you! I thought it was quite clever myself!

AT THAT MOMENT The SHIP'S ENGINES SUDDENLY STOP.

DENHAM frowns.

EXT. DECK/VENTURE - NIGHT
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