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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, 11:24:52 pm »

CLOSE ON ANN ... She is being prepared for SACRIFICE! NATIVES are
holding her arms ... A BRIDAL HEAD-DRESS is placed on her head,
COVERING HER HAIR. She is in the middle of the CROWDED SQUARE, lit by
FLAMING TORCHES.

She closes her eyes ... STRANGELY SUBDUED.

The WITCH-DOCTOR DANCES in front of her, FLICKING OILS from a small pot
over her body.

ANN SUDDENLY LASHES OUT She kicks the WITCH-DOCTOR in the NUTS,
simultaneously PULLING HER HANDS FREE and RUNNING through the crowd
towards the beach'

She only gets 5 paces ...

ANN is TACKLED and ROUGHLY HOISTED ONTO the ALTAR. HER HANDS are tied
securely to 2 ornately carved pillars. TEARS flood into her eyes.

"KONG ... KONG ... KONG" THE CHANT begins.

NATIVES start TURNING a HUGE WHEEL and the ALTAR STARTS TO CLIMB the
slope towards the TOP OF THE WALL, moving on tracks like a primitive
cable car.

CLOSE ON NATIVE FACES, screaming and Chanting, building up to a FRENZY.
They climb the WALT behind ANN, carrying FLAMING TORCHES.

NATIVE SOUNDS FADE AWAY ... BEAUTIFUL, SAD MUSIC drifts in, giving the
sequence an ETHEREAL ATMOSPHERE.

EXT. WALL./JUNGLE - NIGHT

ANN is weeping as the ALTAR reaches the top of the wall. For the first
time, we get a glimpse of the OTHER SIDE ...

The WALL falls away vertically into a ROCKY GROTTO that leads into the
DENSE TANGLED JUNGLE of S ISLAND.

The ALTAR stops ON TOP OF THE WALL.. Over 100 natives arrive just
behind ANN, and spread out along the parapet. 2 NATIVES in CEREMONIAL
COSTUME kneel beside the ALTAR, quickly and expertly adjusting BOLTS
AND LEVERS.  They signal back down to the SQUARE ...

ANN gasps as the ALTAR suddenly lurches out OVER THE EDGE OF THE WALL!
It is being slowly SWUNG OUT over the GROTTO by a pair of cantilevered
arms, hinged at the base of the wall.

CLOSE ON NATIVE torches LIGHT POOLS OF OIL contained in cavities at the
top of the wall. SMALL DAMS are released, allowing the FLAMING OIL to
flow down CHUTES and CHANNELS, cleverly cut into the cliffs on either
side of the grotto.

The FLAMING OIL ignites LARGER POOLS in HUGE HOLLOWED OUT CHAMBERS
within the cliffs - carved into the shape of SKULLS. The SKULLS burst
into GLOWING LIFE - just like 40 foot high HALLOWEEN PUMPKINS!

 

WIDE SHOT ANN looks TINY atop the ALTAR which has almost reached the
ground ... The ENORMOUS GLOWING SKULLS illuminating her ... The WALL
TOWERING UP BEHIND HER. NATIVES line the top of the wall, holding FIERY
TORCHES. The ALTAR settles into neatly CARVED RECESSES.

THE HUGE GONG STARTS TOLLING ...

ANN is facing the INKY BLACK JUNGLE ... She is PANTING hard, trying to
face her death with as much composure as she can muster.

A LOUD SPLINTERING SOUND comes from within the JUNGLE -something VERY
BIG is moving towards the GROTTO!

NATIVES CHANT "KONG ... KONG ... KONG"

ANN instinctively pulls at her bonds - to no avail. She can now see a
DARK SHAPE approaching her. OILY SMOKE from the FIRES drifts across,
OBSCURING HER VISION ... she can now only hear the FOOTSTEPS. It is a
HUGE CREATURE, BREATHING HEAVILY ... It stops in front of her - SMOKE
still blocking her vision ... She looks down - a GIANT LEATHERY FOOT is
visible! She looks up into the murk ... TEARS ROLL DOWN HER CHEEKS...

The NATIVES suddenly go SILENT.

KONG! ... a 25 foot SILVER-BACK GORILLA.A. His fur is MATTED, ANCIENT
SCARS mark his body - evidence of life and death struggles with unknown
beasts. His face is AGED - SILVER HAIR predominant. He is resting on
his KNUCKLES.

KONG rises on his hind legs and BEATS HIS CHEST ... ANN SCREAMS!!!

ALL the NATIVE'S launch into their piercing MONKEY SCREECH ... It WINDS
KONG UP! He leans down, ROARING only inches from ANN'S FACE, then
suddenly starts PACING FURIOUSLY from SIDE TO SIDE - like a caged
animal. He ROARS at the NATIVES atop the WALL.

KONG suddenly CHARGES at the WOODEN GATE! He crashes against it,
causing the ENTIRE WALL TO SHUDDER violently ... A NATIVE loses his
balance and topples off! He THUDS INTO THE GROUND at KONG'S FEET ...
KONG quickly scoops him up and BITES HIS HEAD OFF in a PG 13 kinda way!

The NATIVES ROAR like spectators in a gladiator's arena.

KONG leans over ANN ... The strength suddenly drains out of her legs
and she SLUMPS between the pillars. KONG reaches forward and with an
almost delicate touch, he lifts her in his hand. She SCREAMS as she
rises into the air ... TOWARDS HIS MOUTH. He ROARS at her, and turns
abruptly back to the JUNGLE.

The NATIVES CHANT "KONG ... KONG ... KONG"

SUDDENLY! BAM! BAM! BAM! NATIVES topple in a BURST OF GUNFIRE!

EXT. NATIVE CITY - NIGHT

JACK is leading the charge into the RUINED CITY! 40 GUYS - most armed
with TOMMY GUNS - are blazing in all directions! The NATIVES flee in a
MAD PANIC as JACK runs straight for the GATE.

He rushes up to a small OBSERVATION GRILL ...

JACK'S POV KONG disappearing into the JUNGLE clutching ANN - she is
SCREAMING and KICKING.

JACK turns back to the SAILORS ...

JACK
(urgent)
Ann's alive! Quick!

JACK backs away from the wall, and starts FIRING his TOMMY GUN at the
BOLT securing the WOODEN GATE. OTHER SAILORS join in, SPLINTERING the
TIMBERS in a HAIL OF LEAD.

Ail 40 SAILORS push the HUGE GATE and it slowly OPENS, exposing the
JUNGLE beyond. DENHAM runs up, SWEATING AND PANTING.

DENHAM
Did you see her?

JACK
Yeah, I saw her ... she was carried into the jungle by ... an animal.

DENHAM
(worried)
What was it, Jack?

JACK HESITATES ...

JACK
An ape ... some kind of ape.

DENHAM sighs with relief ... He turns to the SAILORS.

DENHAM
(heroic)
Did you hear that, boys? We're looking for a monkey! Englehorn -stay
here with twenty men. Keep the natives at bay.  The rest of you, follow
me!
(to HERB)
Cut! Was that great or what?

HERB has been FILMING DENHAM!

HERB
GREAT, MR DENHAM'

JACK grabs DENHAM'S ARM.

JACK
Listen buddy! Cut the crap! We're looking for Ann, not making a Goddamn
movie!

DENHAM
Jack ... You get to save the girl and I get my third act! It's gonna be
good for you and good for me!

JACK
You better not slow us down, Denham!

JACK hurries through the gates towards the JUNGLE, followed by DENHAM,
PEEK, HERB, KURT and 20 sailors.

JACK (CONT'D)
Single file - never lose sight of the man in front!

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