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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, 11:26:58 pm »

SURVIVING SAILORS scramble past JACK and head up the steep slope.
DENHAM puffs his way past - not looking at JACK - totally focused on
personal survival. By some miracle, HERB limps out of the PILE-UP,
covered in DUST -but still carrying the CAMERA & TRIPOD on his
shoulders!

KURT blasts at a CARNOTAUR'S - it TOPPLES BACKWARDS. He turns to JACK
...

KURT
Go Jack!

JACK heads up the slope. KURT backs away ... TWO CARNOTAURS suddenly
charge at him. He fires the TOMMY GUN, shredding them with bullets, but
cannot react fast enough when a THIRD ATTACKS from the other direction!

KURT SCREAMS BRIEFLY as he falls to the ground, under CLAWING FEET and
SNAPPING JAWS.

The FOUR SURVIVING CARNOTAURS head up the slope!

JACK
Hurry !

JACK and the OTHERS are desperately scrambling up the STEEP SHALE SLOPE
- LOOSE STONES that are impossible to get a grip on ... SAILORS start
sliding backwards in their panic. The CARNOTAURS are sliding too, but
their powerful legs are working furiously, propelling them closer and
closer to the flailing SAILORS!

A SAILOR loses his footing completely ... he rolls past TWO CARNOTAURS
before being grabbed by the JAWS of THE THIRD.

The SAILORS grab hold of WEEDS, ROCKS ... ANYTHING, to get away from
the DINOSAURS. They move into a network cf NARROW FISSURES between
PINNACLES ... The CARNOTAURS can barely squeeze through.

ONE SAILOR is trying to escape up a sheer rock face ... he slips and
falls back into the CARNOTAUR'S CLUTCHES.

The SAILORS REACH SAFETY ... a narrow fissure - too small for the
CARNOTAURS - leads into STEAMY JUNGLE/ beyond the VAT.LEY. JACK looks
back ...

HERB is struggling, a CARNOTAUR'S snapping at his heels. JACK climbs
back down the slope to help pull him up. The CARNOTAURUS lunges at
HERB, grabbing his FOOT in it's JAWS! HERB screams and rolls over on
his back, the camera on his chest. The CARNOTAUR is CRUSHING HIS ANKLE
between it's TEETH!... Luckily it's HERB'S ARTIFICIAL LEG!

DENHAM looks at the frantic struggle ...

DENHAM
(yelling)
Roll camera!

HERB flicks the switch, aiming CARNOTAUR'S head, only inches away! The
CAMERA at the

HERB
( screaming)
Speed !

Another CARNOTAUR is scrambling up behind the first ... JACK rushes
forward, scooping up a LARGE BOULDER. He smashes it down on the
CARNOTAUR'S head! It releases HERB'S FOOT and rolls away down the
slope, collecting it's BUDDY on the way!

JACK and another COUPLE OF SAILORS grab HERB and the CAM-ERA GEAR and
scramble to SAFETY through the FISSURE.

EXT. EDGE OF SWAMP - DAY

JACK, DENHAM, PEEK, HERB and the 7 surviving SAILORS are a bedraggled
GROUP ... CUT, BRUISED, COVERED in DUST, SOAKED in SWEAT. PEEK has the
only TOMMY GUN left between them. They collapse into a NARROW CLEARING
on the edge of MISTY SWAMP-LIKE LAKE. Cliffs rise out of the swamp on
both sides ... the only way forward is ACROSS. DEAD TREES jut out of
the water ... some have fallen onto the shore.

JACK is still driven with URGENCY.

JACK
Let's strap these trees together ... build rafts. Hurry!

The SAILORS set to work.

DENHAM is slumped on the ground ... PEEK approaches him.

PEEK
 
Mr Denham, I have some concerns about personal safety ... I'm really
starting to feel that this particular assignment is not for me.

DENHAM looks up a PEEK ... his eyes are glazed - there is a real danger
that DENHAM is starting to lose it.

DENHAM
(growling)
You walk out on a Carl Denham picture, you walk out of a career. You
will have no money to feed your wife and kids!

PEEK
I don't have any kids.

DENHAM grabs PEEK by the collar and pulls him close ...

DENHAM
(threatening)
And I will personally guarantee it stays that way!

CUT TO

EXT. SWAMP - DAY

TWO MAKESHIFT RAFTS drift silently across the surface of the SWAMPY
LAKE. HERB, PEEK and SAILORS are in the first, JACK, DENHAM and 3
SAILORS in the second.

JACK is punting his raft along using a LONG BRANCH. The SWAMP is creepy
... DEAD TWISTED TREES stick out of the surface ... a thin film of FOG
hangs in the air. SMALL FLYING LIZARD-type things flit about from tree
to tree.

The first raft reaches the SHORE - a narrow SANDY BEACH leading into
GLOOMY DENSE JUNGLE.

JACK and DENHAM'S RAFT is still 20 yards off shore.

DENHAM
(yelling)
Set up the camera boys! Get a shot of me comin' ashore!

JACK
Forget it, Denham ... for Godssake

DENHAM suddenly stands up, causing the unstable raft to ROCK in the
water. Me the pole, Driscoll! Seems to be on the verge of a BREAKDOWN
... he steps towards JACK, nearly tipping the raft over! JACK throws
the pole at him and tries to balance himself.

DENHAM
(yelling)
Roll camera! I said roll camera! I want this on film!

DENHAM thrusts the pole into the SWAMP, and pushes ... the RAFT spins
around. JACK and the SAILORS cling on as it ROCKS VIOLENTLY! DENHAM
pushes on the pole, again and again, growing more FRANTIC. He starts
HYPERVENTILATING ..

JACK sees a ROW OF BUBBLES moving rapidly towards the RAFT!

JACK
(alarmed)
Denham!

ANGLE Looking down on the RAFT ... THREE HUGE SHAPES glide in the MURK
below the surface of the SWAMP. They RISE beneath the RAFT ...

TIPPING IT OVER!

EXT. BENEATH WATER - DAY

The SWAMP is about 8 ft deep ... The JACK, DENHAM and the THREE SAILORS
fall STRAIGHT TO THE BOTTOM as if weighted.

STRINGY 5 foot WEEDS rise from the bottom like tentacles. JACK looks
around ... the WATER is DARK and MURKY. The SAILORS are trying to kick
back up to the SURFACE, with no luck ... for some reason this water has
zero buoyancy.

SUDDENLY a TERRIFYING CREATURE emerges from the gloom! It is some kind
of PREHISTORIC AXOLOTL-type thing with WIDE TEETH. It is about 25 foot
long - the size of a huge White Shark.

With a frightening grace, the AXOLOTL sweeps a SAILOR up in it's JAWS!

TWO MORE giant AXOLOTL'S glide out of the gloom! ANOTHER SAILOR tries
to run, but is taken by the SECOND AXOLOTL.

The third AXOLOTL comes straight at JACK! He throws himself down, and
the CREATURE glides over the top of him. JACK gets back on his feet -
he does the only thing he can to escape - run for the shore along the
swamp bed. Pushes through the THICK FOREST of WEED, his cheeks bulging
as he struggles to retain his air. Suddenly something GRABS HIS ANKLE!

JACK looks down at DENHAM ... he is desperately clinging onto JACK'S
FOOT! An AXOLOTL suddenly sweeps by, causing JACK to duck. He grabs
DENHAM'S arm and starts dragging him through the WEEDS.

EXT. SWAMP BEACH - DAY

JACK and DENHAM stagger onto the beach. SAILORS pull them other SAILOR
survivor from the clear of the water ... the raft crawls onto the beach
too. HERB has his tripod set up and is filming it all.

JACK is gasping for air ... DENHAM lies moaning.

An AXOLOTL ROCKETS OUT OF THE WATER'. These things have legs and it
scuttles towards the GROUP with incredible speed' Within seconds it has
grabbed the SAILOR survivor in it's JAWS and disappears back into the
swamp !

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