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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, 11:30:50 pm »

KONG SNARLS ... he places ANN on the CAVE FLOOR - under an overhang -
and CHARGES at the BAT-THINGS!

KONG thunders past the ROCK POOL just as JACK surfaces, gasping for air
... he scrambles out, racing towards ANN!

ANN
( amazed)
Jack!!!

JACK EMBRACES ANN!

There's not much time - KONG is preoccupied swatting BAT-THINGS at the
BACK OF THE CAVE ... JACK desperately looks around for an ESCAPE ROUTE
... NOTHING but a 1000 foot drop off the LEDGE into the JUNGLE below!
They are TRAPPED!

AT THAT MOMENT! A STUNNED BAT-THING beats it's wings and lifts off the
CAVERN FLOOR ... JACK RUNS, LEAPS and GRABS IT'S FEET!

JACK
(urgent)
Ann! Grab my shoulders!

ANN hesitates ... The BAT-THING flaps furiously, trying to lift JACK'S
weight off the ground ... It DRAGS JACK TOWARDS THE LEDGE!

JACK (CONT'D)
(yelling)
Jump on !

KONG SEES JACK ... HE CHARGES TOWARDS THE LEDGE!

ANN is TORN ... she looks at JACK ... looks at KONG ...

JACK (CONT'D)
(yelling)
ANN!!!

ANN runs towards JACK and throws herself forward -HANGING ONTO HIS
WAIST ... just as KONG REACHES OUT FOR HER !

JACK hangs onto the TALONED FEET as he and ANN sail out into space, the
BAT-THING FLAPPING MADLY above them ... They descend rapidly ... about
twice the speed of a parachute. ANN buries her face into JACK'S waist -
not wanting to look back at KONG ROARING WITH GRIEF FROM THE LEDGE.

EXT. RIVER - DAY

The BAT-THING wobbles crazily in 5he sky, rapidly LOSING ENERGY ...
JACK looks down a FAST FLOWING RIVER is 50 foot below. He RELEASES HIS
GRIP!

ANN SCREAMS as she and JACK fall into the RIVER ... They are
immediately picked up by the current and SWEPT AWAY. JACK grabs ANN
under the arms and hangs onto her tightly.

In the distance ... AN ENRAGED KONG is quickly descending from his
mountain lair!

CUT TO

EXT.WALL/NATIVE RUINS - DAY

A BATTLE raging at the NATIVE CITY ... BODIES are strewn around -
dozens of NATIVES, SAILORS empaled with spears and arrows. It's like a
scene from the movie "Zulu".

A SMALL.T. GROUP of SURVIVORS from the ship are holed up behind STONE
BLOCKS atop the GREAT WALT.. DENHAM, ENGLEHORN and THREE SAILORS are
looking EXHAUSTED and DEFEATED. DENHAM fires at a group of NATIVES with
a TOMMY GUN ... it EMPTIES.

ENGLEHORN
(grimly)
That was the last of our ammo.

Suddenly points across the TREETOPS.

DENHAM
(excited)
They're coming!!

POV TWO BOATLOADS OF REINFORCEMENTS from the "VENTURE" are rowing
towards the beach!

ENGLEHORN
It's too late ...

A MASSIVE TIDE of 300 NATIVES are advancing towards the WALL! DENHAM,
ENGLEHORN and the SAILORS reach for whatever WEAPONS they can find.

AT THAT MOMENT!

The GATES SWING OPEN ... JACK and ANN come racing in! In his panic,
JACK doesn't notice the BATTLE DEBRIS ... He pushes the GATES closed,
yelling for imagined help ...

JACK
(urgent yelling)
Barricade the gates! Quick!

ANN
Jack!...
(louder)
Jack!

JACK turns ... is confronted by the sight of 300 NATIVES, closing in
around them ... The NATIVES have abandoned the attack - ALL EYES are on
ANN. They murmur in AWE ... "KONG ... KONG ... KONG". The WITCH-DOCTOR
recites some complex INCANTATION.

DENHAM and ENGLEHORN stare in DISBELIEF.

ENGLEHORN
They think Ann's a demon.

JACK and ANN are backed right against the GATES. The NATIVES are
pushing closer and closer to them ... they RAISE THEIR SPEARS, ready to
thrust them into JACK and ANN.

KONG ROARS!!! JACK hears his FOOTSTEPS pounding towards the GATES at
HIGH SPEED! JACK grabs ANN and pushes her ALONG THE WALT, just clearing
the GATES as ...

KONG CRASHES THROUGH! The GATES are SMASHED OFF THEIR HINGES ... 7
story tall gates - weighting 35 tons - land on the NATIVES with a sound
like someone stepping on eggshells!

KONG strides into the SQUARE, BEATING HIS CHEST and ROARING.

DENHAM
Holy ****!

The SURVIVING NATIVES scatter! KONG rampages after them, STOMPING ON
THEM and BITING THEIR HEADS OFF ... in a scene that not only gets a PG
13, but is PRAISED by the MPAA for it's sensitivity!

DENHAM, ENGLEHORN and the SAILORS take their chance to slip away
towards the beach.

JACK pulls ANN away from the GATES, slipping behind cover to avoid
being seen by KONG ... They run through the GIANT CARVED HEAD ... into
the TUNNEL COMPLEX that leads to the beach. JACK snatches a NATIVE
SPEAR off the ground on the way.

A few brave NATIVE WARRIORS hurl SPEARS at KONG ... but they either
bounce off, or only just penetrate the skin.

KONG picks up a LARGE BRONZE "KONG" STATUE and hurls it at a GROUP of
SPEAR THROWERS perched atop a STONE BUILDING.

INT. MUMMY CHAMBER - DAY

JACK and ANN are racing through the MUMMY CHAMBER when the STATUE
smashes through the roof! ANN stumbles and ROLLS. KONG ROARS as he SEES
HER through the DEMOLISHED ROOF. He reaches for her, SWEEPING MUMMIES
onto the floor with his GROPING HANDS.

JACK pulls ANN further down the TUNNELS ...out of KONG'S REACH.

EXT. RUINED CITY - DAY

KONG heads TOWARDS THE BEACH, his way suddenly BLOCKED by 50 NATIVES
throwing SPEARS and SHOOTING ARROWS. They thud into his chest ... he
pulls them out, CHARGING THE NATIVES in a FURY!

EXT. BEACH - DAY

The "VENTURE'S" REINFORCEMENTS arrive on the beach lust as DENHAM,
ENGLEHORN and the 3 SAILORS come running out of the JUNGLE. Behind them
KONG can be seen smashing his way towards the beach!

DENHAM THROWS HIMSELF in one of the BOATS.

DENHAM
(screaming)
Get outta here!

JACK and ANN race out of the TUNNELS and onto the BEACH ... just as
KONG CHARGES UP BEHIND THEM! They get halfway across the sand before
KONG scoops ANN up triumphantly! He strides past JACK ... Without
hesitation JACK THROWS THE SPEAR with all his might ... into the BACK
of KONG'S LEG, just behind the knee!

KONG ROARS in pain as his leg collapses , sending him SPRAWLING on the
sand ... still clutching ANN protectively.

DENHAM leaps out of the BOAT, brandishing a new TOMMY GUN. Staying out
of reach, he aims at KONG'S HEAD ... squeezes the trigger ... ANN
SCREAMS!

DENHAM HESITATES - as if a sudden thought enters his head. He swings
the aim onto KONG'S KNEES ... and FIRES!

KONG ROARS! He releases ANN onto the beach. SAILORS leap out of the
BOATS as DENHAM starts CLUBBING KONG with the GUN-BUTT.

DENHAM (CONT'D)
Don't kill him, boys ... knock him out cold! I want him alive!

The SAILORS attack KONG, clubbing him on the head with GUN-BUTTS and
OARS.

ANN
( screaming)
Stop' No! Leave him.'

ANN rushes towards the SAILORS. JACK grabs her ... pulls her away.

ANN (CONT'D)
(pleading)
Stop them Jack! ... NO! ! !

KONG'S POV ... ANN being restrained by JACK, TEARS streaming down her
face. GROTESQUE FLASHES of SAILOR'S FACES filled with hate - clubbing
... Distorted sound of YELLING ... CLUBBING ... SOUNDS FADE - except
for ANN'S VOICE ...

ANN (CONT'D)
(sobbing)
I'm sorry ... I'm so sorry ...

A FILM OF WATER washes over KONG'S POV ...

SLOW FADE TO BLACK.

CLOSE ON DENHAM ... lights a CIGAR.

The SAILORS are surrounding the UNCONSCIOUS KONG on the beach.

DENHAM
(triumphant)
Well done boys! We came to shoot a motion picture, but we're taking
back something far greater than any movie you could imagine! I can see
it now ... his name in lights! "King Kong - the Eighth Wonder of the
World"!

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