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

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Stacy Dohm
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« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2007, 11:34:29 pm »

A DEAFENING ROAR!!! DENHAM looks up AWE-STRUCK as KONG STARTS TEARING
FREE of his CHAINS in SLOW MOTION!!!

The AUDIENCE SCREAM and PANIC ... The JOURNALISTS SCATTER, sweeping ANN
off the STAGE, into the STALLS.

With a MIGHTY FLOURISH, KONG rips off the WAIST RESTRAINTS and IS FREE!
The AUDIENCE are BLOCKING the EXITS in their PANIC ... The THEATRE is
PACKED!

The STAGE has cleared apart from DENHAM who stands mesmerized by KONG
... he steps back fearfully, falling on his bottom. KONG BEATS HIS
CHEST, ROARS ... and STEPS ONTO DENHAM!! DENHAM'S ARMS and LEGS SPASM
beneath KONG'S FOOT as he is GROUND INTO OBLIVION!

KONG LEAPS from the stage into the FRONT ROWS ... He STOMPS and RIPS UP
SEATS - with people still in them!

ANN is in danger of being CRUSHED BY THE CROWD who are FLOODING TOWARDS
a SIDE EXIT DOOR ... She falls under feet ... JACK suddenly pulls her
up and hugs her as the TIDE pushes them towards the door.

KONG is below the BALCONY LEVEL ... He uses AMAZING STRENGTH to PUSH
THE BALCONY UP, sending DOZENS OF PEOPLE plummeting into the STALLS. He
THROWS a HUGE PIECE of BALCONY at a CROWD OF PANICKING PEOPLE.

KONG sees ANN and JACK stream out of the EXIT DOOR to the street beyond
...

EXT. BROADWAY - NIGHT

JACK pulls ANN - CRYING and PROTESTING - down the SIDEWALK.

Behind them, the VAST THEATRE WALL explodes onto the street, showering
PEOPLE and CARS with BRICKS and STEEL ... KONG strides into the MIDDLE
OF THE ROAD!!!

CARS drive into KONG'S LEGS ... he smashes his fists onto ' their
ROOFS.  OTHER ... pile into each other ... into SHOP FRONTAGES - it's
MAJOR PANIC TIME.

CAR WINDSCREEN POV ... KONG STOMPS on the CAR in FRONT, LIFTS FOOT and
STOMPS over CAMERA.

EXT. ALLEY - NIGHT

JACK hurries down an ALLEY., still towing ANN. She is ANGRY ...
TEARFUL.

ANN
Jesus Christ ! How could you do this to him? How could you do this?

JACK
(agitated)
Come on, come on! We gotta keep moving!

ANN
( sobbing)
He's gonna die! They'll kill him!

JACK
(angry)
Take to look out there ..- Have you seen what he's done? You're talking
about a crazy animal!

ANN
(screaming)
You're the animals - all of you!

She pulls away from JACK.

ANN (CONT'D)
I'm going to him!

JACK blocks her path.

JACK
I can't let you do that ...

JACK socks ANN on the JAW ... she collapses into his arms!

EXT. STREET - NIGHT

JACK runs - with ANN SLUNG OVER HIS SHOULDER - towards a CAB in the
middle of A BUSY STREET - TRAFFIC is snarled up due to KONG'S rampage a
couple of blocks away -although there is no sign of KONG on this
street.

INT. CAB - NIGHT

JACK slides ANN into the CAB.

JACK
(urgent)
Get the hell outta here!

CAB DRIVER
Listen buddy ... I can only go as fast as the guy in front!
(honks horn)
What is this ... Is the president in town?

JACK
There's a twenty-five foot gorilla on the loose.

Looking from the BACK SEAT as the CAB DRIVER turns to JACK.

CAB DRIVER
And I'm Rudolph Valentino!

KONG STRIDES INTO THE STREET AHEAD!

CLOSE ON CAB DRIVER'S face as he sees KONG! Without hesitation, he
leaps out of the CAB and flees into the night!

POV from BACK SEAT OF CAB ... As KONG comes closer -OVERTURNING CARS
and SMASHING HIS FISTS on them. PANICKED DRIVERS PILE into each other.
JACK desperately tries his door, but they are WEDGED IN by CARS either
side.

KONG LIFTS THE CAR directly in front - HIGH ABOVE HIS HEAD, throwing it
into a BUILDING.

JACK clambers over the FRONT SEAT ... as KONG leans over his CAB -
LIFTING IT UP!

KONG'S HUGE EYES glance in the WINDOW as he prepares to THROW THE CAB
... He sees ANN!

EXT/INT. STREETS/CAB - NIGHT

ROARING with TRIUMPH, KONG gently lowers the CAB down.

CLOSE ON JACK'S FOOT depresses ACCELERATOR.

WHEELS are SPINNING WILDLY at the moment the CAB touches down on the
STREET ... In a CLOUD OF BURNING RUBBER, the CAB rips free of KONG'S
GRIP, speeding down the ROAD, weaving in and out of the path cut by
KONG'S DESTRUCTION.

KONG BOUNDS AFTER THE CAB, running on FOURS with incredible speed.

JACK crosses an INTERSECTION, driving up on the SIDEWALK to get a
CLEARER DRIVING LANE ... PEDESTRIANS scatter - not only from the CAB,
but from KONG who is in HOT PURSUIT.

The CAB SLEWS across the STREET, disappearing up a TINY ALLEY., only
just wide enough for the CAB, but TOO NARROW for KONG.

JACK glances back at KONG ROARING with frustration at the ALI.ALLEY
ENTRANCE.

EXT/INT. HERALD SQ/CAB - NIGHT

JACK speeds out of the ALLEY and CROSSES the TRAFFIC FLOW, causing much
BRAKING and HORN action. He gets SLOWED in THICK TRAFFIC ...

KONG LEAPS from a 7 STORY BUILDING onto the street ... RIGHT IN FRONT
OF JACK'S CAB!!!

JACK SWERVES onto the SIDEWALK, accelerating straight through a PLATE
GLASS DISPLAY WINDOW into...

INT. MACYS - NIGHT

MACYS DEPARTMENT STORE!!!

ANN groggily WAKES ... as JACK steers the CAB wildly through AILSES of
CLOTHING, scattering SHOPPERS in all directions!

KONG CRASHES INTO the SHOP in PURSUIT! The 15 foot height is too low
for him to stand, but he BOUNDS ALONG on his KNUCKLES.

JACK sends the CAB into a couple of TIGHT TURNS ... at the speed KONG
is traveling, he SLIDES on the POLISHED FLOORS at each turn, wiping out
an area the size of a tennis court before regaining his grip.

JACK rounds a bend and DRIVES straight into a CAMPING EQUIPMENT
DISPLAY!  TENTS collapse - covering the CAB, before it. SLAMS into a
WALL.. JACK and ANN are thrown forward on IMPACT.

KONG slides around the corner and BOUNDS PAST THE COVERED CAB ... He
desperately looks around for JACK and ANN ... getting ANXIOUS and
ENRAGED! KONG smashes his way out of MACYS, into 35th STREET.

ANN rises in the back seat.

JACK
It's ok, we're safe. He's out on the street ... What are you doing?

ANN climbs out of the car and HEADS TOWARDS THE STREET!

ANN
Goodbye Jack ...

JACK runs after her.

JACK
Are you nuts? Come on - I'm not gonna let you get killed!

EXT. 35TH STREET - NIGHT

ANN walks into the middle of the road ...

ANN
He won't harm me ...
(yelling)
Kong !

KONG is 50 yards away ... he sees ANN, ROARS and WALKS TOWARDS her on
his KNUCKLES.

JACK runs up to ANN. Go ... Please Ann, I ...care about you! Ann ......
love you.

ANN stares at him for a long moment ... KONG is looming up behind her.

ANN (CONT'D)
Jack ... you don't know what love is.

KONG'S HAND gently lifts her up ... without breaking his stride, KONG
walks straight past JACK.

JACK
Ann ... Ann!

ANN
It' s alright Jack ... it' s alright.

JACK watches ANN disappear into the night ... TEARS well up in his EYES
... for a moment he angrily fights them off . . .

JACK STARTS CRYING. They are the tears of a 17 year old boy alone in
the battlefield ...

JACK slides down the wall of the EMPTY STREET, head in hands, SOBBING
LOUDLY.

EXT. MID-TOWN/STREETS & ROOFTOPS - NIGHT
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