EXT. LOGGING CAMP/SUMATRAN MOUNTAINS - DAY
MONTAGE SuMATRAN LUMBERJACKS are working at fever pitch, clearing a
RAIN FOREST ... SAWS and AXES rip into the TREES ... They CRASH to the
ground. A PRIMITIVE SAWMILL works the LOGS in ROUGH-SAWN TIMBERS.
WIDE Several ACRES has been stripped. The FOREMAN watches with
satisfaction as the last solitary TREE in this block is attacked by two
JACK pulls up in his truck.
Hey, great work! You guys have earned yourselves a bonus!
JACK leaps out of the TRUCK as the LAST TREE starts to splinter ...
suddenly a TERRIFIED SCREAM comes out of the top most branches of the
tree. The FOREMAN looks sick.
The SCREAM continues as the TREE slowly topples to the ground with a
THUNDERING CRASH ... SUDDEN SILENCE.
Goddamn monkeys. They piss me off!
JACK strides into a makeshift wooden hut ...
INT. LOGGING OFFICE - DAY
The sooner we clear this rain forest the better.
The OFFICE is functional and tidy.
THE SOUND OF PANIC ... JACK turns as TENKU - a SAW MILL WORKER is
carried into the office with a NASTY INJURY to his LEG.
Tenku hurt pretty bad, boss!
JACK clears the desk with a sweep of his arm ... They lay the TENKIU
down. JACK looks at the WOUND ... A NASTY SHARD OF METAL - the size of
a DINNER KNIFE - is embedded in his leg. JACK GRINS at TENKU, clearly
not wanting to alarm him.
Hey, it's just a splinter.
JACK takes a grip of the METAL SHARD ...
How's Mrs Tenku? She must be close.
Baby due any day ... ARRGHH!!
JACK suddenly pulls the SHARD OUT. WORKERS close in, wrapping the WOUND
Ok boys ... Take him to hospital! Quick now!
TENKU is carried outside as a SAW MILL VEHICLE pulls up.
CLOSE ON A SAFE ... JACK quickly takes a wad of BANKNOTES and slips
them into an ENVELOPE.
EXT. LOGGING CAMP/SUMATRAN MOUNTAINS - DAY
TENKU is slid into the BACK SEAT of the CAR. JACK strides out of the
Hey! You wanna be more careful!
JACK leans in, slipping the ENVELOPE into TENKU'S HAND.
You dropped this in my office.
TENKU gives JACK a GRATEFUL toothless GRIN as the DOOR SLAMS SHUT and
the CAR roars away.
AN EERIE ANIMAL ROAR suddenly echoes across the valley. The ENTIRE SITE
pauses as WORKER look around, trying to figure out where this FEARFUL
SOUND is coming from ...
EXT. SUMATRAN HIGHLANDS - DAY
ROAR CONTINUES ... over a slow pan across a misty ridge-line ...
EXT. JUNGLE CLEARING - DAY
ROAR CONTINUES... PAR onto CARL DENHAM roaring into a MEGAPHONE! He is
sitting in one of TWO VEHICLES, parked just off the road, on the edge
of a clearing. Several CREW MEMBERS from the ship are perched on the
vehicles, including PEEK and KURT. MR GINTING, and TWO SUMATRAN GUIDES
look nervously around, clutching RIFLES.
DENHAM lowers the megaphone looking very satisfied with himself ...
The sound of a wounded warthog ... a little trick I picked up from the
Tau Tau people of New Guinea! Keep you're eye to the eyepiece, Herb! We
won't be waiting long.
HERB has the camera set up in the middle of the clearing, his lens
staring into the thick, dark jungle that lies ahead ... he looks alone
DENHAM throws a huge lump of BLOODY RAW MEAT into the clearing ... it
lands at HERB'S feet ... he swallows nervously. DENHAM settles back
into his seat, lighting a LARGE CIGAR.
Tell me Mr Ginting - are there any parts of your country where people
still wear ... native costume?
Y'know ... traditional ceremonies where the woman ... divest themselves
of their undergarments.
DENHAM gestures at his chest ... MR GINTiNG is confused.
Hooters, Mr Ginting. There's nothing the public like to see more than
PEEK sniggers. MR GINTING frowns.
We are a very modest and deeply religious people, Mr Denham.
That's too bad.
A NOISE from the jungle - DENHAM suddenly leaps to his feet.
He's close, boys - Roll camera! Roll sound!
HERB rolls camera ... the WHIRRING MOTOR is the only sound in the
clearing - even the BIRDS are suddenly quiet ...BRANCHES SNAPPING ...
LEAVES SHAKING -SOMETHING is approaching from inside the dense jungle
TENSE FACES! DENHAM ... MR GINTING ... KURT ... HERB wipes a bead of
sweat from his brow without taking his eye off the eyepiece ... A GASP
is heard from the GROUP as the bushes part and out steps the mighty ...
SUMATRAN TIGER! It warily steps into the clearing, regarding HERB with
suspicion. He can barely breath as he pans, following the TIGER'S
Looking good Herb! Stand by for the roar ... here we go!
DENHAM lowers his MEGAPHONE and throws a large STONE, hitting the TIGER
on the back! The TIGER ROARS!
Boy! Were those teeth in focus, Herb?
The TIGER sniffs the meat ... REJECTS IT ...
He doesn't want the meat ...
He SNARLS AT HERB ...
MR GINTING (CONT'D)
A man eater! Fantastic!
Making history, Herb
For Gods sake! Get him outta there!
Just a few more seconds ...
The TIGER suddenly springs on HERB! The cameraman SCREAMS as he topples
backwards - CAMERA, TRIPOD and TIGER landing on top of him!
For a moment, all ONLOOKERS are frozen in their VEHICLES ... MR GINTING
suddenly raises his RIFLE and fires ...
EXT. SUMATRAN DIG - DAY
BANG! BANG! GUNSHOTS echo across the dig site. EVERYBODY stops - looks
around ... LORD DARROW races out of a tent.
AT THAT MOMENT ... The TIGER races out of undergrowth, charging
STRAIGHT THROUGH THE CAMP!!
BRIEF IMAGES FLEETING GLIMPSES of the TIGER, racing through the camp -
leaping tables, crashing through tents ... PEOPLE are running, diving,
grabbing RIFLES. ANN pushes a SUMATRAN MAID clear of the TIGER.
VEHICLES suddenly BURST OUT OF THE TREES and career wildly through the
camp! The SUMATRAN? RAN GUIDES are SHOOTING at the fleeing TIGER ...
HERB - battered and bleeding - is FILMING from one of the bouncing
vehicles! DENHAM is balancing in the front seat with a look of EUPHORIA
- like a general leading a CAVALRY CHARGE.
The vehicles do MORE DAMAGE than the TIGER! ANCIENT STATUES are BODE
OVER, GUY ROPES snag on the cars -RIPPING TENTS OUT OF THE GROUND,
LUNCH TABLES are destroyed. PEOPLE that lept away from the TIGER have
to LEAP-- FURTHER to avoid the SPEEDING CARS!
BANG! BANG! The TIGER does a HUGE LEAP as BULLETS whizz by ...
RICOCHETING OFF THE BUDDHA in the BG!!! Lumps of ROTTEN STONE fly off
in clouds of dust.
The TIGER bounds up the bank beside the BUDDHA and DISAPPEARS into the
LORD DARROW runs at the VEHICLES.
LORD DARROW (CONT'D)
Stop it! You idiots!
ANN races towards her FATHER as the vehicles SLIDE TO A HALT at the
foot of the cliff BELOW THE BUDDHA.
These are priceless artifacts! They're ruining the site!
(quietly to kurt)
Who is this limey asshole?
KURT SHRUGS ... LORD DARROW hurries towards the VEHICLES.
Out! Out! All of you! We have been issued with an exclusive permit -
Father ... Father!
THE BUDDHA ... Bullet hits have blown lumps of stone away, revealing a
creepy BRONZE STATUE - concealed beneath the thin "Buddha" shaped outer
layer. Only a small section is revealed, but it is clear that the
BRONZE FIGURE is that of an ANIMAL ...
What the ...
LORD DARROW rushes up the slope to the STATUE ... He hits the STONE
VENEER with his stick - once, twice, on the THIRD BLOW, the remainder
of the "Buddha" shell suddenly CRUMBLES AWAY and falls in a heap on the
Exposed for the first time in nearly 800 years is the STATUE OF A
FRIGHTENING ANIMAL ... an APE-LIKE creature -FACE SNARLING with
fearsome RAGE ... bristled fur ... taloned hands. It sits atop a pile
of REAL HUMAN SKULLS, integrated into the bronze work. At the base of
the statue - PANELS OF HIEROGLYPHIC-TYPE INSCRIPTION. An ancient piece
of frightening art ... it sends the GROUP into STUNNED SILENCE.
LORD DARROW (CONT'D)
God Lord ... I don't believe it.
LOW ANGLE ... LORD DARROW turns to face the GROUP, the STATUE filling
the frame behind him. The old man's eyes blaze with obsessive
LORD DARROW (CONT'D)
Behold ... the Beast God ... KONG!
MR GINTING backs away, TREBLING.
Worshipped by a savage race ... "Talak e a Kong" The Cult of the Beast
God - until now a myth ... a superstition.
The SUMATRANS are all backing away. The EUROPEANS stare at the STATUE -
KURT moves closer, studying the HIEROGLYPHICS on a panel that seems to
contain a CRUDE MAP. The ATMOSPHERE is mesmerizing. SILENCE ...
That was great your Lordship! Now, if you wouldn't mind - just repeat
that and we'll get it from another angle. Exact same words please!
HERB has been filming LORD DARROW!
No photography!!! Turn that thing off!
DENHAM climbs out of his VEHICLE ...
Hi - Carl Denham. I'm A big admirer of your work, sir. I've loved all
your discoveries. I really want to work closely with you on this
incredible find. It'll be good for you and good for me.
Look Mr Denham - you're not welcome here. Just pack up your cameras and
DENHAM'S face CLOUDS WITH ANGER.
I don't take orders from women in trousers. Herb! Get a close-up of the
HERB carries the TRIPOD and CAMERA towards the STATUE.
DOUGLAS suddenly rushes forward, pushing HERB away ... In a split
second - KURT punches DOUGLAS to the ground, knocking him out!
A GUN COCKS ... ANN has snatched a RIFLE from the CAR. She aims it at
KURT ... he backs away.
Have you got a hearing problem? Get out.
DENHAM'S GROUP climb into their vehicles.
You just made a big mistake, lady. This is a public place - I know my
rights! Charles Lindburg's lawyer's a personal friend of mine. I'm
gonna put you people in litigation hell for the next five years!
INT. VENTURE - DUSK
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