Monkeybone script
Monkeybone (2001)
Synopsis: Slipping into a coma following a freakish accident, cartoonist Stu Miley (Brendan Fraser) finds himself in an incredible fantasy world known as Down Town. To return to reality, Stu has to outwit Death, herself (Whoopi Goldberg)... but one of the cartoonist's own creations, Monkeybone, has come to life and is manically intent on destroying Stu's plans to resume his life.

Why? Because he's the cartoonist who created the characters on screen.

In his looks (gangly, disheveled) and manner (sardonic, self-

deprecating), he's the obvious model for the character of STANLEY.

INT. CLASSROOM (ANIMATED)

As the monkey dance continues, we ZOOM IN on the mortified face of

LITTLE STANLEY. His eyes begin doing the familiar HYPNO-SWIRL...

INT. SHRINK'S OFFICE (ANIMATED)

A CUCKOO pops out of a wall clock. ADULT STANLEY'S THUMB pops out of his

mouth. He awakens from his trance in a cold sweat.

STANLEY:

How about it, Doc? Can you help me?

SHRINK:

Not overnight. These imaginary monkey cases take

time. I vould estimate...roughly...

On the desk is a CATALOGUE, open to a two-page spread depicting a 40-

foot CABIN CRUISER. "NEW FOR SUMMER! ONLY $229,999.95!" With his free

hand, the SHRINK is working a CALCULATOR...

SHRINK:

Twelve years and three months ought to do it.

The SHRINK hustles STANLEY to the door and shakes his hand.

STANLEY:

One question, doc - what did you mean when you

said "imaginary"?

SHRINK:

All in good time, my boy. All in good time.

The SHRINK shoves STANLEY out and slams the door behind him. Two beats.

Then he doubles over, WEEPING with LAUGHTER.

SHRINK:

Vot a crackpot! Monkey on ze back - HAH!! ROLL

OUT ZE WACKY WAGON!!

Now he notices a BACKPACK, which STANLEY has left on the couch. It

TWITCHES slightly - of its own free will.

VOICE IN BACKPACK

Imaginary, huh? You quack.

EXT. SHRINK'S BUILDING (ANIMATED)

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Sam Hamm

Sam Hamm (born November 19, 1955) is an American screenwriter. Hamm is perhaps best known for writing the screenplay for Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns. As a result of his work, he was invited to write for Detective Comics. The result was Batman: Blind Justice, which introduced Bruce Wayne's mentor, Henri Ducard, who later appeared in Batman Begins. Hamm's other screen credits include Never Cry Wolf and Monkeybone. He also wrote unused drafts for Planet of the Apes and Watchmen adaptations. more…

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