The Ghost and the Darkness script
Synopsis: Sir Robert Beaumont (Tom Wilkinson) is behind schedule on a railroad in Africa. Enlisting noted engineer John Henry Patterson (Val Kilmer) to right the ship, Beaumont expects results. Everything seems great until the crew discovers the mutilated corpse of the project's foreman (Henry Cele), seemingly killed by a lion. After several more attacks, Patterson calls in famed hunter Charles Remington (Michael Douglas), who has finally met his match in the bloodthirsty lions.

PATTERSON:

(smiling right back)

You won't have the chance.

(glancing at his watch)

Any further words of encouragement?

(silence)

Then I've a train to catch.

They look at each other a moment in silence - and it's very clear

they do not like each other. Patterson turns, leaves and we

CUT TO:

A RAILWAY STATION, IMMEDIATELY AFTER

A train is loading up. A lot of activity, a lot of noise.

Patterson stands in the midst of it, anxiously looking around.

CUT TO:

HELENA PATTERSON, hurrying through the crowd. Early 20s, with the

kind of serene beauty of Jean Simmons. She is still slim, has not

begun to show. She spots him, puts a smile on, goes straight into

his arms.

HELENA:

I tried to be late, John- it would

have been easier if you'd gone.

PATTERSON:

(They are nutty about

each other - he nods)

We're not much good at goodbyes,

Helena.

HELENA:

(brightly)

Tell me about Beaumont- does he

understand how brilliant you are,

how lucky he is to have you?

PATTERSON:

It was embarrassing- the man showered

me with compliments.

They start to walk hand in hand along the platform toward a

quieter place. Patterson is suddenly very serious-

HELENA:

Oh dear-

(beat)

-you're geting that downtrodden look

again-

PATTERSON:

-well, it's just...

(beat)

...other men don't abandon their wives

at such a time-

HELENA:

(not unkindly)

-oh please- if I'd been against your

taking this, you would have abandoned

me. You've been desperate to see Africa

your whole life.

PATTERSON:

What if there are complications?-

HELENA:

-not "what if"- there will be, there

always are. Which only means that our

"son" and I- note my confidence- will

have an excuse to come visit.

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William Goldman

William Goldman (born August 12, 1931) is an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He came to prominence in the 1950s as a novelist, before turning to writing for film. He has won two Academy Awards for his screenplays, first for the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and again for All the President's Men (1976), about journalists who broke the Watergate scandal of President Richard Nixon. Both films starred Robert Redford. more…

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