Independence Day script
Synopsis: In the epic adventure film "Independence Day," strange phenomena surface around the globe. The skies ignite. Terror races through the world's major cities. As these extraordinary events unfold, it becomes increasingly clear that a force of incredible magnitude has arrived; its mission: total annihilation over the Fourth of July weekend. The last hope to stop the destruction is an unlikely group of people united by fate and unimaginable circumstances.

AN AMERICAN FLAG

Oddly still, posted in gray dusty sand.

WIDEN TO REVEAL:

EXT. LUNAR SURFACE - THE MOON

One small step for man, one large pile of garbage for moon-

kind. Untouched for years, the flag stands next to the

castoff remains of the Apollo mission. Slowly the discarded

equipment begins to RATTLE and SHAKE.

AN ENORMOUS SHADOW creeps towards us blotting out the horizon,

a loud RUMBLE is heard.

Suddenly we are covered in DARKNESS as the SHADOW engulfs us.

Only the lonely image of our EARTH hangs in the air, until a

huge silhouetted OBJECT suddenly blocks our view.

CUT TO:

EXT. NEW MEXICO - RADIO TELESCOPE VALLEY - NIGHT

A field of large satellite dishes scan the skies.

Super up:
S.E.T.I. INSTITUTE, NEW MEXICO

INT. INSTITUTE - MONITORING CONTROL CENTER - SAME

A lone TECHNICIAN works on his putting skills. Behind him,

wall to wall technical equipment quietly sifts through data.

A RED LIGHT begins to flash.

The Technician turns and slowly walks towards the source. One

by one a series of LIGHTS turn on. The Technician (TECH ONE)

grabs a pair of headphones. His eyes widen.

INT. SLEEPING QUARTERS - SAME

Sleepily a SUPERVISOR picks up the phone.

SUPERVISOR:

If this isn't an insanely

beautiful woman, I'm hanging up.

INT. CONTROL CENTER - SAME

TECH ONE:

Shut up and listen.

He holds the phone up to a speaker, increases the volume. A

strange FLUCTUATING TONE plays out in sequential patterns.

INT. SLEEPING QUARTERS - SAME

HEARING it, the Supervisor BOLTS UP, banging his head on the

bunk above him.

INT. CONTROL CENTER - MOMENTS LATER

A pajama party on acid. Five other technicians, in various

states of undress, hover anxiously around the main console.

The Supervisor enters, tying his robe.

SUPERVISOR:

God, I hope it's not just another

damned Russian spy job.

TECH THREE:

(overlapping)

Negative. Computer affirms the

signal is unidentified.

TECH TWO:

(hanging up the phone)

The boy from Air Res Traffic say the

skies are clear. No terrestrial

launches.

TECH ONE:

It's the real thing. A radio

signal from another world.

The room becomes quiet as they realize that after years of

searching the heavens, they might have finally found

something.

SUPERVISOR:

Let's not jump the gun. Run a

trajectory source computation.

Tech Three slides over to another computer.

SUPERVISOR (cont'd)

I want to know exactly where it's

coming from.

TECH THREE:

This can't be right.

Tech Three just stares at his screen in disbelief.

SUPERVISOR:

What's wrong?

TECH THREE:

Calculated distance from source is

at three hundred and eight five

thousand kilometers.

(turning to Supervisor)

It's coming from the moon.

The Supervisor reaches over and turns up the volume on the

speaker. As they listen to the strange TONES we...

CUT TO:

INT. HALLWAY - PENTAGON - SAME

Elevator doors OPENS revealing four star GENERAL GREY,

Commander in Chief U.S. Space Command. Understandably

nervous, the COMMANDING OFFICER escorts him down the hall.

GENERAL GREY:

Who else knows about this?

COMMANDING OFFICER

S.E.T.I. in New Mexico identified a

signal but they're even more

confused than we are.

The General shoots him a disapproving glance.

COMMANDING OFFICER

Excuse me, Sir.

He slides his security card through the lock and the doors fly

open.

INT. SPACE COMMAND - THE PENTAGON - CONTINUOUS

Banks of computers, Technicians and assistants working

feverishly through the night. The Officers cross the room.

Super:
SPACE COMMAND - THE PENTAGON

COMMANDING OFFICER

Satellite reception has been

impaired but we were able to get

these.

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Dean Devlin

Dean Devlin is an American screenwriter, producer, television director and former actor. He is the founder of the production company Electric Entertainment. more…

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