Jumanji script
Jumanji (1995)
Synopsis: Jumanji is a 1995 American adventure fantasy film directed by Joe Johnston. It is an adaptation of the 1981 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The film was written by Greg Taylor, Jonathan Hensleigh, and Jim Strain, and stars Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde, and Bebe Neuwirth. The special effects were provided by Industrial Light & Magic for computer graphic elements and Amalgamated Dynamics for animatronics components. The film was dedicated to visual effects supervisor Stephen L. Price, who died before the film's release.

FADE IN:

INT. HIGH SCHOOL - CLASSROOM – DAY

DR. MCNAMARA, a large, mustached man addresses his students from

a podium.

DR. MCNAMARA

And so our protagonist in “The Most

Dangerous Game” finds himself being

hunted like a wild animal by the

antagonist.

He crosses to the whiteboard and writes down some notes.

DR. MCNAMARA

So we’ve got... “man versus man,”

“man versus nature,” and... “man

versus self.”

The students don’t seem to be paying much attention. One in

particular, ERIC TOWNSEND (18), is busy fiddling with a

paperclip and a rubber band. He is of medium height with a lean

build, and appears more depressed than bored.

DR. MCNAMARA

Now, the first two themes are pretty

easy to identify, but who can give us

some more information on the last one?

Anybody?

A few students raise their hands. Eric glances around briefly,

then returns to what he was doing.

Dr. MCNAMARA (O.S.)

Michael?

MICHAEL (O.S.)

Rainsford is fighting to keep his

head while he’s in the jungle.

DR. MCNAMARA (O.S.)

Good.

Eric stretches the rubber band between his left thumb and right

index finger, and carefully inserts the paperclip like a

makeshift slingshot.

DR. MCNAMARA

Rainsford has to keep reminding

himself, fighting with himself, to

keep his sanity even though he knows

his life is in danger.

Eric sets his aim on a nearby trash can and pulls the paperclip

back...

DR. MCNAMARA (CONT’D)

He knows it’s a struggle for survival,

and if he doesn’t keep a cool head

he’ll end up over Zarkov’s mantel!

The rubber band slips off Eric’s thumb and snaps back, hitting

him in the eye.

ERIC:

Ahh!

The entire class, including Dr. McNamara, shifts its attention

to Eric. Some of the students laugh as Eric rubs his eye.

DR. MCNAMARA

Looks like Eric’s all set to graduate,

over there.

The class laughs harder as a whole; Dr. McNamara chuckles good-

naturedly. Eric gives a little embarrassed smile.

A SCHOOLBELL rings.

INT. HIGH SCHOOL - HALLWAY – DAY

Students of every conceivable stereotype are talking with

friends, milling about or walking in and out of classrooms.

Eric is standing with his locker wide open exchanging books for

his next class. He sighs.

As he SLAMS his locker shut, KRYSTYL APPLEGATE (16) is revealed

to be leaning against the other lockers, smirking. She is a

short, slender girl with tranquil green eyes. Most notable is

her brilliant red hair; the same color as a freshly minted

copper penny.

KRYSTYL:

Hey, you.

Eric turns, and his dull face brightens.

ERIC:

Hey, Krystyl. What’s going on?

KRYSTYL:

Not too much. Haven’t seen you

around, lately...

ERIC:

(Defensive)

Hey, we seniors have a lot to do.

Got to tie up all loose ends before

I’m thrown out into the “real world”

all kicking and screaming...

KRYSTYL:

Oh, don’t be so dramatic about it.

Are you coming to the party next

weekend?

ERIC:

Yeah, probably.

KRYSTYL:

“Probably?” You have to! We all

have to spend as much time together

as we can before half the group

leaves for college in the fall!

Eric once again assumes a dour look. Krystyl looks concerned.

KRYSTYL:

Eric, what’s the matter?

She reaches out and rubs his arm gently.

KRYSTYL (CONT’D)

I feel like you’re avoiding us.

And every time somebody mentions

college or graduating or whatever,

you always get that look on your

face. What’s wrong; aren’t you

excited?

Eric shrugs. Krystyl lets go of his arm and gesticulates.

KRYSTYL (CONT’D)

How can you not be?! I mean, two

months left of high school, then you

have the entire summer to party, and

then at the end of August, fwoosh!

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Greg Taylor

Greg Taylor (born 1951) is an American author of books for children and young adults. He is also a screenwriter of films including Jumanji and Prancer. more…

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