Twilight script
Twilight (2008)
Synopsis: High-school student Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), always a bit of a misfit, doesn't expect life to change much when she moves from sunny Arizona to rainy Washington state. Then she meets Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a handsome but mysterious teen whose eyes seem to peer directly into her soul. Edward is a vampire whose family does not drink blood, and Bella, far from being frightened, enters into a dangerous romance with her immortal soulmate.

FADE IN:

1 EXT. RAIN FOREST, OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, WASHINGTON - DAWN

Moss-draped. Shadow-drenched. Tortured tree trunks twist

upward, reaching for rare sunlight.

BELLA (V.O.)

I'd never given much thought to how I would die..

Suddenly, every creature in the forest is deadly silent. Neither

bird, beast nor insect make a noise. A predator is near.

Then, in the distance, hear a tiny SNICK - a twig snapping.

Abruptly, we're on the move. Fast.

UNKNOWN POV - MOVING

Trees start whipping past us at a dizzying speed, branches

are dodged with preternatural agility. And we're speeding

up, chasing something. It's exhilarating. Terrifying.

Finally, up ahead, we get the first glimpse of our prey -

-

A DEER:

-- running for its life as it darts through this maze of

a forest. It sprints forward, but we gain on it. Beyond the deer,

SEE the forest's edge ahead, white sunlight glowing against the

trees. The buck races for the light. We're just behind it,

about to emerge from the shadowy darkness -

-

The deer LEAPS into the light in a high arc, hovering (suddenly

SLOW MOTION) against the WHITE GLARE of the sun... then BAM!

The deer abruptly plummets out of frame at an unnatural angle,

leaving the WHITE GLARE to fill the screen. HOLD ON WHITENESS

-

BELLA (V.O.)

But dying in the place of someone I

love seems like a good way to go..

.

-- Then into the WHITENESS steps the face of -

2 ISABELLA SWAN, 172

Eyes closed against the sunlight, absorbing its rays. Long,

dark hair frames alabaster skin. She's a vulnerable,

introverted, imperfect beauty.

BELLA (V.O.)

... So I can't bring myself to

regret the decision that brought me

here to die...

The background comes into focus as we realize we're now in -

2.

EXT. SCOTTSDALE, AZ - DAY

Bella stands at the end of a cul-de-sac on the desert's edge.

The sun blazes behind her -- she bends down and carefully

scoops a tiny BARREL CACTUS into a clay pot.

BELLA (V.O.)

... The decision to leave home.

She stares at the cactus in a state of reverie, until

BLONDE #1 (O.S.)

Bye, Bella!

BELLA'S POV - McMansion ACROSS THE STREET

Three tanned, athletic, blonde GIRLS hop into a convertible

Mercedes. Their flawless, bought-and-paid for beauty contrasts

with Bella's pale naturalness. They wave.

BLONDE #

Good luck at your new school!

They ADLIB superficial good wishes, "Don't forget to write;"

"We'll miss you." Bella waves back, sweetly, but

halfheartedly as she steps off the curb.

BELLA:

Have a good..

--and trips. When she rights herself, they're already gone.

BELLA:

... life.

Clearly, not close friends. Bella's grown-up demeanor and

innate intelligence become apparent as -

-

BELLA'S MOTHER, RENE, mid 30's --exits their house --it's

low rent for this ritzy neighborhood. Rene is eclectic,

scattered, anxious, more best friend than parent. She

thrusts a cell phone at Bella.

RENE:

It won't work again, baby.

BELLA:

You put it on hold.

RENE:

I did?

BELLA:

Look. You also called Mexico.

Rene pushes her playfully, they laugh.

3.

RENE:

I'll figure it out. You gotta be able

to reach me and Phil on the road -

I:

love saying that - on the road.

BELLA:

Very romantic.

PHIL, 31, good looking with an athlete's body, exits the

house, carrying Bella's three suitcases with ease.

PHIL:

If you call crappy motels, backwater

towns and ballpark hot dogs romantic.

He puts his Phoenix Desert Dogs baseball hat on Rene's head with

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Melissa Rosenberg

Melissa Anne Rosenberg (born August 28, 1962) is an American screenwriter. She has worked in both film and television and has been nominated for two Emmy Awards, and two Writers Guild of America Awards. She won a Peabody Award. Since joining the Writers Guild of America, she has been involved in its Board of Directors and was a strike captain during the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. She supports female screenwriters through the WGA Diversity Committee and co-founded the League of Hollywood Women Writers. more…

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