The Butterfly Effect script
Synopsis: College student Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) is afflicted with headaches so painful that he frequently blacks out. While unconscious, Evan is able to travel back in time to difficult moments in his childhood. He can also alter the past for friends, like Kayleigh (Amy Smart), who was molested by her father (Eric Stoltz). But changing the past can drastically alter the present, and Evan finds himself in nightmarish alternate realities, including one where he's locked away in prison.

Mrs. Boswell opens the bottom drawer of her desk and pulls out a drawing. Andrea turns to stone when she sees it.


I don't understand...Evan did this?

The drawing shows a child holding a bloody knife while standing on a heap of dead bodies. It's extremely sophisticated for a seven-year old. Some of the corpses have been cut open and the insides are surprisingly anatomically correct.

Andrea sees Evan playing with Lenny, harmless as a bunny, and struggles to control her concern.


Thank you for showing it to me first. I'll...I'll take care of it. Can I have the picture?


Of course. There is one more thing, Mrs. Treborn. And I feel bad for mentioning it...




When I asked Evan about his drawing, well, he didn't remember doing it.

Andrea is visibly shaken now.


I have to go.


Andrea seems so impacted by this revelation that she cannot even start the car.


The children hang artwork on the walls in prep for Parent's Night. Each child has a picture of his or her family made from colored construction paper and macaroni. Evan's picture (no longer sophisticated) depicts his mother, Crockett and himself on a green hill. Tommy and Kayleigh's pictures each show two kids and a single father. And their 'mother' is stuck to the far end of page.

Lenny beams as he pins-up his picture of an ideal nuclear family. He looks at Tommy's picture and is confused.


You put the mommy too far away. Mrs. Boswell has macaroni and glue if you wanna fix it.

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Eric Bress

Eric Bress is an American screenwriter, film director and producer, probably best known for his work on the Final Destination series and The Butterfly Effect. He frequently collaborates with J. Mackye Gruber. His most recent project, The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, is in development. He also has another project in development Blindsighted[citation needed] with his writing partner J. Mackye Gruber. more…

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