Crawling off its nest, leaving its eggs exposed.
1 EXT. MORUROA ATOLL ISLANDS, FRENCH POLYNESIA - PACIFIC1
Grainy, Kodak color, nineteen sixties documentary
footage of a beautiful Polynesian island. We SEE quick
shots of Kimono Dragons, Gila Monsters and Chameleons
all in their natural tropical environment.
Moruro Atoll Islands, French Polynesia - June
Incongruously over this jungle environment we HEAR a
static ridden radio filtered VOICE, slowly counting down
in French. It is almost as through the reptiles of the
island are reacting to the countdown as they anxiously
Suddenly with a brilliant FLASH OF WHITE LIGHT, a
nuclear EXPLOSION mushrooms into the sky.
We SEE a SERIES of REAL shots of footage of some of the
over one hundred and sixty official nuclear tests the
French government held in this tropical region.
Explosion after explosion devastates the locale. One
building after the next, accelerating in momentum,
culminating in one final EXPLOSION.
The cloud-filled sky begins to drizzle. The ash-like
fallout drifts downward onto what's left of the islands
We FOLLOW this ash as it settles next to a dead reptile,
unrecognizable now, and down onto what's left of the
Suddenly the image clears from the grainy footage to
clean, modern high resolution. We ZOOM IN on one of the
eggs as it slowly gets buried in the falling ash. WE
continue to push in, getting closer...closer...
SMASH CUT TO:
2 EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - OIL TANKER - RAINSTORM - NIGHT2
Smashing through the choppy waters, barely by the storm
we SEE the CORI AKIDO, a Japanese oil supertanker.
Pacific Ocean, present day
3 INT. CORI AKIDO - BRIDGE - NIGHT3
We TRACK across the complicated computerized
navigational console that is actually steering the
immense ship. In the b.g. we HEAR a Japanese t.v.
At the end of the console is the ship's SKIPPER, an
overweight Japanese seaman sleepily watches a snowy
satellite broadcast of a Sumo wrestling match.
Suddenly the SONAR blares out a warning ALARM. Startled,
the Skipper awakes and stumbles out of his chair over to
The SONAR displays an enormous MASS heading quickly
toward the ship. The Skipper's eyes go wide. He hits a
KLAXON alarm, awaking the entire ship. He presses the
Captain. This is the bridge. We have
4 INT. SUPERTANKER'S HALLWAYS - SAME - NIGHT4
Alarms BLARING. The crew rushes out of their quarters
and into the hall. Quickly they race for the upper
5 INT. OTHER HALLWAY - BY KITCHEN5
The ship's elderly COOK pokes his head out of the
kitchen and yells at some of the crew as they pass by.
What's going on? What's happening?
Before anyone can answer, the ship is ROCKED by an
enormous THUD as something hits the side of the immense
ship. The crew TUMBLES as the ship SWAYS VIOLENTLY.
The old Cook is thrown to the floor. He looks up
6 INT. BRIDGE - SAME - NIGHT6
The CAPTAIN enters quickly, joining the Skipper at the
What was that!?
I can't tell...
Again, the ship is HIT. An enormous CRASHING SOUND is
HEARD as the ship ROCKS to one side, tossing the Captain
and Skipper to the floor.
Suddenly we HEAR the tell-tale, famous SCREAMING WAIL of
our creature from somewhere outside. Terror shines in
the Captain's eyes at the sound.
7 INT. HALLWAYS - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT7
The crew, getting back on their feet, reacts to the
horrible WAILING SOUND.