Godzilla script
Godzilla (1998)
Synopsis: Godzilla is a 1998 American science fiction monster film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich and a reimagining of Toho's Godzilla franchise. It is the 23rd film in the Godzilla franchise and the first Godzilla film to be completely produced by a Hollywood studio.[Note 1] It stars Jean Reno, Matthew Broderick, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria and Kevin Dunn.

FADE IN:

An iguana...

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.

Super:
Moruro Atoll Islands, French Polynesia - June

1968

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

move about.

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

below.

We FOLLOW this ash as it settles next to a dead reptile,

unrecognizable now, and down onto what's left of the

lizard's eggs.

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.

Super:
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.

program playing.

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 console.

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

radio/intercom.

SKIPPER:

(in Japanese)

Captain. This is the bridge. We have

an emergency.

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

decks.

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.

COOK:

(in Japanese)

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

nervously.

6 INT. BRIDGE - SAME - NIGHT6

The CAPTAIN enters quickly, joining the Skipper at the

console.

CAPTAIN:

(in Japanese)

What was that!?

SKIPPER:

(in Japanese)

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.

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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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