Leviathan (1989 film) script
Synopsis: Leviathan is a 1989 Italian-American science fiction horror film directed by George P. Cosmatos and written by David Webb Peoples and Jeb Stuart. It stars Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Ernie Hudson, and Daniel Stern as the crew of an underwater geological facility as stalked and by a hideous mutant creature. It's creature effects were designed by Academy Award-winning special effects artist Stan Winston. The film was released around the same time as other, similarly-themed 'underwater' science fiction and horror films including The Abyss and DeepStar Six, and received mixed reviews from critics, citing numerous similarities to films such as Alien and The Thing.

FACE IN ON:

THE SURFACE OF THE OCEAN

sunny and placid then slowly WE BEGIN DESCENDING UNDERWATER

Moving down from the bright surface waters, through layers

of fish and marine life...

A school of vibrantly colored fish move with the current,

their numbers are enormous, their movements in unison.

Suddenly out of the darkness a barracuda cuts through the

school, taking out four or five before disappearing into the

shadows. The school moves on as if nothing happened,

quickly closing ranks where the missing ones swam only

seconds before.

WE MOVE DEEPER AND DEEPER

Fish disappear, darkness envelopes us. Cold and lifeless

where light has never penetrated...Five thousand feet, ten

thousand. Deeper, where only strange, self-illuminating

echoniderms move eerily through the currents. Then suddenly

WE HEAR STATIC from RADIO TRANSMISSION. THEN VOICES...

JONES:

Burritos...Enchiladas...

DEJESUS:

(hispanic voice)

Oh, gag, man, how can you eat that

stuff?...

BOWMAN:

(female)

I can't wait for fresh vegetables...

Several voices suddenly break into argument..."vegetables?"

"shit," "burgers"...Suddenly another voice rises above the

others.

BECK'S VOICE/ RADIO

Okay, cut the chatter. You're

not out of here, yet. Who's the

hook? Seven?...You got a hook on

container 22?

A pause, then more voices.

SIXPACK'S VOICE/ RADIO

(redneck drawl)

The man's asking if you're hooked

on 22, you dumb shit.

JONES' VOICE/ RADIO

Watch your mouth, Sixpack. Hello,

Shack, Seven, here. I ain't the hook,

over.

A light flares out of the darkness, suddenly illuminating an

IMMENSE SHAPE--fifteen hundred pounds of hardened metal

nearly seven feet tall. It is a motorized diving suit and

we see the stenciled name, WILLIE across the front

breastplate. As it pivots we see the stationary worklights

around the base of a large underwater mining operation, THE

SHACK. Then a woman's voice.

WILLIE'S VOICE

(woman's voice)

Six to Shack. I'm the hook.

INSIDE THE SHACK/ CONTROL ROOM

littered with papers, half-full coffee cups, and a confusion

of wires and very low-tech, high-tech equipment BECK sits at

the monitor controls. He is younger than we expected,

twenties, clean cut good looks. He'll be a hell of a good-

looking man at thirty-five, he just needs to be hardened.

From the looks of the coffee cups around him he's on his

way.

BECK'S VOICE/ RADIO

Okay, Six, let's wrap this container

and call it a day.

Above him a bank of monitor screens. Each one labeled with

a crew member's name and providing a video picture from a

camera mounted on their helmet. Beck reaches above him and

throws a console switch which activates another monitor

labeled ROV. With a joystick he manipulates an outside

camera(the ROV), its picture we see on the monitor. It is

moving.

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David Peoples

David Webb Peoples (born c. 1940) is an American screenwriter, best known for the films Blade Runner, Unforgiven and Twelve Monkeys. more…

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