Panic Room script
Panic Room (2002)
Synopsis: Panic Room is a 2002 American thriller film directed by David Fincher and written by David Koepp. The film stars Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart as a mother and daughter whose new home is invaded by burglars, played by Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, and Dwight Yoakam.

FADE IN:

EXT. MANHATTAN - DAY

The whole island, from the south. For a second. Literally.

EXT. NEW YORK SKYLINE - DAY

Closer, just the skyline. For another second.

EXT. UPPER WEST SIDE - DAY

Closer still, the Upper West Side. For another second. No

time to waste admiring the scenery.

EXT. WEST 83RD STREET - DAY

Race across a field of PEDESTRIANS to pick up three women

hurrying down the sidewalk. LYDIA LYNCH, a real estate

broker, vaults down the sidewalk, she's got a hell of a

stride. MEG ALTMAN, thirtyish, struggles to keep up with

her, she's tall, wafer-thin, pale as a ghost. SARAH, a nine

year old girl, flat out runs to keep up, dribbling a

basketball as she goes. The kid's athletic, much tougher

than Meg, who she resembles.

Lydia reads from a sheet she carries in her bouncing hands.

LYDIA:

-- seventeen feet wide, fifty-five

feet deep, forty-two hundred square

feet, four floors with a rentable

basement apartment, so five

altogether, courtyard in back --

MEG:

Could you slow down a little?

(looking back over her

shoulder)

Or we could wait for the car...

LYDIA:

No cars. Feet are faster.

MEG:

How many more do we have after this?

LYDIA:

None, there's nothing else, you know

how tight the market is.

MEG:

This is it? I told you on the

phone, I have to be moved in in two

weeks. Sarah, please don't bounce

that here.

SARAH:

Mom, it's the sidewalk.

LYDIA:

Oh, that miserable little prick is

already leaving.

They approach a row of brownstones, narrow four story

townhouses, nice looking buildings, a hundred years old or

more. EVAN, a sour-looking man, has just locked the front

door of number 26 and is coming down the steps. He sees them

coming.

EVAN:

One day you will learn to respect

other people's time, Lydia, one day

you --

LYDIA:

Evan, I am so sorry, you were a

saint to wait for us!

CUT TO:

INT. TOWNHOUSE - FOYER - DAY

Evan throws open the front door, revealing the airy foyer of

the townhouse. The place is completely empty. He talks

fast, races through the tour. The three of them come in,

Sarah still bouncing her basketball.

EVAN:

This is the middle of the house, the

entry floor, living room's over

there. The kitchen floor's below us

and there's two bedroom floors

above.

The front door closes behind them, with a THUD so

authoritative it seems to say no one's ever getting out. Meg

tries to get her daughter's attention, to tell her to stop

bouncing the ball in the house.

EVAN:

It's an enormous amount of space for

the money and I'll be perfectly

honest, the family is in no hurry

whatsoever.

Meg whispers Sarah's name, but Sarah still ignores her, goes

on bouncing the ball.

EVAN:

I don't have to tell you there is an

acute shortage of living space in

Manhattan right now and this is a

highly unique property.

LYDIA:

No ball, kid.

Sarah immediately stops bouncing. She wanders into the

living room, peers through the big French doors, which look

out over the courtyard area. There's another row of

brownstones on the next block, and all the patios back up to

one another. It looks tranquil out there, oasis in the city.

Sarah leans up against the door, sighs, her breath fogs the

window. There is a profound melancholy about her. Meg

watches her, tries to catch eyes with her in the reflection.

Can't.

Evan flings open the door of an old-fashioned cage-style

elevator.

EVAN:

Working elevator. Mr. Pearlstine,

the previous owner, was disabled the

last ten years of his life. Highly

unusual, the elevator, you will not

find this in ninety percent of

brownstones.

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David Koepp is an American screenwriter and director. Koepp is the fifth most successful screenwriter of all time in terms of U.S. box office receipts with a total gross of over $2.3 billion. more…

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