Pitch Black script
Pitch Black (2000)
Synopsis: A commercial transport ship and its crew are marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur.

PITCH BLACK:

Screenplay

by

David Twohy

Based on material by Ken and Jim Wheat

Revised First Draft

3/3/98

NOTE:
THE HARD COPY OF THIS SCRIPT CONTAINED SCENE NUMBERS

AND SOME "OMITTED" SLUGS. THEY HAVE BEEN REMOVED FOR THIS

SOFT COPY.

NOTE ALSO:
THE HARD COPY OF THIS SCRIPT WAS IN THE NON-

PREFORMAT FONT "TIMES NEW ROMAN". THIS HAS BEEN CHANGED

TO PREFORMATTED TEXT FOR THIS SOFT COPY.

Though mentioned often in the script, the creatures in PITCH BLACK are

seldom seen at length; rather, they are glimpsed, they are heard, they are

felt. They are, really, the embodiment of your nocturnal fears: A howling

coyote that jars you awake; the painting on the wall that comes to life

when stared at too long...the sway of your bed just before the earthquake

hits. Chimera of the night. The point is made so the reader appreciates

that the focus of the finished film will not be on what the creatures do,

but on what the creatures do to reveal the inner nature of the characters.

For PITCH BLACK is, at its heart, a story of humanity and courage -- and

lack of the same.

David Twohy

CUT IN:

INT. MAIN CABIN

A CRYO-LOCKER BLOWS OPEN, spitting out...

CAROLYN FRY. She hits the deck of the main cabin: Four crew

lockers in a forward section, countless more in back. But the

deck is canted at a sick angle and ALARMS SCREAM everywhere:

The world is dying around her.

Legs wobbly, shivering like a flu victim, Fry stumbles to the

next forward locker. It's riddled with holes. One DEAD CREWIE

is seen through fractured plexi, body pocked and bloodied. But

in the next cryo-locked...

The CAPTAIN is struggling awake. Fry's face floods with relief.

Slapping an intercom:

FRY:

Hear me? Cap'n? Some kinda compromise to

the hull...holding for now, but...Goddamn,

I'm glad you're alive. Gotta pull your

E-release...no, red handle, red handle.

I'll get the warm-ups out while --

PHFUT-PHFUT-PHFUT-PHFUT: Particles bore through the cabin,

blasting open the captain's chest, shattering plexi, DETONATING

INSTRUMENTS on the opposite wall and leaving CONTRAILS

HISSING in the air.

Fry lands on her ass, horrified. Suddenly...

Another LOCKER BLOWS OPEN. A body falls right on top of Fry --

but this one's still alive. Disoriented, frantic:

OWENS:

Why did I fall on you?

FRY:

He's dead. Cap'n's dead. Christ, I was

looking right at him when --

OWENS:

I mean, I mean, chrono shows we're 22

weeks out, so gravity wasn't supposed to

kick in for another 19. I mean, I mean,

I mean, why did I fall at all?

FRY:

You hear me? Captain's dead. Owens too.

OWENS:

Oh, no. Not Owens, not.... Wai', wai',

wait. I'm Owens. Right?

They swap nightmare looks, momentarily unsure of their own

identities.

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