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FADE IN:

An iguana...

Crawling off its nest, leaving its eggs exposed.

1 EXT. MORUROA ATOLL ISLANDS, FRENCH POLYNESIA - PACIFIC 1

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 clould-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 - NIGHT 2

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 - NIGHT 3

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 - NIGHT 4

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 KITCHEN 5

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 - NIGHT 6

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 - NIGHT 7

The crew, getting back on their feet, reacts to the horrible WAILING SOUND.

Suddenly the ship is HIT AGAIN. This time something enormous RIPS THROUGH THE HULL, crushing one of the crew members as it TEARS THROUGH THE WALLS.

Water RUSHES THROUGH the large gaping hole, quickly filling the hallway. The Cook and what's left of the crew scurry for the stairs, as the water level chases them.

8 INT. BRIDGE - SAME - NIGHT 8

The ship's computers are WHIRLING with warning lights and alarms. As the Skipper tries to adjust the controls in vain, the Captain grabs the ship's p.a. system.

CAPTAIN (in Japanese) Abandon ship! Abandon ship! Man the lifeboats...

But before he can say anything more, something WHIPS across the bridge's enormous windshield, SHATTERING THE GLASS. Was it a tail? No way, far too big.

9 EXT. SHIP'S DECK - SAME - NIGHT 9

The doors BURST open as the crew and the Cook rush out onto the deck. Again, the ship is HIT, ROCKING it violently.

A TARP

is ripped away, revealing a life boat. Two more life boats are revealed behind it as the crew desperately tries to hoist them up and over the side.

ANGLE - WATER BESIDE THE TANKER

Something ENORMOUS jolts out of the water towards the ship. Through the rainstorm it is hard to make out what it is, but it SLAMS into the side of the ship, RIPPING INTO IT, pulling down the starboard side as it does. Could that have been a CLAW?

THE CREW

Are thrown backwards. The lifeboats swing WILDLY, several of them SMASHING INTO BITS as they slam against the ship.

THE CLAW

Or whatever it is, RIPS INTO THE SIDE AGAIN. This time the entire ship begins to FLIP OVER.

A LIFEBOAT

Bounces off the deck and slides off the side. Following it is the Cook.

Desperately, the Cook grabs onto the ship's side railing to keep from falling off. He looks back and SEES something so horrible that he SCREAMS IN TERROR and lets go of the railing.

The old Cook slides over the side as the enormous tanker FLIPS OVER.

CUT TO:

WINDSHIELD WIPERS

Clearing at their highest speed, we see through the rain doused windshield, DR. NIKO "NICK" TATOPOULOS. Music blares from the tiny headphones of his Walkman.

NICK (singing) ...I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain...

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10 INT. RUSSIAN TOWN - RAIN - DAY 10

The utility van races through this small Russian town right past a roadblock marked with the international signs for "no trespass" and "nuclear radiation."

NICK ..."What a glorious feeling. I'm happy again..."

As the van disappears down the road, we CRANE UP revealing a city sign reading: CHERNOBYL, RUSSIA.

11 EXT. CHERNOBYL DIRT PARK - RAIN - DAY 11

With the infamously crippled nuclear power plant in the distance, the utility van slides to a muddy stop by this field of dirt.

Nick hops out quickly and rushes to the back of the van. He opens the back of the van and grabs several metallic cases.

Walking a few yards away from the van, he dumps the cases on the ground, opening them to REVEAL an assortment of sophisticated scientific equipment.

Taped to the inside are several photos of a girl we'll meet later. Some of the photos are of her looking young and beautiful. Others are of the two of them happily together.

With a switch he turns on the equipment which comes to life. Inside one of the cases are several cables attached to long SPIKES. He grabs them and dashes away.

NICK ..."I'm laughing at clouds, so dark up above..."

Nick rushes over to a small patch of land and begins to SHOVE the spikes into the muddy earth.

NICK ..."The sun's in my heart and I'm ready for love..."

Once firmly in the ground, he rushes back over to the van and pops the hood.

CLOSE - VAN'S ENGINE

We SEE the steaming engine and a large electric car BATTERY.

NICK ..."Let the cloudy skies chase..."

He attaches the cables to the battery and they SPARK! Nick YELPS and jumps back. Shaking off the shock, he rushes back over to the mud pit, dropping down to his knees.

Suddenly, raising from the mud we see DOZENS OF EARTHWORMS. Excitedly Tatopoulos grabs a big empty glass jar and begins filling the jar with worms, happily in his element.

NICK ..."I'm singin' in the mud, just scooping up my worms..."

Unable to hear over his Walkman, he is oblivious as an enormous RUSSIAN MILITARY HELICOPTER lands right behind him.

From the intense wind kicked up by the helicopter, Tatopoulos finally turns in time to see several RUSSIAN OFFICERS coming toward him. Nick scrambles to his feet.

NICK (broken Russian) Good day. I am here with permission...I have a, a... (in English) Permit. How do you say permit?

He goes through his pockets looking for his permits.

MALE VOICE (O.S.) Dr. Nick Topopolosis?

Tatopoulos looks up as the Russian soldiers move past him and over towards his cases of equipment. A man in a long raincoat comes forward.

NICK It's Tatopoulos.

TERRINGTON The worm guy, right? (extending his hand as he approaches) Kyle Terrington, U.S. State Department.

The Russian soldiers close up his equipment and take it off to the Helicopter.

NICK What are they doing?

TERRINGTON You've been reassigned.

NICK You can't shut me down now! My research here's not finished!

TERRINGTON It is now.

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12 EXT. PAPEETE - TAHITI - STREET - DAY 12

Coastal town of Papeete, Tahiti. With the ocean in the distance, through the heat waves we SEE a row of official looking black sedans coming toward us.

13 EXT. PAPEETE HOSPITAL - CONTINUOUS - DAY 13

The doors to the sedans open as a group of very official looking Government types. Stopping to light his cigarette is PHILLIP RAYMOND, 40's, intense, dangerous and worst of all...French.

14 INT. HOSPITAL HALLWAY - MOMENTS LATER - DAY 14

Raymond leads the official looking group down the hall. A BRIEFING OFFICER rushes over. (The following dialog is entirely in French with subtitles)

BRIEFING OFFICER The Japanese consulate has been calling and we've been getting pressure from the Americans.

RAYMOND What did you tell them?

BRIEFING OFFICER Nothing yet.

RAYMOND Are there any other survivors?

BRIEFING OFFICER Only one, Sir. He was very lucky.

The group arrives at a door at the end of the hall. The Briefing Officer opens the door.

RAYMOND'S P.O.V. - THROUGH OPEN DOOR

In the corner of the large room we see the old Cook from the tanker curled up in the fetal position. The doctors and a few nurses are attending to him.

RAYMOND Get them out of there.

Two of the Officials move in and escort the Doctors and Nurses out of the room. Raymond nods to two other Officials who begin to unpack some recording equipment, including a video camera.

15 INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - SAME 15

Raymond enters and moves close to the old Cook, kneeling down in front of him, inspecting his distant glare. The old Cook seems to be in a world of his own, rocking back and forth. Raymond nods to another Official who comes forward.

RAYMOND (in French) Ask him what happened.

The Second Official ask him in Japanese, but the old Cook does not respond. He asks again but the old Cook seems to be in a world of his own.

BRIEFING OFFICER (in English) It's no use. He's been like this since we fished him out of the ocean. Whatever happened to that tanker put him in a complete state of shock.

Raymond takes out his lighter and ignites it on high. The old Cook's eyes slowly come back to life, transfixed by the fire. Slowly he brings the flame close to the old Cook's face.

RAYMOND (in English) What did you see, old man?

Drawn out of himself by the flame...

OLD COOK (weakly) Gojira...Gojira...

Raymond shoots a look at the Second Official for an explanation.

SECOND OFFICIAL (in English) I have no idea what he is saying.

OLD COOK (stronger) ...Gojira!...Gojira!...GOJIRA!!

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16 EXT. GULF OF DEN SAN MIGUEL, PANAMA - DAY 16

A small sea plane flies over this jungle region of Panama, darting up the Gulf into the lush greenery of the countryside.

Super: Guilfo de San Miguel, Panama - 45 km outside of La Paz

Slowly the plane begins to descend, landing by a small village.

17 EXT. VILLAGE FISHING DOCK - MOMENTS LATER - DAY 17

Several soldiers unload Nick's cargo as he steps out of the plane onto the dock. As he walks towards shore he SEES...

NICK'S P.O.V. - POLICE BARRICADE

Dozens of citizens as well as the press are gathered at a police barricade; their access to the village denied. Panamanian Police and U.S. military working together to keep people out.

Marching up the shore to greet Nick is MAJOR TONY HICKS, 30's, efficient, who is spearheading this operation.

MAJOR HICKS Dr. Niko Topopolosis?

NICK (correcting) It's Tatopoulos.

MAJOR HICKS Right. The worm guy. (to guards at blockade) Can someone get those people off the beach?

NICK Excuse me, would you mind telling me what the hell I'm doing here?

MAJOR HICKS Follow me.

The Major leads Nick up the beach away from the crowds.

NICK You didn't answer my question. In fact, for the last 18 hours no one has answered any of my questions.

MAJOR HICKS We have a situation on our hands that requires your particular expertise.

ANGLE - DESTROYED VILLAGE HUT

Several soldiers and researchers are investigating the site when Nick and the Major walk past.

NICK Look, I may work for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission but accidents and spills are not my field.

MAJOR HICKS We know.

Major Hicks motions to some guards who clear a blockade away from a jungle pathway. Major Hicks takes the pathway.

NICK Do you know that you just interrupted a three year study of the Chernobyl earthworm?

MAJOR HICKS Yeah, you're the worm guy.

NICK The radioactive contamination in that area altered the earthworm's DNA! You have any idea what that means?

MAJOR HICKS No, but I have the feeling I'm about to find out.

NICK It means that due to a man made accident the Chernobyl earthworms are now over seventeen percent larger than they were before. Mutated by seventeen percent?

Major Hicks stops, turns to Nick.

MAJOR HICKS (bemused) Seventeen percent, huh? Sounds big.

NICK They're enormous! A new species created by man's recklessness. That's what I've been trying to tell you, I'm only a biologist. I take radioactive samples and study them.

MAJOR HICKS Then you're perfect. (pointing to the ground) Here's your radioactive sample. Study it.

With that Major Hicks walks away.

NICK What sample?

MAJOR HICKS You're standing on it.

Nick looks down, sees nothing.

NICK I don't see it. (no response) Where is it?

We CRANE UP above him, pulling back farther and farther, until we SEE he's standing inside of a 15 YARD LONG GIGANTIC FOOTPRINT in the sand.

NICK (CONT'D) I don't see it!

Two scientists have spread out a tape measure to document its length as two others inspect it with Geiger counters. Nick sees them and realizes he's standing in a remarkable discovery. He looks up ahead and SEES...

OVERHEAD TITLT SHOT - Foot steps...-

Five gigantic footsteps in front of him. Other researchers examining the prints with all kinds of equipment. Geiger counters, CLICK, CLICKING away. Nick is stunned.

18 EXT. TATTERED VILLAGE REMAINS - MOMENTS LATER 18

Nick rushes to catch up with Major Hicks who walks towards a command tent in the distance.

NICK (flabbergasted) That was a footprint. I was standing inside a footprint.

MAJOR HICKS That's right.

NICK But there's no animal in the world that can make prints like that? Is there?

MAJOR HICKS We're hoping you're going to help us figure that out.

The Major gestures to the many villagers who are being attended to. Some are injured, others are being examined for radiation. The village has been decimated.

NICK Somebody must have seen it.

MAJOR HICKS It happened so fast no one knew what hit them 'til is was over.

A jeep pulls up and PETERS, a young researcher, comes rushing over with a video tape in his hands. As he passes Major Hicks...

PETERS (on the run) Tape's in. The French finally released it.

Peters takes off for the command' tent. Nick and the Major follow.

COMMAND TENT - CONTINUOUS - DAY

Part military, part scientific command post. Lots of activity. Peters waves the tape as he rushes over to a television. Major Hicks and Nick follow.

MAJOR HICKS A tanker was attacked and sunk yesterday near the French Polynesians. We think there's a connection.

WOMAN SCIENTIST (ELSIE) Is that the tape of the witness?

Excitedly, ELSIE CHAPMAN, heavy set, early 30's, paleontologist and head of the research team, leads several of her colleagues over to the t.v.

NICK Hi. Nick Tatopoulos...

ELSIE Ah, Elsie Chapman, paleontologist.

She's clearly attracted to him. This doesn't escape Nick, who's not too comfortable with her flirtatious glare. She turns to a scientist standing next to her, DR. CLIVE CRAVEN.

ELSIE (CONT'D) Dr. Craven, have you met the worm guy?

DR. CRAVEN Nice to meet you.

The t.v. turns on and we SEE the old Cook, rocking on his bed, repeating over and over the same word...

OLD COOK (filtered through t.v.) ...Gojira...Gojira...Gojira...

This is all too overwhelming for him. He turns from the t.v. and looks out into the jungle.

Slowly he walks away, staring at something in the distance with total awe. Elsie walks up next to him.

ELSIE What could have possibly done all that?

We REVERSE ANGLE and SEE what they are staring at.

A gigantic path cut through the jungle.

Something of immense size has trampled and cut a deep and wide path right through the jungle forest that goes on for miles on end. Over the stunned face of Nick we HEAR...

OLD COOK (O.S.) (filtered) ...Gojira...Gojira...Gojira...

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T.V. MONITOR - JUNGLE FOOTAGE

The same beach scene we saw when Nick arrived. Over it...

REPORTER (filtered) ...American and Panamanian troops quarantined off a section of the Panamanian jungle today amid unconfirmed reports of a crashed Air Force jet...

WIDEN TO REVEAL:

19 INT. WNEW T.V. STATION - DAY 19

As we WIDEN we see this is one of several wall mounted monitors all showing channel WNEW. Through the glass doorway nearby we see CHARLES CAIMAN, 40's, handsome, entering the office.

AUDREY (O.S.) Murray wants these copied to each field producer...

ANGLE - SECRETARY DESK

Standing in front of the desk is AUDREY TIMMONDS, early thirties, attractive, small town girl who still hasn't toughened in the big city and talking with her co-worker, LUCY, sitting.

AUDREY And I'm supposed to remind you to call him on all of Caiman's expense p.o.'s.

LUCY Speak of the devil.

Just then Caiman passes behind them.

AUDREY (nervous) Think I should ask him? I'm going to ask him. You think I should? I will.

Audrey makes the decision and bolts after Caiman. Lucy rolls her eyes.

LUCY Oh girl...

ANGLE - CAIMAN

As he walks towards his office Audrey races up to him. Seeing her, he walks faster hoping to avoid her. He can't.

AUDREY Did you talk with Humphries?

CAIMAN This is not the place...

AUDREY Just tell me, did you talk with him?

CAIMAN He said he'd consider it. It's between you and Rodriguez.

AUDREY Are you serious? He's going to consider me for he job? What else did he say?

They arrive at his office. An enormous standee of himself with the ACTION NEWS CREW is there.

CAIMAN Why don't I tell you over dinner tonight? Your place.

He stops at his door. Audrey is startled.

AUDREY Mr. Caiman, you're married.

CAIMAN And you're beautiful...

AUDREY Mr. Caiman...

CAIMAN Call me Charlie.

AUDREY (stubbornly) Mr. Caiman, I've been doing extra research for you after hours and weekends for nearly a year. And I've never asked for anything but this job is really important to me. I'm too old to be an assistant anymore. I need to know this job is going someplace.

CAIMAN So have dinner with me tonight.

AUDREY I can't.

CAIMAN It's your choice.

Caiman shuts the door on her. She turns and is face to face with the standee of Caiman. She takes out her chewing gum and plasters it on his nose.

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20 EXT. JAMAICAN HIGHWAY - AERIAL SHOT - DAY 20

Over the bumpy Jamaican highway we FOLLOW from above several military jeeps racing in convoy.

Super: Great Pedro Bluff, Jamaica

21 INT. JEEP - SAME 21

Elsie, Nick and Clive are cramped together along with Nick's equipment in the back of the jeep. Nick looks very uncomfortable. Elsie looks at Nick...lasciviously.

ELSIE Three years digging up worms in Chernobyl? How did Mrs. Tatopoulos handle it?

NICK Oh, I'm not married.

ELSIE Really? A girlfriend then?

NICK No. Perhaps I work too much.

ELSIE (filtered) You mean to tell me that there is no one who holds a special place in your heart?

Nick seems to get lost in thought.

NICK Not for a long time, now.

ELSIE Well, I think you're cute.

NICK (awkward) Oh, thank you. (whispered to Clive) Is she always like this?

CLIVE (conspiratorially) I had to beat her off with a stick.

The sound of a HELICOPTER ZOOMS overhead.

AERIAL SHOT - HELICOPTER - SAME - DAY

A helicopter ZOOMS past our convoy. As we FOLLOW the helicopter we REVEAL...

JAMAICAN BEACH WITH A BEACHED CARGO SHIP - DAY

Taking up nearly the entire beach, an enormous cargo ship lays on its side in the sand. Two gigantic holes, ripped into its hull.

MILITARY JEEPS

Nick hops out and joins Major Hicks et al as they push past the gathered crowd of onlookers. The group gives a collective gasp as they see the ship for the first time.

Three men (who we'll recognize from the Tahiti hospital) take measurements of the holes in the ship.

MAJOR HICKS Who are they? Lieutenant, get those people away from there.

RAYMOND (French accent) They are with me!

Everyone in the group turns to find Mr. Phillip Raymond.

MAJOR HICKS And who are you?

Raymond hands him, as well as anyone who wants one, his business card.

RAYMOND CHARGEURES, property and casualty insurance. We are preparing a report.

MAJOR HICKS You're fast.

RAYMOND That is our job.

MAJOR HICKS Well your people are getting in the way of my job.

RAYMOND Major, what do you think could have done this?

MAJOR HICKS Get your people out of there or I will.

The Major walks away. Raymond studies him as he does.

ANGLE - SHIP

Nick can't take his eyes off the enormous holes in the hull. He steps closer and turns to Peters, who's taking radiation counts of the ship.

NICK Mind if I borrow this?

Peter hands him his Geiger counter and walks into the cracked hull of the ship.

22 INT. CARGO HULL - CONTINUOUS - DAY 22

Inside is eerily dark and creepy. The guts of the ship are tangled inside. Holding a Geiger counter, he gets readings from all over the area. One particular spot, above him, seems slightly stronger.

Nick SEES something there. He opens his knapsack and puts on some rubber gloves, removing a glass jar (like the ones from Chernobyl)

Carefully he climbs the debris until he reaches a sharp shard of metal. Clinging to it he finds a MEATY CHUNK OF REPTILE FLESH.

He tries remove it but he only gets half. He places it into his jar. Just as he reaches for the other half, SOMETHING GIVES WAY.

With a JOLT, the section above him collapses. A rush of water falls and a HUMAN BODY swings down, just in front of him.

Nick tumbles backwards, his heart pounding. The body swings lifelessly as it hangs from above.

The others rush to his side, checking to see if he's all right.

PETERS You okay, Nick?

NICK Yeah, I'm...wait...I lost...

Nick looks around frantically when the glass sample jar is suddenly handed to him.

RAYMOND Are you looking for this?

NICK Thanks.

Raymond studies Nick as he joins the rest outside.

DISSOLVE TO:

UNDERWATER - NETS - MOVING P.O.V.

We are moving very quickly underwater. Ahead of us are some large FISHING NETS with a catch of fish carried in the bunt. Quickly we are heading for a collision.

23 EXT. ATLANTIC OCEAN - OFF NEW ENGLAND COAST - DAY 23

A great day for fishing. Slicing through the water we SEE three New England Fishing TRAWLERS, the HARPO, the CHICO, and the GROUCHO.

24 EXT. THE HARPO - SAME - DAY 24

ARTHUR is at the wheel. Suddenly the engines WHINE as the ship begins to slow down. Surprised, Arthur checks his throttle.

25 EXT. THE CHICO - SAME - DAY 25

LEONARD and his 1st MATE are puzzled by the engine WHINE of their own ship.

LEONARD Jerry, why are we slowing down?

JERRY (O.S.) She's heavy in the bunt.

LEONARD That was fast.

26 EXT. THE GROUCHO - SAME - DAY 26

The captain, JULES, hasn't noticed a thing as he lays on his deck tanning himself, a boom-abox blaring next to him. Suddenly THUD. The ship JOLTS for a second. Jules slides and BANGS his head into the boom-box. He yelps.

DECK HAND The nets are full!

JULES Then bring 'em in!

DECK HAND We can't. She won't budge!

Jules gets up to move aft when THUD, again the ship ROCKS.

ALL THREE BOATS SLOW TO A CRAWL

Arthur tries to GUN his engine but it only WHINES. Soon all three boats STOP DEAD. Nothing but quiet for a long beat.

ARTHUR What is going on?

Then with another JOLT all three boats begin to move BACKWARDS, DRAGGED BY THEIR OWN NETS!

LEONARD She's going sternway!

FIRST MATE What the hell did we catch?

The three boats begin to PICK UP SPEED, moving BACKWARDS in the water. Water SPLASHES up into the boats, winches begin to CRACK under the building pressure.

The boats begin to move incredibly FAST backwards. Things on the boat begin to BREAK and CRASH DOWN onto the decks of the ships.

JULES Cut us free! Cut the nets!

The same cry is heard on all three boats. Leonard grabs an AXE and starts HACKING AWAY at the tow lines.

Jules and his deck hands do the same. WIRE SHEERS are brought out for the larger CABLES connected to the nets. Desperately they try and free themselves as their boats are dragged helplessly backwards.

ARTHUR (screaming at his men) Cut the damned cables!

A CABLE SNAPS!

Jules falls backward as the cables and ropes are either cut or snapped from the pressure. Their boat stops.

ANOTHER CABLE SNAPS!

Leonard and his crew TUMBLE to the deck as their boat is freed.

THE HARPO

Is not so fortunate. The lone boat dragged backwards, faster now without the weight of the other boats. Then suddenly the aft of the boat begins to get PULLED DOWN, dipping into the water.

With an unstoppable force the Harpo gets PULLED UNDER WATER. Deck hands LEAP off the boat as the top cabin is CRUSHED as the entire ship slowly DISAPPEARS BENEATH THE SEA.

For a moment all is quiet. No one can believe what just happened. Hearts pounding, catching their breath.

Then with a WHOOSH of air pressure, the Harpo BURSTS out of the water. With a gigantic SPLASH, the boat FLOPS on its side and capsizes. The waters calm, but the nerves of Jules and Leonard don't.

DISSOLVE TO:

27 EXT. CLOUDY SKIES - MILITARY TRANSPORT PLANE - DAY 27

A storm is brewing ahead as this large Military Transport plane glides into view then BANKS away.

PETRI DISH

A small piece of Nick's SAMPLE is cut away and placed on a glass microscope slide.

WIDE TO REVEAL:

28 INT. MILITARY TRANSPORT PLANE - SAME - DAY 28

Nick sits on the floor surrounded by his sloppily unpacked equipment as he places the slide under his microscope, examining his specimen.

Quickly stepping over him a young SOLDIER rushes over to Major Hicks, seated with the rest of the team on the plane's opposing benches. The Solider interrupts their discussion.

SOLDIER Major, we just got a report of a fishing trawler going down. Exact position, forty seven degrees latitude, 67 longitude.

MAJOR HICKS What makes you think it's related?

SOLDIER The trawler was pulled under.

The team exchanges worried glances. Hicks moves over to a map where the other incidents have been marked. He traces his finger up the 67th longitude until he hits the 47th parallel. Just off the East Coast.

MAJOR HICKS Jesus Christ! It's only two hundred miles off the American Eastern seaboard and we don't even know what it is.

ELSIE Theropoda Allosaurus. Some type of enormous reptile the likes of which we haven't seen since the age of prehistoric dinosaurs.

CLIVE (sarcastic) So where's been hiding the last sixty million years?

ELSIE The depth and breath of the ocean floor has barely been explored. His kind could have survived there completely undetected.

NICK (O.S.) What about the traces of radiation?

Everyone turns to discover Nick has walked over holding his loosely scribbled notes in his hand.

NICK The radiation is not an anomaly, it's the clue. This creature is far too unique on every level to be some lost dinosaur.

MAJOR HICKS Don't tell me why it's not, tell me what the hell it is.

NICK What do we know? It was first sighted off the French Polynesian Pacific. An area that has been exposed to dozens of nuclear tests over the last thirty years.

ELSIE Hence the radiation.

NICK More than that. I believe this is a mutated aberration, a hybrid from the fall out in that region.

CLIVE (sarcastic) Like your earthworms?

NICK Yes! We're looking at a completely incipient creature. The dawn of a new species. The first of its kind.

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OCEAN WATER

Racing close to the ocean waters below, something DARK and ENORMOUS moves swiftly below the surface. We TILT UP from the raging tides up to REVEAL...

29 EXT. MANHATTAN ISLAND - SKYLINE - RAIN - DAY 29

A storm has arrived as rain moistens the city ahead.

30 INT. DINER - SAME - DAY 30

Dripping wet, Audrey enters from the rain, removing her raincoat. She walks to a booth where Lucy and ANIMAL, a slovenly, Italian video cameraman is his mid-thirties, are taking their lunch break. Animal has two plates of food he cobbles down.

AUDREY (sitting) My life sucks.

LUCY Oh, please, your life doesn't suck. His life sucks.

ANIMAL (between chews) That's cuz I'm married to you.

LUCY Shut up. How can you eat like that?

ANIMAL Big bites.

AUDREY I can't believe he put the moves on me. After everything I've done for him.

LUCY He's scum! As far as he's concerned you're just a pair of breasts that talk.

ANIMAL I like that image.

AUDREY You know how I spent last weekend? Walking his damned dog.

LUCY I'm telling you he's dirt. He's a douche bag, gutter slime, dog crap, puke chunks...

ANIMAL Hey, hey! I'm eating here!

LUCY Audrey, you're too damned nice, that's your problem. Nice gets you nothin' in this town. You gotta be a killer to get ahead, you know what I'm sayin'? I'm sorry, baby, but you just don't got what it takes.

AUDREY Animal, you don't think that's true, do you?

ANIMAL Nice guys finish last. First rule of the jungle.

AUDREY Well, I can be tough if I want.

ANIMAL & LUCY Yeah, sure.

AUDREY (seeing something) Oh my God!

Everything turns to see what Audrey is looking at. Audrey gets up and rushes over to a television above the counter.

AUDREY (excitedly) Turn that up, turn it up.

The waitress does. On the t.v. plays the same news story we saw from before from Panama. This time we SEE Nick and Major Hicks walking on the beach.

AUDREY It's Nick! I know that guy. I know him!

LUCY (unimpressed) Who is he?

AUDREY He was my college sweetie! Look at him. He looks so handsome on t.v. What the hell is he doing in Panama.

31 EXT. NEW YORK FISH MARKET - BELOW JFK HIGHWAY - DAY 31

Even in the rain doesn't keep people away. Buyers haggle with sellers. A large MARKET, truck loads of fish. No one seems to notice the river across from them...

MOUTH OF THE EAST RIVER

Enormous turbulence in the water. Slowly something begins to LIFT, sheets of water fall. Bursting out, the backside TALONS of the enormous reptile pierce through. The TAIL slices through the turbulence.

Two ships anchored at dock begin to LIFT UPWARDS as the beast below them begins to rise.

ANGLE FISH MARKET

A groaning WAIL ROARS, echoing. The people of the fish market turn just in time to see...

THE ANCHORED SHIPS

Lifting impossibly into the air above the pier. Suddenly a TIDAL WAVE of water comes CRASHING down, flooding the fish market.

32 INT. TRANSIT BUS - P.O.V. THROUGH WINDSHIELD - RAIN - 32 DAY

Through the swinging windshield wipers of the bus we see the JFK highway in front of us. Suddenly we see...

AN ENORMOUS FOOT

Comes crashing down atop JFK highway, crushing it. The TRANSIT BUS tumbles off the demolished highway.

The man in the MARKET TRUCK is TOSSED and ENORMOUS TEETH puncture the top and bottom of his truck as it's LIFTED IN THE AIR. The man LEAPS from the open back of the truck.

He lands, HARD, down in front of one of the fish market stores as hundreds of fish RAIN DOWN from above. With a loud CRASH, the demolished truck SLAMS to the ground nearby.

33 EXT. POLITICAL RALLY - BUILDING STEPS - RAIN - DAY 33

With a large RE-ELECT MAYOR FAUSTINO poster behind him, the MAYOR is at the podium. Before him is a sea of umbrellas.

MAYOR I'd like to thank you all for coming out on this beautiful New York City day.

Some in the crowd laugh as others applaud. Lost in the sounds of the crowd we HEAR a soft THUMPING in the distance.

MAYOR When I came into office four years ago, people didn't think we could reduce crime and I did.

ANGLE - COP IN BACK OF CROWD

leaning to the cop next to him.

COP (sarcastic) Yeah, he did.

MAYOR People didn't think I could restore order...

This time the THUMPING is HEARD, growing much louder.

MAYOR ...and I did. The city is a safer place today...

Before he can continue the crowd begins to murmur with fear as the THUMPING grows LOUDER and CLOSER. Suddenly with a large CRASHING SOUND a building nearby begins to CRUMBLE.

MAYOR (to his aides) What the hell....

People SCRAMBLE to get out of the way as DEBRIS from the falling BUILDING litters the area. The Mayor is pulled inside by his security men.

Bursting out of the crumbling corner of the building we SEE the enormous LEG of the reptile as it KICKS debris out of its way.

SIDE ANGLE - WALL STREET - FAST TRAVELING SHOT

Several cars are SQUASHED quickly as the enormous FEET of the beast STOMPS through the street. Cars FLATTEN and SCATTER, flipping toward us, from the weight of the beast. We try to keep up with it, but it's too fast.

After it passes, the Mayor sticks his head out of the doorway to see the demolished street scene.

MAYOR What was that?

34 INT. WNEW - CAIMAN'S OFFICE - SAME - DAY 34

Caiman's on the phone as his SECRETARY enters with some files. Rain and thunder continue outside.

CAIMAN (into phone) I don't give a crap about some war in a country I can't pronounce. That's not a lead story. Find me a damned story, will ya!

Just then his Secretary notices a desk lamp, the shade SHAKING and the light FLICKERING. She hears the THUMPING approaching. She turns and SEES...

GIGANTIC TEETH

The enormous head of GODZILLA growls as it passes by Caiman's office window.

SECRETARY Mr. Caiman. I think your story just walked by the window.

Caiman turns but there's nothing there. He's confused, she's dazed.

CAIMAN What?

Just then the TAIL WHIRLS past with a THUNDERS whip.

35 INT. DINER - SAME - DAY 35

Animal, Lucy and Audrey are at the cashier paying.

LUCY Did Romeo have a name?

AUDREY Nick Tatopoulos.

ANIMAL That why you dumped him?

AUDREY No! I just couldn't see myself with some boring egg head who spends his summer picking apart cockroaches. I wanted to have some adventure, some fun...

LUCY And now you live the glamorous life of Caiman's assistant. Life's a bitch, ain't it?

In the distance we can HEAR the THUMPING approaching.

ANIMAL How long where you and dis guy goin' steady?

AUDREY Nearly four years...

LUCY Four years. Girl, I'm surprised he didn't ask you to marry him.

AUDREY That's the problem. He did.

Suddenly the THUMPING gets LOUDER very quickly. Everyone in the diner reacts.

LUCY Tell me that's not another goddamned parade.

The next THUMP RATTLES the entire diner. Things begin to fall. Through the window we see people RUNNING in PANIC.

ANIMAL That's ain't no parade...

Before anyone can speak the entire building is SHAKING. Through the front window we SEE...

GODZILLA'S FOOT

Smashing down directly outside the window. Cars are SMASHED. One car SAILS directly INTO THE WINDOW, shattering it.

Animal uses his size to COVER the girls from the falling debris. As the danger passes, Animal charges for the door.

LUCY Victor, wait!

36 EXT. STREET - CONTINUOUS - RAIN - DAY 36

Animal comes rushing out. Water sprays from displaced fire hydrants, debris still falls, cars burn. Animal goes over to his NEWS VAN that has been partially crushed.

He pries open the rear door and takes out his video camera and takes off running. Audrey and Lucy arrive too late to stop him.

LUCY Victor, don't!

ANIMAL RUNNING

Turning the corner Animal runs full speed through the debris, trying to jam a video cassette into his camera. It won't fit. He SEES up ahead...

P.O.V. THE TAIL

Just as it disappears around the corner a few blocks ahead. Thinking quickly, Animal bolts down a small alleyway.

37 EXT. OTHER STREET - CONTINUOUS 37

His camera damaged, Animal struggles to get the tape inside as he exits the other side of the alley. He darts out into the street to get his shot.

The THUMPING is OVERPOWERINGLY LOUD. He looks up to see, CARS FLIPPING, PEOPLE SCATTERING.

Then, for the first time, we can clearly see the entire massive creature that is...

GODZILLA

as he comes barreling towards us. The titanic lizard is ferocious and agile. Swiftly he moves closer.

Animal's hands fumble with the tape. He JAMS it in, sweating. He fingers the POWER BUTTON, the red light goes on. Quickly he shoulders the camera.

P.O.V. THROUGH CAMERA - GODZILLA

Nearly on top of him, Godzilla's own image is suddenly covered by his own immense foot as it's lifted and about to come down directly on us.

ANIMAL Oh shit!

Before he can do anything about it...

GODZILLA'S FOOT

Towering above him. He has no time to flinch as the gargantuan foot SMASHES DOWN.

In terrifying amazement, Animal remains standing IN BETWEEN THE BEAST'S TOES. Abruptly the foot LIFTS again. Animal is unscathed and frozen with fear.

ANGLE - ANIMAL

Close on Animal as the endless TAIL of the creature DRAGS just past him. It seems to go on forever. Finally it disappears.

WIDE ANGLE - TABLEAU OF A DEMOLISHED STREET

Deserted and demolished. Cars burn, debris falls. Animal, the lone figure, just stands there, his chest heaving, hyper ventilating.

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38 EXT. NEW JERSEY STREETS - LOW ANGLE - AFTERNOON 38

A military CONVOY with Police escort RACES past us.

ABOVE - HELICOPTER SHOT - CONVOY

Sirens BLARING, the convoy and escort speed onward.

39 INT. MILITARY SEDAN - THROUGH WINDSHIELD - SAME 39

Just as they arrive at a military roadblock. Crowds have gathered as the military try to keep them at bay.

40 EXT. NEW JERSEY SHORE - CLIFF SIDE - DAY 40

The guards let the convoy pass. The military is putting up a number of large tents. A SERGEANT moves over quickly to greet the team as they exit their vehicles.

SERGEANT (quick salute) Sergeant O'Neal, Sir.

MAJOR HICKS Any word from the Mayor's office?

Just then dozens of NEWS VANS pull up. Reporters and camera crews come rushing toward them. The guards rush to intercept. Stepping out of the next car in the convoy, Nick and Elise join Major Hicks.

SERGEANT They've agreed to evacuate the city. They've called out the National Guard and riot police are on alert.

As they walk towards the tents the crowd crushes close. Nick and Elsie are overwhelmed.

ELSIE (aside to Nick) Evacuate Manhattan? That's over three million people. Has that ever been done before?

NICK I don't think so.

Several military guards have to clear a path for them as they enter the tents.

41 INT. COMMAND TENT - CONTINUOUS - DAY 41

Still in construction. The team enters.

MAJOR HICKS Status report?

SERGEANT We've lost sight of it, Sir.

MAJOR HICKS You want to run that by me again?

SERGEANT (nervous) After the initial attack he just...disappeared.

OFFICER (interrupting) Major, Secretary of Defense Burk on the line.

This takes Major Hicks off guard. The last person he wants to talk to. Nick walks over to the Sergeant.

NICK I don't understand. How can something that large just disappear?

SERGEANT We're not sure. We're scanning the area now.

ELSIE He probably returned to the river. Just like everywhere else we've been, we're always one step behind.

Nick turns and notices the back of the tent is open revealing a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline. Several soldiers enter, setting up telescopes.

NICK I don't think so.

Over Manhattan we see several dark plumes of smoke from the destruction. Military helicopters scan the city. Staring out at the skyline, Nick is mesmerized.

NICK I mean, look at it. It's perfect. An island, water on all sides. But like no other island in the world, this is a place where he can easily hide. (beat) He's in there someplace.

A SOLDIER comes rushing in.

SOLDIER Channel eight caught it on film!

He rushes over to a bank of monitors, turns one on. On the screen we SEE the shaky video Animal took of the creature just as it was about to step on him.

CAIMAN (filtered) ...WNEW's exclusive images of the creature were taken less than a half hour ago.

Nick and Elsie's jaws nearly hit the floor at the sight of the immense creature.

CAIMAN Cameraman Victor "Animal" Palotti barely survived this vicious attack to provide us with this footage.

The sounds of applause lead us to...

42 INT. WNEW BUILDING - SAME - DAY 42

Everyone is applauding as Animal, carrying crates of equipment, passes the t.v. playing the same news story. Embarrassed, Animal smiles awkwardly.

CO-WORKERS Way to go Animal! That's my man!

Animal passes Audrey and Lucy who are packing up some files.

AUDREY Great stuff, Animal. Weren't you scared?

ANIMAL Sure I was. I thought Lucy was gonna kill me.

LUCY Damned right, you crazy Wop!

We SEE the room is in disarray from packing up cartons of boxes and equipment. The workers have taken a break from the packing as they watch the t.v. broadcast. The station manager, MURRAY enters anxiously.

MURRAY People! We have to be completely relocated to the New Jersey station before our 5:30 broadcast. (reading from list) Okay, Caiman, Devoe and Animal, you're on the helicopter. Everyone else we'll see you in Jersey.

ANIMAL Gotta go, honey. You guys gonna be all right?

LUCY Audrey's going to stay with us tonight.

ANIMAL Great. See ya then.

Animal hurries out after him. Audrey and Lucy go back to packing. Audrey looks up at the t.v. just as they replay the footage of Nick and Elsie being led into the command tent.

FIELD REPORTER (filtered) ...military and government health officials set up a command post on the New Jersey coast this afternoon...

Surprised at first, Audrey suddenly becomes very excited. She SEES Caiman exiting the studio at the end of the hall. She rushes over to him.

AUDREY Caiman, wait. Take me with you.

CAIMAN What?

AUDREY I've got something on this. I know a guy on the inside with the military...

CAIMAN Not now. You got my bag?

Audrey holds up his bag as they walk towards the elevator.

AUDREY You don't understand, I can get us information...

CAIMAN Listen, this is the time when the big boys have to go to work, okay Honey?

With that, Caiman walks into the elevator. Pissed, Audrey just stares at him.

CAIMAN The bag?

Audrey THROWS the bag at him, knocking him backwards as the elevator doors close. Lucy walks over.

LUCY Come on, Girl, we've gotta go!

43 EXT. WNEW OFFICE BUILDING - MINUTES LATER - DAY 43

Lucy and Audrey carry their bags outside into the chaos that has taken over the city. Hundreds of people trying to leave at once. Gridlock.

As they move into an overcrowded subway entrance, Audrey looks up just in time to SEE the WNEW NEWS HELICOPTER lifting off from the building behind them.

CUT TO:

44 EXT. MANHATTAN - HELICOPTER SHOT - LATE AFTERNOON 44

We SEE the destroyed parts of downtown Manhattan. Police barricade the streets as firemen work to contain the fires.

CAIMAN (O.S.) ...in what city officials are calling the worst act of destruction since the World Trade Tower bombing...

45 INT. WNEW NEW HELICOPTER - SAME - LATER AFTERNOON 45

Caiman stares earnestly at his video camera.

CAIMAN ...Police and the National Guard have quarantined off over twenty square city blocks...

46 EXT. OVERHEAD HELICOPTER SHOT OF MANHATTAN - SAME 46

Below we see the largest traffic jam in the history of the city. Police and National Guardsmen guide the traffic.

CAIMAN ...hundreds of thousands have jammed the streets in the largest evacuation in the history of the city. And many people are not happy about it.

47 EXT. MAN ON THE STREET INTERVIEW - VIDEO FOOTAGE 47

Quick cuts of people who where interviewed earlier.

WOMAN I don't understand why we have to leave our homes. It's over already, isn't it?

MAN What are we running from? A big lizard? I've got cockroaches in my building that could kick the crap out of it.

48 EXT. TIMES SQUARE - GRIDLOCK - LATE AFTERNOON 48

Near chaos as police and National guardsmen attempt to bring order to the hundreds of honking, screaming motorists.

RIOT POLICE VAN

Dozens of armed officers pile out of the van.

NATIONAL GUARDSMEN

Maintaining blockades in front of their military vehicles.

49 EXT. SEVENTH AVE E - ROADBLOCK - LATER AFTERNOON 49

The evacuation effort is made more difficult as traffic must be diverted away from the quarantined destruction area ahead. Police block the street, smoldering buildings behind them. The detour only makes things worse.

50 EXT. CITY BANK BUILDING - WALL STREET - SAME 50

Several National Guardsmen walk up to the City Bank building where they find an ENORMOUS HOLE smashed into the side of the building. The Guardsmen peek inside.

GUARDSMEN'S P.O.V. - INTO BUILDING

We SEE THROUGH the building to a hold on the other side. Godzilla apparently walked RIGHT THROUGH. The Guardsmen are visibly shaken.

51 INT. SUBWAY STATION - SAME 51

Way beyond capacity, the flooded subway platform bursts with people pushing and shoving to get into the trains. Caught in the craziness we find Audrey and Lucy trying desperately to get on board.

P.A. Please don't push. People are getting shoved down onto the tracks and the trains can't leave...

The last to fit inside, Lucy and Audrey cram in just as the doors shut behind them. People left behind BANG on the closed doors as the subway pulls out.

52 EXT. GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE - HELICOPTER SHOT - SAME 52

A gigantic traffic back up all the way down the Westside Highway. The bridge is a veritable parking lot.

MAYOR (O.S.) Well this is great!

53 INT. MAYOR'S HELICOPTER - LATER AFTERNOON 53

With his close aides in tow, the Mayor stares at the melee below.

MAYOR If we're wrong on this evacuation they'll string me up from the Liberty torch.

54 EXT. COMMAND CENTER - JERSEY CLIFF SIDE - LATE 54 AFTERNOON

The Mayor's helicopter sails over the George Washington Bridge and over to a small landing pad near the Command Center. A large group of people dressed in business suits await the helicopter.

55 INT. MAYOR'S HELICOPTER - LATE AFTERNOON 55

Just as the helicopter is landing, the crowd moves toward the chopper.

MAYOR Who the hell are they?

AIDE It's a contingent of building owners and community business representatives.

MAYOR I don't have time for this nonsense.

AIDE Most of them are campaign contributors.

Well that's a different story.

56 EXT. LANDING PAD - CONTINUOUS - LATE AFTERNOON 56

As the Mayor steps out he's greeted by a nervous crowd of people shouting, "How long do we have to shut our business down? Will the city cover the damages? Etc." Among them, DONALD TRUMP tries to get the Mayor's attention.

MAYOR I share your concerns. I want to get the city back in business as soon as possible.

As he pushes through the dense crowd he runs directly into...

RAYMOND

Who waits for the Mayor. The Mayor is momentarily stopped.

RAYMOND (handing his card) CHARGURES Insurance. We represent nearly thirteen percent of the buildings in your city.

MAYOR If you'll excuse me...

RAYMOND We are very happy that you are in control of this situation.

With that he gently pats the Mayor on the back, leaving a small, nearly undetectable DEVICE on the Mayor's collar.

RAYMOND You can count on our emotional and financial support.

MAYOR Oh, well, thank you very much.

Briskly he shakes his hand as he pushes his way through the crowd. Raymond watches him pass, seeing the device stuck to the Mayor's collar.

ANGLE - WNEW NEWS CHOPPER

Rushing over from the parked news chopper, Animal and Caiman race for the Mayor who walks through a mob of reporters.

CAIMAN Hurry, we're going to miss the Mayor.

But before he can get close, two POLICE OFFICERS stop them.

POLICE OFFICER Sorry, you gotta have a press ID past this point.

CAIMAN Don't you watch t.v.?

POLICE OFFICER Can we see your press pass, sir?

Flustered, Caiman searches his pockets for his press pass.

CAIMAN I had one here on my bag. Where the hell did I put it?

CAIMAN'S PRESS PASS - ECU

We SEE Caiman's plastic smile on his press ID. Suddenly AUDREY'S picture is placed on top of Caiman's.

WIDEN TO REVEAL:

57 INT. SUBWAY STATION - SAME - LATER AFTERNOON 57

Smashed together like sardines, Audrey plays with Caiman's press pass, trying to put her photo over his.

LUCY What the hell are you doing?

AUDREY Remember my friend we saw on t.v.?

LUCY Your old sweetheart?

AUDREY Yeah, well he just turned up in New Jersey at the military command post. Somehow all this is related to what happened down in Panama. There's a story here. I know it. You got any tape or glue?

LUCY I left my forgery kit back at the office.

Audrey looks over at a young ten year old boy holding his backpack, a RULER sticking out of the back.

AUDREY Hey, do you have any glue in your bag?

KID What's it to you?

AUDREY Can I use some?

KID What do I get?

AUDREY The warm feeling of helping your fellow man.

KID Five bucks.

AUDREY You're kidding, right?

The Kid simply puts his hand out.

58 EXT. NEW JERSEY TRAIN STATION - LATER 58

People FLOOD off the train out into the station.

P.A. ANNOUNCER Please exit the station. For those of you without accommodations, the city has opened up shelters on Monroe and 60th and at Bergenline and 72nd. Please exit the...

Audrey and Lucy walk through the crowd. Audrey turns and gives Lucy a kiss.

AUDREY Wish me luck!

LUCY Audrey, I don't think this is a very good idea. Caiman finds out and he'll have your job.

AUDREY I'm tired of waiting for someone else to give me an opportunity, Luce. If there's a story here I'm going to find it.

Lucy nods in acceptance as Audrey disappears into the dense crowd. Lucy worries for her friend.

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"YUM YUM DOUGHNUTS" BAG - PRE-SUNSET

Carried along with a Styrofoam cup of coffee. We WIDEN TO REVEAL a MAN carrying the junk food to a GREY VAN parked not too far from the Command Center Tent across the way.

The man knocks on the back of the van. The van opens to reveal...

59 INT. RAYMOND'S VAN - PRE-SUNSET 59

Filled with high tech monitoring equipment, Raymond and his men are listening in to a conversation. The man with junk food hands it to Raymond.

RAYMOND Merci.

He opens the bag and takes out a croissant. He bites into it and grimaces. To wash away the taste, he drinks from the coffee. It's worse than the croissant.

RAYMOND You call this coffee?

MAN (French accent) I call this America.

The man takes a seat near Raymond as Raymond turns up the volume on his headset.

MAYOR (O.S.) (mid argument) You're telling me that in an election month I've evacuated the entire city for nothing?

60 INT. COMMAND TENT - WAR ROOM (TENT) - PRE-SUNSET 60

From behind the Mayor's head we SEE the monitoring device attracted to his collar. As he speaks we WIDEN TO REVEAL...

MAYOR Do you realize what this evacuation will cost the people of this city!?

Representatives of all branches of the military, National Guard and the Mayor's office are here. The room overflows with people. Nick, Elsie and the scientist stand near the back of the tent.

ADMIRAL PHELPS We're been monitoring the waters around the island. As far as we can tell it hasn't left the area.

MAYOR But you don't know for sure.

MAJOR HICKS We think there's a strong reason to believe it may be hiding inside one of the buildings within the sequestered area.

MAYOR But you don't know for sure!

Just then Sergeant O'Neal enters hurriedly. He wants to speak but waits for the opportunity.

MAJOR (controlling his temper) Mr. Mayor, if he's not in one of those buildings then we give the all clear. But not until we've checked each building!

SERGEANT O'NEAL Sir, that may be more difficult than we originally projected.

MAJOR More good news?!

SERGEANT O'NEAL We've run into a problem.

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A SIGN READING: SUBWAY STATION: 23RD STREET - SUNSET

We CRANE DOWN to reveal several military sedans pulling up into FLAT IRON SQUARE (where Broadway meets 5th). Sergeant O'Neal leads the team out of the cars and down a subway entrance.

61 INT. SUBWAY STAIRWELL - CONTINUOUS - SUNSET 61

Marching down the stairs, the team enters into the very large subway station. For all we see it seems like a normal subway station except for the fact that every one of the team members look ASTONISHED.

SERGEANT O'NEAL Lt. Anderson and his men found this late this afternoon.

The camera makes a hundred and eighty degree turn as we suddenly SEE what the team is staring at...

AN ENORMOUS HOLE

The four normal subway tunnels have been CARVED OUT making one GIGANTIC TUNNEL. Debris and crumbled brick are everywhere. Several SOLDIERS with flashlights approach the hole.

Lt. Anderson moves over to the astonished group. Some of the scientists fan out, examining the area.

LT. ANDERSON We were checking the office building above when we discovered the floor was gone.

LOW ANGLE - REVEALING THE HOLE IN THE CEILING

We SEE that not only is the ceiling gone but the building above is hollowed and torn to shreds. Another hole in the building leads to the street.

LT. ANDERSON When we learned he could burrow his way through the tunnels we realized he could be out of the quarantined zone.

MAJOR HICKS Christ. How many tunnels lead off the island?

LT. ANDERSON Only five, Sir. We've checked them all. He hasn't used any of them.

MAJOR HICKS Have them sealed off.

LT. ANDERSON And how should we do that, Sir?

MAJOR HICKS Fill them with cement, brick them up, put land mines in them, bombs, I don't know, just make sure that goddamned thing doesn't leave the island!

ANGLE - INSIDE DARKENED TUNNEL

As the SOLDIERS slowly move down deeper into the tunnels, their flashlight beams scan the area. Could they stumble onto something dangerous?

ANGLE - NICK

as he approaches Major Hicks and Sergeant O'Neal.

NICK You know, he's not an enemy trying to evade you. He's just an animal.

MAJOR HICKS What are you suggesting?

NICK When I needed to catch earthworms, I knew the best way to catch them was not to chase them. I had to draw them out.

ANGLE - SOLDIERS - DARKNESS

Still moving deeper into the tunnel we get the feeling these soldiers may just waken a sleeping giant.

BACK TO TEAM

Nick moves to the edge of the platform, looking off into the dark tunnel.

NICK All we need to do is find out what it wants, what it needs, and he'll come to us.

ANGLE - SOLDIERS - DARKNESS

The lead Soldier SEES something. Cautiously he moves forward thinking he's onto something. We HEAR something MOVING in the darkness.

We FOLLOW his beam as the noise grows clearer. The beam falls onto something on the floor...

A FISH

Flopping on the ground is a large FISH. As the beam moves farther along we see two, no, three fish ahead.

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62 EXT. NEW YORK CITY STREET - POST-SUNSET (MAGIC HOUR) 62

A battalion of armored TANKS roll down this deserted city street. A large number of GROUND TROOPS march behind.

COBRA HELICOPTERS - SAME - MAGIC HOUR

Banking in formation, the helicopters swerve, heading towards mid-town Manhattan.

SAND BAG FORTIFICATION

Soldiers pile up sand bags, creating a make shift fortification. SHARP SHOOTERS and a BAZOOKA BRIGADE settle into place.

63 EXT. FLAT IRON SQUARE - SAME - MAGIC HOUR 63

Major Hicks moves over to a jeep and grabs the radio.

64 INT. COMMAND TENT - SAME - MAGIC HOUR 64

Major Hicks sits by a bank of communications technicians.

MAJOR HICKS Where are they now?

RADIO TECHNICIAN Delta niner, what is convoy position?

65 EXT. BROOKLYN BRIDGE - SAME - MAGIC HOUR 65

Led by armored military vehicles we SEE a convoy of TWENTY YELLOW DUMP TRUCKS passing over the bridge.

DRIVER (O.S.) Command, we're just entering the city.

66 EXT. FLAT IRON SQUARE - SERGEANT O'NEAL - SAME 66

Sergeant O'Neal listens to the response on the radio.

RADIO TECHNICIAN Convoy ETA, five minutes.

The Sergeant signals several military technicians, who are mounting several video cameras to hurry.

67 INT. COMMAND TENT - SAME - MAGIC HOUR 67

A buzz of activity. Military Officials and personnel. The Mayor enters and joins his aides in the back of the room.

MAYOR (whispering to Aide) They find anything yet?

The Aide shakes his head. Monitors come to life with a live video feed-from several cameras we saw mounted.

A CABLE REPAIRMAN - MAGIC HOUR

In blue overalls, the REPAIRMAN walks up to a large satellite dish. We WIDEN to REVEAL the dish is parked next to the Command Tent. He kneels down next to some cables leading away from the dish toward the Command Tent.

68 INT. COMMAND TENT - MAGIC HOUR 68

Suddenly all the screens FUZZ OUT. Just as quickly the monitors return to normal. No one seems to notice.

69 EXT. SATELLITE DISH - SAME - MAGIC HOUR 69

The Repairman finishes affixing a small DEVICE to the cable. He taps his earpiece and speaks into his own lapel.

REPAIRMAN (French accent) It is good.

70 INT. MOTEL ROOM - SAME - MAGIC HOUR 70

We SEE Raymond and his men have turned this dingy Motel room into a command central of their own. Raymond is putting sugar into his coffee when a bank of monitors turn on. They are seeing THE SAME VIDEO FEED as the Mayor. Pleased, he takes a sip. It's awful.

RAYMOND You said this was French Roast!

His aid turns, holding a package labeled FRENCH ROAST.

RAYMOND (defeated) More cream.

His associate hands him some milk. He adds it to the coffee. No use, it still sucks. On the monitors we SEE the DUMP TRUCKS entering Flat Iron Square.

71 EXT. FLAT IRON SQUARE - SAME - MAGIC HOUR 71

The DUMP TRUCKS arrive and the soldiers guide the trucks, forming a circle, their tails facing each other. As the last one passes it REVEALS Nick and Sergeant O'Neal.

SERGEANT O'NEAL I sure hope your plan works.

NICK I'm kind of hoping the same thing.

The twenty of them, in concert, begin to dump their cargo.

LOW ANGLE - CENTER OF THE DUMP TRUCK CIRCLE

Tons and tons of FISH are DUMPED directly on top of us.

72 INT. RAYMOND'S MOTEL - SAME - MAGIC HOUR 72

On the monitors they watch in astonishment as the fish get dumped into a large pile in the center of Flat Iron Square.

AIDE Tres bizarre.

RAYMOND No. (leaning forward) Very clever.

73 EXT. FLAT IRON SQUARE - FISH PILE - SAME - NIGHT 73

A MOUNTAIN OF FISH have been piled into the center of Flat Iron Square.

NICK That's a lot of fish.

A master of the obvious. Sergeant O'Neal shoots him a glare and moves over to the men. Together they march into a building at the edge of the square.

SOLDIERS

Loading up rifles, taking positions. GAS MASKS being handed out down a long line for all the soldiers.

The TANKS move into their final positions. The National Guardsmen and Soldiers supporting the Tanks take positions.

74 EXT. TOP OF THE SQUARE - SAME - NIGHT 74

Entering from the stairs out onto the roof, Sergeant O'Neal and his men take positions, observing from above.

Everyone is waiting. The silence is deafening.

ANGLE - NICK

As everyone waits, Nick scans the area, thinking. Suddenly something catches his eye...

STEAM VENT

Through a steam vent in the streets. Nick sees STEAM lifting into the air. He notices several other vents doing the same thing around the square. Quickly Nick rushes over to a YOUNG OFFICER.

NICK I need your radio.

The Young Officer leads Nick over to his jeep. Nick grabs the receiver.

NICK Sergeant O'Neal, the subway vents. We have to shut them down...

75 EXT. ROOFTOP - SERGEANT O'NEAL - SAME - NIGHT 75

O'Neal listens to Nick on his radio.

NICK (O.S.) (filtered) ...With the air pressure pushing up, he'll never smell the bait!

SERGEANT O'NEAL (turning to soldier) Get some men down into those air vents. Shut 'em down!

76 INT. SUBTERRANEAN AIR VENT - MOMENTS LATER - NIGHT 76

With a loud WHINE we HEAR the vents shutting down. The large whirling FAN BLADES slow to a stop.

77 EXT. FLAT IRON SQUARE - SAME 77

One by one the steam pillars begin to disappear as the vents are turned off. There is a long tense moment of waiting. When will it come? Will it come?

Before the Young Officer can stop him, Nick rushes over to a manhole cover in the center of the street. The cover is to heavy. He yells back.

NICK We need to open all the manhole covers in the area. Let the scent waft down.

The Young Officer signals other soldiers. Nick steps back and lets the soldiers go to work. As he walks back, he spots another manhole cover at the next intersection down a side street. He runs over to it.

ANGLE - SIDE STREET - MANHOLE COVER

A particularly heavy one in the center of this intersection (a block away from Flat Iron Square), Nick, alone, wrestles to remove it. With all his might, he drags it clear.

Suddenly, through the hole he HEARS some STRANGE NOISES from below. Rattled, he slowly backs away from the hole. The NOISES grow increasingly louder.

Then with a DEAFENING ROAR, the ground behind Nick ERUPTS and GODZILLA RISES, ripping up the boulevard as he does.

Nick SPINS only to find himself face to face with the gigantic creature. Godzilla's head slopes down, apparently looking Nick in the eye.

All around foot soldiers appear, guns trained, shoulder hoisted rocket launchers prepared.

Out of the corner of his eye, Nick sees all this. He gently signals with his hands that they should NOT fire.

Sensing no danger from Nick, Godzilla simply STEPS OVER Nick.

NICK'S POV - UNDER GODZILLA

As the gargantuan creature walks over us, making a beeline for the fish.

Nick turns and RUNS, following him.

78 EXT. FLAT IRON SQUARE - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT 78

Godzilla moves into the square. The military hunkers down, ready to strike. Cautiously the beast moves over to the mountain of fish.

79 INT. COMMAND TENT - SAME 79

Major Hicks watches the monitors as Godzilla approaches the fish.

MAJOR HICKS Commence phase one. Let's gas it!

80 EXT. ROOFTOP - SERGEANT O'NEAL - SAME - NIGHT 80

Everyone on the rooftop puts on their GAS MASKS.

SERGEANT O'NEAL Let 'em fly!

ANGLE - STREET LEVEL - SAME

All the soldiers PUT ON their GAS MASKS. A team of EIGHT, pull out a GAS CANISTERS and yank the releases. They DROP them down the long barrels of air cannons, preparing to fire.

SAND BAG FORTIFICATION - SAME

Nick runs past the fortification, trying to get a closer look. The Young Officer yells after him.

YOUNG OFFICER Where're you going? Nick!

Nick stops briefly as the Young Officer TOSSES a gas mask to Nick who quickly puts it on and dashes for a closer spot. Suddenly SAILING OVER HIS HEAD we SEE...

GAS CANISTERS

Firing from the air cannons, the GAS CANISTERS streak across the sky landing behind Godzilla. The Yellow gas forms a wall of smoke that drifts upwards.

ANOTHER ANGLE - OPPOSITE CORNER

Across the way eight MORE CANISTERS are FIRED at the beast. Quickly Godzilla is surrounded by the gas fumes.

ANGLE - NICK

Frustrated at his inability to see through the smoke, he DASHES forward over to a large BRONZE STATUE.

GODZILLA

The smoke annoying and distracting him, Godzilla spins, his tail waving the smoke away. But the smoke returns. Godzilla YELLS OUT. Frustrated he rears back and BLASTS!

For the first time we SEE the infamous POWER BREATH of Godzilla. With amazing FORCE the smoke, canisters, cars and anything that isn't nailed down SAILS BACKWARDS from the intense pressure.

Nick is HIT by the WAVE of air pressure and is sent FLYING BACKWARDS, impossibly high in the air.

An enormous fabric BANNER advertising this season at the MET, catches Nick who SLIDES down the banner, hitting the ground, HARD. Just as he looks up he SEES...

A LARGE TRUCK

Tumbling toward him from the power breath. Nick SCRAMBLES to his feet just in time as the rolling Truck SMASHES into the building behind where he just sat.

ANGLE - TROOPS - FORTIFICATION

The troops have to SCATTER as the tumbling trucks and cars are FLUNG AT THEM, disabling their attack forces. Trucks and rocket launches are CRUSHED by the tumbling debris.

Godzilla CONTINUES to BLOW at everything around him. Cars and trucks ROLLING. Soldiers DIVING for cover. It's chaos.

The glass in all the surrounding buildings SHATTER, shards of glass raining down. Windows, street lamps, all blown out by the tremendous gale force winds.

81 INT. COMMAND TENT - MAJOR HICKS - SAME - NIGHT 81

On the monitors we SEE the melee.

MAJOR HICKS Fire at will!

82 EXT. ROOFTOP - SERGEANT O'NEAL - SAME - NIGHT 82

SERGEANT O'NEAL Fire at will. Fire at will.

83 EXT. FLAT IRON SQUARE - SAME - NIGHT 83

From all angles, soldiers rush back to their equipment and attempt to FIRE. Very few are able to get off rounds.

84 EXT. ROOFTOP - SAME - NIGHT 84

O'Neal tries to steady himself as the soldiers FIRE down at the creature below. One HOISTS a MISSILE launcher.

ANGLE - GODZILLA - NIGHT

As the FIREPOWER begins around Godzilla, he takes a hit in the shoulder and SCREAMS OUT. Suddenly he LEAPS away just as several MISSLES HIT the Flat Iron Building behind where Godzilla was standing only moments earlier.

Dashing down a side street, Godzilla LEAPS over the waiting tanks who cannot adjust their cannons in time. WE'VE NEVER SEEM HIM MOVE THIS QUICKLY. Several tanks are SQUASHED as the beast bull dozes right through the regiment.

85 INT. COMMAND TENT - SAME - NIGHT 85

We SEE the Flat Iron Building crumbling on one of the monitors near Major Hicks. In the rear of the room the Mayor looks sick.

86 EXT. FLAT IRON SQUARE - SAME - NIGHT 86

Soldiers come out from behind the crashed vehicles and debris. Only the smoldering devastation is left behind.

87 INT. COMMAND TENT - MAJOR HICKS - SAME - NIGHT 87

The monitors only show static or devastation.

MAJOR HICKS (into radio) O'Neal, what the hell is going on there!?

88 EXT. ROOFTOP - SAME 88

Quickly his men are packing up.

SERGEANT O'NEAL (into radio) He's gone, Sir. Echo division's in pursuit.

89 EXT. AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS (6TH AVE.) - SAME - NIGHT 89

Four ARMORED MILITARY VEHICLES come SKIDDING around the corner in hot pursuit. Each with a team manning enormous mounted weaponry.

REVERSE ANGLE - 6TH AVE. - GODZILLA

Galloping like a Gisele uptown, Godzilla is SPEEDING up the boulevard. The armored vehicles OPEN FIRE. Some shots CLIP into Godzilla's back. Ahead he is running directly into...

MOBILE MISSILE LAUNCHERS

Blocking off the street in front of him. They FIRE. Pinned down, the creature SCREAMS and DUCKS away down another side street. The missiles can't turn fast enough and SLAM into a building, DEMOLISHING it.

90 EXT. ELECTRONICS STORE - SAME - NIGHT 90

The window is SMASHED in. A small group of LOOTERS are loading up their mini-van. Finishing up the group is about to leave.

LOOTER #1 Jimmy, let's go.

LOOTER #2 Wait. I want this. Help me!

The group rejoins Jimmy as they try to pull an enormous Pin Ball machine from the window. As they carry the machine back towards the mini-van...

SQUASH! - GIGANTIC FOOT

Godzilla's enormous foot flattens the mini-van like a pancake. The Looters go pale. As the Military Armored Vehicles RACE by in hot pursuit.

91 EXT. BROADWAY - SAME - NIGHT 91

Godzilla BOUNDS onto Broadway and FREEZES, looking around. As he looks downtown he SEES...

GODZILLA'S P.O.V. - MILITARY ARMORED VEHICLES

Skidding around the corner a few blocks back, the armored vehicles reappear.

Godzilla turns uptown and BOLTS. As he gets up to full speed...

COBRA HELICOPTERS

A team of FOUR COBRA HELICOPTERS swoops down heading directly for Godzilla.

92 INT. COMMAND TENT - MAJOR HICKS - NIGHT 92

The Mayor stands over a Radio technician.

HELICOPTER PILOT (O.S.) (filtered) We have him, locked on.

MAJOR HICKS Then FIRE damn it!

93 EXT. TIMES SQUARE - SAME - NIGHT 93

Godzilla runs into the famous lighted square (looking remarkably like Tokyo) just as the COBRA'S come SWEEPING DOWN out of the sky.

Godzilla SPOTS them and leaps away just as they FIRE missiles, which RIP INTO the famous JUMBO TRON VIDEO BILLBOARD, demolishing the building.

The Cobra's SWERVE quickly, pursuing Godzilla down a side street.

94 EXT. LEXINGTON AVENUE - SAME - NIGHT 94

Godzilla appears, turning the corner and racing down the street. From behind, the Cobra helicopters come SCREAMING down on him, they FIRE ROCKETS at Godzilla who, again, deftly turns a corner.

The errant rockets BLAST into the CHRYSLER BUILDING, as they attempt to follow him but fail. Shards of glass come RAINING DOWN as the building crumbles.

ANGLE - ARMORED VEHICLES

As they race around the corner they SLAM ON THE BREAKS just as the familier CONE of the Chrysler building comes CRASHING DOWN just inches in front of the vehicles, tumbling into the street.

95 INT. COMMAND TENT - SAME - NIGHT 95

The static increases over the radio.

HELICOPTER PILOT (filtered) That is a negative impact.

The Mayor, in the back of the room stands, furious.

MAYOR Negative impact!?! It's the goddamned Chrysler building, that's what it is!

His aides try to calm him.

MAJOR HICKS (into radio) You said he was locked on!

96 EXT. SIDE STREET - COBRA HELICOPTER P.O.V. - NIGHT 96

Moving through the narrow side street.

HELICOPTER PILOT (O.S.) The heat seekers can't lock. He's colder than the buildings around him.

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