Written by Cody Hamman
Story ideas by Cody Hamman and Noah Smith
STARS (THAT I CAN THINK OF)
Ben Affleck as Riley Danes
Jason Lee as Nick Walker
Cole Hauser as Cory Porter
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Brandy Walker
Lance Guest as Michael Brody
Joey Lauren Adams as Carla Brody
Amanda Bynes as Thea Brody
Katie Holmes as Trish Monroe
Rachael Leigh Cook as Cheryl Miller
Giuseppe Andrews as Eric Gibson
Kevin Smith as The Coroner
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as Carrie Salyer
Tom Savini as Carl Whitley
Noah Smith as Ted (Coroner's Assistant #1)
Cody Hamman as Floyd (Coroner's Assistant #2)
Before we fade in we hear the JAWS theme start to play.
FADE IN ON:
INT. THE OCEAN-DUSK-WE'RE IN THE SHARK'S P.O.V. AS IT SWIMS THROUGH THE DARK WATER.AS WE SWIM THE MAIN CREDITS PLAY.
Once the credits end,we switch to-
EXT. A BUILDING-NIGHT-THE BUILDING IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A BLOCK IN THE TOWN SQUARE OF AMITY ISLAND.A SIGN ON THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING READS: RED'S PLACE.
INT. RED'S PLACE-THIS IS A BAR AND IT'S PACKED WITH PEOPLE. A GROUP OF COLLEGE AGE KIDS ARE SITTING AT THE COUNTER.
Among this group are Quentin Wilson,23,his girlfriend Carrie Salyer,22,and their friend Scott Stevens,23.Quentin and Carrie are kissing and cuddling while Scott watches the TV that's mounted on the wall behind the counter.Playing on the TV is THE LOST WORLD:JURASSIC PARK.
Quentin and Carrie stop kissing for a second.It's obvious that Carrie's the one that pulled away first.Quentin kisses her and she pulls away,laughing.
CARRIE:Stop for a minute.
CARRIE:Let's go swimming.
CARRIE:That's what I said.
CARRIE:We leave in three days,Quentin.
QUENTIN:Then we can swim tomorrow.
CARRIE:I want to swim tonight.
QUENTIN:Why don't we just go back to the hotel?
CARRIE:We'll go back to the hotel after we swim.Unless you'd rather go to the hotel now alone and I'll find somebody else to go swimming with me.
CARRIE:We've been here a month,Quentin,and in that month we've only gone swimming three times.All we've done is drink alcohol and stay in our hotel room.
QUENTIN:That's alot more fun than swimming.
CARRIE:Let's take Kevin's boat out.
QUENTIN:Ok.I guess we can do the same thing on a boat and in the water as we can in the hotel room.
Quentin stands up.
CARRIE:Yeah,we could.But we're not gonna.
Carrie stands up and turns to Scott.
CARRIE:Out on Kevin's boat.
Scott finally looks away from the TV and turns to Carrie.
Over Carrie's shoulder we see Quentin standing behind her, shaking his head and waving his hands infront of him.
Scott stands up.
Carrie walks toward the door,and Scott and Quentin follow close behind.
QUENTIN:You're an asshole.
Quentin steps up beside Carrie.
QUENTIN:You two go ahead and go outside while I talk to Kevin.
Carrie and Scott walk outside and Quentin walks over to a table that's in the corner.
A man and his girlfriend are sitting at the table,making out. The man is Kevin,26,Quentin's cousin.
Kevin just keeps kissing his girlfriend.
Quentin looks around nervously.
Kevin and his girlfriend keep kissing.
QUENTIN:Kevin,could I borrow your boat?
Without looking at Quentin,without even stopping kissing his girlfriend,Kevin reaches into his pants pocket and pulls out a single key on a keychain.
Kevin holds the key in Quentin's direction and Quentin takes it.
Quentin walks toward the door and Kevin looks toward him.
Quentin turns around to face Kevin.
KEVIN:Be careful with it.Have it back by two.
Quentin nods and walks out the door.
EXT. THE ISLAND-NIGHT-WE WATCH AS THE SPEEDBOAT CONTAINING QUENTIN,CARRIE,AND SCOTT DRIVES OUT ON THE DARK WATER. QUENTIN IS DRIVING.SCOTT LOOKS SICK,HOLDING HIS STOMACH.
EXT. THE BOAT-SOON-THE BOAT STOPS A LITTLE LESS THAN A MILE FROM THE ISLAND'S SHORE.THE ENGINE TURNS OFF.
Quentin stands up from the driver's seat,already stripped down to his boxer shorts,which he's using as swimming trunks. Carrie is sitting in the passenger seat in a bikini and Scott is sitting on the floor in his clothes,moaning.
SCOTT:I feel sick.
SCOTT:I'm sea sick.I hate water.
QUENTIN:Then why'd you come out here?
SCOTT:To piss you off.
Carrie jumps into the water.
Quentin watches the water,waiting for her to come up.
INT. THE WATER-CARRIE SWIMS THROUGH THE WATER,THEN HEADS UP FOR THE SURFACE.
EXT. THE BOAT-CARRIE COMES UP OUT OF THE WATER.QUENTIN IS WATCHING.
QUENTIN:How is it?
CARRIE:It's great!Come in.
Quentin leans over and sticks his hand in the water.
INT. THE WATER-QUENTIN'S HAND SWISHES BACK AND FORTH.
CARRIE:(O.S.)Come on,you chicken.
EXT. THE BOAT-QUENTIN STANDS UP STRAIGHT AND JUMPS INTO THE WATER.
Water splashes onto Scott but he's too sick to care much.
Quentin bursts back to the surface of the water.
QUENTIN:This feels great!
CARRIE:I told you.It's perfect.
Quentin swims over to Carrie and kisses her.Then,he pulls away,puts his hands on top of her head,and dunks her under.
After a few seconds Carrie comes back to the surface, laughing.
CARRIE:Jerk!I'm gonna kill you!
QUENTIN:You gotta catch me first.
Quentin starts to swim away from the boat and Carrie swims after him.
On the boat Scott slides over beside a cooler.
He opens the cooler and we see that it's full of ice and bottles of beer.
He pulls a beer out of the cooler and opens it.
Out in the water Quentin stops swimming and Carrie catches up to him.
CARRIE:Now you're gonna die!
Carrie splashes at Quentin.
INT. THE WATER-CARRIE AND QUENTIN SPLASH AROUND ABOVE US.
EXT. THE BOAT-NIGHT-CARRIE AND QUENTIN SPLASH AROUND SOME MORE.
They have a splash fight,laughing.
Then,Quentin stops laughing and his face goes serious.
QUENTIN:I want a truce.
Carrie kisses Quentin.
Scott watches them embrace and kiss from the boat,taking a drink of his beer.
SCOTT:They should've gone to the hotel instead.
We watch Quentin and Carrie make out.
INT. THE WATER-WE WATCH QUENTIN AND CARRIE FROM BELOW AS THEY MAKE OUT,THEIR LEGS MOVING BACK AND FORTH SLOWLY IN THE WATER TO HELP THEM STAY AFLOAT.
EXT. THE WATER-CARRIE PULLS AWAY FROM QUENTIN.
CARRIE:I felt something.
QUENTIN:(smiles)So did I.
Quentin tries to kiss Carrie but she puts her hand on his face and holds him back.
CARRIE:I said quit.
QUENTIN:What did you feel then?
CARRIE:I felt something swim under us.
QUENTIN:It was probably a fish.This is the ocean,you know.
CARRIE:No.It felt big.
CARRIE:I'm not joking.
QUENTIN:Well,it wasn't Scott.He's still on the boat.
On the boat Scott is asleep,his beer still in his hand.
Carrie looks around at the dark water around them.
CARRIE:There's something out there.I think we should go back.
Quentin and Carrie start to swim back toward the boat.
INT. THE WATER-WE WATCH QUENTIN AND CARRIE SWIM.
EXT. THE WATER-QUENTIN AND CARRIE ARE FIFTEEN FEET FROM THE BOAT.
INT. THE WATER-WE WATCH THEM SWIM.
EXT. THE BOAT-NIGHT-QUENTIN IS FIVE FEET FROM THE BOAT AND CARRIE IS TEN FEET FROM IT.
Scott opens his eyes.
QUENTIN:Start the boat.
Scott stands up,groaning.
He walks toward the driver's seat.
Quentin reaches the boat and climbs up into it.Carrie is still five feet from it.
Scott reaches the driver's seat and sits down.
Quentin turns around to help Carrie into the boat.
Carrie is gone.The water is calm.
Scott looks back at Quentin.
Suddenly Carrie bursts up out of the water five feet from the boat,screaming.
Carrie is pulled back underwater.
SCOTT:Oh my god!
Scott gets up and runs up beside Quentin.
Carrie bursts back up to the surface,being pulled backwards away from the boat.
Quentin goes to jump into the water but Scott grabs him by the shoulder and pulls him back.
SCOTT:No!You can't help her.
Carrie thrashes around in the water screaming as the shark in the water,which we don't see,kills her.
CARRIE:Help me!Oh god!Please help me!
After a while Carrie is pulled underwater.
Quentin and Scott stand there,waiting for her to resurface.
Some bubbles rise to the surface,but then everything goes calm.Carrie never resurfaces.
INT. THE POLICE STATION-SOON-THE ONLY COPS IN THE STATION NOW ARE DEPUTIES NICK WALKER,27,AND CORY PORTER,30.
Nick is leaning back in his chair,reading a book.It's not a popular book,just one of those cheapies you find in baragin boxes.
Cory is leaning on his desk,his head on his hands,sitting in his chair.He's more than half asleep.
The clock on the wall shows that it's 2:40 A.M. The seconds tick by slowly and loudly.
CORY:God,I'm bored.And tired.
NICK:Go to sleep.
NICK:What's stopping you?
CORY:The seconds.And your pages.
Nick turns the page of his book.
NICK:That keeps you up?
NICK:You've got problems.
CORY:I bet Whitley's asleep in his cruiser again.
NICK:Ofcourse he is.That's why he takes the night shift.
EXT. A POLICE CRUISER-NIGHT-WE LOOK THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD OF THE CRUISER TO SEE OFFICER CARL WHITLEY,44,ASLEEP IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT.THE CRUISER IS PARKED BEHIND A STORE.
INT. THE POLICE STATION-CORY CLOSES HIS EYES.
The phone rings,very loud.
Nick jumps and loses his balance,falling back in his chair, onto the floor.Cory sits up quickly.
The phone rings again.
Nick sits his chair back up,standing up.
Cory picks the phone up.
CORY:Amity Police Department.(pause)Yeah.(pause)Okay.What?(pause) Yeah.Okay.Just calm down,sir.That's good.(pause)Alright. Okay,what's your name?
Nick is watching,interested.
CORY:Scott Stevens?Okay.And where are you?
Cory writes down the information he's getting on a note pad.
Nick puts his book down on his desk.
CORY:Okay.We'll have some squad cars sent there in a second.
Cory hangs up,kind of shocked.
NICK:What was it?
Nick sits down in his chair.
CORY:I think we should call the chief.
INT. CHIEF DANES' BEDROOM-CHIEF RILEY DANES,31,IS ASLEEP IN HIS BED,ALONE.
His digital alarm clock reads: 2:53 AM.
The phone rings.
Riley opens his eyes.
The phone rings again.
Riley groans,reaching for the phone.
He answers the phone,clearing his throat.
RILEY:(groggy)Hello?(pause)Cory?What do you want?(pause)Call Whitley.(pause)He's sleeping again?I'm gonna make him take the day shift if he keeps doing that.(pause)Yeah, he'd probably still sleep.(pause)What?Where?
Riley sits up,interested.
RILEY:A shark?Are you sure?Okay,I'll be right there.
Riley hangs up.
INT. RILEY'S JEEP-SOON-RILEY IS DRIVING DOWN AN AMITY ROAD.
The radio clock reads: 3:03 AM. "Me And Bobby McGee" is playing.
EXT. THE JEEP-NIGHT-THE JEEP PULLS INTO A PARKING LOT BY THE BEACH.IT DRIVES UP BESIDE ANOTHER POLICE JEEP THAT'S PARKED BY A PHONE BOOTH.
The Jeep stops,turns off,and Riley gets out.
Quentin is sitting on the floor of the telephone booth wrapped in a towel,hugging himself and rocking back and forth.He's in shock.
Nick and Cory are standing infront of the other Jeep, which is Cory's,talking to Scott.
Riley looks down at Quentin as he walks toward Nick,Cory, and Scott,then he looks up at the other three.
RILEY:Is he alright?
CORY:Yeah.He's in shock.
CORY:That's Quentin Wilson,this is Scott Stevens.
Riley and Scott shake hands.
CORY:They were out on a boat,then they went into the water to go swimming.
RILEY:Just these two?
CORY:No.Quentin and his girlfriend Carrie Salyer went swimming. Scott stayed in the boat.Quentin and Carrie swam out a few yards but started to swim back to the boat when Carrie said she felt something swim underneath them.Quentin made it onto the boat,turned around to help Carrie up,and she wasn't there.A couple seconds later she resurfaced and was killed.Scott said it was pretty obvious she was being attacked by a shark.
Scott sighs,looking out at the ocean.
RILEY:A shark.We've had sharks before,haven't we?
NICK:Yeah,in '75 and '79.Others have been sighted not far from here.And one person was attacked in '95.
RILEY:Long before I ever got here.Are you absolutely sure it was a shark?
RILEY:Did you see it?
Riley looks over at Quentin,then looks back at Cory.
RILEY:I think we've got everything we need.Cory,could you take them to the hospital to get looked at.I think that one,Quentin,needs help.
CORY:Sure.I'll take 'em.
SCOTT:Could you help me with Quentin?
Scott and Nick walk over to Quentin and grab him by the shoulders.
Quentin stands up,Scott and Nick helping him.
Scott and Nick guide Quentin over to the Jeep.
Nick opens the back door and Scott and Quentin get in.
Nick shuts the back door.
Cory opens the driver's side door,sighing.
CORY:Well,I'll see you guys later.
Cory gets into the Jeep,shuts his door,and starts it up.
The Jeep drives out of the parking lot while Nick and Riley watch.
After the Jeep is gone,Nick looks over at Riley.
NICK:What do you think?
RILEY:I don't know,Nick.You think there's a shark?
NICK:I don't know.But,if there is it picked the right time to come.Mid-August.The July rush is over.Less people.
RILEY:Are those guys summer people?
RILEY:Quentin and Scott.
NICK:Yeah.They were set to leave in three days.
RILEY:The girl a summer person?
NICK:Yep.Her name was Carrie Salyer.All three from Ohio.They were here for a month.
NICK:Not yet.Not that I know of.
RILEY:We should search for it tomorrow.Wait a second.Who's at the station if you two are out here?You didn't leave it empty did you?
NICK:No.Cory got ahold of Whitley and had him come in.
INT. THE POLICE STATION-SOON-OFFICER WHITLEY IS ASLEEP IN NICK'S CHAIR.
The police station's door opens and Riley and Nick come in.Nick shuts the door behind them quietly.
Riley and Nick stands infront of the door,looking at Whitley.
RILEY:How much can one man sleep?Why does he sleep so much?
NICK:It's because all he does when he's not on duty is hang out in Red's Place.
Riley goes over to the window and looks out.
RILEY'S P.O.V-THE SKY IS TURNING BLUE AS DAWN NEARS.
RILEY:It's almost daylight.We need to get out on the beaches soon and look for the body.
NICK:There might not be a body.
RILEY:We can't take the chance of somebody finding it.If it was a shark attack the body won't look good.Nobody needs to see that.
RILEY:It's our job.
NICK:So I guess I'm gonna be working atleast a double shift.
NICK:Shouldn't we talk to the mayor?
RILEY:Yeah.I was just about to call him.
Riley turns away from the window and walks into a different room,his office.
Riley shuts his office door behind him and we see that a plaque on the door reads: CHIEF RILEY A. DANES.
INT. RILEY'S OFFICE-RILEY WALKS IN AND GOES OVER TO HIS DESK.
Riley sits down in his chair and grabs his phone.
He dials a number and waits.
After a couple seconds the line begins to ring.
The line rings five times before somebody picks it up on the other end.
RILEY:Peter,this is Riley.We have a problem.
MAN:(on phone)What kind of problem?
EXT. THE BEACH-DAWN-A DOZEN COPS ARE ON THE BEACH,SEARCHING EVERY INCH OF IT.A FEW OF THEM ARE KNEE HIGH IN THE OCEAN LOOKING AROUND.ALSO WALKING ON THE BEACH ARE AMITY MAYOR PETER ANDERSON,35,AND RILEY.
RILEY:Apparently.That's what the witnesses said.
PETER:Where are the witnesses now?
RILEY:Deputy Cory Porter took them to the hospital about three hours ago.
PETER:Were they injured?
RILEY:One of them was in shock.The girl's boyfriend.
PETER:This is not good,Riley.This is not good at all.Did they see it?Were they sure it was a shark?
RILEY:They didn't see it.
PETER:Oh,thank god.So maybe the girl just drownd.
RILEY:Possibly.The one that's in shock is being held at the hospital for a couple days until he snaps out of it.Cory's staying at the hospital with them until I can get over there and question the healthy one.
PETER:Where did they leave from?
RILEY:Where did they get the boat?
RILEY:They borrowed it from an islander,Kevin Boyle.He had it docked at the private beach behind his house,well,his parent's house.On Austin Drive.
PETER:Which parking lot were they in this morning?
Riley points to a parking lot about a hundred yards infront of them.
Riley and Peter start walking up the side of a sand dune.
PETER:Thank god the summer's almost over.We had one of the best summers ever.The summers make or break this island.Back in '75 when we had the first real shark problem the fourth of July fells right in the middle of it's attack.The island nearly went bankrupt that year.In '79 the shark came right at the beginning of summer.It was stopped but the summer was still pretty bad.The mayor then,Larry Vaughan,was a real prick about the whole thing.He wouldn't let Chief Brody do anything to stop the shark because he knew the island needed to make money.One bad summer and this island's a ghost town.In '95 the shark attacked a person in December, so that had no effect.Since the summer's almost over if this turns out to be a shark or something I'll be able to let you do whatever you think is needed to stop it.
RILEY:I just hope it's not a shark.
Riley and Peter reach the top of the dune and stop,looking down the other side.
We see a quick flash of Carrie's bloody body laying at the bottom of the dune.Everything below her navel is gone.
Peter turns around,vomiting.
Riley walks down the side of the dune toward Carrie's body, holding his hand over his mouth and nose.
Flies are buzzing all around.
Peter drops to his knees on top of the dune,breathing heavily and trying not to vomit again.
Riley looks down at Carrie's body,starting to look sick.
Peter loses his battle and vomits again.
Carrie's dead face stares up at Riley,eyes and mouth open.
Riley turns around and vomits.
PETER:(sounding sick)Anything.Anything you need.
INT. A HOSPITAL ROOM-SOON-QUENTIN IS LAYING IN A HOSPITAL BED.CORY IS SITTING IN A CHAIR NEARBY READING A MAGAZINE. QUENTIN ISN'T ASLEEP,HE'S JUST LAYING THERE STARING AT THE CEILING,UNBLINKING.
INT. THE HOSPITAL MORGUE-THE DOOR OPENS AND RILEY,NICK, AND SCOTT WALK IN.
SCOTT:Do I really have to do this?
INT. THE HALL-PETER IS WAITING,STANDING BY THE MORGUE DOOR.
INT. THE MORGUE-RILEY,NICK,AND SCOTT WALK UP TO A GURNEY THAT'S IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM.ON THE GURNEY IS CARRIE'S BODY,COVERED WITH A SHEET.
Standing on the other side of the gurney is the coroner and two assistants.
CORONER:Are you ready?
SCOTT:As ready as I can get.
The coroner grabs the top of the sheet covering Carrie's body and throws it back.
INT. THE HALL-PETER CLOSES HIS EYES AS THE SOUND OF SCOTT VOMITING COMES FROM INSIDE THE MORGUE.
The vomiting sounds stop after a few seconds and Peter opens his eyes.
The morgue door opens and Nick comes out with Scott.
Peter watches them as they walk past him and down the hall.Scott is crying.A couple seconds later Riley comes out of the morgue.
Peter looks over at him.
PETER:I could tell.
RILEY:The coroner says it was definetely a shark attack.
PETER:She didn't drownd,that's for sure.
RILEY:So what do we do now?
PETER:What do you think we should do?
RILEY:I told the coroner to keep a lid on the whole shark thing.
PETER:You think we should keep it quiet.
RILEY:For now,yeah.Until we're sure where the shark is.It could have gone away after it got the girl.Before we're sure the shark is still here I'll have officers patrol the beaches whenever people are swimming.
RILEY:Now we just have to pray that the shark has gone and that nobody else will die.
PETER:If someone else dies we could be in alot of trouble.
RILEY:In more ways than one.
PETER:I need to go,Riley.Back to my office.
RILEY:Okay.See you later,Peter.
Peter walks away.
Riley looks down at the floor,rubbing his head.
RILEY:What a mess.
Riley looks up.
TRISH:(O.S.)Chief Danes,could I have a word with you,please?
Trish Monroe,24,a young reporter for the Amity paper, is walking toward Riley holding a tape recorder.
TRISH:Could I talk to you about the body found on the beach this morning?
EXT. QUENTIN'S HOSPITAL ROOM-THROUGH THE OPEN DOOR WE CAN SEE QUENTIN IN THE BED.SCOTT IS SITTING IN THE CHAIR CORY WAS IN EARLIER,CRYING.NICK AND CORY ARE STANDING IN THE HALL JUST OUTSIDE THE ROOM.
NICK:What time is it?
CORY: (looks at watch)One.Why?
NICK:One in the afternoon?
NICK:No wonder I'm starving.
CORY:I thought I was the only one.I didn't want to bring it up because of what's goin' on.
NICK:I'm goin' home for lunch.Do you want me to bring you anything back?
CORY:Yeah,sure.I'll be at the station,though.Kyle Estevez is coming over.
Nick walks away.
EXT. THE MORGUE-TRISH AND RILEY ARE TALKING.
TRISH:So you don't know what caused the death?
TRISH:Any guesses you could tell me about?
RILEY:I can't really reveal anything.The death is under investigation and if I told you any of out guesses it might complicate the process,so,no,we can't say anything at the moment.
Trish turns her tape recorder off and walks away.
TRISH:(mutters,to herself)Thanks for nothing.
INT. THE MORGUE-WE WATCH THROUGH THE WINDOWS IN THE DOOR AS RILEY SMILES,WATCHING TRISH LEAVE.
One of the coroner's assistants is standing on the other side of the door from Riley.He was obviously listening to Riley and Trish's conversation.
EXT. THE MORGUE-NICK WALKS UP TO RILEY.
NICK:What are you smiling about?
NICK:Can I go home for lunch?
RILEY:What time is it?
RILEY:Yeah,sure.Go ahead.I have to go back to the station and get some people out on the beach.Is Cory staying here?
NICK:No,Kyle Estevez is.
RILEY:Good.I need him at the station.