It (1990): The Abridged Script


“Are you down to clown?”


FADE IN:

EXT.  A PLAIN OF DERRY, MAINE THAT’S MAINLY IN THE RAIN - DAY, 1960

TONY DAKOTA is playing with a PAPER BOAT in the GUTTERS along the
street.

                              TONY DAKOTA
               Golly, I sure love boats!  And my brother!
                And having two arms!

His BOAT pours into a STORM DRAIN, where a CLOWN picks it up.

                                 CLOWN
                 (smiles)
               Hiya, Tony!  You want your boat back? 
               Reach that juicy little arm down here and
               grab it!

                              TONY DAKOTA
               My parents told me not to talk to strange
               clowns I find in the sewer...

                                 CLOWN
               My name is Timmywise the Dancing Curry! 
               I’m a shapeshifting, child-eating alien
               that took on the image of a clown because
               kids love clowns!  I also took on this
               gruff, chain-smoker voice because kids
               love Jimmy Durante, right?

                              TONY DAKOTA
               I guess we’re not strangers anymore! 
               You’re so disARMing!

                         TIMMYWISE THE DANCING
                                 CURRY
                 (puts on lobster bib)
               Great!  Now reach in and grab your boat! 
               I’ll give you a free balloon!

                              TONY DAKOTA
                 (reaches into sewer)
               Do they float?

                         TIMMYWISE THE DANCING
                                 CURRY
                 (grabs arm)
               Yes!  They float!
                 (bares razor-sharp fangs)
               Down here, YOU’LL FLOAT TOO! 
               HA-CHA-CHA-CHA-CHA!

EXT.  DERRY - DAY, 1990

The POLICE are investigating a LITTLE GIRL’S DISAPPEARANCE.  The ONLY
BLACK PERSON IN TOWN, TIM REID enters.

                                TIM REID
               Has another child been murdered?!  IT’s
               back...

                             POLICE OFFICER
               Don’t give me another one of your
               “sewer clown” theories!  All we’ve
               found is a trail of blood leading to the
               sewer, some balloon animals-
                 (holds up balloon poodle)
               -and this picture of Tony Dakota, who was
               murdered in a similar way exactly 30 years
               ago.

                                TIM REID
                 (facepalms)

EXT.  FOREST - DAY, 1960

TIM FLASHES BACK to when he was played by MARLON TAYLOR.  He is being
CHASED by THREE GREASER DOUCHEBAGS, led by JARRED “FLOCK OF
SEAGULLS” BLANCARD.

                         MARLON "THE BLACK KID"
                                 TAYLOR
               Help!  I just ran-
                 (breathes heavily)
               I ran so far away-
                 (collapses)
               I couldn’t get away...

MARLON falls near a RIVER and a group of LOSER KIDS run to his aid.

                            “STUTTERING”
                            JONATHAN BRANDIS
               What the f-f-f-

                             SETH “COMIC
                            RELIEF” GREEN
               What the fuck happened to you?!

JARRED AND THE JETSSSSSS run up.  A JAZZY BEAT fades in.

                           JARRED “FLOCK OF
                          SEAGULLS” BLANCARD
                 (singing)
               Boy, boy, colored boy,
               Be COOL, boy!
               I’ll put a ROCKET in your POCKET,
               Blow off your jewels, boy!
                 (snaps fingers rhythmically)
               Don’t get hot-

JARRED is interrupted by a ROCK IN THE FACE.  THE LOSERS start PELTING
them with STONES.

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