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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Tonight He Comes (Hancock) script - post author Don

Thanks to BD for the heads up on this one. Jeffrey Wells over at Hollywood elsewhere has an excellent take on Hancock and the potential role that Akiva “I poop blockbusters” Goldsman had on the final movie. One HE readers shot over an early, early draft of Hancock noting, “It’s always frustrating to read movie reviews in which the writing is slammed. Screenwriters are easy targets, but they’re often innocent bystanders in the development process. If you want to know what Hancock looked like before all the cooks in the kitchen got their grubby paws on it, here’s an earlier draft [PDF] that shows the writer’s true vision… “

Skip on over to the Movie Scripts page for a look-see. – Don

10 Comments so far


July 14th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

I was loving the script. But really anti-climactic that page 125 was blank. Is this just a problem with my system? Or have others experienced this?


July 14th, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Scratch that last comment. I just read the article that explains the script is missing page 125. Still, if someone should come across that page elsewhere, then please submit it. I would love to read it.




July 14th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

Here’s PAGE 125:

We pause – to let his soul cave in.

Horus reaches for her hand. Holds it… till death do you part…


Horus leaps to his feet – stunned.

Get me out of here.

He digs into the heap, unearthing rocks. Roheim pitches in.

There and beneath it all – Mary, wrapped in Hancock’s CAPE, spared by this SUPER-apparel.

Horus. Mary. A husband-wife embrace. Aaron, he comes running into their arms.

Hancock beholds this twist of fate. Then, he stares at his hands – the tears. The TEARS. A CHUCKLE as he tries to fathom this event.

And another chuckle.

It’s quiet all of a sudden. The rain – it has stopped. Morning dawns on this new day.

Hancock rises from his stoop. Gathers his faculties. He walks over – rejuvenated. Horus rises in defensive posture to greet him.

They stare at one another.

Hancock fixes his gaze at Mary. A beat.

Mary moves to him. Hands him his CAPE. She says…

Thank you.

He takes it. Examines it, like a man rediscovering some forgotten dream.

Hancock fastens it back – silent. He turns… and fades into blue sky.



July 15th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Just curious. Is that the original last page? Or did you create that once you read the script? The writing felt different, but that could just be because of the interruption.

Either way. Thanks for taking the time.


July 16th, 2008 at 6:58 am

I swear it’s original 😉

If you have an account here, PM me your e-mail and I will send you my copy.


July 16th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

I don’t have an account, but it’s ok. I believe you.


August 2nd, 2008 at 4:01 pm

I didn’t like the original script. I like the idea of a flawed super being but I wasn’t really interested in any of the characters including Horus’ son troubles with a bully. Mary, his wife, had no surprises for me. I’ve seen this female character many times before and I wish she’d go away or evolve. Hancock the movie is very flawed but it think it had a bit more to it then the original script. I had to force myself to finish reading it, ending up skipping along to the end not surprised by the final scene. Let the insults fly.


shichao zhou
September 13th, 2008 at 10:17 am

How to download the scripts?
what is the website link?


Alan Doolan
March 10th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I can’t see the appeal of this script. It reads like a teenager wrote it while sexually frustrated. Hancock could have been darker but the other characters feel empty the whole time and over all the story is just lacking direction. Here comes the hate mail!


Super Movie Monday – Hancock, Part 1
April 18th, 2011 at 2:31 am

[…] Some have claimed that the movie is a cautionary tale about the Hollywood development process, the rewrites and re-rewrites and studio notes that grind all the rough edges off an otherwise interesting vision and smooth it down to bland, easily digested pap (a true indictment in many cases). But I’ve read Tonight He Comes, and it kinda blows. Not only would I have hated the movie if it used that original script, I probably would not even have gone to see it. [If you want to read the script and form your own opinion, the link above goes to a site which links to a PDF of the screenplay. Be warned, there's a page missing, and it's a critical one.] […]

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