Movie Judgment Night - Original draft by Kevin Jarre

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So according to rumors and screenwriter Kevin Jarre's fans, his original draft of the script for Judgment Night (1993) was completely different and just like what happened with his script for The Devil's Own (1997), it was taken away and re-written bunch of times by other writers. I myself uploaded one of the drafts of the script that was written by somebody other than Jarre, but that's the only one i could find.

From what i heard, Jarre's original draft was available amongst some people who had a chance to read it and share their opinion about it following his death, but it never leaked out to public. Ones who did read it all said how it was much better than the movie. So since there is very little chance that it's actually still somewhere out there, i'm more curious to hear (in case if anyone here knows) more about this script.
 
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Small update about this unicorn. Apparently Jarre's original script had different/alternate title; Escape. Also it's possible that the script is dated 18.10.1989. This info is not confirmed though. And again, from what i heard before, this script does exists, but nobody can find it and nobody made scan of it yet.
 
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Great to see others keen to read it. I didn't mind Judgment Night but I always thought there was something better at the core.
 
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^ Fwiw it seems to me Knowles is implying he's read/got the script. For a laugh I've just emailed him to see if he'll share...
 
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^ Fwiw it seems to me Knowles is implying he's read/got the script. For a laugh I've just emailed him to see if he'll share...
Mike80 - depending on his response - if you want to attempt tp go after the Judgement Night in trade let me know and I will happily back it for you. Usual rules applying. Let me know. I doubt he will flat share anything given what I have heard about him in general. We may need to tempt him with the sweet taste of nuts and honey. ;)
 
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^ Fwiw it seems to me Knowles is implying he's read/got the script. For a laugh I've just emailed him to see if he'll share...
A laugh is probably all you'll get. Seems that he's intentionally become a parody of himself to keep people reading. His days of being an approachable film guy are probably gone.
 
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A laugh is probably all you'll get. Seems that he's intentionally become a parody of himself to keep people reading. His days of being an approachable film guy are probably gone.
He's been that way for well over a decade. He at least he can still claim "talent" based friends. Unlike say - Scriptshadow who was an industry joke from the go. Both have about the same DIRECT access now. You also could not do what AICN did in the late 90s - early 2000s and get away with it now. Those days are over. In all honesty - AICN technically died in 2004 in terms of former glory. And nothing has come close to replacing it since in personality or otherwise.
 
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Yes, strange what happened to AICN. What do you think was its downfall? So many sites had genuine power before, now those sites are dormant, dead or obsolete...
As for Judgement Nights original script... We live in hope...
 
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Yes, strange what happened to AICN. What do you think was its downfall? So many sites had genuine power before, now those sites are dormant, dead or obsolete...
As for Judgement Nights original script... We live in hope...
Ironically - the same thing that ultimately happened to Scriptshadow. He pissed off all his sources and became radioactive. You cannot maintain "power" when you have zero direct access. In Scriptshadows case - he was faking it all along and enough writers got pissed at his "reviews" that they started asking questions. People started talking ----- bye bye illusion of relevance. He really is nothing more than a cheap con-artist. Harry on the other hand was a total opportunist that burned enough bridges that he was eventually trapped on a metaphorical island. Hubris and lack of respect is the quickest way to become an afterthought.
 
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I see what you mean. Its a shame in some ways as I still check the site from time to time. Only Darkhorizons.com has remained consistent (I still check it everyday).
 
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Just in case, if link disappears;

Director Stephen Hopkins dropped this fun little nugget at the Q+A following the 25th-anniversary screening of his Judgment Night at the ongoing Cinepocalypse film festival here in Chicago. According to the filmmaker, the producers had wanted to create a film in the spirit of The Warriors and had commisioned several screenplays. One of the writers: John Carpenter. No word on what it was about, but it’s interesting to think what would have happened if they moved forward with a Carpenter-penned version of Judgment Night.

The 1993 masterpiece, about four friends who get lost in the streets of Chicago on their way to a boxing match, boasted one of cinemas best ensembles: Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jeremy Piven, and Stephen Dorff, with Denis Leary making his feature debut as the film’s antagonist.

“I’d done Predator 2 with Larry Gordon and Joel Silver, who were partners at the time; shortly afterward, they had a very bitter split. Larry Gordon started his own production company called Largo [Entertainment], and I think [Judgment Night] was the first film to come out of that,” Hopkins told the audience at the Q+A.

“They’d actually been wanting to make this film for a long time, and there were all sorts of scripts, from people like John Carpenter and Gary Cunningham – different versions that involved bikers in the desert of LA, and things like that. I was given a lot of scripts, and it was quite a long process. We wanted to work hard to get it right, and not make it about something that wasn’t just about rape – a lot of these urban stories are about that.

“There were months and months of script meetings – there were rooftop motorcycle chases, but we ended up in a grittier vibe. It was interesting for me, because I’d only just made sci-fi movies at that point; I wanted to try something more realistic.” (Thanks to CoS for the transcription.)

Unfortunately, Judgment Night would bomb at the box office after being pulled from theaters following a widely publicized shooting. 25 years later, we can appreciate the classic it has become.
 
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