The Neverending Story Script - Page 1 of 6

Many people have requested this script so I have posted it for your reading pleasure

Based on the book by Michael Ende
Screenplay by Wolfgang Peterson
1984

FADE IN: Limahl’s “The Neverending Story” plays as the CREDITS PLAY OVER a dazzling display of some great clouded storm. THE NOTHING. Great masses of clouds swirl and churn and collide on the screen.  the FINAL CREDITS play we…

CUT TO: Bastian’s bedroom

Our story begins as our young friend awakes from a dream. Bastian quickly sits up as if awakening  from a nightmare. He looks at a picture of his mom with a sigh and then he picks up the book beside him and marks his spot.

CUT TO: Kitchen. Bastians father is working on some sort of concoction in the kitchen blender, while Bastian sits at the dining table straining to open jelly for his toast. They exchange a good morning between each other, but they are relatively quiet.


Father:
Morning Bastian

Bastian:
Morning Dad

Bastian continues to struggle with the jar until his hand hurts. His father turns to him and gives him a hand. He seems to easily open the jar. As Bastians father returns to his task of the morning drink concoction Bastian breaks the silence.

Bastian:
I had another dream Dad, about Mom.

His father pauses at the blender, but doesn't look at him and then he continues creating his drink.

Father:
I understand son, but we have to get on with things, right?  (Bastian looks dejected at this answer.)Bastian we each have responsibilities. We can't let Mom's death be an excuse for not getting the old job done, right ?

Bastian half-heartedly smears butter on his toast. His father approaches the table and sits down. Time for a father to son talk.

Father:
Son, I think it's time you and I had a little talk.  I got a call from your math teacher yesterday.  She says you were drawing horses in your math book.

Bastian:
Unicorns. They were unicorns.(mimics a unicorn)

Father:
What ?

Bastian:
Nothing….

Father:
She also says that you haven't been turning your homework in on time. And I'm very disappointed you didn't even try out for the swim-team.

( Pause )

As for those riding lessons you've been wanting you say you love horses yet you seem to be afraid to get on a real one. Now, Bastian, you're old enough to get your head out of the clouds and start keeping both feet on the ground. all right ?

(he takes a sip of drink.)

Bastian:
Ok.

Father:
Stop daydreaming and start facing your problems.  Ok ? (ruffles Bastians hair)

Bastian:
Ok (he says with a half hearted smile)

Father:
Ok. Right I think we've had a nice little talk we should have more. (he gulps down his drink and gets up to leave.) Have a nice day and don't be late to school again.

Bastian:
(Bastian turns to him) But yesterday I wasn't…

END SCENE

FADE IN: City street

Out on the street 3 bullies are laughing. As Bastian walks out, they stop.

Bully 1:
Hey look it's the weirdo.

Bully 2:
Hey weirdo, got any cash for us today ?

Bastian turns and runs.

Bully 1:
Hey follow! That's it weirdo. You can't get away you jerk ! You're dead chicken!

They yell chasing after him. They chase him down an alley where they corner him and catch him.

Bully 3:
Where's you're money man ?

Bastian:
I don't have any!

Bully 1:
No money? Momma's little boy is holding out on us. You ain't got any money on ya, you go in the garbage can

All three bullies shove Bastian into a nearby dumpster.

The Neverending Story Script - Page 1 of 6

Bully 3:
Maybe chicken can lay an egg in there.(They laugh as they return to the street.)
 

Bastian comes out of the dumpster and enters the street brushing garbage off himself. The bullies see him and stand up straight.

Bully 1:
Hey man, who said you could get out of the garbage ?  Get back in there.

(They smile at each other and start towards him.)

Bastian:
 Oh no not again. No not again!(He starts running)

Bully 2:
Where do you think you're going wimp?  (They chase after him, He ducks into a bookstore and the boys run by. )

NEXT SCENE: Coreander’s Book store

Bastian watches from inside the store as the three bullies go running by. He sighs felling relief, but is suddenly startled by a ruff bulldog voice from somewhere in the store.

Coreander:
Get outta here. I don't like kids.

Bastian walks toward the area he heard to voice from, and finds an old man siting in a chair reading. He turns and looks at him.

Coreander:
You still here boy? Didn't you hear what I said?

Bastian:
Um, I was.. (he stutters motioning to the door.)

Coreander:
You're hiding aren't you?

Bastian:
No I was just... (he stutters more)

Coreander:
The video arcade is down the street . Here we just sell small rectangular objects that are called books. Require a little effort on your part and make no b..b..b..beeps. On your way please

Bastian:
I KNOW books. I have 186 of them at home!

Coreander:
Bah. Comic books.

Bastian:
No. I've read Treasure Island, Last of the Mohicans, Wizard of Oz, Lord of the Rings, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Tarzan…

Coreander:
Whoa whoa whoa. Who are you running away from?(he says with new interest.)

Bastian:
Just some kids from school.

Coreander:
Why ?

Bastian:
They wanna throw me in the garbage.

Coreander:
Why don't you give them a good punch in the nose, eh?

Bastian:
Oh, I dunno.(he looks down at his shoes)

The man turns away from him again.  Bastian looks at the book he has.  His interest has been aroused.

Bastian:
What's that book about?

Coreander:
Oh, this is something special.

Bastian:
(Bastian moves in closer.)Well, what is it ?

Coreander:
Look. You're books are safe. While you're reading them you get to become Tarzan or Robinson Crusoe.

Bastian:
But that's what I like about them.

Coreander:
Yes, but afterwards you get to be a little boy again.

Bastian:
What do you mean?

Coreander:
Listen (he motions for him to come nearer.)

Coreander:
Have you ever been Captain Nemo, trapped inside your submarine while the giant squid was attacking you ?

Bastian:
Yes.

Coreander:
Weren't you afraid you couldn't escape ?

Bastian:
But it's only a story.

Coreander:
That's what I'm talking about. The ones you read are safe.

Bastian:
And that one isn't ?

Coreander:
Don't worry about it.

Bastian:
But, but you just said it was.... (the phone rings and Coreander puts the book under a newspaper to try and hide it.)

Coreander:
Forget about it. This book is not for you.(he gets up and gets the phone.)

 Bastian watches him. As he talks on the phone Bastian uncovers the book. The title on the book reads, The Neverending Story.  above these words is a symbol on the cover. The symbol is two snakes intertwined with each other and biting each other's tail. As the old man hangs up the phone, Bastian grabs the book and runs out. The old man smiles to himself and looks down at his desk proud to have finally gotten rid of the annoying child.

ANGLE: Coreanders desk

On his desk in place of the book is a note pad barely legible writing on it, it reads:

" Don't worry, I'll return your book."

END SCENE

NEXT SCENE: Bastians school.

With the book under his shirt Bastian runs through the hall of his school. He stops outside his classroom, then cautiously looks through the small slit of a window in the classroom door. What he sees is his class already started on a very important math test.

Bastian:
The Math test, oh no.

CUT TO: school attic

Bastian runs up the stairs leading to the  school's attic, finds the key and goes inside. There are all sorts of old scholastic objects in the attic. He finds a stack of old gym mats and pulls one out. He sits down and pulls out the book, then he begins reading.

ANGLE- Bastian- CLOSE UP:

Bastian:
It was midnight in the Howling forest. The wind whistled through the tops of the ancient trees.  Suddenly, something enormous crashed and rumbled through the eerie woods.

FADE OUT TO: Fantasia

WIDE SHOT: View of small camp.

We see a snail look up and there's a small man beside him. There is a Nighthob and his sleeping bat nearby. Suddenly the calm of the camp is interrupted by a great rumbling similar to an earthquake.

Nighthob:
What's that ?  (the ground shakes.)

ANGLE: Rockbiter

A huge tricycle comes to a stop in front of them. It is made entirely from stone, as is the giant riding it. The Rockbiter speaks to them in a deep, friendly voice.

Rockbiter:
Excuse me, would it be alright if I joined you this evening?

Tiny:
Uh huh.

The Neverending Story Script - Page 1 of 6

Use the nav bar to continue to page 2.