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                   "LOST"

FADE IN:

EXT. MARS ASTEROID BELT – SPACE

Silent but far from empty, space is filled to
overflowing with the billions of stars that make up
the MILKY WAY. They shine like the love of God,
cold and remote. CAMERA PANS AROUND and thousands
of ASTEROIDS that occupy the MARS ASTEROID BELT
slowly drift into view, the gas giant Jupiter can
be seen far away in the background. This peaceful
scene is suddenly disturbed by a new arrival, a
large COMET. This intergalactic traveller is making
its first pass through the SOLAR SYSTEM and passes
through the asteroid belt at great speed. CAMERA
FOLLOWS.

EXT. APPROACHING MARS. INTERGALACTIC COMET - SPACE

CLOSER SHOT roughly 300 meters across made of rock
and ice. The comets magnificent tail glows on the
solar winds giving it a streamlined, elegant look;
this contrasts with the chunks of rock and ice that
are venting from its surface signifying its danger.
The comet passes Mars and appears to be heading
into the vast blackness of space but the gravity of
the planet changes its course slightly, now in the
distance EARTH is coming into focus as CAMERA
FOLLOWS the comet on its new trajectory.

EXT. APPROACHING EARTH. INTERGALACTIC COMET - SPACE

Earth is now sharply in focus and it is obvious the
comet going to hit the planet. As the comet
encounters the atmosphere, a SONIC BOOM and the
comet starts to glow red and break up even more.
The Earth is so close the continents can be clearly
seen and it obvious that the comet is going to
crash into the middle of the Australian out back
which is strangely black. The Comet continues
SCREAMING as a faint light in the middle of
AUSTRALIA flickers and comes into view.




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EXT. AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK – KARAMU ABORIGINAL CAMP -
NIGHT

The source of the light that could be seen from the
sky is actually the cook fires of the KARAMU
ABORIGINAL TRIBE. A collection of about 20 of all
ages engaged in the usual camp routine of cooking,
mending and sharpening of setting up camp.

EXT. AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK – CLOSE TO KARAMU CAMP -
NIGHT

Away from camp two aborigines, a YOUNG MALE and
YOUNG FEMALE fall to the sand LAUGHING. Close to
puberty they embrace kissing passionately and
urgently, their GROANS are in sharp contrast with
the SILENCE around them. The Young Female pulls
away with the Young Male looking confused and
frustrated.


                    YOUNG FEMALE
               (subtitles)
          Not yet Must wait elders
          say so…

                     YOUNG MALE
                (contemptuou
                sly)
           Stories to scare little
          ones.



He pull her close again she pulls away from his
advances She repeats herself.



                    YOUNG FEMALE
          No! Must wait till ritual
          or will anger gods.



He jumps to his feet a display of mock anger




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                    YOUNG MALE
               (defiantly)
          Gods! I slay them with my
          boomerang and spear.

He makes exaggerated, athletic movements with his
hands and feet and falls to the ground into her
arms, both laugh. Young female caresses his head.

                    YOUNG FEMALE
               (worried)
          Beat will you be if
          caught.


                    YOUNG MALE
          Kiss worth a thousand
          beatings.


She melts a little.



                    YOUNG FEMALE
          Be so even when have many
          creases?


                      YOUNG MALE
                (playfully)
          Ah?

Young females face becomes a mask of mock outrage,
Young Male pulls her close and tenderly.


                    YOUNG MALE
          Till the Dreaming. Look!


The sky is brightened by a spectacular display of
SHOOTING stars the result of the intergalactic
comet breaking apart in the atmosphere. The light
also shows the tribe are camped within grounds of a
large crater the result of a much bigger meteor
that struck the area a long time ago.




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They both look in wonder at the awesome sight as
the meteors light up the sky and the display
convinces young female the gods have indeed given
their blessing and to give in to her longing. They
embrace and make love.

EXT. AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK. NEAR KARAMU CAMP - DAWN

The two young lovers must have fallen asleep as it
is getting light, young female stirs sees the
lightening sky and realises they are in big
trouble. She shakes him awake. He wakes and is
reluctant to return to a beating. She encourages
him as they rise and she takes his hand.



                    YOUNG FEMALE
               (reassuringl
               y)
          Come my warrior husband.


They run towards camp.

EXT. AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK KARAMU CAMP - DAWN

They arrive at camp at full dawn to find a
SLAUGHTERHOUSE. Everybody appears to be dead many
cut in half or with arms and legs missing. They
fall to the ground in a state of complete shock.

                    YOUNG FEMALE
          Done this we have.

Young male is sitting as if stunned.

                    YOUNG FEMALE
          Angered gods punish us.

                      YOUNG MALE
          NO!

Young female is looking towards something.

                      YOUNG FEMALE
                 (despairing)
          Yes!



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Kneels.


CAMERA TIGHT ON Young male’s face it is a look of
pure terror as a shadow obstructs the view camera.
Both young ones CRY out as a horrible HYENA like
CACKLING is heard. Cut to: 5000 years later



INT. ADELAIDE UNIVERSITY. SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - DAY

CAMERA FOCUSES TIGHTLY ON the KENDO MASK of TOM
CREAN. Tom is competing in the interuniversity
kendo tournament final against JOHNNY STUART from
UTS.

The match is a fierce with each man taking a number
of blows back and forth. Stuart attacks strongly
and manages to knock Creans mask off and as he
regains it is hit with an illegal blow that knocks
him to the floor.

The crowd of about 50 go mental. The ref intervenes
deducting a point while Crean regains his feet and
some composure. Creans coach gives his face a wipe
with a damp cloth and a shot of smelling salts that
perk him up the referee comes over to him.

                    REFEREE
          You alright son?

Crean nods his head, replaces his mask gives his
head a shake and is ready to rumble. The ref
signals the fight to recommence.

The scoreboard shows the Crean is losing and time
running out.

He starts again and is hit hard again in the gut
but stays up and this time launches a stinging
counterattack that sends Stuart across the floor,
off his feet, out of the game and at his mercy.




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Stuart is laying on the floor his mask askew
looking very afraid. Crean is a vision of anger and
has his stick poised to strike the crowd has gone
SILENT as Crean considers payback but instead leans
down and pulls him up. The place erupts again and
the two of them embrace.

EXT. ADELAIDE UNIVERSITY. SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - DAY

Crean leaves the auditorium showered and changed a
slightly swollen eye is testament of a tough match.

A few supporters congratulate him but he is looking
for someone. Creans P.O.V. TURNS AROUND until he
finds FOUR GIRLS surrounding someone and laughing.

Shaking his head a little frustrated he starts
towards them. As he reaches the group it parts and
reveals the centre of attention as BRADY JONES. He
spots Crean and smiles.

He pulls out a wad of cash and waves it at him.

                    JONES
          Jesus man, you left it
          fucking late enough,
          almost gave me a heart
          attack.

Doesn’t offer him any of the cash and puts it away.
Crean looks at him knowing he wouldn’t.

                    CREAN
          I’m fine by the way. Come
          on we’re late?

                    JONES
          Oh yeah are you alright?

Crean starts off to class.

          Hey hang on a minute will
          you. I want to introduce
          you a couple of friends of
          mine. Tom Crean, the
          girls, the girls Tom
          Crean.

Crean turns to the group.


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                         CREAN
                    (Slightly
embarrassed)
               Hi there.

     One of the girls, Tara Squire dark hair and
     attractive seems to be interested in him.



                         TARA
               I saw you in there you
               were great. Do you have a
               girlfriend?

     Little taken a back.


                            CREAN
               Thanks.

     Jones although he has included Crean in the
     conversation it is only to make himself look
     better.

                         JONES
               A girl friend? He hasn’t
               had a date in two years?

                            CREAN
               (to Jones)
               Thanks a lot.


     Tammy LEE a pretty Asian girl in tight jeans and
     blue sweat top standing next to Jones pipes up.



                         TAMMY LEE
               Aren’t you gay?


                         JONES
               No not gay, he’s still
               pining over some girl that
               left him for Europe move
               on I say.



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      The girls look at him now as if seeing him for the
      first time. Crean loses, it his moment gone again
      due to Jones.

                          CREAN
                       (losing
it)
                Fuck this I’m walking.

      Turns and walks towards class.

      EXT. ADELAIDE UNIVERSITY- DAY

      Walking to class Crean is still pissed off by Jones
      embarrassing him in front of the girls. Jones isn’t
      having any off it. TIGHT ON JONES FACE.

                          JONES
                What the fuck was that?

                          CREAN
                What was what?


                          JONES
                You know exactly what I’m
                talking about. Are you
                actually trying not to get
                laid this year? Cause if
                you don’t want my help
                just say so.

      Crean stops and turns to him.

                          CREAN
                Promise? Anyway you heard
                them they think I’m gay.



      Crean starts walking again Jones follows.


                          JONES
                No they don’t




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               (beat)
          …well not really. Anyway
          what better way to prove
          them wrong.

                    CREAN
          How by shagging any girl
          who smiles at me?

                    JONES
             (offended)
          Hey,I don’t do that. Well
          not that much.

                    JONES
             (defensive)
          and your point is?

                    CREAN
               (calmer)
          I don’t have one just… lay
          off ok. Come on we can’t
          be late today.

Again on the move this time with more purpose.

                    JONES
          My friend wider
          opportunities are passing
          you by. You spend all your
          time with your head either
          in a book or having it hit
          with a stick, it’s not
          healthy.

                    CREAN
          In case it’s escaped your
          attention we are at
          university books are kinda
          important and kendo’s an
          easier game to understand
          than the one you’re
          playing.

The tension has receded.




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                    JONES
          I’m out with Becky Carlson
          tonight how bout I get you
          fixed up with her mate
          Penny. We’ll double what’d
          say?

                     CREAN
          Penny, thanks a lot. She’s
          bigger than most of those
          guys today
               (beat)
          and nastier.

Jones puts his hands up.

                    JONES
          Hey gay boy, dating’s like
          football if you’ve been
          out for a while, you can’t
          just start back in the
          firsts, that means doing
          some time in the lower
          leagues. So you give a
          couple of reserves a good
          memory, it gets you back
          in the game and makes
          their semester it’s a win
          win. Trust me.

                    CREAN
               (sarcastical
               ly)
          You really are a beautiful
          human being.

INT. ADELAIDE UNI- PROFESSOR ECKHART’S CLASS - DAY

The inside of a typical undergraduate LECTURE HALL
about 100 kids in casual clothes some listening
some talking to their neighbours one or two making
paper plans and one couple snogging.

At the front conducting the lecture is Professor
MILES ECKHART, Oxford educated, a tough wiry
looking character his English complexion has been
re-forged in the hot sun and harsh winds of the
Australian outback.


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The renowned geologist is head of the natural
sciences department. The professor is discussing an
American desert landscape using an overhead
projector and although he has lived in Australia
for the past twenty years has not lost his middle
England accent.

He is pointing to the overhead of a geological
formation with his lecture cane and turns back to
the class.

                    ECKHART
          …the liquid containing
          high concentrations of
          quartz and potassium cools
          in the tight spaces
          between the harder igneous
          rocks. Then when exposed
          to surface elements of
          wind and water these
          softer strata erode more
          quickly so giving a
          stonemason like effect.

NATTY FIRM-STONE a female student halfway up is
busy painting her finger nails. Eckhart notices
her.

                    ECKHART
              (firmly)
          Miss Firm-stone this is a
          geology class not
          impressionist art.

Embarrassed Natty puts the polish away. The
professor changes overheads.

          The Joshua Tree formations
          of the Mojave desert…

The bell RINGS signalling end of class.

          …will have to wait till
          next semester I’m afraid.
               (beat)
          Before anyone leaves
          though I have a couple of
          announcements.


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No one had moved and there is a HUSH, obviously
something big is to be announced. Crean and Jones
can be seen towards the back and left hand side of
the hall. Jones is animated and excited Crean looks
a little anxious.

                    JONES
          Here we go. Drum roll
          please…

                    CREAN
          Shut up will you…I wish
          I’d left you back there…

The class has gone quiet looking at Crean the
Professor especially looking less than pleased.
Jones nudges him quiet with an innocent ‘some
people’ look on his face. Crean’s wishes the world
would swallow him up.

Eckhart has slight pause.

                    ECKHART
          First of all your term
          papers on the glacial
          changes within Mesozoic
          Europe have been marked
          and are on the whole
          pleasing.

Noise from the back right though the professor
knows the culprit.

                    ECKHART
               (not amused)
          There are exceptions
          Mister Numan.

ERIC NUMAN a student with that classic thick head
jock look about him gets a punch in the ribs from
another of his meat head mates and shuts up. The
professor waits for calm.

                    ECKHART
          Of more interest to many
          here I have selected the
          students for next weeks
          Nullabor field trip. As


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          you all know we are to be
          looking to find and
          document new deposits of
          gamanite which those of
          you who have paid
          attention this year will
          know are a strong
          indicator of the presence
          of diamonds. Due to the
          university’s financial
          constraints though numbers
          are severely restricted
          and therefore the
          selection criterion has
          been equally severe and
          though I may live to
          regret it the students
          selected are Brady Jones,
          Thomas Crean…

They high five each other.

                       JONES AND CREAN
          Yes!

                    ECKHART
          …and from my evening class
          Rac…

The guy behind them sneezes drowning out the other
person.

                       JONES
          Who?

Wiping nasal the nasal spray off his shoulder and
turning back to Jones.

                       CREAN
          Missed it.


                    JONES
          I’ve heard there’s a load
          of hot chicks in the night
          class. Has to one of them.




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                    CREAN
          More likely it’s that guy
          who farts the alphabet.

                    JONES
          Will you chill out this
          trip’s goin to be major!
          Me, you and some hottie…

Jones is getting himself worked up with excitement.

          who only wears tight
          shorts and those really
          tight tops…
               (beat)
          …no bikinis, she only
          wears bikinis and and…

                    CREAN
          The professor…

Looks at him a bit disgusted.

                    JONES
          The professor in a bikini?
          Dude you really need a
          girlfriend.

The professor is looking up at them already
wondering what he has let himself in for.

                    ECKHART
          …as I was saying.

Shoots them another look.

          … this promises to be a
          very demanding couple of
          weeks and the selected
          students may come to rue
          their selection.

          To everyone not coming
          have a great holiday…

Looks at them.

          and you two jokers my
          office at noon tomorrow.


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INT. ECKHART’S SECRETARY’S OFFICE- DAY

The door to Professor Eckhart’s secretary’s office
opens and in walks the Crean and Jones.

Typical office a couple of chairs in the waiting
area, a number of pictures on the walls and big
windows that let in tons of light and his SECRETARY
an attractive dark haired yet stern looking woman
of about thirty four sitting at desk typing away on
her desktop computer.

The desk plaque reads MS ELSPETH TINDAL. Ms Tindal
looks up from her work but keeps typing the PAT PAT
PAT sound continues.

Jones approaches.

                     JONES
               (James Bond
               like)
          Ah Money penny…

Ms Tindal either doesn’t get the line or doesn’t
like it, either way his advances, as she is
undoubtedly attractive fail dismally.

                     MS TINDAL
               (Business
               like)
          The Professor has been
          delayed he asked if you
          will wait in his office.


They walk towards the inner office.

                    JONES
          You know this trip could
          really get you back on
          track. Help you focus on
          the future instead of
          living in the past.

                    CREAN
          I can’t believe I’m saying
          this but you are probably




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          right. Like what’s the
          worst that can happen?

They open the door.

INT. ECKHART’S OFFICE - DAY

The Professors office is similar to the outer
office though there are more pictures on the walls
and it is less tidy, big windows letting in loads
of afternoon light.

A tall athletic young woman is highlighted against
the light hints that she is attractive, five feet
eight with the body of a swimmer.

Her back is turned but turns to face the newcomers
and what was hinted at is indeed true RACHEL
COVACCS is very attractive.

Crean is pole axed the one love of his life is
standing in front of him instead of 12,000 miles
away in Europe and what’s worse she is coming on
the field trip.

                    CREAN
          What the fuck?

                    COVACCS
Rachel shows she is nervous ever so slightly.

          Hi Tom. Surprised?

                    CREAN
          Surprised! What are you
          doing here?

Jones is taken a back.

                    JONES
          You two know each other?
          Where have you been hiding
          her?

Tom and Rachel ignore him.

                    CREAN
          You are supposed to be in Europe.



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                    COVACCS
          Fathers been ill.

                    CREAN
          When did being a nasty
          vindictive bastard become
          an illness?

Crean is spewing with anger. Jones is starting to
realise the truth of the situation.


                    JONES
          What a minute hold the
          phones you’re not THE
          Rachel… from Europe?

Jones is talking but he may as well be in Europe
for all they are listening to him as there
conversation has carried on unabated.

                     CREAN
          …I told you I couldn’t
          afford it.

                    COVACCS
          I said I would have paid.

                    CREAN
          And owe your darling
          father. He’d have loved
          that wouldn’t he!

Doing an impression of her father in a posh snotty
voice Russian/Jew accented.

          How can ever be good
          enough for my little
          Kuputkin?

                    COVACCS
          You’re just being
          pigheaded and mean then
          again what a surprise.

Jones breaks it their private conversation and puts
his arms around each of them.



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                    JONES
               (to Rachel)
          Your not seeing anyone at
          the moment are you?



At this point two men walk in through the open door
the first one is the Professor and the other one a
man in his mid to late thirties dark hair sun
beaten complexion is his old student and friend Dr
ADAM WADE.

The professor doesn’t sense the tension that the
room exudes as he is as usual wrapped up in his
world.

                    ECKHART
          So you have met excellent.
          Now for more introductions
          this is Dr Adam Wade who
          was once one of my
          students…

                    CREAN
          Hey I didn’t I meet you at
          the Sydney Uni open day?

Wade nods to him in the assent.

                    ECKHART
          …and is now Deputy Head of
          geological and aboriginal
          sciences at the University
          of Sydney. Dr Wade will be
          acting as my second.

They all say hi the professor now turns to
introduce the students. He nods.


                    ECKHART
          I see you have already met
          Tom Crean
               (turning to
               Jones)
          this our American exchange
          student Brady Jones and


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          Miss Rachel Covaccs
          recently back from Europe
          whose father has been very
          generous in the funding of
          the trip.

                    CREAN
               (under
               breath)
          Typical!

Crean and Jones look at each other.

                    ECKHART
          First of all I want to
          thank you in advance for
          giving up your semester
          break and for all the hard
          but I hope rewarding work
          to come.
               (to Jones
               and Crean)
          I do hope you understand
          that selecting you two was
          a risk and although your
          marks demanded it this is
          not a holiday. If we are
          successful in our search
          it will be a great help to
          the university.

                    JONES
          What’s our cut professor?

                       ECKHART
          Excuse me?

                    JONES
          We’re doing all the work
          seems reasonable we should
          get something for our
          troubles.

                    ECKHART
          Your reward will be in the
          knowledge of a job well
          done. We are scientists
          mister Jones not one of


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          your Yankee carpet
          baggers.

Jones attempts to interject but is cut off as the
professor turns to Wade.

                    ECKHART
          Dr Wade the itineries…

                      WADE
         Of course,


Wade starts handing out the
itineries.

         these are your tickets,
don’t be late. Pack just a couple of
changes of       clothes and a sense
of humour as it going to be tough at
times out there.

                    ECKHART
          Any questions?

There are none.

          Then see you all Monday
               (beat)
          on time.

Tom, Brady and Rachel leave the room. CAMERA PANS
BACK to Eckhart and Wade who have remained standing
where they are.

Wade reaches into his jacket and pulls out a packet
of Marlborough Lights and lights it taking a long
drag and relaxing then offers one to the professor
who shakes his head.

                    ECKHART
          I thought you’d given up?

                    WADE
          So does Sarah.




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Takes another drag and is given a glass containing
a shot of whiskey sniffs it gives a cheers nod and
takes a nip.

                      WADE
          Interesting group.

                    ECKHART
          They are all exceptional
          students even our American
          friend.

                      WADE
          No doubt.

Wade obviously has more to say.

                      ECKHART
          But?

                     WADE
          Miles there is obviously
          tension between them you
          can’t tell me something
          wasn’t going on as we
          walked in.

                      ECKHART
          And?

                    WADE
          Maybe nothing but with
          those three together it’s
          going to be trouble you
          can count on it.

Eckhart sees where this is going and it has created
an opening for him to tackle a difficult subject.

                    ECKHART
          You think we should stop
          them coming?

                    WADE
          Maybe, this is going to be
          a tough one.




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                    ECKHART
          Maybe they aren’t the only
          ones that shouldn’t be
          coming.

                     WADE
                (warily)
          I don’t know what you
          mean?

                    ECKHART
          Adam, I know and I’m so
          sorry.

                    WADE
          I’m fine really, the
          doctors best guess is I
          won’t start feeling it for
          a couple of months at
          least but then it will be
          quick.

Gets up from sitting on the desk heads towards
Eckhart pleading.




                    WADE

          I have to go Miles, I NEED
          to go and don’t forget who
          arranged the funding.

Eckhart is clearly impressed and also a little
puzzled.

                    ECKHART
          Yes, how did you manage
          that? He has never shown
          any interest in
          philanthropy before.

Wade looks uncomfortable with his answer.




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                     WADE
          Old man Covaccs is a
          business man I just
          convinced him of the
          potential.

                       ECKHART
          And Sarah?

                    WADE
          She understands, always
          said my first wife was the
          outback
               (pause)
          and that I would need to
          say goodbye.

To himself.

          And if this trip goes as
          planned I will never be
          forgotten.

EXT. ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- DEPARTURES-
DAY

Beautiful cloudless sunny the departure doors are
quiet just a couple of people entering and leaving.

INT. ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- CHECK IN DESK
- DAY

Everyone bar the two guys are there and the
professor checks his watch. The PA announces last
call.

                    AIRPORT P.A. (O.S)
          Last call for Flight 666
          to Alice Springs departing
          gate nine. Passen…

INT. ADELAIDE AIRPORT-DAY

The guys are running down towards departures Crean
has one small backpack and Jones is struggling with
a back pack and a large suit case.




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                    JONES
          I said I’m sorry; Becky
          just wanted to make sure I
          remembered her on the
          lonely nights ahead.

                    CREAN
          And what’s with the bags?
          The Doc said just a few
          changes of clothes we
          aren’t going to Club Med?

                    JONES
          I know that but you never
          know.

                    CREAN
          Never know what? It’s a
          fucking desert. What are
          you hoping to meet a
          lonely, yet approachable
          wombat?

                    JONES
          Well there is Rachel.

Crean turns and looks at him

                       CREAN
          My Rachel?

Jones brushes briskly past that.

                    JONES
          Not anymore, you said it
          yourself.



INT. ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- DEPARTURE
GATE- DAY

The guys arrive BREATHLESS sliding to a stop
simultaneously in front of an unhappy professor.
Crean with his backpack and Jones laden down with
his bags are apologising in unison.




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                    ECKHART
          I do hope this is not
          going to be a habit.

                    JONES
          Sorry Professor traffic
          was terrible.

                    WADE
          At least you are here now
          just don’t make a habit of
          it.

The party move to go through departures while
Rachel closes in on Tom.

                    COVACCS
          Traffic? Is that what it’s
          called these days?

                    CREAN
          Look I think I overreacted
          yesterday. I mean there
          you are after a year an a
          half of no word.

Covaccs is being a little conciliatory.

                    COVACCS
          Maybe I didn’t help.

Crean sees the gag

                    CREAN
          Your right, you didn’t.

                    COVACCS
          But neither of us is
          blameless and I just
          wanted to shock you.

Crean smiles a little embarrassed.

                    CREAN
          Mission accomplished then.

Covaccs smile is almost a mirror of Creans.




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They are almost caught up to the others at the
gate.

                    CREAN
          So where have you been
          hiding? I think Brady is a
          bit pissed he hadn’t
          spotted you sooner, it’s
          his actual major.

                    COVACCS
          Look I knew you were in
          the day class and with
          most of my time taken up
          with father I thought a
          confrontation could wait.
          Do you understand?

                    CREAN
          How is the old bastard?

Covaccs smiles at him and you see why he fell for
her.

                    COVACCS
          Speaking fondly of you.

                    CREAN
          God he must be sick. Does
          he know I’m here?

                    COVACCS
          Your joking, it was hard
          enough for me to convince
          him I could go. He got a
          bit weird when he found
          out I had made the group.

                    CREAN

          Why?

                    COVACCS
          Who knows, fact is I’m
          here now and we have to
          next two weeks to get
          through.




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                    CREAN
          Truce?

                    COVACCS
          I’d like that.

EXT. ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT - DAY

The party are seen walking off the tarmac with the
rest of the passengers with their luggage. The
weather is stinking hot with a strong dry wind
blowing.

EXT. ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT – CAR PARK - DAY

In the car park which is not much more than a red
clay parking zone they are approached by a giant of
a man, the man is ZULU BLACK their bushman guide
and close friend of the Professor and Doc. A
towering figure well over six feet and broad to
match he is the typical Aussie bushman with khaki
pants, jacket and wide bush man hat that shades a
thick and greying beard though his eyes still shine
with natural intelligence. Unusually across his
huge waist there are numerous knifes sheaved of
different sizes. He grabs first the professor and
then the doc in a great bear hug as he obviously
has a great affection for them.

He puts a slightly winded professor back on the
ground and beams

                    BLACKIE
          Ain’t you two old
          warhorses a sight for sore
          eyes!

                    ECKHART
          It’s been too long old
          timer though I must say
          you still look as healthy
          as a mallie bull.

Blackie appears to notice something not right with
Wade.

                    BLACKIE
          Doc you alright?



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Wade is taken aback by Blackie’s accurate diagnosis
Eckhart as well.

                    WADE
          Of course why?

Shakes his head as if to he reboot his senses.

                    BLACKIE
          Must be getting old, first
          the scouting trip and now
          this.

                     WADE
          Trouble?

                    BLACKIE
          No more en usual. It’s
          just the country round
          there is mighty old, old
          and sour even the blacks
          don’t care for it.

Eckhart can see he is holding something back.

                     ECKHART
          Blackie.

The wind PICKS up blowing more sand around.

                    BLACKIE
          Call it Bushman tel-
          empathy but the further I
          went the less I liked it.
               (beat shakes
               himself)
          God’s sake I’ll be jumping
          at shadows next. Introduce
          me to the kids and lets
          see how green they are.

They move across to where the kids are gathered
trying to stay as cool as possible not saying much.
ECKHART signals them to gather round.

                    ECKHART
          Tom Crean, Brady Jones,
          Rachel Covaccs this is our



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          guide and bushman Mr Zulu
          Black a better one you
          won’t find.

                    BLACKIE
          Just Blackie kids

                    COVACCS
          Zulu is an unusual name.

                    BLACKIE
          My ma god rest her soul
          named me that in honour of
          her granddaddy who was at
          Roukes Drift during the
          Zulu troubles. It’s said
          he held off a hundred of
          the bastards with just his
          bayonet and a bottle of
          whisky.

                     JONES
               (under
               breath)
          Bullshit!!

                    WADE
          Some respect please.

Blackie give Jones a heavy stare then addresses
them.




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                   BLACKIE
          Couple of things before we
          start off. The desert out
          there she don’t play no
          favourites she hates everyone
          equal and can change her mood
          quicker an any woman I’ve
          ever met. One minute she’s a
          clear sky and light winds
          next she’ll whip up a sand
          storm to rip the skin from
          your bones and leave it for
          the dingoes to feed on. So
          out there aint no committees
          if I say we stay we stay, if
          I say we
          go we go, if I say we stand
          on our heads and recite god
          save the queen that’s what we
          do no arguments. From now on
          it’s my way or the highway.

                    CREAN
               (to Covaccs)
          On own desert Mussolini.

                    COVACCS
          And he’s bigger than a
          house, great combo.

Jones attempts to conjure up some bravado to
impress Covaccs.

                    JONES
          He doesn’t scare me.

                    CREAN
          Get real he shits bigger
          than you.

Blackie looks towards the three young ones.

                    BLACKIE
          Any questions?




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                    JONES
          What’s the deal with all
          the knifes? You off to a
          cookery class?


Blackie stops in front of Jones suitcases picks the
larger of the two up and simply rips it open the
strong wind scatters it everywhere. Jones comes out
of his trance to late to save it.

                    BLACKIE
          You were told one bag.

Blackie picks up his other and hands it to him hard
into his chest.

                     BLACKIE
          One bag.

Blackie turns towards the field truck.


                    BLACKIE
          Everyone on the truck we
          have a lot of ground to
          cover by tonight.

Blackie walks away leaving the kid’s gob smacked
and a little nervous.

                    CREAN
               (To Jones)
          That’s showing him.

Rachel pats him on the shoulder

                     COVACCS
          My hero.

Covaccs walks towards the truck.

                    CREAN
          You’ve certainly got her
          in the palm of your hand.

Jones is doubly pissed in losing all his stuff and
to be made to look a fool in front of Covaccs so
lashes out.


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                     JONES
          Look mister, I haven’t had
          a date since electricity
          she’ll come around they
          always do.

Looking at Tom dismissively.

          Anyway what’s her
          alternative? No offence.

                    CREAN
               (lightly
               offended)
          None taken stud lets go as
          Blackie said it’s a long
          road ahead.


SUPER TITLE: AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK 400 MILES SOUTH OF
THE ALICE

A week later we find the truck covered in the red
dust and mud of the outback making its way slowly
up a steep sand dune where it stops. This is rough
country nothing to be seen in all directions except
for a cliff range to the south which rises out of
the ground from nowhere and appears to curve round
both ways. A nasty storm is approaching from the
west with the few birds in the area flying away
from it.

EXT. EXPEDITION TRUCK - DAY

The students pile out as does Blackie. The students
are showing the effects of two weeks in the sun
with all red and tanned.

Blackie give the truck a once over than takes a
drink from a canteen and looks at the approaching
storm.




                                                33
The air is incredibly still and the horizon heavy
with purple storm clouds and the sound of thunder
RUMBLES in the distance. Jones is near the truck
looking at his burned reflection in the wing mirror
as Crean approaches Blackie from behind. The
professor is still in the back of the truck while
Wade is looking at a map off to the side.

EXT. OUTBACK. EXPEDITION TRUCK. FRONT - DAY

Blackie spits on the ground in front of him while
studying the approaching storm. He turns and faces
Crean.

                    CREAN
          How do you stand this
          heat?

                    BLACKIE
          Hot? This aint hot. Warm,
          but for hot be here middle
          of January. Crack an egg
          then and it’s already
          cooked.

                    CREAN
          Think I’ll pass if it’s
          all the same.

                    BLACKIE
          How you kids hold’en up a
          week out here and you’re
          starting to look like the
          locals even Captain
          America.

                     CREAN
          Poor guy I think all his
          moisturisers were in his
          other bag.

Crean it seems has been volunteered to ask Blackie
something but is not sure how to ask it. Crean
looks around at Jones and Covaccs who approach to
hear the answer.




                                                34
                     CREAN

          So what do you think?

Thinking he is referring to the approaching storm.

                    BLACKIE
          Out here you ave be as
          careful as a fat man on a
          diet.

                    CREAN
          No, what I mean is…

Jones has approached them from behind.

                    JONES
          What he is so eloquently
          not saying is that this
          field trip is looking like
          a complete waste of time
          with nothing to show
          except an excellent
          assortment of burns,
          grazes and insect bites to
          90% of my body while
          baking in this fucking
          oven you call a country.

INT. OUTBACK. EXPEDITION TRUCK. SIDE - DAY

The CAMERA FOCUSES TIGHT on a strange looking map
that has a number of references in another language
showing a big ridge. CAMERA PANS UP and in the
distance we see that the ridge line on the map is
referring to the mountain ridge ahead.

CAMERA FOCUSES on the map again then when panned up
the professor is standing there face tight. Wade is
startled and puts the map quickly away.

                     WADE
               (startled)
          Professor!




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                     ECKHART
               (Good
               naturedly)
          Up to no good were you?

Attempts to regain a little composure.

                    WADE
          No just an old project
          I’ve been working on...

Back to himself addresses the professor.

          How we looking?

                    ECKHART
          I don’t understand it
          everything we have from
          survey maps to aerial
          spectrometer readings
          indicate this is gamanite
          country.

                    WADE
          Agreed but encouraging
          readings aren’t going to
          satisfy anyone.
               (pause)
               (cautiously)
          What about there?

Points to the cliff region that corresponds with
the map of his. Eckhart looks at him as if he is
hiding something this is not a new conversation.

                    ECKHART
          What gives? You have been
          pushing down here for the
          last three days yet
          nothing indicates it
          likely to have deposits.

Attempts to play his suspicions down. Then points
to a mark on the map

                    WADE
          It’s just this region is a
          total unknown so if



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          there’s a chance… god
          knows this area has been
          less than useless.

Nods his head toward the students

          and the natives are
          getting restless.

Eckhart thinks about.

                    ECKHART
          Adam no, I don’t like
          trusting to chance
          especially out here. Not
          yet anyway.



EXT. EXPEDITION TRUCK - DAY

In the distance a loud CRACK can be heard. By this
time Covaccs has joined the others.

                    COVACCS
          What was that?


                    WADE
          Sounded like a bomb.

                    BLACKIE
          City kids! No it’s them
          big granites splitting in
          the heat.


                    JONES
          Fucking country, even the
          rocks attack you.

INT. EXPEDITION TRUCK - DAY

The others arrive back at the truck and climb
aboard.

                    ECKHART
          I know your concerned but
          from our updated


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          spectrometer readings it
          appears we are very close.

                    JONES
          With all due respect we’ve
          heard that before and so
          far bubkiss.

                       COVACCS
          Give over.

                    WADE
          No it’s quite alright Miss
          Covaccs the professor and
          I share your frustration,
          but fieldwork isn’t always
          as precise as we would
          like.

A strong bolt of LIGHTENING and BANG of thunder
startles them all as it seems the storm is moving
quicker then expected.


They have started driving and above them the storm
has now rolled over head and looks like something
from biblical times a boiling, roiling cauldron.

                    WADE
               (To Blackie)
          Old timer have you ever
          seen a sky like that?


                    BLACKIE
          No but it looks real
          spicious, reminds me of
          the time I was in
          Birdsvile don’t remember
          the date exact but it must
          ave been…




                                                38
Outside now the rain is belting down visibility is
down to nothing and the truck suddenly weaving
uncontrollably forward as it goes over a pothole.
Rachel who was not holding on is thrown out of the
truck and knocks her head badly. The truck stops
Tom is over in a flash. They all jump out.

                    CREAN
           (hands handkerchief)
          Here, are you alright?


                    COVACCS
          It’s nothing I’ve had
          worse falling off my
          horse.


He won’t be denied and pushes it on her.

                       CREAN
          Humour me.


She takes it and smiles.

                    JONES
               (Sarcastical
               ly)
          Nice driving pal!

                     BLACKIE
          Hey, if you think you can
          do better.

                    JONES
          I reckon I can.

                    ECKHART
          Stop it the both of you.

                    COVACCS
          What was that?


                       ECKHART




                                                39
            an earthquake well the
            edge of one at least.
                 (pause)
            Strange as this isn’t
            earthquake country.

To Crean.
                      COVACCS
            I’m fine really.

The storm continues to close in.

                      ECKHART
            Everyone back on board.
            Blackie how’s the truck?

Blackie is checking the truck.

                      BLACKIE
            Right as rain.
                 (to himself)
            If I ain’t got enough
            trouble without taking a
            kick from a desert with
            stomach ulcers.

A little later the storm is now truly upon with the
wind and rain battering our group making it hard to
hear and it is getting darker. Up ahead the great
rock wall is much closer. Rachel is now riding up
front. The Prof leans forward.

                      ECKHART
                 (to Blackie)
            We might want to find some
            shelter oldtimer. Down
            there looks promising.

They are now down next to the sheer rock wall and
enter a narrow alley the noise is now almost
deafening. Bits a rock start falling near and on
the truck. The kids are shitting bricks.

                      WADE
            Miles, we can’t stay here.




                                                40
                    ECKHART
          I know, Blackie we need to
          turn around.

                    BLACKIE
          No room gunna have to hope
          this widens up further
          down.

                    JONES
          I can’t see the top of
          those cliffs.

                    CREAN
          Lets hope there not the
          splitting kind.

From the front seat Rachel points towards what
looks like an opening.

                      ECKHART

          Anything?

                      COVACCS
          There!!

                    WADE
          She’s right look!!

Points the opening to Blackie.

                    BLACKIE
          I’ve had me eyes on it for
          weeks.
               (beat)
          Come on you clapped out
          bag of bolts and bones.

The truck starts rocking again and more rocks start
falling massive LIGHTENING strikes make it look
daylight and the THUNDER CRACKS are amplified by
the enclosed surroundings.

Creans hair is standing straight up due to the
static in the air.

                    CREAN
          Professor!!


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To the boys.

                     WADE
           It’ a static charge
           quickly into the middle of
           the truck. Professor!!

The group in the back gather in the middle as a
discharge is about to hit them.

                      ECKHART
                (screaming)
           Old-timer get us out of
           here now!!


                     BLACKIE
           I’m trying, hold on!!!


The wheels spin and the truck careens towards the
gap as it appears to be closing and it is touch and
go whether they will make it. As they hit the
opening a gigantic bolt of LIGHTENING hits the
truck and the view is blinded by the strike and
thunder CRACK then blackness.

EXT. UNKNOWN COUNTRY. EXPEDITION TRUCK - DAY

The storm that the group had battled has
disappeared the day is now bright, sunny and very
hot.

A clearing dust cloud reveals the state of the
truck and its inhabitants after the mad dash into
the opening.

The truck has stopped flush up against a sand ridge
with its drive train still GRINDING, is missing the
canopy and has a scorch mark on its side from the
lightening strike.

Crean is on his back not moving, Covaccs moves to
him and kneels; Blackie is slumped at the wheel and
twitches back to life and from the back of the
truck the other three emerge unsteadily. Their gear
is strewn everywhere.




                                                  42
Covaccs is dabbing his head, he groans and starts
to wake. Blackie coughs and looks up blearily

                    BLACKIE
          Stinking mother of gods
          feels like I’ve been hit
          by the Indian Pacific
               (beat)
          Both flaming ways.

                     COVACCS
               (to Crean)
          Hold this.

Jones walks up to them.

                    JONES
          The doc said we’d need a
          sense of humour but this
          is ridiculous.
               (to Crean)
          You alright?


                    COVACCS
          He’ll live, you?


Checking his teeth concerned.



                    JONES
          Think I chipped a tooth.


The professor and doc come over to check them while
Blackie looks at the truck.

                    ECKHART
               (worriedly)
          Is everyone alright?


                    CREAN
          Fine Sir, what happened?




                                                43
                    ECKHART
          In all my years I’ve never
          seen anything like it. The
          truck appears to have
          acted as a giant
          lightening rod I think we
          are lucky to be alive…

Blackie curses from under the hood.

                    BLACKIE
          Of all the stinking…

                       ECKHART
          Diagnosis?


                    BLACKIE
          In technical terms
          sirs…Its stuffed, drive
          train’s busted.


                    WADE
          Can we fix it?


                    BLACKIE
          Ain’t got the tools or the
          parts

Addressing the truck and stroking it.

          Sorry old girl it’s the
          end of the road.

                    CREAN
          So what then? Call for
          help?


Wade is one step ahead of him and is checking the
com sat system and shakes his head.

                    WADE
          No chance the com sat’s
          fried.



                                                44
                    JONES
          Mobiles work?


                    BLACKIE
          Boy this aint down town
          Sydney. Out here we’re
          four hundred miles from
          nothing.


                       JONES
          Meaning?


                    CREAN
          We’re stranded.
               (pause)
Crean looks around.

          Professor?

                    ECKHART
          Yes, What is it?


                    CREAN
          Where on earth are we?


For the first time the group takes in where exactly
they are and it appears they are inside a massive
crater with the cliffs all round them except to the
south.



                    WADE
          You know this crater may
          have always been cut off.


                       BLACKIE
          How?




                                                45
                    WADE
          Look at the facts. That
          first quake.


Wade shakes his hands than spreads them.

          Opens the gap. Then that
          last shake.

SMACKS palm into his fist.

          Closes our bolt hole
          trapping us.

                    CREAN
          Aladdin’s cave.


                    ECKHART
          What are you getting at?


                    WADE
          That the scientific value
          of the crater could be
          immense. Undiscovered
          plant and animal species.


                    JONES
          Sorry to spoil the moment
          but…


                    ECKHART
          Mister Jones is right our
          first priority is getting
          out of here.


Holds his hand up as Wade attempts to speak.

          Whatever’s here has waited
          this long it can wait a
          little longer.
               (to Blackie)
          Can we climb those cliffs?



                                               46
The cliffs this side look sheer 150 feet at least.



                    BLACKIE
          Not unless your part
          mountain goat.


                    ECKHART
               (to Blackie)
          And you’re sure the truck
          is a right off?


                    BLACKIE
          Deader than a dodo.


                    ECKHART
          Then shanks mare it is and
          hope the cliffs get easier
          further down.


                    JONES
          You mean walk?


                    BLACKIE
          Your sharp today Captain
          America.

                    JONES
          Hey now just hang on a
          freaking minute I’m not
          walking anywhere. That was
          never in the brochure.


                    WADE
          I’m positive there will be
          a climbable section
          further down…




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          JONES
Seriously why doesn’t
Blackie go he’s the
bushman while we wait?


          BLACKIE
Because this isn’t the
sort of country to get
separated in.


          JONES
But…


          ECKHART
     (to Jones)
Speak if you have
something constructive
otherwise be silent. I
mean it we don’t have time
for your whining.
     (to Blackie)
Well old-timer time to
earn your fee.


          BLACKIE
     (thoughtful)
Food will be tight but we
should be able to shoot
some game along the way
long as you ain’t too
fussy Roo, emus, wombat.
No, its water will be our
problem we have two maybe
three days tops if we’re
careful.


          JONES
One problem Rambo, no
guns.




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Blackie goes to the back of the truck and pulls out
the long metal container marked EMERGENCY and
unlocks the heavy padlock. Within is a veritable
arsenal with 5 rifles, a pump action shot gun and
plenty of ammo and something else stick like with
fuses.



                    JONES
          Jesus you could start a
          war with that.

Blackie is checking all the weapons.
               (to Crean)
          Now the mental case is
          armed.


                    BLACKIE
          I herd that.


                      ECKHART
Guns, I’m not sure.


                    WADE
          I think we should, good
          thinking Blackie these
          could come in handy.


                       BLACKIE
                  (puzzled)
          What?


                    JONES
          If he’s carrying one so am
          I.


                    BLACKIE
          Got ya nervous have I?




                                                49
CLICK CLICK is heard as Blackie loads the shot gun
and smiles at Jones.



                    JONES
          Professor!!!

Off to the left Rachel has the field glasses and is
looking at something.



                    ECKHART
          Blackie,I propose we camp
          here for an early start
          tomorrow.


                    CREAN
          Found something?

Passes the glasses to Tom



                    COVACCS
          I thought I saw something
          moving over near that
          peak.


From Toms P.O.V. through the glasses you see a line
of something moving then it seems to disappear.



                    CREAN
          Strange it seemed to be
          there then it wasn’t.


                     COVACCS
          Should we tell the
          professor?




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                    CREAN
          Tell him what? We may have
          seen something but we’re
          not sure. No let’s wait,
          everyone’s uptight enough.


                    CREAN
          Quiet isn’t it.


                    COVACCS
          Yeah, where are the
          dingoes we should be able
          to hear them by now.

                    CREAN
          I tell you there’s
          something eerie about this
          place it’s like we’re
          trespassing.

                    COVACCS

          Question is against what?

EXT. UNKNOWN CRATER. CAMPFIRE - NIGHT

The group are asleep around the embers of a fire.
The camp is raised above the ground within a sand
crater that keeps them from being observed from a
distance.

The silence is only broken by Blackie and his
snoring.

A faint yet evil CACKLING wakens Rachel from a
fitful slumber. She sits up and checks her watch it
says 04.15.

A sudden whip CRACK followed by another evil CACKLE
then HOOTING convinces her she wasn’t dreaming and
so unzips her sleeping bag grabs her gun hesitates
near Crean then heads towards the sound.




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EXT. UNKNOWN CRATER. AWAY FROM FIRE - NIGHT

Rachel walks towards ridge a little way from the
camp fire a three quarter moon in a star filled sky
gives some light.

                    WADE
          Strange sounds in a
          strange land wouldn’t you
          say?


Rachel turns startled gun pointing at the doc
carrying his gun and who is smoking a cigarette.

          If you could point that
          somewhere else…

                    COVACCS
          What? Oh of course.

Hurriedly points it away.

          It’s just you gave me
          quite a start. I thought
          everyone was asleep.

                     WADE
                (distracted,
                dreamy)
          I’ve been here about half
          an hour. Unable to go
          forward, unwilling to go
          back.

The whip CRACK rings out again it is louder here.
The CRACK brings the Doc out of his trance and he
is focused again.

                    WADE
          There it is again. Now
          that I’m sure it wasn’t a
          dream a little scouting
          seems in order. You
          brought your gun, good now
          hold it away from the
          moonlight we don’t want to




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          attract any unwanted
          attention now do we?

They head towards the sound.

EXT. UNKNOWN CRATER. ABOVE SALT PLAIN - NIGHT

It's very quiet, and we can hear the NERVOUS
BREATHING of Wade and Covaccs as they cautiously
creep forward.

The two of them are crouched low peering over a
ridge onto a dark plain below talking softly. The
silence is broken and is much greater and more
disturbing than before. Whip CRACKS, HISSES, and
other sounds clash together creating an inhuman
conversation.

                    WADE
          It sound’s like the devils
          own party. Can you see
          anything?

                    COVACCS
          It’s too dark
               (beat)
          no wait I think I can see
          four no five shapes there…

Rachel points north east.

                    WADE
               (to himself)
          It must be them.
               (to Covaccs)
          Can you make them out?

                    COVACCS
          Not really but they look
          too big to be dingoes.

The doc moves further over the edge to gain a
better look.

                    COVACCS
          What are you doing?




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                       WADE
             If I can just a get a
             little further….

The sun is   just staring to rise. The unstable sand
ridge they   are hiding on suddenly gives way they
both fall,   roll and slide about 50 meters to the
bottom and   have been knocked unconscious by the
fall.

EXT.   –UNKNOWN CRATER. SALT PLAIN - DAWN

A little while later Rachel wakes with a start but
the Doc restrains her with his hand over her mouth.

                       COVACCS
             It’s seems to have gone.

Rachel regains composure and surveys the salt plain
and sees something.

                       WADE
             Let’s have a look anyway
             shall we?

What they find is as disturbing as it as out of
place.

                       COVACCS
             A crocodile skeleton?

Examining the site.

                       WADE
             Smell that?

Rachel wrinkles her nose. Wade points to several
pits in the ground.

                       WADE
             Formic acid.

EXT. UNKNOWN CRATER. CAMPSITE - DAY

The group has been busy and packed and ready to go.

                        ECKHART
             You’re sure it was formic
             acid?


                                                   54
                    WADE
          Positive the area reeked
          of it.

Rachel is with the rest of the group.

                     JONES
          I thought only Abo’s went
          walkabout.

                    CREAN
          You had us worried all to
          hell. What’d you see?

                    COVACCS
          Nothing, something,
          something evil.

                    BLACKIE
          Evil my arse that   croc
          ain’t no big deal   could
          have just come up   from an
          underground river   looking
          for a feed.

                    ECKHART
          But you say the meat was
          torn off.

                    WADE
          Yes the acid was used for
          something else.

                    ECKHART
          Incredible. I would like
          to see your croc but with
          our water so low there
          just isn’t time. Your
          thoughts?

                    WADE
          Something, something old,
          something dark. Professor
          I…

                    ECKHART
          Yes?




                                        55
                    WADE
          Nothing we best get
          moving.

EXT. UNKNOWN CRATERS. 5 MILES SOUTH - DAY

The group are moving along in little groups with
the adults up front and the kids a little further
back.

                    JONES
          This silence is really
          starting to get on my
          nerves.

                    COVACCS
          Now you know how the rest
          of us feel.

                    CREAN
          He is right before it was
          peaceful, now it’s closer
          like a pillow suffocating
          us.

                    JONES
               (to Rachel)
          Speaking of pillows. I
          managed to save my extra
          soft one after the
          Neanderthal wrecked my
          case, your welcome to
          share?

                    COVACCS
          I’d rather sleep on the
          floor of a peep show but
          thanks.

Rachel picks up speed and joins the front group.


                    JONES
          That there is a girl who
          is not getting laid.




                                                   56
                    CREAN
          You really are obnoxious.


Crean moves away as well.

                    JONES
          What’d I say?

Crean has caught up with Rachel before the adults.

                    CREAN
          Apologies for my friend.

                    COVACCS
          How can you be friends
          with him he’s.

                      CREAN
          Annoying!

                    COVACCS
          An asshole.

                    CREAN
          He’s aright just a bit
          squiffed you haven’t been
          overwhelmed by his obvious
          charms. Anyway how you
          feeling?

                     COVACCS
          Alright I think. Tom it
          was awful.

                      CREAN
          Ants!

                      COVACCS
          What?

                    CREAN
          I’ve been thinking the
          formic acid smell could
          have been ants.




                                                57
                    COVACCS
          It wasn’t ants. You didn’t
          see it.

                    CREAN
          Neither did you. I know I
          wasn’t there.

                    COVACCS
               (angrily)
          That’s right you, fucking
          weren’t…

EXT. UNKNOWN CRATER. CRATER EDGE - DAY

The group have stopped the edge of an impassable
chasm. Te prof is holding a piece of rock. He
lights it and it starts smoking.

                    ECKHART
          Probably naphtha sink down
          there.

Blackie has one wipes puts one in his pocket and
wipes hand.

                    BLACKIE
          Greasy as a hogs back.
          This ways a dead end we’ll
          have to turn east till we
          can get around it.

                    ECKHART
          Agreed I don’t like losing
          the time but I don’t see
          any other options.

EXT. UNKNOWN CRATER. SALT PLAIN - DAY

The group are on a salt plain just ahead is a
skeleton.

                    JONES
          Great we’ve been going in
          circles. Some bushman you
          turned out to be.




                                                   58
                     BLACKIE
           Boy don’t forget who’s
           carrying the shotgun.

                     CREAN
                (to Jones)
           I’d leave it if I was you.

The prof is examining the croc.

                     ECKHART
           Seems you were right about
           the formic acid.

                       WADE
           Theories?

                     ECKHART
           For what its worth, the
           croc was brought here and
           devoured by what and why I
           hesitate to guess at as it
           quite frankly points to
           impossible conclusions.
           Conclusions better
           discussed while moving.
           Blackie!!

                      BLACKIE
           Don’t ave to be telling me
           twice. Everyone keep up
           and keep together you see
           what happens to stragglers
           round ere.

EXT.   UNKNOWN CRATER- AFTERNOON

The group are heading south east along the ridge
line. The usual unrelenting red horizon has
suddenly taken a green tinge.

                     BLACKIE
           What in the blue blazers?

Pulls the field glasses out as the rest catch up to
him.




                                                   59
                    CREAN
          What is it?

                    WADE
          See something old-timer?

                    BLACKIE
          Something where it
          shouldn’t be.

Passes the glasses to Wade. Through his P.O.V.
through the glasses the green tinge resolves into
strange looking green trees with vines off them but
it seems wrong somehow twisted.

                     WADE
          Jungle!!

                    BLACKIE
          But it don’t make no
          sense.

                    CREAN
               (sarcastical
               ly)
          Perfectly normal then.

                    ECKHART
          Or it could be an oasis
          fed by an underground
          spring.

                    CREAN
          How long before we reach
          it.

The sun is getting low as it close to nightfall.

                    BLACKIE
          Not before dark which
          means tomorrow. Too easy
          to break a leg at night.

                    WADE
               (urgently)
          We can’t stay on the pans
          we need to find higher
          ground, soon.



                                                   60
                    BLACKIE
          How’s there?

Blackie points to a cliff plateau about twenty feet
high.

          Should be plenty of room
          and should be safe in case
          there anything is prowling
          around.

                     ECKHART
          Turn coon as the Americans
          say. I like it. Is it
          climbable?

                    CREAN
               (to Eckhart)
          I’ll do it.

                    COVACCS
          Professor I was captain of
          my school mountaineering
          team.

                    ECKHART
          In that case it makes
          sense you go first.

                    CREAN
          But sir

                     BLACKIE
               (to Crean)
          A wise man knows when he’s
          beaten son. Your next with
          the packs.

Crean and Covaccs walk towards to cliff face.

                    COVACCS
          Sorry about that.

                    CREAN
          Just be careful.
               (beat)
          and watch for snakes.




                                                61
                      COVACCS
                 (playfully)
            Yes dad.

The others watch as Rachel climbs the face. About
halfway up she slips and causes some rocks to come
CRASHING down causing Tom to look on anxiously but
then scrambles over the top then the rope comes
down.

EXT. UNKNOWN CRATER. CLIFF PLATEAU- EVENING

Tom you’re up the next up with the packs. Crean’s
P.O.V. as he crests the top and sees Covaccs
waiting for him.

                      COVACCS
            Welcome to the Sand Pan
            Hilton.

EXT. UNKNOWN CRATER. CLIFF PLATEAU - NIGHT

Jones is woken by a large hand covering his mouth
and he starts to struggle to no effect.

                      BLACKIE
            Easy now Captain America
            you don’t wanting me to
            snap your neck by
            accident. Seems we got
            company.

It is the   middle of the night the moon is shrouded
by clouds   making to even darker. The rest of the
group are   laying flat peering over the edge. The
professor   has the field glasses.

Jones crawls up next to Crean.

                      JONES
                 (to Crean)
            What’s cooking?




                                                  62
                    ECKHART
               (quietly)
          There seems to be
          something moving over near
          those trees.

                    CREAN
          But Sir, there weren’t any
          trees down there?


A whip CRACK pierces the air followed by another
one the clouds clear and the creatures below can be
seen for what they are. Not trees but two meter
tall ants walking on their back two legs. With
there middle legs missing these aren’t ants they’re
ANT MEN.

                    BLACKIE
          Jesus Palomino

                    JONES
          Mother fucker!

                    CREAN
          There goes the
          neighbourhood.

There seems to be about forty of them down there. A
whip CRACK from further away is replied to
indicting this is a form of communication. That
hideous CHUCKLING is a faint whisper.


                    WADE
               (excitedly)
          Magnificent, they remind
          me of a lot of blown up
          Alta texana’s out of
          Arizona.

                    ECKHART
          Adam they’re walking for
          heavens sake. WALKING!!
          These aren’t ants they’re
          fucking ANT MEN. God have
          mercy on our souls.


                                                63
Rachel is clinging to Tom while Blackie appears to
hear something.

                    BLACKIE
          Shh!!!

They notice the Ant men have gone quiet as they
sense something and can be seen testing the air for
clues when a sharp CRACK breaks the tension as the
Ant men form up into formation and disappear into
the night.

Jones is about to speak when Blackie places a
strong hand across his mouth. Then a lone Ant man
that had been left behind comes into view and with
a whip CRACK fades into the night.

The group look at Blackie questionably.

                    BLACKIE
          Made sense one of the
          critters would stay behind
          to check.

                    JONES
          Bullshit they’re just
          insects.

                    COVACCS
          What are we going to do?

                    ECKHART
               (calmingly)
          Everybody please.
                    CREAN
          How the hell to we fight
          those things?

                    WADE
          That’s simple we can’t.
          However remotely related
          to the ones we know they
          will be both powerful and
          ruthless.

                    CREAN
          But what are they?




                                                64
                    ECKHART
          Not human, human DNA is
          far too complex to have
          fused with ants no matter
          how far back up the
          evolutionary tree you care
          to go.

                    COVACCS
          But we saw them.

                    WADE
          Underground.

The group look uncomprehending.

                    WADE
          They must live
          underground. An ant city
          if we could just get some
          evidence. Just think of
          the response back home
          we’d be famous.

                    BLACKIE
          Begging your pardon Doc
          but you can be sticking
          your evidence where the
          sun don’t shine. I was
          hired as guide to keep you
          lot out of trouble not
          dodge a drunks nightmare.

                    WADE
          We can’t simply turn on
          backs on possibly the
          greatest biological find
          known to man. History
          would never forgive us. We
          must at least attempt to
          procure some physical
          evidence.

Everyone else looks aghast at the prospect.




                                              65
                    ECKHART
          I’m sorry but it would
          take a well armed and
          provisioned expedition to
          tackle something like that
          and we are neither.
          Getting to safety must be
          our first concern.

Wade attempts to interject.

          That’s final now get some
          rest.



EXT. UNKNOWN CRATER CLIFF PLATEAU - NIGHT

A little later Crean is next the Covaccs neither
asleep. They are talking quietly.

                    COVACCS
          Well what’s it like being
          right? And here was me
          thinking it was something
          to be afraid of.

                    CREAN
          You know I didn’t expect
          this.

                    COVACCS
          You should get yourself on
          Master Mind special topic
          six foot fucking ants.

                    CREAN
          That’s not fair.

                    COVACCS
          Fuck fair I’m terrified.

                    CREAN
          We will be alright.

                     COVACCS
          Promise?




                                                   66
                       CREAN
          I promise.

                    COVACCS
          We both know what that’s
          worth.

                    CREAN
          I was told you’d found
          someone your father would
          approve of, you were so
          far away.

                    COVACCS
          Fredrick, father hated him
          “limp wristed frog” I
          recall. After there were a
          couple of others nothing
          special
               (pause)
          you?

                    CREAN
               (embarrassed
               )
          We really should try and
          get some sleep.

                       COVACCS
          Tom?
               (beat)
          Promise me again.

                    CREAN
          We will get out, I
          promise.

                     COVACCS
               (sleepily)
          Thank you.

EXT. UNKNOWN CRATER. PLATEAU BOTTOM- DAY

The sun is up the group are done the cliff and
finishing packing their gear. Blackie and doc are
checking there position, the boys are storing the
rope.




                                                67
EXT. UNKNOWN CRATER. DESERT FLOOR - DAY

The professor is down on his knees and appears to
be crying as Rachel approaches him.

                    COVACCS
          Professor, are you
          alright?

It is ironic laughter not crying.

                    ECKHART
          It seems the good lord has
          a sense of irony.

He holds outs his hand containing mineral
fragments.

          Gamanite, We find our
          objective in the one place
          we can least afford to.
          But that doesn’t mean we
          can’t take a couple of
          samples.

EXT. CRATER - CLIFF BOTTOM - DAY

The 4 remaining here are packed and ready to go
when round the bend the professor and Rachel are
running SCREAMING.

                    ECKHART
               (yelling)
            Run for your lives.

Pandemonium breaks out there are about 10 Ant men
in pursuit of the two.

Blackie takes aim to fire.

                    BLACKIE
          Professor look out.

Blackie fires but the rifle misses due to the Doc
pushing the gun the same time the professor is
downed by something from the Ant men.

Blackie looks at Doc.



                                                   68
                     WADE
          No guns we kill one and
          they will surely die. We
          must flee.

Blackie hesitates.

                      WADE
          NOW!!

Tom sees Rachel go down now a number of the Ant men
are surrounding the two fallen while the rest
advance of the other four.

                    CREAN
               (anguished)
          RACHEL!!

Jones grabs him. He fights it.

                    JONES
          You heard the doc we have
          to get the fuck out of
          here.

Still struggling against Jones.

                    JONES
          You can’t help her.

He comes reluctantly and they run with the Ant men
in pursuit. A number of HISSES can be heard behind
with an accompanying stench of acid.

In a HAND-HELD SHOT the two boys round a bend to
see Blackie holding a FIZZING stick of dynamite.

                    BLACKIE
          Hurry up you fool kids.

The boys pass him he throws the dynamite. The fuse
falls out when it hits the ground.

                      BLACKIE
          Shit!

Blackie lifts the rifle.

          Get down.


                                                   69
The Ant men are almost upon them he FIRES at the
TNT DETONATING it.

A massive BANG from the explosion also brings down
part of the cliff face cutting them off from the
pursing Ant men.

EXT. CRATER - DAY

The four remaining members are crouched the other
side of the gorge. The doc looks a broken man.

                    JONES
          Blackie I never thought
          I’d say it but thanks.

                    CREAN
          Yeah you really saved our
          arses.

                    BLACKIE
          Just doing my job. Anyway
          it was the professor who
          told me to pack the TNT
          and the guns.

                    CREAN
          Really? I don’t think so,
          not for a field trip.

                    WADE
          It wasn’t the professor.

                    BLACKIE
               (confused)
          But you told me yourself
          it was.

                    WADE
               (almost to
               himself)
          It wasn’t supposed to
          happen like this. I didn’t
          even think we could get in
          but when we did I couldn’t
          just walk away from the
          chance to know if it was
          more than a fairy tale



                                                   70
               (looks up)
          could I?

                    JONES
          What are you talking
          about?

                    CREAN
               (comprehendi
               ng to Wade)
          You knew didn’t you?

Wade nods his head. The others are uncomprehending.

                       JONES
          Know what?

                    CREAN
          That something like this
          might be here. Why else
          bring the hardware.

                    BLACKIE
          Could someone tell me
          what’s going on?

                    CREAN
          I don’t know how but the
          doc there knew there was
          something, something
          dangerous in here and you
          didn’t even warn us. The
          professor doesn’t know
          doses he?

Wade shakes his head.

                    WADE
          Of course not. There was
          no reason to tell him
          before, then after well it
          was too late.

                    CREAN
          You utter bastard we
          trusted you.




                                                71
Crean advances on him. Blackie stands up and stops
him

                    BLACKIE
          Back off, Right now. Doc
          this aint true is it?

                    WADE
          Bits and pieces put
          together over the years
          studying aboriginal
          stories, legends hinted at
          something, somewhere.
          Satellite photos indicated
          there might be an outside
          chance.

Digesting what he has heard he walks over to Wade
and pulls him to his feet by his neck pinning him
against the wall.

                    BLACKIE
          Why? If anything’s
          happened to the professor
          I’ll kill you.

                    WADE
          Go ahead I’m already dead.
          Bone cancer. This was
          going to be it, something
          to live on after me.

                    CREAN
          And Rachel’s father?

                    WADE
          He saw the potential
          commercial value. I
          convinced him there was no
          risk. We had the truck for
          god’s sake. We had state
          of the art com sat,
          weapons if needed what
          could possibly go wrong!

                    JONES
          So what now?



                                                72
Crean looks surprised.

                    CREAN
Now, we get them back.

                    JONES
          No way Jose. I’m not going
          back there.

                    CREAN
          What?

                    JONES
          In case you haven’t been
          keeping up with current
          events we just got our
          butts kicked.

Crean is incredulous.

                    CREAN
          You can’t mean to leave
          them to those things?

                    JONES
          Better them than me.

                    BLACKIE
          I’m in.

                    WADE
          Me too it’s the least I
          can do.

                    BLACKIE
          Damn right it is. Only
          reason you’re still
          breathing is we need
          everyone.

                    JONES
          Its suicide…

Blackie hears something.

                    BLACKIE
          Hide.




                                       73
They all scramble behind some rocks when into view
comes four GIANT PRAYING MANTISES at least ten feet
tall it appears they are the source of the
CHUCKLING.

They continue towards them.

                    JONES
               (panicky)
          They are going to see us.

                    BLACKIE
          Be quiet or I’ll kill you
          myself.

The Mantises stop almost on top of them when it
SHOOTS its saw like arm into a rock crevice and
pulls out a six foot rock python.

It slices the snake in two at which point all four
start HOOTING and fighting over it, moving them
round the bend.

                    JONES
               (to Wade)
          What have you done to us?
               (to Crean)
          You can’t still want to
          go?

                     CREAN
          They change nothing I made
          a promise I intend to
          fulfil it.

                    JONES
          They’re dead, I saw them
          go down.

                    BLACKIE
          There’s only one way to
          find out so what’s it to
          be then Captain America?
          Don’t forget without me
          you wont last the day out
          here.




                                                  74
                    JONES
          You’re all fucking crazy
          you know that.

                    CREAN
          Maybe, you with us?

Jones, runs his fingers through his hair in
frustration. Comes to a decision counter to what
he wants to do. Starts walking stops then turns
around...

                    JONES
          Well hurry up then!

EXT. CRATER. PROF AND RACHEL - DAY

Blackness but a MUFFLED female voice can be heard
getting louder.

                       COVACCS (o.s)
          Professor.

The prof comes too and is staring into her face.

                       COVACCS
          Thank god.

He sits up and sees about 15 Ant men surrounding
them.

                    ECKHART
          So it wasn’t a bad dream.

                    COVACCS
          No this nightmare is real
          enough.

Eckhart looks round.

                    ECKHART
          The others?

                    COVACCS
          Escaped I think.

                    ECKHART
          Well at least there is
          some good news.


                                                   75
Coming more around and a little excited as he
checks out his current predicament. Sniffs his
shirt gets a bit dizzy again.

                    ECKHART
          Organic chloroform
          produced from there own
          body chemistry amazing.


                    COVACCS
          How can you be so calm?

                    ECKHART
          I’m pretty sure we’re safe
          at the moment.

                       COVACCS
          Why?

                    ECKHART
          Because otherwise we’d
          already be dead. While we
          are alive there’s always
          hope never forget that.

They are hauled to their feet.

                    ECKHART
          Rest time’s over it seems.

                    ECKHART
               (stunned)
           My god.

                       COVACCS
                  (worried)
          What?

                    ECKHART
          Can’t you feel it? The
          green one is trying to
          communicate with us. Can’t
          you feel it, see it?

                       COVACCS
          Feel what?




                                                 76
                    ECKHART
          While at Oxford I was
          found to be quite
          sensitive. But this is
          different. Images, crude
          emotions.

                    COVACCS
          You mean they’re talking
          to you?

                    ECKHART
          Like I said it’s limited
          utterly incredible but
          limited.

                    COVACCS
          What are they saying?

Signals for her to be quiet. Then looks up at her.

                    ECKHART
          One thing, nearest I can
          get is…
               (beat)
          WAR!

EXT. CRATER – ROCK PLAIN - DAY

Blackie is down on his haunches looking at
something. The ground around here isn’t sand just
rock.

                    BLACKIE
          Damn it! Lost em.

                    JONES
          I thought you said you
          could track?

                    BLACKIE
          Boy I’ve been doing this
          since before you were an
          itch in your daddy’s pants
          but grounds all rock round
          here don’t leave tracks.




                                                77
                       CREAN
             So what then?

                       WADE
             They won’t be far.

                       JONES
             Shut up it’s you that got
             into this mess in the
             first place.

                       CREAN
             Let him speak.

                       WADE
             It’s simple really. Ants
             don’t like direct sunlight
             especially this,

Looks up at the burning sky.

             so what we encountered was
             probably a group of
             stragglers.

                       BLACKIE
             Which means?

                       CREAN
             The formicary is close by.

Wade nods.

                        WADE
             Exactly.

                       JONES
             You can’t be serious now
             you want us to march into
             an ant city.

                        CREAN BLACKIE WADE
             Yes!

                       JONES
             At least we’ll be out the
             sun.




                                             78
EXT. UNKNOWN CRATER. OUTSIDE FORMICARY - DAY

Rachel and the professor are in the middle of the
group of Ant men travelling at a furious pace. The
professor stumbles and falls.

One of the Ant men grabs him roughly Rachel goes to
intervene.

                     COVACCS
          Stop it.

She is cuffed offhandedly to the ground then picked
up demonstrating their strength.

                    ECKHART
          Miss Covaccs please I’m
          fine, the old legs aren’t
          what they once were.

Looks around.

          Anyway from here the pace
          should slacken.

Points to the tunnel entrance where we now notice
numbers of other Ant men of varying shapes, colour
and size.

                    ECKHART
          Unless I miss my guess
          this is the entrance to
          the formicary.

INT. UNKNOWN CRATER. FORMICARY - DAY

They are led through the entrance then quickly down
the main tunnel then a few grottos. It is dark and
takes them a while for their eyes to acclimatise.

The walls gleam with opal ores and glow worms
provide the only illumination.

                    ECKHART
          I want your agreement that
          if you get a chance to
          make a break take it don’t
          worry about me.



                                                79
                    COVACCS
          No, I’m not leaving
          without you professor.

                    ECKHART
          Your young and fit, me I’m
          almost done in.

                    COVACCS
          I won’t let you sacrifice
          yourself.

                    ECKHART
          It’s the logical option.
          Did I teach you nothing in
          class? JUST
          promise…please.

                    COVACCS
          I’ll think about it.

They came to a blank wall with a number of sentries
on guard. The door slides open and opens into an
enormous cavern that seems to be a bubble within
the earth.

Below them the ant city is laid out with what
appears thousands and building connected by paths
and lit by the flames from venting naphtha.

It is stunning and silence broken by the occasional
WHIP CRACK.

                    ECKHART
          Bless my scientific soul.

                    COVACCS
          It’s a fairy city. I’ve
          never seen anything like
          it.

                    ECKHART
               (excited)
          Nobody has. Don’t you see
          this is no simple ant nest
          this took intelligent
          thought over millennia.
          Man has searched the stars



                                                80
          from other intelligent
          life when all the time its
          been under his feet.

The professor feels something Rachel notices.

                    COVACCS
          Professor what is it?

                    ECKHART
          War, they may as well be
          shouting it.
               (beat)
          Something’s up, something
          big.

EXT. UNKNOWN CRATER. NEAR FORMICARY - DAY

The group are crouched behind some rocks near the
entrance. The sun has gone past its high point and
is not far from setting.

The formicary entrance is a buzz of activity with
Ant men passing each other in a chaotic frenzy.

                    BLACKIE
          They sure look riled up.

                    JONES
               (sarcastical
               ly)
          So much for us just
          strolling in.

                    WADE
          We will have to find
          another way in.

                    CREAN
          We haven’t time.

                    BLACKIE
          Patience lad, the doc is
          right getting caught
          ourselves aint going to
          help the others.




                                                81
A sudden surge from the entrance as hundreds of
BLACK WARRIOR Ant men spew forth with a number of
greens. Once out they form into a military rank and
file.

                    BLACKIE
          I’ll be gormed them
          insecks could be on a
          parade ground.

                    WADE
          I wonder what they are up
          too?


The Ant men move in the direction of the group.

                    JONES
          Shit they’re coming this
          way.

                    BLACKIE
          Time to move.

                    CREAN
          They mightn’t see us.

                    BLACKIE
          Lad, we stay here they’re
          gunna ride right over us.

                    WADE
          Then where?

                     BLACKIE
          Those sand hills about a
          mile back.

                    JONES
          Let’s go then. Anywhere
          has to be better than
          here.

The group hear FAINT CHUCKLING.

                    BLACKIE
          Mantises. That tears it
          the sand hills it is.



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INT. ANT FORMICARY. PRISONER CELL - DAY

The professor and Rachel are being held in a cell 8
by 8 carved from limestone. the room has a small
window and a couple of moss like mats and is lit by
a small naphtha vent outside. Rachel is pacing and
staring out the window.

While the Professor is scribbling into a note book.
Rachel checks the door again trying to find a way
to open it.

                    ECKHART (o.s.)
          It’s no use, countersunk
          from the other side,
          ingenious really.

                    COVACCS
          This waiting is killing
          me. What do they want with
          us?

                    ECKHART
          That is what I have been
          pondering as well.
               (beat)
          Among other things.

                    COVACCS
          Conclusions?

                    ECKHART
          I keep coming back to what
          would we do in their
          place?

                    COVACCS
          Study them of course.
          Which makes us human lab
          rats?

                    ECKHART
          And we both know what
          happens to them.




                                                83
                    COVACCS
          You don’t think the others
          may try to find us?

                    ECKHART
          No, not if they have any
          sense. Oh I’m sure they’d
          consider it
               (looks at
               Rachel)
          young Tom especially but
          Blackie has too much sense
          to attempt a fool rescue.
          No our best chance of
          escape lies with us.

                    COVACCS
          Our, I thought you’d given
          up?

                    ECKHART
          What I said still stands.
          This place though.
               (beat)
          Just say there is life in
          the old man yet. But what
          ever we do we need to move
          quickly at the moment they
          seem preoccupied but they
          will get around to us.

                    COVACCS
          How?

                    ECKHART
          Well the door is a dead
          end. Probably guarded as
          well.

                    COVACCS
          The window?

Eckhart nods.

                    ECKHART
          The whole cavern is
          limestone. No the problem


                                       84
          is where to We are at
          least eight stories up.

Rachel starts chipping away with her pen knife

                    COVACCS
          In that case take over
          when I get tired.

EXT. SAND HILLS - NIGHT

The party are atop a large sand hill looking down
over the desert pans. The sun has now gone down but
the full moon is providing good light. A couple of
hundred Ant men are down there waiting for
something. Crean has the field glasses and is
looking at something.

                    CREAN
          Movement to the east,
          mantises looks like
          hundreds of them.

They come onto the pans and match up about fifty
meters from them. In comparison to the Ant men they
lack coordination and discipline. Awful HOOTING is
coming from them.

                    WADE
          This maybe some sort of
          periodic squaring off
          between the two most
          powerful adversaries in
          these parts.

                     BLACKIE
          Like the two top dogs who
          butt heads every now and
          then just to prove they
          still can.

                    WADE
          Pretty much anything else
          was probably been wiped up
          eons ago.




                                                 85
                    JONES
          In the red corner with
          acid throwers and a face
          only a mother could love
          weighing in at.

                    BLACKIE
          Quiet, won’t be long now.

                    CREAN
          Mexican standoff insect
          style.

Just then the mantises charge the Ant men ranks
HOOTING and CHUCKLING. The Ant men respond with a
number of SHARP CRACKS. Against the night sky fly
silver streams of acid aimed with precision forming
a HISSING lattice of death. Where acid hits acrid
smoke can be seen though not all go down and where
a Mantis grabs and Ant Man death is the usual
result.

The Ant men start to drive the Mantises back.

                    JONES
          The Ants are winning.

                    BLACKIE
          Steady on they mightn’t be
          as organised but wouldn’t
          mind betting they aren’t
          short of a bit of low
          cunning.

                    WADE
          There!!

Wade points to a rock outcrop where another group
of Mantises are hiding.

                    BLACKIE
               (whistles
               low)
          The sneaky fucks.

                    WADE
          We have to warn them.




                                                86
                    JONES
          Are you out of your
          fricking mind?

                    CREAN
          They have the professor
          and Rachel Thanks to you.

                    CREAN
          Fuck em I hope they wipe
          each other out.


                    BLACKIE
          I agree this is what we
          have been waiting for.
          They’ll have to take their
          chances same as us.

EXT. SALT PANS - NIGHT

The group is crouched as a detachment of Ant men
pass them heading for the front line.

EXT. FORMICARY ENTRANCE - NIGHT

The group is back at the spot they were before
watching the formicary opening it appears deserted.
The battle can be heard faintly.

                    BLACKIE
          When the cat’s away us
          mice can get on with it.

                    CREAN
          They must be all at the
          front.

                    JONES
          I wonder whose winning?

                    BLACKIE
          Let’s worry about what’s
          in here first.

                    WADE
          What’s the plan?




                                                   87
                         BLACKIE
               Low profile, we slip in
               find the two of them and
               then get the hell out of
               dodge before they know
               what hit em.

                         JONES
                    (sarcastical
                    ly)
               A walk in the park.

     EXT. FORMICARY ENTRANCE - NIGHT

The group with Wade and Crean up front and Jones and
Blackie behind are about to enter the Formicary when out
of the blackness there is a HIST and a silver gout of
acid that passes over the group and straight onto a
Mantis that was about to cut Blackie in half. From the
blackness rush two Ant men brushing aside the group and
engaging the mantises.

     The first Ant man attacks the injured mantis it
     succeeds in grabbing the Ant man cutting him in
     two. The other Ant man joins the fight killing the
     Mantis with a head shot but is grabbed by the other
     mantis and looks in trouble. The way in is now open
     but instead of running through Blackie takes aim at
     the Mantis then throws down his gun pulls a massive
     knife and charges.

                         BLACKIE
               Bloody hell, hold on ant
               fella.

                           JONES
               What the?

                         WADE
               Stop you fool.

     Too late as he plunges the knife into the mantis’s
     neck causing green blood to gush out but the knife
     is stuck. The mantis throws the Ant man away
     flashing a saw arm that just passes over his head.




                                                     88
                    BLACKIE
          Overgrown bit of spider
          bait you want me
               (beat)
          come get me.

As if it understands the mantis attacks Blackie who
rolls under slashing it belly with another knife
barely escaping but is now trapped against a rock.
The mantis bends down for a kill when its head
explodes. Jones can be seen with a smoking gun.

Jones P.O.V. Blackie turns, smiles and then
launches a knife straight at him he ducks just in
time.

                    JONES
          Of all the ungrateful
          pricks in the world you
          have to be the biggest…

The body of a mantis falls between Jones and Crean
a knife in its eye. Blackie rushes up pulls the
knife out of the eye moves towards the cave.

                    JONES
          Holy fuck!!

                    BLACKIE
          What are you ladies
          waiting for invitations?

EXT./INT. FORMICARY. ENTRANCE. SIDE TUNNEL -
UNDERGROUND

As the group rush into the ENTRANCE TUNNEL they see
a SMALLER ANT MAN over the body of the one Blackie
rescued. They quickly pull into a SIDE TUNNEL as a
small group of Ant men rush past.

                    CREAN
          Cavalry’s a bit late.
               (turns to
               Blackie)
          What was that all about?




                                                89
                    BLACKIE
          Had no choice it saved me
          getting sawed in half.
          Also something what the
          Doc said about them. Just
          couldn’t let it happen is
          all. They’ll be hunting us
          now though.

                    WADE
          What’s done is done. Just
          no more heroics we need
          you in one piece.
               (pause)
          Like you said the hunt is
          on.

INT. FORMICARY. CELL - UNDERGROUND

The prof is working the window which has been
noticeably enlarged but nowhere near enough. Rachel
is near the door she hears something.

                    COVACCS
               (quietly
               indicates)
          The door?

The prof signals her to join him as the door slides
SILENTLY open.

Into the cell come two warrior blacks followed by
Greenie from earlier.

A RED PRIEST Ant Man then enters. The small cell is
quite crowded.

The Red priest is smaller than the other two and
lacks the acid thrower and instead has long
antennae but this is made up in its presence, they
are obviously the ruling elite.

The Red priest approaches the two captives who try
to appear defiant. After merely brushing past
Covaccs the Red priest spends a SILENT eternity
with the professor. Sweat begins to start beading
on his forehead. Images appear




                                                90
MONTAGE:

A - GREAT FIRE AND DUST CLOUD OF A METEOR IMPACT.

B – What appears to be an early Ant man not fully
developed.

C – The great ant city TEEMING with life.

D – A BATTLE against an army of giant scorpions.

E – An ATTACK on the formicary by the Mantises
going badly.

F – DARKNESS.

The professor cries out in pain and falls to the
floor the Ant party sweep out as silently as they
entered Greenie lingered at the door for a second
then was gone as well.

Rachel is over the prof helping him up.

                     ECKHART
           I’m fine just a little
           dizzy.

                      COVACCS
           What happened? That red
           thing just stood there
           then you fell and they
           were gone.

                     ECKHART
           Wonder, Wonder and terror
                (pause)
           The Red one is sort of a
           priest that’s the closest
           thing I can relate them
           too,

                     COVACCS
           But what do they want?

                     ECKHART
           It was ... Alien!! I saw
           their whole history since
           becoming sentient.



                                                   91
          Millennia of change into
          just a few images.

                    COVACCS
          What do they want?

                    ECKHART
          Me they intend to keep for
          study.

                    COVACCS
               (hesitantly)
          and me?

The prof looks at her pleadingly not to make him
say it.

          What about me?

                    ECKHART
          If I could take your place
          I would.

Rachel grabs his shoulders pins him against wall.

                     COVACCS
               (yelling)
          AND ME!!

                    ECKHART
               (faintly)
          They have no use for. I’m
          so sorry.

INT. FORMICARY. OUTER REGION - UNDERGROUND

The party are in a side tunnel staying very quiet
as a group of Soldier Blacks with a couple of Green
Officers pass close by.

                    JONES
               (to Wade)
          Didn’t we just leave this
          party? That’s the third
          group we have encountered
          and still we haven’t a
          clue where the others are.




                                                   92
                    BLACKIE
          Quit your whining you had
          your chance to go you
          chose not to so now you
          are stuck with us.



                    JONES
          I said I would try and
          help but this is useless.

                    CREAN
          We’re not leaving and
          that’s final.

                    JONES
          Come on, we’ve tried. We
          go much further and we are
          never coming out. They’ll
          catch us or we’ll get lost
          down here either way we’re
          finished.

The other party members look at him blankly they
are not turning back.

                    JONES
          This is bullshit.

                     BLACKIE
                (to Jones)
          How much water you got
          left?

                    JONES
          What?

                    BLACKIE
               (louder)
          How much?

Jones SHAKES his canteen it sounds empty.

                    JONES
          Less than a third.




                                                   93
                    BLACKIE
          How far you expect to get
          on that up top?

                    WADE
          You see the Ant Men need
          water as well so it’s
          logical that where they
          are so is the water.

The group move on.

INT. FORMICARY. CELL - UNDERGROUND

In the cell the two of them have redoubled their
efforts and the window is getting bigger but not as
fast as they’d like.

                    COVACCS
          You said this limestone
          would breakaway easily.

                    ECKHART
          It should, this must be
          infused with harder
          minerals.

                    COVACCS
          It’s alright for you your
          not the one who is surplus
          to requirements.

                     ECKHART
               (harshly)
          Do you think becoming a
          human lab rat is a better
          alternative?
               (pause)
          I’m sorry.

                    COVACCS
          No I’m sorry it’s not your
          fault.

                    ECKHART
          But it is. You wouldn’t be
          here if I hadn’t
          carelessly wandered off.



                                                94
               We might have gotten away
               with the rest of them? I
               wish they had just taken
               me it would have been
               justice for being a fool.

                         COVACCS
                    (chiding)
               And let you uncover the
               greatest scientific
               discovery since Einstein
               on your own. No way
               professor I except equal
               status on the find when we
               get back.

     Eckhart laughs

                         ECKHART
               Presumptuous student we’ll
               see about that. My name
               goes first of course.

     The door slides silently Greenie is there looking
     anxious with his antenna flicking hesitantly enters
     the room then carrying there guns and packs drops
     on the ground

                         COVACCS
               What should we do?

                         ECKHART
               Take them
                    (beat)
               gently, when providence
               smiles always smile back.

Just as quickly Greenie leaves and the door shuts.

                         ECKHART
                    (quizzically
                    )
               Soon? They’re coming?
                    (beat)
               How curious.




                                                     95
                    COVACCS
          Well they’re not getting
          me without a fight.

Covaccs grabs her rifle which brings the professor
back to earth.

                     ECKHART
          Wait, that’s not what it
          meant. This tele-empathy
          of theirs is very
          imprecise but I’m sure of
          that.
                (pause)
          I think we have allies.

                    COVACCS
          Allies?

                    ECKHART
          That maybe too strong a
          word but there appears to
          be some sort of divisions
          within the ranks,
          divisions we might be able
          to use to our advantage.

INT. FORMICARY. GLOW WORM CAVE - UNDERGROUND

The four rescuers enter a large cavern that is lit
almost as well as daylight. They enter and are
stunned at the sight.

                    CREAN
          Glow-worms!!!

                    JONES
          Billions of them.

                    WADE
          We must be close the
          creatures need a moist
          environment.

                    CREAN
          I hope your right.

Shakes his canteen and NOTHING can be heard.



                                                96
Jones offers him his.

                     CREAN
          Thanks.

Passes it back to Jones.

          Hey, in all the confusion
          at the tunnel entrance did
          anyone else notice that
          yellow bracelet on that
          Ant we saved?

Snaps his fingers.

                    WADE
          That’s it I knew there was
          something but couldn’t put
          my finger on it.

                    JONES
          So, What does that mean?

                    WADE
          Maybe nothing but remember
          we are out of the normal
          here we ought not be
          surprised by anything.

                    BLACKIE
          You got that right. I
          wouldn’t be surprised if
          me dear departed mum
          popped up offered me a
          pork pie and cup of cha.

INT. FORMICARY. ANT GARDEN - UNDERGROUND

They encounter a side tunnel within which are
massive fungi at least ten feet high around which
are a number of smaller BLUE ANT FARMERS who are
tending to the fungi and generally keeping the area
clean.

                    WADE
          The Ant garden. See those
          Blue ants they are the Ant


                                                97
          gardeners they will spend
          their entire lives tending
          there fungi.

                    CREAN
          They eat that?

                    WADE
          Mostly yes. Ants don’t
          just eat meat. A number
          use aphids as a source of
          milk yet others have
          developed symbiotic
          relationships with plants
          to defend them from
          predators in exchange for
          nectar, these could be in
          other caves.

                    BLACKIE
          Place is stranger than a
          six legged cow at a barn
          dance.

                    JONES
          Can you hear that?

Blackie appraises Jones with new found respect.

                    BLACKIE
          Kids got sharper ears than
          a quoll on heat, that’s
          running water alright.
          Quietly now.

They slip past the gardeners and enter a large
completely black cave with a light at the far end.
The sound of running water is STRONGER. There is a
strong stench within the cave.

                    CREAN
          Jesus what’s that smell?

Jones slips on the slick surface and shines his
torch on his hand sniffs his hand and recoils.

                    JONES
          Terrific, what next?



                                                  98
Blackie shines his torch to the ceiling and
suddenly thousands of bats descend towards the
party SHRIEKING at being disturbed.

                       BLACKIE
          Bats!!

The bats are in their hair and scratching their
faces as they make a mad dash for the other side.
Tom falls twisting his knee Wade notices and runs
back to help his friend with the bats still
attacking them.

INT. FORMICARY. NAPHTHA CAVERN - UNDERGROUND

They make the other end into a better lit cavern.
The river is close bringing a breeze and the SHARP
tang of naphtha.

                    CREAN
               (to Wade)
          Thanks.

                    WADE
          I’ve a bit of making up to
          do.

                     JONES
          Every corner a new and
          exciting aroma. What is it
          this time?

                       BLACKIE
                  (pointing in
                  hushed
                  tones)
          That.

We see that the group appears to   be on the shore of
a great subterranean lake not of   water but bitumen
as viscid as treacle the boiling   tar is slowly
bubbling away. The cavern is lit   by fires all
around and high up.

                    CREAN
          Looks like we’ve found the
          professors naphtha reserve




                                                  99
                    BLACKIE
          Drop a match into that and
          it would be good night all
          and don’t ferget to put
          the cat out.

                    BLACKIE
          I must be breaking mirrors
          in me sleep. First I leave
          me best knife stuck in
          that inseck now me torch
          is dead.

                    CREAN
          Mines back in there if you
          want it?

                    BLACKIE
          Not in this lifetime.

                    CREAN
          How about using these?

Picks up the naphtha splinters.

                    WADE
          Good idea but lets wait to
          light them.

INT. FORMICARY. RIVER LANDING - DAY

They have reached the water source that turns out
to be an underground river. Small shout of delights
as they reach the edge which consists of a rock
rubble and shale landing area. Before any drink
Blackie issues a warning.

                    BLACKIE
          Wait!

He gets down and sniffs the water then tastes it
with the tip of his tongue like a snake. Then drops
his massive head in covering it and covers everyone
with spray when he pulls out.

                    BLACKIE
          It’s fine a little salty
          but fine.



                                               100
The other three then get involved Crean and Jones
dunk there heads as well then splash each other an
water bottles are refilled.

                     WADE
                (to himself)
           Miles now for you old
           friend.

Blackie looks up the river into the blackness and
quickly quenches his torch.

                     BLACKIE
           Something’s coming move.

The whip crack FILLS the silence.

INT. FORMICARY. RIVER EDGE - UNDERGROUND

Crean with his twisted knee has been a little slow
keeping up and finds himself alone in the dark.

                     CREAN
                (quietly)
           Brady? Blackie? Doc?

Silence.

           Shit, shit, shit.

A whip crack breaks the silence Creans night vision
is returning and finds himself wedged between two
rocks not far from the waters edge with whatever
that is coming down almost atop of him.

Two large rafts carrying five Warrior Blacks each
beach and unload what turns out to be three dead
mantises that are loaded up and carried off.

                     CREAN
                (quietly)
           Trophies or lunch?

Crean flexes his knee but brushes some rocks that
clatter a small sound but out of place alerts the
Warrior Blacks and two appear to be converging on
him.




                                               101
He flicks off the safety and takes aim. We see his
finger in close up as it begins to squeeze the
trigger. A distant BANG is followed by whip crack
and they disappear.

With the area now clear Crean gets up to
investigate the raft. It is a good size made of
some sort of wood lashed with reeds.

                    CREAN
          What would Indiana Jones
          do?

He is broken out of his reverie by the sound of
approaching Ant men. His options are limited this
close to the river there is no place to hide. In a
panic he sprints and dives onto the raft.

                    CREAN
          Probably not this.

His luck holds barely as the air is RENT with ANGRY
cracking as they arrive just too late. The raft
spins out of control with Crean just holding on
until it straightens.

Acid from the Warrior Blacks hits the water and
craft causing it to smoke a little then they are
gone. The river in black Crean fumbles to find some
matches to light a naphtha splinter.

The light source shows the bank with the outline of
a crocodile. Ahead can be seen a red glow and steam
rising.

The water is now getting quite hot and the raft is
picking up speed there looks to be a small rocky
beach on the left while the steam continues to
thicken.

Seeing no other option he dives into the river with
all his kit the water is black and hot and it is
hard to get over to the beach he makes it and
passes out.




                                                  102
INT. FORMICARY. NEAR THE RIVER - UNDERGROUND

Darkness surrounds the three remaining and they are
towards the back of the river cavern behind some
rocks. A small dust cloud surrounds them. Jones is
confronting Blackie.

                     BLACKIE
               (to Jones)
          No soap we wait till the
          bugs pass.

                    JONES
          He’s injured for god’s
          sake

                    BLACKIE
          Why the sudden heroics?
          You aint struck me the
          type.

                    JONES
          Maybe that’s why.

                    BLACKIE
          Boy you picked a hell of a
          time for your conscious to
          kick.

                     WADE
          Quiet both of you we will
          look for him as soon as
          they pass.

                       JONES
          Fuck that.

He goes to move and displaces some rocks and the
sound although only small is amplified by the
cavern.

                    JONES
          I didn’t mean.

                    WADE
          Foolish boy, Blackie a way
          out.




                                               103
                    BLACKIE
          Some sort of rock chimney.

                    WADE
          Take it
               (to Jones)
          Now you hurry.

The three clamber up the tight opening the chimney
is unstable and a number of rocks WHIZ past the
Doc.

                     JONES
          Lookout.

They arrive on a darkly lit rock shelf. From below
they can hear the Ant men attempting to follow
them. Jones P.O.V. is looking down the hole and can
make out shapes close behind.

                    JONES
          They are coming up.

Blackie appears pushing Jones out the way with a
stick of lit TNT in his hand which he wedges in the
chimney then pulls the others down.

                     BLACKIE
          Down!

The EXPLOSION and THUNDEROUS RUMBLE (the sound
Crean hears) closes the chimney. Jones P.O.V. looks
at the rubble pile that was the chimney and then
back to Blackie and the Doc.

                     JONES
          Tom?

INT. FORMICARY – INNER CITY ENTRANCE - DAY

Wade, Blackie and Jones are in a poorly lit side
tunnel looking over a main tunnel which is in
constant use. The left end of the tunnel has a door
that is guarded by a number of Warrior Blacks.




                                               104
As the door opens and closes tantalising glimpses
of the inner Ant city where the Eckhart and Rachel
are being held. This is a very busy tunnel with Ant
men of differing types two and fro, getting in
seems impossible.

                       BLACKIE
          Any ideas?

The others look bereft of any notion of how to get
past the guards.

                    JONES
          None you’d thank me for.

                    WADE
          Any chance we can locate
          another entrance?

                    BLACKIE
          You saw before they keep
          this area guarded tight no
          if we are going in it’s
          through here.

                     WADE
          We can’t get around and we
          can’t just walk in so we
          need to create a
          diversion.

                    BLACKIE
          I’ll do it.

                    WADE
          No, if this works the
          others will need you.


Blackie and Jones understand what he said.

                    BLACKIE
          In here they’re likely to
          shoot first and ask
          questions later.

                       WADE
          I know.



                                               105
Blackie reaches into his pack and pulls out a stick
of TNT with a small fuse and hands it to him.

                    BLACKIE
          Fuses are shot but if they
          get you, you can take some
          of them with you.

                    WADE
          Thanks.
               (beat)
          Just get the others out.

TWO OPTIONS HERE 1) JUST BEFORE HE JUMPS DOWN THEY
SEE THE MANTISES AND JUMP ON TOP GREAT ESCAPE STYLE
OR THE ONE I’M GOING WITH.

Wade gets up and gives his gun to Blackie.

                    WADE
          Won’t be needing that.
               (beat)
          Let’s do it.

The tunnel has gone quiet with only the Warrior
Black guards. Wade jumps down about fifty yards
from the entrance and starts yelling and waving his
arms around. Wade sees them one last time.

                    WADE
          Go on!!

The guard ants notice him and start after him he
turns and runs own the tunnel and around a corner.
Let a moment later there is an explosion. The
tunnel fills with smoke and dust covering their
entry attempt

Blackie grabs Jones who seems reluctant.

                    BLACKIE
          Come on boy don’t let it
          me for nothing.

They jump down and hide near the door it opens with
a number of Black Warriors appearing the two of
them slip through in the smoke, dust and confusion
and the door shuts behind them.



                                               106
INT.   – FORMICARY. PRISON CELL - UNDERGROUND

The scene inside the cell depicts the professor
sitting down looking tired while Covaccs is working
away at the window which is about big enough for
them the get out of.

                    ECKHART (O.S.)
          Miss Covaccs.

Covaccs stops working wipes her brow and faces the
prof.

                    COVACCS
          Considering our position
          don’t you think we can do
          without the formality?

                    ECKHART
          Of course Miss, I mean
          Rachel I think I may have
          thought of a way out of
          our predicament.

                    COVACCS
          Miles.

The Prof looks a bit miffed then it passes.

          That’s brilliant. How?

Eckhart walks to the widened window.

                    ECKHART
          If we tie our rifles to
          our packs like so.

He arranges the two rifles into a cross.

                    ECKHART (CONT)
          We can anchor ourselves
          like so and abseil down.

And places them into the gap showing them wedged
nicely.

          It risky and leaves us
          unarmed but…



                                                107
                    COVACCS
          It’s the best we’ve got.

The two of them begin to execute the plan when an
out of place noise catches their attention.

                    BLACKIE (O.S)
          Mopoke, Mopoke.

The professor looking confused grabs the field
glasses. From his P.O.V. he sees Jones and Blackie
close up on a flat roof top across the block and
lower down from them. Blackie is making the sound
again with his hands cupped.

                    ECKHART
               (emotionally
               )
          Those stupid, beautiful,
          crazy fools.

Passes the glasses to Covaccs.

          Seems I was wrong about
          the rescue attempt.

Covaccs scans the group but doesn’t find what see
is looking for.

                    COVACCS
          Where’s Tom I can’t see
          him?

                    ECKHART
          Steady on first we need to
          get their attention.

Before they can do anything a familiar voice from
above startles them.

                    CREAN (O.S.)
          Hey guys over here.

From the Professor’s P.O.V. through the glasses we
can see the others see him and wave.

Covaccs calls up.




                                               108
                    COVACCS
               (excitedly)
          Tom down here.

The sound of someone almost falling can be heard.

                    CREAN (O.S.)
          Jesus!! Rachel, is that
          you?

                    COVACCS
          Yes.

                    CREAN (O.S.)
          Thank god. Is the
          professor with you?

                    ECKHART
          I’m here; have you a rope
          to pull us out?

A rope end appears in front of them.

                    CREAN (O.S.)
          There take it.

INT. FORMICARY – CELL ROOF - UNDERGROUND

Covaccs is first to reach the top with the help of
Crean the rope is also secured to a bit of
limestone. They embrace then reluctantly pull away.

                    COVACCS
          Tom, oh Tom it so good to
          see you we thought…

                    CREAN
          I made a promise remember?
               (beat)
          and you didn’t think I’d
          let you have all the
          adventures.

Eckhart is just getting to the top they see his
hands and rush to pull him up.

                    ECKHART
          Well done Mr Crean.



                                                  109
                    CREAN
          It’s good to see you sir
               (beat to
               Covaccs)
          both of you.

                    COVACCS
          Why aren’t you with the
          others?

                    CREAN
          Long story, I got
          separated and have been
          crawling around up here
          for the past couple of
          hours. I nearly fell off
          the ledge when you called
          my name though.

 Crean is pulling up the rope.

                      ECKHART
          What now?

Crean is fashioning the rope into a lariat and
starts to twirl it around his head.

                    CREAN
          To see if all those
          Saturday matinees were
          worth it.

He releases the lariat and it sails into the hands
of Blackie.

                    COVACCS
          Seems they were.

Blackie ties it to an outcropping similar to one
Crean did and gives thumbs up. Crean tests the rope
hooks his pack over it and turns to the others.

                    CREAN
          Follow me and don’t look
          down.

Crean uses his pack as flying fox and shoots down
the rope at speed and is caught by the others.



                                                 110
                    JONES
               (to Crean)
          Good to see you decided to
          join us. Old Blackie was
          worried something awful.

                     CREAN
          It’s good to be back
               (to Blackie)
          Why Blackie I didn’t know
          you cared?

                     BLACKIE
          One day I’ll settle with
          you kids just see if I
          don’t
                (beat)
          and less of the old.

Covaccs and then Eckhart sail across to a joyous
reunion.

                     ECKHART
               (beat to
               Blackie
               sternly)
          I pay you to exercise good
          sense and judgement, maybe
          my faith has been
          misplaced?

                    BLACKIE
          Well er, I er, I mean we
          couldn’t just leave the
          two of you….

Eckhart crosses to the giant man and encloses him
in a massive hug.

                     ECKHART
          Thank you old friend for
          Rachel’s sake more than
          mine.
                (pause
                knowing)
          And Doctor Wade?




                                               111
                    BLACKIE
          He did it to help us.

                    ECKHART
          Maybe it is for the best.

They realise that Eckhart had worked out Wade was
responsible for their situation.

There is movement across the gap with a couple of
Warrior Blacks accompanied by the Red Priest where
the rope is.

                    CREAN
          I think someone noticed
          you missing at roll call.

A HIST follows a SCREAM from Jones as he hit by
some spray.


                    ECKHART
          Move.

The group rush off while the Red Priest is
motionless staring after them with an evil malice.

INT. FORMICARY. SOUTHERN TUNNEL - UNDERGROUND

The group are holed up in a side tunnel as a group
of solider blacks and a couple of green captains
rush by. Crean is bandaging Jones arm the shirt arm
removed.

                    JONES
          The shirt got the worst of
          it.

                    CREAN
          Hold still.
               (beat)
          Blackie was telling about
          earlier. Thanks for
          trying.

                    JONES
          I’ve been an arsehole
          lately, friends?



                                                  112
Crean smiles and they embrace.

          And if when she makes her
          move on me I’ll let her
          down gently.

From nowhere they are surrounded by a large group
of Warrior Blacks with a couple of Green Captains.
Our group raise their rifles to put up a hopeless
defence.

Before they begin their futile last stand Eckhart
waves his hands frantically.

                    ECKHART
          HOLD! Don’t shoot I think
          they are friendly. Lower
          your weapons slowly.

                    BLACKIE
          I hope your right?

Out of the group of Warrior Blacks one crosses to
Blackie and lowers an antenna gently onto his
shoulder. Its right arm has something yellow on it.

Blackie recognises it as the one he saved.

                    BLACKIE
               (dumbfounded
               )
          Strike me bald if it ain’t
          the one from the entrance.

                    CREAN
          Professor that’s the one
          we told you about.

Another smaller one comes to join him with no
throwers.

                    JONES
          Then that’s the other one.

                    BLACKIE
          Well if it aint a class
          reunion.




                                                113
                    COVACCS
               (to Eckhart)
          Can you understand them?

                    ECKHART
               (slightly
               unsure)
          Ok I think, he owes you,
          the Imbricks as he calls
          the Mantise had him done
          in till your appearance.
               (pause)
          They want to know what
          side me are on.
               (pause)
          It seems there is a power
          struggle between the Red
          Priest and Green Military
          factions.
               (beat)
          From what he is saying a
          millennia old cold war
          just got a lot warmer.

                    CREAN
          And the Imbricks?

Takes a second to picture a giant mantis in his
mind.

                    ECKHART
          Less certain usually the
          hereditary enemy, this may
          be one of their periodic
          attempts to storm the city
          though this time the Reds
          may have been involved.

                    COVACCS
          Insect politics.

                    CREAN
          What have you told them?

Jones interjects.




                                                  114
                    JONES
          That we’d like to go home
          please?

Ignores him.

                    ECKHART
          That we are on there side
          and willing to help
               (beat)
          at least I think I did?

                    BLACKIE
          Great, drafted into ant
          army.

                    ECKHART
          Under our current
          circumstances our options
          are limited.

Eckhart feels something from them.

          Oh dear, a large
          detachment of Warrior
          Blacks and Imbricks are
          close, we are to avoid if
          possible.

The now enlarged group heads off with a Warrior
Black scouting ahead of the group led by Greenie
the humans are crowded into the middle for their
protection and to prevent escape.

The group moves onto an empty main tunnel from a
side tunnel the hideous CHUCKLING and RASPING of
the Mantises can be heard.

                       COVACCS
          Professor.

                    ECKHART
          I hear them.

They turn a corner and are in what looks to be an
unfinished storage chamber. There is a large ledge
about nine feet up running around the entire
chamber. The Mantises are getting much closer.



                                               115
                    ECKHART
          Everyone up there,
          quickly.

The Ant men take manage the distance in one
spectacular bound the humans are less athletic.

Eckhart, Covaccs, Crean and Jones manage Blackie
slips and seems certain to be noticed when the Ant
Man we will call BRACELET leaps down from the
ledge, picks Blackie up and leaps back up just in
time.

Into view from the way they came are about fifteen
Warrior Blacks then come the Mantises about eight
of them. Too tall the walk upright in these low
tunnels they are forced to crawl. Although hiding
in the shadows as best they can should one look up
they are certain to be noticed.

The tension is APPALLING the party have their guns
trained on them and the Ant men are tense ready for
action. Once the Mantises pass another fifteen
Warrior blacks that are acting as a rear guard
pass.

As the last one passes one of the Warrior Blacks
disturbs some dust that hits it. It comes back and
as it looks up is leap upon by two of the groups
Warrior Blacks the first one uses it jaws to take
it head off in silence while the other in a feat of
strength, lifts the corpse and hurls it onto the
ledge. Then they are alone again.

The group climb down when a group of Warrior Blacks
and Greens enter they appear to be conversing.

                    ECKHART
          Till now I never would
          have believed that one of
          gods’ creatures could be
          evil.

                    JONES
          And they smell worse than
          a pair of Blackie’s socks.




                                                  116
The confab appears over the group that arrived
leaves with most of their group leaving Greenie,
Bracelet and two others Eckhart is being told
something.

                    ECKHART
          Change of plans. Instead
          of resting we are to join
          in the defence.

                    CREAN
          On our own?

                    ECKHART
          No, Greenie is in charge
          with a couple of others.

A group thought emanates the thought of escape.

          I know what you are
          thinking but I don’t see
          how we can give them the
          slip.
                (pause)
          as far as afterwards they
          mean to hold on to us.

                    CREAN
          Even if we help?

                    COVACCS
          So we are still prisoners.

                    ECKHART
          Technically yes.

                    BLACKIE
          I aint nobody’s lab rat.
          While we’re all here it
          might be our best chance?

Greenie and bracelet signal the move out it’s now
or never.

                    ECKHART
          Too risky we just have to
          play this hand out.




                                                  117
INT. THE NAPHTHA LAKE CAVERN - UNDERGROUND

The naphtha lake looms dark and menacing behind
them. The many small fires bathe them in an
afternoon glow. The group has grown now to about
fifty Ant men in groups of 5 -10 with every second
group including a Green captain.

Our guys are together near the centre the professor
has just returned.

                    CREAN
          What’s the scoop from Ant
          HQ?

                    ECKHART
          I gather not good. A lot
          of their tunnel guards are
          either missing or gone
          over to the other side.
               (beat)
          the enemy appears to have
          broken into two groups one
          on its way here.

                     JONES
                (dryly)
          Time to break out the
          welcome mats and name
          tags.

                    BLACKIE
          Professor, I’m no military
          genius but why the hell
          are we guarding a tar pit?

Eckhart turns to the viscous lake behind him the
others follow. He gestures.

                    ECKHART
          What do you see?

                    COVACCS
          Fires?

                    ECKHART
          Good, what else?




                                               118
                    JONES
          More fires?

                       CREAN
          Their god?

The group look confused he tries to explain.

          All ancient cultures
          looked upon fire with a
          mix of awe and wonder.
          Vulcan and Hephaestus held
          powerful places among
          their immortal peers.

He gestures again.

          This place has given them
          heat, light and life
          that’s what we are
          protecting.




                    CREAN
          And what do they expect
          from us?

                    JONES
          To die defending liberty,
          honour and the six legged
          way.

Eckhart ignores him

                    ECKHART
          They have set an ambush at
          the entrance then once the
          fighting starts we have a
          pretty free hand.

                    JONES
          But if we are so valuable
          why risk us?

                    ECKHART
          Because they need our
          help. Their species is


                                               119
          dying out, how many do you
          think there are at
          present.

Looks at the group.

          Les than one thousand the
          city once held twenty
          times that.

                    CREAN
          So what happened?

                    ECKHART
          Genocide, the Reds after
          having governed for so
          long have become unstable,
          rabid even. The Greens
          were planning a coup when
          the Mantises quiet for so
          long suddenly attack.

                    JONES
          With us stuck squarely in
          the middle.

                    ECKHART
          I know and I’m sorry.

                    CREAN
          Professor it’s not you who
          should be sorry it’s
          fucking Doc Wade, and her
          father.

Covaccs looks at Jones in shock.

                     COVACCS
          What’s my father got to do
          with this?

                    CREAN
               (to Covaccs)
          I’m sorry he knew
          something might be here,
          Doc Wade convinced him.




                                       120
                    JONES
          That’s why he supplied the
          money for the trip.

Points to an Ant man

                    ECKHART
          And some would call them
          monsters.

                    COVACCS
          Bullshit he wouldn’t do
          that he wouldn’t.

Getting frantic.

          Your making it you hate
          him so you’re making it up

Getting angry he grabs her.

                    CREAN
               (to Covaccs)
          He would and he did, deal
          with it.

She tries to hit him which he easily stops and she
tries again with less conviction and then just
starts crying at the realisation of what her father
has as priorities. Crean holds on to her as she
cry’s it out.

                    BLACKIE
          Well if we have to be on
          anyone’s side I’m glad
          it’s Greenie and Bracelet.

                    ECKHART
          So am I, damn glad.



There is movement at the entrance and noise can be
heard this looks like it’s it. The group quickly
readies itself hiding down behind some rocks.
Blackie now assumes charge.

Grabbing his rifle he flicks off the safety.



                                               121
                    BLACKIE
          This is it safety’s off,
          Aim for the body.

                    ECKHART
          Keep together, don’t let
          them get close.

                    BLACKIE
          You heard him we want to
          blast em not invite em to
          a church social.

The invaders can almost be seen at the entrance the
first Ant men charge through followed by the
mantises crawling. The invaders see nothing in
front of them as the tunnel appears awash with the
invaders.

                    BLACKIE
          Ready?

                    ECKHART
          Ready!

Jones gives Blackie a tight grin.

                    JONES
          Ready!

Crean and Covaccs look at each other and briefly
touch hands.

                    CREAN/COVACCS
          Ready!

A LOUD whip crack signals the defenders attack and
from their hiding places they rise as one and
attack. The intensity of the fighting dwarfs that
of the pans earlier.

After the initial shock the invaders are fighting
back strongly and have a numerical advantage they
are using and pushing the defenders back. The group
have all taken aim and are waiting.

                    BLACKIE
          Wait for a clear shot.



                                               122
A couple of mantises break free and head there way.

                      BLACKIE (CONT)
            NOW!

The mantises approaching them confidently, the
shots to the body slow them but they continue to
advance.

                      CREAN
            Their heads go for the
            heads.

They are less than 10 meters away now and bearing
down fast. Jones goes for a head shot and it clips
one of its antennas not slowing it.

                      JONES
            Shit!

Covaccs take aim, fire and its head explodes.

                      COVACCS
            Gotcha!

They high   five each other but the others are still
advancing   Blackie uses his pump action shot gun to
put rapid   body then head shots into one it falls
minus its   head.

Eckhart is having trouble taking his out but is
helped by Jones as he finishes it off by shooting
its legs out causing it to collapse just into front
of Eckhart as one of Blackie’s knifes protrudes
from its left eye.

Crean and Covaccs together take out the last one.
Blackie reloads and looks around.

                      BLACKIE
            Who’s next?

They appear to be in the eye of the storm while all
around them the battle rages. The defenders seem on
the verge of being overrun and this respite will
not last.




                                                 123
                    ECKHART
          We’re in trouble this must
          be their entire force.

From behind them pops up a mantis. Blackie and
Jones turn simultaneously and blow it away.
Blackie’s blood is up as he searches for more
targets. In the distance he spots Bracelet leading
a small group of Warrior Blacks against a much
larger force it looks bad for him.

                    BLACKIE
          Bracelet you silly mutt.

The rest see what Blackie is seeing.

                  (pause)
          Prof?

                    ECKHART
          What old timer?

                     BLACKIE
          Strike me blind I’m going
          after him.

                       ECKHART
          You can’t.

                    BLACKIE
          I aint saved him once to
          see him get sawed in half.

                    CREAN
          We get separated again and
          we’re finished. He is a
          solider let him do his
          duty yours is to us.

Before they can argue the battle moves their way
and suddenly fifteen mantises and Warrior blacks
and one Red Priest are advancing.

                    CREAN
          We’ve gotten popular all
          of a sudden.




                                               124
                       ECKHART
             I’m running out of ammo.

                       BLACKIE
             Then don’t miss!

   Jones turns to Crean.


                       JONES
             You got any slugs left?

   Crean looks down at his slung weapon and checks his
   clip.

                       CREAN
             About half.

The battle is joined

   BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! Crean tries to make each shot
   count. He sights a Mantis crawling across the top
   of a group of rocks to the right of him near
   Covaccs.

   Draws a bead on it head and fires...it explodes
   green blood splatters everywhere including onto
   Covaccs face. The enemy are pressing at all sides
   driven on it seems by the Red Priest. Blackie’s
   shot gun deals damage with every shot and the rest
   are feeling Mantis and Warrior but still they
   press.

                       COVACCS
               Shit, I'm dry!

   Crean raises her rifle.   He aims, and...



   CLICK.

                       CREAN

               I'm jammed!

                      COVACCS
               You're what?!



                                                  125
He works the manual slide.

                    CREAN

             It's locked solid...
There is no time to think Blackie Jones and Eckhart
are fighting back to back and so can’t help the
Mantis is atop of Covaccs when Crean whirls the
rifle like a Kendo stick and dives into the fray in
a frenzy that would have won him the University
championship much quicker.

He is a blur as he SMASHES the rifle into its great
legs and spins and impales the rifle through its
throat causing it to go down. Crean pulls the rifle
free and is facing the Red Priest that has
appeared. It fires its acid that Crean barely
avoids but is caught by its jaws and SCREAMS out in
pain and rolls free. The Red faint to attack then
does Crean counter attacks pushing it back and
putting his rifle through its killing it

Covaccs yells a warning

                    COVACCS
          TOM!

He turns and just avoids being decapitated but
falls and hits his head on the rock and is
helpless.

Just then three acid gouts hit the Mantis as the
reinforcements arrive. Before he loses
consciousness

                       CREAN
          Good old Greenie.

INT. NAPHTHA CAVERN - UNDERGROUND

Covaccs is applying a bandage to Creans arm with
Eckhart and Jones looking on anxiously.

                    ECKHART
          …probably needs stitching
          but this will have to do.
          That was a brave thing you
          did back there.



                                                 126
                      COVACCS
                 (looks up
                 chiding)
            And dangerous.

Jones claps him on his bad shoulder making him
wince.

                      JONES
            Man you rocked.

Crean feeling embarrassed tries to change the
subject.

                      CREAN
            So did we win?

                      ECKHART
            This battle anyway once
            the Red Priest went down
            they seemed to lose heart.

                      JONES
            Fucking hero man, a
            fucking hero.

Covaccs is finished bandaging.

                      COVACCS
            How’s that?

Tests it.

                      CREAN
            Fine thanks where are
            Bracelet and Greenie?

Jones points to Greenie who is a little away.

                      JONES
            Haven’t seen Bracelet.

Blackie is rummaging in his pack and exclaims.
Pulls out a bottle of something resembling Bourbon.

                      BLACKIE
            Looks like old Blackie’s
            luck is finally turning
            around.


                                                 127
Pulls off the top and takes a large swig.

                    BLACKIE (CONT)
          The bar is now open.

Blackie has a number of small metal cups that he
fills and passes around.

                    JONES
               (to Blackie)
          I take back everything I
          have ever said. You’re a
          fucking genius.

When everyone has a full cup Blackie proposes a
toast.

                    BLACKIE
               (sombre)
          To the Doc!

                    CREAN/JONES/COVACCS
               (sombre)
          The Doc!

Drinks as the other mumble the same and drink.
Jones looks around.

                    JONES
          Hey where’s the professor?

INT. NAPHTHA LAKE - UNDERGROUND

Eckhart is about fifty yards from the rest of the
group sitting on a rock in a world of his own.
Eckhart looks up and in front of him stands an Ant
man.

Like none he has met before this is one of the Ant
men from the tunnel scuffle. Smaller, it has no
large jaws or throwers but long delicate antenna it
is more human like her name is NALAR.

                    NALAR (V.O.)
          It was said you would come
          when our need was
          greatest.




                                                  128
Eckhart is STUNNED as this is not the crude images
the others have used but strong and clear.

                    ECKHART
          You can speak.

                     NALAR (V.O.)
          I am Nalar
               (beat)
          Some say you are what we
          will be.

                    ECKHART
          No we are human your
          destiny lies down another
          path.

                    NALAR (V.O.)
          You will stay and protect
          us?

                    ECKHART
          We cannot stay we will
          perish.

                    NALAR (V.O.)
          Then go we are not alone.

With that she is gone.

Eckhart returns to the group slightly stunned and
sweating.

                    COVACCS
               (concerned)
          Are you alright?

                    ECKHART
          Just the heat off the
          lake.

                    BLACKIE
          Prof we’ve been developing
          an escape plan. I don’t
          like it but we may have to
          lay em out.




                                               129
                    ECKHART
          NO, I mean I don’t think
          that will be necessary.

                    BLACKIE
          They said that?

                    ECKHART
          No, a hunch.

At that point Bracelet appears with Nalar.

                    CREAN
          So much for that.

An exchange passes between Eckhart and Bracelet
then he goes over to Blackie and touches him with
his antenna and then both Ant Men leave.

                    JONES
          What’s going on?

                    ECKHART
          He said we are to wait
          here till reinforcements
          arrive.

The two Ant men disappear through the main tunnel
before they go they stand there for a moment then
they are gone.

                    BLACKIE
          Stuff my shoes with manure
          if you weren’t right. Why?

                    ECKHART
          You did save him maybe its
          payback.

                    CREAN
          I hope this doesn’t get
          him in trouble.

                    JONES
          Lets go before the
          reinforcements arrive.




                                               130
                    CREAN
          Hey look at that.

Crean point to a ledge above the lake where there
is a lone Mantis. It has somehow got tar on it that
is alight. A shot rings out from Jones he hits it
and it starts rolling down the cliff face picking
up more tar and becoming more like a giant
firecracker heading straight for the naphtha lake.

                    CREAN
          Oh….My ….God!

Blackie gets them together and pushes them the
Mantis has almost hit the bottom.

                    BLACKIE
          The river go.

They start a mad dash for the exit. They reach the
river and luckily there is a raft as they reach it
the Mantis hits the lake and EXPLODES in a fire
ball that blows them off their feet and Eckhart has
his backpack blown out of his hand losing it.

                      ECKHART
          My notes.

Eckhart reaches for the backpack but it is lost in
the dark water.

                    COVACCS
          They’re gone hold on.


Covaccs pulls him back. The raft is spinning wildly
before catching the current. They have some light
from the naphtha shards and soon notice air getting
warmer.

                    JONES
               (quizzically
               )


          It’s sure getting warm.



                                                 131
                      CREAN
            Yeah about that. I don’t
            want to alarm anyone but I
            think this empties into a
            crater.

                         THE OTHERS
            WHAT!

                       JONES
            Why didn’t you say
            something?

                      CREAN
            I didn’t know we’d be back
            did I?

                      ECKHART
            Can we beach it?

To the left is a sheer rock wall.

                      BLACKIE
            Not this side.

Jones surveys the other side.

                         JONES
            Or this.

Up ahead there is a fork in the river.

                         BLACKIE
            Which one?

                      CREAN
            That’s it I can’t
            remember.

                      ECKHART
            Try harder.

They are   getting much closer and the situation is
clearer.   If they simply keep moving they will head
down the   right fork but they still have time to get
into the   left tunnel.

                      JONES
            Tom for fuck’s sake!


                                                 132
                    COVACCS
          Please Tom.

                    BLACKIE
          NOW!

He comes to a decision and points at the left fork.

                    CREAN
          The left, take the left.

They all push hard using the poles from the raft
and just make it banging into the tunnel wall
knocking Covaccs off balance and nearly into the
water.

It is immediately cooler it seems he got it right.

Covaccs hugs him.

                    COVACCS
          You did it.

Jones slaps him on the back relieved

                    JONES
          That was just too damn
          close.

The raft is slowly picking up speed there is more
light here from the overhead gaps in the rocks.

On the left bank there are a large number of
crocodiles getting warm on what light and heat
there is.

Blackie gestures to the bank.

                    BLACKIE
          Once we pass these little
          beauties probably a good
          idea to find a place to
          land this thing.

                    ECKHART
          Agreed we seem to be
          picking up speed.




                                                 133
Crean sitting back notices something he thought
left behind.

Points.

                       CREAN
          Look!

There appears to be about twenty of them the heat
or the battle must have drove them to this extreme
but they seem to be catching up.

                        ECKHART
          Blackie!

                    BLACKIE
          Way ahead of you. Everyone
          start paddling.

They are all now standing and using the poles to
gain speed although the current is increasing
still. From the banks the once statue like
crocodiles have been propelled into action and a
number of green logs are now amongst the Mantises.

                    COVACCS
          They’re attacking them.

The water boils as a pitched battle takes place and
then the raft rounds a bend and they are gone but a
quiet rumbling is getting louder.

                       CREAN
          Hear that?

Ahead they can see what the sound is from as the
river appears to simply end and mist is in the air.

                       BLACKIE
          Waterfall!

Panic sets in.

                    ECKHART
          Make for the shore.

They all strive to push the raft to the river edge
but it is taking to long and the water fall is
looming.


                                                  134
                    BLACKIE
          We’re going over hold on.

The group drop to the floor and try to hold on just
as they go over the thirty foot fall. The is the
feeling of weightlessness and then CRASH as the
raft hits water upside down and then flips onto the
right side. The current here is much slower

All seem to have held on though drenched and
spluttering and coughing. From Jones P.O.V. it
seems Blackie is missing. Jones stands up to get a
better look.

                     JONES
          Blackie?

The others now notice he is missing and stand as
well.

                     ECKHART
          Blackie?

                    CREAN
          He must have been torn
          free.

Jones is visibly upset as he frantically searches.

                     JONES
          Blackie?
               (beat)
          You ungrateful bastard, I
          didn’t save you for you to
          go dying on me now….

Jones cries out as something grabs his leg causing
him to fall into the water when he hits the surface
he is confronted with the smiling face of Blackie
also in the water holding onto the raft.

                     BLACKIE
          Gotcha!

Jones looks daggers at him.

                    JONES
          Your and evil, evil man.



                                               135
                     BLACKIE
          Told you you’d regret
          saving me.

Blackie starts to pull the raft toward the shore.

          Now let’s get this thing
          on the beach over there.

They with the help of the others get the raft onto
a small rocky beach. They all get off taking
everything with them. Jones hair moves in a breeze.
The light is much better from a large opening about
one hundred meters up a steep bank.

Eckhart stumbles off the raft and is caught by
Crean

                       CREAN
          Professor.

                    ECKHART
          I’m fine just taken a bit
          of water in.

                    CREAN
          Come on not much further.

                    COVACCS
          We’re going to make it Tom

They are about to move to freedom but what is that
noise?

                    BLACKIE
          Never had any doubts
          meself. Reminds me of the
          time I was pearl diving
          off Broome.

Suddenly from under the water a Mantis launches
itself out of the water.

                       CREAN
          Look out.

It’s too late it strikes Blackie across his arm.
Crean shoots it in the head but Blackie is hurt
badly. More can be seen arriving.


                                                  136
Blackie injured tries to push them away and defend
them.

                    BLACKIE
          Move I’ll hold em off.

                    CREAN
          Not this time you thorny
          old bastard. Can you walk?

Blackie gets gingerly to his feet he is unsteady
and bleeding but appears to be able to move.

                    BLACKIE
          Yeah I think so. And less
          of the old if you don’t
          mind.

Crean grabs Covaccs pulls her to Blackie.

                    CREAN
          Then grab hold of Rachel
          and she will help you.
          Don’t worry she’s stronger
          than she looks. You too
          professor. Go, me and
          Captain America can hold
          them off.

                    COVACCS
          I’m staying.

                    CREAN
          No your not we’ll be right
          behind.

Covaccs is reluctant to go.

          The others need you. Go.

                    COVACCS
          I’m not leaving you again.

                    CREAN
               (softly)
          I know.




                                               137
Pushes her along. The two of them are moving
backwards up the slope as the first Mantis emerges
from the water.

                    JONES
          It’s just me and you.

They keep backing up.

                    CREAN
          Wouldn’t have it any other
          way. Just back up and
          shoot anything green and
          ugly.

Fires and kills one.

                    JONES
          You’re lucky you said
          green.

One has creep up to the side close enough to have a
swipe at Jones.

                       CREAN
          Lookout.

Jones swivels and fires the same time as Crean
killing it. Jones re-cocks the rifle to shoot.

Click nothing happens as he is out of ammo

                       JONES
          Shit.

Instead he hits it with his rifle but knocking it
down the slope. They are near the top but the
enemy is closing emboldened as they now they are
out of ammo.

Crean suffers a similar fate but is saved by a
knife thrown by Blackie which hits it in the eye.
There is a roar coming down the way they came.

                    BLACKIE
          Move it you kids, sounds
          like a freight train
          coming.



                                                 138
The two of them throw down their rifles and high
tail it to the exit. They dive through and as the
first Mantis exits it is blown apart by a huge
explosion from below.

                    BLACKIE
          Down everyone down.

It appears that the explosion they triggered began
a chain reaction that has blown the whole below
area to kingdom come. Rocks and debris rain down on
them and a great dust cloud is formed.

After the dust has settled they all appear to be
fine. Blackie is rubbing his ears. The three kids
are together the professor is looking a little
forlorn.

                    BLACKIE
          Anymore bangs like that
          and I’ll go as mutton as
          me Uncle Percy, never did
          hear that train coming.

Crean, Jones and Covaccs are standing surveying the
wreckage.

                    CREAN
          I wonder if any survived?

                    BLACKIE
          Bracelet’s a fighter he’ll
          be alright. As fine a
          person as you’d meet for
          an inseck that is.

The area they are in looks familiar and it should
as it is the other side of the crater.

                    CREAN JONES COVACCS
          WE MADE IT!!

The three of them hug each other fiercely then
Crean and Covaccs peel off for a passionate
embrace.




                                                 139
                     JONES
               (mock
               disgusted)
          Guys get a room.

They break off laughing and holding each other
scared to let the other go. The professor for some
reason looks decidedly unhappy.

                    JONES
          What’s the matter
          professor we made it?

                    ECKHART
          Just thinking about Adam.
          He was a good man
          regardless what happened.

Blackie can be seen rummaging in his pack and then
onto the sand a Mantis head appears.

                    BLACKIE
          Will this help?

                   THE END




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