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
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.
EXT. AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK – KARAMU ABORIGINAL CAMP -
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 -
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
Not yet Must wait elders
Stories to scare little
He pull her close again she pulls away from his
advances She repeats herself.
No! Must wait till ritual
or will anger gods.
He jumps to his feet a display of mock anger
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.
Beat will you be if
Kiss worth a thousand
She melts a little.
Be so even when have many
Young females face becomes a mask of mock outrage,
Young Male pulls her close and tenderly.
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.
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.
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.
Done this we have.
Young male is sitting as if stunned.
Angered gods punish us.
Young female is looking towards something.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Jesus man, you left it
fucking late enough,
almost gave me a heart
Doesn’t offer him any of the cash and puts it away.
Crean looks at him knowing he wouldn’t.
I’m fine by the way. Come
on we’re late?
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 turns to the group.
One of the girls, Tara Squire dark hair and
attractive seems to be interested in him.
I saw you in there you
were great. Do you have a
Little taken a back.
Jones although he has included Crean in the
conversation it is only to make himself look
A girl friend? He hasn’t
had a date in two years?
Thanks a lot.
Tammy LEE a pretty Asian girl in tight jeans and
blue sweat top standing next to Jones pipes up.
Aren’t you gay?
No not gay, he’s still
pining over some girl that
left him for Europe move
on I say.
The girls look at him now as if seeing him for the
first time. Crean loses, it his moment gone again
due to Jones.
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.
What the fuck was that?
What was what?
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.
Promise? Anyway you heard
them they think I’m gay.
Crean starts walking again Jones follows.
No they don’t
…well not really. Anyway
what better way to prove
How by shagging any girl
who smiles at me?
Hey,I don’t do that. Well
not that much.
and your point is?
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.
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
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
The tension has receded.
I’m out with Becky Carlson
tonight how bout I get you
fixed up with her mate
Penny. We’ll double what’d
Penny, thanks a lot. She’s
bigger than most of those
Jones puts his hands up.
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.
You really are a beautiful
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
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
He is pointing to the overhead of a geological
formation with his lecture cane and turns back to
…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
Miss Firm-stone this is a
geology class not
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.
Before anyone leaves
though I have a couple of
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.
Here we go. Drum roll
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.
First of all your term
papers on the glacial
changes within Mesozoic
Europe have been marked
and are on the whole
Noise from the back right though the professor
knows the culprit.
There are exceptions
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.
Of more interest to many
here I have selected the
students for next weeks
Nullabor field trip. As
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
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,
They high five each other.
JONES AND CREAN
…and from my evening class
The guy behind them sneezes drowning out the other
Wiping nasal the nasal spray off his shoulder and
turning back to Jones.
I’ve heard there’s a load
of hot chicks in the night
class. Has to one of them.
More likely it’s that guy
who farts the alphabet.
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
…no bikinis, she only
wears bikinis and and…
Looks at him a bit disgusted.
The professor in a bikini?
Dude you really need a
The professor is looking up at them already
wondering what he has let himself in for.
…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
To everyone not coming
have a great holiday…
Looks at them.
and you two jokers my
office at noon tomorrow.
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.
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.
The Professor has been
delayed he asked if you
will wait in his office.
They walk towards the inner office.
You know this trip could
really get you back on
track. Help you focus on
the future instead of
living in the past.
I can’t believe I’m saying
this but you are probably
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.
What the fuck?
Rachel shows she is nervous ever so slightly.
Hi Tom. Surprised?
Surprised! What are you
Jones is taken a back.
You two know each other?
Where have you been hiding
Tom and Rachel ignore him.
You are supposed to be in Europe.
Fathers been ill.
When did being a nasty
vindictive bastard become
Crean is spewing with anger. Jones is starting to
realise the truth of the situation.
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.
…I told you I couldn’t
I said I would have paid.
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
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.
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
The professor doesn’t sense the tension that the
room exudes as he is as usual wrapped up in his
So you have met excellent.
Now for more introductions
this is Dr Adam Wade who
was once one of my
Hey I didn’t I meet you at
the Sydney Uni open day?
Wade nods to him in the assent.
…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.
I see you have already met
this our American exchange
student Brady Jones and
Miss Rachel Covaccs
recently back from Europe
whose father has been very
generous in the funding of
Crean and Jones look at each other.
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
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
What’s our cut professor?
We’re doing all the work
seems reasonable we should
get something for our
Your reward will be in the
knowledge of a job well
done. We are scientists
mister Jones not one of
your Yankee carpet
Jones attempts to interject but is cut off as the
professor turns to Wade.
Dr Wade the itineries…
Wade starts handing out the
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.
There are none.
Then see you all Monday
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.
I thought you’d given up?
So does Sarah.
Takes another drag and is given a glass containing
a shot of whiskey sniffs it gives a cheers nod and
takes a nip.
They are all exceptional
students even our American
Wade obviously has more to say.
Miles there is obviously
tension between them you
can’t tell me something
wasn’t going on as we
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.
You think we should stop
Maybe, this is going to be
a tough one.
Maybe they aren’t the only
ones that shouldn’t be
I don’t know what you
Adam, I know and I’m so
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
Gets up from sitting on the desk heads towards
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
Yes, how did you manage
that? He has never shown
any interest in
Wade looks uncomfortable with his answer.
Old man Covaccs is a
business man I just
convinced him of the
She understands, always
said my first wife was the
and that I would need to
And if this trip goes as
planned I will never be
EXT. ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- DEPARTURES-
Beautiful cloudless sunny the departure doors are
quiet just a couple of people entering and leaving.
INT. ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- CHECK IN DESK
Everyone bar the two guys are there and the
professor checks his watch. The PA announces last
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.
I said I’m sorry; Becky
just wanted to make sure I
remembered her on the
lonely nights ahead.
And what’s with the bags?
The Doc said just a few
changes of clothes we
aren’t going to Club Med?
I know that but you never
Never know what? It’s a
fucking desert. What are
you hoping to meet a
lonely, yet approachable
Well there is Rachel.
Crean turns and looks at him
Jones brushes briskly past that.
Not anymore, you said it
INT. ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- DEPARTURE
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.
I do hope this is not
going to be a habit.
Sorry Professor traffic
At least you are here now
just don’t make a habit of
The party move to go through departures while
Rachel closes in on Tom.
Traffic? Is that what it’s
called these days?
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.
Maybe I didn’t help.
Crean sees the gag
Your right, you didn’t.
But neither of us is
blameless and I just
wanted to shock you.
Crean smiles a little embarrassed.
Mission accomplished then.
Covaccs smile is almost a mirror of Creans.
They are almost caught up to the others at the
So where have you been
hiding? I think Brady is a
bit pissed he hadn’t
spotted you sooner, it’s
his actual major.
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?
How is the old bastard?
Covaccs smiles at him and you see why he fell for
Speaking fondly of you.
God he must be sick. Does
he know I’m here?
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.
Who knows, fact is I’m
here now and we have to
next two weeks to get
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
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
Ain’t you two old
warhorses a sight for sore
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
Doc you alright?
Wade is taken aback by Blackie’s accurate diagnosis
Eckhart as well.
Of course why?
Shakes his head as if to he reboot his senses.
Must be getting old, first
the scouting trip and now
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.
The wind PICKS up blowing more sand around.
Call it Bushman tel-
empathy but the further I
went the less I liked it.
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.
Tom Crean, Brady Jones,
Rachel Covaccs this is our
guide and bushman Mr Zulu
Black a better one you
Just Blackie kids
Zulu is an unusual name.
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
Some respect please.
Blackie give Jones a heavy stare then addresses
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.
On own desert Mussolini.
And he’s bigger than a
house, great combo.
Jones attempts to conjure up some bravado to
He doesn’t scare me.
Get real he shits bigger
Blackie looks towards the three young ones.
What’s the deal with all
the knifes? You off to a
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.
You were told one bag.
Blackie picks up his other and hands it to him hard
into his chest.
Blackie turns towards the field truck.
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.
That’s showing him.
Rachel pats him on the shoulder
Covaccs walks towards the truck.
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
Look mister, I haven’t had
a date since electricity
she’ll come around they
Looking at Tom dismissively.
Anyway what’s her
alternative? No offence.
None taken stud lets go as
Blackie said it’s a long
SUPER TITLE: AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK 400 MILES SOUTH OF
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
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
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
How do you stand this
Hot? This aint hot. Warm,
but for hot be here middle
of January. Crack an egg
then and it’s already
Think I’ll pass if it’s
all the same.
How you kids hold’en up a
week out here and you’re
starting to look like the
locals even Captain
Poor guy I think all his
moisturisers were in his
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.
So what do you think?
Thinking he is referring to the approaching storm.
Out here you ave be as
careful as a fat man on a
No, what I mean is…
Jones has approached them from behind.
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.
Up to no good were you?
Attempts to regain a little composure.
No just an old project
I’ve been working on...
Back to himself addresses the professor.
How we looking?
I don’t understand it
everything we have from
survey maps to aerial
indicate this is gamanite
Agreed but encouraging
readings aren’t going to
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.
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
It’s just this region is a
total unknown so if
there’s a chance… god
knows this area has been
less than useless.
Nods his head toward the students
and the natives are
Eckhart thinks about.
Adam no, I don’t like
trusting to chance
especially out here. Not
EXT. EXPEDITION TRUCK - DAY
In the distance a loud CRACK can be heard. By this
time Covaccs has joined the others.
What was that?
Sounded like a bomb.
City kids! No it’s them
big granites splitting in
Fucking country, even the
rocks attack you.
INT. EXPEDITION TRUCK - DAY
The others arrive back at the truck and climb
I know your concerned but
from our updated
spectrometer readings it
appears we are very close.
With all due respect we’ve
heard that before and so
No it’s quite alright Miss
Covaccs the professor and
I share your frustration,
but fieldwork isn’t always
as precise as we would
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.
Old timer have you ever
seen a sky like that?
No but it looks real
spicious, reminds me of
the time I was in
Birdsvile don’t remember
the date exact but it must
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.
Here, are you alright?
It’s nothing I’ve had
worse falling off my
He won’t be denied and pushes it on her.
She takes it and smiles.
Nice driving pal!
Hey, if you think you can
I reckon I can.
Stop it the both of you.
What was that?
an earthquake well the
edge of one at least.
Strange as this isn’t
I’m fine really.
The storm continues to close in.
Everyone back on board.
Blackie how’s the truck?
Blackie is checking the truck.
Right as rain.
If I ain’t got enough
trouble without taking a
kick from a desert with
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.
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.
Miles, we can’t stay here.
I know, Blackie we need to
No room gunna have to hope
this widens up further
I can’t see the top of
Lets hope there not the
From the front seat Rachel points towards what
looks like an opening.
She’s right look!!
Points the opening to Blackie.
I’ve had me eyes on it for
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.
To the boys.
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.
Old-timer get us out of
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
A clearing dust cloud reveals the state of the
truck and its inhabitants after the mad dash into
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
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.
Covaccs is dabbing his head, he groans and starts
to wake. Blackie coughs and looks up blearily
Stinking mother of gods
feels like I’ve been hit
by the Indian Pacific
Both flaming ways.
Jones walks up to them.
The doc said we’d need a
sense of humour but this
He’ll live, you?
Checking his teeth concerned.
Think I chipped a tooth.
The professor and doc come over to check them while
Blackie looks at the truck.
Is everyone alright?
Fine Sir, what happened?
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.
Of all the stinking…
In technical terms
sirs…Its stuffed, drive
Can we fix it?
Ain’t got the tools or the
Addressing the truck and stroking it.
Sorry old girl it’s the
end of the road.
So what then? Call for
Wade is one step ahead of him and is checking the
com sat system and shakes his head.
No chance the com sat’s
Boy this aint down town
Sydney. Out here we’re
four hundred miles from
Crean looks around.
Yes, What is it?
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
You know this crater may
have always been cut off.
Look at the facts. That
Wade shakes his hands than spreads them.
Opens the gap. Then that
SMACKS palm into his fist.
Closes our bolt hole
What are you getting at?
That the scientific value
of the crater could be
plant and animal species.
Sorry to spoil the moment
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
Can we climb those cliffs?
The cliffs this side look sheer 150 feet at least.
Not unless your part
And you’re sure the truck
is a right off?
Deader than a dodo.
Then shanks mare it is and
hope the cliffs get easier
You mean walk?
Your sharp today Captain
Hey now just hang on a
freaking minute I’m not
walking anywhere. That was
never in the brochure.
I’m positive there will be
a climbable section
Seriously why doesn’t
Blackie go he’s the
bushman while we wait?
Because this isn’t the
sort of country to get
Speak if you have
otherwise be silent. I
mean it we don’t have time
for your whining.
Well old-timer time to
earn your fee.
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
One problem Rambo, no
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
Jesus you could start a
war with that.
Blackie is checking all the weapons.
Now the mental case is
I herd that.
Guns, I’m not sure.
I think we should, good
thinking Blackie these
could come in handy.
If he’s carrying one so am
Got ya nervous have I?
CLICK CLICK is heard as Blackie loads the shot gun
and smiles at Jones.
Off to the left Rachel has the field glasses and is
looking at something.
Blackie,I propose we camp
here for an early start
Passes the glasses to Tom
I thought I saw something
moving over near that
From Toms P.O.V. through the glasses you see a line
of something moving then it seems to disappear.
Strange it seemed to be
there then it wasn’t.
Should we tell the
Tell him what? We may have
seen something but we’re
not sure. No let’s wait,
everyone’s uptight enough.
Quiet isn’t it.
Yeah, where are the
dingoes we should be able
to hear them by now.
I tell you there’s
something eerie about this
place it’s like we’re
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
The silence is only broken by Blackie and his
A faint yet evil CACKLING wakens Rachel from a
fitful slumber. She sits up and checks her watch it
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.
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.
Strange sounds in a
strange land wouldn’t you
Rachel turns startled gun pointing at the doc
carrying his gun and who is smoking a cigarette.
If you could point that
What? Oh of course.
Hurriedly points it away.
It’s just you gave me
quite a start. I thought
everyone was asleep.
I’ve been here about half
an hour. Unable to go
forward, unwilling to go
The whip CRACK rings out again it is louder here.
The CRACK brings the Doc out of his trance and he
is focused again.
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
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
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
It sound’s like the devils
own party. Can you see
It’s too dark
no wait I think I can see
four no five shapes there…
Rachel points north east.
It must be them.
Can you make them out?
Not really but they look
too big to be dingoes.
The doc moves further over the edge to gain a
What are you doing?
If I can just a get a
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
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.
It’s seems to have gone.
Rachel regains composure and surveys the salt plain
and sees something.
Let’s have a look anyway
What they find is as disturbing as it as out of
A crocodile skeleton?
Examining the site.
Rachel wrinkles her nose. Wade points to several
pits in the ground.
EXT. UNKNOWN CRATER. CAMPSITE - DAY
The group has been busy and packed and ready to go.
You’re sure it was formic
Positive the area reeked
Rachel is with the rest of the group.
I thought only Abo’s went
You had us worried all to
hell. What’d you see?
Evil my arse that croc
ain’t no big deal could
have just come up from an
underground river looking
for a feed.
But you say the meat was
Yes the acid was used for
Incredible. I would like
to see your croc but with
our water so low there
just isn’t time. Your
Something, something old,
something dark. Professor
Nothing we best get
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
This silence is really
starting to get on my
Now you know how the rest
of us feel.
He is right before it was
peaceful, now it’s closer
like a pillow suffocating
Speaking of pillows. I
managed to save my extra
soft one after the
Neanderthal wrecked my
case, your welcome to
I’d rather sleep on the
floor of a peep show but
Rachel picks up speed and joins the front group.
That there is a girl who
is not getting laid.
You really are obnoxious.
Crean moves away as well.
What’d I say?
Crean has caught up with Rachel before the adults.
Apologies for my friend.
How can you be friends
with him he’s.
He’s aright just a bit
squiffed you haven’t been
overwhelmed by his obvious
charms. Anyway how you
Alright I think. Tom it
I’ve been thinking the
formic acid smell could
have been ants.
It wasn’t ants. You didn’t
Neither did you. I know I
That’s right you, fucking
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.
Probably naphtha sink down
Blackie has one wipes puts one in his pocket and
Greasy as a hogs back.
This ways a dead end we’ll
have to turn east till we
can get around it.
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
Great we’ve been going in
circles. Some bushman you
turned out to be.
Boy don’t forget who’s
carrying the shotgun.
I’d leave it if I was you.
The prof is examining the croc.
Seems you were right about
the formic acid.
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
discussed while moving.
Don’t ave to be telling me
twice. Everyone keep up
and keep together you see
what happens to stragglers
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.
What in the blue blazers?
Pulls the field glasses out as the rest catch up to
What is it?
See something old-timer?
Something where it
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.
But it don’t make no
Perfectly normal then.
Or it could be an oasis
fed by an underground
How long before we reach
The sun is getting low as it close to nightfall.
Not before dark which
means tomorrow. Too easy
to break a leg at night.
We can’t stay on the pans
we need to find higher
Blackie points to a cliff plateau about twenty feet
Should be plenty of room
and should be safe in case
there anything is prowling
Turn coon as the Americans
say. I like it. Is it
I’ll do it.
Professor I was captain of
my school mountaineering
In that case it makes
sense you go first.
A wise man knows when he’s
beaten son. Your next with
Crean and Covaccs walk towards to cliff face.
Sorry about that.
Just be careful.
and watch for snakes.
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
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.
Welcome to the Sand Pan
EXT. UNKNOWN CRATER. CLIFF PLATEAU - NIGHT
Jones is woken by a large hand covering his mouth
and he starts to struggle to no effect.
Easy now Captain America
you don’t wanting me to
snap your neck by
accident. Seems we got
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.
There seems to be
something moving over near
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
There goes the
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.
Magnificent, they remind
me of a lot of blown up
Alta texana’s out of
Adam they’re walking for
heavens sake. WALKING!!
These aren’t ants they’re
fucking ANT MEN. God have
mercy on our souls.
Rachel is clinging to Tom while Blackie appears to
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
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.
Made sense one of the
critters would stay behind
Bullshit they’re just
What are we going to do?
How the hell to we fight
That’s simple we can’t.
However remotely related
to the ones we know they
will be both powerful and
But what are they?
Not human, human DNA is
far too complex to have
fused with ants no matter
how far back up the
evolutionary tree you care
But we saw them.
The group look uncomprehending.
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.
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.
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
Everyone else looks aghast at the prospect.
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
EXT. UNKNOWN CRATER CLIFF PLATEAU - NIGHT
A little later Crean is next the Covaccs neither
asleep. They are talking quietly.
Well what’s it like being
right? And here was me
thinking it was something
to be afraid of.
You know I didn’t expect
You should get yourself on
Master Mind special topic
six foot fucking ants.
That’s not fair.
Fuck fair I’m terrified.
We will be alright.
We both know what that’s
I was told you’d found
someone your father would
approve of, you were so
Fredrick, father hated him
“limp wristed frog” I
recall. After there were a
couple of others nothing
We really should try and
get some sleep.
Promise me again.
We will get out, I
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
EXT. UNKNOWN CRATER. DESERT FLOOR - DAY
The professor is down on his knees and appears to
be crying as Rachel approaches him.
Professor, are you
It is ironic laughter not crying.
It seems the good lord has
a sense of irony.
He holds outs his hand containing mineral
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
EXT. CRATER - CLIFF BOTTOM - DAY
The 4 remaining here are packed and ready to go
when round the bend the professor and Rachel are
Run for your lives.
Pandemonium breaks out there are about 10 Ant men
in pursuit of the two.
Blackie takes aim to fire.
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.
No guns we kill one and
they will surely die. We
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.
Jones grabs him. He fights it.
You heard the doc we have
to get the fuck out of
Still struggling against 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.
Hurry up you fool kids.
The boys pass him he throws the dynamite. The fuse
falls out when it hits the ground.
Blackie lifts the rifle.
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.
Blackie I never thought
I’d say it but thanks.
Yeah you really saved our
Just doing my job. Anyway
it was the professor who
told me to pack the TNT
and the guns.
Really? I don’t think so,
not for a field trip.
It wasn’t the professor.
But you told me yourself
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
What are you talking
ng to Wade)
You knew didn’t you?
Wade nods his head. The others are uncomprehending.
That something like this
might be here. Why else
bring the hardware.
Could someone tell me
what’s going on?
I don’t know how but the
doc there knew there was
dangerous in here and you
didn’t even warn us. The
professor doesn’t know
Wade shakes his head.
Of course not. There was
no reason to tell him
before, then after well it
was too late.
You utter bastard we
Crean advances on him. Blackie stands up and stops
Back off, Right now. Doc
this aint true is it?
Bits and pieces put
together over the years
stories, legends hinted at
Satellite photos indicated
there might be an outside
Digesting what he has heard he walks over to Wade
and pulls him to his feet by his neck pinning him
against the wall.
Why? If anything’s
happened to the professor
I’ll kill you.
Go ahead I’m already dead.
Bone cancer. This was
going to be it, something
to live on after me.
And Rachel’s father?
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!
So what now?
Crean looks surprised.
Now, we get them back.
No way Jose. I’m not going
In case you haven’t been
keeping up with current
events we just got our
Crean is incredulous.
You can’t mean to leave
them to those things?
Better them than me.
Me too it’s the least I
Damn right it is. Only
reason you’re still
breathing is we need
Blackie hears something.
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
They continue towards them.
They are going to see us.
Be quiet or I’ll kill you
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.
What have you done to us?
You can’t still want to
They change nothing I made
a promise I intend to
They’re dead, I saw them
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
You’re all fucking crazy
you know that.
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
Well hurry up then!
EXT. CRATER. PROF AND RACHEL - DAY
Blackness but a MUFFLED female voice can be heard
The prof comes too and is staring into her face.
He sits up and sees about 15 Ant men surrounding
So it wasn’t a bad dream.
No this nightmare is real
Eckhart looks round.
Escaped I think.
Well at least there is
some good news.
Coming more around and a little excited as he
checks out his current predicament. Sniffs his
shirt gets a bit dizzy again.
produced from there own
body chemistry amazing.
How can you be so calm?
I’m pretty sure we’re safe
at the moment.
Because otherwise we’d
already be dead. While we
are alive there’s always
hope never forget that.
They are hauled to their feet.
Rest time’s over it seems.
Can’t you feel it? The
green one is trying to
communicate with us. Can’t
you feel it, see it?
While at Oxford I was
found to be quite
sensitive. But this is
different. Images, crude
You mean they’re talking
Like I said it’s limited
utterly incredible but
What are they saying?
Signals for her to be quiet. Then looks up at her.
One thing, nearest I can
EXT. CRATER – ROCK PLAIN - DAY
Blackie is down on his haunches looking at
something. The ground around here isn’t sand just
Damn it! Lost em.
I thought you said you
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.
So what then?
They won’t be far.
Shut up it’s you that got
into this mess in the
Let him speak.
It’s simple really. Ants
don’t like direct sunlight
Looks up at the burning sky.
so what we encountered was
probably a group of
The formicary is close by.
You can’t be serious now
you want us to march into
an ant city.
CREAN BLACKIE WADE
At least we’ll be out the
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
She is cuffed offhandedly to the ground then picked
up demonstrating their strength.
Miss Covaccs please I’m
fine, the old legs aren’t
what they once were.
Anyway from here the pace
Points to the tunnel entrance where we now notice
numbers of other Ant men of varying shapes, colour
Unless I miss my guess
this is the entrance to
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.
I want your agreement that
if you get a chance to
make a break take it don’t
worry about me.
No, I’m not leaving
without you professor.
Your young and fit, me I’m
almost done in.
I won’t let you sacrifice
It’s the logical option.
Did I teach you nothing in
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
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
Bless my scientific soul.
It’s a fairy city. I’ve
never seen anything like
Nobody has. Don’t you see
this is no simple ant nest
this took intelligent
thought over millennia.
Man has searched the stars
from other intelligent
life when all the time its
been under his feet.
The professor feels something Rachel notices.
Professor what is it?
War, they may as well be
Something’s up, something
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.
They sure look riled up.
So much for us just
We will have to find
another way in.
We haven’t time.
Patience lad, the doc is
right getting caught
ourselves aint going to
help the others.
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
I’ll be gormed them
insecks could be on a
I wonder what they are up
The Ant men move in the direction of the group.
Shit they’re coming this
Time to move.
They mightn’t see us.
Lad, we stay here they’re
gunna ride right over us.
Those sand hills about a
Let’s go then. Anywhere
has to be better than
The group hear FAINT CHUCKLING.
Mantises. That tears it
the sand hills it is.
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.
It’s no use, countersunk
from the other side,
This waiting is killing
me. What do they want with
That is what I have been
pondering as well.
Among other things.
I keep coming back to what
would we do in their
Study them of course.
Which makes us human lab
And we both know what
happens to them.
You don’t think the others
may try to find us?
No, not if they have any
sense. Oh I’m sure they’d
young Tom especially but
Blackie has too much sense
to attempt a fool rescue.
No our best chance of
escape lies with us.
Our, I thought you’d given
What I said still stands.
This place though.
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.
Well the door is a dead
end. Probably guarded as
The whole cavern is
limestone. No the problem
is where to We are at
least eight stories up.
Rachel starts chipping away with her pen knife
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.
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.
This maybe some sort of
periodic squaring off
between the two most
powerful adversaries in
Like the two top dogs who
butt heads every now and
then just to prove they
Pretty much anything else
was probably been wiped up
In the red corner with
acid throwers and a face
only a mother could love
weighing in at.
Quiet, won’t be long now.
Mexican standoff insect
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
The Ant men start to drive the Mantises back.
The Ants are winning.
Steady on they mightn’t be
as organised but wouldn’t
mind betting they aren’t
short of a bit of low
Wade points to a rock outcrop where another group
of Mantises are hiding.
The sneaky fucks.
We have to warn them.
Are you out of your
They have the professor
and Rachel Thanks to you.
Fuck em I hope they wipe
each other out.
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.
When the cat’s away us
mice can get on with it.
They must be all at the
I wonder whose winning?
Let’s worry about what’s
in here first.
What’s the plan?
Low profile, we slip in
find the two of them and
then get the hell out of
dodge before they know
what hit em.
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.
Bloody hell, hold on ant
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.
Overgrown bit of spider
bait you want me
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
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.
What are you ladies
waiting for invitations?
EXT./INT. FORMICARY. ENTRANCE. SIDE TUNNEL -
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.
Cavalry’s a bit late.
What was that all about?
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
What’s done is done. Just
no more heroics we need
you in one piece.
Like you said the hunt is
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.
The prof signals her to join him as the door slides
Into the cell come two warrior blacks followed by
Greenie from earlier.
A RED PRIEST Ant Man then enters. The small cell is
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
A - GREAT FIRE AND DUST CLOUD OF A METEOR IMPACT.
B – What appears to be an early Ant man not fully
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
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.
I’m fine just a little
What happened? That red
thing just stood there
then you fell and they
Wonder, Wonder and terror
The Red one is sort of a
priest that’s the closest
thing I can relate them
But what do they want?
It was ... Alien!! I saw
their whole history since
Millennia of change into
just a few images.
What do they want?
Me they intend to keep for
The prof looks at her pleadingly not to make him
What about me?
If I could take your place
Rachel grabs his shoulders pins him against wall.
They have no use for. I’m
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.
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.
Quit your whining you had
your chance to go you
chose not to so now you
are stuck with us.
I said I would try and
help but this is useless.
We’re not leaving and
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
The other party members look at him blankly they
are not turning back.
This is bullshit.
How much water you got
Jones SHAKES his canteen it sounds empty.
Less than a third.
How far you expect to get
on that up top?
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.
You said this limestone
would breakaway easily.
It should, this must be
infused with harder
It’s alright for you your
not the one who is surplus
Do you think becoming a
human lab rat is a better
No I’m sorry it’s not your
But it is. You wouldn’t be
here if I hadn’t
carelessly wandered off.
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.
And let you uncover the
discovery since Einstein
on your own. No way
professor I except equal
status on the find when we
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
What should we do?
gently, when providence
smiles always smile back.
Just as quickly Greenie leaves and the door shuts.
Soon? They’re coming?
Well they’re not getting
me without a fight.
Covaccs grabs her rifle which brings the professor
back to earth.
Wait, that’s not what it
meant. This tele-empathy
of theirs is very
imprecise but I’m sure of
I think we have allies.
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.
Billions of them.
We must be close the
creatures need a moist
I hope your right.
Shakes his canteen and NOTHING can be heard.
Jones offers him his.
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.
That’s it I knew there was
something but couldn’t put
my finger on it.
So, What does that mean?
Maybe nothing but remember
we are out of the normal
here we ought not be
surprised by anything.
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
The Ant garden. See those
Blue ants they are the Ant
gardeners they will spend
their entire lives tending
They eat that?
Mostly yes. Ants don’t
just eat meat. A number
use aphids as a source of
milk yet others have
relationships with plants
to defend them from
predators in exchange for
nectar, these could be in
Place is stranger than a
six legged cow at a barn
Can you hear that?
Blackie appraises Jones with new found respect.
Kids got sharper ears than
a quoll on heat, that’s
running water alright.
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.
Jesus what’s that smell?
Jones slips on the slick surface and shines his
torch on his hand sniffs his hand and recoils.
Terrific, what next?
Blackie shines his torch to the ceiling and
suddenly thousands of bats descend towards the
party SHRIEKING at being disturbed.
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
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.
I’ve a bit of making up to
Every corner a new and
exciting aroma. What is it
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.
Looks like we’ve found the
professors naphtha reserve
Drop a match into that and
it would be good night all
and don’t ferget to put
the cat out.
I must be breaking mirrors
in me sleep. First I leave
me best knife stuck in
that inseck now me torch
Mines back in there if you
Not in this lifetime.
How about using these?
Picks up the naphtha splinters.
Good idea but lets wait to
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.
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.
It’s fine a little salty
The other three then get involved Crean and Jones
dunk there heads as well then splash each other an
water bottles are refilled.
Miles now for you old
Blackie looks up the river into the blackness and
quickly quenches his torch.
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.
Brady? Blackie? Doc?
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.
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
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.
What would Indiana Jones
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.
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
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
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
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
No soap we wait till the
He’s injured for god’s
Why the sudden heroics?
You aint struck me the
Maybe that’s why.
Boy you picked a hell of a
time for your conscious to
Quiet both of you we will
look for him as soon as
He goes to move and displaces some rocks and the
sound although only small is amplified by the
I didn’t mean.
Foolish boy, Blackie a way
Some sort of rock chimney.
Now you hurry.
The three clamber up the tight opening the chimney
is unstable and a number of rocks WHIZ past the
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The others look bereft of any notion of how to get
past the guards.
None you’d thank me for.
Any chance we can locate
You saw before they keep
this area guarded tight no
if we are going in it’s
We can’t get around and we
can’t just walk in so we
need to create a
I’ll do it.
No, if this works the
others will need you.
Blackie and Jones understand what he said.
In here they’re likely to
shoot first and ask
Blackie reaches into his pack and pulls out a stick
of TNT with a small fuse and hands it to him.
Fuses are shot but if they
get you, you can take some
of them with you.
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.
Won’t be needing that.
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.
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
Blackie grabs Jones who seems reluctant.
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.
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.
Covaccs stops working wipes her brow and faces the
Considering our position
don’t you think we can do
without the formality?
Of course Miss, I mean
Rachel I think I may have
thought of a way out of
The Prof looks a bit miffed then it passes.
That’s brilliant. How?
Eckhart walks to the widened window.
If we tie our rifles to
our packs like so.
He arranges the two rifles into a cross.
We can anchor ourselves
like so and abseil down.
And places them into the gap showing them wedged
It risky and leaves us
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.
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.
Those stupid, beautiful,
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.
Where’s Tom I can’t see
Steady on first we need to
get their attention.
Before they can do anything a familiar voice from
above startles them.
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.
Tom down here.
The sound of someone almost falling can be heard.
Jesus!! Rachel, is that
Thank god. Is the
professor with you?
I’m here; have you a rope
to pull us out?
A rope end appears in front of them.
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.
Tom, oh Tom it so good to
see you we thought…
I made a promise remember?
and you didn’t think I’d
let you have all the
Eckhart is just getting to the top they see his
hands and rush to pull him up.
Well done Mr Crean.
It’s good to see you sir
both of you.
Why aren’t you with the
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.
Crean is fashioning the rope into a lariat and
starts to twirl it around his head.
To see if all those
Saturday matinees were
He releases the lariat and it sails into the hands
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.
Follow me and don’t look
Crean uses his pack as flying fox and shoots down
the rope at speed and is caught by the others.
Good to see you decided to
join us. Old Blackie was
worried something awful.
It’s good to be back
Why Blackie I didn’t know
One day I’ll settle with
you kids just see if I
and less of the old.
Covaccs and then Eckhart sail across to a joyous
I pay you to exercise good
sense and judgement, maybe
my faith has been
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.
Thank you old friend for
Rachel’s sake more than
And Doctor Wade?
He did it to help us.
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.
I think someone noticed
you missing at roll call.
A HIST follows a SCREAM from Jones as he hit by
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
The shirt got the worst of
Blackie was telling about
earlier. Thanks for
I’ve been an arsehole
Crean smiles and they embrace.
And if when she makes her
move on me I’ll let her
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
Before they begin their futile last stand Eckhart
waves his hands frantically.
HOLD! Don’t shoot I think
they are friendly. Lower
your weapons slowly.
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.
Strike me bald if it ain’t
the one from the entrance.
Professor that’s the one
we told you about.
Another smaller one comes to join him with no
Then that’s the other one.
Well if it aint a class
Can you understand them?
Ok I think, he owes you,
the Imbricks as he calls
the Mantise had him done
in till your appearance.
They want to know what
side me are on.
It seems there is a power
struggle between the Red
Priest and Green Military
From what he is saying a
millennia old cold war
just got a lot warmer.
And the Imbricks?
Takes a second to picture a giant mantis in his
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.
What have you told them?
That we’d like to go home
That we are on there side
and willing to help
at least I think I did?
Great, drafted into ant
Under our current
circumstances our options
Eckhart feels something from them.
Oh dear, a large
detachment of Warrior
Blacks and Imbricks are
close, we are to avoid if
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.
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.
Everyone up there,
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
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
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.
Till now I never would
have believed that one of
gods’ creatures could be
And they smell worse than
a pair of Blackie’s socks.
The confab appears over the group that arrived
leaves with most of their group leaving Greenie,
Bracelet and two others Eckhart is being told
Change of plans. Instead
of resting we are to join
in the defence.
On our own?
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
as far as afterwards they
mean to hold on to us.
Even if we help?
So we are still prisoners.
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
Too risky we just have to
play this hand out.
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.
What’s the scoop from Ant
I gather not good. A lot
of their tunnel guards are
either missing or gone
over to the other side.
the enemy appears to have
broken into two groups one
on its way here.
Time to break out the
welcome mats and name
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.
What do you see?
Good, what else?
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
And what do they expect
To die defending liberty,
honour and the six legged
Eckhart ignores him
They have set an ambush at
the entrance then once the
fighting starts we have a
pretty free hand.
But if we are so valuable
why risk us?
Because they need our
help. Their species is
dying out, how many do you
think there are at
Looks at the group.
Les than one thousand the
city once held twenty
So what happened?
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.
With us stuck squarely in
I know and I’m sorry.
Professor it’s not you who
should be sorry it’s
fucking Doc Wade, and her
Covaccs looks at Jones in shock.
What’s my father got to do
I’m sorry he knew
something might be here,
Doc Wade convinced him.
That’s why he supplied the
money for the trip.
Points to an Ant man
And some would call them
Bullshit he wouldn’t do
that he wouldn’t.
Your making it you hate
him so you’re making it up
Getting angry he grabs her.
He would and he did, deal
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.
Well if we have to be on
anyone’s side I’m glad
it’s Greenie and Bracelet.
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.
This is it safety’s off,
Aim for the body.
Keep together, don’t let
them get close.
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
Jones gives Blackie a tight grin.
Crean and Covaccs look at each other and briefly
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.
Wait for a clear shot.
A couple of mantises break free and head there way.
The mantises approaching them confidently, the
shots to the body slow them but they continue to
Their heads go for the
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.
Covaccs take aim, fire and its head explodes.
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.
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
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.
Bracelet you silly mutt.
The rest see what Blackie is seeing.
What old timer?
Strike me blind I’m going
I aint saved him once to
see him get sawed in half.
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.
We’ve gotten popular all
of a sudden.
I’m running out of ammo.
Then don’t miss!
Jones turns to Crean.
You got any slugs left?
Crean looks down at his slung weapon and checks his
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
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
Shit, I'm dry!
Crean raises her rifle. He aims, and...
He works the manual slide.
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
He turns and just avoids being decapitated but
falls and hits his head on the rock and is
Just then three acid gouts hit the Mantis as the
reinforcements arrive. Before he loses
Good old Greenie.
INT. NAPHTHA CAVERN - UNDERGROUND
Covaccs is applying a bandage to Creans arm with
Eckhart and Jones looking on anxiously.
…probably needs stitching
but this will have to do.
That was a brave thing you
did back there.
Jones claps him on his bad shoulder making him
Man you rocked.
Crean feeling embarrassed tries to change the
So did we win?
This battle anyway once
the Red Priest went down
they seemed to lose heart.
Fucking hero man, a
Covaccs is finished bandaging.
Fine thanks where are
Bracelet and Greenie?
Jones points to Greenie who is a little away.
Haven’t seen Bracelet.
Blackie is rummaging in his pack and exclaims.
Pulls out a bottle of something resembling Bourbon.
Looks like old Blackie’s
luck is finally turning
Pulls off the top and takes a large swig.
The bar is now open.
Blackie has a number of small metal cups that he
fills and passes around.
I take back everything I
have ever said. You’re a
When everyone has a full cup Blackie proposes a
To the Doc!
Drinks as the other mumble the same and drink.
Jones looks around.
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
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.
It was said you would come
when our need was
Eckhart is STUNNED as this is not the crude images
the others have used but strong and clear.
You can speak.
I am Nalar
Some say you are what we
No we are human your
destiny lies down another
You will stay and protect
We cannot stay we will
Then go we are not alone.
With that she is gone.
Eckhart returns to the group slightly stunned and
Are you alright?
Just the heat off the
Prof we’ve been developing
an escape plan. I don’t
like it but we may have to
lay em out.
NO, I mean I don’t think
that will be necessary.
They said that?
No, a hunch.
At that point Bracelet appears with Nalar.
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.
What’s going on?
He said we are to wait
here till reinforcements
The two Ant men disappear through the main tunnel
before they go they stand there for a moment then
they are gone.
Stuff my shoes with manure
if you weren’t right. Why?
You did save him maybe its
I hope this doesn’t get
him in trouble.
Lets go before the
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.
Blackie gets them together and pushes them the
Mantis has almost hit the bottom.
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 reaches for the backpack but it is lost in
the dark water.
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
It’s sure getting warm.
Yeah about that. I don’t
want to alarm anyone but I
think this empties into a
Why didn’t you say
I didn’t know we’d be back
Can we beach it?
To the left is a sheer rock wall.
Not this side.
Jones surveys the other side.
Up ahead there is a fork in the river.
That’s it I can’t
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.
Tom for fuck’s sake!
He comes to a decision and points at the left fork.
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
It is immediately cooler it seems he got it right.
Covaccs hugs him.
You did it.
Jones slaps him on the back relieved
That was just too damn
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
Blackie gestures to the bank.
Once we pass these little
beauties probably a good
idea to find a place to
land this thing.
Agreed we seem to be
picking up speed.
Crean sitting back notices something he thought
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.
Way ahead of you. Everyone
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.
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.
Ahead they can see what the sound is from as the
river appears to simply end and mist is in the air.
Panic sets in.
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
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
The others now notice he is missing and stand as
He must have been torn
Jones is visibly upset as he frantically searches.
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.
Jones looks daggers at him.
Your and evil, evil man.
Told you you’d regret
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
I’m fine just taken a bit
of water in.
Come on not much further.
We’re going to make it Tom
They are about to move to freedom but what is that
Never had any doubts
meself. Reminds me of the
time I was pearl diving
Suddenly from under the water a Mantis launches
itself out of the water.
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.
Blackie injured tries to push them away and defend
Move I’ll hold em off.
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.
Yeah I think so. And less
of the old if you don’t
Crean grabs Covaccs pulls her to Blackie.
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
No your not we’ll be right
Covaccs is reluctant to go.
The others need you. Go.
I’m not leaving you again.
Pushes her along. The two of them are moving
backwards up the slope as the first Mantis emerges
from the water.
It’s just me and you.
They keep backing up.
Wouldn’t have it any other
way. Just back up and
shoot anything green and
Fires and kills one.
You’re lucky you said
One has creep up to the side close enough to have a
swipe at Jones.
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
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.
Move it you kids, sounds
like a freight train
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.
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
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
I wonder if any survived?
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
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.
What’s the matter
professor we made it?
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.
Will this help?