Escape from L.A. script
Synopsis: In 2013, the United States president (Cliff Robertson) is exiling all citizens who don't conform to his hyper-conservative views to Los Angeles, which became an island after a huge earthquake. But, when the president's daughter nabs the detonator to her dad's apocalyptic weapon and sneaks into L.A. to be with the rebel leader she loves, the government taps commando-turned-crook Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) to retrieve the young woman. And, if he doesn't succeed quickly, he'll be executed.

FEMALE NARRATOR:

Now an island on the border of

civilization, L.A. is a no-man's land of

chaos, anarchy and darkness.

A red line tracks along the mountainous areas surrounding the

island, defining the perimeter of the armed fortress. Police

firebases and gun emplacements are indicated in the San Gabriel

Mountains.

FEMALE NARRATOR:

The United States Police Force, like an

army, is encamped in the San Gabriel

Mountains.

ZOOM INTO L.A.

From the glowing, outlined canyons come the cries of rage of a

million lost souls.

FEMALE NARRATOR:

The President's first act as Permanent

Commander-in-Chief is Directive 17:

protect and defend the United States from

this island of the damned, Hell on Earth.

BLACK SCREEN:

SUPERIMPOSE:
"2013 - NOW"

EXT. DARK OCEAN - NIGHT

TRAVELING SHOT low, across the top of the water's surface. Climb

up the side of a massive, rusted supertanker, abandoned, years

ago. Break over the railing to reveal a gigantic neon sign which

screams "NEW LAS VEGAS." The supertanker has been transformed into

a floating resort.

The camera increases speed, moves past huge billboards displaying

gigantic glitzy ads:

"NUCLEAR NIGHTS IN HAVANA" - an extravaganza with fabulous

showgirls and laser recreations of Fidel's final night.

"MUSEUM OF NIGHT CLUB ARTS" - a virtual reality tour featuring

legendary Vegas entertainers.

"FREE ENTERPRISE WORLD" - a virtual Disneyland for the whole

family.

Now camera flies low through glittering streets and back alleyways

filled with gamblers, neon and glitz.

EXT. ALLEY - NEW LAS VEGAS, 2013 - NIGHT

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Nick Castle

Nicholas Charles "Nick" Castle, Jr. (born September 21, 1947) is an American screenwriter, film director and actor best known for his role as Michael Myers in Halloween, directed by his friend John Carpenter. Castle also co-wrote Escape from New York with Carpenter. more…

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