Outbreak script
Outbreak (1995)
Synopsis: A dangerous airborne virus threatens civilization in this tense thriller. After an African monkey carrying a lethal virus is smuggled into the U.S., an outbreak occurs in a California town. To control the spread of the disease, a team of doctors is brought in that includes a contagious disease expert (Dustin Hoffman) and his ex-wife (Rene Russo). Once the Army intervenes to handle the situation, though, the doctors must fight against the clock to save the town and its residents.

The CLOUD EXPLODES in a huge inferno.

The plane releases more and more napalm, burning the

jungle for miles.

The CRIES of ANIMALS caught in the fire pierce the night.

Flames shoot up trees a hundred feet high.

PULL BACK to show the whole forest ablaze. A long beat,

then at the very LEFT CORNER OF the FRAME, a MONKEY with

a black and white coat (a Colobos monkey) emerges from

the fire, looks back at its mate, threatened by the

flames. The Colobos jumps up and down, baring its teeth,

SCREAMING. The fire moves relentlessly forward. The

monkeys dart to safety.

CUT TO:

MOTABA RIVER VALLEY - NEXT MORNING

A metal syringe burned to a molten shard lies beside a

mortar launcher, twisted and deformed like some bizarre

modern sculpture. PULL BACK to reveal acre after acre,

mile after mile of nothing but ashes and carcasses of

burnt-out trees. Not a single living thing remains.

FADE OUT and ROLL CREDITS.

FADE UP:

TREETOPS:

A wind rippling through treetops.

(CONTINUED)

6.

CONTINUED:

COMPUTER KEYS POUND: "THE MOTABA RIVER VALLEY, AUGUST

12, 1994."

SHOCK CUT TO:

ABOVE RAINFOREST

Brilliant streams of orange and purple, the last rays of

the setting sun, dance across the sky and penetrate the

vapor cloud above the rain forest. Unworldly silence.

Shattered by:

Giant TREES CRASHING to the ground. TRACTORS ROAR,

CHAINSAWS REV with a penetrating whine. Huge trees

living undisturbed for hundreds of years topple to earth,

their roots ripped from the soil.

REVEAL the army of construction workers clearing a path

for the new road linking Kinshasa with Bangui. White

foremen bellow orders in French at their black workers,

including:

MORAZU:
a seven-foot tall Goliath with mischievous eyes.

He PUNCHES on his CHAIN SAW and RIPS into another tree.

A cloud of wood dust envelops him.

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Laurence Dworet

Laurence Dworet, M.D. is an American screenwriter. In 1990, he and his writing partner Robert Roy Pool sold their spec screenplay The Ultimatum for $500,000 against $1,000,000 if a film was made. more…

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