Pi script
Pi (1998)
Synopsis: Numbers whiz Max Cohen (Sean Gullette) is stunted by psychological delusions of paranoia and debilitating headaches. He lives in a messy Chinatown apartment, where he tinkers with equations and his homemade, super-advanced computer. One day, however, Cohen encounters a mysterious number. Soon after reporting his discovery to his mentor (Mark Margolis) and to a religious friend (Ben Shenkman), he finds himself the target of ill-intentioned Wall Street agents bent on using the number for profit.

EXT. ELECTRONIC MEGADUMP - DAY

Max scavenges electronic parts as he carefully navigates an

endless dump for old and rotting computers.

MAX (V.O.)

History it's there.

Lurking, shaping.

structuring, hiding, right

beneath the surface.

He unscrews a random IBM Board from a keyboard and slides it

into his pocket.

EXT PLAYGROUND – DAY

MOVE IN:

on Max looking up at something as he reclines on a public

bench.

MAX (V.0.)

The cycling of disease epidemics,

the wax and wane of Caribou populations

in the Arctic, sunspot cycles,

the rise and fall of the

Nile and yes! the New York Stock

Exchange, they are all the

same.

MOVE IN:

on a tree branch - shaking gently in the wind.

SLOW DISSOLVE TO EXTREME CLOSE-UP OF STOCK TICKER

Bright stock quotes drift across the screen.

MAX (V.O.)

I'll find this structure,

this order, this perfection.

INT. MAX'S APARTMENT - DAY

Max stares intensely at the ticker on the small TV that sits

next to his monitors.

MAX (V.O.)

Turn lead into gold.

The first. Right here. Right

here. With math. The numbers

of the stock market are my

lead. When I find the

pattern, then I will find

gold.

Max watches the right edge of the screen where the numbers

appear. He wants to see what's before that edge...

Max slaps the RETURN button on his computer.

The phone starts ringing.

Max eyes it suspiciously.

Just then, Euclid starts printing results on an old dot-

matrix printer.

Max suspiciously answers The phone.

MAX:

Hello?

WOMAN'S VOICE

Maximilian Cohen, please.

MAX:

Yeah?

WOMAN'S VOICE

Mr. Cohen?

MAX:

Who's this?

WOMAN'S VOICE

Hi. my name is Marcy Dawson.

I'm a partner with the predictive

strategy firm Lancet-Percy. Can I

speak with Mr. Cohen, please?

MAX:

I told you...

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Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky is an American film director, screenwriter, film producer and environmentalist. He has received acclaim for his often surreal, disturbing films and has been noted for frequent collaborations ... more…

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