Red Planet script
Red Planet (2000)
Synopsis: Mission Commander Kate Bowman is the pilot and commander of the most important mission of the 21st century: saving the human race. It's 2050, earth is dying, and colonizing Mars is the only alternative to obliteration. Bowman and her crew have made this journey to investigate what went wrong with the malfunctioning Mars Terraforming Project, and to repair it. But what happens when they get there is far more terrifying than anyone could have guessed.

INT. THE FRONT SEAT, WITH RAHEL AND GAGE

GAGE is sitting in his car seat, not exactly crying but certainly

yelling to be let out. The seat, dash, and floorboards are

littered with roadmaps, soda cans, Big Mac boxes, and similar

crud. These folks have driven all the way from Chicago to Maine in

this station wagon, and the wagon looks it.

RACHEL:

Decided to wake up and see what home

looks like, huh?

She begins to unbuckle the straps and harnesses. GAGE is just

wearing a t-shirt and a diaper. He's fifteen months old.

EXT. THE REAR OF THE WAGON, WITH LOUIS

He opens the doorgate and lifts out a cat carrier. We see a big

tomcat inside--mostly what we're aware of are shining green eyes.

ELLIE (voice)

Daddy! Mommy! I see a path!

LOUIS, cat carrier still in hand, turns toward:

EXT. ELLIE IN THE TIRE SWING

She's got it penduluming back and forth in long wide arcs.

EXT. THE VIEW UP TOWARD THE WOODS, ELLIE'S POV

We see the field, and a clearly marked and mown path leading up

its flank and into the dark woods.

THE CAMERA DIPS AND PENDULUMS as ELLIE swings.

EXT. RACHEL AND GAGE (FRONT OF THE CAR)

RACHEL (irritated)

Not so high, Ellie! You don't know

how strong that rope is.

She puts GAGE down. He totters a bit on his little legs and then

stands there, looking at his sister.

EXT. THE ROPE AND THE BRANCH, CU

The bark has rubbed off the branch--it looks like a bone peeping

through decayed flesh. The rope is old, discolored. And it is

fraying away as we look at it. Soon ELLIE, like Humpty Dumpty, is

going to have a great fall.

EXT. LOUIS (REAR OF THE CAR)

He's set the cat-carrier down and is straightening up.

ELLIE (raptuous voice)

Wheee!

LOUIS:

Ellie, you heard your m---

His eyes widen.

EXT. ELLIE

ELLIE:

Wh--

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Chuck Pfarrer

Charles Patrick "Chuck" Pfarrer, III is an American novelist, screenwriter, and former U.S. Navy SEAL from Biloxi, Mississippi, USA. more…

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