EXT. JUNGLE - DAY
A machete slashes INTO FRAME. An American in battered
fedora and leather jacket, accompanied by two gunbearers,
hacks his way through dense bush. We see him from the back
only. He hacks an opening, bats fly out AT CAMERA and the
bushes part, revealing huge overgrown stone letters -- the
Mayan ruin look -- that spell "AIRPLANE II."
EXT. GANTRY - NIGHT
The Jupiter shuttle stands ready to fly.
INT. MISSION CONTROL ROOM - STOCK FOOTAGE
of Houston Control with appropriate jargon V.O.
INT. TERMINAL - WIDE ANGLE STOCK SHOT
of a crowded modern terminal.
All lunar departures, please proceed to
concourse lounge 'B.'
EXT. TERMINAL - STOCK FOOTAGE - NIGHT
of heavy traffic at LAX.
ANGLE ON TERMINAL DOORS
A number of men in futuristic-looking mining outfits,
carrying futuristic gear, unload a truck with a corporate
logo that reads:
TRX DEEP SPACE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT.
Attention, all Pulsar Four mining
The miners look up.
Please report to the Resource Expeditions
office, level seven.
Two miners head to terminal doors and pass FOUR NUNS, who
bid farewell to FATHER O'FLANAGAN. O'Flanagan shakes the
hands of the first three elderly nuns, then grabs the last
young gorgeous nun and kisses her passionately.
No tongues, Father.
INT. CONTROL ROOM
A group tour moves through the room behind controllers.
All lunar shuttle landings are handled by
these computers and simulated on these
(at computer screen)
You're programmed on R-two-niner and
locked, Lunar eight six. Over.
INT. LUNAR SHUTTLE COCKPIT - NIGHT
Three crew members watch the lit landing strip as their
It's out of our hands now, gentlemen.
INT. MISSION CONTROL
The CONTROLLER moves away from his video unit. A kid from
the tour who has lagged behind hits a switch. The screen
turns into a video game with SFX. He flips knobs.
INT. LUNAR SHUTTLE
The crew are tossed from side to side and try to regain
control of the ship.
EXT. NIGHT SKY
The Lunar shuttle careens towards the terminal, out of
INT. CONTROL ROOM
The kid is still playing like mad. A flash appears on the
screen. SFX VIDEO GAME EXPLOSION and a corresponding
EXPLOSION from outside. SIRENS WAIL. CONTROLLERS run
around. The kid is oblivious and walks away.
EXT. TERMINAL - NIGHT
BUD KRUGER, head of the space center, and the COMMISSIONER
get out of a limo under a sign that reads, "MERCURY
SHUTTLE." They walk and talk.
Commissioner, we both know the Mercury
shuttle needs another month of pre-launch
Forget it. The boys on the board want
that shuttle to go on schedule.
Kruger and the Commissioner go up escalator.
And what do the boys on the board know
about safety, Commissioner? Let me talk
Bud, get wise to the political realities.
The boys on the board are under a lot of
pressure from the boys downtown.