Ares script
Ares (2016)
Synopsis: A futuristic France uses an engaging, violent TV competition show to keep its people distracted so they don't rebel over their crippling poverty.

OVER BLACK:

“Let us build a tower that reaches to the heavens. So that we

may make a name for ourselves.”

- Genesis 11:
4

The following is based on a true story. To protect thesurvivors, names have been changed.

CUT TO:

A CELL PHONE SCREEN. Badly cracked. On it, a video plays:

EVAN LANGE is shown in close-up against a white background.

He’s 46. The kind of hollow face you see in a mental hospital.

He looks at an OFF-CAMERA INTERVIEWER with unnervingintensity.

INTERVIEWER (O.S.)

Please state your name.

EVAN:

Evan Lange.

INTERVIEWER (O.S.)

Are you currently of sound mind andbody?

EVAN:

Yes.

INTERVIEWER (O.S.)

Can you please explain the problemsyou’ve been suffering from?

Evan pauses. It pains him to admit it.

EVAN:

Whenever I try to stop drinking, Ihave delusions. Hallucinations.

Doctors told me it’s delirium

tremens.

INTERVIEWER (O.S.)

Have these delusions ever made you adanger to others?

EVAN:

Yes.

2.

INTERVIEWER (O.S.)

Do you agree that if people hear youmaking strange claims, they shouldcall the police?

EVAN:

(with difficulty)

Yes. For their safety. And mine.

CUT TO:

The vast black reaches of space. A fireball blazes towards us.

A SOYUZ CAPSULE ENGULFED IN FLAMES.

EVAN (O.S.)

(trying to remain calm)

Eight fifty-five. Everything will befine in an hour.

INT. ARES 1 CAPSULE

Everything is blurred. Frantic. The capsule shakes violentlyas EVAN struggles to reprogram its LANDING COORDINATES.

He’s red. Panting. Overheating in his pressure suit.

He’s talking to another ASTRONAUT, whom we only see from

behind his fishbowl helmet. Evan’s barely audible over the

DEAFENING ROAR. Emergency alarms BLARE.

EVAN:

Don’t worry -- by 10am, the whole

world will know.

He looks at the other astronaut -- as if for confirmation.

REVEAL:
The other astronaut is DEAD. He’s strapped in next toa SECOND DEAD ASTRONAUT.

Their eyes and mouths are black and sunken into nothingness.

Both have been rotting for months.

A burst of static from a SPEAKER in the wall and a VOICE with

a RUSSIAN ACCENT. Concerned.

VOICE VIA SPEAKER

ARES 1, we’ve activated emergency

LLCD communication.

Evan STARTLES. As if he hasn’t heard a voice in months.

3.

VOICE VIA SPEAKER

(anxious)

We’ve lost sight of you. Last we saw,

your trajectory was zero-two-seven.

You must reset to four-oh-one

immediately -

Evan, in direct violation of the command, types completely

different coordinates into the navigation system: “9-9-7...”

VOICE VIA SPEAKER

If you don’t correct your trajectory,

the capsule will overheat. It’ll

explode. Tell us where you are and wecan help -

The voice turns to STATIC. Smoke pours from the speaker as thesystem’s insides melt. A shower of sparks rains down on Evan.

He buckles himself in NEXT TO THE TWO DEAD ASTRONAUTS.

The image cuts in and out as he goes in and out ofconsciousness.

He eyes the temperature gauges. EXTERIOR: 3706 F°. INTERIOR197 F°. Both numbers RACE UP. He can’t survive much longer...

Evan unzips his pocket. Pulls out an origami crane. He unfolds

it. The “paper” is a PHOTO: his wife CHLOE (33) and son DANNY

(8) beam out at him. The photo warps from the intense heat.

Evan takes the gloved hand of the DEAD ASTRONAUT next to him.

Eyes fill with guilt.

EVAN:

We’re not gonna make it. I’m sorry...

He looks back at the WARPING PHOTO of his wife and son.

EVAN:

I’m sorry... I’m sorry...

As the capsule jolts sideways, his head SLAMS so hard againstthe wall that his FISHBOWL HELMET CRACKS.

The world goes silent. Then -

Cryptic images. Cutting in and out. The SUNRISE flaring as

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Geneva Robertson-Dworet

Geneva Robertson-Dworet is an American film screenwriter. She was enlisted by Paramount Pictures as part of Akiva Goldsman's writer's room during preparation for Transformers: The Last Knight. She is also known for having co-written the 2012 Blacklist script Hibernation, has a number of other film scripts in preparation, and in talks to write the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. more…

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