EXT. ALLEYWAY (VILLAGE) - DUSK
Gloomy, last light. From out of the shadows comes --
A DOG. A dog of war. Big, mangy, muscular, scary. As
he moves down the alley, the way becomes increasingly
choked with fallen structures. and signs of tumult.
EXT. BATTLEFIELD - DUSK
TRACKING WITH THE DOG as he comes onto a battlefield.
The hellish scene is REVEALED TO US SLOWLY --
SERIES OF SHOTS:
as the Dog traverses a landscape of --
BODIES, frozen in contorted death poses. This was
furious, hand-to-hand fighting between human SOLDIERS and
nightmare CREATURES, their corpses now in piles to the
The Dog climbs a mound of casualties. At the top, the
Dog looks back across the battlefield. The Dog's eyes
are sad, his expression weary and disgusted.
EXT. THE PALACE OF ACRISIUS - NIGHT
The entrance is patrolled by a dozen PALACE GUARDS. They
don't see the Dog pad silently to a fissure in the palace
wall and disappear inside.
INT. THE PALACE OF ACRISIUS - GREAT HALL - NIGHT
Bloodied and battered, the King's GENERALS are
disagreeing loudly about strategy. A loud BANGING sound
pierces the hubbub, and the officers quiet, turning to --
KING ACRISIUS, a striking man in his prime, his handsome
face marked by one crooked scar on his jaw. He commands
the room --
Now we end the debate about
tactics... and begin to plan for
AT THE BACK OF THE HALL
The Dog stares at the King. Then slips away.
INT. THE PALACE OF ACRISIUS - GREAT STAIRS - NIGHT
Unseen by exhausted Guards, the Dog bounds up the stairs.
INT. THE PALACE OF ACRISIUS - ROYAL APARTMENT - CORRIDOR -
The Dog approaches a doorway; stops to watch from the
INT. THE PALACE OF ACRISIUS - BEDCHAMBER - DOG'S POV -
In the dim bedchamber, the SILHOUETTE of QUEEN DANAE as a
LADY-IN-WAITING removes her gown, revealing the Queen's
perfect body as she slips into bed. The Lady-in-Waiting
The Dog's eyes. He moves forward.
TRACKING WITH the Dog's legs as they MORPH INTO HUMAN
LEGS. The CAMERA RISES BEHIND a towering male figure,
who roughly pulls a curtain aside.
In the bed, the Queen is startled, then pleased.
My King! Has the strategy been
set so quickly?
The looming figure looks exactly like King Acrisius,
including the distinctive scar. He regards her hungrily.
Come to your Queen, my King.
INT. THE PALACE OF ACRISIUS - GREAT STAIRS - SUNRISE
The real King Acrisius wearily climbs the stairs with
AIDES and Guards. Suddenly, the King stops.