Damsel script
Damsel (2017)
Synopsis: Damsel is an upcoming western comedy period film directed by David Zellner, and co-wrote by David Zellner and Nathan Zellner. It stars Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska in lead roles.

EXT. REDWOOD FOREST - SOUTH - DAY

Mounds of white powder, as far as the eye can see.

Winter consumes the land.

Titan trees with trunks of red, break through the glittering

snow-scape and stretch into the sky. Their needles, strong

and green against the elements.

BRAUN (V.O.)

In days of old, a great famine

swept across the land. Men and

women turned to the wilds for

survival, but few overcame that

winter’s fury.

In the distance, a simple canvas tent.

INT. TENT - CONTINUOUS

A DESPERATE MAN and his STARVING WIFE lie huddled in their

insignificant canvas dwelling.

BRAUN (V.O.)

In that time, there was a desperate

man whose beloved wife was

starving, so severely, that he

feared she might too succumb to the

frost.

Wrapped in thin blankets, atop the pelts of fallen animals,

they shudder in the frigid night’s cold.

EXT. REDWOOD FOREST - SOUTH - DAY

An icy breeze chills the stale air, whispering as it snakes

through the redwoods.

The Desperate Man battles through the frozen land. His boots

sink deep into the snow as he walks.

A bow is strapped across his chest. A quiver at his back.

An ethereal tone grows from the distance ahead.

EXT. FORBIDDEN GARDEN - CONTINUOUS

The Desperate Man stands at the edge of a clearing. Behind

him stands the redwood forest, before him, a lush garden of

smooth grass and white flowered vines.

2.

BRAUN (V.O.)

One day, while hunting for food,

the man came upon a strange garden,

untouched by winter.

At the center of the garden a remarkable tree grows. It puts

forth a white light and emanates the etherial hum.

Twisted branches of white explode outward from the trunk,

bearing leaves of ghostly flame and luscious white fruit.

Yellow fireflies twinkle throughout the breathtaking space.

BRAUN (V.O.)

At the center was a magical tree of

white flame. It hummed an ethereal

tone and put forth an otherworldly

light.

The man approaches the tree, moving his fingers through the

unconsuming flames, in awe.

He reaches for a white pear.

BRAUN:

The man had unwittingly come upon

an enchanted garden. The peculiar

tree bore fruit, which granted

eternal life in a single bite.

CUT TO:

EXT. TENT - LATER THAT NIGHT

The Desperate Man treks through the snowscape, making his way

toward the tent in the distance.

BRAUN (V.O.)

He returned to his wife and

together, they ate of the fruit.

Their youth returned and their

hunger became eternally nourished.

INT. TENT - CONTINUOUS

The Desperate Man and his wife share the Forbidden Tree’s

fruit.

CUT TO:

3.

EXT. FORBIDDEN GARDEN - NIGHT

A potato sack full of the tree’s stolen fruit, hangs from the

Desperate Man’s, newly-youthful, shoulders.

BRAUN (V.O.)

Greed consumed the man. Hoping to

profit from the forbidden tree’s

gift, he returned to the enchanted

garden.

A WITCH, 40 years old, clothed in a green dress, with hair as

dark as the night, slinks toward him.

BRAUN (V.O.)

But, when he returned, he was

confronted by a witch, whose power

overwhelmed him.

The witch turns, waves her hand and he’s on the ground,

writhing in pain.

The white fruit scatters as his bag falls to the ground.

His veins visibly throb under his brow and neck. He

struggles against an unseen force.

BRAUN (V.O.)

Showing pity for his desperation,

the woman spared the man’s life but

demanded his first born child, in

return for what he had stolen from

the garden, which she claimed for

her own.

His pain subsides.

BRAUN (V.O.)

Knowing that his wife was barren,

the penniless man agreed.

CUT TO:

INT. DESPERATE MAN’S COTTAGE - 9 MONTHS LATER

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Bryan McMullin

Bryan McMullin was born on September 29, 1985 in California, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Great Game, Damsel and Louis Vuitton: LA Is a Man (2012). more…

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