Klondike script
Klondike (2014)
Synopsis: Klondike is a six-part mini-series by the Discovery Channel that was broadcast on January 20–22, 2014. It was the network's first-ever scripted miniseries and was directed by Simon Cellan Jones and executive produced by Ridley Scott. Klondike stars Richard Madden and Augustus Prew as two adventurers who travel to the Yukon, Canada, in the late 1890s during the Klondike Gold Rush.

ACT ONE:

EXT. FROZEN WILDS - DAY

Camera looks skyward from under a frozen sheet of ice.

Tracking. Finding above: boots, legs, finally the whole of a

man. One BILL HASKELL, 20s. Bearded and freezing to death.

He’s lying prone atop a frozen river in the wickedest of

blizzards. Nothing but whiteness and death out there. His

breaths come slow. Near death. Calmly, in v.o.:

BILL (V.O.)

You’re looking at a rich man.

A long beat as his life starts to ebb before our eyes...

BILL (V.O.)

I wasn’t that once.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. MIDDLE CLASS HOUSE - NIGHT

--young BILL HASKELL, 10. Middle class house. Standing before

a mirror in his bedroom, clad in Sunday’s finest. He’s

looking uncomfortably at himself as he holds a tie before his

throat. You get the impression the child’s never even seen a

tie before.

Chyron:
“Windham County, Vermont, 1887.”

Camera drifts over, reveals through the window, coming up the

driveway, a HORSE & CARRIAGE. Something unsettling about that

to young Bill...

INT. MIDDLE CLASS HOUSE / FOYER - CONTINUOUS

His father, BENJAMIN HASKELL, on the first floor, has an

entirely different response. He straightens his own tie, eyes

the coming buggy, calls anxiously to his WIFE:

BENJAMIN HASKELL

Look prim, Elizabeth. Is our boy

ready? First impressions are

everything. Everything dominoes

from that first impression. I want

him in a tie if he's not already-

(calling upstairs)

William!

ANGLE. WILLIAM. In his room. This all too much, too

officious...

ANGLE. FATHER. Surveying the glimmering appointments of the

buggy through the window:

BENJAMIN:

Good God, look at that buggy. What

do you think something like that

costs?

2.

ANGLE. BILL’S MOTHER--ELIZABETH--ascending the stairs,

calling out to Bill-

ELIZABETH HASKELL

William, Mr. Chandler's here-

Following her as she steps into Bill’s room. It’s empty.

ELIZABETH HASKELL (CONT’D)

William?

Her eyes falls across the window. It’s open...

EXT. VERMONT COUNTRYSIDE - NIGHT

FIND Young Bill, running off through the darkness. Sans tie.

Running. Running. Til he finds a familiar haven. A towering

oak over a river. He knows this tree well. Where the

footholds are. He climbs deftly.

Finds respite in the boughs. Sits there. Catches his breath.

We are with him for a beat. This place: his hideout, refuge.

And whatever was back there...was not what he wanted.

After a moment, he senses a presence. Someone else in the

tree. A few boughs up. Silhouetted there: another boy. Young

BYRON EPSTEIN, also 10.

They sit there in silence together. You get the sense they’ve

done this a lot over the years. Finally:

YOUNG BILL:

They're sending me to boarding

school. I didn't think they were

actually going to do it-

YOUNG EPSTEIN:

What's at boarding school?

YOUNG BILL:

They keep saying it's gonna get me

manners.

YOUNG EPSTEIN:

You got a shit-ton of manners.

YOUNG BILL:

They say it's gonna get me prepared

for preparatory school.

YOUNG EPSTEIN:

Isn't that what prep school's for?

To prepare you? For whatever it is

you're supposed to be prepared for?

YOUNG BILL:

College.

3.

YOUNG EPSTEIN (INCREDULOUS)

You're 10.

YOUNG BILL (SURVEYS RIVER)

Doesn't matter. Everyone's doing it

earlier and earlier now. And my

dad, if there's one thing he hates,

it's being left behind.

YOUNG EPSTEIN:

But it's not about him-

Bill gives him a knowing look.

YOUNG BILL:

It's not about me.

(considers the night)

Feel like I'm in a box. Locked up

in my own life. Without a key.

YOUNG EPSTEIN:

No way. Me and you...we're free.

Look at us. They can put you in

school for a bit, but that ends. Me

and you, the world can't hold us.

Anything we wanna do, anywhere we

wanna go...when we're older, we can

do it. Me and you.

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Paul T. Scheuring

Paul T. Scheuring (born November 20, 1968) is an American screenwriter and director of films and television shows. His work includes the 2003 film A Man Apart and the creation of the television drama Prison Break, for which he was also credited as an executive producer and head writer. more…

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