Mimic script
Mimic (1997)
Synopsis: When a cockroach-spread plague threatens to decimate the child population of New York City, evolutionary biologist Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) and her research associates rig up a species of "Judas" bugs and introduce them into the environment, where they will mimic the diseased roaches and infiltrate their grubby habitats. So far so good ... until the bugs keep on evolving and learn to mimic their next prey -- humans.

FADE IN:

THE SCREEN:

Stygean darkness.

Wet CLICKING SOUNDS. A BEAM of purplish ULTRA-VIOLET LIGHT

reveals a mosaic of moving forms... COCKROACHES. They skitter

restlessly under the beam's intensity. SERIES OF SHOTS -- the

UV Beam passing over various parts of the space. Pipe webs,

walls, girders -- all covered with the insects. Thousands of

them.

PULL BACK TO REVEAL

INT. SEWER SYSTEM

Innards of steel. A vast maze of tunnels.

A GROUP OF FIGURES advances through the tunnels with handheld

UV lamps.

The figures are dressed in gray air-tight NEOPRENE SUITS,

their faces hidden by skin tight MASKS and bug-like NIGHT

VISION GOGGLES. In the dense silence, respirator valves HISS-

CLICK at the corner of their lips in mechanical rhythm.

The scene has a dream-like, choreographed quality.

NIGHT-VISION POV

Eerie, aquatic green. The horde of insects appear to be some

kind of sea-life, crawling over the floor of a dead ocean.

THE TEAM OF FIGURES

From their midst appears another FIGURE, its neoprene suit a

flat WHITE. Female, clearly the TEAM LEADER.

She carries a stainless steel CONTAINER filled with twenty

small compartments, each bearing a large, heavy-shelled roach

with a different BARCODE on their back.

JUDAS ROACHES.

She kneels and opens the

CASE:

TCHK!! A dozen of the Judas roaches are released. They slide

through into the area.

THE NEARBY ROACHES

react instantaneously. In a rustle of tiny legs, they begin

to stream toward the Judases.

Jostle and fight each other for position to mate with them.

They even crawl over the Team Leader in an effort to reach

the Judases. The Team Leader makes no effort to brush them

off. Patient, almost godlike, she watches the MATING.

LATER:

A MANHOLE has been opened above. CHAINS are dropped down and

attached by a Team Member to A 100-GALLON DISPOSAL DRUM.

REVEAL the floor of the tunnel, carpeted with the still forms

of the roaches, now all DEAD.

The Team Members quietly shovel the tiny corpses into other

disposal drums.

At their feet skitter the only survivors of the massacre:

the bar-coded Judas Roaches.

In a crunch of machinery, the first disposal drum is lifted

by the chains through the manhole to

EXT. A CITY STREET - DAY

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN. A cacophony of SOUND and LIGHT.

Dirty snow drifts over Bryant Park. Emergency lights blink

everywhere. A wall of cars sits on Sixth Avenue, stopped

dead. Exhaust fumes hang in the air. Jaded TRAFFIC COPS send

the cars on crosstown detours.

Mounted policemen patrol a line of yellow sawhorses near

dozens of Department of Public Health vehicles, angle-parked

in a military phalanx.

A monumental ribcage-like scaffolding has been erected in the

middle of the street, "sealing" the area with amber plastic.

Inside, UNIFORMED WORKERS take the disposal drum of roaches

and toss it into one of a number of huge DUMPSTERS.

The Team Leader watches from nearby, exhauster. Her mask is

off. We see her face: Enthomologist SUSAN WYETH, 28.

An ARM gently drapes over her shoulder.

PETER (OS)

How we doing?

She looks over at DR. PETER TYLER, 34, bespectacled. A

HEADSET around his neck, a coat emblazoned with the

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH logo. He has the look of a man who's

just fought a long battle and come out victorious.

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Matthew Robbins

Matthew Robbins is an American screenwriter, film producer and film director. He has worked with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Guillermo del Toro and Walter Murch, and has had cameo appearances in THX 1138 and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. more…

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