Simone script
Simone (2002)
Synopsis: A contemporary satire on Hollywood, "Simone" is the story of disillusioned producer Viktor Taransky (Al Pacino), who creates the first totally believable synthetic actress, Simone. However, swept up by her instant success, including a major singing career, the producer cannot bear to admit his fraud to the world or himself.

FADE IN:

ON BRIGHT, OUT-OF-FOCUS, OVAL-SHAPED COLORS.

The colored shapes dart around the screen -- the impression

of looking through a kaleidoscope.

As the image comes into sharp focus, we discover that we are

inside a CANDY BOWL. A MAN'S FINGERS are frantically

removing all the cherry-flavored pieces of candy.

EXT. STUDIO LOT - DAY

The man performing this curious task is

writer/producer/director, VIKTOR TARANSKY, forties,

conservatively dressed in suit and tie. He sits alone at an

empty craft service table outside a cavernous soundstage,

some distance from the rest of the film set -- a breeze blows

the table's paper cloth.

Viktor finishes sorting. Finding no trash can to deposit the

rejected cherry candy, he scoops them into his pocket.

A young headset-clad P.A. hurriedly approaches. He looks

ill.

P.A.

Mr. Taransky --

Viktor reads the young P.A.'s panicked expression.

VIKTOR:

She's walking?... Don't tell me

she's walking.

(blood slowly draining

from his face)

She is not walking... She can't

walk.

EXT. TRAILER - DAY

NICOLA ANDERS, twenty-something, A-list actress, beautiful

face scowling, is supervising her ASSISTANT ferrying clothes

from a movie trailer to a limousine. VIKTOR desperately

follows after Nicola.

VIKTOR:

-- Nicola! How was your massage?

NICOLA:

You're in breach.

VIKTOR:

-- Is this about the new pages? --

I made the changes you wanted,

you're in virtually every scene --

NICOLA:

(wheeling on him)

It's not the size of the role,

Viktor.

(suddenly very cool)

Am I or am I not contractually

entitled to the biggest trailer on

the set?

VIKTOR:

(regarding the enormous

silver fish behind them,

confused)

It's the biggest on earth! I

swear! It's a 50-foot Airstream --

they don't make them any longer

than that.

NICOLA:

Taller, Viktor.

VIKTOR:

Taller? What?

Viktor looks up in horror. The trailer next to Nicola's does

indeed appear to be fractionally taller.

NICOLA:

(walking away)

You've insulted me for the last

time.

Viktor looks to the tires. His face suddenly brightens.

VIKTOR:

Nicola, it's just the tires --

they're over-inflated! I can fix

it!

Viktor grasps the air nozzle on a tire and begins desperately

stabbing at it with a ballpoint pen. Air hisses out.

VIKTOR:

See, it's lower already.

Nicola ignores Viktor, marching towards her limo with her

PUBLICIST. Abandoning the trailer, Viktor hurries after her.

VIKTOR:

I beg you. You can't do this to

me.

NICOLA:

(looking back)

I had three other offers. I only

signed on to this picture out of...

loyalty.

VIKTOR:

Then show some. They'll shut me

down!

NICOLA:

(opening the car door)

It wasn't working anyhow. The

scene with the thousand geese -- I

don't understand this film. I

don't think anyone will understand

it. I already put out a press

release -- citing "creative

differences".

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Andrew Niccol

Andrew M. Niccol is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director. He wrote and directed Gattaca, S1m0ne, Lord of War, In Time, The Host, and Good Kill. more…

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