Sphere script
Sphere (1998)
Synopsis: When psychologist Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman) wrote a report for the government on how to deal with extraterrestrial life forces, he didn't expect his recommendations to be used. Now that a secret government agency is investigating what may be an alien spaceship that has been discovered partially buried on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, Norman finds that the plan he outlined is being put into effect and that the team he named in his report has been assembled.

EXT. STREET IN GEORGETOWN - MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

Fog hangs above the street, amongst the streetlamps. Apartment

buildings line the curb, it is very quiet. In one building, six floors

up, a bedroom light is on. WE SEE the silhouette of Norman's WIFE

looking out the window.

WIFE (O.S.)

What kind of a crash was it?

NORMAN (O.S.)

You seen my suitcase?

WIFE (O.S.)

There's nothing on the news about a

crash. Did he say what airline?

NORMAN (O.S.)

He didn't say much at all. Honey --

WIFE (O.S.)

In the closet. I don't understand,

Norman -- why would they call you?

NORMAN (O.S.)

Don't be so supportive, honey.

WIFE (O.S.)

Well, I can't imagine five years of

unemployment --

NORMAN (O.S.)

Four. Four years --

WIFE (O.S.)

Four years of unemployment would

look too good on a resume.

NORMAN (O.S.)

Keep watching the news. Are you

watching the news?

WIFE (O.S.)

How are you getting to the airport?

You need money for the bus?

A tinted-window black SEDAN travels down the street, pulls up in front

of the apartment building. A U.S. NAVY decal is on the door.

WIFE (O.S.)

There's a U.S. Navy car outside,

Norman.

NORMAN (O.S.)

What?

WIFE (O.S.)

Was it a military crash?

NORMAN (O.S.)

I don't know.

WIFE (O.S.)

They never used to send a Navy car.

CUT TO:

THE LOUD, HARD CHOPPING OF A HELICOPTER PROPELLER

EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - DAY

Blinding sunlight, as the helicopter WHIPS by, speeding above the

Pacific Ocean.

INT. HELICOPTER - DAY

Norman, 53, disheveled, unshaven, sits in the back. He studies a

pamphlet in his hand: "AIRCRASH SURVIVAL: HOW TO COPE". The PILOT, in

the cockpit, turns to him.

PILOT:

What kinda work you in, Dr. Johnson?

Norman quickly stuffs the pamphlet into his dufflebag.

NORMAN:

I'm in psychology. Was. Still am

really, just been a while.

(beat)

I treat aircrash survivors.

PILOT:

Oh, so you're that Dr. Johnson.

NORMAN:

You've heard of me?

PILOT:

Well, everybody's been talking about

that report you wrote.

NORMAN:

What report?

PILOT:

Huh?

NORMAN:

What report?

PILOT:

You mean you don't know?

NORMAN:

Know what?

The pilot glances back at him again.

PILOT:

Must be another Johnson then. Been

flying so many scientists out here

-- can't keep everyone straight.

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Kurt Wimmer

Kurt Wimmer was born in 1964. He is a writer and director, known for Total Recall (2012), Equilibrium (2002) and Law Abiding Citizen (2009). more…

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