OVER BLACK; THE SOUND OF RUNNING FOOTSTEPS
INT. STAIRWELL - LOCATION UNKNOWN
Feet fly up stairs. WIDER REVEALS: two MEN rushing up a dimly
lit stairwell. Floors rush by... 12...15...19.
JAY BURCHELL (26) has an athletic build and the serious
expression of a man much older than his years. He wears green
sweats and sports a buzzcut you could give yourself.
TAYLOR FOG (28) is tall and rail thin. His model-good looks
are framed by long hair. He wears a wrinkled Oxford shirt and
sucks wind as he struggles to match Jay's pace.
INT. HALLWAY - CONT.
A door bursts open. Jay and Taylor emerge, rush past a bank
of gold elevators. They reach a door. Jay frantically inserts
a keycard and enters...
INT. THE ESSEX HOUSE HOTEL - EXECUTIVE SUITE - CONT.
A luxury suite. More than a hotel room. Less than a condo.
Ceiling high windows overlook New York's Central Park.
Will! Will! You in here?!
Jay pushes open a door to one of the bedrooms. No reply.
Taylor turns on a TV in the living area.
Jay joins him. NEWS FOOTAGE shows a REPORTER standing outside
New York's famed Guggenheim Museum. Fire trucks line Fifth
Avenue. Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece is burning.
REPORTER (ON TV)
We're at the Guggenheim Museum,
where an explosion has ripped
through this New York City
ON JAY AND TAYLOR reacting. They know something about this.
REPORTER (ON TV) (cont'd)
So far there are no reports of
casualties and details are hard to
come by. But Police are not ruling
out the use of a bomb. We just
don't know at this time, but two
men were seen fleeing the museum
moments before the explosion.
Jesus. He's talking about us.
Jay rushes to the hotel window. A column of smoke rises
halfway up the Eastern edge of the park.
He's talking about us, Jay!
I know, Taylor!
TAYLOR JAY *
I think I'm gonna puke...
Where the hell is Will? *
...I'm not sure if it's from *
running across central park. *
Relax for a second... *
Relax? Our best friend just *
blew up the goddamn *
WE DON'T KNOW THAT!
Jay's outburst finally silences Taylor. Jay fixes Taylor with
a cool, reassuring stare and continues.
We've got no proof Will did this.
And we haven't done anything wrong.
So let's calm down, pack up Will's
stuff and go to the police. They
can handle this. Sound good?
Taylor finally nods. He's calming down. He rushes to one of
the bedrooms and disappears inside.
Jay turns back to the window. He notices a copy of Jack
Kerouac's ON THE ROAD on a side table. He picks it up.
the book. Jay looks up and we...
MATCH CUT TO:
EXT. THE NEW HAVEN HOUSE - DAY - FLASHBACK
Jay has just received the book as a gift from the third
roommate WILL TRAVELER (30, rimless glasses, red hair, and a
boyish face). Taylor is also there. He wears a Yale baseball
hat and types a message on a blackberry.
Our guide book.
The three stand in front of Taylor's 2006 Toyota 4Runner. The
car is parked in front of an old white Victorian house with a
gabled roof and blue trim.
NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT
Jack Kerouac wrote the great
American novel in less than three
weeks. How? Because he didn't need
to invent Dean Moriarty and Sal
Paradise's adventures. He lived
Taylor looks up from his blackberry.
They teach you that in chemical
I'm not an engineer for the next