WHOOSH! The capsule’s parachute opens. ARES 1 lands softly
IN THE OUTSKIRTS OF AN AFRICAN CITY
Shocked locals run to the capsule.
They stare as the hatch opens. Through smoke, EVAN crawls out.
It’s slo-mo. Silent. Triumphant. Momentous.
Their black hands touch the white suit with awe, as if he were
a god crashing-landing from the great beyond.
INTERCUT NEWS FOOTAGE of the landing: EVAN is carried throughthe streets on the shoulders of strangers. A hero’s welcome.
CHLOE pushes through the crowd with her son DANNY. We
recognize them from the warping photo in the capsule.
Chloe, crying with joy, takes Evan’s face in her hands. Dannyhugs his chest.
The American flag flies over the US Embassy as
Evan and his family pass through its imposing gates...
WHOOSH! THE ARES 1 PARACHUTE OPENS OVER RED DESERT
Floating over stark sand...
Until it crashes against a cliff face.
Plummets to the ground.
Finally the HATCH OPENS. Smoke pours out. EVAN crawls forward.
The world appears bleached. He’s blinded by the
daylight. He can barely see his own hands. As he screams inshock, the world goes
Evan’s eyes SNAP OPEN. Crumbs of starlight above. The world
around him all blues and violets. Aghast, he realizes he’s
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FUCKING DESERT - NIGHT
No sign of humanity. The capsule lies behind him. The name“ARES 1” barely legible on its blistered exterior.
He clearly didn’t land where he expected.
Fuck. Fuck... FUCK!
As he talks, he feels like dice are rolling around in hismouth. He reaches in and pulls out A DISLODGED MOLAR.
Grimacing, he zips his molar into his pocket.
His eyes lock on a distant star. He mutters to himself as hepieces things together.
M81. That's a mag 7. M81 is a mag 7.
That means... That means I'm at least