EXT. NEW YORK - DECEMBER 1999 - LATE NIGHT
We are moving through a thicket of skyscrapers. In the dim
light we see one building, then its reflection against
another building. We swoop past the Empire State Building lit
in Christmas red and green, catch a glimpse of the Christmas
tree in Rockefeller Center.
On screen we see: NEW YORK CITY DECEMBER 15 1999. High atop a
tall glass building we find another Christmas tree.
We close on the Thief whose face is concealed behind a sleek
black-visored helmet with night-vision goggles. From a pack,
the Thief takes a climbing rope, clamps it with a carabiner
around a post, then dials a distance into the special ratchet
The Thief steps to the edge and LEAPS over, plunging past the
glass windows. After a terrifying free fall, suddenly the
rope gears down smoothly, bringing the Thief to a stop at a
window pane, a dizzying sixty floors above the street.
Through the glass, we see a CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS.
The Thief drills out bolts holding the window in place. Then
one is stuck! In a heartstopping move the Thief turns upside
down, torques on the recalcitrant bolt! Uhnnn! It comes free!
The Thief replaces the existing bolts with custom bolts
buffered with rollers, pries at the window corners and pops
the pane free. Then the Thief rolls the pane onto the
rollers, leaving just enough room to slip into...
INT. PETROTEX CORP - LATE NIGHT
The Board of Directors Suite of a large multinational
corporation, dominated by an obsidian table ringed with
leather chairs. An Alarm Box softly pulses.
The Thief points a Remote at the alarm. The Remote runs
possible codes at speed on display panel, until the right one
stops. The Thief clicks the Remote. Off.
The kind of art that gilds greed with taste lines the walls.
Ignoring it, the Thief picks up a VASE OF LILIES and carries
it across the room to a side table by the window. The Thief
carefully tilts the stems so that the lilies hang over the
lip of the vase, away from the window, then exits the Board
INT. RECEPTION AREA - LATE NIGHT
A Lichtenstein, some plants, a large map of the world with
tiny red lights indicating branch offices around the world. A
Christmas tree with some uniformly wrapped presents carefully
arranged beneath it. Keeping an eye on a set of double glass
entry doors, the Thief pauses behind a Henry Moore sculpture.
Through the doors we see a desk where sits a SECURITY GUARD,
his back to us.
INT. HALL/ INT. RECEPTION ROOM - INTERCUT
The Security Guard reads and half-watches the Monitors. On
one we see the Reception Area and the vaguest shadow of the
Thief. The Guard looks at his book, the Thief begins to move.
The Guard glances back at the Monitor, the Thief jumps back.
Then the Guard returns to the book. On the Monitor the Thief
darts across the room and into a door.
INT. BATHROOM - SAME
Which is a bathroom. Hmmm. But that is exactly where the
Thief wants to be. Out of the backpack the Thief takes a
small drill and begins to make a hole high on the wall.
INT. HALLWAY - SAME
Above the Security Guard, the drill pierces the wall, leaving
just a dusting of sheetrock on the floor.