Flight script
Flight (2012)
Synopsis: Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he's managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous mechanical malfunction sends his plane hurtling toward the ground. Whip pulls off a miraculous crash-landing that results in only six lives lost. Shaken to the core, Whip vows to get sober -- but when the crash investigation exposes his addiction, he finds himself in an even worse situation.

CHYRON -- ATLANTA 6:12 AM

EXT. SOMEWHAT SEEDY TWO-STORY HOTEL IN ATLANTA -- PRE-DAWN

It’s still more night than day as we look down on the HOTEL

ATLANTA. The lit sign for the HOTEL ATLANTA may be the only

source of light as we hear a metallic rattle.

EXT. HOTEL ATLANTA -- SECOND FLOOR -- PRE-DAWN

We follow the metallic rattle to a door. The rattling stops

and we watch the knob slowly turn.

Tight on a feminine arm with a tattoo that announces “hope.”

We pull back to find that both arms are employed in the

pulling of what looks like a large suitcase.

NICOLE MAGGEN, a beautiful but tired woman, finishes pulling

the suitcase that we now surmise to be a folded-up massage

table out of the motel room. With her bra in one hand and

the rickety table resting against the wall of the exterior

2nd floor hallway of the motel, she assesses her situation.

She digs in her purse, lights a cigarette and continues

digging in her purse. She finds a beat-up candy tin. She

opens it and quickly sorts through a collection of burnt

foils, heroin foils, looking for residue. Nothing.

She now finds and holds up the 100 bucks she just made. She

flips open her cheap phone and makes a call...she thinks

better of it and hangs up.

EXT. HOTEL ATLANTA -- PARKING LOT -- MOMENTS LATER

NICOLE forces the clumsy table into the hatchback of a 1988

Toyota Tercel and slams it shut.

INT. 1988 TOYOTA TERCEL -- PARKING LOT -- SAME TIME

We hear the electronic ring of her cheap cell phone on

“speaker phone” mode. The phone rests on the passenger seat.

We pull up to find NICOLE slumped with her head resting on

the steering wheel. She is exhausted and irritated...

NICOLE:

(as the phone rings)

Don’t pick up...don’t pick up...

don’t pick up...

2.

A MAN answers with music in the background...”Yo..” NICOLE

quickly picks up the phone.

NICOLE (CONT’D)

It's Nic, do you have any? Good

morning to you too. You’re what?

Well, where are you guys shootingtoday? Where? Text me the

address. You have some...Okay.

She hangs up the phone and catching herself in the rearview

she tries to smile.

CHYRON --ORLANDO 7:14 AM

EXT. AMERICAN VALUE SUITES - HOTEL -- ORLANDO -- MORNING

The sun would be rising if the sky wasn’t swirling with grey

clouds. We see the American Suites Hotel and recognize it as

a decent commuters’ hotel near the airport in Orlando. The

sound of a clock radio breaks the calm of our picture.

INT. AMERICAN VALUE SUITES - HOTEL -- ORLANDO -- MORNING

Through the clock radio we loudly hear two morning drive-time

radio personalities spewing nonsensical patter...

An attractive YOUNG WOMAN wrestles free of the covers and

gets out of bed. She crosses naked through the room as acell phone starts ringing.

Back to the bed as WHIP WHITAKER rises into frame and

inhabits the room like a lazy ape at the zoo. WHIP wears his

40 some years of life experience like a medal. Smoke hangsin the air and empty beers, a pint of vodka and two emptycarafes of cheap hotel wine clutter the table as WHIPsnatches up his phone and answers...

VOICE:

For the love of Christ! Look...justhold...HOLD ON.

He aggressively drains the last four inches of beer from aclear bottle and cracks the last fresh one that bobs in the

hotel ice bucket.

The naked, YOUNG WOMAN bends over to pick up her clothes.

We witness her ass as a tanned glass vase with a perfectcrack down the middle. Whip smiles, taking it all in...

3.

WHIP:

(into the phone)

I've been up since the crack 'adawn. What check? Tuition? How

much does it cost to go there?

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John Gatins

John Gatins (born April 16, 1968) is an American screenwriter, director, and actor. He is credited with writing and directing Dreamer and writing Coach Carter, Real Steel, and Flight, among others. As an actor, he has collaborated three times with Eddie Murphy. more…

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