I, Robot script
I, Robot (2004)
Synopsis: In 2035, highly intelligent robots fill public service positions throughout the world, operating under three rules to keep humans safe. Despite his dark history with robotics, Detective Del Spooner (Will Smith) investigates the alleged suicide of U.S. Robotics founder Alfred Lanning (James Cromwell) and believes that a human-like robot (Alan Tudyk) murdered him. With the help of a robot expert (Bridget Moynahan), Spooner discovers a conspiracy that may enslave the human race.

FADE IN:

1

On a DEEP...DEEP...DARKNESS. 1

A FLICKER. Of LIGHT. Off to the side. Just barely.

Noticeable. ORANGE...YELLOW...as we realise...It.s FIRE...

A SOUND. Something SHATTERING...

Then. A DISEMBODIED VOICE. Muted. We can.t quite make out

What it.s saying. As it gets LOUDER. And LOUDER. When we

finally. Understand...

DISEMBODIED VOICE

You are in danger...

CUT TO:

2

INT. SPOONER.S APARTMENT - CLOSE ON 2

DEL SPOONER.S FACE. His eyes, snapping open. His face,

covered in sweat.

PULL BACK to REVEAL him lying in bed. Sheets, tangled around

his legs. Alarm clock, playing something relentlessly

cheerful.

Spooner slaps it off. Sits up. Wincing. Bends his RIGHT

ARM. Stiff. He reaches for a BOTTLE OF PILLS. Shakes out a

couple and swallows them. Trying to forget. That dream.

You are in danger...

He rubs his hands over his face. Gets out of bed. His

apartment, basic. Unremarkable. Bearing the signs of

someone who lives alone. Shades drawn. A little messy.

3

INT. SHOWER - MORNING 3

Spooner turns his face into the jet of water.

4

INT. BATHROOM - MORNING 4

Shaves with a razor. Using his left hand. Knicks the cleft

of his chin. Shit.

5

INT. KITCHEN - MORNING 5

Stares down at the single egg in a saucepan. Waiting for it

to boil.

2.

6 INT. HALLWAY - MORNING 6

Heads down the hallway. Looping a knotted tie around his

neck. Kicks some neglected mail from the door and reaches

for the handle. Takes a deep breath and...

7 EXT. SUBURBAN STREET - MORNING 7

...steps outside. Into the flow of COMMUTERS heading for the

elevated trains. Elbow to elbow. A river of humanity.

Spooner moves along, like everyone else. Suddenly. His

shoulders tense. That feeling at the back of his neck. He

turns and sees...

A ROBOT. Just behind him. Humanoid in design, but still

obviously a machine. Metal and synthetic casings covering

hydraulic muscles. The thing senses his stare. Looks up

with a muted WHIR...

ROBOT:

(metallic voice)

Good day, sir...

Spooner. Speeds up his pace. Weaving through the crowd to

lose the robot.

We now realise this is THE FUTURE. Towering apartment

buildings block the sun. The street packed with traffic.

PEDESTRIANS wearing their computers like form-fitting

portable offices. Spooner throws a look at his surroundings:

Up high an INDUSTRIAL ROBOT rolls down the side of a building

cleaning windows.

A WORK CREW of oddly-shaped RUBE GOLDBERG ROBOTS efficiently

repairs the street. No human supervision.

A ROBOTIC CLEAN-UP CREW. Lumbering along the sidewalk.

Scrubbing, sweeping. Emptying trash...

Humanoid ROBOTS dotting the crowd. Following their owners.

Walking slowly, deliberately. Carrying boxes. Groceries.

Briefcases.

Stamped on all the ROBOTS. SIDES, a LOGO: III LAWS SAFE.

Spooner stops to wait at a light with other PEDESTRIANS.

Directly in front of him, a LITTLE GIRL clutches her father.s

neck. She smiles big at Spooner. Front teeth missing.

LITTLE GIRL:

Hi.

3.

SPOONER:

Hi.

But it.s not her father. It.s her ROBOT CARETAKER. The

robot turns. Looks at the girl.

ROBOT:

You are not allowed to talk to

strangers.

Spooner, disgusted. Has had enough. He steps off the curb

Just as...

THE TRAFFIC SIGNAL swivels around. Training its large

digital EYE on him:

TRAFFIC LIGHT:

Please return to the sidewalk.

Spooner dodges several cars on his way across the street.

TRAFFIC LIGHT:

Please return to the sidewalk...

The traffic signal, tracking him.

TRAFFIC LIGHT:

You are in violation of city

ordinance 14-B726...

Spooner throws up his hand. Flipping it the bird just as

SNAP! It takes his picture.

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Akiva Goldsman

Akiva J. Goldsman (born July 7, 1962) is an American film and television writer, director, and producer. He received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2001 film, A Beautiful Mind, which also won the Oscar for Best Picture. more…

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