BEFORE AND DURING TITLES
1EXT. - SKY NIGHT
The moon and stars are visible, but as CAMERA looks down, the SCREEN
fills with dark, billowing clouds. CAMERA moves into the clouds and
just as they blank out the SCREEN, a distant shimmer of light
becomes visible. Moving toward it, the shimmer becomes
2EXT. - DOME OF GLASS - NIGHT
A glowing but not transparent structure stretching off into the
clouds that press it. CAMERA continues to move in until the
detailed structural webbing of the dome fills the SCREEN and then
CAMERA MOVES THROUGH IT and we see
3EXT. - THE CITY - DAY
Shining below the dome (which we now see as a series of dome-like
structures standing off without end) -a marvelous crystalline city
of great openness, building clusters, green plazas, fountains...
multi-leveled but human scale, crisscrossed by the flickering clear
tubes of the MAZE- CARS.
4CLOSER ANGLE - ROOFTOPS
As a MAZE-CAR slides softly to a stop.
5ROOFTOP - THE RUNNER
The hatch opens and a MAN in a hurry leaves the maze-car and runs
swiftly along the rooftop and disappears into an open elevator
which instantly starts to descend.
6INT - RESIDENCE PLAZA - THE ELEVATOR
From a busy courtyard below we watch the elevator slide down from a
great height. As it reaches the courtyard the RUNNER darts out,
pushes into the crowd.
8WITH THE RUNNER
As he reappears around a corner, skirts a brimming pool and makes
for a kind of broad corridor which seems to lead out of the
courtyard. He is moving even faster now, glancing back as if he
9ANOTHER ANGLE - CORRIDOR
Above, at the railing of an oval light well, dressed in black and
silver, a figure holding an odd looking weapon lazily in one hand
-- and watching. It is FRANCIS.
10WITH THE RUNNER
Moving rapidly down the corridor, he suddenly stops as if feeling
the presence above. He looks up, sees the SANDMAN and his face
breaks in terror. He wheels, frantic, screaming, runs back into the
11THE SANDMAN (FRANCIS)
Vaulting the rail, dropping lightly to ground level, weapon poised.
The crowd melting, parting to reveal the Runner backed against the
pool. People are YELLING, shaking their fists, terribly excited and
Emotionless. Aims. Fires.
14THE RUNNER - CLOSE
Seeming to burst aflame in the LENS, then slipping BELOW FRAME to
reveal Francis sauntering forward, holstering his weapon. The crowd
closing in behind him, applauding, congratulating him.
Arriving at the pool where the body lies, half immersed. He leans
over, lifts the right hand from the water, revealing a palm with a
black flowercrystal shape in it. He lets the hand fall back now as
the crowd CHEERS and APPLAUDS him.
16EXTREME CLOSE UP - HAND - IN THE WATER - (INSERT)
Closing in until the crystal fills the SCREEN.
MATCH DISSOLVE TO:
17CLOSE UP - CRYSTAL - (INSERT)
Clear, sparkling, flower-like. CAMERA PULLS BACK to reveal
18INT. - NURSERY CORRIDOR
The crystal is in the hand of a sleeping INFANT who is behind glass
in one of many cubicles. Standing outside, looking in, LOGAN, dimly
lit in the soft glow of the cubicle where the sleeping infant
lies, swaddled and coccooned in the rosy auto-tender which caters
to the baby's every need. Faint MUSIC bubbles like distant
Logan is twenty-five, strong, virile (yet sensitive) with a kind of
He is somewhat manic...proud...as he peers through the nursery
window into a kind of foam cocoon which cradles THREE SLEEPING
INFANTS. Logan is KNOCKING on the soundless glass.