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Next (2007)
Synopsis: Blessed, or cursed, with the ability to see events minutes before they occur, Cris Johnson (Nicolas Cage) earns a living as a magician in Las Vegas and keeps a low profile under an alias. When terrorists threaten to detonate a nuclear weapon in Las Angeles, government agent Callie Ferris (Julianne Moore) goes on the hunt for Cris and hopes to convince him to help her stop the coming apocalypse.

Thirty feet square. CRIS JOHNSON, wearing a jail uniform,

sits in a HEAVY CHAIR that is bolted to the floor. Mid-

twenties, jaded, rebellious, handsome as a statue, Cris

radiates a serene, if somewhat scruffy, charisma.

He faces a PLASMA SCREEN MONITOR on a bare wall. To the left

of the screen, an unframed MIRROR; to the right, a DIGITAL

CLOCK-CALENDAR.

A WOMAN’S FACE appears on the plasma screen. CALLIE FERRIS.

Thirty. Tailored. Angular. Kate Hepburn-ish.

Ferris on monitor

Mr. Johnson, you’ve been sent to us

by the state authorities for

testing. We want to determine if

there’s any substance to your

claims.

CrIS

Fire away.

FERRIS ON MONITOR

If we can verify your ability, we

may be able to help you avoid a

criminal trial.

CRIS:

And “we” is...?

Ferris ON MONITOR

Homeland Security.

Ferris’ face is replaced on the plasma screen by a series of

random video clips. Hang-gliding. Traffic jam. Volcano

erupting.

Ferris ON MONITOR

Now if you would, please look at

the monitor and tell us what you

see, say, five minutes from now.

Cris looks at the clock. 16:32 / March 9, 2006. He squints

and the clock speeds up a little.

Ferris (o.c.)

Are you there yet?

In a few seconds, the clock reads 16:37.

2.

On the monitor. Ferris’ image has been replaced by footage of

surfers riding big waves in Hawaii.

CrIS

Surfers.

Ferris (o.c.)

Good. Now can you move ahead ten

minutes.

Varied images fast forward on the plasma screen. He arrives

at 16:
47 and reports on what he sees.

cris

Ants crawling up a tree.

Ferris (o.c.)

Excellent. Can you get to 1900

hours?

Cris looks ahead and squints.

CLOCK:

Minutes whiz by.

PLASMA SCREEN:

Clips play and change almost too fast to be recognized.

Clock

Cris gets to 19:
00 -- and keeps going.

Mirror

Cris has a five o’clock shadow.

Clock

Hours tick off like an accelerating metronome.

Mirror

Cris sports a three-day stubble. He struggles to get out of

the chair, but he is now strapped into it, bound at the wrist

and ankle. His face fills with rage.

Plasma screen

The evening news zips by. Talking heads. Reportage.

3.

Mirror

Like a window into a time machine. Cris’ beard lengthens. He

grows pale. His clothes change every few seconds. Rage gives

way to the panic of a man trapped on a runaway train.

Plasma screen

The news dissolves into a blur.

Mirror

Cris ages before his own eyes. Wrinkles etch into skin. Hair

greys, recedes. Outrage ebbs into hollow resignation as Cris

watches himself waste away.

Woman’s voice

Sir...Sir?

Cris’ tired old eyes look up, confused.

Int. VEGAS HOTEL Coffee shop - day

A perky young WAITRESS stands over him, holding a pot of

coffee.

WAITRESS:

Warm-up?

On cris

Young again.

CRIS:

Just the check.

She sets it on the table with a flirtatious smile. He takes

it to the register and pays cash.

Cris (V.O.)

“The future ain’t what it used to

be.” Ever hear that expression?

A moment later, A SECOND CRIS follows the first Cris to the

register, repeating his every movement.

CRIS (V.O.)

It’s a joke, but it’s true. The

future changes every time you look

at it. Because you looked at it.

As Cris 2 pays cash, Cris 1 proceeds into the casino.

4.

CRIS (V.O.)

Cause once you see it, you’re

different.

Cris 2 follows, literally walking in Cris 1’s footsteps.

CRIS (V.O.)

Maybe just a little.

A DRUNK bumps into Cris 1 and spills his Daiquiri on him.

CRIS (V.O.)

And that changes everything else.

Cris 2 -- the real Cris -- follows a moment later and

sidesteps the Drunk, who spills his Daiquiri on someone else.

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Gary Goldman

Gary Wayne Goldman is an American film producer, director, animator, writer and voice actor, he is well known for working on films with Don Bluth such as Anastasia, An American Tail, and The Land Before Time. more…

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