The Next Three Days script
Synopsis: Life for John and Lara Brennan (Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks) is miserable after she is convicted of a murder she says she did not commit. Three years later while struggling with the demands of work and raising his son alone, John is still trying to establish her innocence. When her final appeal is rejected, Lara becomes suicidal, forcing John to exercise the only option he has left: Break her out of prison.

FADE IN:

1 INT. SUV -- DAY 1

No sound. We are in a speeding SUV. The passenger, LARA,

unsnaps her seat belt and reaches for the door handle. The

driver, JOHN, sees her door open and dives to GRAB her. The

SUV spins, HORNS BLARE, TIRES SCREECH, cars swerve to avoid

collision. We aren't sure what is happening, but we know

something has gone terribly wrong. Cut to BLACK. Read:

THE LAST THREE YEARS

2 INT. STEAK HOUSE -- NIGHT 2

Two couples sit at a table, picking at dessert, JOHN and

LARA BRENNAN on one side, MICK and ERIT on the other. JOHN

is attractive in a worn kind of way, but has the eyes of a

kid with a discipline problem. You have to really know him

to understand if he is mocking you or agreeing with you. He

is a master of irony and has a true enjoyment of the absurd.

LARA looks beautiful even in her wrinkled suit. She appears

to have had a hard day at the office. She's been drinking

at dinner; it hasn't eased her nerves. John's good-looking

brother, MICK, boasts his blue collar roots and a gorgeous,

if slightly trashy, girlfriend, ERIT, who isn't ashamed of

her body or sharing her opinions. JOHN and MICK are laughing.

Lara puts cash on the tray beside Mick's credit card.

*

*

*

*

LARA:

You know what? If you were smart

you would stop talking right now.

ERIT:

Sue me. I just know that women should

never work for women.

*

John laughs and applauds. Mick buries his head. *

LARA:

How can you say that??

ERIT:

They're always threatened. Especially

if you're beautiful and they're not.

LARA:

Erit, you are so full of shit.

ERIT:

So, your boss isn't threatened by

you?

(CONTINUED)

WHITE 9-10-09 2.

2 CONTINUED:
2

LARA:

Because she's a bitch! -(

as John and Mick laugh) *

--Not because she's a woman.

ERIT:

And you would describe her as

"attractive"?

LARA:

That has nothing to do with it!

ERIT:

And there is my answer.

JOHN:

Either of you like another drink?

Lara shoots John a burning look as Erit builds on her victory.

ERIT:

Women should work under men, men

under women. That's it.

JOHN:

(egging her on)

But men under men?

ERIT:

That's fine, too.

(the men burst into laughter)

They're used to it! Why are you

laughing?

MICK *

(re:
Erit)

I don't know, bro, but I think I'd

rather work under you than her.

ERIT:

(insulted, shoots back)

Oh please, I'd rather work under

him, too.

That was a dig at Mick but Lara is primed for a fight. *

LARA:

You'd rather "work under" John?

ERIT *

You have a problem with that, too? *

(CONTINUED)

WHITE 9-10-09 3.

2 CONTINUED:
(2) 2

LARA:

No, why would I have a problem with

your little sexual innuendo?

*

*

*

ERIT:

What is up your ass tonight??

*

Mick throws John a "This is all your fault and now it is

going to explode" look. John feigns complete innocence.

*

*

LARA:

So, I shouldn't take offense that

you're coming on to my husband right

in front of me.

*

*

ERIT:

(claws out now)

Lara, if I wanted your husband I

would have him.

LARA:

How? You couldn't possibly show him

more of your tits.

The men are on their feet before blows are exchanged.

ERIT:

-- You know what your problem is?!

JOHN:

That was a great meal!

MICK:

Okay--okay!

*

3 EXT. STEAK HOUSE PARKING LOT -- NIGHT 3

Mick and Erit head toward Mick's sporty pickup.

Lara step into foreground, Lara still fuming.

John and *

JOHN:

She is completely full of shit.

LARA:

DON'T try and agree with me now.

JOHN:

You know what? I don't even believe

she is in the dental profession.

Lara knows this game; he is trying to get her out of her

black mood, and she has no intention of letting him.

Shut up.

LARA:

(CONTINUED)

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Paul Haggis

Paul Edward Haggis (born March 10, 1953) is a Canadian director, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known as screenwriter and producer for consecutive Best Picture Oscar winners, 2004's Million Dollar Baby and 2005's Crash, the latter of which he also directed. more…

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