Titanic (Scriptment)

Synopsis: James Cameron's "Titanic" is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic; the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time, the largest moving object ever built. She was the most luxurious liner of her era -- the "ship of dreams" -- which ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Year:
1997
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OPENING CARDS PLAY OVER THE FOLLOWING:

THE FIRST IMAGE is of a brush carefully cutting a line of gold paint onto black. A work-gnarled hand dips the brush into a tray of paint and continues with great care... edging a large gold figure.

WIDER, seeing the PAINTER, a weathered Irishman in dark wool workclothes. It is night and he is backlit by worklights, puffing on a pipe. A shower of sparks rain down orange behind him. We hear CLANGING, men shouting, and the sound of a HYDRAULIC RIVETER. He paints another stroke.

DOWN ANGLE, seeing the painter's black scaffold sway slightly as he shifts position. 80 feet below him, workers are like ants moving through the worklights. We see a cart being pulled by a team of twenty horses. On it, dwarfing the men, is a 15-ton ship's anchor.

THE PAINTER finishes his last stroke and ponders his work. He sets his brush down. Then, as if responding to some inexplicable feeling of dread, he slowly moves his hand in the sign of the cross over his chest.

WIDE SHOT, from behind him as he finishes crossing himself. In letters four feet high, FILLING FRAME from side to side is one word:

TITANIC:

FADE TO BLACK.

IN THE BLACKNESS we hear the lonely ping of a bottom sonar. Then two faint lights appear, close together... growing brighter.

They each resolve into clusters of lights, which are soon revealed to be two DEEP SUBMERSIBLES, falling toward us. We are somewhere in the ocean deep, looking up at two subs freefalling like express elevators.

One is ahead of the other, and passes close enough to fill frame, looking like a spacecraft blazing with lights, bristling with insectile manipulators and mechanisms we can only guess at.

TILTING DOWN to follow it as it descends away into the limitless blackness below. Soon they are fireflies, then stars.

Then gone.

(CREDITS CONTINUE OVER THESE ANGLES)

ANOTHER ANGLE, on one of the falling submersibles, called MIR ONE. PUSHING IN on its circular viewports to see the occupants.

INSIDE, it is a cramped seven-foot sphere, crammed with equipment and controls. NIKOLAI ANATOLAVICH, the sub's pilot, sits hunched over his guitar, strumming a simple melody and singing in Russian. The other occupant of the sphere is BROCK LOVETT.

LOVETT is in his late forties, deeply tanned, and likes to wear his Nomex suit unzipped to show the gold from famous shipwrecks covering his gray chest hair. He is a wily, fast-talking treasure hunter, a salvage superstar who is part historian, part adventurer and part vacuum cleaner salesman. Right now, he is propped against the CO2 scrubber, fast asleep and snoring almost in rhythm to Nikolai's song. Nikolai glances at the bottom sonar and sets his guitar down.

THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. A pale, dead-flat lunar landscape. It gets brighter, lit from above, as MIR ONE enters FRAME and drops to the seafloor in a downblast from its thrusters. It hits bottom after its two and a half mile fall with a loud BONK.

INSIDE THE SUB, Lovett jerks awake at the landing.

NIKOLAI:

(heavy Russian accent)

We are here.

Lovett looks out the port in time to see the other sub, MIR TWO drop down nearby, trimming out gracefully a few feet above the bottom.

INSIDE MIR TWO, another Russian pilot, the unflappable YURI SHTRODAHK, is at the controls. Next to him is a bearded wide-body named LEWIS BODINE, almost stuffed into the remaining space. Lewis is an R.O.V. (REMOTELY OPERATED VEHICLE) pilot and is the resident Titanic expert. He grabs the UQC mike.

BODINE:

Hey, Mir One, do you always have to land like a sack of cement?

MINUTES LATER:
THE TWO SUBS ON THE MOVE, skimming over the seafloor to the sound of sidescan sonar and the THRUM of big thrusters.

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James Cameron

James Francis Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer. He first found major success with the science fiction action film The Terminator. more…

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