Synopsis: In the late 1960s and 1970s, fear grips the city of San Francisco as a serial killer called Zodiac stalks its residents. Investigators (Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards) and reporters (Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr.) become obsessed with learning the killer's identity and bringing him to justice. Meanwhile, Zodiac claims victim after victim and taunts the authorities with cryptic messages, cyphers and menacing phone calls.
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr.
Production: Paramount Pictures
  2 wins & 67 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.7
Metacritic:
78
Rotten Tomatoes:
90%
R
Year:
2007
157 min
$33,000,000
Website
717 Views

FADE IN:

1 INT. CORVAIR -- NIGHT 1

Our camera is MOUNTED to a CAR WINDOW. Driving through a

small town at night. Passing white picket fences. Kids'

discarded big wheels. American flags flutter.

July 4th, 1969 - Summer of Love. Vallejo, California

FIREWORKS streak into the sky. Cookouts winding down. The

car slows. Stops in front of a house on Beechwood Avenue.

The driver HONKS. MIKE MAGEAU races out. Skinny at 19.

Runs up to the window. To the camera:

MIKE:

Where have you been?

waiting since seven.

I've been

At the wheel is DARLENE FERRIN, 22, clad in a WHITE AND BLUE

JUMPSUIT. Fake eyelashes and braces make her look like 17.

DARLENE:

(good natured)

Get in, I'm starving. I haven't

eaten in like twenty four hours.

MIKE:

Let me drive, then.

DARLENE:

No way, Jose. I have to pick upfireworks for the party tonight.

Food first though.

Mike doesn't move - he wants to drive.

DARLENE (CONT'D)

You coming or not?

2 EXT. MR. ED'S -- NIGHT 2

BOOM DOWN to see a local Vallejo teen hangout. Although the60's are almost over, Vallejo didn't get the memo. Darlene

(still driving) and Mike, cruising through the crowded lot.

She sees something offscreen. Frowning, unnerved:

DARLENE:

Screw this place.

MIKE:

I thought you needed to eat.

(CONTINUED)

FINAL SHOOTING SCRIPT 2.

2 CONTINUED:
2

DARLENE:

We have time before the party.

could just go talk.

We

Mike blinks at this. An opportunity...

3 EXT. BLUE ROCK SPRINGS -- PARKING LOT -- NIGHT 3

Minutes later. The Corvair pulls into the lot of the local

golf course. Make out point. The car on the road behind

them, passing, continuing on.

4 INT. DARLENE'S CAR -- NIGHT 4

Darlene, parking, checking the rearview to watch the car

pass. Tense, but relaxing as it goes. Mike, noticing.

Are you okay?

MIKE:

Fine.

DARLENE:

(relaxing)

MIKE:

You seem a little funny.

She touches his chest, playfully.

DARLENE:

It's July and how many shirts are

you wearing?

MIKE:

(embarrassed)

I'm cold.

DARLENE:

You're cold in July?

BANG-BANG-BANG! Mike and Darlene JUMP and Mike gives out a

scream! Looking around to see KIDS. A group of them in

three cars. Laughing, they toss another lit string of

fireworks towards the Corvair. BANG-BANG-BANG!

MIKE:

Fuck off and die!

The kids PEEL OUT. Leaving Mike and Darlene alone.

moment, Darlene begins giggling. RELAXING.

After a

What?

MIKE (CONT'D)

(CONTINUED)

FINAL SHOOTING SCRIPT 3.

4 CONTINUED:
4

DARLENE:

(mimicking)

"Fuck off and die!"

She keeps laughing.

MIKE:

Shut up...

But he's smiling. Soon he succumbs to the laughter as well.

He shifts closer. Then, through the windshield - HEADLIGHTS.

Signaling to turn into the lot. The car pulls to a halt

eight feet behind them on their left side. Turning out the

lights. But not the engine. Mike stares at the car. Onlyone person in it. Odd for a make out spot.

MIKE (CONT'D)

Is that the car that was behind us

before?

Darlene doesn't respond.

MIKE (CONT'D)

(squinting)

It is, I think he's been with us

since my house- Shit, is that your

husband?

DARLENE:

No.

But she can't take her eyes off the car. The driver makes no

move to get out...

MIKE:

I can to tell him to leave-

She puts her hand over his. Looks at him. Don't move. Theywait for what seems an eternity. Then...

The other car PULLS FORWARD. Headlights click BACK ON.

Passing the Corvair. They watch it go, finally disappearing

over the horizon.

MIKE (CONT'D)

Who was that, Darlene?

DARLENE:

Don't worry about it.

Mike studies her face. Unnerved.

MIKE:

So... do you want to

(CONTINUED)

FINAL SHOOTING SCRIPT 4.

4 CONTINUED:
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James Vanderbilt

James Platten Vanderbilt (born November 1975) is an American screenwriter. He is best known for the films Zodiac, White House Down, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. more…

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