FADE IN ON:
EXT. THE PLANET EARTH. FROM SPACE
It hangs in the center of the screen, enveloped in a gauzy film of
atmosphere. Beyond that, nothing but black unwelcoming Space.
These words appear:
"On June 19th, 1987, at 9:47 A.M. EST, the Earth passed into the
extraordinarily diffuse tail of Rhea-M, a rogue comet."
And although the darkness of space does not change, the envelope of
atmosphere surrounding the earth begins to glow very faintly.
"According to astronomical calculations, the planet would remain in
the tail of the comet for the next eight days, five hours, twenty-nine
minutes, and twenty-three seconds."
The words FADE. CAMERA HOLDS ON THE EARTH, with its faintly glowing
cloud of atmosphere.
SOUND, UP: TRUCKS, passing over the drawbridge grate.
EXT. BENEATH THE WILMINGTON DRAWBRIDGE DAY
We are looking up at MONTAGE of shots under the bridge. Darker Shapes
--cars and trucks--pass back and forth overhead.
THE CAMERA PANS UP, through the drawbridge (via dissolve) and we see
the grilled surface of the bridge. Cars and trucks rush back and forth
around THE CAMERA.
During all this, CREDITS ROLL. Final TITLE CARD: WILMINGTON, NORTH
EXT. FIRST BANK OF WILMINGTON DAY
There’s one of those TIME and TEMPERATURE digital clocks on top of
the bank. It is flashing 9:48 A.M. and 79 degrees. It does that
twice...and then, instead of 9:48 the clock flashes FUCK. Instead
of 79 it flashes YOU.
EXT. JUST OUTSIDE THE BANK, WITH 1ST MAN AND 1ST WOMAN
They've been approaching the Automatic Teller. The 1ST MAN has a
newspaper under his arm, On it we can read part of the headline about
the comet. The 1ST MAN is looking up.
The 1ST WOMAN looks UP, following his gaze.
EXT. THE TIME AND TEMP SIGN. SIDEWALK POV
EXT. 1ST MAN AND WOMAN
Oh my goodness!
It's the comet. Everyone’s got
case of the terminal sillies.
He approaches the Automatic Teller, takes out his wallet, and sticks
his MoneyCard into the slot. The 1ST WOMAN--his wife, I guess--is
still looking up at the sign, shading her eyes.
EXT. AUTO-TELLER VIDEO DISPLAY TERMINAL AND KEYBOARD
ENTER MONEYCARD NUMBER. PLEASE, the VCD display Says.
1ST MAN punches 2133 and EXECUTE. The screen blanks for a moment
and then a new display comes up:
THANK YOU MR. REGINALD SPEAKES 249 CEDAR ST. WILMINGTION NC.
MENU OF APPROVED TRANSACTIONS:
1. MAKE DEPOSIT TO SAVINGS ACCT.
2. MAKE DEPOSIT TO CHECKING ACCT.
3. MAKE WITHDRAWAL FROM SAVINGS ACCT.
4. MAKE WITHDRAWAL FROM CHECKING ACCT.
5. PERFORM OTHER TRANSACTION -
PLEASE PUSH APPROPRIATE BUTTON, ASSHOLE
EXT. 1ST MAN AND 1ST WOMAN
The 1ST MAN is absolutely stunned.
Honey, come here.
1ST WOMAN (looking at sign)
If they catch whoever is responsible
for that, be will lose his job.
This machine just called me an asshole.
EXT. THE VIDEO DISPLAY TERMINAL, CU
The display changes to read: YOU ARE AN ASSHOLE.
EXT. 1ST MAN
His mouth drops open. He thumps the machine, and from the slot
below the VDT, it spews hundreds of blank checking account receipts
and wads of currrency into his face.
1ST MAN AND WOMAN, MEDIUM SHOT, REVERSE
He's staring at the machine, which is still spewing money and deposit
slips. The woman is scavenging money wildly. Others come and begin to
grab at the dough.
THE SIGN. END
This shot is so close we can barely pick up the word for the dots.
DIE...DIE... DIE... over and over.
EXT. ANGLE ON THE DRAWBRIDGE
Cars are passing back and forth on the bridge, as they do every day.