TIME TWISTERS

The Timeless Assassin

 

 

THOUGHTBUBBLE COMP SCRIPT

PAGE 1 (6 PANELS)

  1. Wide panel. Int. Timeport. 2274. ERZWIN HESERTINE (late 40s, sallow skin, bit feeble, bad posture) stands in the middle of the Arrivals area of the 2274 Timeport, pointing a gun at KNUCKLES BELGOOZY (A larger, younger man; very much in the prime of his life)

Erzwin is dressed in a suit and tie. Knuckles is dressed more casually, like he’s going on a holiday. He lifts up a pair of sunglasses and looks at Erzwin surprised.

Leave room for title/creative credits.

CAPTION:         EVEN BEFORE ERZWIN HESERTINE WAS BORN, IT HAD BEEN AGREED THAT HE WOULD KILL KNUCKLES BELGOOZY.

  1. Int. Cafe. 4554. Knuckles executes a rival gangster in the centre of a crowded cafe. The gangster was midway through his dinner.

This is our glimpse into the far future so it needs to look more technologically advanced than the 23rd century (where the majority of the story is set). Maybe include something like robot waiters to help distinguish it. Feel free to experiment with stuff, just so long as it looks distinct.

 

CAPTION:         KNUCKLES WAS A MEMBER OF THE BELGOOZY CRIME FAMILY FROM THE FORTY-SIXTH CENTURY.

CAPTION:         HAVING RECENTLY CARRIED OUT A MAJOR HIT ON THE RIVAL DEBLANCO FAMILY, HE WAS FLEEING TO 2274 TO ESCAPE RETRIBUTION.

  1. Int. Carnagie Hesertine’s Living Room.  2199. Tight focus on BELEFONTE and WHISKERS, two hitmen working in service of the DeBlancos. They’re sitting on a couch addressing the “camera”. Some tea has been laid out on the table in front of them. Whiskers sits with his legs crossed. Both men exude an air of menacing charm.  Belefonte smiles wryly.

CAPTION:         BUT THE DEBLANCOS WEREN’T ABOUT TO LET HIM GET AWAY THAT EASILY.

BELFONTE:         NOW WE’D LOVE TO TAKE CARE OF HIM OURSELVES, BUT...

WHISKERS:                 WELL, LET’S JUST SAY WE’VE GOT VISA TROUBLES.

  1. Int. Timeport Visa Check-in desk. A long queue of weary travellers stand at intertemporal border control. At the desk, one of the staff scrutinises a traveller’s credentials.

CAPTION:                 THE TWENTY-THIRD CENTURY WAS VERY PICKY ABOUT WHO IT LET IN. KNUCKLES HAD ONLY MADE IT THROUGH BECAUSE, WHILE HE’D COMMITTED COUNTLESS CRIMES, HE HAD NO PRIOR CONVICTIONS.

  1. Int. Carnagie Hesertine’s Living Room. 2199. Similar in style to panel 3. Back to Belefonte and Whiskers. They’re still addressing the “camera”.

BELEFONTE:         WE KNOW HE’S ON A FLIGHT HEADED TO DECEMBER SEVENTEENTH 2274.

WHISKERS:         SO WE NEED SOMEONE WAITING FOR HIM WHEN HE GETS THERE.

         

  1. Wide panel. CARNAGIE HESERTINE, an elderly man and Erzwin’s greedy ancestor, over-eagerly shakes hands with Belefonte in his living room.

Again, being set in 2199, while still greatly advanced, it looks almost pre-industrial compared to the worlds we see in the 23rd and 46th centuries.

CAPTION:         REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DEBLANCOS VISITED CARNAGIE HESERTINE IN 2199 AND OFFERED HIM A DEAL. IN RETURN FOR CANCELLING CARNAGIE’S LONGSTANDING GAMBLING DEBTS, WHICHEVER OF HIS DESCENDENTS WAS ALIVE IN 2274 WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CARRYING OUT THE HIT ON KNUCKLES.

CAPTION:         THAT PARTICULAR HONOUR WOULD FALL TO ERZWIN.


PAGE 2 (7 PANELS)

  1. Int. Bedroom. 2245. Erzwin, in his early 20s, sits at the end of his bed, looking at the photo of Knuckles. He glares at it ruefully.

CAPTION:         THE 2274 TIMEPORT HADN’T EVEN BEEN BUILT WHEN ERZWIN WAS BORN, AND FOR A TIME HE HARBOURED HOPES THAT IT MIGHT NOT APPEAR.

  1. Ext. The Timeport. 2266. Cranes and scaffolding move about the in-progress Timeport, building it slowly. It’s beginning to take shape but is still in the very early stages.

CAPTION:         BUT AROUND 2266, CONSTRUCTION BEGAN AND HE WATCHED IT TAKE SHAPE WITH MOUNTING DREAD.

CAPTION:         HE CONSIDERED ABANDONING THE HIT ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS BUT THE DEBLANCOS HAD PROMISED TO WIPE OUT HIS ENTIRE BLOODLINE IF HE BACKED OUT.

  1. Close up of a photo of Knuckles. It’s a more casual photo of him, snapped by a paparazzi. He’s scowling and not looking at the camera.

CAPTION:         WHILE THE KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT AWAITED HIM GAVE HIM MANY SLEEPLESS NIGHTS, ERZWIN NEVER REVEALED THE INFORMATION ABOUT KNUCKLES TO A SINGLE SOUL.

  1. Int. Timeport. Erwzin works at one of the check-in desks at the Timeport. He glances over shyly at his future wife MARGOLA who’s manning the terminal beside him. They’re both blushing, stealing glances at each other.

CAPTION:         LIFE WASN’T ALL BAD, MIND YOU. SHORTLY AFTER GRADUATING, HE STARTED WORKING AT THE TIMEPORT, WHERE HE MET HIS FUTURE WIFE MARGOLA.

  1. Int. Timeport Arrivals Gate. High angle. Erzwin, now in his 40s, stands in the arrivals area, sweating nervously. Above him, we can see an arrivals board which lists several arrivals, one of which is from June 19th 4554. It’s flashing and confirms that the flight’s arrived. The date December 17th 2274 hangs over the board.

CAPTION:         BUT SOON THE DAY OF RECKONING ARRIVED.

  1. Tight shot. Knuckles Belgoozy, walking through the arrivals gate, turns upon hearing his name. He’s travelling light, maybe just a carry-on bag slung over his shoulder. He’s trying to look inconspicuous and is wearing sunglasses.

ERZWIN (off):         KNUCKLES BELGOOZY!

 

  1. Reverse the angle. Looking over Knuckles’ shoulder at Erwin approaching him and jabbing a gun in his face.

ERWZIN:         THE DEBLANCOS SAY HELLO.

PAGE 3 (6 PANELS)

  1. A side shot of the two men facing one another. There’s a gunshot. Erzwin, still pointing his gun at Knuckles, and Knuckles, both look surprised.

SFX:                         BDAM

  1. Erzwin slumps to the ground in front of a baffled Knuckles. Margola, holding a gun, rushes over to Knuckles, grabbing his hand.

MARGOLA:         MR BELGOOZY, YOU NEED TO COME WITH ME.

KNUCKLES:         WHAT...?

MARGOLA:         YOUR FAMILY HIRED ME TO KEEP YOU SAFE—

  1. Knuckles’ P.O.V. Margola suddenly stiffens, a look of shock passing over her face.

SFX:                 BLAM

        MARGOLA:                UHNN!

  1. Different angle. Margola slumps to the ground, having been shot herself. Knuckles, aghast, looks over her and sees the Timeport janitor, now wielding an enormous gun which he’s aiming at Knuckles.

JANITOR:         DEATH TO THE BELGOOZYS!

  1. Pull out. Looking from Knuckles’ exasperated P.O.V. Before the janitor can fire, a desk attendant from the other side of the room pops up and shoots him with a machine gun.

SFX:                 BRRRAAAAAPPP

 

  1. Pull out much more as an enormous gun battle breaks out. This is the largest panel of the page. Knuckles watches in baffled horror as every staff member and civilian starts firing at others in the room.  

Feel free to go nuts with the amount of blood and bullets, as well as the size and calibre of gun that’s being used.

CAPTION:         WITH NO WAY OF KNOWING IF ANY OF THEIR AGENTS WOULD SURVIVE UNTIL 2274, BOTH THE DEBLANCOS AND BELGOOZYS HAD PLANTED MULTIPLE MOLES AT THE TIMEPORT.

 

PAGE 4 (5 Panels)

  1. Int. Timeport. Later. Over the shoulder shot of the cops arriving into the Timeport, their own guns drawn pre-emptively. Everyone is dead except for Knuckles who sits amongst the fallen bodies, shivering, traumatised.

CAPTION:         THE ONE SURVIVOR OF THE MASSACRE WAS KNUCKLES, WHOSE IDENTITY THE AUTHORITIES QUICKLY DEDUCED.

  1. Int. Plane. Knuckles sit in the window seat of a plane, glancing out of the window nervously. A cop sits beside him, with his left hand cuffed to Knuckles’ right.

CAPTION:         WHILE INNOCENT OF ANY CRIME IN THE TWENTY-THIRD CENTURY, THE AUTHORITIES FEARED THAT KNUCKLES’ PRESENCE IN THEIR ERA WOULD PUT A TARGET ON THEIR BACK.

  1. Int. Arrivals Gate. 24th Century Timeport. This Timeport looks like a slightly more advanced version of the one from the 23rd century. This is a much busier Timeport with loads of people rush by. Nestled inside this crowd, the cop opens the handcuff keeping him connected to Knuckles.

A banner overhead reads “Welcome to the 24th Century. Please enjoy your stay”

CAPTION:         SO TO PRESERVE THE PEACE, THEY GOT RID OF HIM AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

4. NO DIALOGUE

5. In tight on Knuckles, now alone. Still massaging his wrist, he hears a voice nearby that sends a shiver down his spine. He starts to turn, a look of impending dread passing over his face.  He already knows who it’s going to be.

BELEFONTE (OFF PANEL):                 YOO-HOO, KNUCKLES...

6. Reverse the angle. Belefonte and Whiskers stand nearby amongst a crowd of limo and taxi drivers. They both smile wickedly. Belefonte waves mockingly, cooing at Knuckles in a sing-song voice. Whiskers holds a sign with the words “Knuckles Belgoozy” written on it.

WHISKERS:                 FANCY SEEING YOU HERE.

THE END