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OUTBREAK

Writtenby

LAWRENCEDWORET&ROBERTROYPOOL

December1993Draft

FOREDUCATIONAL
PURPOSESONLY

FADEIN:

EXT.JUNGLE

OUTBREAK

HIGH-PITCHEDWHINES.RASOMTR.RUOEDraceAERLNDUDLO
throughtheairandEXPLODEinthedistantjungle.Sol-
diers--black,tihwinruesadnmtuetre,Oriental--c
French,artsuA,dnanailanrmGeAmericanastheyreload.

COMPUTERKEYSPOUND--thelettersleapacrossthescreen:

THEMOTABARIVERVALLEY,BELGIANCONGO(ZAIRE),1960.
THECAMPOFMOOYIASLETSOLFORCESTSHOMBE-DAY

BLACKMALENURSE

carryingabucketofwaterfromtheMotabaRiverrushes
pasttheMercenaryArmyto--

CAMPINFIRMARY

Wherehereplacesthetowelontheforeheadofafever-
ish,deliriousAUSTRALIANhYRANtiwMERCEadloc.ewnneo

AUSTRALIANMERCENARY
Gimmesomethin'forthebleedin'
pain.'Comta,e,nmelhpme.

TheMercenarytriestolifthimselfoutofhisstretcher.
Can't.k.eawoots'eHsksHillwoseyniiandcovered
withblistersthatlooklikechickenpox.

NURSE
(checkingthe
soldier'stemp)
He'sstilloverahundredand
six.Whycan'twebringitdown?

TheblackAfricanarmyphysician,DR.RASWANI,lookson,
helpless.uSddneyl,hteAustralianemiastahscpr.yr
Hiseyesrollback,andheigsnebvulsconing.Before
Raswaninacearenevcheenicht,rfodemeshigbaonti
Mercenaryisdead.

RaswaniandhisNursestarewithhorror.

TheDRONEofaCHOPPERgrowsLOUDERasaBellZ180ap-
pearsovertheedgeoffoicksupastormhteofertsadnk
dustasitlands.RaswaniandtheNurseruntomeetit.
Intheireyes,hope.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

Twospace-suitedfiguresemergefromthechopper,their
faceshiddenbythickgreenplexiglassshields.TheU.S.
flagisemblazonedonwhicts,hfoeehthriemlehetids
alsoyhtpsalierdiranks.namrelsieThaltchmua
lieutenantwhomwe'llknowasMcCLINTOCK.Throughhis
visor,wecanjustmakeouthisd,aarkeck-mporalugn
face.Theshorter,pear-shapedmanisaCAPTAIN.We
can'tseehisfeature,solnyhteoontiec-rnhoferlf
rimmedglasses.

INFIRMARY

RASWANI
Haveyoubroughtthemedicines?

Soon.

CAPTAIN

RASWANI
Whythehelldidn'tyoubring
them?

CUTTO:

Thetwospace-suitedfiguresfollowDr.Raswanipast
soldieraftersoldierinfectedwiththe.eamsassedie

RASWANI
Thirtydeathsyesterday,eighteen
thedaysaessieberefoth,die
killingourmenfasterthanenemy
bullets.

TheCaptainstopsatayoungAMERICANMERCENARY'Scot.
He'sshakingwithfever.isnotmisHkisndaedtlksool
likethepulpofanorange.Hisvoiceisawhisper:

AMERICANMERCENARY
Takemehome,Captain...Getme
outtathisshithole.Please,I
wannaseemygirl.

TheAmericanMercenaryreachesoutwithhisarmstothe
Captain,whohsirknstwantinbgatcok,beno
contaminated.

CAPTAIN
We'llgetyouhome,soldier.
First,Ineed.pmelesaissuat

Hepullsfromhisblackbagalongmetalsyringeand
plungesthebiopsyneedelanml'seriv.dpeeotniehtHe
placestheneedleinanaluminumtesttubeandsealsit.

2.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

AMERICANMERCENARY
Promisemeyou'llgetmehome.
PromiseGoddamit!em,

Alonguneasybeat.

CAPTAIN
We'llgetyouhome.

TWOSPACE-SUITEDU.S.ARMYFIGURES

boardingtheirchopper,Dr.RaswaniandhisNurse
standingby.

RASWANI
Notjustsupplies,butdoctors
andnurses.tisdusyuoilekrsAn
toprotectus.Thisdisease
spreadstoofast.

CAPTAIN
Theplanetonightwillbring
everything.

INSIDECHOPPER

ascendingabovethecamp.

CUTTO:

CUTTO:

Lt.McClintockandtheCaptainlookoutthewindowatthe
campsite.

McCLINTOCK
It'sviral.tayo'esonwhTre
stopit.Itcouldspreadall
overtheworld.

Wecan'tseetheCaptain'sface,butfeelhisremorse.
SoinClckto:accMn

McCLINTOCK
Ifyou'llexcusemybluntness,
sir,youcan'tgofwalhthnoaysi
one.

CAPTAIN
Don'tever--ever--tellme
whatIhavetodo.

CUTTO:

3.

TSHOMBECAMPSITE-DUSK

Dr.RaswanigivesashottotheAmericanMercenary,who
looksterminal.

DR.RASWANI
Thiswillhelpthepain.

TheMaleNurserushesup.

RASWANI

MALENURSE
They'recoming.

AMERICANMERCENARY
Iknew...they'dcomeback...I
knew.Helpmeup.Helpme--

CUTTO:

ThEMaleNurse,anddozensofsoldiersrushacrossthe
foresttothemakeshiftrunwaybesidethecamp.Inthe
distanceaomaclaufdgeDC-3isaohcparpldyariping.

INT.DC-3

ThePILOT,nomorethan21,seesthesoldierscelebrating
theirarrivaldownontherunway.Hishandisonthe
greenbombreleaselever.

Ican't.

PILOT

McClintockisinthecopilot'sseat.

McCLINTOCK
It'seitherthemorus.

Heputshishandonthegreenreleaselever.Hesitates.

ONGROUND

PILOT
Youcan'teither.

Dr.Raswaniandthesoldiersstareattheplane,coming
intoohighforalanding.

INSIDEPLANE

McClintocksqueezesthegreenlever.

4.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

Thebombcannistersunderthewingopenup,releasinga
thickcloudofyellowcyanidegas.

ONGROUND

ScreamsofagonyripoutasRaswaniandthesoldiers
convulseanddie.

Theplaneshootsoverthetreetops,sprayingtheground
belowlikeacropduster.

Thentheplanearcsandapproachesagain.

OVERRUNWAY

litteredwiththedead,theplanereleasesawaxygrey
cloud.Onesecond.Twoseconds..ssetsenllinAriee

TheCLOUDEXPLODESinahugeinferno.

Theplanereleasesmoreandmorenapalm,burningthe
jungleformiles.

TheCRIESofANIMALScaughtinthefirepiercethenight.
Flamesshootuptreesahundredfeethigh.

PULLBACKtoshowthewholeforestablaze.Alongbeat,
thenervhetatTFELyCORNEROFtheFRAME,aMONKEYwith
ablackandolob(aConkeosmwihaotetc)yemergesfrom
thefire,looksbackatitsmate,threatenedbythe
flames.oboljospsumpuTaCndehht,teeistring,badown
SCREAMING.Thefiremovessseltnelerrd.lyforwaThe
monkeysdarttosafety.

MOTABARIVERVALLEY-NEXTMORNING

CUTTO:

Ametalsyringeburnedtoamoltenshardliesbesidea
mortarlauncher,twistedanddeformedlikesomebizarre
modernsculpture.verotKCABLLUPeraftacreealacre,
mileaftermileofnothingbutashesandcarcassesof
burnt-outtrees.Notasingleains.hingremilivgnt

FADEOUTandROLLCREDITS.

FADEUP:

TREETOPS

Awindripplingthroughtreetops.

5.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

INTERCUT-TWOCOLOBOSMONKEYS

SHOCKCUTTO:

COMPUTERKEYSPOUND:"SOUMATTAHTGUEVEILR,EYAVBRLA
12,1994."

Betsyeyesitwarily.

MORAZU
(softly)
Takeit.

amotherandherdaughter,whomwe'llknowasBetsy.
Betsyplaysanditkingkciiu,tkcrfdaj,atunrothwifa
rollingiteverywhichway.cthhmatorwHeerhetes
constructionworkerswarily.

Morazuhumsashepullsahugetreelimbofftheroadand
intoathickpatchofbrushwherehecomesfacetoface
withBetsy.umsrozaM.ileseceifoolapgnkesetaH
sweetenedbreadfromhispocketandlaysitdownrightin
frontoftheyoungmonkey.

(CONTINUED)

6.

ROARbyoverhead,theirmachinegunnerssearchingfor
guerillaactivity.

MORAZU:eye.seihcsuovan-foseveallotttahoGilmsiiwht
HePUNCHESonhisCHAINSAWandRIPSinto.eertanother
Acloudofwooddustenvelopshim.

OVERHEAD-ZAIREANARMYHELICOPTERS

GiantTREESCRASHINGtotheground.ART,ARROSORCT
CHAINSAWSREVwithapenetratingwhine.Hugetrees
livingundisturbedforhundreds,tharefooppletoyearst
theirrootsrippedfromthesoil.

REVEALthearmyofconstructionworkersclearingapath
forthenewitwBahuingW.etihroadilknnigiKsnahas
foremenbellowckordersinFrecnhtatehribalworkers,
including:

ABOVERAINFOREST

Brilliantstreamsoforangeandpurple,thelastraysof
thesettingsun,danceacrosstheskyandrttaepenethe
vaporcloudtevobaniarehforest.ylslineec.Unworld
Shatteredby:

CONTINUED:

Alongbeat.Betsytakesthebread,examinesitcareful-
ly,finallytakesabite.

Morazugrabsher.-REAMdSCganarhtnihslggu,seSYETtrsB
ING.snhuiprozaM.kcabrehdinehbdsanherShespins
aroundandsinksherteethiotnsihgnif.re

HeletsgowithashriekandswearsatBetsy,whodisap-
pearswiththebread.

STAYWITHMorazuashereturnstohiswork.Hesucksthe
bloodoutofthesmallwound.

EXT.MOTABARIVAVALLEY(AUGUST15)

CUTTO:

Morazugetsoffabusbyasmallmuddyriverandwalks
slowlyahctehdardtowsihllivegaafoutboiffmty-tud
huts.aPininhisbackmce.winhimakesWeseehimUP
CLOSE:hisssihdnadereraeseyale.kinispHe's
sweating.

Hestopsatthevillagewellandtakesadrink.Other
villagersomecasotpu,ollehyorMndaeegruazsttehm
wearily,dippingrhiscupkcabniehtetawforanother
drink.srheTilvgeladrinktoo.

DISCOVERinthebackground:eht,nedmalibmaeinichtert
"ju-juman."sivochreelsiccriatnfopStreandaks
skin.sheetheHtcwaorazu'sundingMtnsruorxeicetem
return.

RAINFOREST-LATERTHATNIGHT

CUTTO:

AsmallgroupofColobosmonkeysincludingBetsyandher
motherrestefoudde.SBTEln,yYSruswnltfihtyguorhth
CRIESOUT.Herfootari.peggansstanidBeforeher
mothercanrespoupsdell,dn'ehsttoheighinhairintoa
bamboocage..TUHSSPANSOORheDTTEBniMSEACRSSYfear
andpain,hangingupsidedown--

SAME-FOLLOWINGMORNING

CUTTO:

TheColobosmonkeysscatterasVOICESAPPROACH,REVEALING
twoRTn.gowalalsmagnillupNEMSEBIasetrhctaemnhTe
theylowerthe.thetarcytstoonnidleBggacohe

7.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

FADEUPLUCIANOPAVAROTTIsingingalovesongfrom
"LaBoheme"and...

CLOSEONHUMANSKULL

CUTTO:

wearingPorschesunglassesandanArmyColonel'shat.
COMPUTERKEYSPOUND:"Frederick,stguAu,ndlaryMa".91

INT.GILLESPIE'SLIVINGROOM-NIGHT

FADEUPtheVOICEofaMANSINGINGalongwiththeGREAT
TENOR.CONTINUEGNINNAPhtREVO:omroetheskullgives
waytoawnoteleksllufngeariihetdew-dernalgr-spstaa-
and-bluebow-tieandcarrying-tisoferlaovernumbrela
arm.C.kolrakoesdopltEUNITNOehtTSAP

MIKEGILLESPIE,about40,keepssingingashereads
throughalengthytypedreport,makingnotesinthe
margin.

LUCIANOhitsahighC.iespleilG.tirofsehcaer..and
missesbadly.abobilyS.O.pr,lcnresoSHWNIEDGO
harmonytoLucianoahntespiGille.He'snotpleased.

GILLESPIE
Irescueyoufromcertaindeath
andinsteadfotargdutiy,emoukoc
me.

HistwoWOLFHOUNDS,OlserandHarvey,GROVELonthefloor
contritely,eachwithawornshoeinhismouth.Behind
themweseetherestofGillespie'sliving/diningroom.
Histownhouseised;nitenspsraattosn'mawoa.hcuUn-
packedboxesstandinthecornerbesideatreadmill.

GILLESPIE
Thatcan'tgounpunished.No
Lettermanorfeentrh.sgith

Thedogswagtherunningshoes.

OLDCREEKPARK(FREDERICK,MARYLAND)-NIGHT

CUTTO:

Gillespie,puffing,aweekendrunner,strainstokeepup
withtheDOGS..yldeticxeKARBeyTh

8.

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CONTINUED:

GILLESPIE
(reachingintohis
pockets)
Okay!Okay!

Withoutbreakingstride,hethrowswhatlooklikesticks
highintotheair.sgjmuphTeodhdantccatcejnisthobe
theirmouthsandracebackiplle.sitGio

Weseethey'reoldstethoscopeswiththickrubbertubing.
Gillespieletsthemflyagain.Helaughsattheireager-
nessandkeepsrunning,sprintingnow,tryingtoproveto
himselfthathe'sstillyoung.uddeS--alnyENRPOHNISG.
Withoutbreakingomfrphreonlecalullupaslride,hest
hispocket:

GILLESPIE
(intophone)
Dr.Gillespie...Howmanydead?...

INT.BILLYFORD'SOFFICE(FORTDETRICK,MARYLAND)

Gillespie'sboss,GENERALBILLYFORD,MD,isaheavy-set
maninhisearly60'swiththinninghair,piercing,in-
telligentgreyeyesandawarmsmile.rettadeacSll
aroundhisp-redanffoacegsifcieraehfrogslledwit
tiles.Ashetalkstnohonehep'sf,hegnaeeidgreen-
hornedtoadseomdaedilf.se

FORD
Almostanentirevillage.

INTERCUTWITH:

FORDWITHGILLESPIE

stillrunning.

GILLESPIE
IsisLassaFever?Ebola?What?

FORD
HowthehelldoIknow?I'mthe
bureaucrat,you'rethedetective,
remember?AllIknowisState
wantsustolendhwneahandand
theSecretarytalks,Ilisten.
AndhwInelaty,kluoetsi.n
You'reCodeRed.Theplane's
leavingat01:30.

9.

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