No Future - Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

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INT: BASEMENT OF LARGE HOUSE, MID MORNING: On the facing wall is a huge whiteboard covered in diagrams and equations, on a desk in front of the wall are various notes, a NEWSPAPER dated 13 APRIL 2020,  a WEDDING PHOTO of ADAM and his WIFE and a  TIME AND DATE CLOCK: WHICH SHOWS: 13 APRIL 10:30:02 AM


A black and white cat, FERGUSON, is sat on the desk chair, a man in a floor length leather coat, ADAM SIMMS, stands by the desk, he enters some information into a DEVICE he is holding, then scratches the cat on the head.


ADAM: OK Ferguson old buddy, this is it


There's a BEEP as he presses something on the device and he DE-MATERIALISES, after a couple of seconds he RE-MATERIALISES, Ferguson is no longer on the chair and the TIME AND DATE CLOCK now shows 20 APRIL 10:30:00 AM.  Barely taking time to look around, Adam, rushes upstairs and out the front door, runs up a large secluded garden and grabs a NEWSPAPER from the mailbox, then rushes back to the basement.


He's obviously very excited, clutching the NEWSPAPER, he keys into the DEVICE, there's a BEEP and he DE-MATERIALISES.


FOCUS ON; TIME AND DATE CLOCK: 13 APRIL 10:30:05AM.


Ferguson looks up as ADAM RE-MATERIALISES, barely able to contain his excitement ADAM puts the still folded NEWSPAPER he's holding next to the one already on the desk 


ZOOM IN: To show date on new NEWSPAPER is 20 APRIL 2020


ZOOM OUT: Adam is panting with excitement, hardly knowing what to do with himself he spins round a couple of times then crouches down in front of the confused Ferguson, gently cradling his head.


ADAM: Yes! Ferguson my friend we did it! We only bloody went and did it!


He picks Ferguson up then sits down with him on his lap and starts to write in a journal, "First TIME-TRAVEL ATTEMPT - successful,  I leapt 1 week into the future. and have brought back a NEWSPAPER to verify my time leap........"  

He picks up the NEWSPAPER so he can record some details, as he starts reading his excitement quickly fades, the blood drains from his face and he is visibly shocked. We see the paper over his shoulder as he reads:

YOUNG SCIENTIST DEAD

Last night at about 11pm ADAM SIMMS, award winning Scientist and Physicist was tragically killed at the intersection of Newel and Cross Street when the car he was driving  was hit by an oncoming truck.


He stops reading, dropping the NEWSPAPER, startled, Ferguson jumps off his lap.


ADAM: (screams) NO, OH GOD NO! 


He grabs the DEVICE frantically tapping information into it it BEEPS and ADAM DE-MATERIALISES


ZOOM IN ON DROPPED NEWSPAPER SHOWING REST OF ARTICLE

Witnesses say the car appeared to veer out of control running a STOP sign before being hit by the truck. His wife ALISE, who is expecting their first child was in the PASSENGER  seat and escaped with minor injuries.


ZOOM OUT:  ADAM RE-MATERIALISES, TIME AND DATE CLOCK now shows 19 APRIL 10:58:00 PM


CUT TO: EXT: INTERSECTION OF NEWEL AND CROSS STREET, NIGHT:  A red car approaches the intersection as ADAM materialises by the STOP sign, the car swerves, as it passes we see the driver is FUTURE ADAM, he fails to brake and careers into the path of an oncoming truck. ADAM screams as a collision is heard, we hear a BEEP and ADAM DE-MATERIALISES.


CUT TO: INT BASEMENT, ADAM materialises,  the DATE AND TIME CLOCK SHOWS: APRIL 13 10:31:00 AM, ADAM  desperately taps more information into the DEVICE, there's a BEEP and


CUT TO: 

EXT: INTERSECTION OF NEWEL AND CROSS STREET, NIGHT, a few feet back from the STOP sign,  ADAM  starts to materialises then disappears.


CUT TO:

INT BASEMENT, ADAM RE0MATERIALISES glances at the DATE AND TIME CLOCK:

13 APRIL 2020 10:31:02 AM


ADAM: 13TH? What the?


He frantically taps more information into his device, BEEP..


CUT TO:

EXT: INTERSECTION OF NEWEL AND CROSS STREET, NIGHT, ADAM MATERIALISES runs forward, sees HIMSELF materialise by the STOP sign, ADAM disappears again.


CUT TO:

INT BASEMENT, ADAM RE-MATERIALISES glances at the DATE AND TIME CLOCK: 13 APRIL 2020 10:31:03 AM


ADAM: NOOO! WHY?


He frantically checks the notes on his desk


ADAM: OF COURSE! I've already leapt to that point in time! SELF-REPLICATING PARADOX!!


Ferguson wanders over to him, Adam strokes him absently while scribbling notes


ADAM: Don't worry Ferguson buddy, I'll work it out


He stops writing and jumps up


ADAM: GOT IT!


He taps away at the DEVICE again it BEEPS and he DE-MATERIALISES.


ADAM RE-MATERIALISES, DATE AND TIME CLOCK SHOWS: 

19 APRIL 2020 12:01AM


ADAM  grabs a piece of paper and hurriedly writes a note before DE-MATERIALISING


ZOOM INTO:

NOTE - it reads:

DON'T DRIVE TONIGHT, YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT


ZOOM OUT:

ADAM RE-MATERIALISES the DATE AND TIME CLOCK SHOWS: 20 APRIL 2020, 11:30 AM


CUT TO BASEMENT 

DATE AND TIME CLOCK SHOWS: 13 APRIL 2020 10:31:02 AM


ZOOM INTO NEWSPAPER:

NEWSPAPER dated 20 APRIL 2020, we see the words blur and start changing


CUT TO: BASEMENT,

DATE AND TIME CLOCK: 20 APRIL 2020 11:30:30 AM


ADAM MATERIALISES and turns on a television


THE WEDDING PHOTO FROM ADAM'S DESK IS SHOWN ON SCREEN:


NEWSCASTER:: And now to a tragic story. Last night at about 11pm ALISE SIMMS, wife of award winning Scientist and Physicist ADAM SIMMS was tragically killed at the intersection of Newel and Cross Street when the car SHE WAS DRIVING was hit by an oncoming truck. Witnesses say the car appeared to veer out of control running a STOP sign before being hit by the truck .ADAM was  in the PASSENGER seat and escaped with minor injuries......


ADAM falls to his knees screaming, DEVICE BEEPS as his scream continue.


FADE TO BLACK




I know Time travel can be really confusing - hell even the scientists can't all agree - but in order to leap into your own future you would have had to have lived that future - please refer to these notes for more details


*For little Ferguson/Fergy-Prum <3

Created: May 01, 2017

Tags: the future, remix, theme, fiction, script, time travel, no future, showcase shorts script

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