VIRUS (TV Pilot)

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SCENE 1

 

FADE IN:

INT.CLOVERFIELD HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOM 23-DAY

 

The classroom is filled with students chatting together; they sit casual chatting to each other as their registration teacher has not arrived. KATRINA sits at her desk near the back window of the classroom with some of her friends surrounding her, she is fifteen years old and noticeably wears her uniform strict to the dress code in comparison to her classmates. It’s a wash of noise of voices on top of each other so what is being said is unclear and insignificant chatter. MISS DAWN walks into the classroom and over to her desk.

 

                        MISS DAWN

          Alright settle down and take your seats.

 

The teenagers begrudgingly go to their seats for the register to be taken. KATRINA who is already at her own desk straightens her posture.

 

                        MISS DAWN

               Very good, I’ll start the register,

David Bracken.

 

                        DAVID

                        Here.

 

                        MISS DAWN

                      Sarah Walker.

 

              

                        SARAH

                        Here.

 

                        MISS DAWN

                        Marie-

 

All of the pupils phones except Katrina’s (that is off) start to ring with text message alerts and they all take out there phones out their bags and pockets to read the message that they have received.

 

 

                        MISS DAWN

                   Come on, you know the rules.

                   Put your phones away.

 

All the pupils who read the message have become eerily still and expressionless, they all get up simultaneously and KATRINA at the back is spooked by the behaviour as much as MISS DAWN. With their eyes fixated on the phones in their hands they all begin to mechanically walk towards the classroom door to leave.

 

                        MISS DAWN

                    Get back to your seats!

 

Eerily they all turn their heads towards MISS DAWN before giving her eye contact, one of the boys start to walk back up to MISS DAWN while the others follow just behind. KATRINA stands up as if to speak as well but she is too afraid to speak a word, so stands frozen to the spot.

 

                        MISS DAWN

                   I will not ask again.

 

MISS DAWN is violently punched in the face by the boy. The punch is so forceful it knocks her to the ground. KATRINA lets out a gasp in shock as she watches her classmates gather round MISS DAWN as they all start to kick and punch her. They do not stop even when we see that MISS DAWN has stopped moving and keep violently attacking her. KATRINA witnessing the attack lets out a scream.

 

END SCENE

CUT TO-

 

SCENE 2

 

EXT.OXFORD STREET LONDON-DAY

 

On the screen it states the location and time. Hundreds of teenagers ranging from around twelve to eighteen are storming the streets like a chaotic mob. Some are armed and they smash shop windows and attack people on the street. A WOMAN is dragged screaming away from her pram into an alleyway by around five teenage boys. People are running and screaming. Some who try to fight them off are outnumbered considerably. When the mob reaches a crossroad armed riot police are in wait.

 

POLICE MAN

              Stop this violence at one. If you 

do not comply we will be forced to 

take action against you!

 

The teenagers keep moving forward with weapons in hand. The POLICE MAN becomes nervous.

 

                        POLICE MAN

              I said to stop this at once!

 

A boy that looks to be barely twelve starts hitting one of the riot men with his bat. The OFFICER defends himself with the shield unsure of what else to do.

 

                        POLICE MAN

              What are you doing? Stop them!

 

                        

OFFICER

              But sir- he’s a kid!

 

The two parties clash as the teenagers do not back down and overwhelm the officers closest.

 

END SCENE.

 

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SCENE THREE

 

INT.POLICE HEADQUARTERS LONDON-DAY

 

There is a crisis meeting between sergeants and officers in the metropolitan police force including detective chief inspector DANTE. They all sit in seats in the hall until chief constable DARWIN appears on stage and the officers salute him.

 

 

                        DARWIN

              Thank you all for being here today.

              As you can see we have issued not 

              only a national state of emergency 

              but a global one. Children as young as

              twelve have been reported missing as 

              well as being connected to violent 

              attacks. This began at 0905am when they

              all received a text message that read:

              ‘infected’. These children have a newly

              found violent nature and causing global

              panic. When I send you out to neutralise

              the situation remember that they are 

              vulnerable and so do not aim to harm but

              to restrain. Also be sure that members 

              of the public do not make contact with

              them or they will be risking their 

              lives. Now, let’s try to get these kids

              back home.

 

He had finished his speech and so the men rose to their feet and exit the hall with a rush. DANTE stays in the hall using his phone. After a few rings it goes to voicemail. DARWIN has come down from the stage to approach DANTE

 

                        DANTE

                   Damn it.

 

                        DARWIN

              Everything alright Dante?

 

                        DANTE

              I don’t know Michael. Sarah,

              She isn’t answering her phone

              and neither is Claire.

 

                        DARWIN

              I’m sure your daughter and Claire

              are fine. How old is Sarah now?

 

                        DANTE

                   Fifteen.

 

                        DARWIN

              Well she is probably can’t

answer. Not every kid has

              turned violent. Many schools 

              have evacuated so don’t worry 

              too much.

 

                        DANTE

              Yeah I know. I better get

              This mess sorted out.

 

                        DARWIN

                   That’s the spirit! 

 

Inspector ANNA walks up to the pair with a grim face. In her hands she carries an active iPad.

 

                        ANNA

              Sirs, There is something you 

              Should both see regarding the

              kids involved.

 

                        DARWIN

              What is it Inspector Williams?

 

She turns the iPad’s screen towards the two men whose faces change to shock. DANTE takes the iPad out of ANNA’s hands to inspect closer.

 

                        DANTE

                   What is this Anna?

 

                        ANNA

                   It’s a public post on

                   Facebook.

 

The Facebook post on the screen is from a user named Rick Wilson who has posted a gruesome picture of a dead woman (notably the one with the pram earlier) with the caption ‘check out this whore’. The post has around 30K likes and the comments are being updated constantly. They pop up in this order on the screen:

Rita Jones

Lol

Martin Quinn

Stupid fuckin whore Lol

Steven Cairne

Better of raped her! Slut

Rick Wilson

Steven Cairne Damn right lol. She had fantastic tits btw

DANTE turns the iPad off unable to read anymore. He hands it back to ANNA and turns to DARWIN.

 

                        DANTE

              Do you still believe that these

              kids are going to go home at the

              end of all this?

 

                        DARWIN

              I hope so, or I have no idea

              what we are going to do.

 

END SCENE.

 

SCENE 4

 

EXT.GOSSET STREET LONDON-AFTERNOON

 

KATRINA walks through the street scared. She is looking for help but the street is barren. She knocks on a few doors shouting for help but no one comes to answer. She walks on the verge of tears. Around the corner she sees a girl with two boys around her eyes. She tries to call on them but a hand is placed over her mouth and she is dragged into an alleyway. She tries to fight NOAH off and he lets her go. She turns to him.

 

                        KATRINA

                   What are you doing?

 

                        NOAH

                        Sshh.

 

NOAH has a finger to his lips asking KATRINA to be silent. NOAH is at seventeen years of age, his clothes look rough and dirty along with unwashed hair and a filthy face.      

 

                        NOAH

                      (Whisper)

                   You can’t let those guys 

                   Find you.

 

                     KATRINA

                   (whisper)

                   Why not?

 

                        NOAH

                   (whisper)

                   Trust me okay?

                   Let’s go.

 

He starts to walk back to the opening of the alleyway and KATRINA begrudgingly follows him. NOAH looks to make sure that the group has left. He starts walking towards the school building in the distance.

 

                        KATRINA

                   Where are you going?

 

                        NOAH

                   Well your school is

                   over there right?

 

                        KATRINA

                   But it’s empty now.

                   There is nothing in 

                   It now except for…

                   bodies.

 

                        NOAH

                        Good.

 

                       KATRINA

                   Shouldn’t we go

                   Look for help?

 

                        NOAH

              You don’t have to come.

 

NOAH starts to walk to the school, KATRINA stands still wondering what she should do.

 

                        KATRINA

                   Don’t walk so fast!

 

KATRINA catches up with him and they walk together.

 

END SCENE.

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SCENE 5

 

INT.CLOVERFIELD HIGH SCHOOL ENTRANCE-AFTERNOON

 

The entrance way into the school was abandoned except for the few bodies of dead pupils and staff members. KATRINA and NOAH avoided looking too closely at them while they walked.

 

                        NOAH

              Can you take me to the 

P.E department?

 

        KATRINA

Why would you want to

go there?

 

                        

 

                  NOAH

              I need a shower. Desperately.

               Don’t pretend you haven’t

 noticed.

 

KATRINA looks away from NOAH embarrassed by his honesty. She nods shyly to his request.

 

                   KATRINA

          Sure thing… I’m Katrina Roberts, 

What’s your name?

 

                   NOAH

              It’s Noah. Just Noah.

 

END SCENE.

CUT TO-

 

 

 

 

 

SCENE 6

 

CLOVERFIELD HIGH SCHOOL P.E DEPARTMENT- AFTERNOON

 

KATRINA and NOAH walk towards to door of the boys changing rooms. NOAH attempts to walk in when he noticed KATRINA is waiting beside the door.

 

                        NOAH

                 Aren’t you coming?

              

                      KATRINA

                   W-why would I? Your

                   going to shower!

 

                       NOAH

                   We are safer together.

                  At least wait inside okay?

 

                        KATRINA

                   Um okay when you put

                   It that way I’ll make

                   an exception.

 

They get into the changing room where bags and clothes have been left abandoned by a class who would have been taking gym. NOAH starts to rummage through the bags.

 

                        KATRINA

                   What are you doing?

 

NOAH finds a t-shirt, hoodie and jeans that will fit him along with a towel.

 

                        

NOAH

                   Not like they will be

                   Coming back for them, 

                   I’ll be a sec.

 

NOAH walks into one of the shower cubicles and KATRINA sits on the wooden bench closest. NOAH can be heard turning on the shower. KATRINA jumps out her skin when she hears NOAH groan loudly.

 

                        NOAH

              You have no idea how long 

It’s been since I had a hot

Shower!

 

          KATRINA

I could guess!

 

 

 

          NOAH

        (laughs)

     Very funny! 

 

KATRINA starts to laugh as well before she becomes quiet again.

 

                        KATRINA

                   Why did you stop me earlier?

 

                        NOAH

                   Do you know what happened to

                   your school?

 

                        KATRINA

                   Yes I was in class when they…

 

                        NOAH

                   Everyone around our age is

                   like that. They started attacking

                   everyone that wasn’t them.

 

                        KATRINA

                   If that’s true what will

                    We do if they find us?

 

                        NOAH

                   I’ll run out naked and 

scare them off!

 

They both start to laugh at the statement. NOAH switches off the shower. He starts to dry off and get changed. He walks out of the changing room dressed in the other clothes while he leaves the old ones in the shower. He walks across to KATRINA and sits beside her while he dried his hair with the towel.

 

                        KATRINA

                You don’t go to school?

 

                        NOAH

                     (chuckles)

                    Thought we had a silent

                   agreement that I was 

                   a bum?

 

 

                        KATRINA

                   I was just asking.

 

                        NOAH

                   Nope. Now let’s go to your

                   canteen feels like I haven’t

                   eaten in days!

 

                        KATRINA

                      (shocked)

                   You haven’t eaten in-

 

                        NOAH

                   It’s just an expression!

 

                        KATRINA

                        Oh.

 

They both start to laugh again and the door of the changing room door opens. A TEEN boy enters with a blood soaked school uniform and bat. KATRINA and NOAH fall silent and rise to their feet.

 

                        TEEN

              Thought doing the rounds would

              Be fun.

 

                        NOAH

                   Katrina run!

 

KATRINA remained frozen to the spot while Noah ran up to the TEEN. TEEN swings his bat and hits NOAH in the head. NOAH falls to the ground. The teen approaches KATRINA while dropping his bat. He throws her to the ground and she starts to scream. He gets on top of her and uses his hands to keep her pinned to the floor. NOAH with blood running down his head from behind uses the bat to choke the TEEN until he passes out. NOAH throws the TEEN off of KATRINA.   

 

KATRINA

                   I-I though you were-

 

NOAH puts out a hand to help KATRINA up off the floor.

 

                        NOAH

              I’ve been hit harder.

 

END SCENE.

CUT TO-

 

 

 

SCENE 7

 

INT.POLICE HEADQUARTERS LONDON DANTE’S OFFICE-NIGHT

 

DANTE sits at his desk worried. He has his phone to his ear, it rings off and he sighs. There is a knock at his door and DARWIN walks in.

 

                        DARWIN

                   How you holding up?

 

                        DANTE

                   I got a hold of some of the

                   staff that evacuated Sarah’s

                   school. Apparently she was off

`                  ill. Claire isn’t answering 

                   her phone at all so I have 

no idea what’s going on.

 

                        DARWIN

                   At least you know she is

                   safe. And you know how 

                   stubborn Claire is.

 

                        DANTE

                      (Chuckles)

                   Yeah my ex-wife hasn’t

                   answered my calls in

                   in ten years.

 

                        DARWIN

                   Exactly DANTE. Go 

                   Home, get some sleep 

                   and when this is all 

                   over you can go visit.

                   Goodnight.

 

 

                   DANTE

              Night Michael.

 

DARWIN leaves the office and DANTE puts the phone back to his ear attempting to phone his ex-wife again. It starts to ring.

 

SCENE END.


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SCENE 8                   

 

INT.CLAIRE AND SARAH’S HOME-NIGHT

 

Claire’s phone starts to vibrate and ring from DANTE’s call. Just across from the phone on the kitchen counter Claire lies glassy eyed on the floor with multiple stab wounds to her back. 

 

END OF PILOT.

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VIRUS (TV Pilot)