Vellowstone Volcano Screenplay 2
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Out of Yellowstone, a screenplay, continued


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               INT.  PAY PHONE IN LODGE - DAY

               Rex listens on the phone.  Robin stands a few feet away.  He
               shrugs as if to say there's not much to tell her.



               INT.  MIKE'S OFFICE - DAY

               On the phone, a haggard Mike talks to Rex.

                                   MIKE
                             (into phone)
                         ...just more of the same.  I wish
                         Robin was here to handle the
                         reporters.  Anyway, call me on the
                         radio when you get near.



               EXT.  SIGNAL MOUNTAIN LODGE - DAY

               Rex and Robin load their small suitcases into the back seat
               of their Park Service sedan.

                                   ROBIN
                         Geez.  Free at last.



               EXT.  JACKSON LAKE - DAY

               The sedan cruises along the upper end of Jackson Lake.



               INT.  SEDAN - DAY

               Robin turns on the Park Service radio.  The LOUD STATIC is
               unbearable.  Wincing, she turns it way down.

                                   ROBIN
                         Geez, must be a lot of sun spot
                         activity.



               EXT.  SOUTH GATE, YELLOWSTONE - DAY

               Rex pulls alongside the entrance booth as the car ahead
               drives off.

               From the booth, a cheerful woman Ranger with a name tag that
               says VICKI BORDEAU answers Rex's inquiry.

                                   VICKI
                         Yeah, lots of little quakes.  But
                         there was one that had me nervous. 
                         Lot of locals up from Jackson. 
                         There's some really wild geyser
                         activity.  They even think that
                         Steamboat might do it again.  I
                         know I'm headed up there when I get
                         off.



               EXT.  ROAD ALONG YELLOWSTONE LAKE - DAY

               The traffic is heavy as their Park Service sedan travels by
               Yellowstone Lake.



               EXT.  REMOTE AREA, YELLOWSTONE LAKE - DAY  

               TWO FISHERMEN in a boat notice a sudden bubbling up of water.

                                   FISHERMAN #1
                         That's weird.

                                   FISHERMAN #2
                         Really weird.  Let's move away - 
                         in case it turns into something
                         ugly.

               As the boat scoots away, massive steam mixed with rocks
               explodes from beneath it and sends the boat flying.

               EXT.  BOARDWALK IN THERMAL AREA - DAY

               A nice looking family of MOM, DAD, BRIAN (10), and KATIE (7)
               walk along a boardwalk in the middle of a thermal area.  Here
               and there, OTHERS stroll or stop to look.  TWO COOL DUDES
               amble toward the family.

               The Dudes are teenagers, 16.  Although harmless, they are
               rather scary looking.  Their attire would be complete if they
               had their usual skateboards along.

               The family stops to look at a tiny, unnamed geyser.  The
               little geyser erratically spurts sprays of water.  Nearby,
               some water boils up.

               The adults enjoy the little action, but the children lose
               interest.  The Dudes pause to watch.

                                   DUDE #1
                         Cool!

                                   DUDE #2
                         No, hot, Dude.

               The children run on.

                                   MOM
                         Don't run!

               The children reach a widened spot in the boardwalk with rails
               on one side.  They stop to see what the signed attraction is. 
               The geyser there is quiet.

               The parents start in the kid's direction.

               A violent earthquake strikes.  SCREAMING, the kids grab the
               rails.

               The upheaval knocks the dudes down hard.  The parents go down
               a little more gracefully.  SCREAMS come from elsewhere.

               This portion of the boardwalk becomes an island as sections
               on both sides sink down into the water.

               Where the kids are, the boardwalk tilts steeply crosswise
               until only the rails are out of the water.

               The terrified children clutch on tight.

                                   KATIE
                         Mommy!

                                   MOM
                         Katie!  Brian, hang on.  I'm
                         coming.

               She goes after them, but her husband grabs her in time before
               she enters the water.

                                   MOM
                         Let go!

               She struggles unsuccessfully against his firm hold.

                                   DAD
                         That's boiling water.  You can't
                         get there.

               Dude #1 sits up, feels his bumped head and looks around
               disconcertingly.

                                   DUDE #1
                         Whoa!



               EXT.  OLD FAITHFUL INN - DAY

               Here and there VISITORS mill about.

               On the front door, a hand painted sign on poster board reads,
               "INN CLOSED, EMPLOYEES ONLY".



               INT.  OLD FAITHFUL INN - DAY

               SIX college-age CLEANING GALS walk from the back of the
               lobby.  They are in an exuberant mood.

                                   CLEANING GAL #1
                         Day off!  Yes!

                                   CLEANING GAL #2
                         I'm going to Jackson and party.

                                   CLEANING GAL #3
                         I'm gon' to Jackson an' find me a
                         cowboy.

               They all laugh.

                                   CLEANING GAL #4
                         Yahoo!

               The floor rolls, the building shakes.  The gals run, dropping
               everything.  SCREAMS.

               SLOW MOTION, the massive fireplace crumbles apart.  The rocks
               topple down onto the women.



               INT.  VISITOR CENTER, OLD FAITHFUL - DAY

               The big undulating quake sends people panicking out the door. 
               The bewildered Visitor Center Ranger tries to say something
               but can't get anything out.  Finally he ducks under the
               counter.  

               The building tilts.



               EXT.  VISITOR CENTER, OLD FAITHFUL - DAY

               The earth opens like a big sinkhole that the visitor center
               partially slides into.  Visitors scramble out the hole.

               As people scurry to their cars in an adjacent parking lot,
               more sinkhole opens up devouring numerous vehicles. 
               Everyone's in panic.

               The pit fills with liquefied earth, the consistency of
               quicksand. 

               A LITTLE LATER

               Completely full now, the pits gently bubble.  Not all of the
               vehicles have completely sunk, some cars and motorhomes still
               have enough trapped air to be buoyant but are going down.  A
               Volkswagon Bug bobs.   The FOUR VW PASSENGERS row with
               assorted objects.



               EXT.  CHITTENDEN BRIDGE OVER YELLOWSTONE RIVER - DAY

               A minivan begins across the Chittenden Bridge.



               INT.  MINI VAN - SAME

               The FATHER drives.  The MOTHER sits on the passenger side. 
               The SON, 10, and DAUGHTER, 12, are in the seat behind.

                                   FATHER
                         I spy something that begins with R.

                                   DAUGHTER
                         Rock?  Road?

                                   SON
                         River.

                                   FATHER
                         That's it.  Your turn.

                                   SON
                         I spy something that begins with...
                         H.

               The far side of the road rises up so sharply that the bridge 
               breaks in the middle.  The broken edge passes upward in front
               of the windshield of the terror stricken SCREAMING family. 
               It keeps rising as the minivan plunges into the river.

               Crossing from the opposite side, SUV with a camper trailer
               can't stop in time.  The SUV dangles from the hitch.  The
               bridge tilts and knocks both off.



               EXT.  ROAD ABOVE GIBBON RIVER - DAY

               A Cadillac motors along, heading west.



               INT.  CADILLAC - SAME

               An ELDERLY WOMAN drives, her ELDERLY MAN holds a cane.

                                   ELDERLY WOMAN
                         I can't wait to get to the motel
                         and put my feet up.

                                   ELDERLY MAN
                         With a nice glass of wine.

               The violent quake strikes.

                                   ELDERLY WOMAN
                         Oh. Oh. Oh.



               EXT.  ROAD ABOVE GIBBON RIVER - DAY

               The hillside slides.



               INT.  CADILLAC - SAME

               Rocks and dirt pile down upon the car.

               BLACK OUT 



               EXT.  LE HARDY RAPIDS - DAY

               Yellowstone River in the background, the Rex and Robin travel
               by.



               INT.  SEDAN - SAME 

               Robin has dozed off.  The violent earthquake bounces the car
               jolting her awake.  

                                   REX
                         Holy...

               Rex hits the breaks in mid air and...



               EXT.  LE HARDY RAPIDS - CONTINUOUS

               The car now at a 45 degree angle skids and stops partially
               off the road.  Other vehicles, with their own problems, have
               very near misses but no wrecks.



               EXT.  LAKE YELLOWSTONE HOTEL - DAY

               TWO MIDDLE-AGE COUPLES head out the front door.  A Big quake
               strikes.  SNAPPING and CRACKING. The couples make a run for
               it.  The hotel pillars crumble.  



               EXT.  BRIDGE BAY MARINA - DAY

               A BOATER is launching his yacht at the ramp.  A MARINA MAN
               waits on the dock where a BOAT RENTING FAMILY are returning
               from their outing.  

               The BOATER'S WIFE unhooks the winch line.  

               The water rushes from the bay, pulling the yacht with it. 
               The rapidly receding water sweeps the rental boat with the
               family away from the dock.  The crafts that are tied up,
               crash down.     

                                   MARINA MAN
                         Holy shit!
                             (beat)
                         Run.  Run.  Forget everything and
                         Run.

               The marina man sprints away.  The boat renters scurry on the
               slippery bottom.  The boater's wife charges after their
               vessel.

               A wall of water charges through the bay.  The boater is out
               of his truck watching.

                                   BOATER
                             (yelling)
                         No.

               The water crashes, smashing boats against the docks, tumbling
               the boater's wife and yacht.  The wave pushes up beyond the
               front of the truck, pulling it and debris as it recedes.  

                                   BOATER
                         Laura!

               A second wall of water, nearly twice the size, storms trough
               the narrows and over the bridge, further destroying the
               marina.

               Fish flop on the land.



               EXT.  ROAD ALONG YELLOWSTONE LAKE - DAY

               The seiche (lake tidal wave) sweeps over the road pulling
               cars into the lake.



               EXT. SOUTH END OF HAYDEN VALLEY - DAY

               BISON range the Hayden Valley. 



               INT.  SEDAN - SAME

                                   ROBIN
                         ... and according to early
                         accounts, the Indians were afraid
                         of the place because of all the
                         earthquakes.
                             (suddenly uneasy) 
                         Ough Oh!

                                   REX
                         What's wrong?

                                   ROBIN
                         There hasn't been any oncoming
                         traffic.

               Rex looks at her with concern.

               As he turns his attention forward, a frightened Rex grips the
               steering wheel and tries to slam the brakes.



               EXT.  CREVICE IN ROAD, HAYDEN VALLEY - DAY

               The vehicle crashes into a steep crevice that runs crossways
               to the road.  It ricochets back and forth on the way down. 



               INT.  SEDAN, CREVICE IN ROAD, HAYDEN VALLEY - DAY

               Air bags inflate.  The car crashes back and forth on it's way
               down.  The motion stops.  



               EXT.  CREVICE IN ROAD, HAYDEN VALLEY - DAY

               The Park Service sedan is wedged eighteen feet below the road
               level and a hundred feet or more above the bottom.  

               The doors open.  Rex is partially out before noticing the
               nothingness beneath.  He saves himself with a quick grab of
               the steering wheel.

                                   REX
                         Yipe!  Don't go out there.

               Above, a luxury bus-like motorhome screeches and crunches to
               a stop with nearly half of it over the edge.



               INT.  LUXURY MOTORHOME, CREVICE IN ROAD, HAYDEN VALLEY - DAY

               The MOTORHOME DRIVER (mid 50's) recovers from momentary
               shock.

                                   MOTORHOME DRIVER
                         Cripe!
                             (to wife)
                         Quick, out the back.



               EXT.  CREVICE IN ROAD, HAYDEN VALLEY - DAY

               The driver and his WIFE jump safely from the door at the
               middle of the RV as another tremor strikes.

               The motorhome teeters precariously.

               Another shock, the car slides down a couple feet.  The
               motorhome falls into the crevice, which is now exceedingly
               deep.

               The front of the RV wedges just above the hood of the sedan. 
               The chassis's rear rests on the pavement.



               INT.  SEDAN, CREVICE IN ROAD, HAYDEN VALLEY - CONTINUOUS

               Robin snatches the two-way hand held radio from the glove
               box.  Rex grabs a day pack from behind the seat.



               EXT.  CREVICE IN ROAD, HAYDEN VALLEY - CONTINUOUS

               Apprising the situation, Robin uses the open window of the
               open door as a foothold, climbs onto the roof and grabs an
               underpart of the motorhome.

                                   REX (O.C.)
                         What the Hell you doing?

                                   ROBIN
                         Get up here, it's the only way out.

                                   REX
                         There's nothing to hold on to.

                                   ROBIN
                         Grab my leg.

                                   REX
                         What?

                                   ROBIN
                         Grab onto my leg.  Hurry.

               Rex uneasily manages to join her on the roof.

                                   REX
                         Now what?

                                   ROBIN
                         It looks doable.

               She begins to climb the backwards slanting frame.

               Though Robin's obviously an experienced climber, it's a
               struggle of strength.  She checks to make sure Rex is
               following, then focuses.  

                                   REX
                             (to himself)
                         There's no way.

               Rex climbs up a few feet.  He's not as adept as she. 
               Grasping a greasy spot, he falls, lands on the roof and
               slides.

               SLIGHTLY LATER

               Up near the edge about twenty PEOPLE have gathered.  One is a
               STOUT WOMAN (35).

                                   STOUT WOMAN
                         Oh my God, there's a car down
                         there.
                             (beat)
                         Oh my God, there's someone under
                         the bus.

               Robin has reached the crevice's side, where mercifully she
               braces her feet against it as she ponders how to proceed.

                                   ROBIN
                         Anybody got a rope?

               Not expecting one, she tests for footholds.  Satisfied, she
               makes her move from under the vehicle.  

               Her footing gives way.

               Just as she slips, a nylon tow rope drops to the rescue.  A
               MIDDLE AGED MAN and the motorhome driver hold the rope as she
               crawls over the edge.

                                   ROBIN
                             (gasping for breath)
                         Thanks.

               Looking down, Rex is nowhere to be seen. 

                                   ROBIN
                             (frantically)
                         Rex.  Rex.

                                   REX (O.C.)
                             (muffled)
                         I'm in here... Anyone know how to
                         open the window.

                                   STOUT WOMAN
                         Someone's in there.

               The motorhome driver embraces his sobbing wife.

                                   MOTORHOME DRIVER
                         Pull the two red handles.

               Rex extricates himself just in time.  Another quake strikes. 
               The motorhome crashes down the pit. 

               Many cars have turned around and are headed back.  About a
               fifteen vehicles remain.

                                   REX
                             (to everyone)
                         Turn back.  You've got to get out
                         of here... fast as you can.   

                                   ROBIN
                             (into radio)
                         Unit 3 to Base.

               SLIGHTLY LATER

               The middle aged man has a pickup with a fifth wheel hitch.

                                   MIDDLE AGE MAN
                         Looks like you guys could use a
                         ride.

                                   REX
                         Sure looks that way.  Thanks.

                                   MOTORHOME DRIVER
                         Appreciate it.  Try explaining this
                         to the insurance company.
                             (beat)
                         What the Hell's happening?

                                   ROBIN
                         Oh Geez.  No more cars are coming. 
                         I bet that way's blocked too.

               The stout woman peers down the abyss.  The bottom glows red.

                                   STOUT WOMAN
                         Oh God, Oh God.  Oh Lord Sweet
                         Jesus.  We're starin' into the
                         bowels of Hell.
                             (beat)
                         Come on Herald.

               Her husband HERALD is transfixed on the site.  

                                   STOUT WOMAN
                         Herald.  HERALD.

               She pulls him away to their yellow convertible.

                                   STOUT WOMAN
                         We gotta go, Herald.

               She speeds away with him, passing many of the cars ahead. 

               The middle age man, Rex and Robin watch them go.  Suddenly
               they gasp in horror.  

                                   ROBIN
                         Oh my God!

               A bright red splotch of sparking, spitting lava spews out of
               the ground and devours the convertible.

               Still fixated on the lava, Robin regains composure enough to
               remember the radio.

                                   ROBIN
                             (into radio)
                         Unit 3 to anybody.



               EXT.  THE LAKE SEISMIC AND GPS OBSERVATORY - DAY

               Debris covers the site, the antenna is broken.



               INT.  YELLOWSTONE VOLCANO OBSERVATORY, UTAH - DAY

               The seismographs are going wild.  EIGHT SCIENTISTS and SIX
               STUDENTS have an intensity about them -- this is deadly
               serious yet wildly exciting.

                                   SCIENTIST #1
                         We lost the Norris GPS station.

                                   SCIENTIST #2
                         We're only getting spotty
                         transmissions from the Lake
                         stations.  Still no signals from
                         Old Faithful.

               Huff and a third scientist study various satellite images on
               the monitors.  

                                   HUFF
                         This is happening way too fast.

                                   SCIENTIST #3
                         Look here.

               He points to a spot on the east side of Yellowstone Lake.

                                   HUFF
                         Oh my God. 
                             (beat)
                         Can't wait to see some videos.



               EXT.  GARDINER AIRPORT - LATE DAY

               A Cessna Stationair lands at the small airport. 

               SLIGHTLY LATER.  

               It taxies up and Rob McCoy and intern DALLAS (22) quickly
               board.  They carry a few small equipment cases.



               INT.  CESSNA - LATE DAY 

               The plane taxies for takeoff.  The three others on board are
               with the US Geological Survey, they are the KLONDIKE (the
               grey bearded pilot), AMY (40), and STEVE (late 20's).

                                   ROB
                         Hey Klondike, good to see you. 
                         Exciting times, huh?  This is
                         Dallas, one of our interns.

                                   KLONDIKE
                         This is Steve and Amy, also
                         Geological Survey.
                             (beat)
                         Keep an eye out for other aircraft. 
                         The Governor's supposed to be out
                         there, there's some rescue
                         helicopters and who knows how many
                         idiot sightseers. 

                                   ROB
                         Aren't there flight restrictions. 

                                   KLONDIKE
                         Yeah, but who's going to catch
                         them?



               INT.  GUS'S MOTOR HOME - LATE DAY

               Stella cooks dinner.  Gus plays solitaire at the table.  She
               wears the same house dress with a cardigan sweater.  He's in
               Chicago Bears sweatshirt.

               A medium quake shakes the motor home.  Stella clutches the
               sink counter.

                                   STELLA
                         Oh God!  Not again.

               The shaking ends.  Gus's cards are a mess.  He seethes.

                                   GUS
                         First thing tomorrow, we're outta
                         here.  We should of left yesterday,
                         Stella.  But no-ooo, you always
                         wanted to see Yellowstone.  Well we
                         have seen Yellowstone.



               EXT.  TOWER FALLS CAMPGROUND - LATE DAY

               A HOT-HEADED MAN (25) screeches his car into the campground
               and slams the door as he gets out.  The front of his vehicle
               has a tow hitch.

                                   HOT-HEADED MAN
                             (loudly to anyone)
                         We're trapped.  There's three ways
                         out of here.  I've been down all
                         three.  Either they're caved in
                         sunk in or somethin'.  Where's the
                         damn Ranger?  Frickin' Ranger said
                         it was safe.  We're trapped, damn
                         it.  We're all trapped.



               EXT.  ROADWAY, HAYDEN VALLEY - LATE DAY

               A private Bell 204 Helicopter is on the ground where Rex and
               Robin and thirty others are.  Robin assists the first group
               of eight in boarding.  They include a FAT WOMAN, her CHUBBY
               KIDS, and her unkempt WIRY HUSBAND who stares blankly into
               space.

                                   FAT WOMAN
                         Oh God.  Oh God.  Oh God...

               The chopper takes off.  

               A WOMAN points.

                                   WOMAN
                         Look!  Fire!

               The woods to the south are ablaze.

               A LITTLE LATER

               Rex speaks to the remaining 17 visitors who gather around
               him. 

                                   R
                         The helicopter is taking you to
                         Grant Village, which is still in
                         Yellowstone about twenty miles
                         south of here by air.  From there,
                         you'll be taken out of the park by
                         ground transportation...



               EXT.  LANDSLIDE AREA - LATE DAY

               A bulldozer and FOUR PARK MAINTENANCE MEN work to clear a
               comparatively small landslide which completely blocks the
               Northeast Entrance road for about two hundred feet.  

                                   MAINTANANCE MAN #1
                         This has got me nervous as Hell.

                                   MAINTENANCE MAN #2
                         If it slides again we're dead.



               EXT.  ROADWAY, HAYDEN VALLEY - LATE DAY

               Rex and Robin hurry the second group into the helicopter.
               FRANK, the pilot, gives a thumbs up sign.

               The Helicopter departs.



               EXT.  LANDSLIDE AREA - LATE DAY

               The bulldozer has punched a pass through the slide and is
               working to make it drivable.  A long line of vehicles waits
               on the other side.  ONLOOKERS CHEER.

                                   MAINTANANCE MAN #1
                             (into handheld radio)
                         ...yeah we're punched through. 
                         Should be another fifteen, twenty
                         minutes.  Over.
                             (pause)
                         You're breaking up.  I can't hear
                         you.  Over.
                             (winces)
                         If you can hear me, send them on.



               EXT. ENTRANCE TO TOWER FALLS CAMPGROUND - LATE DAY

               A Park Police car pulls in. 

                                   PARK POLICEMAN
                             (into Park radio)
                         Roger.  Out.

                                   HOT-HEADED MAN
                             (very loudly)
                         There's the damn Ranger.  Hey we're
                         trapped.  How the hell do we get
                         out?

                                   PARK POLICEMAN
                             (into vehicle's PA system)
                         This is the Park Service Police. 
                         The Northeast Entrance Road is now
                         open.  You must leave now.  This is
                         an emergency.  Yellowstone National
                         Park is now closed.

               All kinds of camping rigs begin departing.

                                   PARK POLICEMAN
                             (through PA system)
                         This campground is closed.  You
                         must evacuate immediately.  It is
                         unsafe and illegal to stay here.

                                   HOT-HEADED MAN
                         You guys said it was safe.  You
                         said it was safe.  If I end up
                         getting killed, I'm suing.  I'm
                         suing anyway.

               The Park Policeman gets out of his car and his face gets real
               ugly.

                                   PARK POLICEMAN
                         Leave this place.

               The hot-headed man flees to his car. 

               The patrol car slowly moves on through the campground.

                                   PARK POLICEMAN
                             (through PA system)
                         You must exit left and follow the
                         signs to Cooke City.  The only road
                         open is by way of Cooke City...

               EXT.  WITHIN TOWER FALLS CAMPGROUND - LATE DAY

               A frantic PREGNANT WOMAN waves down the patrol car.

                                   PREGNANT WOMAN
                         My husband took our truck to take
                         the kids hiking.  They should have
                         been back hours ago.

                                   PARK POLICEMAN
                         Where did they go?

                                   PREGNANT WOMAN
                         They said they'd start at Artist
                         Point.

                                   PARK POLICEMAN
                         Ma'am, that bridge is out.  But I'm
                         sure they're all right.  They've
                         brought in helicopters to...



               INT.  GUS'S MOTOR HOME - SAME 

               Stella sits forlornly on the passenger side.  Gus stares
               ahead with steely eyes as slams the shifter into gear.

                                   GUS
                         I hate this place.



               EXT.  ROADWAY, HAYDEN VALLEY - TWILIGHT

               The middle-aged man with and Rex look off toward the fires.

                                   MIDDLE-AGED MAN
                         I first moved to Jackson when they
                         had the fires here back in '88. 
                         What a fiasco that was.  Park
                         service going to do anything this
                         time?

                                   REX
                         There wasn't lava spewing out then.
                         According to Frank, the pilot,
                         there's disasters all over the
                         park. If this is just the
                         beginning, it'll make '88 seem like
                         a Sunday picnic.  
                             (pausing reflectively)
                         National Parks are supposed to be
                         lands of natural processes. People
                         forget that. 

               CHOPPER BLADES.  The two look up.
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