THE SHARD - LONDON, ENGLAND
A humpback whale caught in ghost fishing nets
(Directors, producers: this is a 110 page script written in Final Draft)
SCENES: ONE (Opening sequence London Bridge Station, Shard, England) EXT. LONDON BRIDGE STATION - EARLY MORNING It's 4am. Dawn threatening. But still dark. Looming in the near distance - the Shard. JOHN STORM - about 40, tall, athletic, ruggedly handsome - drops down onto the rail tracks and crosses to the opposite platform. He wears black hoodie, jogging pants and climbing shoes. A rucksack is strapped to his back. Always one step in front of him - his cool, understated charisma. Accompanying Storm is a boyish 22-year-old with John Lennon glasses and geekish good looks. He carries a laptop in its case. His name is DAN HAWK. Storm and Hawk clamber up onto the platform, just as a train pulls in and blocks them from view. ON THE OPPOSITE PLATFORM -- Hawk gives Storm a leg up onto the platform's perimeter wall. From there Storm hauls himself up onto the station roof, then peers back down at Hawk. STORM See you after breakfast. Storm disappears. Hawk speaks into the face mic he wears -- HAWK Steve? It's go. INT. HELIPAD TERMINAL - EARLY MORNING Afro-American reporter STEVE GREEN - around 40 years of age, casual suit, black-framed glasses - holds his phone tight to his ear. STEVE Check that, Hawk. (to Charley) Ready Charley? CHARLEY TEMPLE stows away her camera. Charley is early 30s, boyishly attractive with raven-black hair tied back in a pony tail. She wears combat trousers and Doctor Martin boots. She zips up her camera bag and throws it over her shoulder. CHARLEY Ready. Steve drains his coffee. They head out. EXT. LONDON BRIDGE STATION - EARLY MORNING Hawk opens his laptop. Storm's YouTube channel is on screen. The channel is titled 'STORM'. Hawk hits LIVE STREAM. EXT. BASE OF SHARD - EARLY MORNING Storm leaps down from the station roof onto the concrete base of London's tallest skyscraper. Scans about. Orients himself. MATCH CUT TO: EXT. LONDON BRIDGE STATION - EARLY MORNING CCTV IMAGE: Storm orients himself in the half-light at the base of the Shard. Hawk watches the CCTV images being live streamed on Storm's YouTube channel -- Storm in the half-light now, edging his way along the side of the building at the base of the Shard. INTERCUT BETWEEN BASE OF SHARD AND LONDON BRIDGE STATION BASE OF SHARD -- Storm puts a hand to his earpiece and speaks into his face mic. STORM You have visual? HAWK (EARPIECE VOICE) Three-sixty degrees. STATION -- Hawk studies the screen. HAWK I'm inside their system. They have the cameras. I have the remote. We are live streaming to the world. His fingers play the keypad -- BASE OF SHARD -- CCTV camera moves... STATION -- Camera angle on Hawk's laptop changes. STORM (EARPIECE VOICE) Making my way round to the start point now. HAWK Roger that. It's twenty metres to your right. BASE OF SHARD -- Storm hugs the wall as he makes his way over stealthily to the start point. STATION -- On the laptop Hawk sees two security guards approaching Storm's position. HAWK You have unwanted visitors. BASE OF SHARD -- Storm freezes. Flattens himself against the wall. Dares not even breathe as the two guards amble past and disappear around the side of the building. Storm puts a hand to his earpiece and waits for Hawk's all-clear. HAWK (EARPIECE VOICE) Clear to go. Good luck, Skip. Storm wastes no time. He hauls himself up athletically onto the metal frame-like structure overhanging him and slips his rucksack off. He pulls out two suction cups. Looks up -- -- The Shard soars above him all the way to the sky... STATION -- Hawk packs his laptop away. Leaves the station. EXT. HELIPAD - EARLY MORNING Steve and Charley climb aboard an EcoBird electro-hybrid helicopter - Steve in the pilot's seat, Charley next to him. ROTOR BLADES WHIR INTO LIFE. Helicopter lifts and banks, almost silently. Flies off. EXT. SHARD - LATER - MORNING A SUCTION CUP SLAPS AGAINST THE GLASS PANEL as Storm heaves himself up and across onto the open face of the Shard... He climbs using the cups for grip. One and then the next. He climbs like Spiderman. It's a superhuman effort -- -- He stops, dips a hand in his chalk bag, dares to look down. He is 50 metres above London. He continues his climb. EXT. LONDON BRIDGE - MORNING DIGI CAMERA BINOCULARS POV: Storm ascends the Shard. No safety harness. No ropes. Hawk stands on the bridge and films the climb through high- powered digital camera binoculars. INT. ECOBIRD HELICOPTER - MORNING Steve speaks into his face mic -- STEVE We're on our way, Hawk. ETA twenty- six minutes. EXT. LONDON BRIDGE - MORNING Hawk films the climb, binoculars pressed to his eyes with one hand, phone held to his ear with the other. HAWK Roger that, Steve. DIGI CAMERA BINOCULARS POV: Storm continues to climb. He is halfway up the Shard now. EXT. HALFWAY UP THE SHARD - MORNING Storms heaves himself sideways and steps onto the ladder-like metal structure running the full height of the Shard. Gravity tugs at him. It's an immense effort -- -- He peels of the suction cup and stows it in his rucksack. Wipes sweat from his brow. Plants a foot on the rung above him. Hauls himself up a level -- EXT. LONDON BRIDGE - MORNING -- Hawk observes anxiously, binoculars trained on the Shard. HAWK Come on, Skip. You can do this. INT. SHARD HOTEL ROOM - MORNING MOBILE PHONE FLASHES on the bedside table. ALARM SOUNDS. A female hand reaches over and turns it off. ATTRACTIVE YOUNG WOMAN in her twenties throws off the bed covers and heads for the bathroom dressed in a long T-shirt. EXT. SHARD HOTEL ROOM - MORNING Storm hauls himself up onto the next rung and casts a glance across his shoulder, out across London. He is 200 metres up. Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye are way below him. INT. SHARD HOTEL ROOM - MORNING The young woman emerges from the bathroom with a towel wrapped around her. Crosses the room. Opens the curtains - GASPS! She is stunned to see STORM PEERING BACK IN AT HER -- EXT. SHARD HOTEL ROOM - MORNING -- Storm almost loses his footing as the curtains draw back to reveal the young woman. He quickly gathers himself. STORM Beautiful morning. EXT. LONDON BRIDGE - MORNING Hawk listens in through his earpiece. HAWK What's that, Skip? EXT. SHARD HOTEL ROOM - MORNING Storm is still peering in at the attractive young woman. STORM I was just saying the views are even more distracting up here than I imagined. HAWK (EARPIECE VOICE) Ah. Focus, Skip. Focus. Young woman snaps the curtains shut. INT. ECOBIRD HELICOPTER - MORNING London skyline approaching -- THE SHARD IN VIEW -- Charley seated at the open door, legs dangling, camera ready. EXT. TOP OF SHARD - MORNING Storm heaves himself up another rung, then another. Plants his foot on the next rung, SLIPS, just manages to grab hold of the rung above. 300 metres above London now, dangling by one arm. He manages to swing across and grab hold with both hands. Regains his footing. Hauls himself up onto -- -- THE TOP OF THE SHARD ... Just as -- -- An EcoBird helicopter swoops in low, Charley hanging from its open door, camera trained on the man who has just free- climbed the Shard -- -- Helicopter hovers. Storm gives a wave. INT. ECOBIRD HELICOPTER - MORNING CHARLEY'S CAMERA POV: Storm smiles and waves to camera -- EXT. TOP OF SHARD - MORNING -- Then takes his abseil rope from his rucksack and clips it to the metal framework. Tugs it to make sure it's secure. SECURITY GUARD#1 Come on now, Sir! Climb down and come inside please! Storm turns to see two security guards on the platform several floors below, calling to him through a megaphone. SECURITY GUARD#1 Come on buddy. Time to get down now. STORM Funny you should say that. Storm falls backwards and disappears. Security guards look horrified. INT. ECOBIRD HELICOPTER - MORNING CHARLEY'S CAMERA POV: Storm falls backwards off the Shard and abseils down, SAS-style. A banner unfurls as he descends. Banner reads: 'CLEANER OCEANS FOR A GREENER PLANET' Steve whoops and cheers and gives the thumbs up. EXT. LONDON BRIDGE - MORNING DIGI CAMERA BINOCULARS POV: Storm is now halfway down the Shard. The banner is fully unfurled. Hawk lowers the binoculars -- HAWK Get in! EXT. HALFWAY DOWN THE SHARD - MORNING Storm fixes the banner to the building, then watches as the helicopter wheels round and heads off. He dangles 150 metres above London. To his left a small balcony enclosed by an iron railing - an entry point. He starts to swing himself on the rope, left then right, then again, a human pendulum. Until -- -- Yes! His hand grips hold of the railing and he hauls himself up onto the balcony to safety. He unclips the abseil rope and breathes... Just then his mobile phone vibrates in his pocket. He takes it out. The FACE OF GEORGE FRANKS stares back at him. STORM George. FRANKS Hello John. You must be hungry. I ordered eggs. STORM I'm thinking organic, free range. FRANKS Naturally. Simon will show you in. Storm turns. SIMON - dressed in full waiter's livery - tips his head and motions towards the black door behind him. SIMON This way, Sir. Storm enters. Black door closes behind him... BLACK SCREEN... CREDITS. FADE IN:
SCENES: TWO (Aqua, Shard restaurant, London, England)
John Storm is a daredevil activist and protestor.