Excerpt 3

INT. BRIAN AND VICTOR’S APARTMENT – DAY

Brian walks into the apartment to find Nathan on the couch watching a movie.

BRIAN
Hey.

NATHAN
Hey.

BRIAN
You think they’ll press charges?

NATHAN
Yeah.  You blew up a window.

BRIAN
How else was I supposed to do it?

NATHAN
I don’t know.  An air duct or something?

BRIAN
What do we do now?

NATHAN
You’re the leader.

BRIAN
(looks at the television screen)  Is that Robert Duvall?

On the screen, Robert Duvall, bald and dressed in white, runs down white hallways.

NATHAN
Yeah.

BRIAN
What are you watching?

NATHAN
THX-1138.

BRIAN
Boring.

NATHAN
It’s Lucas’s first movie.

BRIAN
What?

NATHAN
Yeah, they screened it at Cannes (mispronounced as “Khan”).

BRIAN
Comic-Con?  I didn’t see it.  What’s it about?

NATHAN
It’s actually pretty cool.  You’d like it.  It’s about bucking the system.

BRIAN
Bucking the system?  Lucas?

NATHAN
Yeah, man, the first Star Wars bucked all kinds of systems.  People today just don’t realize how gutsy, how revolutionary, and how indie that first movie was.

Brian sits down.

BRIAN
Tell me more.

Robert Duvall continues to run on the screen.

INT. THEME PARK, LUCAS’S OFFICE – DAY

Lucas sits at his desk facing TWENTY NEARLY IDENTICAL MEN IN SUITS. PAPERWORK is strewn about on the desk.

FIRST SUIT
All options are on the table, Mr. Lucas.

SECOND SUIT
Breaking.

THIRD SUIT
Entering.

FOURTH SUIT
Grand larceny.

FIFTH SUIT
Petty theft.

SIXTH SUIT
Attempted assault with a deadly weapon.

LUCAS
He didn’t assault anyone.

FIRST SUIT
Oh, we can make that fly, Mr. Lucas.

SECOND SUIT.
Don’t forget vandalism.

THIRD SUIT
Blackmail.

FOURTH SUIT
Extortion.

FIFTH SUIT
Hate crime.

SIXTH SUIT
Embezzlement.

LUCAS
I don’t want to put them out on the street or anything.  I just want the script back.

FIRST SUIT
Mr. Lucas, he staged a full-fledged attack on your empire.

LUCAS
What did you just say?

The door bursts open and Shawn runs in.

SHAWN
Sir!  Rebels!  We’re under attack!

As one, all the Suits immediately DIVE on the ground.  Lucas doesn’t move.

LUCAS
Shawn, I’m kind of busy right now.  What is it?

SHAWN
I think they’ve gone crazy, sir.  Half of the employees have sided with him!  They’re wearing these weird…you just need to see it for yourself.

Shawn runs over to the huge shattered bay window.  Lucas sighs and walks over to the window.

Down below, A STRANGE MASS OF PEOPLE IN WHITE run in haphazard circles.

EXT. THEME PARK, OUTSIDE LUCAS’S OFFICE – CONTINUOUS

Brian runs determinedly back and forth.  He is wearing WHITE CLOTHES and a white man’s BALD CAP.  Around him run countless other employees, dressed the same.

INT. THEME PARK, LUCAS’S OFFICE – CONTINUOUS

Lucas and Shawn stare at the sight.

EXT. THEME PARK, OUTSIDE LUCAS’S OFFICE – CONTINUOUS

Brian looks up and sees Lucas.  He then RAISES A HAND, runs to the foreground, and stops.  Nathan and Victor line up behind him.  Behind them, the employees form ranks, until a huge rectangular grid of white fills the plaza.

BRIAN
(at the top of his lungs)
I AM THX-1138!!!

ALL BEHIND HIM
WE ARE THX-1138!!!

INT. THEME PARK, LUCAS’S OFFICE – CONTINUOUS

Lucas and Shawn haven’t moved.

PEOPLE BELOW
(chanting)
WE ARE THX-1138!!!  WE ARE THX-1138!!!

EXT. THEME PARK, OUTSIDE LUCAS’S OFFICE – CONTINUOUS

Brian is now yelling in unison with the others.

ALL
WE ARE THX-1138!!!

INT. THEME PARK, LUCAS’S OFFICE – CONTINUOUS

The same SMALL SMILE from Lucas’s first meeting with Brian crosses Lucas’s lips.

SHAWN
Don’t worry, sir.  I’ve called security.

At that moment, SECURITY GUARDS in STORMTROOPER SUITS run in from all directions and begin enacting BRUTAL CROWD CONTROL TACTICS.  The crowd screams and disperses.

LUCAS
(shocked)
Shawn!  God, no!  Stop them!  Now!

Shawn pulls out a walkie-talkie.

SHAWN
(into the receiver)
The Boss says to cool it.

EXT. THEME PARK, OUTSIDE LUCAS’S OFFICE – CONTINUOUS

The Stormtroopers stop.  Brian gets up from the ground.  All look up expectantly.

INT. THEME PARK, LUCAS’S OFFICE – CONTINUOUS

Lucas turns around.  The Suits have crawled to their feet.  The First Suit shakes his head.

FIRST SUIT
Disturbing the peace.

SECOND SUIT
We can end this now, Mr. Lucas.

Lucas looks at them thoughtfully.

EXT. THEME PARK, OUTSIDE LUCAS’S OFFICE – CONTINUOUS

The front door of the office building.  The THX’s and the Stormtroopers wait, watching the door in silence.

Long beat.

The door opens.  IT’S LUCAS.  Alone.  Everybody CHEERS.

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