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The Disappeared: Screenplay
By: Sean Young

 

EXT. DOWNTOWN OF SAN FRANCISCO – CLOUDY DAY

JOLU and VAN are strolling through the DESERTED streets of San Francisco. Wind blows around NEWSPAPERS. There are a plethora of POSTERS plastered throughout the city featuring MARCUS and ANGE. There are also a few STATUES resembling MARCUS and ANGE.

JOLU: See what MARCUS has done?!

Quick burst shots featuring close ups of the POSTERS and STATUES of MARCUS and ANGE.

VAN: Sad to say that he was our savior 5 years ago.

JOLU raises his FIST and CLENCHES it in anger.

JOLU: And now he’s abducting and murdering random people!

VAN grasps her hair with her HANDS.

VAN: And don’t even get me started on ANGE!

VAN SWIFTLY points towards a statue of ANGE.

JOLU: Yeah…she’s changed too.

 

EXT. NEAR A CITY PARK – CLOUDY DAY

VAN and JOLU walk by a city park.

VAN: Wait here. I’m gonna drink some water.

JOLU nods in acknowledgement.

VAN walks towards a water fountain on the other side of the park. A lone SUSPICIOUS BLACK VAN is nearby. Right before VAN reaches the water fountain, TWO MYSTERIOUS MEN in BLACK jump out of the nearby van and grabs VAN against her will.

VAN: Mmm!!! AH! JOLU!

The men cover VAN’s mouth to silence her. They throw VAN into the back of the van. The van drives off almost immediately.

JOLU: EH!? VAAAAN!!!

JOLU takes off in full pursuit, SPRINTING towards the almost vanishing van.

 

EXT. CITY STREETS – CLOUDY DAY

JOLU is still SPRINTING towards the van on the road.

JOLU: HEY! STOP THE CAR!

JOLU can’t keep up with the van and it vanishes from sight. JOLU slows down, stops, and kneels over in the middle of the street, PANTING.

JOLU: *gasp**gasp*…no…NO!!! GOD FREAKIN DAMMIT...they got her…Van…

JOLU PUNCHES a nearby streetlamp with all his force. There’s a short pause. JOLU looks up, and then BOLTS STRAIGHT UP. JOLU frantically grabs his PHONE out of his pocket. JOLU turns the phone on and pushes some buttons QUICKLY. The phone’s screen starts to show an image.

JOLU: Hah! Hacking into the street cameras is no problem!

JOLU has a satisfied smirk on his face. Using his PHONE, he watches where the mysterious van will go to. The van eventually parks at some abandoned building.

JOLU: Gotcha.

JOLU smirks.

 

SCREEN FADES OUT.

 

EXT. BUS STOP – CLOUDY DAY

JOLU is standing at the bus station. A close up of JOLU’s face begins.

JOLU: MARCUS…kidnapping VAN? Really?

Small bursts of flash back image play. Images of MARCUS throughout the past 5 years are shown. Picture of JOLU and MARCUS happily giving one another a HIGH FIVE, of JOLU and MARCUS forming plans together, of MARCUS being praised by the citizens for saving the city, of MARCUS at his first day in government power, of MARCUS taking over the city and destroying it.

JOLU: You’ve changed bro…

A bus rolls up in front of JOLU. He enters it.

 

SCREEN FADES OUT.

 

EXT. ABANDONED WAREHOUSE – NIGHTFALL

JOLU steps off of the bus. The bus drives off. JOLU stares at the big abandoned warehouse he spotted in his security camera feed. JOLU also looks around and notices a black van hidden under a tarp.

JOLU: This is the place. MARCUS might be here…

JOLU wipes the nervous SWEAT off his face and slowly approaches the warehouse. He puts his ear on the door to listen if anyone is inside. He can hear SOFT voices. He waits for a few seconds, then BARGES the door open and STOMPS his way inside. He notices someone but can’t tell who it is.

 

INT. ABANDONED WAREHOUSE CENTER ROOM – DARK LIGHTING

JOLU: MARCUS! Let VAN go!

JOLU moves closer and closer to the unidentified person until he realizes it’s none other than VAN herself, wearing the same black outfit as the kidnappers. JOLU is frozen in spot.

VAN: …JOLU?

JOLU: VAN…you’re with the enemy!?

VAN’s ARMS swoosh above her head and slam down near her thighs.

VAN: No! You’ve got it all wrong! We’re the good guys.

JOLU stands still, SPEECHLESS and CONFUSED.

VAN: The citizens are too scared to try and leave the city by themselves. They know MARCUS will punish any who try to escape. That’s why I created this secret organization. We pretend to abduct and kill these people who wish to escape. It’s much easier to escort them to safety when everyone thinks they’re dead. It’s quite sad really.

JOLU looks down in thought. VAN looks down as well, in shame.

VAN: I’m sorry. It was…top secret information.

JOLU springs his head back upright and nods.

JOLU: Well now that I know, I might as well help out, eh?

JOLU puts on a big grinning smile.

 

SCREEN FADES OUT.

 

INT. ABANDONED WAREHOUSE SIDE ROOM – WELL LIT

THE CAMERA FOLLOWS A MAN WHO WALKS TOWARDS VAN TO GIVE HER A PAPER. CAMERA STAYS ON JOLU AND VAN.

 JOLU and VAN are seen SITTING and in mid conversation. JOLU smiles and RAISES his ARMS excitedly as he speaks. VAN smiles and makes a “winning” clenching motion with her HANDS.

VAN: And something we didn’t plan on was that many of them, like you, are under the impression that MARCUS and ANGE are the ones behind the random “murders”. No one will want MARCUS in power now!

VAN begins to quiet down, also slowing down her previous excited movements.

VAN: Oh…and Darryl. He’s already out there helping guide people to the “safe zone”.

JOLU brings himself to his feet without saying a word. JOLU stares at VAN.

JOLU: All right. I must ask…what is this safe zone?

VAN nods in agreement, STANDS and shows JOLU a big MONITOR SCREEN.

VAN: Here. It’s a secret locale just out of the state.

On the MONITOR SCREEN, JOLU and VAN watch a number of CITIZENS walking around and CHEERFULLY talking to one another. They are in some rural looking village; however, the village looks much brighter and lively in contrast to the current San Francisco.

JOLU: Hah, even 5 years ago, MARCUS always had to do things all on his own. That’s the reason he’s not gonna win.

VAN nods in agreement.

 

SCREEN FADES OUT

 

EXT. STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO – AFTERNOON

JOLU and VAN are garbed in BLACK, riding a black van down the deserted street. They’re approaching a young woman walking along side the sidewalk.

VAN: That’s our target.

JOLU: All right, let’s go save her.

JOLU parks the van on the street. Both JOLU and VAN rush out of the car and chase the woman, GRABBING her and TYING her up. JOLU and VAN drag her back to the van and throw her in the back. JOLU and VAN quickly get back into the car and drive off.

JOLU: Phew, so…what’s your name miss?

JOLU turns his head even though he’s still driving to get a look at the woman. He has a shocked look on his face.

JOLU: … ANGE!?!? VAN this, this girl is ANGE!

JOLU swerves the car and almost hits a STREET LAMP, but quickly regains control.

VAN: Calm down JOLU! I know, I know.

ANGE is looking up at VAN and JOLU, her eyes sad. JOLU has a look of CONFUSEMENT.

 

SCREEN FADES OUT.

 

EXT. FOREST/FIELD – LATE AFTERNOON

ANGE waves to JOLU and VAN, and runs off into the depths of the forest. JOLU and VAN begin walking back, towards their parked van.

JOLU: Wow, I never expected ANGE to escape. MARCUS is truly alone now.

VAN has her head down, looking at the grass for awhile while she walks. She then turns and grins at JOLU.

VAN: Yeah, it’s only a matter of time now before MARCUS falls!

JOLU and VAN reach their van. They SMILE at each other, while HIGH-FIVING. After the high-five, they both go into the car. The van is seen driving off into the distance and into the sunset.

 

FIN