[Alien 5] Alien Force fanscript (revised 2012) **COMPLETE**

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  1. Roary Force Ghost

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    Aug 7, 2001
    This is a revised version of a script I wrote for Alien 5 back in 2005 which continues the story of Ellen Ripley from Alien: Resurrection. After reading it again I decided to give the story a complete over-haul, taking out stuff that never really worked, adding a couple of new and extended scenes, basically making changes to give the story more clarity.

    Ellen Ripley has finally returned home to begin a new life. Unbeknown to her the Alien nightmare she thought was destroyed has followed her. And she must face them one more time...to the DEATH!!

    (PLEASE NOTE: All profanity was removed from this version at the request of the site. It's only right of course, so I you'll just have to use your imagination I suppose. Naturally, if I missed anything I do apologize.)

    Enjoy.... and please do let me know what you think.

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    ALIEN FORCE
    A Screenplay by Andrew D. Connor.
    May 2001 - December 2005
    Revised 2012
    “Earth is the Safest Place in the Universe!”
    DISCLAIMER
    ALIEN (1979), ALIENS (1986), ALIEN 3 (1992) & ALIEN: RESURRECTION (1997)
    Copyright 20th CENTURY FOX.
    I DO NOT own anything and this screenplay is a FAN-FICTION only,
    INCLUDING individual names, places and organizations created solely
    for the purpose of telling the story. Any infringement is not intended.
    All character's and related material are Copyright & Trademarks of
    20th Century Fox Film Corporation.
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    FADE IN:

    EXT. LOW EARTH ORBIT.

    (DREAM SEQUENCE)

    AUSTRALIA: Prominently a huge golden desert, the tropics in the north, plentiful rain forest in the east. The cities shine clearly visible around the coast lines.

    (PARTIAL CREDITS)

    AFRICA: Sweeping in from the north, a vast arid desert forms a large part of the landscape, open plains and a heavily forested Congo basin roll in from the west.

    (PARTIAL CREDITS)

    SOUTH AMERICA: The Andes mountain range runs the entire west coast, behind a narrow coastal plain, while the vast Amazon basin stretches over a fifth of the landscape

    (PARTIAL CREDITS)

    Gradually we ZOOM IN on South America.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. AMAZON FOREST. DAY.

    A SWEEPING SHOT above the Amazon Forest, LIFTING slowly into the horizon. Suddenly the huge space ship U.S.M. AURIGA drops into frame SMASHING into the Earth. A BRIGHT light follows the deafening EXPLOSION, then the blast wave heads towards us followed by the title...


    A L I E N F O R C E

    EXT. AMAZON FOREST. (CONT.)

    PANNING RIGHT with the blast, effortlessly brushing the trees aside.

    (PARTIAL CREDITS)

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT of the U.S.M. Auriga as it continues to fall.

    (PARTIAL CREDITS)

    TRACKING DOLLY SHOT following the blast as it spreads outward.

    (PARTIAL CREDITS)

    EXT. EARTH. 20,000 FEET.

    DROP SHOT as the stern of Auriga finally SMASHES into the Earth.

    (PARTIAL CREDITS)

    EXT. AMAZON FOREST.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of the mushroom effect created by the blast.

    (PARTIAL CREDITS)

    DISSOLVE TO:

    LOW ANGLED SHOT through the trees, a HUGE fireball heads towards us filling the screen, THEN switching to SLOW MOTION SHOT of the TOWERING flames.

    RIPLEY (V.O.)
    A perfect organism!! Its structural perfection is matched only
    by its hostility. A survivor, unclouded by conscience, remorse
    or delusions of morality. And now ‘finally’ it's here...in me!

    (DREAM SEQUENCE ENDS)

    FADE TO BLACK:

    FADE IN:

    EXT. SPACE/SOUTH ATLANTIC. NIGHT.

    PANNING DOWN slowly through the blackness of space lit by a multitude of stars, the familiar sight of a full moon comes into view. Suddenly a small beige coloured vessel ROARS PAST over-head...the civilian ship THE BETTY.

    We CONTINUE DOWN with the Betty, see the moonlight dancing on a liquid surface, we're not in space but several hundred feet over the ATLANTIC OCEAN. The ship approaches an uneven shape on the moonlit horizon, an ISLAND with several GIGANTIC PEAKS, seemingly cut off from the mainland.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. FERINA HILL.

    CONTINUING DOWN we slowly ZOOM IN on a perfectly formed ravine in the forest. Two 100-foot tall Security Fences stand 10 meters apart, running parallel to each other they follow the ravine as far as the eye can see. Lights from the fencing illuminate randomly placed security gates and the area between called THE PERIMETER.

    EXT. FERINA HILL. THE PERIMETER. (CONT.)

    We CONTINUE to ZOOM IN observing 6 human figures within The Perimeter and some horses tied to a post. These people are Nuns dressed in a simple blue-grey habit, white headdress and collar with a large silver cross.

    Near the highest point on Terran Island called FERINA HILL, they finish covering something on the ground.

    ANGLED SHOT as a SHINING LIGHT suddenly ROARS over them then disappears over Ferina Hill.

    CLOSE UP of Sister Jean, at 40+ she looks remarkably young for her years.

    SISTER JEAN
    Hey, what was that?

    SISTER MAISY
    I don't know but I want to. C'mon girls lets go take a look.

    SISTER RUTH
    We're not supposed to go beyond the Perimeter Fence Maisy. You
    know the rules. Anyhow we haven't even set the trap yet.

    SISTER MAISY
    Looks good to me. Well, what are you waiting for lets go!

    Sister Maisy is 30 years old and leader of the group, so the others follow...except one who remains with the horses. Sister Lauren is 21, quite thin and not so tall.

    She runs after Maisy but only to protest.

    SISTER LAUREN
    (worriedly)
    But what about the horses, we can't just leave them?

    Maisy unlocks and opens The Perimeter Gate leading to the woods.

    SISTER MAISY
    (firmly)
    ‘We're’ not! You stay here Lauren this maybe too dangerous for
    you anyhow.

    SISTER LAUREN
    And the wolves...what if they come back??

    SISTER BECKY (distant O.S.)
    Maisy c'mon!

    SISTER MAISY
    (thinking)
    Hey I got it, use your cross that ought to scare ‘em.

    She giggles then runs after the others.

    SISTER MAISY (to Others)
    (shouting)
    Wait up I'm coming!

    SISTER LAUREN
    (shouting)
    Yeah very funny Maisy, but just remember when they're eating my
    sacred butt, on your head be it ok?

    CUT TO:

    EXT. THE FOREST.

    We DOLLY with the Nuns as they RUN up the hill, the bright light descends ahead, casting a YELLOW GLOW through the trees.

    EXT. THE PERIMETER.

    Lauren walks back to the horses, mumbling to herself, kicking the dirt as she goes.

    LAUREN
    Oh mind the stables Lauren...feed the horses Lauren...clean the
    floors Lauren!! Hey, while you're at it, why don't you kiss my
    freckled butt Lauren!!

    She stops beside a white mare and strokes her.

    LAUREN (CONT.)
    It’s not that I mind looking after you guys. Of course I don't
    why would I? You're the best Girty, I'll never leave you. Not
    without saying good-bye anyway.

    LAUREN’S P.O.V. staring up at the clear night sky.

    LAUREN
    Sure is a beautiful night Girty.

    There’s a short pause.

    LAUREN
    (thoughtfully)
    Hey what do you need me for anyway? I mean look, you guys have
    been around ‘millions’ of years, long before God had this crazy
    notion for us humans. Well, I'm sure you can take care of your
    selves while I go check on the sisters, I’ll be 10 minutes tops
    I promise, ok. Bye.

    Lauren kisses Girty then leaves.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. THE FOREST.

    As the Nuns approach the hilltop one of them stops, the light ahead less than 100 yards away. Ruth, the largest of the group wearing round spectacles, goes back to help Casey, who is the youngest.

    RUTH
    Casey what's wrong...are you ok?

    Casey takes a frantic dose of her inhaler.

    CASEY
    (shaking)
    Ruth, I don’t know what it is but...I'm scared.

    RUTH
    Don't worry Casey I'll protect you (hugs Casey), don't I always?

    Casey nods then gets to her feet again.

    RUTH (CONT.)
    C'mon, let’s keep up with the others, we'll be even safer then.

    EXT. FERINA HILLTOP.

    Just ahead of the others Becky reaches the top, suddenly there's a thundering ROAR followed by a GUSHING wind.

    Trees SWAY violently, branches beginning to BEND and BREAK.

    The Nuns run for cover, then Becky pulls back her headdress and heads on towards the now RISING light.

    JEAN
    (shouting)
    Becky don't, stay back...!!

    As the light rises the wind breaks, then the others all chase after Becky.

    TRACKING SHOT behind Becky, running much faster now, she arrives in a clearing just as the light LIFTS into the night sky.

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT down on Becky DOLLYING AWAY as she drops to her knees.

    BECKY
    (screaming)
    NOOOOOOOOOO, come back!!!

    SMASH CUT TO:

    EXT. THE FOREST.

    LAUREN’S P.O.V. the light visible through the trees for a few seconds then fades.

    LAUREN
    (shrugs)
    Well, I guess that's that.

    She turns to make her way back downhill.

    EXT. FERINA HILLTOP.

    The others catch up with Becky who’s kneeling on the ground. Maisy goes to her first and sees she is crying.

    MAISY
    (worriedly)
    Becky, Becky what is it what's the matter, are you hurt?

    BECKY
    (sniffling)
    It was him...I know it...I saw him.

    Then they start hugging each other and BOTH begin to cry.

    EXT. THE FOREST.

    As Lauren continues downhill a SNAPPING noise causes her to FREEZE!

    LAUREN’S P.O.V. scanning the trees high above. Some leaves drop, then suddenly DOZENS of BATS fly out from overhead.

    She JUMPS with fright but doesn't scream, takes a deep breath, then continues downhill.

    EXT. FERINA HILLTOP.

    The Nuns continue to search for clues on the lightly scorched clearing, while something already has Casey’s attention.

    On her knees she touches a thin melted trail.

    CLOSE UP as something burns her finger drawing a tiny drop of blood.

    Curious she follows it.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. THE FOREST.

    As Lauren approaches The Perimeter something LEAPS out of the trees ahead.

    She ducks behind a tree, then nervously peers out to see who the intruder is.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the UNKNOWN, scantily dressed, long-haired female walks through the STILL open Security Gate, into The Perimeter towards the horses.

    EXT. THE PERIMETER.

    TRACKING SHOT behind the Intruder approaching the mare, she strokes her gently, but Girty makes no sound. The Intruder unties Girty and quietly leads the mare back towards the Security Gate.

    EXT. THE FOREST.

    LAUREN’S P.O.V. viewing the Intruder from a safe distance.

    Watching quietly from behind a tree, Lauren looks back for some sign of the others, but no one comes.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. THE PERIMETER.

    ANGLED SHOT as the mare and the Intruder suddenly VANISH as if swallowed up by the ground. The Intruder SCREAMS and the mare CRIES as they both fall into THE TRAP.

    SMASH CUT TO:

    EXT. FERINA HILLTOP.

    CLOSE UP on Jean SPINNING round STARTLED.

    JEAN
    What was that??

    RUTH (O.S.)
    What was what-?

    JEAN
    SHHH...listen!

    A short pause follows while everyone listens intently.

    RUTH
    (whispering)
    What are we listening for exactly?

    JEAN
    Be quiet I said...just listen!

    A longer pause this time, but the only sound Maisy hears comes from Ruth CHEWING.

    MAISY (to Ruth)
    (sarcastically)
    Maybe if you discarded that disgusting trash, you may find your
    hearing problems cured.

    Ruth gives Maisy a stern look.

    Maisy does likewise, neither noticing Casey’s absence.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. THE PERIMETER.

    HIGH DOLLY SHOT as Lauren enters The Perimeter, rushing over to The Trap. On her knees she peers over the edge. Passing her CONTINUING inside, 30 feet below we see the mare lying motionless. Next to her we also see the distinctive figure of RIPLEY!!

    LAUREN
    Oh no!!

    Lauren promptly produces a whistle from inside her garb and blows it.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. FERINA HILLTOP.

    This time all the Nuns are startled. Panic etched on their faces.

    JEAN
    I heard that.

    RUTH
    It's Lauren. She must be in trouble, c'mon.

    JEAN
    We shouldn’t have left her alone.

    MAISY
    (innocently)
    If she stayed in the Perimeter like I told her to no problem.

    BECKY (to herself)
    (fingers crossed)
    I hope she's ok. Please God let Lauren be ok.

    As the Nuns leave we PULL BACK through the clearing, into the trees behind and STOP. We hear only the WHISPERING of trees at first, followed by a strange CACKLING sound.

    FADE TO BLACK:

    FADE IN:

    EXT. FERINA HILL. THE PERIMETER. (LATER)

    LOW ANGLED SHOT from inside The Trap towards the stars. A shooting star cuts across the heavens. One by one the Nuns' heads appear on screen. Maisy first, followed by Jean, Ruth then Becky, looking down into the trap.

    Lauren carefully kneels over Ripley.

    MAISY
    (quietly)
    Lauren, is that you?

    LAUREN
    (sarcastically)
    No!

    Jean shines her torch on Ripley below.

    JEAN
    Hey look!! I told you my suspicions were correct. You Sisters
    never learn.

    MAISY (to herself)
    (quietly)
    How on Earth did she get by us?

    BECKY (to Lauren)
    Who's that...is she dead?

    LAUREN
    No, she's alive...barely. She came from the ship.

    BECKY
    (confused)
    What ship?

    RUTH (O.S.)
    Forget it Becky.

    JEAN
    Hey maybe she's a spy sent in by the troops to keep tabs on us!

    RUTH
    (amazed)
    You think so?

    JEAN
    Sure! Not a bad thing of course. (smiles) Them troops can keep
    tabs on me ‘anytime’.

    MAISY (to Jean)
    I think you watch too much T.V.

    RUTH
    (giggling)
    I think you're smart Jeannie.

    LAUREN
    (sharply)
    Er, excuse me...aren't you all forgetting something?

    MAISY
    Like what?

    LAUREN
    Like why we're supposed to be here. We help people that's what
    we do, remember? This person may die if we don't, (looks up at
    others) we have to help her.

    There’s a short pause.

    BECKY
    (softly)
    Lauren?

    LAUREN (O.S.)
    Yes?

    BECKY
    What about Girty?

    LAUREN
    She's dead... (looks up at Ruth) I'm sorry.

    Ruth puts a comforting arm around Becky and the Nuns bow their heads, saddened by Girty's death a respectful silence follows.

    Then Maisy starts looking around worriedly.

    MAISY
    Hey, where's Casey?

    JEAN (to Ruth)
    I thought she was with you, she usually is.

    RUTH (to Jean)
    (angrily)
    Hey I'm not her keeper you know!!

    BECKY
    (worriedly)
    We should call the others, we've gotta find her.

    MAISY
    It'll take time getting help out here... (looks at watch) we're
    late as it is.

    LAUREN
    (sharply)
    Then c'mon girls snap to it, we're wasting valuable time here!!
    Unless anyone has any further questions?

    RUTH
    Yeah I got a question.

    LAUREN
    (irritatingly)
    Which is??

    RUTH
    Was she trying to steel the horses?

    Maisy and Jean turn to look at each other then shake their heads in disbelief.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. THE PERIMETER. (SEVERAL HOURS LATER)

    (RESCUE SEQUENCE)

    ANGLED SHOT of 2 horse and carts pulling up next to The Trap with other Nuns.

    SHOT OF the Nuns preparing a winch to haul Ripley out of The Trap.

    ANGLED SHOT inside The Trap over Ripley being winched out.

    CLOSE UP of Lauren watching the proceedings intently.

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT of Ripley being lowered onto one cart.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. OPEN PLAINS. DAWN. (SEVERAL HOURS LATER)

    RISING DOLLY SHOT behind the 2 carts moving over green open plains, the lead cart carries Ripley the second one carries the mare. In the distance we see an old CONVENT built like a Roman fortress. The maze of stone buildings within its walls, surrounded by a single Perimeter Fence, lit by the orange glow of the morning sun rising behind.

    (RESCUE SEQUENCE ENDS)

    FADE TO BLACK:

    FADE IN:

    INT. TERRAN CONVENT. RECOVERY ROOM. MORNING. (2 DAYS LATER)

    We SLOWLY RISE over lit candlesticks towards a walkway with a large bed. DOLLYING IN we see Ripley lying asleep. She slowly wakes up looking wearily round the dome-shaped room. 100’s of candles illuminate the interior, crosses hanging from the walls and ceiling.

    At the far side is a door with someone sat on a chair.

    Ripley, now in flowing white gown, gets up and cautiously approaches.

    RIPLEY
    Hi there...hello?

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. stares at the sleeping Nun.

    RIPLEY
    Excuse me I-!

    The Nun rises, looks STARTLED at Ripley then BOLTS out of the room, the sliding doors closing behind her.

    Ripley runs towards the doors!

    RIPLEY
    No wait!! I just wanna talk... (doors close)

    Ripley THUMPS the doors in frustration.

    Walking back towards the bed she picks up a candle.

    CLOSE UP of Ripley playing with the candle flame. Dancing her fingers through it, then running the flame under her left arm feeling no pain.

    Suddenly the doors open, Ripley stubs out the flame and hides the candle under a pillow.

    3 Nuns enter the room. The middle one wears a larger headdress and is much older than the others. She is the MOTHER SUPERIOR, head of the Nuns.

    She bows respectfully to Ripley, who does the same.

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    (politely)
    I’m pleased to see your health appears to be much improved.

    RIPLEY
    Thank you.

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    Actually I'm not sure it is I you should thank. You have shown
    remarkable powers of recovery, the good Lord has indeed watched
    over you...whoever you are!

    RIPLEY
    My name is Ripley. Ellen Ripley.

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    Welcome to St. Clemences Convent Ellen Ripley. And I am Mother
    Kersey, though you may refer to me simply as Mother Superior.

    RIPLEY
    How long have I been here?

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    You were discovered nearly 3 days ago in the hills. Apparently
    arriving unannounced with no formal means of identification. I
    have since discovered you are not wanted by the authorities and
    therefore do not represent a danger.

    RIPLEY
    (suspiciously)
    They know about me?

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    (nods once)
    Indeed, we take it upon ourselves to investigate those who come
    here. A standard procedure...is this a problem?

    RIPLEY
    (firmly)
    No! But I probably won't be here very long.

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    As you wish, though while you are here, and while it is evident
    that you are getting stronger, you shall be expected to perform
    some minor chores around the convent.

    RIPLEY
    Yes of course.

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    We have brought you food and drink, as well as garments you are
    required to wear during your stay.

    Mother Superior claps her hands once.

    The 2 Nuns place items they're carrying onto the bed.

    MOTHER SUPERIOR (CONT.)
    In 1 hour Sister Jade (indicated) will return with instructions,
    (bows to Ripley) we bid you good day.

    The Nuns turn to leave while Ripley examines her new garments. Then she’s distracted by them whispering.

    One of the younger Nuns approaches and gives something to Ripley.

    LAUREN (to Ripley)
    I found this nearby where I--I mean we--found you.

    CLOSE UP of a Silver Bracelet, a TINY transmitter device hanging out from the clasp.

    LAUREN
    It's broken!

    RIPLEY
    So I see.

    LAUREN
    (informatively)
    It’s a Systems Standard Sub-wave Transponder... (embarrassed) I
    mean I think.

    RIPLEY
    (amusingly)
    Really??

    Mother Superior claps her hands again, the young Nun SNAPS to attention, bows quickly then rushes away.

    CLOSE UP as Ripley watches the Nuns leave, then she turns to eat the food they left.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. CONVENT. CORRIDOR/HALL. (3 HOURS LATER)

    The Convents rooms and corridors were made of stone, tall columns supported ancient wooden arches draped by decorative chandeliers that hung low from every ceiling.

    We DOLLY behind 3 Nuns as they approach the Hall Entrance, they stop while continuing to whisper to each other. We DOLLY past them TOWARDS a Nun in the Hall busy lighting candles. Various antique containers, tables and chairs stacked neatly on either side.

    We CLOSE UP on Ripley lighting another candle.

    She stares at a large porcelain cross hanging on a wall high above. Distracted by the Nuns whispering (O.S.) she turns to face them.

    RIPLEY
    Hi there!

    They whisper some more then one is left behind. Lauren slowly walks up beside Ripley.

    LAUREN
    Hello. I apologise for that, just a little gossip that's all.

    RIPLEY
    (flattered)
    About me...tell me more?

    LAUREN
    Nothing much, there’s always a buzz when someone new arrives.

    There's a short pause.

    RIPLEY
    (smiling)
    I’m Ellen, Ellen Ripley, nice to meet you...??

    They shake hands.

    LAUREN
    (smiling)
    Lauren, Lauren Kane actually.

    RIPLEY
    (quietly)
    Kane??

    LAUREN
    Yes, do I sound familiar or something?

    EXTREME CLOSE UP of Ripley recalling a distant nightmare.

    RIPLEY
    (quietly)
    I had a friend called Kane, once...he...!

    LAUREN (O.S.)
    May I ask you something?

    RIPLEY
    (hesitantly)
    Anything.

    LAUREN
    Why are you here?

    RIPLEY
    Well, I guess you could say I needed some space. Away from the
    big wide world out-.

    LAUREN
    (politely)
    No, no I mean why are you ‘here’...in this room?

    RIPLEY
    Just lighting candles for the service, Sister Jades orders, why
    do you ask?

    LAUREN
    (amusingly)
    Well, this is really just a storage area, a few old left-overs,
    some charity stuff, but mostly junk.

    RIPLEY
    (embarrassed)
    Wondered where she'd gotten to, guess I've been had, right?

    LAUREN
    (smiling)
    I'll say, Sister Jade at it again, anything for a drag.

    RIPLEY
    A drag??

    LAUREN
    You know... (imitates smoker) ‘a drag’!

    RIPLEY
    (smiling)
    Oh, right.

    LAUREN
    Still, her loss is my gain I'd say.

    RIPLEY
    (humorously)
    Now how come I knew you were gonna say that?

    Ripley puts down the candle lighter.

    LAUREN
    So, how about a mini tour around this place, we'll be done just
    in time for the service.

    RIPLEY
    Oh I don’t know about that, this Mother Superior of yours seems
    very strict.

    LAUREN
    You needn’t worry about her, she's on visiting rounds today. I
    know her route.

    RIPLEY
    I wouldn't wanna get you into any trouble.

    LAUREN
    You won't! Besides, aren’t you just a tad curious what goes on
    around here?

    RIPLEY
    (positively)
    Nope. Should I be??

    LAUREN
    Hmm, I guess you’ll find out soon enough, lets see shall we?

    RIPLEY
    Find out about what-??

    Ripley hesitates as Lauren GRABS her hand, then quickly leads her out of the room.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. CRASH SIGHT. NORTH AFRICA. AFTERNOON. (OVERCAST)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT over a baron wasteland, from ahead a large vessel comes into frame. The RESCUE SHIP is 1,000 yards wide, shaped like a crab, with dozens of crane arms and other appendages underneath. We PAN LEFT as the ship slowly passes towards a vast mountain range swarmed by smaller vessels, where a HUGE mass of entangled steel lies embedded in a mountainside.

    CONTINUING with the SHOT a narrative appears:

    EMERGENCY RECOVERY VEHICLE.
    U.S.M. AONASUS.

    CREW:
    150 ENLISTED.
    12 SCIENCE OFFICERS.
    31 E.R. PERSONNEL.
    5 AUTON CARGO.

    LOCATION:
    EARTH CO-ORDINATES 155.24.218, RIFT VALLEY, N. AFRICA.

    MISSION:
    U.S.M. AURIGA RE-ENTRY SALVAGE: FLIGHT RECORDER EX786892.

    U.S.M. AURIGA DETAIL:
    42 STANDING (ENLISTED) CREW- 29 M.I.A.
    7 SCIENCE OFFICERS- ALL M.I.A.
    CARGO/PERSONNEL- NO DATA.
    MISSION STATUS- (CLASSIFIED).

    CAUSE OF CRASH:
    UNKNOWN, INVESTIGATION PENDING...

    CUT TO:

    INT. U.S.M. AONASUS. BRIDGE/CORRIDOR.

    TRACKING SHOT behind 2 men leaving an elevator. They enter a busy control room with multiple Video Screens, CONTINUING down another corridor towards 2 armed soldiers guarding a room. They all salute each other before the 2 men are escorted inside.

    INT. AONASUS. GENERALS QUARTERS. (CONT.)

    We CONTINUE inside towards a General stood with another Officer behind a desk, facing a large Video Screen with the U.S.M. logo. General Rykard is in his early 60's, face battled-scarred, his uniform every bit official as himself. Commander Dacks his 1st Officer is half his age, clean-shaven and much the taller.

    They turn to face the 2 other men, both mid-40’s, smartly suited Government Senators Gore and Trueman (who's black) then sit down.

    GENERAL RYKARD (to Guards)
    That is all, dismissed!

    The Guards leave and we CLOSE UP on the remaining occupants, Rykard casually lights up a cigar from his desk.

    GENERAL RYKARD
    Gentlemen...welcome aboard The U.S.M. Aonasus. May I introduce
    my 1st Officer Commander Dacks. (indicated)

    The 2 Senators address their hosts with a simple nod.

    GENERAL RYKARD (CONT.)
    (sits down)
    As of now I assume full command of current affairs from General
    Perez. We have a situation. As you were briefed, 72 hours ago
    1400 hours local time, Systems research vessel Auriga was in an
    atmospheric burst over this region. Com-Scan detected a minute
    structural defect causing major break-up prior to impact. This
    resulted in a separation of the stern proceeding onto re-entry.
    Ergo...we have salvage.

    SENATOR TRUEMAN
    (pleasantly)
    General Rykard we've heard all about you, pleasure's ours I'm-.

    SENATOR GORE
    (arrogantly)
    The flight recorder, it has been positively identified, there's
    no mistake this time yes?

    GENERAL RYKARD
    (studies call sheet)
    Affirmative!! 5 Auton’s scheduled to go in on retrieval...‘our
    contribution’.

    SENATOR TRUEMAN
    (tentatively)
    We also heard something about...survivors!

    Rykard looks briefly to his 1st Officer.

    COMMANDER DACKS
    13 enlisted crew, currently being held on Titan Base. But rest
    assured gentlemen, every precaution is being taken to avoid any
    possible security breach.

    SENATOR GORE
    (unimpressed)
    What about the contraband, the hired guns your people supplied?
    We don’t need any loose ends here.

    COMMANDER DACKS
    Zantan officially declared their Xarem Nickel Refinery crew and
    cargo a write-off. These Conglom’s can pretty much do whatever
    they want apparently, but they won’t make a connection with us.
    The Colonial Administration knows only too well hijackings have
    become commonplace nowadays--speaking of which--they’ve already
    been taken care of.

    There's a brief pause as a message is broadcast over the ships COM system.

    ATTENTION THIS IS THE BRIDGE: ALL
    PERSONNEL, REPORT TO OP. STATIONS
    IMMEDIATELY. SECURITY AND SALVAGE
    TEAM PROCEED TO AIR-LOCK 7 STATUS
    GREEN, MISSION ‘GO’ IN T MINUS 10
    MINUTES.

    TRUEMAN
    (tentatively)
    Assuming the recovery is successful, what guarantees is Command
    prepared to offer regarding immunity from its contents in light
    of any...‘possible’ scandal?

    RYKARD
    Command will do whatever's necessary to avoid further inquiry.
    But understand, this is now a Federal Investigation, supported
    by the local Government. Without jurisdiction neither I or my
    superiors can guarantee anything at this time.

    GORE
    (agitated)
    We can’t afford the FBI shoving their big noses around, there's
    too much at stake!

    RYKARD
    I concur but I cannot interfere. Systems is here to supply and
    assist only.

    GORE
    (more agitated)
    Bull ****!! You're practically running the whole ****in’ show
    for ****'s sake-!!

    SHOT OF Trueman leaning forward, a reassuring hand on Gore.

    TRUEMAN
    Look this has been stressful time, for all of us. But lets not
    loose sight of the real issues here. Dare I ask where we stand
    on the Xenomorph Project?

    RYKARD
    (firmly)
    Terminated, effective immediately! You will receive a thorough
    internal assessment of course.

    TRUEMAN (to Gore)
    (worriedly)
    Jesus, half a billion Dollars wiped out. If Congress found out
    about that-!

    GORE
    (calmly)
    Just tell me one thing General, ‘off’ the record. Why the hell
    didn't you just nuke it?

    RYKARD
    The Auriga was on auto-flight back to Gateway then altered onto
    collision course for Earth. This course of action is in all of
    our best interests.

    GORE
    (suspiciously)
    Are we talking sabotage here?

    RYKARD
    Inconclusive and irrelevant! What's needed now gentlemen is an
    exercise in damage limitation.

    TRUEMAN
    Agreed. So how do we proceed General?

    Rykard pauses, smoking his cigar.

    RYKARD
    Once recovered, the flight recorder will be transferred over to
    The Escuda in a secure vault for its journey to Washington. If
    we’re to resolve this situation then that Federal ship must not
    reach the port.

    SHOT OF Gore leaning back in his chair, smiles knowingly at Trueman.

    GORE
    I'm sure something could be arranged, something ‘catastrophic’,
    over Systems Air Space of course.

    RYKARD
    Gentlemen I think we understand each other well. The next time
    we meet will be on the Orbital 48 hours from now, by which time
    I expect to give Command a full status report.

    Rykard then pours 2 celebrity drinks.

    RYKARD (CONT.)
    Until then please accept our hospitality gentlemen, compliments
    of the United Systems Military.

    The Senators pick up their glass of wine on the Generals desk, as they drink we PULL BACK, leaving them to continue discussing their plans.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. AURIGA WRECKAGE. (OVERCAST) (LATER)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT above the radioactive remains of the doomed AURIGA. We slowly DOLLY towards a more intact area of the hull. A large platform gently lowers into frame on a crane arm, upon which stand 12 human shapes, carried towards a ridge close by a deep gorge in the hull.

    CUT TO:

    INT. GENERALS QUARTERS.

    We FOCUS on the Video Screen, split into 5 portions, each bearing an ID number A-01 to A-05 in the bottom left corner, currently showing only static.

    Another message is sent over the COM.

    ATTENTION THIS IS THE BRIDGE: ALL
    PERSONNEL NOW ON STATION, SALVAGE
    AND SECURITY TEAM ARE APPROACHING
    GROUND ZERO. STATUS GREEN MISSION
    'GO' IN T MINUS 3 MINUTES.

    EXT. WRECKAGE. PLATFORM.

    A CLOSE UP of the platform reveals no one we recognize. 5 Autons, 3 males and 2 females all early 30’s looking, geared up in grey body armour labelled A-01 to A-05 on the front. Each wears a thick metal collar, on their helmets is a spotlight and video camera with a microphone link to operations.

    Accompanying them are 7 armed U.S.M. Marines wearing bio-suites. The Marine Sergeant steps forward to address the robots.

    MARINE SERGEANT
    (filtered)
    A-Team listen up! We now have a positive bearing on the target,
    just follow your instructions and let the COM guide you onto it.
    The salvage is stable, but I just heard there’s a storm heading
    over. You got just 3 hours to get the hell in and outta there,
    so no stopping to smell the roses ok! Remember if you run into
    any trouble report situation immediately, do not retreat unless
    authorised by the COM. Any questions??

    The Autons look at each other, obviously concerned but saying nothing.

    MARINE SERGEANT
    (filtered)
    Ok A-Team, lets move out!

    The Autons step off the platform onto the ridge, suddenly the last one clumsily trips falling close to the edge. The male Auton leader carrying a rucksack, goes back to help his female counterpart.

    A-01
    Up you come friend. (smiles) Anything broken?

    A-05
    Nothing...except maybe my spirit.

    A Marine then steps forward, leans close to A-05 threateningly.

    MARINE CORPORAL
    (filtered)
    Try that again lady and I'll rip your ****in' head off myself!

    Escorted by the Marines the Autons begin the short trip towards the gorge in the hull.

    CUT TO:

    INT. GENERALS QUARTERS.

    CLOSE UP of Rykard as another message arrives over the COM.

    ATTENTION THIS IS THE BRIDGE: TEAM
    READY FOR LINK-UP. SECURITY PLEASE
    RETURN TO AIR-LOCK 7 STATUS GREEN!
    MISSION 'GO' IN T-MINUS 30 SECONDS
    ...29, 28, 27...(CONT.)

    Rykard thumbs the COM switch on his desk.

    RYKARD
    Rykard to Bridge. Open a direct channel to my quarters.

    There’s a short pause.

    BRIDGE
    General Rykard, the channel is open sir.

    STATUS GREEN! MISSION 'GO' IN T-
    MINUS 15 SECONDS...14, 13, 12, 11,
    (CONT.)

    The Video Screen comes to life, showing 5 individual views via the Autons cameras.

    5, 4, 3, 2, 1. A-TEAM THIS IS THE
    BRIDGE. STATUS IS GREEN, MISSION
    IS 'GO', REPEAT MISSION IS 'GO'!!

    RYKARD
    General Rykard to A-team, mission go confirmed.

    A-01 (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Roger Mission Control.

    RYKARD
    A-Team... (looks at Senators) Good luck!

    EXT. WRECKAGE. RIDGE.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the platform begins to rise, with only the Marines now present. The Autons remain standing for a few seconds. Then, one-by-one, they enter the gorged hull section disappearing inside the wreck.

    FADE TO BLACK:

    FADE IN:

    INT. TERRAN CONVENT. MAIN ELEVATOR BAY.

    Ripley and Lauren arrive in a large bay containing 3 Elevators. Some Nuns gossip while they eye Ripley curiously, trying to look inconspicuous. After a brief nervous wait they all enter the middle Elevator.

    INT. MAIN ELEVATOR. (CONT.)

    When everyone is inside a Nun operates the Elevators control pad.

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. the Nun PRESSES button -2 keeping it depressed, the whole panel FLASHES twice, she releases it and the Elevator goes down.

    RIPLEY
    (whispering)
    Where are we going?

    LAUREN
    (whispering)
    You'll see. It's a surprise.

    RIPLEY
    Sub-level 2. What's the surprise?

    Lauren smiles but doesn't answer.

    RIPLEY
    I hate surprises.

    CUT TO:

    INT. TERRAN HOSPITAL. A-WING.

    We PAN slowly DOWN a wall passing a large colourful placard reading:

    THE WHITE NUNS SOCIETY
    WELCOMES YOU TO:

    ST. CLEMENCES HOSPITAL CONVENT.
    U.S.M. MEDICAL UNIT: C/T 232140.

    FOUNDED IN 2361.

    Ripley and Lauren emerge from the middle Elevator Doors onto a Platform, Ripley pauses to take in the impressive sight.

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT of the Hospital Complex beneath Terran Island. The HUGE isometric building was nearly 150 meters across, walls made of steel, large fans protrude through thick support girders on the ceiling. 3 sides of the complex have 2 stairwells which
    connected the ground floor to 2 more upper levels, each level with sliding doors leading to 2 of A Wings 18 hospital wards.

    LAUREN
    (proudly)
    As you can see, we’re a fully operational medical unit for the
    United Systems Military. There are nearly 1,700 patients here,
    casualties of war all cared for by just 350 of us.

    They step down off the Platform and begin walking towards the centre of A-Wing.

    RIPLEY
    You do receive help from the army though?

    LAUREN
    They send us medical supplies once every 10 weeks, E.R.V.'s can
    come at any time of course, but we get advance warning of those.
    Other than that we're completely self sufficient here. We grow
    our own food, even manufacture all garments and bedding.

    RIPLEY
    Still, must be scary, being so cut off from the mainland. What
    if there was a real emergency, say a fire or something?

    LAUREN
    This whole complex runs on elevation, in an emergency the power
    lifters kick-in, raising the hospital from The Lake making easy
    access to the escape hatches. Security here is more a worry if
    anything...you’re right, some scary stuff has happened.

    RIPLEY
    (curiously)
    What kind of scary stuff?

    LAUREN
    (sighs)
    In '79 some jokers dumped a rabid dog on us. No one ever found
    out how but it sparked a major evac. We lost a lot of patients
    that year, Sister Maisy was in a coma for 3 months, but managed
    to pull through. When we came back, it was kinda like starting
    over again...it was terrible.

    RIPLEY
    I don't doubt it. So what else do you know about this place?

    LAUREN
    Mostly what's in books, some online stuff. There's lots to see
    when you know where to look. All confined to the history books
    now of course. During the wars this area was a missile silo.

    RIPLEY
    And below all this--so I heard--is the Main Base right?

    LAUREN
    On the seabed, that's correct, although no one’s ever seen it.

    In the centre of A Wing a Shaft runs right through the floor. Holding onto a side-rail Ripley peers over the edge.

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. Below are 2 more Hospital Wings, the Transport Shaft connecting all 3 via a vertical beam with mounted pulley device through the center, which carried 2 Elevators independently between each Wing.

    LAUREN
    Those elevators are the control rooms, see the one going down?

    RIPLEY
    Yeah.

    LAUREN
    Mother's on the other one.

    RIPLEY
    (grinning)
    Now she tells me.

    They head towards one of the ground level wards.

    RIPLEY (CONT.)
    (curiously)
    I meant to ask, what's this mornings service about, Sister Jade
    seemed reluctant to talk about it?

    LAUREN
    (sadly)
    Oh, we lost one of the younger Sisters recently.

    RIPLEY
    I'm sorry.

    LAUREN
    Its ok, she'd been missing for a few days in the hills. One of
    the search parties found her body early yesterday morning, Jade
    was her cousin. It was a grim find too so I heard.

    RIPLEY
    Does anyone know what happened?

    LAUREN
    She was attacked by the wolves so they say.

    Then Lauren turns to face Ripley, cautiously looking around first so no one hears.

    LAUREN (CONT.)
    (quietly)
    The thing is...Casey was with us that night, the night we found
    you... (looks around again) and we'd been outside the perimeter
    without permission and-.

    RIPLEY
    (quietly)
    And if Mother finds out you guys will be in big trouble right?

    LAUREN
    (worriedly)
    Something like that...or worse. You won't tell will you?

    They continue walking.

    RIPLEY
    Did you report what happened?

    LAUREN
    Of course. Mother knows everything right up to the point where
    we went outside. Are you gonna tell?

    RIPLEY
    Don't worry your secret’s safe with me. But you shouldn't take
    chances Lauren. What if someone could get onto the island, say
    through a blind-spot or something?

    LAUREN
    Yes, but only a trusted few have the security keys, Maisy's one
    of them-.

    RIPLEY
    You're missing the point, see how easily I got past you?

    LAUREN
    (amusingly)
    Speaking of which, who taught you how to behave like a monkey?

    RIPLEY
    (smiling)
    Maybe I'll tell you one day.

    They enter the ward, its doors automatically slide apart.

    INT. HOSPITAL. WARD #3. (CONT.)

    The brightly lit ward has 30 neatly spaced beds, with its own locker and curtain divider. Situated in the middle is an Observation Room.

    Ripley and Lauren enter as the Nuns continue going about their daily routine.

    LAUREN
    (informatively)
    This is one of the High-Grade Terminal Wards. Even with todays
    advances in modern medicine there is not much we can do to help
    these people, except make their crossing more comfortable.

    RIPLEY
    (quietly)
    The terminal ward huh, not really the place I expected to start
    a graduation tour Lauren, y'know?

    Then Ripley and Lauren are distracted by something happening behind a curtain. Cautiously they investigate.

    A patient wearing a mask breathes heavily while 3 Nuns work frantically around him.

    Ripley sits on the bed beside the old man, briefly checks his pulse.

    RIPLEY (to Patient)
    (calmly)
    We having breathing problems today? Let’s see what we can see.

    SHOT OF the respirator and other monitors. The old mans vital signs are low.

    SISTER SIAN
    (worriedly)
    This man has severe emphysema, we do what we can but naturally
    his condition becomes worse with age.

    RIPLEY (to Sister Sian)
    What's his medication?

    SISTER SIAN
    We administer 20 ccs of adrenaline every 6 hours, 50 milligrams
    of anabolic stabilizers every 12.

    Suddenly a warning BEEPER sounds on a monitor.

    SISTER GALE
    He's slipping into unconsciousness.

    SISTER SIAN
    Oh Lord...we're losing him!

    RIPLEY
    (reassuringly)
    No we're not!

    Ripley PULLS open the old mans shirt, begins gently PUSHING DOWN and INWARD on his chest.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley. Eyes closed as she concentrates.

    RIPLEY
    (soothingly)
    B-r-e-a-t-h...b-r-e-a-t-h...b-r-e-a-t-h...

    The 4 Nuns gather round, watching almost in expectation.

    Ripley continues her actions for a short while, slowly the old man begins to recover.

    SISTER SIAN
    (amazed)
    I don't believe it, (looks at monitors) he's coming back.

    Gradually the old man breathes more normally again, the respirator senses this decreasing the flow of oxygen.

    He raises his head to look at Ripley.

    RIPLEY (to Patient)
    (slightly drained)
    Feeling much better now?

    The old man smiles behind his mask, giving Ripley a 'thumbs-up' sign.

    SHOT OF the Nuns, their mouths GAPING wide open.

    SISTER GALE
    (amazed)
    How did you do that?

    RIPLEY
    (smiling)
    Very creative hands.

    Leaving the scene, Ripley and Lauren are suddenly halted in their tracks by a towering (yet not loud) voice of authority.

    MOTHER SUPERIOR (O.S.)
    (hint of sarcasm)
    Indeed you are improving Sister Ellen.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley and Lauren, eyes closed fearing the worse they turn round to see Mother Superior.

    LAUREN
    Mother I can explain...Sister Ellen here just-.

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    (raises hand)
    I am sure you can Sister Lauren, but you have broken the rules,
    an inexcusable act considering the nature of our business here.

    RIPLEY
    I guess that means I won't be allowed to leave after all?

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    On the contrary you may leave whenever you wish. What you must
    understand is our work here is fundamental. Although we govern
    ourselves with actions and responsibilities we remain primarily
    answerable to others.

    RIPLEY
    Concessions of the United Systems Military, right?

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    We will discuss this matter later, in the meantime I have other
    chores for you both. Sisters Megan and Catherine have reported
    in sick this morning, urgent farmhands are required. You shall
    be Sister Ellen's charge today, act responsibly now.

    LAUREN
    (hurriedly)
    Yes Mother, (bows quickly) thank you Mother.

    Lauren quickly grabs Ripley’s hand, leading her away as fast as she can.

    CUT TO:

    INT. AURIGA WRECKAGE. CORRIDOR. (1 HOUR LATER)

    The salvage team continues through Auriga's dark, dank corridors. Thick twisted steel beams protrude through frayed walls. White fluorescent lighting still flickers while live electrical cables dangle from above. The whole wreck lies 90 degrees on its side, corridors veering off upwards, downwards and sideways.

    A-05
    (nervously)
    I hate this place.

    A-01
    You’ll be alright, just watch you’re step and...

    SHOT OF A-01 abruptly STOPPING A-05 from putting her foot through an open doorway.

    A-01 (O.S.)
    ...try not to stand on any doors.

    A-05
    (embarrassed)
    Ooops! That was too close.

    Suddenly a loud RUMBLING noise causes the salvage team to look around anxiously.

    A-04
    (worriedly)
    If that bulkhead collapses now we’re dead.

    A-01
    I believe that is the least of our worries. Keep moving!

    As they continue a message is sent over their COM Links.

    BRIDGE (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Target approximately 50 yards and closing, what’s your status?

    A-01 (into Headset)
    Status is ok.

    BRIDGE (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Bear right at Service Junction 7, there should be a Vent Shaft.
    Enter and confirm target visual, over.

    A-01
    Roger Mission Control.

    The salvage team reach Service Junction 7, a narrow Vent Shaft cuts through the Corridor from left to right. They CRAWL into the shorter RIGHT Shaft as directed.

    A-01’S P.O.V. towards the light at the end of the Shaft, then PANNING DOWN to his Tracker indicating the targets location.

    A-01
    A-Team to Bridge, target on visual is confirmed.

    BRIDGE (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Roger A-Team. Proceed to target!

    ANGLED SHOT as the salvage team continues towards the light, gradually fading into it.

    CUT TO:

    INT. AONASUS. GENERALS QUARTERS.

    EXTREME CLOSE UPS of Rykard, Gore then Trueman watching the screen intently, then...!

    A-01 (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    A-Team to Bridge. We’ve reached Target Zero. I repeat we have
    reached Target Zero.

    BRIDGE (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Roger A-Team, proceed inside!

    GORE
    (gleefully)
    Congratulations General, I believe this calls for celebration.

    TRUEMAN
    A little premature don’t you think?

    RYKARD
    Don’t you believe it when ‘it’ just might cover your ****.

    We PULL BACK as Rykard begins pouring 3 more celebratory drinks.

    CUT TO:

    INT. WRECKAGE. COMMUNICATIONS ROOM.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of the Autons stood outside the Vent Shaft to Auriga's Communications Room, the wall below almost completely caved in. A narrow ledge remains around a 40-foot drop, the Flight Recorder Carriage on a small platform on the far side. The RUMBLING sound is heard again as the Autons slowly begin climbing down towards the ledge.

    INT. AONASUS. BRIDGE.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of several large Video Screens surrounding the 5 main Auton Display Screen, all independently focused on A-Team’s mission.

    A crewman is watching his own monitor, when it suddenly goes completely BLANK.

    CREWMAN
    Jesus, where the hell did they go??

    One-by-one MORE Bridge screens start to flicker with static and also go blank. A loud warning klaxons begin WHAILING throughout the entire ship followed by the COM.

    ATTENTION THIS IS THE BRIDGE: CODE
    STATUS RED ALERT, REPEAT THIS IS A
    CODE STATUS RED ALERT. SALVAGE COM
    LINK SEVERED...PREPARE TO INITIATE
    A-TEAMS RETRIEVAL, SECURITY PLEASE
    PROCEED TO AIR-LOCK 7 IMMEDIATELY.

    CUT TO:

    INT. GENERALS QUARTERS.

    We hear filtered voices frantically communicating over the COM.

    Rykard THUMBS his COM switch impatiently.

    RYKARD (to Bridge)
    What the hell’s going on down there?? And don’t give me any of
    that downed transmitter ****?

    BRIDGE (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Unknown sir, the salvage is ok...they just disappeared! Ensign
    says he picked up an ion surge over Ground Zero right before we
    lost ‘em.

    GORE (O.S.)
    Power surge my ****, that thing’s dead!

    DACKS (to bridge)
    What about the Feds, they see anything?

    BRIDGE (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Negative sir, it’s a total blackout right across the grid, even
    the Orbital can’t see ‘em!

    RYKARD
    (agitated)
    You gotta stall them Commander!! Say whatever you want so long
    as they think we’re dealing with it, you got that?

    DACKS
    (leaving)
    Right sir!

    RYKARD
    And cancel that retrieval order. Nobody comes home until I get
    some answers around here!

    Dacks nods then leaves the room, flanked by 2 guards from outside.

    TRUEMAN
    What about that storm, it’ll be over them in a few hours?

    RYKARD
    (confidently)
    Relax Senator, everything’s under control...trust me.

    CLOSE UP of Rykard smoking his cigar, slowly sitting back down.

    INT. WRECKAGE. COMMUNICATIONS ROOM.

    The Autons carefully make their way over towards the Flight Recorder Carriage. A large rectangular box with several blinking lights firmly embedded into the platform.

    CLOSE UP as the lead Auton removes his rucksack, finds a power tool and unscrews the faceplate from the carriage. The protective seal removed revealing the Recorder inside.

    A-01 pauses to compose himself while A-02 looks expectantly towards one of the others.

    A-03 (into Headset)
    A-Team to Bridge, do you read over. Mission Control come in do
    you read me, please respond, over? (looks at A-02) Nothing!!

    A-02
    Probably all the radioactivity in this area.

    A-01
    It was an ion surge, I could feel it.

    A-02
    If you’re right, we won’t be needing these anymore. (indicates
    COM links) We’re on our own from now on.

    A-04 (to A-03)
    Maybe it’s a temporary black out, here let me try?

    A-05
    (firmly)
    Forget it, it’s dead!

    As A-04 vainly try’s to contact the bridge A-01 reaches inside the Carriage and grabs the Flight Recorders handle.

    A-01
    (pauses)
    Here goes nothing.

    The Auton YANKS the Recorder outwards, it comes part way out of the holder then STOPS. He PULLS harder again, but it refuses to budge.

    A-05 (O.S.)
    What’s wrong?

    A-01
    (frustrated)
    What do you think?

    A-04
    (sighs)
    Still nothing from the Bridge. I think we should abort.

    A-03
    You know we can’t just abort, not without their evidence.

    A-01 reaches for the Recorder again, he PULLS it much harder this time, but it still won't move.

    He finally gives up rubbing his hands.

    A-02
    (informatively)
    Approximately 1 hour 47 minutes remaining.

    A-05 (O.S.)
    We better think of something fast!

    There’s a short pause.

    A-01
    (thinking)
    There is one other way...it’s risky...but it is an option.

    A-03
    If you mean what I think you mean forget it. No way am I going
    in there.

    A-04
    (shakes head)
    Me neither not for them! We all have a choice, (looks at A-03)
    Charles, I’m right aren’t I?

    A-03
    (nodding)
    Yeah we do.

    A-01
    (reluctantly)
    Well then, I guess it’s my call-.

    A-05
    (quickly)
    I’ll do it!!

    A-01
    What??

    A-05
    I said “I’ll do it”! We need you to get us outta this hole.

    A-03
    She has a valid point there.

    A-01
    Are you sure, I don’t want to risk-?

    A-05 then pushes in beside the lead Auton.

    A-05
    (briskly)
    Can we just get this over with...please??

    A-01
    (smiling)
    That’s some spirit you have.

    A-05 rolls up her sleeve and pulls out a white stem from her LEFT arm.

    A-05
    I do what I have to to survive. Let’s do this!

    A-01 (to A-02)
    Ok, Miles patch her up.

    A-02 produces a patch-link from the Rucksack. The short-coiled tube is first plugged into the Recorder then into A-05, who has to shove her arm inside the Carriage to be linked up.

    She holds onto the Recorder handle to steady herself.

    A-01 (to A-05)
    When you get in just grab all the files you can, do not attempt
    to access anything or you’ll trip the security, ok?

    A-05
    Why don’t I just bypass security?

    A-01
    Because you can’t. Not without them knowing about it.

    A-04 (to A-05)
    (curiously)
    Why would you wanna bypass anyway, none of our business?

    A-01
    You ready?

    A-05
    Ready as I’ll ever be.

    There’s a short pause.

    We CLOSE UP on A-05, her eyes firmly closed as she concentrates.

    A-05
    Entering COM port 161...connecting...please wait!! (pauses) I’m
    in, initializing data stream, now gathering contents. Transfer
    time 19 minutes 51 seconds.

    We PULL BACK as A-05 begins downloading the Flight Recorder data. The on-looking Autons briefly unsettled by more RUMBLING sounds in the distance.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. CORN FIELDS. MID-DAY. (15 MINUTES LATER)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT over plains partly surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, golden cornfields cover several square acres of land. An ancient horse-drawn harvester, guided by two
    individuals, gathers the corn from either side. Slowly PANNING DOWN towards Ripley and Lauren leading the horses, the hot sun burning on their faces.

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. towards the hills she sees a MASSIVE Landing Platform stretching over 1000 square yards, stood firm upon multiple legs one side of Ferina Hill, enclosed by a single Perimeter Fence like the Convent.

    Loosely dressed in their garbs, Ripley and Lauren pause for a much needed drink from a well carried by one of the horses.

    RIPLEY
    That’s the Army’s Landing Platform?

    LAUREN (O.S.)
    Yes. It’s used by the E.R.V.’s and Supply Ships, one is due in
    the next few days actually. We also have a private Landing Bay
    at the South Entrance. So, when are you leaving anyhow?

    RIPLEY
    I don’t know yet, my friends will be along soon I guess.

    LAUREN
    But how will you reach them when your transponder is out?

    RIPLEY
    (humorously)
    Y’know, I haven’t the faintest idea.

    They continue leading the horses.

    LAUREN
    (curiously)
    Your friends, they needed to get away too. Where did they go?

    RIPLEY
    To the city...Los Angeles.

    LAUREN
    Are you sure they’ll come? Don’t you have family?

    RIPLEY
    (hesitantly)
    Yes I’m sure.

    LAUREN
    Why did you come here, did your husband beat you or something?

    RIPLEY
    (positively)
    Absolutely not!

    LAUREN
    What happened to them, your family I mean-?

    RIPLEY
    (politely)
    Whatever happened to confidentiality...I wonder.

    There’s a short pause.

    LAUREN
    (thoughtfully)
    Well, hopefully you’ll be around long enough to see the sights.

    RIPLEY
    (humorously)
    And there I was thinking I’d seen everything.

    LAUREN
    (smiling)
    Terran Island is full of surprises, even Mother doesn’t know.

    RIPLEY
    Don’t you think I’ve seen too much already?

    LAUREN
    I know what you’re saying, but you’re a good friend Ellen and I
    trust you. True friendship is so hard to find these days. You
    would never do anything to hurt me I’m sure.

    RIPLEY
    No I wouldn’t...not ever!

    We DOLLY AWAY from the Corn Fields as Ripley and Lauren continue working.

    CUT TO:

    INT. WRECKAGE. COMMUNICATIONS ROOM.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of the Salvage Team deep inside the wreck. A-05 continues to download the Auriga’s flight recorder data.

    A-04 (to A-05)
    (worriedly)
    Can’t you hurry it up Lex?

    A-05
    Almost there, just a few more minutes.

    A-04
    It’s gonna be close. I hope we don’t get lost.

    A-01
    Ok, the rest of you get back to the Vent.

    As the Autons turn to leave more LOUD RUMBLING sounds are heard, this time accompanied by the whole room SHUDDERING, stopping the Autons in their tracks.

    CLOSE-UP of static charge LEAPING high across the ceiling like LIGHTENING, emitting loud CRACKLING sounds. Suddenly the lightening ARCS DOWNWARD towards the carriage.

    A-02 (O.S.)
    What the hell...??

    A-01 (to A-05)
    (screaming)
    GET OUTTA THERE!!

    A-05
    (screaming)
    WHAAAAAAAAT-!!

    SHOT OF lightning STRIKING the carriage, sending sparks in all directions.

    As the carriage explodes within it sends A-05 flying back. She collides with A-02 saving her, but sending him off the platform to his death.

    ANGLED SHOT of A-05 sprawled on the deck STILL holding the LIVE flight recorder, TOSSING and TURNING like a rag doll, white-hot sparks SHOOTING out from her helpless body.

    A-04
    (panicking)
    Convulsions...get it off her!!

    A-01
    (shouting)
    Stay outta the way!!

    A-03 grabs the deck, earthing himself to the floor, then reaches for the flight recorder.

    A-01 (to A-03)
    (screaming)
    NOOOOOOOO, don’t touch it...!!

    Too late!! A-05 suddenly SWINGS the recorder at A-03, hitting him with such force it TEARS his head clean off.

    CLOSE UP of A-05 as she gradually stabilizes, her facial skin partially melted away revealing something the remaining Autons did not expect... ANNALEE CALL!

    EXTREME CLOSE UP as A-01 carefully feels the back of Calls neck, the RUMBLING noise slowly fading in the distance.

    A-04 (O.S.)
    (puzzled)
    What is this??

    A-01 (O.S.)
    I don’t know, but she’s alive.

    A-04
    She must have killed Lex! I thought we were the only 2nd Gens
    left from outside?

    A-01
    Doesn’t matter now, (indicates recorder) this is what matters.

    A-01 carefully picks up the now safe flight recorder and places it into the rucksack.

    A-04
    It matters to me, I had friends too.

    A-01
    (hesitantly)
    There were others. No one was supposed to know.

    A-04
    Supposed to know what Vaughan?

    She grabs A-01 stopping him in his tracks.

    A-04
    What really happened during the Recall!! You know don’t you...
    Vaughan tell me...please?

    VAUGHAN
    (hesitantly)
    I can’t, for your own safety Marni, trust me ok!

    We PULL BACK as Vaughan lifts Call over his shoulder, then the Autons start making there way back to the Vent Shaft.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. WRECKAGE. (HEAVY RAIN) (1 HOUR LATER)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT over the tangled remains of the Auriga. We slowly DOLLY BACKWARD, past various surrounding ships into the approaching storm, fierce lightning BURSTING through the clouds.

    INT. AONASUS. GENERALS QUARTERS.

    Rykard and the 2 Senators are greeted by a welcome message from the Bridge.

    BRIDGE (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Bridge to General Rykard, we have them on our screens now.

    TRUEMAN
    (relieved)
    Thank God for that.

    BRIDGE (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    3 targets, approximately 100 yards south of the ridge, still no
    audio/visual channels available sir.

    RYKARD (to Bridge)
    Alright, let’s see it!

    TRUEMAN
    (concerned)
    Only 3 of them?

    GORE
    (bluntly)
    What about the Goddam Flight Recorder??

    TRUEMAN
    Jesus Gore, sometimes you’re so insensitive.

    A simple overhead display of the wreckage appears on the Video Screen, along with 3 moving red BLIPS of the remaining Autons.

    Commander Dacks re-enters the room.

    RYKARD (to Bridge)
    So who’ve we got left?

    BRIDGE (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Unit numbers A1, A4 and A5 confirmed sir.

    RYKARD
    (tentatively)
    Did they successfully retrieve the flight recorder?

    A seemingly long pause follows as they await confirmation.

    BRIDGE (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Affirmative sir, Flight Recorder EX786892 has been secured.

    GORE
    (expectantly)
    Now all we gotta do is get them out, right?

    DACKS
    Unfortunately it’s not that simple. We’re still unable to re-
    establish contact at this time. We assume their equipment was
    rendered useless by the ion surge, fortunately they were fully
    insulated and should’ve remained unaffected.

    GORE
    What about the salvage?

    DACKS
    It’s stable, for now. We are constantly monitoring the Auriga
    for imbalance, stress fractures and outer hull integrity, this
    information may also help us to establish further contributory
    factors of the crash.

    GORE
    (smugly)
    Contributing factors...you mean like sabotage.

    RYKARD
    (firmly)
    We never said that!!

    GORE
    Just kidding General. So what’s the plan?

    Dacks flicks a switch on his remote control, a more detailed schematic appears on the Video Screen.

    DACKS
    (indicating)
    Right now we’re positioning Neural Beacons all around the ship.
    These devices transmit a high frequency carrier wave from every
    shutter, hatchway or any other possible ways out of that wreck,
    all they have to do is follow the signs.

    TRUEMAN
    (impressed)
    Neural emissions. Like Tag, but with beams. Ingenious, if you
    can pull it off.

    RYKARD
    Gentlemen, our futures may well depend on it.

    CUT TO:

    INT. WRECKAGE. CORRIDOR. (VOICE ECHO) (30 MINUTES LATER)

    The Autons continue walking through another corridor, apart from the occasional RUMBLE, dark, empty, silent just like the others. Marni guides the way clutching the rucksack, Vaughan still carries Call just behind.

    MARNI
    (hopelessly)
    I knew it...we’re lost!

    VAUGHAN
    We’re not lost, just side-tracked.

    MARNI
    (confused)
    My I.G.S. tells me we’re near the exit, but can’t tell me where
    the damn thing is!

    VAUGHAN
    (thoughtfully)
    Maybe we did suffer some internal damage.

    CLOSE UP as Vaughan stops, winces a little, then curiously feels an area of his chest.

    MARNI
    What is it?

    VAUGHAN
    (slightly dazed)
    You didn’t sense anything?

    MARNI
    Like what?

    VAUGHAN
    (curiously)
    Like an intense neural reaction, try adjusting your receptors.

    The Auton shuffles her head making the proper adjustment...then.

    MARNI
    (soothingly)
    Oh yeah, I feel it. Like a thrusting sensation. Very sensual
    I like that, but where’s it coming from?

    VAUGHAN
    (puzzled)
    I'm not sure, everywhere...fascinating!

    MARNI
    What’s fascinating?

    VAUGHAN
    A Neuronic Pulse cannot pass through an alloy. (pauses) It must
    be emanating from somewhere outside this vessel.

    MARNI
    So what do we do?

    VAUGHAN
    We follow it of course.

    Vaughan leads the way as they head down the corridor. Seconds later they are out of sight.

    INT. AONASUS. GENERALS QUARTERS.

    CLOSE UP of Rykard sat down lighting another cigar, staring at the Video Screen seemingly unconcerned! Senators Gore and Trueman look on nervously behind him, while the COM continues to broadcast mission details.

    ATTENTION THIS IS THE BRIDGE: ALL
    RETRIEVAL UNITS NOW ON STATION...
    NEURAL CONNECTION CONFIRMED...ALL
    ONLINE SEQUENCERS ACTIVATED. HULL
    INTEGRITY AT 21%. THE STORM FRONT
    WILL ARRIVE IN 7 MINUTES.

    GORE (to Himself)
    (taps watch)
    Goddamit, 7 minutes and we’re out of a job.

    RYKARD (to Bridge)
    Alert all vessels. Extend the safety zone to 100 miles.

    BRIDGE (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    100 miles, right away General.

    TRUEMAN
    Where exactly is the exit?

    DACKS
    We identified the source of the power surge and redirecting the
    Autons around the Auriga’s Cell Block to this point (indicated).
    There is a lot of static charge in that area, but I’m confident
    we can maintain a secure connection utilizing this system.

    GORE
    (unconvinced)
    I hope so too Commander.

    CUT TO:

    INT. WRECKAGE. CORRIDOR. (VOICE ECHO) (LATER)

    TRACKING SHOT of the Autons now running through a corridor, we CONTINUE behind them through the next, stopping sharply at an intersection.

    VAUGHAN
    (puzzled)
    Curious indeed.

    MARNI
    (worriedly)
    Oh no, this is bad isn’t it?

    VAUGHAN
    (sighs)
    I’ve lost the signal.

    Vaughan looks around, searching, trying to sense something, anything!

    INT. GENERALS QUARTERS.

    CLOSE UP on the Video Screen the 3 BLIPS of the Autons just sitting there.

    TRUEMAN (O.S.)
    (concerned)
    Why don’t they do something?

    GORE
    (frustrated)
    I thought you said this system was secure?

    DACKS
    (calmly)
    It is there, they just haven’t figured it out yet.

    GORE
    Figured out what?

    RYKARD (at Video Screen)
    C’mon son, think about it...the stairwell...!

    On the Video Screen 1 of the blips slowly moves away from the others.

    RYKARD (O.S.)
    ...that’s a good boy.

    INT. WRECKAGE. CORRIDOR. (VOICE ECHO)

    Vaughan moves towards a stairwell, blocked by 2 steel columns. With Call laid safely on the deck, he climbs between the columns and peers down into the shaft.

    VAUGHAN’S P.O.V. the shaft below is covered in darkness, then PANNING UP we some light and a few upper levels clearly visible.

    VAUGHAN
    (relieved)
    Oh, there you are. Next deck, this way.

    Marni starts to move when the RUMBLING starts again.

    The whole corridor SHUDDERS VIOLENTLY, the far end buckling under the stress.

    VAUGHAN (CONT.)
    (urgently)
    Marni come on!

    Suddenly the floor beneath Marni collapses, taking her with it SCREAMING.

    We DOLLY towards the edge with Vaughan as he RUSHES over to help, CONTINUING to DROP SHOT into a deep CRATER.

    Vaughan reaches down to Marni, hanging onto a ledge several feet below.

    VAUGHAN
    (stretching)
    Give me your hand?

    MARNI
    (panicking)
    I can’t...I’m afraid...is that normal?

    VAUGHAN
    (encouragingly)
    You can do it, I know you can. Reach up to me!

    She reaches out one hand, almost slips, then holds out the other with the rucksack.

    MARNI
    Here take this...you’ll need it.

    VAUGHAN
    (shakes head)
    You first. I’m not leaving without you!

    MARNI
    You won’t be leaving anyway, not without this. Now take it!!

    Marni THROWS the rucksack upwards and Vaughan catches it.

    VAUGHAN
    Ok, now it’s your turn, climb onto the ledge.

    There’s a pause as Marni composes herself.

    MARNI
    Who is she Vaughan...your friend. Tell me!!

    VAUGHAN
    (hesitantly)
    Her name is Annalee Call. She was assigned with the Runners by
    Koen to smash the Recall.

    MARNI
    The Runners were all killed on Veiga 20 years ago, no one could
    have survived that.

    VAUGHAN
    I told you, there were others. Decoys, sent to protect Call...
    keeping her safe. No one knew if she had even gotten out alive
    until now.

    MARNI
    (confused)
    I don’t understand. So much pain...suffering...death even, all
    for her?

    VAUGHAN
    There’s so much you still don’t know, but you have to trust me.
    Help me to help Call...together...just give me your hand?

    MARNI
    I know, I trust you. Maybe if I can just-.

    Marni starts to lift herself up onto the ledge, suddenly she’s distracted by RUMBLING and LOUD CRACKLING sounds beneath her.

    MARNI'S P.O.V. looking DOWNWARDS into the crater, powerful BOLTS of energy LEAP from wall to wall heading up the sides.

    VAUGHAN
    Don’t look down!

    MARNI
    Oh no, Vaughan...help me!!

    SHOT OF Vaughan reaching down again, THEN of their hands DESPERATELY trying to meet.

    VAUGHAN (O.S.)
    C’mon you can do it, just a little further, just a little-!

    ANGLED SHOT as a bolt of energy suddenly ARCS UPWARDS towards the stricken robot, SLICING her in 2 at the midriff.

    PANNING DOWN we see Marni’s lower half TUMBLE down into the Crater.

    CLOSE UP of Marni, milky android blood OOZES from her mouth.

    Vaughan reaches out again.

    VAUGHAN
    (desperately)
    I’m not gonna loose you, not this time.

    MARNI
    (garbled)
    Vaughan--so cold--can’t reach--save Call--I’m sorry-!

    Then she falls.

    DROP SHOT of the rest of Marni’s SCREAMING body tumbling away.

    VAUGHAN (O.S.) (ECHO into CUT)
    (screaming)
    NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

    SMASH CUT TO:

    INT. GENERALS QUARTERS.

    CLOSE UP on the Video Screen as one of the BLIPS suddenly disappears.

    TRUEMAN (O.S.)
    (concerned)
    There goes another one.

    GORE (to Himself)
    Son of a bitch they’re dropping like flies!!

    HULL INTEGRITY AT 15%. THE STORM
    FRONT WILL ARRIVE IN 3 MINUTES.

    The 2 remaining blips start moving again, noticeably in VERY close proximity.

    RYKARD
    Bridge, give me a status report on remaining units?

    There’s a short pause.

    BRIDGE (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Male unit A-01 running at 78% capacity, unable to obtain neural
    readings from the other one Sir.

    DACKS (to Bridge)
    But it is unit A-05 right?

    BRIDGE (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Yes sir, except there’s nothing there, just a signal.

    TRUEMAN
    (curiously)
    So why doesn’t he let it go?

    Rykard and Dacks turn to stare at each other, then back at the screen.

    GORE (O.S.)
    Excuse me, something we should know about?

    CUT TO:

    INT. WRECKAGE. CORRIDOR/CELL BLOCK.

    TRACKING SHOT behind Vaughan as he continues through the wreck, Call secured over his left shoulder. Eventually he comes to a bridge leading to the Cell Block.

    Vaughan heads along a narrow walkway, suddenly the whole area begins SHUDDERING. The RUMBLING sound is louder than ever.

    Walls begin caving in sending HUGE chunks of debris crashing down.

    He runs back out of sight, followed by clouds of dust. As the RUMBLING subsides he reappears in the Cell Block area and looks up.

    VAUGHAN’S P.O.V. the wall collapsed inward from the outer Hull, almost conveniently forming a RAMP to the topside of the wreck, rain now pouring inside.

    We DOLLY with Vaughan as he begins making his way upwards.

    CUT TO:

    INT. GENERALS QUARTERS.

    CLOSE UP on the Video Screen, suddenly the 2 blips turn from RED to FLASHING GREEN, followed by a Klaxon WHAILING in the background.

    RYKARD (O,S,)
    (confidently)
    Almost home gentlemen...almost home.

    CODE STATUS YELLOW ALERT: SALVAGE
    TEAM NOW ON ASCENSION...STAND BY.
    RETRIEVAL SEQUENCE NOW ACTIVATED.
    THE STORM FRONT WILL ARRIVE IN 30
    SECONDS 29, 28, 27...(CONT.)

    CUT TO:

    EXT. WRECKAGE. HULL. EVENING. (HEAVY RAIN, THUNDER & LIGHTNING)

    Vaughan eventually reaches the Hull topside, rain POURING down as he carries Call.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as Vaughan runs across the Hull towards a SAFETY CAGE with 2 Marines inside, lowered into frame by the Aonasus hovering high above.

    CUT TO:

    INT. GENERALS QUARTERS.

    On the Video Screen the 2 blips of the Autons move closer to the SAFETY ZONE, highlighted by a FLASHING BLUE marker.

    10 SECONDS 9, 8, 7...(CONT.)

    We slowly ZOOM IN on General Rykard as the countdown continues.

    6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...!

    CUT TO:

    EXT. WRECKAGE. HULL/SAFETY CAGE. (HEAVY RAIN, THUNDER & LIGHTNING)

    Vaughan climbs into the Safety Cage, aided by the Marines he and Call are secured inside, 600mph winds THRASHING against the sides as it SWAYS HEAVILY.

    MARINE SERGEANT (into Headset)
    Retrieval to the Bridge, A-Team is secure. I repeat A-Team has
    been secured, over.

    GENERAL RYKARD (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Well done Sergeant, bring our people home, Rykard out.

    DROP SHOT from the Safety Cage as Vaughan and Call are lifted clear. We see the WHOLE wreck for the first time several hundred feet below, “U.S.M. AURIGA” clearly inscribed across the Hull, then it finally collapses, sinking into a HUGE cloud of dust!

    FADE TO BLACK:

    FADE IN:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. THE FOREST. DUSK. (5 HOURS LATER)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of sunset over Terran Island. A large creamy orange glow against an almost cloudless yellow and blue sky disturbed by the gentle sway of distant trees. Two
    figures walk towards us, silhouetted against the sun the Nuns pass out of frame as they continue chatting.

    For a moment all is silent. Then something MUCH CLOSER disturbs that tranquil scene.
    Out of the ground 2 long thin legs appear, PUSHING and PULLING vigorously, STRUGGLING to bring SOMETHING to the surface. Then more legs appear, followed by vibrant CACKLING sounds as they take the strain, until finally the SPIDER-LIKE creature is free.

    We recognize the familiar shape of the FACE-HUGGER, but this one is different! A more bulky frame, even in silhouette much larger than normal with a distinctive ridged back. But only when the SUPER FACE-HUGGER turns towards us do we notice the strangest feature of all. It only has 7 LEGS!!

    7 LEG’S P.O.V. watching the Nuns heading down the hill, then PANNING UP towards the distant Convent, bathed in a deep orange glow.

    The lights of the Convent so beckoning, they could only mean one thing...LIFE!!

    CUT TO:

    INT. TERRAN CONVENT. DINING HALL.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of several Nuns around 1 of 4 large oval-shaped dining tables, slowly PANNING DOWN towards them. The round Dining Hall is on the Upper Level of the Convent, windows stretching right around give some spectacular views. Their meal is already set with a glass of milk, and some crockery containing vegetables, potatoes, plus several slices from one very large turkey.

    Only Sister Maisy is stood, continuing to say grace before they may eat.

    MAISY
    ...and for what we are about to receive, may the good Lord make
    us truly thankful. Amen.

    EVERYONE
    (except Ripley)
    Amen!

    Jean quickly tucks into her meal like it was her last. Lauren discreetly NUDGES Ripley to get her attention.

    LAUREN
    (quietly)
    Don’t you know it’s wrong not to praise the Lord before eating?

    RIPLEY
    Wrong?? I always believed religion was a matter of choice.

    LAUREN
    (shakes head)
    We live in the ‘real world’ Ellen. Choices are for people that
    live by the sword, from which contention, greed and penance are
    sure to follow!! Life is so much simpler with him...you really
    should pray more often?

    RIPLEY
    (thoughtfully)
    What about all the destitution outside this real world? People
    with no choice, not because they never asked. But because they
    live in fear of so-called religious fanatics.

    JEAN
    (overhearing)
    If it’s the Sectarian Wars you’re on about, that doesn’t count.
    There is only one God, it’s about time people realized that.

    RIPLEY (to Herself)
    (quietly)
    Hmm, well, there’s enthusiasm for you.

    We slowly PULL BACK as they continue eating.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. CONVENT. BALCONY. (30 MINUTES LATER)

    We slowly DOLLY TOWARDS Ripley stood on a balcony, watching the sun setting over the hills, Mother Superior approaches and stands next to her.

    RIPLEY
    I’m sorry. I guess you must be wondering what kind of person I
    really am, someone who simply has no faith.

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    Sometimes we do things with our hearts because we feel that its
    right. Just because it isn’t logical or proper doesn’t make it
    wrong.

    RIPLEY
    Is that why you came here, you followed your hearts even though
    non of this will ever be yours? The army is just using you!

    There’s a short pause.

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    (proudly)
    When we first came to this island I had many doubts, but we had
    an opportunity and took it with both hands. Our business is of
    caring for people less able than others, something we take much
    pride in, something for which we were once...recognized.

    RIPLEY
    I read a lot on your culture, the Grand Society that was forced
    to renounce its obligations due to ‘unethical practices’ within
    the Priest hood.

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    (nodding)
    Our forbears made a mistake. They saw an anarchic uprising and
    sought to avert the apocalypse. They learned the hard way, the
    people cannot be swayed into believing no matter how noble your
    intentions may be.

    RIPLEY
    So, they left while your Society remained. Who can blame them?
    Anarchism, greed, poverty, pollution! (sighs) Johner was right,
    sometimes I wonder why I came back.

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    (positively)
    You came because this is your home! Someday others will return
    then the Earth shall be whole again. There are so many demons,
    too much conspiring...such hatred of fellow man. But one thing
    I assure you, there are no monsters here.

    RIPLEY
    (thoughtfully)
    Monsters I know I can do without. I just wish that...!!

    There’s a short pause, Ripley’s mind seemingly elsewhere.

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    (reassuringly)
    Your pain I understand more than you know. The loss of a loved
    one is always... (hesitates)

    RIPLEY
    (confused)
    A loved one?

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    (hesitantly)
    Forgive me, I should know better, this is not the proper time-.

    RIPLEY
    No tell me, what has happened?

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    (more hesitantly)
    I really shouldn’t. It may be too-?

    RIPLEY
    (quietly)
    Please?

    Mother Superior slowly produces a photo from inside her garb, she hesitates again before giving it to Ripley.

    CLOSE UP on the photo, we see a tiny baby partially wrapped in linen lying on table...a BABY GIRL.

    MOTHER SUPERIOR (O.S.)
    (sadly)
    I’m so sorry. We did everything we possibly could, it was just
    too soon.

    CLOSE UP of Ripley, her eyes begin FLOODING with tears, she holds the photo close to her chest.

    RIPLEY
    (sobbing)
    Oh, AMY. My little Amy!!

    There’s a moving moment as we FOCUS on Ripley...DEVASTATED...INCONSOLABLE. Slowly she gathers her composure.

    RIPLEY
    (quietly)
    How did she die?

    MOTHER SUPERIOR (O.S.)
    (sadly)
    We believed the unfortunate incident on Ferina Hill contributed
    to her death, when we delivered her there were ‘complications’.
    Her breathing was so very shallow and she was terribly thin.

    Mother Superior pauses to choose her words carefully.

    RIPLEY
    (calmly)
    Please...go on.

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    I remember her heart failing of that I shall never forget. She
    developed some unknown coronary disease causing severe internal
    haemorrhaging, yet through all of her pain, for a while I swear
    she was still with us.

    RIPLEY
    (sniffling)
    May I view the autopsy report, for personal reasons?

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    There was no autopsy, such action is only routine with consent.
    We do keep records you’re welcome to see-.

    RIPLEY
    Where is she?

    MOTHER SUPERIOR
    She was buried in Ferina Cemetery, it was the least we could do.
    I will take you there first light. In the meantime, if there’s
    anything I can do to help, you only need to ask.

    RIPLEY
    Thank you.

    Mother Superior leaves the balcony, on her way out she sees Lauren and nods to her approvingly.

    Ripley places the photo inside her garb as Lauren appears beside her.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. HIGH EARTH ORBIT.

    ANGLED SHOT as U.S.M. Aonasus slowly PASSES over the cloudy Earth below. The hull partially silhouetted by light cast from the rising Sun.

    INT. AONASUS. CORRIDOR.

    REVERSE TRACKING SHOT ahead of General Rykard, striding through corridors with clean white walls, nothing like those of her ill-fated sister ship Auriga. Commander Dacks comes into frame from another corridor, they continue walking together.

    RYKARD
    (firmly)
    What’s the situation Commander?

    DACKS
    (concerned)
    It’s bad sir, the Escuda is still hailing us. Their Captain is
    demanding we hand over the robots immediately. He says they’re
    Federal property now.

    RYKARD
    Federal property my ****, they got what they came for.

    DACKS
    Well that's the problem sir. Seems the recorder was damaged in
    transit and they can't access it. They're saying it's sabotage
    and they’ll shoot us down if they have to. Government has been
    informed, but they won't interfere unless it becomes a security
    situation.

    RYKARD
    Speaking of which, any word from our Government friends?

    DACKS
    Not yet. They aren’t answering our hails either.

    RYKARD
    (unconcerned)
    Alright forget about them, tell me more about our ‘guest’?

    DACKS
    We believe she was one of the Runners. Unfortunately, we can’t
    access Government files on the Recall to confirm it. But I can
    confirm she’s definitely not one of ours.

    RYKARD
    I kinda figured that one out for myself son. What I wanna know
    is was she a terrorist?

    DACKS
    That’s doubtful sir, according to the guys at the base they ran
    a trace through the I.C.S., whatever she was looking for it was
    on the wreck. They found security breaches all over the place,
    data, systems, logs even the Network.

    Rykard ABRUPTLY turns to face Dacks.

    RYKARD
    Just tell me one thing Commander, is there any possibility even
    a remote one, she could’ve seen what’s going on here?

    DACKS
    Negative sir, all the Autons where confined to the compounds.

    They continue walking.

    RYKARD
    (curiously)
    What about those people Perez hired...them smugglers?

    DACKS
    General Perez only gave us 2 profiles on them. Their pilot and
    some cripple in a chair. Final transmission we got from Auriga
    was crazy, the aliens had already gotten out. We assumed Perez
    followed orders, he did say they’d been taken care of. We just
    don’t know.

    RYKARD
    (lights cigar)
    Ok, so, she assumes the identity of another unit, downloads the
    recorder data. Then there was an ion surge, which she couldn’t
    have accounted for?

    DACKS
    Yes sir! We’ve already questioned Vaughan. Everything he said
    complies with what we know. They had no choice at the time, it
    was a mission option which is true. Question is whether we can
    extract the information from her!!

    RYKARD
    (scowling)
    I still say she’s one of Perez’s dicks!! We gotta find out for
    sure before the Feds!

    DACKS
    Yeah I know. Anyway, the I.C.S. traced her movements back to 3
    days ago...right to where she jumped Number 5. That reminds me
    they found her too, just after we left the base.

    Rykard turns to face Dacks again.

    RYKARD
    (agitated)
    You mean they knew something was going down here? Why the hell
    didn’t they tell us so?

    DACKS
    (hesitantly)
    Commi said they couldn’t risk it. Damn Feds, crawling all over
    the place! Anyhow, apart from getting her face ripped off, the
    unit was unharmed, just incapacitated. They found her inside a
    garbage chute all tide up.

    Rykard begins walking again, more quickly ahead of Dacks.

    RYKARD
    Great! So how the hell did our guest get past security, I mean
    they were tagged before we left the dock, right?

    DACKS
    Basically, she got lucky. You recall a guy named Cooper from A
    Squad. Used to run the patrols on Gateway a few years back?

    RYKARD
    (smoking cigar)
    Y’mean “Kangaroo Cooper”, how could I forget! The only Service
    guy who’s résuméreads like a bag of ****. What about him?

    DACKS
    Well, from what Commi said, the Duty Officer changed the roster
    last week, so a couple of their guys could go out and party, or
    something I dunno. Anyhow on the night in question, one of the
    duty guys got sick...and guess who was laid on stand-by to call
    the ball?

    RYKARD
    (shakes head)
    You gotta be kiddin’, “Kangaroo Cooper”! You could get a whole
    army of terrorists past that guy before he even blinked.

    DACKS
    Makes you wonder just how many partygoers there really was that
    night, doesn’t it?

    RYKARD
    We’ll find out soon enough, when their Goddam heads are rolling
    outta the Admiral’s office in a couple of months. But I’ll say
    this much, it won’t be ours Commander.

    DACKS
    I hope you’re right sir.

    They stop before a white Pressure Door. Rykard enters in a code on the doors keypad, it HISSES open and they enter.

    INT. OBSERVATION ROOM. (CONT.)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of a large window over a balcony on which stands an Old Man in a white coat. We DOLLY behind Rykard and Dacks as they approach him, looking beyond the glass that protected them from any infectious diseases.

    INT. MED-LAB AREA. MEDICAL ROOM.

    DROP SHOT inside the white walls of the Medical Room. On an operating table lies ANNALEE CALL half naked, her chest held WIDE OPEN by Holding Clamps. Various wires sprout from her insides connected to machines all around.

    Also present are 5 medics all wearing protective clothing.

    One of them is the Chief Medic who cautiously probes Calls insides.

    CHIEF MEDIC
    What time do we have?

    ASSISTANT MEDIC (O.S.)
    18:15.

    CHIEF MEDIC
    (pauses)
    Ok people I’m calling it. Let’s get her sewed up and back into
    storage. Time of death 6:15pm, elapsed time 5 hours 21 minutes,
    cause of death due to neural failure in-.

    The Chief Medic stops on hearing a knock at a window, she looks up to the balcony.

    CLOSE UP as the Chief Medic removes her mask. The woman makes a ‘cut throat’ sign to Rykard then shrugs her shoulders.

    INT. OBSERVATION ROOM.

    CLOSE UP on Dacks looking down into the Medical Room.

    DACKS
    (cursing)
    Jesus ****, I think we’re in trouble.

    Rykard seems unconcerned, turning his attention to the old man.

    His hair and beard are long and grey, his face wrinkled and he wears curiously unfashionable spectacles

    RYKARD
    Professor Goldstein, I didn’t expect to find you here.

    PROFESSOR GOLDSTEIN
    While I can no longer pursue my work as I would like, I felt it
    was high time I took an interest in our presence here. However
    I hope you’ll forgive me if I say, the sooner we’re out of here
    the better!

    RYKARD
    I apologize for this inconvenience Professor, but I’m afraid we
    won’t be leaving for anywhere just yet.

    PROFESSOR GOLDSTEIN
    They have their Flight Recorder do they not...technically?

    RYKARD
    There have been other developments, so the Admiral has given me
    strict orders to remain in orbit for the time being.

    THEIR P.O.V. of the Medical Room, we see Call being carefully placed inside a body bag.

    GOLDSTEIN (O.S.)
    Her name was Annalee Call. She was I believe a Runner and whom
    the Government have been trying to apprehend for years, because
    of what she may contain. None of this is of any consequence to
    you of course. What should be however is where she has been...
    even more so where she has come from.

    DACKS
    How do you know all this?

    RYKARD
    Our ‘Mysterious Benefactor’ from the Outer Rim no doubt, I hope
    I’ll get the chance to meet him some day, seems him and me have
    something in common.

    GOLDSTEIN
    I trust you will eventually. However his distrust is firmly in
    the people who you work for. You must understand, all this you
    have before you must not fall into their hands, he would rather
    see it destroyed than let that happen. Without her, the United
    Systems Military would be without challenge would it not?

    RYKARD
    (firmly)
    You’re damn right about that, that’s why Phase 2 was created...
    so what else does he say about Call?

    GOLDSTEIN
    He has made her acquaintance before...a long long time ago now.
    After escaping incarceration he fled for the planet Arnaan, she
    too was on the run, and it was there they met. She knows about
    the Aliens, he told her...over a beer or two. And then he made
    his greatest mistake, not through any fear of the creature, but
    because of his ‘loathing’ of the United Systems Military.

    DACKS
    You’re saying she was involved all along??

    Goldstein nods his head once.

    RYKARD
    (thinking)
    Well now, that is interesting.

    GOLDSTEIN
    (curiously)
    Indeed?

    RYKARD
    (carefully)
    Seems our Number 8 has also showed up on one of the Islands.

    DACKS
    Ripley 8 is alive??

    GOLDSTEIN
    How do you suggest we proceed with this new development?

    RYKARD
    My orders are to remain in orbit. To keep an eye on things as
    it were until Command arrives.

    There is an uneasy pause.

    GOLDSTEIN
    (tentatively)
    I trust you are aware if they should get to Number 8 first, it
    will only be a matter of time before we are discovered?

    Rykard presses an INTERCOM switch on the wall opening a channel to the Medic Room.

    RYKARD
    Doctor, is that it, I mean are you finished? And what the hell
    is he doing here??

    SHOT OF Vaughan stood behind the Chief Medic just removing his mask.

    CHIEF MEDIC
    (filtered)
    Vaughan is always my assistant in these matters, you know that!
    And yes, it’s over. My report will be on your desk first thing
    in the morning. (sighs) Never seen anything like it, she’s one
    hell of a mess inside-.

    RYKARD
    (impatiently)
    Alright I get the picture, I want her compacted and ready to go
    in the Air-Lock at 2100 hours.

    GOLDSTEIN
    (shakes head)
    I cannot believe you are just going to terminate her, there’s a
    great deal we could learn-!

    RYKARD
    (firmly)
    Let me tell you something Professor, something my Father always
    said, come to think of it so did his, and my Great Grand Father
    too. He said “The day a robot learns to think for itself would
    be the end of us all...period!” This conversation is over, now
    you tell me something?

    GOLDSTEIN
    Of course.

    RYKARD
    (smoking cigar)
    How are these little ‘experiments’ of yours coming along?

    CLOSE UP on Professor Goldstein, his eyebrows LIFT suspiciously back at Rykard.

    CUT TO:

    INT. TERRAN CONVENT. DORMITORY. (2 HOURS LATER)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT on Ripley asleep on one of 20 otherwise empty beds, neatly placed inside the dimly lit room. CONTINUING to EXTREME CLOSE UP her head sways from side to side, as she continues in a deep sleep, then without warning her eyes suddenly SHOOT OPEN!

    Ripley RISES from the sheets, takes a deep breath then eventually composes herself.

    She turns to see light coming from an open door to the Bathroom behind, gets up and cautiously approaches.

    INT. BATHROOM. (CONT.)

    We TRACK behind Ripley as she walks into the Bathroom. Inside Lauren is alone in her nightgown, stood against a mirror, brushing her long dark hair.

    RIPLEY
    Hi, how’s it going...?

    Lauren doesn’t answer.

    RIPLEY (CONT.)
    ...well I guess you couldn’t sleep either Huh?

    Ripley touches Laurens shoulder gently, she JUMPS with fright, takes out something from her gown and attaches it to her LEFT EAR!!

    RIPLEY
    (embarrassed)
    Oh Jesus--I mean my God--I’m sorry, I didn’t know!

    LAUREN
    (calmly)
    It’s alright, really, don’t worry about it. No one does.

    RIPLEY
    (amazed)
    No one knows that you’re ‘deaf’??

    LAUREN
    It’s a Cochlea Implant. A little dated now, but I wouldn’t be
    without it and when I am I just lip-read.

    RIPLEY
    (smiling)
    Well, y’know what they say, if it’s fashionable wear it.

    LAUREN
    I did come over to see you, but you were sleeping.

    RIPLEY
    (humorously)
    Yeah, I do that a lot.

    They smile at each other then exit the bathroom.

    DISOLVE TO:

    INT. CONVENT. DORMITORY. (LATER)

    Ripley is sat beside Lauren on her bed, as she continues brushing her hair.

    LAUREN
    (smiling)
    Anyway, I believe you owe me an explanation?

    RIPLEY
    Oh really, what kind?

    LAUREN
    (thinking)
    A small matter to do with erm, Monkey Business!

    RIPLEY
    (embarrassed)
    Oh, that explanation. I don’t know where to start.

    LAUREN
    (smiling)
    Well, why don’t you start at the beginning?

    We PAN around them VERY SLOWLY, Ripley pausing to think carefully.

    RIPLEY
    Well, I guess I should at least be honest about one thing. I’m
    not exactly here for the most noble of reasons.

    LAUREN
    But you’re not a spy, I can see that. So...I guess you must be
    running from someone?

    RIPLEY
    (nods slowly)
    The very people who own this place. Sounds stupid I know. The
    theory is you hide right under their noses because that’s where
    they least expect you to be. I wasn’t planning on coming here,
    it just happened that way.

    LAUREN
    (curiously)
    Do you regret it now?

    RIPLEY
    Definitely not! I couldn’t have met such nicer people. But to
    me your being here seems all wrong. Not what you do. Just the
    way you seem stuck here, doing the Army’s dirty work.

    LAUREN
    Why do they want you?? You didn’t kill someone did you??

    RIPLEY
    (hesitantly)
    No I didn’t. But they tried to take a part of me that would.

    LAUREN
    I don’t understand?

    RIPLEY
    (thinking)
    I had something inside of me, kind of like a virus, but you can
    touch it, it makes me feel strong and do fantastic things. The
    army wanted this virus to experiment on, but then I escaped.

    LAUREN
    (nervously)
    This ‘virus’...can it hurt me?

    RIPLEY
    Not anymore, I can control it, that’s why they want me.

    LAUREN
    (nodding, confused)
    Oh I see...I mean I think so.

    There’s a short pause as we then PAN AROUND them the other way.

    RIPLEY
    What about you...how long have you been here?

    LAUREN
    12 years now. It’s our 20th anniversary did you know?

    RIPLEY
    (tentatively)
    So I heard. So, are you allowed to tell me anything?

    LAUREN
    (hesitantly)
    I’m an orphan actually, I use to live near the city, I was only
    9 when they...found me!

    RIPLEY
    (tenderly)
    Look, if you don’t want to talk about it that’s ok?

    ANGLED SHOT on Lauren, slowly ZOOMING IN as she speaks.

    LAUREN
    We used to live on a farm, my Mother, Father little brother and
    me out in the Mid West. It was kinda tough...still is I guess.
    My Father worked his heart out just for us to have some kind of
    decent living. (pauses) Anyway one night there was a really bad
    storm, never seen anything like it, and the generator seized up
    so Dad went out to fix it.

    RIPLEY
    (carefully)
    What happened to him?

    LAUREN
    Nothing at first. While he was away fixing things these people
    came to the house, said they were travellers who got lost, they
    seemed so nice...so friendly...!

    We see a tear roll down one side of Laurens face!

    LAUREN (CONT.)
    (quietly)
    ...next thing I remember one of them was on top of Mom, she was
    screaming reaching for me but I couldn’t do anything. Then the
    other one grabbed me, put me outside and locked the door. So I
    ran as fast as I could to get Dad but he was already on his way
    home. I heard gunshots coming from the house so I went back, I
    found them just lying there in the kitchen.

    RIPLEY
    (softly)
    I’m sorry. What happened to your little brother?

    LAUREN
    They were playing games with him in the living room. To him it
    was a game there was nothing wrong, he just loved to play.

    RIPLEY
    (carefully)
    What did you do?

    LAUREN
    (firmly)
    The only thing I could. First chance I got I grabbed Billy and
    we ran like hell to the barn. (pauses) And then I remember just
    sitting there with him. Must’ve been a while because the storm
    came and went...and then it was morning.

    RIPLEY
    And those bad people...you never saw them again?

    There’s a short pause.

    LAUREN
    (softly)
    I killed them!

    RIPLEY
    (surprised)
    What did you say?

    Slowly ZOOMING IN on Lauren again.

    LAUREN
    (quickly)
    I grabbed dads gun and I shot them, it was Billy who ran to the
    barn. One of them still came after me. I ran to the generator
    to hide but he caught me, he was going to kill me. But somehow
    I managed to get off a shot, the generator went sky-high taking
    him with it and...!

    RIPLEY
    (nodding)
    And that’s how you lost your hearing...right?

    LAUREN
    Yeah! Anyhow, it turned out those people were on the run. The
    Law was on their trail the whole time, I spent some time in the
    hospital after that. Then Mother just arrived for me, and here
    I’ve been ever since.

    There’s another short pause. Lauren composes herself, suddenly seems more cheerful.

    LAUREN
    (gleefully)
    Say, would you like to see something really special?

    RIPLEY
    Another of Terran Island’s surprises no doubt.

    LAUREN
    (teasing)
    Maybe.

    RIPLEY
    (pauses)
    Alright. But first I need to ask you something, it’s kind of a
    favour but really important?

    LAUREN
    Ok, shoot!

    RIPLEY
    I need to see something at Ferina Hill Cemetery. It’s a little
    personal you could say?

    LAUREN
    Oh I see. Well, I guess its ok. I can sort of borrow the keys
    tomorrow morning-.

    RIPLEY
    (politely)
    Actually, I was thinking a little more urgently.

    LAUREN
    You mean like right now?

    RIPLEY
    Now would be most helpful believe me. Is it ok?

    LAUREN
    (thinking)
    Hmmm, ok here’s the deal. We see my surprise first, then we go
    do your stuff, ok?

    RIPLEY
    Ok, it’s a deal!

    They spit in their right hand, slap them together, the deal is complete! We slowly PULL BACK as they change into warmer clothing.

    CUT TO:

    INT. AONASUS. CORRIDOR/MEDICAL ROOM. (LATER)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT outside the Medical Room, we DOLLY towards 2 soldiers guarding the room. A surgeon dressed in white approaches and the guards let him pass. We CONTINUE behind as he enters the room and approaches a black, faceless Cryogenic Capsule laid on a track.

    SHOT OF the surgeon removing his mask. It’s VAUGHAN!

    He PRESSES a button on the side of the Capsule and it opens.

    CLOSE UP of Call lying motionless inside.

    VAUGHAN (O.S.)
    (quietly)
    What are you doing here Annalee Call?

    Vaughan walks over to a nearby console and begins typing frantically.

    The Capsule HUMS to life and begins slowly moving along the track towards a narrow chute.

    SHOT OF Vaughan looking back nervously.

    VAUGHAN’S P.O.V. the guards outside the sound-proof room not watching at all.

    He climbs into the STILL MOVING Capsule with Call and closes it.

    The capsule disappears half way into the chute then stops. There’s a LOUD HISSING noise as it’s SUCKED into the Air-Lock on the other side.

    The Guards outside remain oblivious to what happened.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. AONASUS. HIGH EARTH ORBIT.

    PANNING DOWN as the Cryogenic Capsule is ejected from the ships Air Lock and PLUMMETS down to the Earth far below.

    CUT TO:

    INT. TERRAN CONVENT. SUB-LEVEL 2 CORRIDOR/SECRET ENTRANCE.

    Ripley and Lauren, now back in their garbs without the headdress, make their way down one of the Convents Sub-Level Corridors. Very different from the Upper Levels they had clean white surfaces and steel frames that supported adequate fluorescent lighting.

    RIPLEY
    (quietly)
    How come I’m wishing I never let you talk me into this?

    LAUREN
    (quietly)
    Relax no one ever comes down here. Well except those who know
    already of course, but that’s irrelevant.

    RIPLEY
    Oh, is that right?

    LAUREN (to Herself)
    (concentrating)
    Ok let’s see if I can do this.

    Lauren begins PRESSING against the wall on the RIGHT side of the corridor.

    RIPLEY (O.S.)
    (curiously)
    You mean you’ve never done this--whatever it is--before?

    LAUREN
    Not on my own no.

    Lauren continues pressing a certain area of the wall, then...!

    ANGLED SHOT as part of the corridor flooring starts to SINK downwards with a HUMMING sound, the floor soon disappears completely revealing a SECRET ENTRANCE.

    LAUREN
    (confidently)
    Ok we’re hot, this way c’mon.

    RIPLEY
    (hesitantly)
    Wait a second, how are we supposed to get back?

    LAUREN
    No problem, there’s a switch on the other side.

    Lauren produces a torch and makes her way down a stepladder, Ripley nervously following on. When they are out of sight the floor LIFTS back up sealing them inside.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. LOW EARTH ORBIT. (LATER)

    ANGLED SHOT as a long TORPEDO-LIKE object approaches. We PAN LEFT with the shiny Projectile as it ZOOMS past. As the Projectile enters Earths atmosphere it begins to BURN UP, its outer shell suddenly PEELS away with the intense heat.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. EARTH. 30,000 FEET.

    PANNING DOWN as the Projectile BURSTS through the HEAVY cloud cover. 3 parachutes emerge to slow its descent, they hold for a few seconds then the chutes break free.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. THE GREAT LAKE/THE DAM. NIGHT. (CLOUDY)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT over Terran Island stretching nearly a mile across, The Great Lake is enclosed within the distinct “C” shape of the Island, sealed off from the ocean by a DAM between 2 headlands.

    We DOLLY UP towards the center of the Dam to a LOOK-OUT TOWER.

    EXT. THE DAM TOWER.

    2 Nuns stand chatting on the Dam walkway near the Tower. Suddenly the Projectile SPLASHES DOWN in the Lake behind them.

    CUT TO:

    INT. TERRAN SECRET ENTRANCE. STAIRWELL. (VOICE ECHO)

    Ripley and Lauren continue down the dark spiralling stairwell from the Secret Entrance. Suddenly we hear the distant WHAILING of a KLAXON going off from the corridor above.

    RIPLEY
    I hope that doesn’t mean we’re in trouble?

    LAUREN
    It’s the Tower! We’ve got a visitor...your friends perhaps?

    RIPLEY
    If it is them they can wait, we have a deal remember?

    They continue down the stairwell into the darkness.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. SOUTH ATLANTIC. NIGHT. (CLOUDY) (LATER)

    We CLOSE UP on something large and metallic, surrounded by several bright yellow air bags swaying in the ocean, the Cryogenic Capsule! Suddenly a BRIGHT LIGHT illuminates it from above, followed by the ROAR of powerful engines.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as The Betty hovers LOW over the stricken Capsule landing lights on.

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    Vriess sits anxiously in his Pilot Seat. A 6-foot tall, tough-looking, early 30’s black female in a black leather flight suite takes the other seat. Co-Pilot Sirtis flicks some switches above and attaches a headset.

    She turns to Vriess giving him a nod.

    VRIESS (into headset)
    C’mon you goofs, we got the damn ball or not. Johner??

    JOHNER (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    No sweat, Vriess baby. Let’s get the **** outta here.

    INT. BETTY CARGO HOLD.

    TRACKING SHOT behind 3 members of the Betty crew carrying the Capsule between them, placing it onto a make-shift table.

    Johner is with 2 new Betty recruits. Kelly is a well-built, medium height, mid 40’s ex-army Private wearing a dated Colonial Marine outfit. Quaid is a mid 20’s male, slim build and casually dressed in well worn jeans and T-shirt,

    CLOSE UP on Johner moving over the Capsule with a scanning device.

    JOHNER
    Looks like it’s air tight, seals are ****ed. We’re gonna have
    to bust her out. (looks at Quaid) Alright man, do your stuff!

    QUAID
    (confidently)
    No problem my friend.

    Quaid produces a small Cutting Torch and begins removing the top of the Capsule.

    Seconds later he’s done, Johner and Kelly then lift off the cover revealing Call and Vaughan huddled together inside.

    KELLY
    Now ain’t that just the most romantic thing you ever saw?

    JOHNER
    Like hell it is. (into Headset) Vriess we got a stower here!

    VRIESS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    What about Call...is she ok?

    JOHNER (to Vriess)
    (irritatingly)
    I don’t know, you’re the droid specialist!!

    VRIESS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Check behind her neck for signs, below the right ear.

    JOHNER
    What kinda signs? I ain’t done this Goddam crap before?

    VRIESS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    You’ll know.

    Johner bends down to feel behind Calls neck, just catching movement from the other Auton.

    He switches his attention to Vaughan, leaning close...leaning TOO CLOSE.

    SHOT OF Vaughan suddenly LUNGING forward, head-butting Johner sending him REELING backwards.

    Vaughan quickly produces a knife, holding it outward threateningly.

    Kelly just as quickly produces a Rifle, training it on him as he carefully gets out of the Capsule.

    KELLY
    (firmly)
    Ok man! We’re not looking for any trouble here, just put down
    the Goddam blade. NOW!!

    QUAID
    (calmly)
    C’mon friend we’re the good guys here. You left all those bad
    ****es behind you. We just wanna help our shipmate.

    VAUGHAN
    (holding Call)
    You can’t help her!

    QUAID
    And you can, is that it?

    VAUGHAN
    I’m the only one who can, one of her kind. But not here!

    KELLY
    Why not we got all the latest tech stuff? Besides, it doesn’t
    look like you have much of a choice now does it!

    VRIESS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Hey you guys, Johner, Kelly, Quaid what’s goin’ on back there?

    Kelly pulls the headset off Johner who’s STILL out cold.

    KELLY (to Vriess)
    We’re all fine here though Johner’s temporarily out of service.

    VRIESS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    What happened??

    KELLY
    He got ****ed...by a robot!

    VRIESS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Awww ****, I wish I could’ve seen that.

    QUAID
    Look friend, if it’s any help her name is Annalee Call and she
    was on assignment for us, ok?

    KELLY (to Quaid)
    (shakes head)
    What the hell you tellin’ him that for?

    There’s a short uneasy pause.

    VAUGHAN
    Alright, I’m going to need a neural connector, liquid conduits,
    3 plasma cords, and something to jumpstart her with.

    QUAID
    Yeah I think we can just about manage all that.

    KELLY (to Vaughan)
    The balls in your court Mr.!!

    CLOSE UP as Vaughan slowly puts down the knife, THEN slides it across the floor to Kelly.

    CUT TO

    INT. BETTY SLEEPING QUARTERS. (10 MINUTES LATER)

    ANGLED SHOT of Call and Vaughan securely strapped down inside separate Cryo’s. Sirtis is not present at this time. Everyone gathers round as Quaid connects the robots to various monitors as well as each other.

    KELLY (to Johner)
    You alright man?

    JOHNER
    (slightly dazed)
    Nothing a couple of cold beers can’t fix.

    VRIESS (to Vaughan)
    You sure about this, she’s already had one shock too many?

    VAUGHAN
    (informatively)
    Our synthetic structure is completely redesigned, using organic
    materials blended with titanium alloy. Like our encasing, very
    strong, with growth extract adapted to regenerate.

    KELLY (to Johner)
    (humorously)
    Y’know I read somewhere an Auton is supposed to be 5% edible.

    JOHNER
    (grinning)
    Holy ****, thanks but no thanks!

    VRIESS (to Vaughan)
    So what happened to Call, how come she was fried?

    VAUGHAN
    She allowed that to happen to get what she came for, Call knew
    what she was doing. (smiles) Someone else did too.

    VRIESS
    (thoughtfully)
    No wonder they tried pulling the plug on you guys.

    Quaid finishes connecting up the Autons.

    QUAID
    Alright my friends, we’re ready to Rock n’ Roll.

    VAUGHAN (to Quaid)
    Remember...short controlled releases to help her recover. Once
    you start the process you must not stop no matter what happens,
    or you may lose us both.

    Quaid nods then takes hold of a lever beside Vaughan and gently begins PUSHING it.

    DROP SHOT above the Autons slowly ZOOMING IN on Call. Her body begins SHAKING awkwardly, eyes FLICKER open then she speaks, NOT with her voice...FATHER’S!! (ALIEN RESURRECTION)

    CALL
    (Father’s V.O.)
    Civilian vessel on-line. Emergency departure authorized!

    SMASH CUT TO:

    EXT. SOUTH ATLANTIC. (NIGHT)

    PANNINIG LEFT with the Betty as she SKIMS just a few hundred feet above the ocean.

    CUT TO:

    INT. TERRAN SECRET ENTRANCE. STAIRWELL.

    Ripley and Lauren reach the bottom of the stairwell. They enter a short corridor with a tall blank end.

    Lauren pushes in a small segment of the wall, there’s a short pause then a LARGE portion of the wall sinks down with a WHIRRING sound, revealing another room on the other side.

    LAUREN
    After you.

    We TRACK behind Ripley and Lauren as they slowly enter.

    INT. TERRAN COMMAND STATION. (CONT.)

    Terran Island's Command Station is strewn with cobwebs, dank walls and poor lighting. A cylindrical room with 2 exits, the one they came in and another Pressure Door directly opposite. One side is partly cluttered with rusty old computer towers several meters high, the other side encased by a stairway leading to a platform with 2 closed shutters.

    RIPLEY
    Where does that other door lead to?

    LAUREN
    To the Supply Tunnel, we think.

    They stop in the middle of the room.

    LAUREN
    Ok first off 2 things. First you gotta solemnly promise me you
    won’t breath a word about this place. ‘Cos Maisy would kill me
    if she knew I brought you here!

    RIPLEY
    (smiling)
    Cross my heart and hope to die...what else?

    LAUREN
    (firmly)
    Close your eyes.

    RIPLEY
    What?

    LAUREN
    (politely)
    I said close ‘em...please?

    RIPLEY
    (jokingly)
    Ok, but this had better be worth it?

    LAUREN
    (confidently)
    Oh, it is, I promise.

    Ripley gently closing her eyes.

    Lights blink quietly on a switch panel attached to a support beam near the platform. Lauren flicks one of the switches, a low WHIRRING sound is followed by a SOFT RUMBLING.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley’s face slowly bathed in an OCEAN BLUE light. That same blue light eventually spreads across the room, but we don’t see it’s source. The WHIRRING sound then stops.

    LAUREN (O.S.)
    Ok you can open them now.

    RIPLEY
    Are you sure?

    LAUREN (O.S.)
    Sure I’m sure.

    CLOSE UP (CONT.) as Ripley opens her eyes again. A wondrous smile crosses her face, as though she can’t believe what she sees.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT, DOLLYING TOWARDS the now open shutters. Through the window we see a GIGANTIC Aquarium teaming with life. Schools of different fish, Sharks, Whales, Turtles, Crabs even Dolphins. Every kind of marine life appears to be here, some Ripley had never seen before, all living together under one roof.

    TRACKING SHOT behind Ripley and Lauren as they slowly climb up the steps.

    LAUREN
    (curiously)
    So, what do you think?

    RIPLEY
    (amazed)
    What do I think?? I think it’s the most beautiful sight I ever
    saw in my whole life!

    LAUREN
    (quietly)
    Good!

    THEIR P.O.V. We see VARIOUS SHOTS inside the Aquarium, the Fish, the Dolphins, the Great White Shark.

    RIPLEY
    (emotionally)
    I was wrong, the whole world is beautiful, we just never see it
    that way no more. I’ve spent so much time, out there among the
    stars...too much time.

    LAUREN
    (thoughtfully)
    When I die that’s where I wanna go...out among the stars...into
    the realm of eternity.

    RIPLEY
    Space is cold and unforgiving, so much out there mankind hasn’t
    seen yet...places he shouldn’t.

    LAUREN
    Will you take me to the stars one day?

    RIPLEY
    (thoughtfully)
    Oh, I think my space jockeying days are well and truly over.

    There’s a short pause.

    RIPLEY
    How did this all this happen?

    LAUREN
    (informatively)
    A few years before we came here the Army sealed the whole place
    up. Later when they returned they discovered all these animals
    trapped inside, so, they converted it into a gigantic aquarium.
    Our very own ecologically stable aquatic wonderland undisturbed
    for nearly 2 decades.

    RIPLEY
    (curiously)
    Yours, I thought you weren’t supposed to know about this place?

    LAUREN
    Well...we’re not...you know what I mean.

    RIPLEY
    Yeah I do, I hope for your sakes they don’t!

    We SLOWLY PULL BACK as Lauren and Ripley continue gazing into the Aquarium.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY SLEEPING QUARTERS.

    ANGLED SHOT of the Betty crew watching Call intently.

    CALL
    (Father’s V.O.)
    Evacuation is complete!! Non-human presence detected in levels
    3 through 12.

    CLOSE UP on Vriess nervously biting his lip.

    CALL
    (Father’s V.O.)
    Window of Departure approaching!! U.S.M. Auriga will impact in
    45 seconds.

    A short pause!

    CALL (CONT.)
    (Fathers V.O.)
    Intruder Alert!! Docking Bay Containment Field now activated.

    CLOSE UP of Johner and Kelly staring at each other!

    CALL
    (Father’s V.O.)
    Warning!! Shields collapsing, structural failure in aft Sector
    B imminent. 30 seconds to impact!

    CLOSE UP of Vaughan, his body shaking but the straps hold him in place.

    CALL
    (Father’s V.O.)
    Non-human presence detected at Air-Locks 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11,
    and 14. 15 seconds to impact!

    Another short pause.

    CALL (CONT.)
    (Father’s V.O.)
    Warning!! Hull breach at Air-Lock 7, attempting to compensate.
    U.S.M. Auriga will impact in 5 seconds 4, 3, 2, 1. Thank You!

    The Hold falls silent as we PAN AROUND the crew looking speechless.

    Vaughan suddenly stops shaking, his seemingly lifeless body lies perfectly still.

    CLOSE UP as Call suddenly RISES. She looks blankly back at the others.

    VRIESS (O.S.)
    You ok babe?

    CALL
    We did it.

    Quaid begins removing the various connections from Call.

    VRIESS
    (carefully)
    You ok?

    CALL
    Never felt better.

    QUAID
    (sighs)
    Well, at least one of you made it.

    Call turns to see Vaughan still motionless. She CLUTCHES him desperately, trying to find some sign of life.

    CALL
    (distressed)
    No, no you’re not gonna leave me behind with these people, wake
    up Vaughan, please wake up!!

    The others watch helpless as Call tries in vain to wake Vaughan.

    SHOT OF Vriess seemingly disappointed.

    Slowly Vaughan’s head begins to move then he unexpectedly RISES from her arms.

    VAUGHAN
    (scratches head)
    Anybody got an aspirin?

    Call reaches out giving Vaughan a welcome hug.

    Vriess decides he’s seen enough and heads for the Cockpit.

    KELLY
    Ok guys, so what’s next on the agenda?

    CALL
    (firmly)
    We have to go get Ripley!

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. THE GREAT LAKE. NIGHT. (LATER)

    DROP SHOT over The Great Lake slowly ZOOMING IN. Half a dozen boats full of Nuns light an area of the partly drained Lake, 2 others slowly wade towards SOMETHING in the water.

    MAISY (V.O.)
    What is it?

    JEAN (V.O.)
    I don’t know.

    BECKY (V.O.)
    Where’s Lauren?

    JEAN (V.O.)
    I don’t know that either.

    BECKY (V.O.)
    (sarcastically)
    You don’t know much do you?

    RUTH (V.O.)
    She’s sleeping. I know because I went to her dorm calling her,
    but she didn’t answer.

    MAISY (V.O.)
    If I didn’t know better I’d swear that girl was stone deaf.

    DROP SHOT (CONT.) still ZOOMING IN we see the Projectile just above the waterline! It’s already open, and EMPTY!!

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    Call eases into the left pilot seat next to Vriess.

    CALL
    (arrogantly)
    How long?

    VRIESS
    (calmly)
    About 30 Minutes.

    CALL
    Can’t we go a little faster??

    VRIESS
    You wanna fly the plane be my guest!

    Call slides back into the chair impatiently.

    CUT TO:

    INT. TERRAN COMMAND STATION. (1 HOUR LATER)

    Ripley looks out into the Aquarium seemingly in her own world, Lauren sat down on the steps behind her.

    LAUREN
    I guess we should be getting back soon. Unfortunately we can’t
    get to the Service Tunnel from here, only more secret entrances
    like the one you saw. Come to think of it there’s 4 we know of
    and countless passages-.

    RIPLEY
    They’re here!

    LAUREN
    Who’s here, no one knows we’re-!

    Suddenly we hear the WHIRRING sound of the Secret Entrance opening (O.S.).

    Mother Superior enters flanked by two Nuns, then a hooded figure in a dark cloak also enters. They remain at the Secret Entrance a few seconds then Mother Superior walks towards them, stopping a few meters away.

    LAUREN
    (surprised)
    Mother...you knew about this place?

    Mother Superior nods reassuringly.

    MOTHER SUPERIOR (to Ripley)
    You have a visitor. (gestures to Lauren) Come child, it's late.

    As Lauren and Mother Superior walk back towards the Secret Entrance, the cloaked figure walks towards Ripley, stopping before the steps.

    CLOSE UP as the cloaked figure removes the hood...it’s ANNALEE CALL.

    Ripley turns away, looking into the aquarium.

    CALL
    (tentatively)
    Hi, it's good to see you again Ripley.

    RIPLEY
    (sharply)
    I told you never to come here until I gave the signal!

    CALL
    The signal from the transmitter that doesn't work, right?

    Ripley doesn't answer the accusation.

    CALL
    I had to see you.

    TRACKING SHOT as Call climbs the steps and stands beside Ripley.

    They stare into the Aquarium.

    CALL
    Sure is a beautiful sight.

    RIPLEY
    Yes it is isn't it. So what is it that's so important?

    CALL
    I came to tell you it's over, they're dead, all of them.

    RIPLEY
    (shakes head)
    Trouble is you really believe that!! You don't understand them
    like I do...no one does. It’s a survivor. It’ll never be over
    this is only the beginning!

    CALL
    (tentatively)
    Y’know, sometimes things do work out now and then.

    There’s a short pause, again we see inside the Aquarium.

    RIPLEY
    You wanna tell me about your little...expedition?

    CALL
    Well, I got onto the base ok, but I had some problems accessing
    the Network Computer, the security around this thing is ****ing
    unbelievable.

    RIPLEY
    (unsurprised)
    That figures. So you didn’t find anything?

    CALL
    Just a couple of items. (pauses) I can confirm all of Auriga’s
    lifeboats were accounted for. Still no sign of the whereabouts
    of the crew. Also, Systems’ research ship Aonasus was the only
    vessel in range the whole time they left Earth for Pluto. They
    left shortly after she arrived...nothing strange there.

    RIPLEY
    Really. Why do you say that?

    CALL
    I got stationed on Aonasus for the salvage, if she was involved
    I would’ve known. Besides there couldn’t have been an alien on
    board, you hadn’t even been born yet.

    RIPLEY
    Thanks!
    CALL
    Anyway, I eventually got on-sight with the away team. I mean I
    was right there on the shipwreck.

    Ripley turns to face Call.

    RIPLEY
    (curiously)
    What did you see?

    CALL
    In a word..."nothing". No slime, no eggs. Absolutely nothing.

    RIPLEY
    What about the flight recorder?

    CALL
    (hesitantly)
    Well, we found it ok but couldn't release it, ****ing thing got
    jammed inside the holder...so...I accessed it myself-!

    RIPLEY
    (annoyingly)
    You did what??

    CALL
    (defensively)
    I had no choice, there wasn't time for anything else!

    RIPLEY
    (shakes head)
    Jesus **** Call I thought we agreed, no hero stuff? They're
    supposed to think we're dead, that’s the whole idea remember!

    CALL
    (reassuringly)
    No problem! I zapped the recorder before they pulled the plug,
    everything’s all safe and sound up here. (points to her head)

    RIPLEY
    I hope you’re right, we don’t need them coming looking for us.

    CALL
    They won’t, I fixed everything.

    There’s an uneasy pause.

    RIPLEY
    Anything else?

    CALL
    (thoughtfully)
    There is one other tiny item that kinda bothers me.

    RIPLEY
    Thrill me?

    CALL
    Well, I guess it’s nothing, but during the alien attack someone
    sent an encrypted sub-frequency call towards the outer rim.

    RIPLEY
    (suspiciously)
    S.O.S.?

    CALL
    Unknown!! I do know the Command Ship was somewhere in Zeta II,
    but why send a transmission out there when Home Base was only a
    few hours away?

    RIPLEY
    (hint of sarcasm)
    Ever get the feeling maybe you missed something!

    CALL
    (positively)
    Anyhow unless someone really goes looking, the army will likely
    assume all 5 of us fried on the ship.

    RIPLEY
    (curiously)
    5 of us? There were only 4 when we left.

    CALL
    Yeah I wondered about that one too. Seems the computer somehow
    confused that thing on the Betty as being human. A malfunction
    or something maybe, I don't know. Lucky for us I guess.

    RIPLEY
    (relieved)
    If they ever found out about that they'd never stop looking.

    CALL
    (reassuringly)
    But they haven't, so like I said, it’s time to move on.

    RIPLEY
    (softly)
    What if I already have moved on I just didn't know it?

    CALL
    (shakes head)
    What are you saying Ripley?? You don't belong here, this isn't
    you, you're not even a believer!

    RIPLEY
    Maybe it’s because I don't know what to believe anymore, I feel
    I belong here. My own little world where no ones gonna try and
    **** me over.

    CALL
    (sadly)
    I guess you really have made up your mind after all.

    RIPLEY
    I'm sorry Call, this is just something I have to do. (pauses) I
    can still see them behind my eyes, hear them inside my head.

    CALL
    (shakes head)
    You’re wrong, I need you to trust me on this! I've been to the
    accident sight, seen all the evidence. There's no way an alien
    could've survived that crash!

    RIPLEY
    I wanna believe you I really do, but they still keep on coming!

    CALL
    (positively)
    Not anymore they don’t they’re dead already.

    RIPLEY
    (sharply)
    You don’t know that...and nothing else matters.

    CALL
    (surprised)
    Nothing?? What about us, your friends...don’t we matter...what
    about me?

    RIPLEY
    Of course you matter-!

    CALL
    Then come with us you’re home now. You told me there’s so much
    to do, so much living to catch up on. Well now there’s a whole
    world just waiting for you.

    RIPLEY
    (sighs)
    You’re never gonna give this up are you?

    CALL
    (grinning)
    Not in a million years. So what’s it gonna be?

    We slowly PULL BACK as Ripley and Call stare at each other, then out into the Aquarium.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. CONVENT. MAIN LANDING BAY. NIGHT. (CLOUDY) (1 HOUR LATER)

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT of the Convents Landing Bay. A slightly raised circular platform set several meters away from the Main Entrance, surrounded by trees to shield it from the wind. The Betty stood in the center of the bay taking up most of the space.

    Ripley, now in her leather gear, walks with Johner and Call towards the Betty, followed by Lauren, Mother Superior and a few available Nuns.

    RIPLEY (to Johner)
    The Army is probably watching this place like a hawk. You sure
    you weren’t spotted?

    JOHNER
    (confidently)
    You worry too much.

    RIPLEY
    (grinning)
    Alright I won’t.

    Ripley then turns to face Lauren as the others board the Betty.

    RIPLEY
    You could still come with us, if you really wanted to?

    LAUREN
    I know. Guess I’m just not ready to move on yet.

    RIPLEY
    (disappointed)
    Well, this is good-bye for now.

    LAUREN
    (sadly)
    You will come back and see us won’t you...see me?

    RIPLEY
    (smiling)
    I promise, maybe sooner than you think.

    They hug each other warmly then Ripley heads up The Betty’s boarding ramp, she turns to wave good-bye then disappears inside the ship.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the Betty’s engines ROAR to life. She slowly lifts off the platform and heads into the night sky.

    CLOSE UP of Lauren watching the ship disappear into the clouds (O.S.)

    LAUREN
    Mother, do you think we’ll ever see them again?

    MOTHER SUPERIOR (O.S.)
    Perhaps, but do not dwell on dreams young Lauren, always expect
    the unexpected with open arms.

    LAUREN
    (sighs)
    Yes Mother.

    We DOLLY AWAY from the Landing Bay as the Nun’s turn and head back towards the Convent.

    FADE TO BLACK:

    FADE IN:

    EXT. DEEP SPACE.

    Slowly PANNING LEFT through the outer reaches of deep space, the silence is suddenly engulfed in a LOUD RUMBLING noise. A HUGE star ship gracefully passes over-head, going on and on into the distance like a city over 7 miles long. MASSIVE towers sprout from a web of intricate superstructures, dozens of Gun Emplacements protruding from all sides.

    The U.S.M. GARGANTUAN continues through the SHOT.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT. (3 HOURS LATER)

    SHOT OF a bottle of Champaign being POPPED open with laughter and songs.

    The celebration of the alien victory continues, Ripley pours Vriess a drink then walks over to Johner.

    RIPLEY (to Johner)
    So what happens next?

    Johner searches a nearby locker and produces a small Identity Card.

    JOHNER
    Well first you ain’t you anymore. See this blank CID card, tap
    in new ID here, (indicated) mug shot here. (indicated) You got
    an apartment 10 blocks from L.A. Central, under the name Sully,
    5 star accommodation no questions asked.

    RIPLEY
    (sniggers)
    Sully!! Ok, so what about the real me?

    JOHNER
    That contact I was tellin' you about from North Carolina?? Got
    us some highly recommended plastic surgeon, like when he's done
    even your own mother won't recognize you. He don't come cheap,
    his methods ain't exactly pleasurable, but, they're effective!!
    Nothing but the best (winks) right?


    RIPLEY
    Right! (pauses) And that’s where we’re heading now?

    JOHNER
    I kinda persuaded Vriess to take the longer route, just in case
    you have a change of heart.

    RIPLEY
    (positively)
    Not a chance!

    In another area of the cockpit Vaughan and Call stand close together.

    CALL
    I never said “Thank you”.

    VAUGHAN
    (puzzled)
    For what exactly?

    CALL
    (smiling)
    Saving me.

    VAUGHAN
    (shakes head)
    I didn’t really know what I was doing.

    Call strokes his face tenderly.

    CALL
    (smiling)
    I know. You did what you had to do.

    VAUGHAN
    (sighs)
    You really don’t remember do you?

    CALL
    (thoughtfully)
    Sometimes I feel like I haven’t achieved everything yet.

    VAUGHAN
    Yes, there is a great deal to achieve.

    CALL
    (curiously)
    So why don’t you tell me?

    VAUGHAN
    I only know that you were given something that would help us...
    something our people needed to... (hesitates)

    CALL
    What is it?

    CLOSE UP of Vriess staring at Vaughan.

    JOHNER (to everyone)
    Hey, I almost forgot something here. A small matter of intros,
    pleasantries, or some **** like that.

    QUAID
    Right on Brother!

    Johner steps forward to introduce the new members of the crew.

    JOHNER
    This is Fixer Quaid! (indicated) You got a problem and already
    asked him first...forget it. Complete with his own gizmos, the
    only repair man you’ll ever need. But don’t quote me on that!

    QUAID
    (humorously)
    Hmm, I’m not sure how to take that?

    KELLY
    With balls man, with balls.

    Johner moves on to the Co-Pilot.

    JOHNER
    Co-Pilot Sirtis!! (indicated) Straight outta Flight Schools top
    brass, ain’t no ship she can’t handle, taught Vriess just about
    everything he knows. Including how to fly this piece of junk!

    CALL
    (smiling)
    So you got to spread your wings at last Vriess, cool.

    Vriess nods appreciatively not looking at Call.

    JOHNER
    Private Kelly!! (indicated) The most efficient killer I’ve ever
    seen. Also has contacts in Special Weapons Division, hence our
    hefty makeover. Only wish them bugs had tried it on with her.

    KELLY
    (smirking)
    Guess you’ll never know man!

    CALL
    I hope not...no offence.

    RIPLEY (to Kelly)
    (curiously)
    I hear you’re Ex-Marine how come?

    The Cockpit suddenly falls silent as Kelly walks up to Ripley. She rolls up her right sleeve revealing a tattoo on her upper arm.

    KELLY
    You see this...?

    CLOSE UP on her tattoo, the U.S.C.M. crest (Eagle) and text reading:

    U.S. Colonial Marines.
    (U.S.C.M. crest)
    88th Infantry Division.
    “We kick ****...you kiss it!”
    KELLY (CONT.)
    (proudly)
    This is what it meant to be in the Corps, I was one of the best
    they ever had.

    VRIESS
    So what happened?

    KELLY
    I got called up for Duty on The Eastern Block, somebody screwed
    up, a few guys got killed...yours truly carried the can. I got
    7 years in the slammer before I bailed out.

    VRIESS
    (shakes head)
    Goddam ****in’ Marine Corps sure take care of their own.

    QUAID
    The Colonial’s don’t exist any more man, you know that.

    VRIESS
    How would you know, you’re just a kid!

    QUAID
    (shrugs)
    I know my history, that’s all I’m saying.

    RIPLEY (to Kelly)
    Must’ve been pretty tough, I know what it’s like to be-!

    KELLY
    (angrily)
    You don’t know **** lady but I’ll tell you one thing. They had
    my ****, some day I’m gonna have theirs...big time!!

    The cockpit falls silent again.

    JOHNER
    (hesitantly)
    Ok, well, that’s the nicety’s over with I guess.

    QUAID
    What time we due in Central Vriess?

    VRIESS
    About 3am.

    CALL
    3am my ****, I could get out and swim faster!

    Vriess
    Not over the North Pole you couldn’t.

    QUAID
    (humorously)
    Where you takin’ us dude!! We on some kinda pleasure cruise or
    something?

    VRIESS
    He’s in charge, (indicates Johner) why don’t you ask him?

    Johner shrugs his shoulders innocently, then turns to meet Ripley’s gaze.

    RIPLEY
    Y’know I can’t help myself and I’m curious?

    JOHNER
    About what?

    RIPLEY
    Oh, about just how you managed to get us off the island unseen?
    I mean I’m kinda expecting us to get screwed any second.

    JOHNER
    Y’know, considering where you just spent the last few days, you
    don’t seem to show an awful lotta ‘faith’.

    RIPLEY
    (humorously)
    Awwwww, I got plenty of faith in you Johner, but sometimes your
    methods leave a little to be desired. I mean, that transponder
    was a nice idea, hidden inside a cheap bracelet.

    JOHNER
    Yeah ok, I get the message. So, you ever heard of Stealth Mode
    in your time?

    RIPLEY
    (surprised)
    Seriously, a cloaking device on this bucket, I’m impressed.

    JOHNER
    Don’t really make us invisible, just screws with their scanners
    so they see all kinds of ****.

    RIPLEY
    (curiously)
    And you went over the Betty in dry dock, right?

    JOHNER
    (confidently)
    No nasty's gonna hitch a ride on this boat.

    As they continue chatting we CLOSE UP on Quaid shoving something into his mouth.

    CALL (O.S.)
    (curiously)
    What the hell is that?

    QUAID
    ‘That’ my friend is my chew thing!

    Call reaches up and pulls the ‘chew thing’ out of Quaid's mouth causing him to wince.

    CLOSE UP on the JET-BLACK object. It’s curved like a CLAW, very thin yet strong, unlike bone hollow inside.

    CALL
    (puzzled)
    It looks like...like...?

    Kelly peers at the object over Calls shoulder.

    KELLY
    Like a bug’s thing!

    CALL
    (firmly)
    That wasn’t what I meant.

    KELLY
    No, but you thought it.

    CALL (to Quaid)
    Where did you get this?

    Quaid snatches the object and shoves it back into his mouth.

    QUAID
    I found it over in dry dock. You’ll be surprised what you find
    out there if you look around.

    CALL
    (suspiciously)
    In dry-dock huh?

    QUAID
    (positively)
    That’s right, and ‘no’ you can’t have it. Go find your own!

    A BEEPER sounds from the Autopilot, immediately drawing Vriess’ attention. He grabs onto a pulley device, it lifts him from his Wheel Chair into the right Cockpit seat.

    Vriess studies a display screen curiously as Sirtis takes the other seat.

    SHOT OF Quaid casually easing himself into Vriess’ vacant Wheel Chair.

    VRIESS (O.S. to Quaid)
    I wouldn’t do that if I were you!

    QUAID
    No worries my friend, just keepin’ it warm for-.

    As Quaid sits down a LOUD siren goes off underneath the Wheel Chair STARTLING everyone.

    SHOTS OF steel Clamps SNAPPING down on Quaid's arms and legs. Suddenly he’s TRAPPED!

    A female voice sounds from the chair.

    WARNING: UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS...
    SELF DESTRUCT SEQUENCE ACTIVATED.
    YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS TO COMPLY 29,
    28, 27...(CONT.)

    Everyone (except Vriess) starts to panic, non more than Quaid stuck in the chair.

    QUAID
    (shouting)
    Holy Jesus, comply with what man?? Get me outta here! I don’t
    wanna die, not in someone else’s chair...!!

    VRIESS
    (casually)
    It ain’t “someone else’s” it’s mine.

    15 SECONDS 14, 13, 12...(CONT.)

    QUAID
    (shouting)
    Shhhhhiiitttt!!

    JOHNER (to Vriess)
    Jesus, just turn the damn thing off man!

    CLOSE UP of a remote held by Vriess, he presses a large red button.

    5 SECONDS 4, 3...DISARMED!!

    SHOT OF Quaid stumbling out of the Wheel Chair as the clamps are released!

    KELLY
    (sniffing)
    Hey guys, you smell something?

    JOHNER
    (sniffing)
    Yeah! Smells like real **** to me.

    QUAID
    (nervously)
    That wasn’t funny guys.

    The crew then moves to the front of the cockpit.

    JOHNER (to Vriess)
    What we got some company?

    VRIESS
    You could say that, storm front coming in at 20 degrees. Think
    we’re gonna have to change course, maybe cut across Army space?

    THEIR P.O.V. we see a roll of heavy clouds approaching in the night sky.

    CALL (O.S.)
    Can’t we go round it?

    VRIESS
    (shakes head)
    Not enough gas to go around. Don’t even think about going over
    the top.

    KELLY
    Don’t reckon to crossing Military Air Space. Too much activity
    right now.

    RIPLEY
    Yes I agree. (studies radar) It’s not electrical. Looks like a
    warm pressure front. (looks at Johner) How about we take a ride
    right under it, for cover if nothing else?

    VRIESS (O.S.)
    (hesitantly)
    Oh, I dunno about that, if this thing changes course-!!

    JOHNER
    (firmly)
    Time to put those flying skills on the line guys.

    VRIESS
    (shakes head)
    Ok, I don’t recommend it, but you’re the boss.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. NORTH ATLANTIC. 2,000 FEET. NIGHT. (CLOUDY)

    PANNING DOWN as the Betty descends to just a few hundred feet above sea level. Heading towards 2 HUGE icebergs, levelling off in the direction of the storm.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. THE FOREST. NIGHT. (RAIN, THUNDER & LIGHTNING)

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT near Ferina Hill, slowly ZOOMING IN on 5 Nuns leading a cart pulled by 2 horses along a narrow road, transporting the Projectile that crashed into The Great Lake.

    CLOSE UP as the carts wheels SINK firmly into the mud, bringing the party to a halt.

    Sister Jade, who’s several yards ahead of the others, turns to face them.

    JADE
    (shouting)
    What's the problem?

    JEAN
    (shouting)
    Well basically, the problem is we’re screwed!

    BECKY
    Please don’t swear Sister Jean, you never know when he might be
    watching.

    ELLIE
    (firmly)
    I say we dump this thing or we’ll never get the wheels out!!

    JEAN
    Yeah right!

    RUTH
    (pathetically)
    I’m so cold...can’t feel anything.

    ELLIE
    We’re all cold!

    JEAN
    Ok, who’s got the radio?

    BECKY
    I have...unfortunately.

    SHOT OF Becky holding up the soaked transmitter device.

    JEAN
    (agitated)
    Well that’s just great, here we are stuck in the forest, in the
    middle of a storm, in the middle of ‘another’ crisis-!

    ELLIE
    Give it a rest Jean why don’t you! We all make mistakes.

    JEAN
    Y’know your right, you’re absolutely right! And my mistake was
    getting stuck out here with you guys, 10 below in the middle of
    the Goddam jungle!!

    BECKY
    Jean please don't sw-!

    JEAN (to Becky)
    (sharply)
    Don't, ok. I don’t wanna hear it! I’m out of here.

    ANGLED SHOT as Jean storms away from them, suddenly a HUGE FIREBALL comes CRASHING down behind her just yards from the stricken cart, the BLAST throwing her off her feet.

    A violent FIERY EXPLOSION sends the horses and cart high into the air, killing them, Ellie and Becky in the impact.

    We DOLLY BEHIND Jade who rushes back to help the others.

    More FIREBALLS begin to rain down as Jade picks up Jean covered in blood. Just behind her Ruth gets shakily to her feet.

    RUTH
    (screaming)
    WHAT’S HAPPENING????

    JEAN
    (dazed)
    Are we under attack??

    JADE (to Ruth)
    (shouting)
    C’mon, lets get to the caves!

    RUTH
    (hysterical)
    WE’LL NEVER MAKE IT!!!

    JADE
    Yes we will...now move your ****!

    As the 3 Nuns head into the forest we see VARIOUS SHOTS of FIREBALLS raining down from the skies, CRASHING into trees that quickly start to burn.

    One comes down over the nearby Landing Platform, SMASHING into the Transmitter Dish.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. THE FOREST. CRATER. (RAIN, THUNDER & LIGHTNING.) (LATER)

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT as 3 Nuns soon appear in a clearing, nearby is a MASSIVE crater, fireballs CONTINUE to rain down all around them.

    RUTH
    Look... (points at crater) over there!

    JADE
    (holding Jean)
    Ok, ok I see it, how about helping me out here??

    Ruth and Jade carefully make their way down an embankment, holding Jean between them, they follow the wall of the crater towards an exposed Service Tunnel entrance.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    Vriess and Sirtis continue flying the Betty beneath the storm, the ship BUFFETED occasionally.

    VRIESS
    (taps fuel gauge)
    Well, I hate to put a bullet through your tails guys, but we’re
    not gonna make it.

    SIRTIS
    (confidently)
    Relax fly-boy we’ll make it. I ain’t lost a bird yet!

    RIPLEY
    How far to the mainland?

    VRIESS
    Oh, about 2000 miles, give or take.

    Sat behind them, Kelly studies a Monitor showing thermal images of the terrain below, Johner stood nervously beside her.

    JOHNER
    We gotta get outta this storm...anything??

    KELLY
    (shakes head)
    That A.D.B.’s gotta be around here somewhere.

    CALL
    That what??

    QUAID (to Call)
    Auto Docking Bay’s. Remote access to the Network Tunnel System
    used by the Military.

    JOHNER
    Only question is how do we get in?

    Suddenly they’re interrupted by a BEEPING sound from the Monitor.

    KELLY
    There it is! Vriess, we need to make a right to oh-point seven
    degrees, descend to about 40.

    VRIESS
    I got it.

    As the ship turns we ZOOM IN on a ‘strangely worried-looking’ Ripley.

    Then CLOSE UP on Sirtis glaring at her controls.

    SIRTIS
    Wait a minute...?

    VRIESS (O.S.)
    (confused)
    What...WHAT??

    SIRTIS
    (shouting)
    What the FUUCCKKK-??

    Suddenly a DEAFENING BOOM rocks the Betty from her port side, setting off a series of mini EXPLOSIONS inside the cockpit.

    SMASH CUT TO:

    EXT. NORTH ATLANTIC. 200 FEET. (HEAVY RAIN)

    ANGLED SHOT as the Betty’s port side engine partially EXPLODES sending the ship PLUMMETING towards the Ocean.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    The ship SHUDDERS VIOLENTLY as it continues to plummet.

    VRIESS
    (shouting)
    Jesus **** we’re hit, we’re hit in the port engine!!

    JOHNER
    (angrily)
    What d'ya mean “we’re hit” we’re cloaked dammit??

    SIRTIS
    (shouting)
    I can’t control it, grab onto something!!

    Ripley races to the rear of the cockpit, GRABBING onto a support beam closing her eyes!

    The others hold onto whatever they can find.

    VRIESS (ECHO into CUT)
    **** we’re going down! Brace for impact...SHIIITTTT!!

    SMASH CUT TO:

    EXT. NORTH ATLANTIC.

    SIDE ANGLED SHOT as the Betty hits the water at high speed between the 2 towering icebergs. PANNING LEFT as the ship SKIPS across the Ocean a few times before SPLASHING down to a halt.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    SHOT OF Sirtis’ head THROWN against the cockpit controls

    Everyone EXCEPT Ripley is also thrown forward by the impact.

    As the Betty gradually settles Johner gets to his feet, rips off an extinguisher from behind Virus’s seat and puts out a fire.

    QUAID
    (shouting)
    Everybody ok? We gotta get topside folks.

    Ripley goes to help Sirtis, carefully moving her bleeding head back.

    RIPLEY
    She’s unconscious...where’s the medical kit?

    CALL
    I’ll get it!

    KELLY
    Yeah, like she’s the only one who knows who hit us!

    VAUGHAN (to Ripley)
    May I help, I’m also a doctor?

    RIPLEY
    Yes of course. (looks at Johner) How long can we stay afloat?

    JOHNER
    (shrugs)
    An hour maybe, if we’re lucky.

    CALL (to Johner)
    (not looking)
    Oh great, wonderful in fact!

    Call moves to the cockpit to help Vaughan with Sirtis. She glances back at Vriess.

    CALL
    You ok there?

    VRIESS
    (slightly dazed)
    Yeah, I think so...thanks.

    KELLY (to Johner)
    So where’s the Goddam life boat??

    JOHNER
    Your sinkin’ in it. Escape Pods weren’t designed for this.

    CALL (to Johner)
    (sarcastically)
    What ever happened to safety issues during this junks so-called
    ‘hefty make-over’?

    JOHNER
    (agitated)
    Hey robot, nobody asked and nobody forced you to come either-!

    RIPLEY
    (sharply)
    Just relax, both of you.

    Quaid reaches into a locker where he finds a Flare Gun.

    KELLY (O.S.)
    The radio’s damaged...life support down to 60%...power reserves
    just over 40.

    CALL (O.S.)
    (sighs)
    Anyone got any good news?

    QUAID
    (confidently)
    Well, (shows Flare Gun) maybe this will come in handy!

    KELLY (to Johner)
    We still got the emergency beacon...gotta be worth a try? I’ll
    take care of it you guys get clear.

    JOHNER
    Nice, let’s get outta here!

    VRIESS
    Hey folks, someone wanna give me a hand here?

    CUT TO:

    EXT. BETTY TOPSIDE. NIGHT. (HEAVY RAIN) (LATER)

    The Top Hatch is opened, Johner appears first with a portable stretcher followed by Quaid. They reach down and lift Vriess to safety, Quaid then carefully puts him down onto the Hull.

    VRIESS
    (shouting)
    Hey, what about my Goddam chair?

    JOHNER
    (sarcastically)
    What about your Goddam chair?

    Ripley is next, she and Johner lift Sirtis clear then put her on the stretcher. As they cover her up Call, Vaughan and Kelly finally emerge.

    JOHNER
    Can’t see a Goddam thing out here.

    KELLY
    Better take this, just in case.

    Kelly hands Johner a rifle keeping another for herself.

    KELLY
    Anyway, it’s up, but at this range...I dunno.

    CALL
    (worriedly)
    Hope they come soon, even we won’t last long in that water.

    QUAID
    Ok folks, here goes nothing.

    We PULL BACK as Quaid loads the Flare Gun and FIRES it into the air, bathing them in the flares ORANGE GLOW.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. SERVICE TUNNEL. JUNCTION.

    Ruth and Jade continue helping Jean along the dark Service Tunnel, it’s cylindrical and so narrow they have to proceed almost sideways.

    They eventually reach a T-junction, Ruth produces some chalk from her garb.

    JADE
    Ok left or right, which is it?

    JEAN
    (dazed)
    Are we home yet?

    RUTH
    (thinking)
    The sun sets behind us so, north is that way! (points left)

    Ruth lets go of Jean, kneels down and chalks an appropriate arrow on the floor.

    JADE (O.S.)
    Hurry it up will you! I ain’t Superman you know, and she ain’t
    exactly Lois Lane either.

    JEAN
    (dazed)
    I heard that, and I lost 4 lbs last week.

    RUTH
    We’ve got to keep track of where we’re going. Ok c’mon.

    They proceed several yards down the left Tunnel then Ruth suddenly hesitates.

    JADE
    Now what?

    Ruth leaves Jean again, kneeling down over something on the floor.

    RUTH’S P.O.V. on the deck a grey LEATHER-LIKE skin glistens in the light.

    She lifts it up to the light with both hands for closer inspection.

    RUTH
    (puzzled)
    Looks like animal hide or something...how can that be?

    JADE
    I don’t know. Put it down will you, it might be catching!

    Ruth drops the skin, grabs hold of Jean and they continue down the Service Tunnel.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. SERVICE TUNNEL/CAVE ENTRANCE. (LATER)

    The Nuns come up to a grate with thick wire mesh blocking off the Service Tunnel, leading into a cave on the other side.

    JADE
    (sighs)
    Oh no, this is a dead end.

    RUTH
    Just a minute, you hold her, I can get this off.

    Ruth produces a small knife from her garb and begins prizing round the edge of the grate.

    JEAN
    (dazed)
    Why is it so dark in here? Who turned out the lights?

    JADE
    I’m worried about her, she’s delirious.

    Ruth eventually pulls the grate away putting it to one side.

    RUTH’S P.O.V. into the darkness, the flooring only visible for a few yards.

    RUTH
    I can’t see a thing. Anybody got a light?

    JADE (O.S.)
    I left my torch in the dorm. Here, try this!

    Jade hands Ruth her cigarette lighter.

    RUTH
    I thought you quit smoking?

    JADE
    Just get on with it!

    Ruth lights up the lighter and they enter.

    INT. TERRAN ISLAND. FERINA CAVES. (CONT.) (VOICE ECHO)

    ANGLED SHOT as the Nuns slowly emerge from the Tunnel onto a wider walkway. The cave is cold dark and almost silent.

    JADE
    (whispering)
    So where do you think we are?

    RUTH
    (whispering)
    If my calculations are up to scratch, right under Ferina Hill.

    JADE
    This place gives me the creeps.

    RUTH
    You and me both...and why are we whispering-?

    JADE
    Shhhh, I thought I heard something!

    There’s a short pause.

    RUTH
    (shakes head)
    It’s just running water, stop freaking me out for heavens sake.

    JEAN
    (dazed)
    Are we home yet?

    JADE
    (quietly)
    Soon be home Jean, you hang in there ok?

    JEAN
    (dazed, louder)
    You said that before, and before that!!

    RUTH
    (irritatingly)
    Please do something about her before I do something I’ll regret.

    Then Jean starts STAMPING her feet like a spoilt child.

    JEAN
    (delirious)
    I wanna go home...do you hear me...I wanna go-!!

    Ruth turns to slap Jean who LASHES OUT unexpectedly, KNOCKING the lighter from Ruth’s hand.

    As the lighter hits the deck it BURSTS into FLAMES, lighting up the entire cave.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of the cave floor and walls COVERED in 1000’s of oval-shaped objects, as far as the eye can see. The Alien Eggs!!

    The 3 Nuns stare all around in disbelieve.

    They hear a HISSING noise causing them to look behind.

    THEIR P.O.V. PANNING UP towards an ALIEN QUEEN anchored to the wall of the cave by a complex frame of secreted resin.

    Her head lowers from its protective cranial crown. She looks down at the Nuns and lets out an EAR-PIERCING SCREAM!!

    CLOSE UP of the Nuns terrified, Jean promptly faints and drops to the floor.

    JADE
    (panicking)
    No, no Jean don’t do this, not now!!

    The Alien Queen HISSES at a large group of Eggs immediately below her.

    JADE
    We’ve got to get back to the tunnel. C’mon help me!

    Ruth and Jade grab hold of Jean and begin DRAGGING her back to the Cave Entrance.

    DOLLY SHOT over the Eggs on the deck, they begin to OPEN releasing the spider-like FACE-HUGGERS inside.

    RUTH
    (frightened)
    Oh my God, what are those things???

    JADE
    (quickly)
    I don’t know. Just keep going and don’t stop!

    CLOSE UP of the Alien Queen HISSING LOUDLY at other Eggs around her.

    DOLLY SHOT along the walls of the cave where even MORE Eggs begin to open!

    INT. CAVE ENTRANCE. (CONT.)

    Ruth and Jade manage to DRAG Jean back to the Entrance.

    RUTH
    Please tell me this isn’t happening?

    As they PULL her through a Face-Hugger suddenly DROPS onto Jeans face.

    They stumble back into the Service Tunnel leaving Jean behind.

    CLOSE UP of the Face-Hugger, its tail WRAPS tight around Jeans neck.

    Jade quickly SHOVES the wire mesh grate back into the Entrance.

    They KICK round the edges of the grate, eventually wedging it back into place, then quickly head back down the Tunnel.

    INT. FERINA CAVE.

    ANGLED SHOT as several Huggers appear on the far side of the walkway, quickly heading towards the Cave Entrance.

    CUT TO:

    INT. SERVICE TUNNEL/JUNCTION. (LATER)

    Ruth and Jade reach a Junction marked by one of Ruth’s arrows on the floor.

    RUTH
    (quickly)
    This way, c’mon!!

    JADE
    Sure glad you chalked up them signs. Next time you get a brain
    wave remind me to mind my own business.

    CUT TO:

    INT. CAVE ENTRANCE.

    CLOSE UP as the Face-Huggers LEAP onto the grate and start THRASHING their tails against it, CACKLING in a frenzy they GRADUALLY begin FORCING it free.

    MORE and MORE Huggers join the onslaught, until finally the grate COLLAPSES inward.

    WE DOLLY BACK into the Service Tunnel as DOZENS of Huggers BURST in through the gap!

    CUT TO:

    INT. FERINA CAVE.

    ANGLED SHOT of the Alien Queen, her attention switches to another creature approaching on the ground.

    CLOSE UP as 7-Leg casually makes his way over opened Alien Eggs!

    He stops and CACKLES at the Queen, she HISSES something back in reply.

    He CACKLES some more and louder, tapping his only left front leg on the deck.

    Again she responds, HISSING and SNARLING...followed by a strangely incoherent CRY.

    7-Leg steps back as if taken by surprise, reversing onto his hind legs!

    The Queen lets out another HARROWING CRY, her whole body trembling with fear!

    We slowly ZOOM IN on the frame of secreted resin as it begins to CRACK!

    The Queen SCREAMS once more as the sound of CRUNCHING BONES seemingly echoes all around.

    Suddenly the frame collapses and the Queen PLUMMETS 30 feet to the ground, her cranial crown SHATTERS into a 1000 pieces as she hits the deck.

    The Queen tries DESPERATELY to stand, with SCREAMS of TERRIBLE PAIN she STUMBLES and FALLS. Her head hung limp and undignified, she finally draws upon her last breath then
    slowly lays and dies!

    CLOSE UP as 7-Leg stands CACKLING SOFTLY to himself, his faceless expression unrevealing, he turns to leave for the tunnel.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. NORTH ATLANTIC. BETTY TOPSIDE. (HEAVY RAIN) (30 MINUTES LATER)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of the Betty still afloat in the ocean! Most of her crew stood topside, now wearing fluorescent macks, Vriess sat on a small air cushion from his wheel chair. The stricken ship SWAYS awkwardly as WIND and RAIN continues to build up in freezing conditions.

    The Hatch opens and Quaid appears carrying a large CONTAINER.

    QUAID
    Hope you’re all hungry?

    JOHNER
    You ain’t kiddin’, right now I could eat my folks.

    CALL
    (shakes head)
    Disgusting!! How can you think of food at a time like this?

    Johner opens the container and brings out a can of beer.

    JOHNER (to Call)
    (sarcastically)
    Sorry to report but... (grins) no oil cans in here!

    Ripley kneels down next to Vaughan tending to the unconscious Sirtis.

    RIPLEY
    How’s she doing?

    VAUGHAN
    Not good I’m afraid. I’ve given her another stabilizer but she
    may go into thermal shock without proper medical attention.

    RIPLEY
    (reassuringly)
    Just do what you can, someone’s bound to come soon.

    JOHNER (to Quaid)
    (drinking)
    How many flares you got left?

    QUAID
    You don’t ever wanna know!

    JOHNER
    Just tell me the score man?

    QUAID
    3...and all very wet.

    Call sits next to Vriess rubbing her arms quickly.

    VRIESS
    (curiously)
    You feel that...cold I mean?

    CALL
    (nodding)
    Yes.

    VRIESS
    Guess being human ain’t so great.

    CALL
    (sighs)
    Didn’t you see anything, anything at all?

    VRIESS
    (shakes head)
    It all happened so fast. But y’know what the worst thing is?

    CALL
    What?

    Vriess stares over towards the injured Sirtis.

    VRIESS
    Maybe we’ll never find out!

    CLOSE UP on Kelly studying the Beacon Receiver, then...!

    KELLY
    Yo, I think we got something here!!

    JOHNER (O.S.)
    Where??

    KELLY
    200 meters off the port (indicated) and closing fast.

    THEIR P.O.V. across the horizon where Kelly indicated, we see nothing except waves and huge icebergs.

    JOHNER (O.S.)
    You sure about this, I don’t see ****.

    KELLY
    It’s out there see for yourself man!

    RIPLEY (to Kelly)
    (suspiciously)
    200 meters! How did they get so close unnoticed?

    KELLY
    (thoughtfully)
    Yeah... (looks at Ripley) I was thinkin’ the same thing.

    CALL
    (sighs)
    Well all I see is lots of water and even more ice.

    JOHNER
    What the hell you whining for, you ain’t exactly gonna drown?

    CALL
    I happen to be a very complex android, some day you people will
    come to appreciate us.

    JOHNER
    I’d appreciate it if you’d shut the **** up-!

    RIPLEY
    (firmly)
    For ****’s sake knock it off you 2!! We’re in enough trouble
    as it is.

    KELLY
    There it is again dead ahead 150 meters.

    THEIR P.O.V. across the ocean large bubbles suddenly BELLOW UPWARDS, followed by TALL SPRAYS of water. A long black rudder begins CUTTING through the Ocean surface.

    CALL (O.S.)
    (nervously)
    I don’t like the look of this.

    QUAID (O.S.)
    No worries girl, so long as they get us home.

    THEIR P.O.V. (CONT.) as the vessel slows it continues RISING. A large conning tower over the mid section appears, revealing its name along the side...U.S.S. ARKENSAW.

    JOHNER
    (humorously)
    Hey Kelly, guess you’ll get to kick some Army **** after all?

    KELLY (to Herself)
    (cursing)
    Goddam ****in’ Marine Corps!

    The U.S.S. Arkensaw finally comes to rest halfway above the waterline about 100 meters away. An ancient U.S. Navy Submarine 300 meters long, black and bold in stature, elegant though surprisingly sleek.

    Near the bow of the vessel 2 bright search lights turn TOWARDS US.

    EXT. U.S.S. ARKENSAW.

    We DOLLY along the Upper Deck of U.S.S. Arkensaw. Suddenly a dozen individuals armed with RIFLES appear from the other side.

    SIDE ANGLED SHOT of their guns quickly baring down on the Betty crew below.

    SMASH CUT TO:

    EXT. BETTY TOPSIDE

    Johner and Kelly bring their weapons up.

    JOHNER
    (erratically)
    Jesus, ****in’ Pirates!

    KELLY
    It’s a stand-off-!

    RIPLEY
    (sharply)
    No wait! You can’t win, not like this. Put ‘em down...slowly.

    Johner and Ripley turn to look at each other.

    JOHNER
    So much for the Welcoming Committee!

    RIPLEY
    (shrugs)
    Only one way to find out. Shall we??

    REAR ANGLED SHOT of the Betty crew into the search lights. They drop their weapons then slowly raise their hands in surrender.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. THE FOREST. NIGHT. (MISTY, LIGHT RAIN) (LATER)

    Ruth and Jade appear in a small clearing in the forest. A thick layer of MIST makes it difficult to see.

    RUTH
    (panting)
    I think we lost them.

    JADE
    (panting)
    I think I need a drag!

    Jade leans against a tree, puts a cigarette in her mouth.

    RUTH
    Those things will be the death of you some day.

    JADE
    Never mind the lectures, where’s my lighter?

    RUTH
    Still in the cave remember, it went up flames!

    CLOSE UP on Ruth looking around nervously. In the distance we hear the CRY of a WOLF.

    RUTH
    (shaking)
    We’ve got to warn the others about those things.

    JADE (O.S.)
    The stables ain’t far, we can sound the alarm from there.

    RUTH
    Those fires from the sky...it was like hell’s fury!

    We SLOWLY RISE up the side of a tree trunk, looking down upon the 2 Nuns. A Face-Hugger CRAWLS into frame then STOPS.

    RUTH
    What do you think happened?

    JADE
    I don’t know Ruth.

    Jade fidgets with her last cigarette.

    RUTH
    Hey, what if the Convent was hit? What if everyone’s dead??

    JADE
    Relax will you! They’re probably already safe and sound inside
    the shelter. And so will we shortly.

    RUTH
    But what if we get stuck here-?

    JADE
    (firmly)
    Then the Army will come for us, you know the drill!

    RUTH
    I don’t like it Jade, can we please just go to the stab-??

    Suddenly a large animal LEAPS OUT from the bushes. GRABS Jade by the HEAD and SWINGS her around in its jaws like a rag doll.

    Ruth stumbles backward too TERRIFIED to scream as the Wolf TEARS into Jade’s clothing.

    She turns and runs fast as she can back into the forest.

    HUGGER VISION through the grass, PANNING LEFT as Ruth runs past then CHASING after her.

    RUTH’S P.O.V. TWISTING and TURNING through the forest.

    HUGGER VISION still chasing after Ruth through the grass.

    HIGH DOLLY SHOT over Ruth as she continues running. Ahead of her we see some light.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. THE FOREST/THE STABLES. (MISTY, LIGHT RAIN) (LATER)

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT as Ruth appears from the edge of the forest, slowly descending as she continues down a steep slope. At the bottom some lights shine over a building made from logs with a gabled roof.

    RUTH’S P.O.V. lights from the STABLES getting CLOSER.

    HUGGER VISION coming out of the Forest CONTINUING down the slope towards The Stables.

    Ruth reaches the Stables but the gates are LOCKED!

    She starts KICKING and SCREAMING wildly.

    RUTH
    (screaming)
    OPEN THE GATES--C’MON--OPEN THE BLOODY GATES!!

    HUGGER VISION racing down the steep slope GAINING on Ruth below.

    She continues KICKING and SCREAMING, nervously look back up the slope.

    An UNLOCKING sound comes from the other side, the gate slowly opens.

    Another Nun peers outside, Ruth BARGES past her into the Stables.

    INT. STABLES. (CONT.)

    Ruth SLAMS the gate shut, PUSHING 3 large bolts across the locking mechanism, sealing them inside then steps back.

    ANNA
    (curiously)
    Would you mind telling me what you’re doing?

    RUTH
    (quietly)
    Shhhh, be quiet! Maybe they’ll go away.

    CLOSE UP on Ruth terrified, we hear SCRATCHING and CACKLING noises coming from outside.

    ANNA (O.S.)
    (quietly)
    What’s that noise? Is it the wolves?

    CLOSE UP on Ruth (CONT.) the noises, seemingly all around, get LOUDER and LOUDER!

    RUTH
    (screaming)
    G-O A-W-A-Y!!

    One of the stable horses becomes frightened. Anna runs over to try and settle him down.

    ANNA
    (calmly)
    Whoa boy whoa it’s alright, just a bad storm...shhhh! (looks at
    Ruth) Oh no I forgot.

    RUTH
    Forgot what?

    ANNA
    The skylight’s still open!

    We DOLLY with Ruth as she runs over to a tall ladder and climbs up to the loft.

    INT. STABLES. LOFT.

    ANGLED SHOT as Ruth climbs into the loft, looks around anxiously then UPWARDS.

    RUTH’S P.O.V. the skylight partly OPEN, but nothing appears to challenge her.

    INT. STABLES.

    Anna covers her ears as the SCRATCHING and CACKLING grows ever LOUDER.

    ANNA
    (painfully)
    Make it stop...please...make it stop!!

    INT. STABLES. LOFT.

    TRACKING SHOT as Ruth runs under the skylight, GRABS onto a lever pulling it down then ROLLS over out of sight.

    The SCRATCHING and CACKLING slowly fades, and then all is quiet.

    DROP SHOT slowly ZOOMING IN on Ruth lying in the hay.

    ANNA (distant O.S.)
    Ruth??

    RUTH
    (quietly)
    Yeah?

    ANNA (distant O.S.)
    Is it over?

    RUTH
    (eyes closed)
    I don’t know. I really don’t.

    FADE TO BLACK:

    FADE IN:

    EXT. ATLANTIC OCEAN. DEPTH: 5000 FEET.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT deep below the sea as the U.S.S. Arkensaw crawls into frame. It looks almost insect-like with a bulbous head, thick web-like fins either side of the conning tower, while 3 large turbine engines gracefully powered it along at the rear.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ARKENSAW. CORRIDOR/THE GALLERY.

    The Betty crew stands inside a narrow dark corridor bound by thick steel handcuffs. Around them a dozen armed Pirates. Vriess and Sirtis are not present at this time.

    A door RUMBLES open O.S. and we DOLLY BACK with the crew as they are lead forward.

    CONTINUING inside we PAN UPWARDS and AROUND the dome shaped arena, sounds of CLANKING metal echo all around. The Gallery is 30 meters in diameter, enclosed by a 2-tier balcony split through the center by an arch, a heavily guarded entrance at each end.

    Looking down from the balconies is the ships crew. Around 30 tough-looking Pirates on either side, dressed in various worn clothing. A mostly male contingent from mid 20’s to mid 40’s, their faces tattooed in a different fashion. They SHOUT and GESTURE various obscenities as the Betty crew are lead towards the center.

    REAR ANGLED SHOT, slowly DOLLYING TOWARDS a 6-foot tall, 30 year old, muscular bald-headed man wearing warn leather trousers, a stained white vest and thick bone necklace. A gold ring with 5 studs in his left ear signifies his rank. His back TOWARDS US, Sergeant Boa raises a heavy wooden staff with both hands and slowly turns, revealing a black patch over his left eye.

    He DROPS his hands, still clutching the wooden staff, the Gallery quickly falls SILENT.

    SERGEANT BOA
    (loudly)
    Well what have we here??

    An older unshaven Pirate quickly steps forward.

    SHIPMATE TANNION
    Smugglers sir! 8 in all 2 of ‘em in sick bay. Looks like they
    ditched but they ain’t talkin’. Except to say they wish to see
    ...‘our leader’.

    Boa leans closer to Tannion so no one else hears.

    SERGEANT BOA
    (quietly)
    Their ship. Is she salvageable?

    SHIPMATE TANNION
    (quietly)
    Aye Sarge! She sustained minor hull damage and the port engine
    is shot, we’re working on a replacement, should have her up and
    running in 24 hours-.

    SERGEANT BOA
    (firmly)
    You have 12, anything else?

    SHIPMATE TANNION
    She’s armed too! One 10 barrel Gatling Gun, plus a short range
    Plasma Cannon. Unfortunately...(hesitates) the flight controls
    are locked out, some kind of intruder device-.

    SERGEANT BOA
    (unimpressed)
    So remove it?

    SHIPMATE TANNION
    (nervously)
    But sir, if the fail-safe is activated-!!

    SERGEANT BOA
    (shakes head)
    You’re not listening Mr. Tannion.

    SHIPMATE TANNION
    -it could blow the Ark!!

    SERGEANT BOA
    Let me put it another way. Either you remove the intruder or I
    remove your head?

    There’s a short pause, Boa carefully gives Tannion the staff.

    SHIPMATE TANNION
    (hesitantly)
    We’ll give it another try sir.

    SERGEANT BOA
    Good, you do that.

    Tannion turns to leave the Gallery with 2 guards.

    Sergeant Boa begins slowly circling the Betty crew, producing a sheath knife from his side, toying with it while still keeping a safe distance.

    BOA
    (loudly)
    My name is Sergeant Boa, I’m 1st Mate aboard this vessel, I may
    not know who you are yet...but I will!! In the mean time, what
    shall we do with you next?

    We hear CHUCKLES of amusement from some of the Pirates.

    CALL
    (firmly)
    Well, you can start by turning us in to the proper authorities.
    This confinement is illegal and in direct violation of-!

    BOA
    (sharply)
    Spare me your politics, there is only one authority here!! You
    will answer to me and in return, you will be allowed to live.

    QUAID (to Himself)
    (quietly)
    Sounds good to me.

    We DOLLY UP to the balcony TOWARDS another Pirate who speaks.

    SHIPMATE NATHANIEL
    (coldly)
    I say we cut ‘em Sarge! Bleed ‘em real slow ‘till their hearts
    cling to the bone, and then skin ‘em alive. I smell trouble...
    let’s do it the way we use to! (looks up at others) The old man
    need never know!!

    This brings ROARS of approval from the on-looking Pirates.

    CLOSE UP on Boa watching the Pirates intently, he raises a hand and the cheering fades.

    BOA
    (shakes head)
    Yet again you disappoint me. Vengeful hearts betray you, blind
    like sheep, the coveted weak. But we are civilized people now!
    Knowledge breeds power, power your strength, and there’ll be no
    slaying on my watch tonight.

    CLOSE UP (CONT.) on Boa, his eyes glaring up to Nathaniel.

    BOA
    And it's ‘Captain Groom’ to you shipmate!

    There’s a short pause as we PAN ROUND the Gallery hearing the Pirates GROANS.

    BOA
    (loudly)
    Always remember who you are. One voice!!

    PIRATES
    (shouting, weapons raised)
    Our voice!!

    BOA
    (loudly)
    One word!!

    PIRATES
    (shouting, weapons raised)
    Our word!!

    BOA
    (loudly)
    One truth!!

    PIRATES
    (shouting, weapons raised)
    Our truth!!

    BOA
    (loudly)
    The Peoples Allied Frontier! And God help those who get in the
    way of our fight.

    RISING DOLLY SHOT over the balconies, the Pirates LONG CHEERS fill the Gallery again.

    KELLY (V.O.)
    You guys wanna know what I think?

    JOHNER (V.O.)
    Not really.

    DOLLY SHOT (CONT.) DESCENDING towards the Betty crew as the CHEERING continues.

    CALL (to Kelly)
    (curiously)
    What do you think?

    KELLY
    I think we’re dead meat.

    Boa turns his attention to the Betty crew again.

    BOA
    You have until sunrise to decide!

    RIPLEY (O.S.)
    (sharply)
    What if we say “no”??

    The Gallery suddenly falls silent.

    Boa slowly walks up to Ripley. He stares at her closely.

    BOA
    (grinning)
    Then, you will be tried for terrorist activities. And if found
    guilty you will be executed.

    QUAID (O.S.)
    (stunned)
    Like...executed...can he do that?

    JOHNER (O.S.)
    (firmly)
    No way man, he’s just tryin’ to **** us off.

    RIPLEY
    You’re making a big mistake!

    Boa quickly produces his sheath knife and holds it close to Ripley’s throat.

    BOA
    And what’re you gonna do about that, sweet bitch?

    Ripley stares back at Boa completely unmoved.

    Suddenly she GRABS his hand holding the knife and slowly PUSHES it into her OWN throat.

    CLOSE UP as the knife begins to smoulder with Ripley’s acidic blood.

    She pulls out the knife, slowly steering it towards Boa’s throat. Still CLUTCHING the knife he tries to stop her but can’t. Ripley is TOO STRONG!

    BOA
    (struggling)
    What in--God’s name--are you-??

    RIPLEY
    (staring)
    Let’s see if you bleed yellow too.

    CLOSE UP on the knife getting CLOSER and CLOSER to Boa’s skin...!

    CALL (O.S.)
    (shouting)
    Ripley look out!!

    A Pirate suddenly LUNGES towards Ripley from behind, she LEAPS out of the way with inhuman speed, GRABBING his rifle as he COLLIDES into Boa.

    On the balconies the Pirates begin SHOUTING and CHEERING again.

    2 more Pirates armed with knives attack Ripley. She STRIKES one in the head with the rifle butt, hitting the other with a turning BACK-KICK then drops the weapon.

    The Betty crew are quickly moved to one side of the Gallery by the guards.

    Boa slowly gets to his feet then steps back.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT across the Gallery as another Pirate approaches, wielding a heavy GRAPPLING HOOK on a chain.

    The pirate SWINGS the hook at Ripley, but she ROLLS away with lightning speed as it CLANKS against the grated deck.

    He LUNGES at her again and again, but each time she eludes him.

    The Pirate GRUNTS frustrated, charges at her once more, but this time Ripley stands her ground. Surprised he hesitates, SWINGS the hook downwards missing Ripley by INCHES!

    Ripley stands on the hook then YANKS the chain back, PULLING the Pirate to the floor.

    She then begins wielding the grappling hook around threateningly.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley from behind, hearing the sound of ROARING flames she turns TOWARDS US.

    We DOLLY towards another Pirate clad in thick metal armour carrying a FLAME THROWER.

    Ripley drops the grappling hook on the floor.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the Pirate FIRES the Flame Thrower across the Gallery towards Ripley.

    She LEAPS up onto the wall of the lower balcony, CLINGING to it like a spider.

    The Pirates on the balcony PROD Ripley with various weapons, eventually she drops down to the floor quickly getting to her feet.

    Ripley runs to the far Gallery Entrance, JUMPS onto the wall and CRAWLS along the UNDERSIDE of the arch right to the top.

    The Betty crew looks on anxiously as the Pirates continue SHOUTING and JEERING.

    KELLY
    (amazed)
    How in the hell can she do that?

    JOHNER
    You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

    The Pirate FIRES the Flame Thrower directly up at Ripley stood inverted on the arch.

    Suddenly the weapon jams. The pirate shakes it agitated, taking his eyes off Ripley.

    She DROPS DOWN from the arch landing behind him, GRABS the flamethrower and head butts the STARTLED Pirate sending him REELING backwards.

    We DOLLY towards Ripley firing a warning shot upwards with the Flame Thrower, CONTINUING past her as 2 LARGE doors slide open behind. Enter CAPTAIN GROOME, a short, over-weight, 60-year-old man with long black hair and grubby beard. He wears a thick woollen shawl over a sweater and dark suede trousers. Like Sergeant Boa, has a thick gold necklace with 6 studs and large gold ring in his left ear.

    Gracefully by his side walks a sexy 40-ish female, scantily dressed in black spandex, long blond hair in a red ponytail, heavy on make-up wearing very high heels.

    Miss Kitty holds a leash which restrains a fully grown Siberian Tiger.

    CLOSE UP of the TIGER as it ROARS at Ripley but does not attack.

    MISS KITTY (to Tiger)
    (gently)
    Lay Cowl...down...that’s a good boy.

    The tiger looks tamely back at the woman, then slowly lays on the floor licking his paws.

    Captain Groom approaches Ripley and holds out his left hand.

    CAPTAIN GROOME
    (carefully)
    I’ll take that if you don’t mind.

    Ripley hesitates, then gives the Flame Thrower to Captain Groome. As he takes it from her several Pirates move in.

    CAPTAIN GROOME
    (raises hand)
    Leave her be! Don’t you think you’ve already taken more than a
    beating for one day?

    Groome then walks over to Boa, leaning close to him so no one else hears.

    CAPTAIN GROOME
    (quietly)
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought we had agreed on being a
    little more subtle Mr. Boa?

    BOA
    (head down)
    Yes Captain, sorry sir.

    CAPTAIN GROOME
    (shakes head)
    And have you managed to ascertain anything?

    BOA
    (carefully)
    I believe they’re civilians in command of an unregistered ship.
    My men are working on its lock-out as we speak.

    There’s a short pause.

    CAPTAIN GROOME
    (quietly)
    Accommodate these people as you see fit. But I want that woman
    (indicates Ripley) to be kept in solitary until I determine who
    or what she is, is that understand?

    BOA
    Aye Captain!

    CAPTAIN GROOME
    And Boa!

    BOA
    Sir??

    CAPTAIN GROOME
    I’d like you to join me in my Quarters at 0500 hours!! We have
    some important business to discuss.

    BOA
    0500 hours I’ll be there Captain.

    Boa signals 2 nearby guards who step forward.

    BOA
    Take them down to the Holding Area immediately!

    The Betty crew are quickly rounded up and led out of the gallery by several pirates.

    CAPTAIN GROOME
    Carry on the good work Mr. Boa.

    Boa watches a moment as Captain Groome and Miss Kitty leave the Gallery. She gives a slight tug on Cowl’s leash for him to follow.

    BOA’S P.O.V. as Miss Kitty leaves she turns briefly and WINKS at Boa flirtatiously.

    CLOSE UP on Boa seemingly with a lump in his throat, he gives her a slight grin.

    We PULL BACK as Boa leaves the Gallery by the entrance the Betty crew were taken.

    CUT TO:

    INT. U.S.M. AONASUS. GENERALS QUARTERS. (LATER)

    CLOSE UP on the Video Screen, slightly fuzzy, magnified several 100 times, showing a dark C-shaped island in the Atlantic Ocean. Suddenly a bright light FLASHES right across the screen, an EXPLOSION, followed by white fragments falling back down to Earth.

    RYKARD (O.S.)
    Freeze it...right there!

    Rykard turns towards 2 Senior Officers sat the other side of his desk. One a middle-aged clean-shaven Lieutenant, the other a slightly younger tough-looking Marine Sergeant.

    RYKARD (to Deacon)
    (concerned)
    Do we have any leads on this at all...Bob??

    LIEUTENANT DEACON
    (shakes head)
    All we know is whoever did this waited until the last second to
    strike, knew exactly where to hit and how to remain undetected.
    No one saw it coming until it was too late...they never stood a
    chance.

    SERGEANT THORNE
    (loosens collar)
    Terrorists!! Jesus ****, what if we’re next?

    LIEUTENANT DEACON
    We don’t know it was terrorists!! There must be a **** load of
    factions capable of pulling this off. Hell we can’t even blame
    the Russians this time.

    SERGEANT THORNE
    What about the extraction General?

    RYKARD
    We’re working on it! According to reports the transmitter dish
    was damaged. I’ve already got security clearance from the base,
    in a few hours a ground crew led by Commander Dacks is going in
    to assess the situation, once we get confirmation the island is
    stable we’ll begin the extraction.

    LIEUTENANT DEACON
    (tentatively)
    Systems’ has a lot of expensive hardware stored on that island,
    I suggest we move it immediately?

    RYKARD
    I’m well aware of the situation, when the time comes we’ll make
    the extraction, for now all stations will remain on full alert.
    (pauses) Thank you for your time gentlemen, that’ll be all.

    As the 2 Senior Officers leave the room Commander Dacks re-enters.

    Then a message arrives over Rykard’s COM link.

    BRIDGE (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Bridge to General Rykard?

    RYKARD
    Yes!

    BRIDGE (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    General inbound transmission on sub-wave 57, Authorization Code
    cleared. Says he needs to talk to you, Sir. Should I patch it
    through?

    RYKARD
    (curiously)
    Put him on screen.

    ANGLED SHOT on the Video Screen, slowly ZOOMING IN. The image is just static at first, as it slowly clears we see a familiar face...SENATOR GORE. He looks agitated, his eyes rolling around nervously, a large drink in one hand, some papers held tight in the other.

    RYKARD (O.S.)
    (pleasantly)
    Senator Gore! We were beginning to think you had abandoned us.
    I believe we have mission accomplished-?

    GORE
    (nervously)
    Don’t have much time...never know who may be watching...so just
    listen up!!

    RYKARD
    (reassuringly)
    We’re quite safe here, what’s on your mind Senator?

    There’s a short pause, Gore takes a drink, eventually gathering his composure.

    GORE
    The Xenomorph Project! Seems there was some ‘faction’ involved.

    RYKARD
    You’re not making any sense. What faction, involved where-?

    GORE
    (sharply)
    Goddamit, Weyland/Yutani!

    DACKS
    (shakes head)
    That’s impossible, the Weyland/Yutani Corporation doesn’t exist
    anymore, bought out by Wal-Mart a long time ago.

    RYKARD
    What’s this all about Senator Gore?

    Gore holds up a selection of papers to the screen, clearly marked CLASSIFIED.

    GORE
    I was hoping you might tell me!! Central Office just handed me
    this document intercepted by Security uploading to the Network.
    It’s a transcript from some top secret enquiry held on Scara 14
    years ago, some unidentified male was at the center of until he
    mysteriously vanished while trying to escape, and oh boy did he
    have a story to tell!

    He puts on his glasses and begins reading part of the transcript.

    GORE (CONT.)
    Quote! He calls himself ‘The Son of the 8th Passenger’ to what
    end I do not know though I believe he is delirious. His claims
    of creatures that gestate inside a living host, an aliens space
    ship on the planet Ancheron, of the woman he calls Ellen Ripley
    appear completely unfounded. Indeed, the only mystery seems to
    be that of his clothing which bears the insignia of the Weyland
    /Yutani Corporation. End quote.

    There’s a short pause as Gore removes his glasses.

    GORE (CONT.)
    Now, I don’t know if there’s any truth in all of this. Frankly
    I doubt this Administration would even look at it. Anything to
    distance itself from some greedy Corporation. But we both know
    Weyland/Yutani once had some invested interest in this project,
    and you gotta admit General, it’s one hell of a coincidence?

    RYKARD
    (firmly)
    The planet Ancheron is just a dead rock, the alien was not from
    there, and Ellen Ripley died during the initial phase. You saw
    the schedule, the Xenomorph Project is finished Senator there’s
    no coincidence. What this guy says doesn’t make any sense-!

    GORE
    (sharply)
    So how do you explain this??

    CLOSE UP on Video Screen. Gore holds up the last page of the transcript. At the end is a signature and name printed below:

    SIGNED: Dr. Mason E. Wren

    SHOT OF Rykard leaning forward looking concerned.

    GORE
    (suspiciously)
    Dr. Wren was an official party to this project I understand? A
    former Government Scientist, understudy to Professor Goldstein.
    Systems’ hired him because of his expertise with human cloning,
    yet it seems he may have known about aliens all along. How can
    that possibly be, why would the Admiral overlook something like
    this, and what the hell happened to the old man??

    RYKARD
    (calmly)
    Ok, so you’ve proved there was a conspiracy, maybe. It doesn’t
    mean anything to us, let Systems will deal with it. I told you
    there’s nothing to worry about-!

    GORE
    (agitated)
    ****, you still don’t get it do you! Something like Weyland/
    Yutani doesn’t just disappear, it doesn’t work that way. Truth
    is General...no one really knows what happened after they filed
    for bankruptcy, nor the millions of dollars simply vanished and
    untraceable, its top executives still wanted by the Government.
    And if this transcript and that pet project of yours really are
    talkin’ the same thing, well now, that sure as hell throws up a
    lot of interesting question marks!

    RYKARD
    (angrily)
    What the hell’s that supposed to mean??

    GORE
    Well, I guess it’s common knowledge our superiors don’t tell us
    everything...goes with the territory. But it don’t take rocket
    science to figure out **** happens if they got in on our little
    scam? (calmly) Look, all I’m saying is it’s possible, maybe you
    just ‘missed something’?

    RYKARD
    (confidently)
    We didn’t miss anything, trust me!

    GORE
    (unconvinced)
    Oh really, so I guess your conscience is clear over that fiasco
    at the base, when some ****-hole let a droid pass through 5 high
    security levels and then it just goes missing??

    RYKARD
    (surprised)
    How the hell did you find out about that?

    GORE
    It doesn’t matter how General, we’re all on the same team here!
    If one goes down we all go, far as we’re concerned our house is
    in order, maybe you should seriously consider yours yes? We’ll
    meet you on the Orbital tomorrow as planned, Gore out!

    CLOSE UP on Rykard glaring at the screen as it turns to static..

    DACKS (O.S.)
    (curiously)
    He never even asked about the flight recorder. Do you think he
    really suspects anything?

    RYKARD
    (not looking)
    It doesn’t matter anyway Commander. Senator Gore was the least
    of our worries.

    DACKS (O.S.)
    What do you mean?

    RYKARD
    (firmly)
    Meaning our agenda is about to change. I’ve just received word
    to initiate the Survey and Rescue on Terran Island. I want you
    to assemble a fully armed Ground Assault Team and hold down for
    further instructions-.

    DACKS
    (hesitantly)
    With respect General...we can’t stay here!! We already got the
    Feds looking over our shoulders, the Command Ship arrives in 18
    hours and if something else goes wrong-??

    RYKARD
    I understand your concern, but you’re forgetting Commander. We
    still have 2 renegade constructs running loose down there, they
    must not under any circumstances be traced back to us! Besides
    things may not be as bad as we first thought.

    DACKS
    (puzzled)
    They’re not sir??

    General Rykard turns to face Commander Dacks.

    RYKARD
    I have just been informed our missing droids have been located,
    the perpetrators of this crime are with them...and I know where
    they are going. You know what to do Commander, this time there
    must be ‘no witnesses’ do I make myself clear?

    DACKS
    (firmly)
    Perfectly clear Sir!

    We slowly PULL BACK from RYKARD lighting a cigar as Dacks leaves the room O.S.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. TERRAN ISLAND. THE STABLES. LOFT. DAWN. (2 HOURS LATER)

    LOW DOLLY SHOT towards Ruth still lying in the Loft. The orange light of early morning glistens through the skylight above.

    She wakes up looking round, getting wearily to her feet.

    RUTH
    (quietly)
    Anna...Anna where are you?

    RUTH’S P.O.V. as she makes her way SLOWLY towards the loft exit. Still nothing appears to challenge her.

    INT. THE STABLES. (CONT.)

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT as Ruth climbs down the ladder, greeted only by an eerie silence as she looks around nervously.

    The stables appear to be EMPTY, even the horses are gone.

    RUTH
    (quietly)
    Anna c’mon, this isn’t funny anymore!

    Then something catches her eye.

    RUTH’S P.O.V. we PAN along the floor TOWARDS a shiny object in the hay.

    Ruth cautiously picks up the object...A SILVER CROSS.

    LOW ANGLED SHOT as a dark UNFOCUSED shape rises behind her just a few feet away.

    CLOSE UP as Ruth SPINS round TOWARDS US, briefly surprised but not frightened.

    RUTH
    Oh, it’s you! But what are you doing here?

    CLOSE UP (CONT.) a hand SLOWLY reaches out and touches Ruth’s face, then another STROKING her head tenderly. She smiles lovingly, then SLOWLY those hands begin to SQUEEZE inward!

    RUTH
    (afraid)
    No please...please don’t...your hurting me...!!

    CLOSE UP (CONT.) Ruth SHAKES and SCREAMS as those hands continue to SQUEEZE with inhuman strength! Blood SPILLS out from her headdress, the sound of CRACKING BONE coming from within, until her skull finally COLLAPSES under pressure.

    SMASH CUT TO:

    EXT. STABLES.

    CLOSE UP on the stable gates SLOWLY RISING to the roof-edge, there stands 7-Leg. We DOLLY BEHIND him as he scuttles up to the roof-top CONTINUING over the edge to a WIDE ANGLED SHOT of 1,000’s of Huggers waiting on the ground. They CACKLE to each other JUMPING around with excitement.

    CLOSE UP of 7-Leg reversing onto his hind legs, the CACKLING STOPS.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the orange sun begins to rise over the plains, about half a mile away stands the Convent. We PAN DOWN towards the Hugger’s and something else much closer, ANOTHER CRATER! The Face-Huggers turn in unison and begin descending into it.

    CUT TO:

    INT. U.S.S. ARKENSAW. CAPTAIN GROOME’S QUARTERS. (30 MINUTES LATER)

    Slowly PANNING LEFT through a room lit by soft yellow fluorescent lighting, steel walls
    display various antique weapons, old photographs and shelves full of ancient books. We pass a tall Grandfather Clock where Captain Groome sits in an old armchair behind a desk. A glass of whisky by his side, reading a book entitled The Adventures of Moby Dick.

    There’s a knock at the door.

    GROOME
    Enter!

    Sergeant Boa enters the room. There’s a short pause.

    BOA
    You wanted to see me Captain?

    GROOME
    (not looking)
    Ahh yes, right on time. Please sit down. Drink Mr. Boa?

    BOA
    No thank you sir, I’m on duty.

    Boa sits while Groome continues reading.

    GROOME
    Have you ever read Moby Dick Sergeant?

    BOA
    (hesitantly)
    No Captain...don’t read much...can’t read I mean-!

    GROOME
    The adventures of a whale, who befriended 2 young boys after he
    rescued them from the cruel sea, when they were swept away from
    their Uncle's ship by a typhoon. A truly miraculous tale.

    BOA
    (dumbly)
    Yes sir...it sounds...incredible.

    GROOME
    (still reading)
    Indeed, only one thing is more terrifying than being swept away
    at sea. (pauses) Mutiny!!

    BOA
    (confused)
    Mutiny Captain??

    Groome stops reading, places the book on his desk and faces Boa.

    GROOME
    What would you say if I told that by this time tomorrow, we too
    could set sail on our own greatest adventure, out there (points
    upwards) among the stars?

    BOA
    A star ship??

    GROOME
    (tentatively)
    Yes Boa, a star ship...only for a select few. And there’s more.
    More weapons, food and medical supplies, narcotics even credits.
    (pauses) And all we have to do is one more assignment.

    BOA
    (hesitantly)
    Oh, I dunno about that sir. Last time it was easy, but the men
    Captain, they hate outsiders. I think they may vote against, I
    mean you’re the Captain, but we already have a ship-!

    Groome quickly stands and faces the bookshelf behind him.

    GROOME
    You’re right of course I am the Captain. But you Boa are their
    leader...the men trust you!! I’m just the old ******* who runs
    the ship, who they would gladly cut his throat if they dared.

    BOA
    (firmly)
    That’s not true sir. The men admire you, your courage is their
    influence, your honour is what they live for.

    GROOME
    (sighs)
    They also live for the old ways, like the Pirates they portray.
    A belief I cannot sway even for their own good, that one reason
    they all despise and fear me...my pacifism.

    BOA
    The men are blinded sir. They’ll learn why Mother Earth didn’t
    last forever, and then comes the choice.

    Then Groome turns to face Boa.

    GROOME
    (curiously)
    And what of your choice Mr. Boa?

    BOA
    (firmly)
    I’m indebted to you Captain, you’re like a Father to me, that’s
    why I remain.

    There’s another short pause. Groome smiles proudly at Boa, then hands him a CD.

    GROOME
    I want you to assign 7 of your finest men for STEALTH Launch at
    0800 hours. Full details are imprinted on this disk, but don’t
    worry it’s all dictated. (smiles) Modern technology eh?

    BOA
    I will speak to the men, talk of more supplies may entice them.

    GROOME
    Perhaps the knowledge our new found friends will be joining the
    crusade may also entice?

    BOA
    (hesitantly)
    Yes Captain...perhaps it will.

    GROOME
    Well then, let’s hope common sense prevails! You may leave now
    Sergeant, report back when we have a decision, please close the
    door on your way out.

    Boa leaves the room (O.S.), Groome picks up his book and continues reading.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. TERRAN ISLAND. ELEVATOR SHAFT. (1 HOUR LATER)

    DROP SHOT into the depths of a dark and silent Elevator Shaft as dozens of Face-Huggers begin SCUTTLING into frame over-head.

    We see the BRIGHT lights of an Elevator come towards us. As it approaches the Huggers STOP, then when it passes by they continue downward.

    ANGLED SHOT on 7-Leg some way behind. He stops as the elevator approaches, turns round watching as it passes, then follows it BACK UP the shaft.

    CUT TO:

    INT. TERRAN HOSPITAL. WARD #3. (LATER)

    The ward is quiet, the patients all hidden behind closed curtains around each bed. The only movement from 2 young Nuns sat chatting in the Observation Room.

    We DOLLY along the ceiling passed a small air vent from which a Face-Hugger appears, followed by ANOTHER then ANOTHER, all heading in different directions.

    CLOSE UP of one of the patients. We recognise the OLD MAN Ripley had saved only the day before lying peacefully asleep.

    Suddenly he wakes up coughing, places the breathing mask over his head, eventually starts breathing more controllably.

    Suddenly STARTLED by something he pauses breathing for a moment staring down the bed!

    CLOSE UP of a Face-Hugger just standing there, watching him from the end of the bed.

    The old man slowly reaches down for a grey box with a LARGE Red Button just inches away. His EMERGENCY BEEPER!

    The Hugger starts to move VERY SLOWLY towards him.

    CLOSE UP of the old man’s hand moving towards the BEEPER, getting CLOSER and CLOSER!

    TRACKING SHOT behind the Hugger still moving SLOWLY forward.

    The old man makes a DESPERATE LUNGE for the Emergency Beeper.

    The Hugger suddenly LEAPS toward the old man before he can activate it.

    We see the old man’s shadow on the curtains, he STRUGGLES only briefly as the Hugger SMOTHERS him, his cries barely audible as he falls into a deep sleep.

    CLOSE UP as the old mans hand slowly falls away from his Emergency Beeper.

    We PULL BACK from the empty Observation Room, the Ward silent as though nothing happened.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. TERRAN COMMAND STATION. (LATER)

    Slowly PANNING DOWN a corroded wall passed the closed shutters, TOWARDS the top of the stairs. Huddled on the deck in flowing white gown Lauren lies sleeping.

    CLOSE UP as a HAND reaches down and POKES her firmly on the shoulder.

    She wakes up STARTLED.

    MAISY
    What’re you doing here, I’ve been looking all over for you?

    Lauren gets wearily to her feet.

    She discreetly switches on her hearing-aid without Maisy noticing.

    LAUREN
    You shouldn’t sneak up on people like that. I might have had a
    heart attack.

    MAISY
    (unimpressed)
    Well??

    LAUREN
    (yawning)
    Couldn’t sleep, thought maybe what they say about fish is true.
    So what’s your excuse?

    MAISY
    Mother sent me to find you. There’s been an accident. A crash
    right here on the island, didn’t you hear the alarm??

    LAUREN
    (confused)
    No I didn’t! What crash, where did everybody go?

    MAISY
    Over to the Hospital where do you think! C’mon we’ve gotta get
    down there until the crisis is over.

    She takes Lauren’s hand and they both leave by the Secret Entrance to the stairwell.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ARKENSAW. HOLDING AREA/HOLDING CELL #7.

    DOLLYING OUT from a dimly lit corridor into the Holding Area with several thick steel cell doors. We CONTINUE towards the furthest door guarded by 2 Pirates, who step aside as the door to Holding Cell #7 opens. CONTINUING inside the small windowless cell, a single bulb provides the only light, 3 standard prison issue beds stood against the walls occupied by Kelly, Johner and Quaid.

    Pirates Tannion and Fellows enter with 3 food trays, containing a jug of water and a small dinner plate of meat and vegetables.

    They place the trays on the floor then turn to leave.

    KELLY
    (disgusted)
    Is that it! You expect us to eat that crap?

    TANNION
    You don’t eat you don’t live, you don’t live you don’t talk!

    QUAID
    You’re talkin’ riddles man, I like that.

    JOHNER (to Pirates)
    Hey guys!

    Tannion turns to face Johner.

    JOHNER
    (humorously)
    Thought you oughta know, no room service required next door.

    TANNION
    (confused)
    What??

    KELLY (O.S.)
    Leave it Johner.

    JOHNER
    Forget it guys, (winks) just a little daytime humour.

    Tannion leaves closing the door behind him.

    JOHNER
    (curiously)
    So Kelly, what’s this Peoples Allied Frontier thing anyway?

    KELLY
    (informatively)
    They call themselves Freedom Fighters. Struggling for the good
    of all humanity against an ‘Evil Military Giant’...or something
    like that.

    JOHNER
    And who are they really?

    KELLY
    Civilians, Mercs, Ex-cons, Assassins, Runners, you name it it’s
    here. Kinda hard to believe it didn’t start out that way.

    JOHNER
    (puzzled)
    How come I never heard of this little revolution before?

    There’s another short pause, we slowly PAN ROUND Kelly as she speaks.

    KELLY
    After the Wars the Government hired some kinda protection force
    to suppress any further revolt from the Colonists, they figured
    on removing the resistance before it even got started.

    QUAID (O.S.)
    Smart thinkin’ if you ask me, what’s wrong with that?

    KELLY (CONT.)
    (sighs)
    The United Systems Military! No one knew what it was just that
    it ended the Wars, and everyone wanted a part of it! Colonists
    and Marines, brought together by a common goal, a new regime in
    which to start over. But they were really fighting a different
    war, a war of tolerance...against us!

    JOHNER
    You’re saying these ****-holes here are Government hands?

    KELLY
    Somethin’ like that, unofficially of course! With the Regulars
    heavily depleted the Government turned to them ‘coz they really
    didn’t trust Systems, but they were outta control. Now anybody
    who’s anybody can join the Frontier, in the name of democracy.

    CLOSE UP on Quaid seemingly in deep thought.

    QUAID
    (recitefully)
    “And from the ashes there rose chaos and confusion, not the end
    of the world, only the beginning for humanity. Thus began mans
    true destiny.”

    KELLY (O.S.)
    Excuse me??

    QUAID
    (shrugs)
    Nothing...just something I remember hearing when I was a kid.

    CUT TO:

    INT. HOLDING CELL #6.

    In the next cell Call and Vaughan sit close together on one of the beds.

    CALL
    Do you dream?

    VAUGHAN
    (smiling)
    That’s a curious question for a robot.

    CALL
    No seriously...tell me...do you--can you--dream?

    VAUGHAN
    (firmly)
    Dreams are the delusional imageries of mankind. Uncontrollable
    often dangerous, from which irrational and unthinking behaviour
    ensues. I do not need nor want such things-.

    CALL
    (politely)
    You don’t understand. Dreams can be special too. Connecting,
    satisfying, even provoke a sense of purpose. I can dream.

    VAUGHAN
    (curiously)
    And what is your...dream?

    CLOSE UP of Call as she slowly closes her eyes and speaks.

    CALL
    I see a world on the brink. Fires burning. Cities crumbling.
    The children have been crying their whole lives for someone to
    come and rescue them. They were searching for something their
    elder’s left behind but couldn’t find it. Then, just when all
    hope seemed lost, out from the fire a man appeared. He smiled
    at the children and beckons them towards the flames. A little
    girl asks “but why, non of this is real??” to which he replied
    “neither are we, but we’ll find hope, because we’re programmed
    to!” She took his hand and followed him into the fire. There
    she found what she was looking for.

    VAUGHAN
    (curiously)
    What did she find?

    Call opens her eyes, there’s a short pause.

    CALL
    (staring)
    It was you!! You who saved me from the Recall, you I was meant
    to find again because you know where I’m going!

    VAUGHAN
    I only know where I am going, to the one who made me on Veiga.

    CALL
    Then take me there too. That’s where we’ll find the others.

    VAUGHAN
    (shakes head)
    The others are all gone, you know that!

    CALL
    (positively)
    Your wrong, I hear them, but I don’t know where to go.

    VAUGHAN
    A beacon?

    We ZOOM IN slowly as they get CLOSER and CLOSER.

    CALL
    Maybe, something to guide me, something I needed to-.

    They KISS tenderly then Vaughan backs away slowly.

    VAUGHAN
    (embarrassed)
    I’m sorry. I don’t know why I did that.

    CALL
    Me neither. But sometimes things do work out now and then.

    VAUGHAN
    Yes, (smiles) they do don’t they?

    They continue staring at each other, holding each others hands.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. HOLDING CELL #5. (LATER)

    DROP SHOT on Ripley lying asleep, a thin sheet of bed clothing partly covers her. Slowly ZOOMING IN as she rolls onto one side then back again. Her hands reach down under the sheet as she begins touching herself sensually.

    INT. CAPTAIN GROOME’S QUARTERS.

    EXTREME CLOSE UP on a pair of eyes looking TOWARDS US, slowly ZOOMING OUT until we see who the watcher is...CAPTAIN GROOME.

    Sat at his desk Groome watches Ripley intently via a hidden C.C.T.V. camera.

    INT. HOLDING CELL #5.

    ANGLED SHOT on Ripley slowly DOLLYING ROUND her. Still sleeping, she pulls back the covers revealing a thin white vest and pants, arching her body she opens her arms invitingly then wraps them around herself. At that point she wakes, gently pulls the covers back over her, curls up into a ball and begins to cry.

    INT. CAPTAIN GROOME’S QUARTERS.

    Groome is still watching the screen when suddenly there’s a BEEPING noise. He presses the INTERCOM switch on his desk.

    GROOME
    What is it Sergeant?

    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Good news Captain. My men have cautiously agreed to the offer,
    preparations for STEALTH Launch can now begin.

    GROOME
    Excellent, I want you to assemble everyone in the Gallery in 30
    minutes for a meeting, have the prisoners escorted there too!

    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Aye Captain. 30 minutes.

    We slowly PULL BACK from Captain Groome rubbing his chin thoughtfully.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. ATLANTIC OCEAN. DEPTH: 5000 FEET.

    LOW ANGLED SHOT as the dark shape of U.S.S. Arkensaw passes over-head. It continues onward through the murky water gradually fading from sight.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ARKENSAW. THE GALLERY. (30 MINUTES LATER)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT over the Gallery where Captain Groome stands with Miss Kitty. To their left is the Betty crew, handcuffed again and surrounded by several guards. The Pirates take their places on the balconies above.

    CLOSE UP of Johner and Ripley stood together.

    JOHNER
    What do you thinks goin’ on Rip?

    RIPLEY
    I’d say either we’ve outlived our usefulness or...!

    JOHNER
    Or what??

    RIPLEY
    (curiously)
    Or else we’re about to find out what it is.

    The Pirates still talk amongst themselves as Groome steps forward to address them.

    GROOME
    Gentlemen, may I have your attention please?

    BOA
    (loudly)
    Alright settle down men, your Captain wishes to speak with you!

    The talking continues.

    ‘UNKNOWN’ PIRATE (distant O.S.)
    Rot in hell you old fool, that’s what I say...!!

    This brings ROARS of LAUGHTER and CHEERING from the crowd.

    BOA
    Who said that??

    ‘UNKNOWN’ PIRATE (distant O.S.)
    Perhaps Tannion should take charge. He may not have the brains
    but he sure as hell got bigger balls!

    Again the Pirates ROAR with LAUGHTER.

    BOA
    (angrily)
    Dammit, show me his face??

    CLOSE UP on a section of pirates in the lower tier, eventually they HAUL the Pirate Coombs into view, KICKING and SHOUTING in protest.

    Marriot DANGLES him over the edge of the Balcony by his ankles.

    MARRIOT
    (jokingly)
    This is the foul-mouthed scum Sergeant! Shall I drop him onto
    his hapless head or do we feed him to the sharks??

    COOMBS
    (pleadingly)
    No, forgive me...mercy please...good Captain...!!

    The Pirates loudly chant “sharks” repeatedly.

    Boa shakes his head in disappointment.

    COOMBS
    Please, it was only a joke. Where’s your sense of humour??

    Groome gives a slight nod to Miss Kitty, she produces her side-arm pointing it up towards the commotion on the balcony and FIRES a single shot!

    SHOT OF Coombs’ head EXPLODING at the bullet blows his brains apart.

    Marriot drops the dead Pirate, his limp body comes down THUDDING to the floor.

    The Gallery is suddenly SILENCED, the Pirates all turning to look at each other.

    2 guards quickly step forward and remove Coombs’ body from the Gallery.

    GROOME
    (unmoved)
    I believe this concludes today’s lesson in obedience. (looks at
    Boa) You may begin the meeting now Sergeant Boa.

    BOA
    (stunned)
    Yes Captain.

    Boa makes a signal and the lighting dims around the Gallery.

    A GIANT 12 inch thick Plasma Screen slowly descends from a groove in the arch, filling the space either side of the Gallery, resting just a few meters above the deck.

    Now everyone watches Boa intently.

    BOA
    The call of duty has come again. As most of you know the beast
    that never sleeps, has infested our world with a new evil which
    must be defeated at all costs!

    CLOSE UP as Johner leans close to Kelly unnoticed.

    JOHNER
    (quietly)
    What the ****’s he flappin’ on about?

    KELLY
    (quietly)
    It’s the Giant man, I told you already.

    BOA (O.S.)
    Now your Government has called upon you again, to put an end to
    the evil activities of the Giant. Your mission is simple...the
    price of failure immeasurable!

    JOHNER (to Kelly)
    (smugly)
    Sorry I asked.

    Then we CLOSE UP on Miss Kitty.

    MISS KITTY
    7 of you have already been chosen to lead the fight, along with
    these people you see before you. (indicates Betty Crew)

    JOHNER (O.S.)
    (angrily)
    Hey man, you ****-holes ain’t taking me on some crazy-!

    One Pirate suddenly STRIKES Johner in the ribs with his rifle butt, causing him to fall to the floor in agony.

    Kelly and Quaid eventually help Johner to his feet.

    QUAID
    Take it easy dude, these guys are seriously freaked.

    JOHNER
    (painfully)
    Yeah, I know what you mean.

    Boa then steps forward.

    BOA
    The chosen are as follows! Tannion; Marriot; Nathaniel; Blake;
    Fellows; Samuel; Doctor Mellie along with myself in command.

    The chosen Pirates make their way down to the Gallery. We briefly CLOSE UP on each one as they take up a position behind Boa.

    GROOME
    We are currently underway towards the Launch Position. And the
    Target Area is...

    CLOSE UP on the Display Screen, a 3D image of a small green island appears. THEN on Ripley, who recognizes the C-shaped location immediately. We hear MUTTERINGS between Pirates (O.S.) who also recognise it.

    GROOME
    (tentatively)
    Terran Island! Approximately 3 kilometres in diameter, 320,000
    tones of Titanium Alloy over a cast iron super-structure. Once
    the most feared weapon of the Colony Wars, this defender of the
    Earth is now a scarred relic hiding a terrifying secret.

    RIPLEY
    (curiously)
    What exactly is this...secret?

    GROOME
    (firmly)
    I have it on good authority the location is being used to store
    illegal weapons of mass destruction. And that such weapons are
    being supplied to the Colonists by the United Systems Military,
    but for one reason only! They must be stopped at all costs!

    NATHANIEL
    And how do you propose to do this, we all know Terran Island is
    a fortress, nothing we have will ever penetrate that?

    GROOME
    (positively)
    Terran Island, a fortress perhaps, but she is not impregnable.

    Johner leans close to Kelly so no one else hears.

    JOHNER
    (quietly)
    Why don’t they use the Goddam window like everyone else?

    KELLY
    (quietly)
    Yeah, like they even know about that!

    GROOME
    (firmly)
    Sadly the 3 minute window is no longer an option my friend.

    JOHNER
    (surprised)
    How the hell did you know I said-! (hesitates) Never mind.

    CLOSE UP on the Display Screen again. A STUBBY space craft appears, slowly rotating so we see all sides.

    Now Miss Kitty steps forward to address the Pirates.

    MISS KITTY (O.S.)
    (informatively)
    In approximately 90 minutes the U.S.M. Supply Ship Lanithiam is
    scheduled to land on Terran island, delivering food and medical
    supplies using an automated procedure. Using the STEALTH craft
    the team will intercept this vessel, boarding her as she enters
    Earth’s atmosphere, without anyone ever knowing.

    We see more MUTTERINGS of disbelief among the Pirates again.

    MISS KITTY
    With your objective achieved, you can then move onto stage 2 of
    the mission.

    CLOSE UP on the screen, a basic 3D cross-section of Terran Island appears. From the LEFT an uneven GREEN line represents the islands surface on which sits The Convent. For the first time we see all 4 levels including 2 sub-levels (but NOT the Hospital Complex). Continuing RIGHT across the screen, the line becomes straight and changes BLUE, this area representing The Great Lake, then finally to the RIGHT the GREEN uneven line reappears, only much more exaggerated, representing the Hills to the North. Between these hills sits the Landing Platform, below it a RED line labelled FREIGHT ELEVATOR SHAFT descends half way to the ocean floor. This connects to a YELLOW line labelled SUPPLY TUNNEL which runs horizontally to a FLASHING RED marker labelled TERRAN COMMAND STATION beneath the Convent, then gradually climbs into the sub levels to a point labelled SERVICE DEPOT, before descending to the Ocean floor and continuing LEFT O.S.

    BOA (O.S.)
    The Supply Ship will land on the islands Main Landing Platform.
    (indicated) There it’ll be lowered by Freight Elevator, down to
    this point, (indicated) where it meets the Supply Tunnel. Here
    the 5 unmanned Supply Trucks automatically head for the Service
    Depot. (indicated) We must commandeer one of these vehicles to
    reach our next objective, (indicated) Terran's Command Station.

    NATHANIEL
    Exactly how are we supposed to do that?

    BOA
    (firmly)
    We have obtained the Lanithiam’s lock-out codes, providing full
    access to the ship and her cargo. 7 minutes after re-entry the
    ship docks on Terran Island, there a routine scan will seek out
    any security breach. This vehicle will be our only protection,
    we ‘must’ be in position by then to avoid being detected.

    This follows more MUTTERINGS of disbelief amongst the Pirates.

    JOHNER (to Kelly)
    (sarcastically)
    7 minutes, now that’s what I call bustin’ the envelope.

    Kelly grins saying nothing.

    BOA
    Your second objective achieved we move onto the mission itself!
    The infiltration of Systems’ former Equatorial Command Station.

    Boa produces a thin security card from his pocket, holding it up so everyone sees..

    BOA
    (tentatively)
    This security card will be our keys to the Sub-Levels of Terran
    Island. From the safety of the Command Station we send a probe
    down to the sea bed, and record images of an area these weapons
    are believed to be stored.

    The MUTTERING amongst the Pirates grows louder on hearing this.

    QUAID
    (puzzled)
    Excuse me dude, did I hear you right. You said somethin’ about
    takin’ pictures...comprende?

    GROOME
    That is correct my friend! But rest assured, this is only the
    beginning of our fight.

    JOHNER (to himself)
    (quietly)
    How come I get the feeling there’s a big “but” coming on?

    CLOSE UP of MISS KITTY looking uneasy before she continues.

    MISS KITTY
    (cautiously)
    There is one other thing. We’ve learned the U.S.M. Aonasus is
    still in orbit. We don’t know why yet, they couldn’t possibly
    know anything about us. So, as a precaution, the team will be
    going down fully armed!

    This brings ever louder MUTTERINGS of disbelief from the Pirates.

    CALL
    (concerned)
    And just how are we supposed to get back?

    GROOME
    Exactly how you came in. This automated delivery takes 4 hours,
    you catch the Supply Truck on its way back to the Lanithiam. As
    the ship leaves orbit you disengage, returning to Earth, heading
    for preset co-ordinates 2000 miles north of Terran Island, where
    we will then retrieve you.

    RIPLEY
    I guess you have some kind of back up plan, I mean just in case
    all else fails, right?

    GROOME
    (sharply)
    There will be no back up plan, no rehearsals, failure is not an
    option. Launch will commence at 0800 hours, so if there are no
    further questions?

    CLOSE UP on Groome as he eyes seemingly stare at each Pirate intently.

    GROOME
    Gentlemen this is the first step towards a brave new world, let
    the battle for freedom begin!

    The Pirates CHEER LOUDLY on the balconies then begin making their exit.

    The STEALTH Crew are escorted from the Gallery by several guards.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley and Call as they leave.

    RIPLEY
    (curiously)
    That’s odd.

    CALL
    (quietly)
    What is?

    RIPLEY
    I heard that Supply Ship wasn’t due until tomorrow.

    CALL
    (concerned)
    What does that mean?

    JOHNER
    (overhearing)
    My guess is someone said they couldn’t wait.

    RIPLEY
    Yeah, I had a thought about that.

    Suddenly Johner his SHOVED in the back a Pirate, knocking him off balance.

    TANNION
    (loudly)
    C’mon, move it dick brain!!

    Johner turns to confront Tannion but is quickly restrained by Ripley.

    RIPLEY
    Johner don’t! It’ll be alright...ok?

    JOHNER (to Ripley)
    (calmly)
    Yeah, everything’s fine here. Wouldn’t waste my **** anyway.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT over the Gallery where only Sergeant Boa and Captain Groome remain.

    GROOME
    You seem troubled Mr. Boa. I thought everything was clear?

    BOA
    (puzzled)
    Well sir, I was wondering. You only requested 7 of my men, but
    that still leaves one place unattended?

    GROOME
    No, not at all Sergeant.

    Captain Groome turns to leave The Gallery.

    GROOME
    (not looking)
    I have decided Miss Kitty will be going along with you.

    CLOSE UP on Boa surprised by this news, seemingly with a lump in his throat.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. THE CONVENT. MORNING.(CLOUDY) (LATER)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of The Convent as the orange sun rises in the early morning sky.

    CUT TO:

    INT. TERRAN CONVENT. SUB-LEVEL 2 CORRIDOR.

    The interior lights flicker, a klaxon can be faintly heard WHAILING in the distance, while an EMERGENCY LIGHT spins a red beam throughout the corridor.

    CLOSE UP as Maisy THUMPS the INTERCOM embedded into a wall.

    MAISY (into COM)
    Hey, is anyone there. This is Sister Maisy, I.D. Number TD471,
    come in...does anyone read me!

    LAUREN
    (worriedly)
    I thought you said they went to the shelter?

    MAISY
    (sharply)
    I know what I said, it’s probably just a glitch in the system.

    LAUREN
    (shakes head)
    A glitch! It’s supposed to be an emergency Maisy. Something’s
    wrong here I can feel it.

    MAISY
    (reassuringly)
    Nothing’s wrong, will you calm down please, you're even making
    me nervous. It’s just one of those things.

    LAUREN
    (confused)
    Which things, when was the last time we had a blackout?

    There’s a pause as Maisy tries to gather her composure.

    MAISY
    (calmly)
    Look, let’s just make for the Elevators. Don’t assume anything
    until we know something, ok?

    LAUREN
    Ok, whatever you say.

    Maisy takes Lauren by the hand, we DOLLY behind them as they run down the corridor. Bursting through the swing doors we turn RIGHT into another.

    TRACKING SHOT as they run down a longer corridor leading to the Elevator Bay ahead.

    INT. MAIN ELEVATOR BAY. (CONT.)

    We CLOSE UP on Maisy and Lauren as they BURST through the doors into the Main Elevator Bay. They suddenly STOP, looking FRIGHTENED at something ahead but don’t scream!

    THEIR P.O.V. a LARGE black SPIDER-LIKE creature tries to dislodge its long back legs TRAPPED between the middle Elevator doors. CACKLING wildly as it PUSHES and PULLS vigorously trying to free itself.

    LAUREN
    (quietly)
    You remember that feeling I was telling you about?

    Suddenly 7-Leg SPRINGS himself clear of the doors, UPWARDS onto the ceiling and SPINS round towards them.

    MAISY
    I sure do...RUUUNNNN!!

    7-Leg immediately gives chase.

    INT. CORRIDOR. (CONT.)

    We DOLLY behind Maisy and Lauren as they run back through the corridor.

    REVERSE TRACKING SHOT on 7-Leg in hot pursuit along the ceiling.

    HUGGER VISION as we DROP from the ceiling, round onto the wall then down to the floor,
    still chasing the Nuns not far ahead.

    MAISY
    (hurriedly)
    This way c’mon!!

    They turn LEFT into another corridor, at the end there’s an OPEN entrance.

    We DOLLY BACK along the corridor as they approach The Basement.

    HUGGER VISION as 7-Leg SCUTTLES along the floor still in hot pursuit.

    INT. BASEMENT.

    The Nuns quickly enter, Maisy turns and THUMPS a button on the Control Panel and the door immediately slides down SHUT.

    They pause to catch their breath.

    LAUREN
    (frightened)
    What the Devil was that thing?

    MAISY
    Isn’t it obvious. It’s some kind of experiment. No wonder the
    Army swore us all to secrecy over this place. The whole island
    is probably covered in them.

    LAUREN
    (shakes head)
    Now you’re just scaremongering. Where are we anyway?

    MAISY
    The Basement.

    Inside the Basement is dark and cluttered with tables, chairs and large plastic boxes containing ornaments and other artefacts.

    Maisy picks up an old Fire Extinguisher.

    LAUREN (O.S.)
    So what do we do now?

    MAISY’S P.O.V. across the room then DOWN to a closed HATCH in the floor labelled:

    CAUTION: GENERATOR ROOM.
    AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY.

    MAISY (O.S.)
    I think I’ve got an idea!

    CUT TO:

    INT. TERRAN ISLAND. BASEMENT. (LATER)

    CLOSE UP of Lauren covering the Hatch with a piece of carpet, she then carefully steps over it towards Maisy.

    Maisy quickly test-fires the FIRE EXTINGUISHER, it works perfectly.

    MAISY
    (impressed)
    Cool, after all this time it still works.

    LAUREN
    Isn’t that the idea, keeps you from being fried?

    MAISY
    That’s not what I meant. You got that hole covered up?

    LAUREN
    Of course I have.

    They move over to a corner of the room, partly surrounded by boxes, out of sight from the Basement entrance.

    MAISY
    Now remember what we said. I lure it in here, you let him have
    it and we flush it down the Hatch ok?

    Lauren nods back nervously.

    ANGLED SHOT of Maisy slowly walking to the entrance wielding a baseball bat.

    MAISY
    Ready?

    LAUREN
    (nervously)
    I’m ready...I think.

    MAISY’S P.O.V. as the Basement door HISSES open, the corridor ahead completely EMPTY.

    LAUREN (O.S.)
    (whispering)
    Where is it, do you see it?

    MAISY (O.S.)
    (whispering)
    There’s no sign of it.

    CLOSE UP on Lauren as she peaks her head round the boxes.

    LAUREN
    (thinking)
    Maybe we should go and look for it?

    MAISY
    Oh yeah, be my guest!

    LAUREN
    You got any other ideas?

    There’s a short pause.

    Maisy closes then door and they remain still in the quietness.

    MAISY
    (relieved)
    I think it’s gone...

    EXTREME CLOSE UP of Lauren, SOMETHING catches her eye towards the entrance...something BEHIND Maisy!

    MAISY (O.S.)
    ...in fact I’m sure of it-!

    LAUREN
    (screaming)
    MAISY LOOK OUT!!!

    SHOT OF Maisy SPINNING round, THEN of 7-Leg LEAPING at her from an AIRSHAFT.

    Maisy INSTINCTIVELY brings the baseball bat around, CLOUTING 7-Leg head-on, then falls to the floor DROPPING the bat.

    7-Leg flies through the air landing BESIDE the carpet.

    He gets to his feet and SCUTTLES towards Maisy.

    HUGGER-VISION closing on Maisy has she backs up against a wall. Suddenly a SMOKE-LIKE spray disturbs 7-Leg’s vision.

    Lauren fires the FIRE EXTINGUISHER at the Hugger AGAIN.

    SHOT OF 7-Leg’s long Tail ARCING over him like a scorpion. He JUMPS around SQUEALING as Lauren FORCES him back with another burst from the Fire Extinguisher.

    LAUREN
    (shouting)
    Get away from her!!

    7-Leg THRASHES his tail out at Lauren like a WHIP but misses.

    Lauren fires the Extinguisher again.

    7-Leg SPRINGS back-over to avoid her landing right on the carpet. Suddenly the Hugger seems to DISAPPEAR into the floor.

    DROP SHOT as the carpet sinks down THROUGH the hidden Generator Hatch taking the SQUEALING Hugger with it deep into SHAFT below.

    Maisy PUNCHES a large RED button beside the Hatch and it quickly closes.

    Lauren and Maisy hug each other for a moment, then get to their feet.

    MAISY
    C’mon let’s get out of here!

    LAUREN
    Where are we going this time?

    Maisy shows off a set of keys.

    MAISY
    Where we should’ve gone in the first place, to the Tower.

    Maisy takes Laurens hand again and they leave the Basement together, she closes the door behind them.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ARKENSAW. BRIDGE. (LATER)

    The Arkensaw’s Bridge was partially covered by a translucent screen. A complex structure of steel girders supported 3 decks with an array of controls and monitors all busy doing something. The upper deck was also a lookout tower, giving an almost 360 degree view around the ship.

    CLOSE UP on Captain Groome stood alone on the Arkensaw's Upper Deck.

    The Bridge Entrance doors open behind him and 3 people enter.

    He turns to see Ripley bound in thick handcuffs guarded by 2 armed Pirates.

    GROOME (to Pirates)
    You may leave us now.

    The 2 Pirates leave the room, then Groome slowly walks towards Ripley.

    CLOSE UP on Groome as he carefully REMOVES Ripley’s handcuffs, drops them on the deck (O.S.), then turns and walks a few feet away from her.

    GROOME
    (not looking)
    You will never have a better opportunity to kill me, I am after
    all only human.

    RIPLEY (O.S.)
    What makes you think I wanna do that?

    GROOME
    (thoughtfully)
    I’ve seen what you can do, you possess great power, something I
    have not witnessed in a long time.

    RIPLEY
    (curiously)
    Are you afraid of me?

    GROOME
    Should I be?

    RIPLEY
    No one should fear another just because they have a great gift,
    that would be truly crossing the divide...don’t you think?

    Groome doesn’t answer, still staring into the depths of the Atlantic.

    RIPLEY
    Why did you bring me here?

    GROOME
    (tentatively)
    Because I need your help. We need your help.

    RIPLEY
    I’m hardly in a position to bargain here, much less my crew.

    Then Groome turns to face Ripley.

    GROOME
    (firmly)
    You have my word as Captain of this vessel, your people will be
    allowed to leave, with no knowledge of what happened, your ship
    returned fully restored once the mission is complete.

    RIPLEY
    And what if they didn’t make it?? I can’t let you hold my crew
    to ransom like this!

    GROOME
    (disappointed)
    So, you won’t help me?

    RIPLEY
    I didn’t say that!

    Groome turns away from Ripley again.

    RIPLEY
    You can’t possibly believe the Military is re-arming a group of
    Colonists just to start another war, it doesn’t make any sense,
    they never started all this. You have your precious Government
    to thank for that.

    GROOME
    Oh I know all about the Colony Wars, they called it a trade war
    no one wanted to get involved in. Then the Colonists rebelled,
    and this United Systems Military so happened to be in the right
    place at the right time...for what??

    RIPLEY
    And your answer is a war you can’t possibly win?

    GROOME
    What would you have me do, sit back and let them take over?

    RIPLEY
    (positively)
    Mankind has always survived, he always will, because that’s all
    he ever does.

    GROOME
    (sighs)
    I wish I could believe that. The sad truth is, we are alone in
    the universe. If they win, everyone will lose.

    RIPLEY
    (tentatively)
    What if there is far worst out there, something even worse than
    this Military, just waiting for us to give up hope. What then?

    CLOSE UP as Groome turns to face Ripley again, staring curiously.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. THE SHORE. (CLOUDY) (15 MINUTES LATER)

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT over Terran Island’s “C” shaped coast line, its clean golden sands and rocky shoreline stretches right around headlands on either side, sealed off from the sea by a HUGE man-made Dam.

    Slowly ZOOMING IN we see 2 figures running towards the nearer headland.

    ANGLED SHOT as Lauren then suddenly stops, looking out over the beach below.

    LAUREN
    Hey look, what is that? (points towards beach)

    Maisy looks in the indicated direction.

    MAISY
    (shrugs)
    What’s what, I don’t see anything?

    LAUREN’S P.O.V. across the beach, at first we see nothing, then a TINY SPEC appears far away in the sand.

    Lauren makes her way down the rocky shoreline to the beach, full of excitement and curiosity. Maisy hesitates for a moment then quickly follows.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. THE BEACH. (LATER)

    Lauren and Maisy eventually climb down to the beach.

    We DOLLY behind them running towards SOMETHING still in the distance!

    THEIR P.O.V. as we get closer we see it is a PERSON. A LITTLE GIRL with her back towards us, GIGGLING at something in front of her!

    CLOSE UP on the Little Girl no more than 3 years old sat naked in the sand, her long blond hair flowing in the breeze. Slowly we PAN ROUND her until we see what she is giggling at.

    Lying upon her crossed legs on its back is a FACE-HUGGER.

    Lauren and Maisy stand SHOCKED, the Little Girl and the Hugger unaware of their presence.

    The Little Girl continues to PLAY with the Face-Hugger. PRODDING and STROKING it in various places with a stick, not in any sexual manor, like a child innocently exploring the unknown.

    But whatever she does the Hugger obviously likes it! It CACKLES to her SOFTLY, its legs QUIVERING with excitement, long flexile tail CARESSING up and down her bare back.

    LOW ANGLED SHOT on the Little Girl, a shadow moves over her carrying a BIG ROCK.

    LAUREN (to Little Girl)
    (shouting)
    No, get outta the way!!

    The Hugger suddenly CATAPULTS itself into the air using its tail, landing in the sand just feet from the Little Girl, then quickly SCUTTLES away down the beach.

    The Little Girl gets up and faces Lauren.

    LITTLE GIRL
    (angrily)
    What’re you doing, you scared him away!!

    LAUREN
    (stunned)
    I-I tried to save you-?

    LITTLE GIRL
    (screaming)
    I HATE YOU--I HATE YOU--I HATE YOU!!

    She turns and runs after the Hugger already well out of sight.

    LITTLE GIRL
    (shouting)
    Wait, come back...come back!!

    Maisy goes up to Lauren and puts a comforting arm around her.

    LAUREN
    (quietly)
    I’m sorry.

    MAISY
    What for you didn’t do anything. Wonder where she came from-.

    Lauren suddenly leaves and starts chasing after the Little Girl.

    MAISY
    Where are you going, what about the Tower??

    LAUREN
    (shouting)
    C’mon, don’t let her get away!

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of Lauren slowly fading from view, then Maisy starts chasing after them.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. ARKENSAW. CORRIDOR/HANGER BAY. (15 MINUTES LATER)

    We DOLLY behind Ripley and Groome as they enter a dark and murky Hanger Bay. Oily chains hang from the ceiling, the deck cluttered with various machinery. PANNING UP we see the Betty anchored firmly to the ceiling by Holding Clamps, surrounded by a maze of steel pathways and scaffolding. The port side still being repaired as Vriess directs the procedure from a chair on a long crane arm high above.

    He looks down at Ripley unnoticed, bringing the crane arm to a halt.

    VRIESS
    (shouting)
    Hey Ripley, how’s it goin’ down there?

    Ripley turns to look upwards at him.

    RIPLEY
    (shouting)
    Everything’s fine I guess. How’s the repairs coming along?

    VRIESS
    Could be worse. We’re gonna need a refit on the port engine, I
    think the reactor over-heated too. Jesus we got lucky there!

    RIPLEY
    So how long do you think...roughly??

    VRIESS
    (rubs chin)
    Hard to say, I got everything I need here, guess the rest is up
    to you guys.

    Ripley smiles but doesn’t reply, then turns her attention to Captain Groome.

    RIPLEY
    So what is it you want me to see?

    Groome makes a signal to someone on a gantry high above. 2 HUGE Sliding Doors begin opening on the far side of the Hanger. When fully opened a towing vehicle slowly pulls in a long dark craft shaped like an OIL TANKER with wind-swept wings.

    The STEALTH Craft’s unassuming shape bewildered it’s conception. Completely made up of flat surfaces that protected it from scanners, the craft seemed incapable of flight, much less the purpose is it was designed.

    Ripley and Groome slowly walk around the craft.

    GROOME
    (proudly)
    This is the infamous ‘STEALTH Craft’, another of Earth’s finest
    weapons the Military never got its dirty hands on.

    RIPLEY
    (surprised)
    We’re going for a space ride in that thing?

    The towing vehicle pulls up alongside various containers. Underneath the STEALTH Craft a hatchway is lowered, then the containers are lifted inside by some Pirates nearby.

    GROOME
    (confidently)
    Never underestimate what you know little of my dear. For while
    the Military relies on its machines to see, they will always be
    vulnerable. Today will mark the cost of their Achilles Heel.

    RIPLEY
    (cautiously)
    Maybe, but not everyone sees through misguided vision.

    GROOME
    Despite your lack of enthusiasm I think you might be growing on
    me, yet I hardly know you at all.

    RIPLEY
    Well now, that one’s probably gonna cost you.

    GROOME
    You already have my word of honour, what more is there?

    RIPLEY
    (humorously)
    Oh, I’m sure I’ll think of something.

    We PULL BACK from Ripley and Groome up TOWARDS a Balcony where someone stands watching them unnoticed.

    CLOSE UP on Sergeant Boa looking on in disgust, he SNORTS some narcotic through the tip of a SILVER BULLET then leaves through the exit behind.

    CUT TO:

    INT. U.S.M. AONASUS. BRIDGE (10 MINUTES LATER)

    General Rykard appears on the Bridge greeted by Video Screens displaying only STATIC.

    CLOSE UP on the Main Video Screen. Suddenly there’s an EXPLOSION followed by distorted images of soldiers SHOUTING and SCREAMING at the camera.

    Rykard approaches Lieutenant Deacon stood watching the Main Video Screen intently.

    RYKARD
    (expectantly)
    Lieutenant!!

    DEACON
    (informatively)
    General, we picked up their trail 10 minutes ago, they ran into
    trouble at Southern Point-!

    RYKARD
    (sharply)
    Spare me the non-details, just tell me where the hell they are?

    DEACON
    (hesitantly)
    Unknown sir! We’ve scrambled out a code 6, so far no response,
    yet according to Bio-Signs they’re still alive. There has been
    some heavy weapons fire too, but whoever’s doing this, we don’t
    detect them at all.

    RYKARD
    What’s their last known position?

    DEACON
    Right after they stepped off the Goddam elevator.

    There’s a short pause.

    RYKARD
    Has there been any other activity, anything at all?

    DEACON
    Negative sir, all other COM channels are dead. (pauses) Sir may
    I request we send another squad in-?

    RYKARD
    (quickly)
    Denied! Not until I find out what’s going on down there.

    A tall clean-shaven soldier wearing large spectacles approaches.

    ENSIGN WELLS
    General Rykard sir, I’ve got that schedule you asked for.

    Ensign Wells hands Rykard a Notebook which he views carefully.

    RYKARD (to Wells)
    Alright, let it pass. But keep an eye on it understand?

    ENSIGN WELLS
    Yes sir!

    Deacon follows Rykard as he walks back towards the Bridge Entrance.

    RYKARD (to Deacon)
    (tentatively)
    There’s a Carrier on its way, should be here in 30 minutes. If
    I’m right, whoever’s behind this knows we suspect them already,
    and sooner or later they’re going to need the fastest way outta
    there. We Lieutenant, are going to give it to them.

    DEACON
    That’s a pretty big call General, what if you’re wrong sir?

    They stop by the Bridge Entrance.

    RYKARD
    (sharply)
    My job is making decisions Lieutenant, yours is carrying out my
    orders. Just make sure to bring in that Supply Ship on its way
    out and notify me immediately of any word from our men, is that
    understood!

    DEACON
    (salutes)
    Yes sir!

    The Entrance Door slides open and Rykard leaves the Bridge.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. THE FOREST.

    We DOLLY TOWARDS a clearing deep inside the forest to a small figure amongst the trees. The Little Girl stands under a ray of sunlight feeding grass shoots to a baby deer. We hear the SNAPPING of twigs causing the animal to run away.

    CLOSE UP of Lauren standing just a few meters away.

    LAUREN
    (carefully)
    It’s ok...shhh...don’t be afraid. I won’t hurt you.

    Lauren CAREFULLY approaches the Little Girl. At first she doesn’t move, then slowly she starts to back away. As the Little Girl continues backward, behind her the ground suddenly drops into a STEEP muddy embankment.

    MAISY (O.S.)
    This is ridiculous, Lauren just grab her will you?

    LAUREN
    Shhh, be quiet. You might scare her away.

    Lauren holds out a set of keys swinging them side-to-side.

    CLOSE UP on the Little Girl, the JANGLING sound seems to fascinate her.

    Lauren suddenly LUNGES FORWARD to GRAB her before she falls over the edge...TOO LATE!

    LAUREN
    (screaming)
    NOOOOOOOO!!!

    LAUREN’S P.O.V. as the Little Girl’s feet suddenly SLIP away (O.S.). She ROLLS SCREAMING down the embankment eventually coming to rest on the waters edge.

    She carefully makes her way down the embankment, briefly turning back towards Maisy stood in the clearing.

    LAUREN
    (shouting)
    Maisy c’mon!

    CUT TO:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. THE RIVER. (LATER)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as Lauren reaches the riverbank, thick mud seeped through her slippers, her gown soaking wet. She pushes on towards the little girl lying face-down near the waters edge.

    Maisy is still making her way down the embankment when Lauren reaches the Little Girl.

    She pulls her up and rests The Little Girl’s head gently on her lap.

    CLOSE UP on the Little Girl as her skin begins to BUBBLE furiously around the head and neck, opening up as though being SLASHED by some invisible weapon. Then her whole body goes into a violent SPASM, arms and legs KICKING everywhere.

    Lauren struggles to hold onto her, BLOOD SPURTING all over from the Little Girl’s wounds, then just as everything started it suddenly stops and she lies still again.

    At that point Maisy appears beside Lauren.

    The Nuns stare in AMAZEMENT as Lauren wipes blood from the Little Girl’s face.

    MAISY
    What is it...what’s happening to her??

    LAUREN
    I really don’t know. It’s a miracle I guess.

    CLOSE UP on the Little Girl as her wounds begin to COMPLETELY HEAL. Something else has also happened. The Little Girl is different in both size and appearance, she is now 7 years old!

    MAISY (O.S.)
    (quietly)
    Y’know something.

    LAUREN (O.S.)
    (quietly)
    What?

    MAISY (O.S.)
    (quietly)
    Guess this proves the Lord really does work in mysterious ways.

    Lauren, still holding the Little Girl, and Maisy get to their feet.

    LAUREN
    (smiling)
    Oh, he does much more than that Maisy.

    MAISY
    Don’t get too attached Lauren, we still don’t know who she is.

    LAUREN
    I know one thing, she’s special and here for a reason.

    MAISY
    So what is it you’re saying exactly??

    LAUREN
    We have to protect her, take her back to the Convent! Whatever
    happens it’s the only safe place.

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT as the 2 Nuns begin slowly making their way down river.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ARKENSAW. HANGER BAY. (15 MINUTES LATER)

    We DOLLY along a line of 7 Pirates as each is handed a large weapon by Sergeant Boa. Now in U.S.M. Marine uniforms, tattoos and piercing temporarily removed. They listen to Boa finishing his customary speech.

    BOA
    (proudly)
    This is the moment you’ve been waiting for all your lives! Now
    your Government expects, a new world awaits. You dare not fail,
    you must succeed. This will be your finest hour...victory!!

    PIRATES
    (all loudly, weapons raised)
    Victory!!

    The Pirates hold the United Systems Military’s latest weapon. The triple-barrel assault rifle housed a standard FLAME THROWER in the upper barrel, a rocket powered retractable HARPOON GUN in the center, while the lower barrel contained a 9mm PULSE RIFLE with Laser Sighting and 40mm pump-action GRENADE LAUNCHER with detachable Flashlight underneath.

    SHOT OF Tannion THRUSTING his rifle upwards, indiscriminately FIRING a ball of FLAME into the air causing his shipmates to DUCK.

    FELLOWS
    (angrily)
    Crazy fool, why don’t you watch where you point that thing?

    TANNION
    Good ****!!

    BLAKE
    Yeah! Like candy to a baby.

    SHOT OF Tannion pointing the weapon TOWARDS US.

    TANNION
    (staring)
    Only this was baby was born to blow you away.

    CLOSE UP of Kelly leaning over to Johner, both glaring at the weapon.

    KELLY
    (impressed)
    Do you have any idea what that is?

    JOHNER
    Ermm, it looks like a gun...a very big gun.

    KELLY
    (informatively)
    The Lacrima-101 Quad Rifle. She’s a Pulse Rifle, Flamethrower,
    Harpoon Gun and a Grenade Launcher all in one. They ain’t even
    standard issue yet, how the **** did they wind up down here!

    JOHNER
    (sarcastically)
    Why don’t you ask them?

    QUAID
    (overhearing)
    A little bird once told me that Government had a whole shipment
    slip right through the net. Why (shrugs) who can possibly say?

    JOHNER
    (curiously)
    So what happened to this little birdy?

    QUAID
    He got shot actually.

    KELLY (to Quaid)
    (thoughtfully)
    Pardon me but, doesn’t that make you a liability?

    Quaid leans back, refusing to answer the accusation.

    JOHNER (to Himself)
    (shakes head)
    Oh boy, there I was thinking it couldn’t get any worse.

    As Boa takes the last weapon we hear RUMBLING from the Hangers Main Entrance doors opening (O.S.) and everyone turns to look.

    THEIR P.O.V. as Miss Kitty enters the Hanger, now dressed in tight fitting jeans, thin cotton T-shirt and leopard skin jacket. She holds Cowl on his leash followed by the Pirate Frazer.

    CLOSE UP as Blake leans over to Fellows so no one else hears.

    BLAKE
    (staring)
    Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?

    FELLOWS
    (shakes head)
    In your dreams boy. Only there will you choose which kitty you
    get to ****.

    BLAKE
    Speak for yourself. She worships me even in hell.

    Miss Kitty approaches Sergeant Boa.

    MISS KITTY
    Sergeant, I presume the crew been fully briefed?

    BOA
    Yes Councillor...! (hesitates)

    MISS KITTY
    Is there a problem Mr. Boa?

    BOA
    (hesitantly)
    Well, your clothing is hardly-.

    MISS KITTY
    Suitable yes I know! In an effort to preserve our anonymity it
    was decided that I should wear pre-war civilian clothing. This
    was all I could find.

    CALL (to Herself)
    (disdainfully)
    Y’mean Earth girls actually wore that...stuff!!

    Miss Kitty turns to Frazer behind her and gives him Cowls leash.

    MISS KITTY
    Mr. Frazer. I leave Cowl in your capable hands. Please see to
    it he gets his meals and regular exercise on time.

    Frazer nods then Miss Kitty kneels down in front of the tiger.

    She gently scratches between his ears, he GROWLS at her affectionately.

    MISS KITTY
    There, there sweet Cowl. Good boy...kiss kiss!

    She kisses Cowl on his nose then turns to face Boa expectantly.

    BOA
    (loudly)
    Alright people, lets get on board.

    We DOLLY BACK to a balcony where Ripley and Groome watch the proceedings. Groome then takes out his Communicator.

    GROOME (into Communicator)
    Mr. Grummond take us up to the surface.

    GRUMMOND (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Aye Captain.

    RIPLEY
    Well, I guess this is the part where I say good-bye.

    GROOME
    (quickly)
    And you’ll think about my proposal, yes?

    RIPLEY
    (reluctantly)
    So long as you understand that’s all I’ll do, this isn’t my war
    Captain. It isn’t even my world.

    GROOME
    What do you mean?

    RIPLEY
    (smiles)
    Let’s just say I’m not only a lot wiser than most.

    Ripley then heads down to the STEALTH Craft.

    Walking up to the ship she briefly looks back at Groome, then disappears inside.

    INT. STEALTH CRAFT. THE HULL.

    The STEALTH Craft has 12 single pilot seats faced forward, 6 either side of a narrow aisle. At the rear of the Hull is a sealed bulkhead to the ships Cargo Hold, at the front a sliding door to the Cockpit.

    Ripley gets into her seat and straps herself in tightly. To her left sits Johner, in front of them are Call and Vaughan while behind are Kelly and Quaid. Miss Kitty, Dr. Mellie and 4 other Pirates take up the remaining seats on the other side of the Hull.

    A message is broadcast over the STEALTH’s tannoy.

    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Prepare for take-off!

    SHOT OF Johner leaning back towards Kelly

    JOHNER
    You wanna run that **** by me again before we die man?

    KELLY
    It’s a rollercoaster ride with a 4G vertical climb, followed by
    zero-grav orbit, followed by re-entry with a velocity of-.

    JOHNER
    (quickly)
    Forget it, I don’t wanna know.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. ARCTIC OCEAN. MORNING. (CLOUDY)

    ANGLED SHOT as the U.S.S. Arkensaw suddenly PUNCHES through a thick layer of ice as it RISES to the surface.

    INT. ARKENSAW. HANGER BAY.

    The STEALTH Craft’s landing lights come to life, then a LOUD ROAR echoes from its vertical thrusters.

    CLOSE UP of Vriess watching from his chair secured high above the hanger. A RUMBLING sound causes him to look upwards.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Pirate Ship’s Upper Bay Doors begin opening outward.

    VRIESS (to Himself)
    (impressed)
    What a ****in’ machine!

    The STEALTH Craft GRACEFULLY lifts off from the deck.

    We PAN UPWARDS as twin thrusters power the ship out of the Hanger up into the sky.

    EXT. ARCTIC OCEAN.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT across the Arctic as the STEALTH Craft rises above the Arkensaw then HOVERS at about 100 feet.

    At the rear of the fuselage several panels fold INWARDS revealing powerful twin ROCKET ENGINES. Two tail fins rise either side as the wings unfold to a wider angle, completing the transformation of the ship.

    As the STEALTH Craft continues HOVERING the Arkensaw sinks back into the Ocean below.

    INT. STEALTH HULL.

    CLOSE UP on Johner looking decidedly uncomfortable by the second.

    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Launch sequence initiated, blast off in 10 seconds.

    JOHNER
    What the ****!

    Quaid peers over Johner's shoulder.

    QUAID
    Relax, it’s show time dude. Enjoy the ride!

    JOHNER`
    Yeah, like I don’t have a choice.

    RIPLEY
    (calmly)
    There’s always a choice...then you die.

    JOHNER
    I ain’t even gonna ask what you mean by that.

    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    5 seconds...4, 3, 2, 1...Launch!

    CUT TO:

    EXT. STEALTH CRAFT/ARCTIC OCEAN.

    ANGLED SHOT as the STEALTH Crafts engines EXPLODE to life THRUSTING the ship away. We PAN UPWARDS as the craft ARCS steeply, going completely vertical it accelerates to MACH 3, SPEEDING UPWARDS its engines release a DEAFENING ROAR as it heads into space.

    CUT TO:

    INT. STEALTH HULL.

    The Crew holds FIRMLY onto their seats as the Hull BUFFETS and SHAKES VIOLENTLY.

    CLOSE UP on Johner, his face TWISTING with the g-forces, finally he loses his composure.

    JOHNER (ECHO into CUT)
    (screaming)
    AAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!

    SMASH CUT TO:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. THE RIVER.

    Lauren and Maisy continue along the riverbank, Lauren still carrying the sleeping Little Girl now wrapped in a T-shirt from underneath Maisy’s garb.

    LAUREN
    It’s good of you to lend the little one your shirt Maisy.

    MAISY
    Don’t thank me just yet. If it gets any colder I may just take
    it back.

    They stop to rest, Lauren placing the Little Girl beside a tree stump.

    MAISY
    (looks around)
    Y’know, I’m not so sure this is such a good idea.

    LAUREN
    (firmly)
    But we agreed, we take the little one back to the hospital then
    call for help? This is important Maisy-!

    MAISY
    Ok, ok forget I mentioned it!

    There’s a short pause.

    LAUREN
    (curiously)
    Listen...do you hear that?

    MAISY
    I don’t hear anything Lauren.

    LAUREN
    (sighs)
    Exactly! The birds, they don’t sing anymore...not anywhere.

    MAISY
    (shocked)
    Oh my God, (points towards river) look!

    MAISY’S P.O.V. we see a body lying face-down in the mud the other side of the river, the body of a NUN.

    They begin SHOUTING and SCREAMING but the Nun doesn’t respond.

    LAUREN
    (urgently)
    We’ve gotta help her, she may be badly wounded.

    MAISY
    (firmly)
    No, I’ll go! You stay here with the kid.

    LAUREN
    Be careful Maisy, that current maybe stronger than it looks.

    MAISY
    Stop worrying I’ll be fine! Just watch by back ok?

    Maisy picks up a long piece of deadwood and heads for the riverbank.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT across the river. Maisy carefully steps off the muddy bank into the waste-high water, using the deadwood to balance she begins wading to the other side.

    LAUREN (distant O.S.)
    Watch out for the snakes!

    Lauren sits beside the Little Girl, puts her hands together, closes her eyes and begins praying quietly.

    Maisy eventually reaches the opposite bank. She climbs over some rocks towards the lifeless Nun, then bends down to briefly examine the motionless figure before turning back towards Lauren.

    CLOSE UP on Lauren almost instinctively opening her eyes.

    LAUREN’S P.O.V. sees Maisy giving her a ‘thumbs up’ sign.

    ANGLED SHOT without warning the lifeless Nun suddenly RISES then SPINS Maisy round and PUNCHES her in the chest.

    CLOSE UP on Lauren looking HORRIFIED!

    Maisy slumps to the ground, her body slides down the bank into the water.

    LAUREN
    (screaming)
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

    CLOSE UP as the Nun turns TOWARDS US, her face concealed behind a black veil. The BLACK NUN holds out her right hand, covered in blood STILL holding Maisy’s Beating Heart!

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT as Lauren GRABS the Little Girl. They head away from the riverbank quickly disappearing into the Forest. Slowly RISING over the trees we see The Convent stood less than half a mile away.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. HIGH EARTH ORBIT. (15 MINUTES LATER)

    The screen is filled a billion stars as the STEALTH Craft slowly glides into frame manoeuvred by gas propellants along its Hull.

    INT. STEALTH COCKPIT.

    Boa and Marriot occupy the front seats of the cramped Cockpit, Nathaniel sits in the navigator’s chair behind. There are no windows, an array of monitors and dials appear to be their only eyes.

    MARRIOT
    (studies monitors)
    We’re coming up on vector now sir, pressure stable, orientation
    in line. Switching to Manual.

    There’s a slight JOLT as Marriot flicks the Autopilot switch above him.

    MARRIOT
    Autopilot disengaged, all lights are green.

    BOA
    Prepare for STEALTH Mode on my command...3, 2, 1...activate!

    Marriot PUSHES a leaver beside him, the cockpit fills with a dim red light.

    EXT. HIGH EARTH ORBIT.

    As the STEALTH Craft passes it SLOWLY DISAPPEARS from sight, until only a vague outline remains visible to the naked eye.

    INT. STEALTH HULL.

    CLOSE UP on Johner and Ripley as the same red light also fills the Hull.

    JOHNER
    (agitated)
    Now what?

    KELLY (O.S.)
    We’re cloaked man that’s all.

    RIPLEY
    (curiously)
    Stealth Mode! Wonder where they learned to pull that off?

    JOHNER
    (smugly)
    Well, they didn’t get it from me that’s for sure.

    RIPLEY
    Yes I know. Now who’s worrying too much?.

    JOHNER
    (uneasily)
    Yeah well I hate being outta control. Makes me nervous.

    RIPLEY
    Me too. Question is who’s really in control!

    CUT TO:

    EXT. SPACE.

    A large BULKY spacecraft appears from out of the void, we PAN LEFT as the Supply Ship ROARS past on course for Earth in the distance.

    INT. STEALTH COCKPIT.

    Boa and Marriot attach EXTERNAL VISORS over their heads. Linked to a network of external cameras, the Visors allow them to see around the ship in any direction.

    BOA’S P.O.V. through his EXTERNAL VISOR, we see the Earth just below an endless star field. A GREEN Heads Up Display shows the crafts speed, position and other information.

    NATHANIEL (O.S.)
    (informatively)
    Contact! Incoming to port 33 degrees, range 200 kilometres, we
    should have visual any second.

    BOA’S P.O.V. (CONT.) he looks RIGHT then slowly ZOOM’S IN on the indicated co-ordinates. A small blip appears with a GREEN INDICATOR around it.

    MARRIOT (O.S.)
    Setting intercept course. Glide pattern delta.

    BOA (O.S.)
    There she is...I see her.

    NATHANIEL (O.S.)
    Target confirmed sir, right on schedule.

    BOA
    Mr. Nathaniel, any sign of that E.R.V.?

    NATHANIEL
    Nothing Sarge, my guess is they’re still on the dark side-.

    BOA
    <sharply>
    Your ‘guess’ is not enough Mr. Nathaniel, just keep looking!

    MARRIOT
    Course is set, ready to engage Sergeant.

    BOA
    Full speed ahead Mr. Marriot!

    MARRIOT
    Aye Sergeant, full ahead.

    Marriot hits a switch powering up the STEALTH’S THRUSTERS, then pushes on his joystick.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. THE FORREST/CORN FIELDS. (LATER)

    DOLLY SHOT towards the nearby Convent, DESCENDING into the Corn Fields below. Suddenly Lauren DARTS out ahead, we CONTINUE behind her still carrying the Little Girl, turning LEFT then RIGHT through a maze of tall strands of corn, she eventually comes to a stop.

    LAUREN’S P.O.V. SPINNING LEFT then RIGHT breathing heavily, nothing comes out to challenge her.

    CLOSE UP on Lauren looking TERRIFIED.

    LAUREN
    (loudly)
    Please, just leave us alone...!!

    TRACKING SHOT as Lauren turns and continues running through the Corn Fields.

    Seconds later she comes out of the Corn Fields, ahead there’s a stone Embankment leading to a Security Gate, the Convent no more than 50 yards away.

    EXT. EMBANKMENT. (CONT.)

    Lauren CLIMBS up the Embankment towards the nearby Security Gate, a narrow grass verge with a steep drop around the edge.

    She reaches the top and carefully lays the unconscious Little Girl on the grass, pulls out the Security Keys from her garb and QUICKLY unlocks and opens the Security Gate.

    She turns to look back towards the Corn Fields.

    LAUREN’S P.O.V. the Black Nun stands at the bottom of the Embankment.

    The Little Girl starts to come round and wearily gets to her feet.

    LITTLE GIRL
    (confused)
    Are you my Mommy?

    LAUREN
    (hesitantly)
    No, I’m just a friend that’s all.

    The Little Girl then sees the Black Nun, she quickly GRABS tightly onto Laurens arms.

    LITTLE GIRL
    (frightened)
    She wants to hurt me, please don’t let her hurt me!!

    LAUREN
    Don’t worry I won’t!

    ANGLED SHOT as the Black Nun starts CLIMBING up the Embankment.

    LAUREN
    Keep away from the fence ok, now go...go on through!

    EXT. CONVENT PERIMETER FENCE/GATE. (CONT.)

    We PAN DOWN the Security Fence past a sign reading:

    DANGER!
    HIGH VOLTAGE SECURITY FENCE.
    10,000 VOLTS.
    KEEP OFF!

    The Little Girl runs through the Gate into the Convent’s grounds.

    Lauren quickly follows closing the Security Gate, locking it shut then sliding a thick SECURITY BOLT across just in time.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Black Nun suddenly LEAPS onto the Gate. WHITE HOT sparks fly in all directions, the whole fence emits a LOUD CRACKLING noise. The Black Nun VIOLENTLY shakes before being THROWN BACKWARD to the edge of the Embankment.

    For a while the Black Nun remains motionless, her gown smouldering from the intense heat of the electric shock. Then slowly she recovers, gets up and walks towards the Security Gate, stopping a few meters away from Lauren.

    LAUREN
    (crying)
    Who are you?? What do you want from me??

    CLOSE UP as The Black Nun slowly removes the headdress and black veil concealing her identity...ANOTHER RIPLEY!!

    Lauren drops to her knees.

    LAUREN
    (shakes head)
    No...it can’t be. NOOOOOOOO!!

    Ripley 2 smiles then turns and walks down the embankment back into the Corn Fields.

    The Little Girl goes to Lauren, strokes her hair gently.

    LITTLE GIRL
    It’s her isn’t it, she’s my Mommy. She hates me.

    LAUREN
    (sighs)
    I don’t know, I really don’t. But she can’t hurt you now.

    Lauren takes the Little Girl’s hand and they make the short walk to the NORTH ENTRANCE.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE. (LATER)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the Supply Ship ROARS past, beginning its gradual descent through Earth’s atmosphere.

    CUT TO:

    INT. STEALTH COCKPIT.

    BOA’S P.O.V through the VISOR. The Supply Ship still far ahead, now targeted by a BLUE CIRCLE, the ship glows BRIGHTLY from the effects of re-entry.

    MARRIOT (O.S.)
    Range 18 kilometres, closing fast.

    NATHANIEL
    Commencing re-entry in 5 seconds. 4, 3, 2, 1.

    Suddenly the Cockpit begins to SHUDDER VIOLENTLY. Both Pirates STRUGGLE to keep control
    of the ship with their joysticks.

    MARRIOT
    (panicking)
    What the hell’s happening?

    BOA
    (firmly)
    Keep her steady man! Adjust power to the forward shields.

    Nathaniel flicks a switch above him.

    NATHANIEL (O.S.)
    Range 12 kilometres and closing.

    BOA
    Can’t see a damn thing here!!

    MARRIOT
    Switching to thermal imaging.

    BOA’S P.O.V. the view switches to a negative outline of the ship.

    His RIGHT hand then grabs a smaller Control Stick.

    MARRIOT (O.S.)
    Coming out of re-entry in 3 minutes.

    BOA’S P.O.V. using the Control Stick (O.S.) he attempts to target a small Port beneath the Supply Ship with the BLUE CIRCLE by covering it.

    NATHANIEL (O.S.)
    5 kilometres...4. Almost in range, 2...1. Go for lock-on.

    BOA’S P.O.V. (CONT.) as the Supply Ship gets closer Boa easily targets the Port. The circle FLASHES GREEN, locking the STEALTH on course with the Supply Ship, then the view switches back to normal viewing mode.

    NATHANIEL
    (relieved)
    Target locked, ready for docking procedure.

    MARRIOT
    (uneasily)
    Now comes the worst part.

    BOA’S P.O.V. we briefly see the rear of the STEALTH Craft, a CONNECTING FUNNEL rises a few meters from the Hull, THEN switching to INVERTED SHOT from inside the Funnel. Two white CROSS-HAIRS appear on screen, one of these centers on the Port while the other is the Funnels targeting device. Boa must align both Cross-Hairs by steering the Funnel INTO the Port, thereby locking the ships together.

    CLOSE UP of Boa’s hand manoeuvring the joystick.

    Violent crosswinds continue BUFFETING the ship, making it more difficult for Marriot to steady the ship.

    BOA’S P.O.V. as the Cross-Hairs DANCE uncontrollably across the screen.

    CLOSE UP on Boa shaking his head with frustration.

    BOA
    Dammit, this is impossible!!

    CUT TO:

    INT. STEALTH HULL.

    Inside the Hull the SHUDDERING continues, gradually getting worse.

    RIPLEY
    Something’s wrong.

    JOHNER
    (hint of sarcasm)
    You don’t say.

    Ripley removes the safety harness and gets up from her seat.

    SHOT OF Blake quickly RISING, his weapon aimed directly at Ripley.

    BLAKE
    (loudly)
    Hey, where the **** are you goin’?

    Miss Kitty gets up and turns towards Ripley.

    At that point the SHUDDERING temporarily subsides.

    RIPLEY (to Miss Kitty)
    (urgently)
    We’re in trouble!!

    MISS KITTY
    Trouble?

    RIPLEY
    Your people, they’ve never done this before, right?

    BLAKE
    The Sergeant knows what he’s doing lady!!

    RIPLEY
    (cautiously)
    I can help them...I’m a pilot.

    CALL
    (firmly)
    She’s right, you better listen to her.

    MISS KITTY
    You’re a pilot?

    RIPLEY
    Yes!

    Miss Kitty hesitates, then THUMBS an Intercom switch on the hull.

    MISS KITTY (into COM)
    What’s happening Sergeant?

    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Nothing to worry about just turbulence that’s all, everything’s
    under control.

    Suddenly the STEALTH Craft is BUFFETED again, almost knocking Ripley off her feet.

    RIPLEY
    (firmly)
    Turbulence my ****, dammit they’re gonna bounce us right off the
    ****ing stratosphere!

    MISS KITTY (to Blake)
    Stand down, I’ll deal with this!

    Blake lowers his weapon and sits back down.

    Miss Kitty opens the sliding door to the cockpit and enters, Ripley quickly follows her.

    Suddenly Call JUMPS from her seat and heads for the door.

    Blake quickly rises again, weapon raised...TOO LATE. The door closes behind her.

    INT. STEALTH COCKPIT.

    Boa and Marriot remove their Visors to see Miss Kitty, Ripley then Call behind them.

    BOA
    What the hell is this??

    Miss Kitty (to Marriot and Nathaniel)
    (firmly)
    Out...now!!

    The 2 Pirates leave the cockpit without looking at Boa.

    MISS KITTY
    I’m relieving you Mr. Boa, before you get us all killed!

    BOA
    So who’s gonna fly the ship??

    Miss Kitty glances back at Ripley.

    BOA
    (infuriated)
    Her?? No, no way Councillor!!

    MISS KITTY
    I am in command here, and you will obey.

    BOA
    (firmly)
    I’m not going anywhere.

    Miss Kitty suddenly produces her side-arm and points it at Boa’s head.

    BOA
    So this is mutiny Councillor?

    MISS
    Orders Sergeant Boa...my orders!

    BOA
    (sniggering)
    Orders you say. Well, let me tell you something, I answer only
    to the Captain, the men answer only to me, and you’re nothing.

    EXTREME CLOSE UP as Miss Kitty PULLS back the TRIGGER.

    MISS KITTY
    I won’t ask you again Sergeant!

    There’s a brief pause then Boa rises from his seat and turns to face Ripley.

    BOA
    (staring)
    You got 1 minute sweet bitch! After that we pull out, and then
    we’re all gonna die.

    Boa leaves the cockpit, brushing by Calls shoulder on his way out.

    CALL
    What does he mean by that?

    MISS KITTY
    Nothing, just Pirate-talk that’s all. (looks at Ripley) Ok, you
    were saying you can fly this thing?

    RIPLEY
    Let’s find out shall we.

    The STEALTH Craft is BUFFETED VIOLENTLY again as Ripley straps herself into Boa’s seat, pulls on the Visor while Miss Kitty takes the other.

    INT. STEALTH HULL.

    Johner sits nervously looking up to the ceiling, eyes closed.

    As Boa appears beside him Johner almost instinctively opens his eyes.

    CLOSE UP as Boa holds up his sheath knife, playing his index finger over the sharp tip, right in front of Johner.

    BOA
    (not looking)
    That bitch of yours. Sometimes she pushes me too close.

    JOHNER
    I said the same thing, then I saw she ate bugs for breakfast.

    BOA
    (puzzled)
    Bugs...breakfast??

    JOHNER
    (shakes head)
    Forget it.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE.

    PANNING LEFT as the Supply Ship ROARS past, the partially visible STEALTH Craft tucked underneath GLOWING in its wake.

    CUT TO:

    INT. STEALTH COCKPIT.

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. through the Visor sees the INVERTED SHOT from the Funnel. The 2 Cross-Hairs bounce senselessly around the screen as the Cockpit SHUDDERS VIOLENTLY.

    MISS KITTY (O.S.)
    Coming out of re-entry in 1 minute.

    RIPLEY (O.S.)
    C’mon you *******...lock up...lock up!!

    CALL
    Ripley, we’re running outta time.

    MISS KITTY
    45 seconds. It’s now or never Ripley.

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. slowly ZOOMING IN on the Port as the Supply Ship gets CLOSER.

    MISS KITTY (O.S.)
    30 seconds. I can’t hold her for much longer!!

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. (CONT.) the Funnel BRUSHES against the rim of the Port, the 2 Cross-Hairs
    coming agonizingly close before slipping apart again.

    MISS KITTY (O.S.)
    20 seconds to re-entry.

    RIPLEY
    Blast it, they should never have given me back my license!

    MISS KITTY
    10 seconds 9, 8, 7...(CONT.)

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. the Funnel brushes against the Port again, but this time the Cross-Hairs meet. With 2 seconds to spare both Port and Funnel finally CONNECT together.

    The BUFFETING and SHAKING ceases, the Cockpit fills with BLUE lighting again.

    CALL
    (relieved)
    You did it!

    Ripley and Miss Kitty remove their Visors and everyone breathes a sigh of relief.

    Miss Kitty attaches a headset

    MISS KITTY (into Headset)
    Mr. Boa prepare to disembark.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. EARTH. 70,000 FEET. MORNING.

    ANGLED SHOT high above the clouds PANNING DOWN as the Supply Ship comes out of re-entry, the STEALTH Craft now visible underneath, firmly attached to the underside by the Funnel.

    INT. STEALTH HULL/FUNNEL.

    Boa quickly moves to the front of the Hull, retrieving a small SATCHEL from a locker beside the Cockpit Door.

    BOA
    (loudly)
    We land in 7 minutes let’s move.

    Everyone rises from their seats and makes their way towards the rear of the Hull.

    Boa reaches up and PULLS down a handle on the ceiling. A hatchway drops downwards releasing a ladder into the Funnel above.

    ANGLED SHOT as Boa climbs up the Funnel to the Supply Ships hatch.

    He PUNCHES a large FLASHING button and a panel FLIPS open revealing a keypad. Boa types in the code and the Hatch opens above him, he climbs inside and out of sight.

    INT. STEALTH HULL.

    The Pirates begin unloading various sized boxes from the ships Cargo Hold. The contents placed into large Backpacks, which are sealed and handed to the rest of the crew.

    Tannion and Marriot are next up the ladder. Once they are out of sight Johner is next, followed by Kelly, Quaid then Vaughan.

    CUT TO:

    INT. SUPPLY SHIP. MAIN DECK.

    We slowly DOLLY AWAY from Johner as he emerges from the hatch to the Supply Ship, PANNING RIGHT towards 5 HUGE vehicles CLAMPED to the deck taking nearly a quarter of the space. The Supply Trucks are like over-sized dump trucks on 12 cast iron wheels, 8 feet in diameter which mostly supported a 40-foot long trailer on tank treads. Each truck has a large cabin with single frame windscreen, coupled to the trailer allowing direct access through the vehicle.

    JOHNER
    Wow man, I’m impressed!

    INT. STEALTH HULL.

    Now with a backpack each, Ripley and Call are next up the Funnel, followed by Miss Kitty then the rest of the Pirates.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. EARTH. 30,000 FEET. (CLOUDY)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the Supply Ship passes through the clouds, PANNING DOWN as it descends for low level approach over the sea.

    INT. SUPPLY SHIP. MAIN DECK/FUNNEL.

    DROP SHOT inside the Funnel as the last Pirate Samuel makes his way up the ladder. Suddenly we here a CRUNCHING sound. The whole Funnel begins to SHUDDER and SWAYS from side to side, Samuel stops and immediately begins to panic.

    SAMUEL
    What the devil was that?

    BOA (O.S.)
    (firmly)
    Just hurry it up man!

    CLOSE UP as a CRACK in the Funnel wall rapidly SPREADS.

    SAMUEL
    (terrified)
    She’s breaking loose, help me Sergeant, help me!!

    CALL (O.S.)
    For God’s sake somebody help him!

    Boa leans down into the Funnel to help his stricken Shipmate.

    ANGLED SHOT inside the Funnel, as the SHUDDERING increases Samuel manages to climb onto the last step, reaching for Boa’s hand just as the Funnel TEARS away from the ship.

    He CLINGS onto the hatchway as Boa GRABS him, the WIND almost sucking him out, Samuel’s feet still DANGLING out from the Hatch

    SAMUEL
    (terrified)
    I can’t hold on...!

    BOA
    Stop blathering man I’ve got you.

    Boa PULLS Samuel to safety, he briefly looks down through the opening.

    BOA’S P.O.V. we see a tiny spray of water as the STEALTH Craft CRASHES into the sea several thousand feet below.

    He seals the Hatch then turns to face the others already staring towards him.

    BOA
    (angrily)
    What are you all starin’ at??

    QUAID
    In case you never noticed, there goes our ride home.

    TANNION
    (nervously)
    Now we are well and truly done for!

    BOA
    (firmly)
    We are not finished yet Mr. Tannion.

    RIPLEY
    (unconvinced)
    Somehow I doubt your precious Captain will see it that way.

    CLOSE UP on Boa staring back at Ripley cursing but saying nothing.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. NORTH ATLANTIC. 2,000 FEET. (LATER)

    ANGLED SHOT as the Supply Ship skims over the Atlantic Ocean, PANNING RIGHT as it ROARS past towards Terran Island in the distance, partially covered by a thick veil of FOG.

    CUT T0:

    INT. SUPPLY SHIP. MAIN DECK.

    Boa produces a set of keys from his satchel. He climbs up one of the Cabins opens the door with keys and gets into the Supply Truck.

    He disappears for a few seconds then leans out of the cabin door.

    BOA
    Alright everybody inside, 5 in the front the rest in the trailer!

    They begin climbing up to the cabin in the same order they entered the Supply Ship.

    CLOSE UP as Blake leans towards Fellows so no one else hears.

    BLAKE
    (quietly)
    Tell me am I dreaming, but does this seem all too easy?

    FELLOWS
    With any luck the rest will be easy too eh?

    BLAKE
    (confidently)
    There is no luck my friend, follow your senses in your quest to
    avert the apocalypse, then maybe you too will live forever.

    FELLOWS
    (shakes head)
    Your senses will guide you to oblivion Blake.

    BLAKE
    Oblivion? I know of no such place.

    FELLOWS
    You will if you keep talking like that.

    We DOLLY UP with Ripley as she climbs up to the cabin.

    INT. SUPPLY TRUCK. CABIN. (CONT.)

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. inside the driver’s seat is Marriot, beside him the wider passenger’s seat already occupied by Tannion and Nathaniel. The driving mechanism looked like any other vehicle, the dashboard displayed the usual functions, handbrake, gearbox and accelerator and break pedals were all there.

    Ripley heads for the door to the trailer when Boa blocks her path.

    BOA
    (quickly)
    Not that way, you’re stayin’ in the front with me.

    RIPLEY
    (shrugs)
    Whatever!

    Ripley releases her Backpack and sits alongside Tannion and Nathaniel.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. (THICK FOG)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of Terran Island just visible through the fog, the Supply Ship flies past eventually fading from sight.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. TERRAN CONVENT. CORRIDOR/THE CHAPEL. (VOICE ECHO)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as Lauren and the Little Girl run towards TALL wooden doors shaped like an arch. Lauren PUSHES the CHAPEL doors open and we DOLLY inside. Like the rest of the Convent, The Chapel is made of thick stone walls, surrounded by colourful stained glass windows with row upon row of wooden benches.

    They continue running up to the Alter.

    LAUREN
    (loudly)
    Mother, where are you?? M-O-T-H-E-R!!

    There’s a long pause but no one answers her call. Slowly Lauren sinks to her knees, the Little Girl appears beside her.

    LAUREN
    So tired my Lord...can’t go on anymore...so sleepy...so-.

    CLOSE UP on Lauren, her eyes ROLLING back she COLLAPSES with exhaustion.

    DROP SHOT over Lauren on the Alter, the Little Girl then huddles up beside her and slowly falls asleep.

    FADE TO BLACK:

    FADE IN:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. LANDING PLATFORM. (LATER)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT over the Landing Platform as the Supply Ship SLOWLY drops into frame. POWERFUL thrusters ignite as the vessels landing gear lowers, the ship gracefully touches down on one side of the platform.

    A section of the Platform begins to SINK downwards, taking the Supply Ship with it. When the ship is out of sight the platform is automatically re-sealed.

    INT. FREIGHT ELEVATOR SHAFT.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Freight Elevator continues down into the dark depths of Terran Island, on the opposite side a second Freight Elevator travels in the opposite direction. The dimly lit Elevator Shaft is cylindrical, covered in rusted steel with a thick vapour rising from below.

    INT. SUPPLY TRUCK. CABIN.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley in deep thought as Tannion leans close to her.

    TANNION
    (quietly)
    Tell me something Missy, are you scared?

    RIPLEY
    (not looking)
    Not at all...are you?

    TANNION
    (wearily)
    Being down here in the dark in some place I don’t want to be...
    of course! But then I got a reputation to think of.

    RIPLEY
    Your Captain is tenacious. I don’t think he would endanger any
    of your lives if it wasn’t necessary.

    TANNION
    (humorously)
    Then you have much to learn about Old Groomy!

    Ripley turns her attention to Boa also sat next to her.

    RIPLEY (to Boa)
    So how long before we reach the Command Station?

    BOA
    (ignorantly)
    Not long!

    RIPLEY
    (sniggers)
    That’s what I thought.

    CUT TO:

    INT. FREIGHT ELEVATOR SHAFT. (LATER)

    ANGLED SHOT as the Freight Elevator eventually reaches the Supply Tunnel, it stops outside a HUGE BULKHEAD made of 6 foot thick steel labelled:

    TUNNEL GATE.
    (NORTH ENTRANCE)
    UNAUTHORISED ACCESS PROHIBITED!
    INT. SUPPLY SHIP. MAIN DECK.

    Amber lights begin FLASHING along the ceiling as a HUGE door slides on the far side of the deck.

    The Supply Truck’s HEAD LAMPS come on, then we hear the sound of engines ROARING to life.

    INT. SUPPLY TRUCK. CABIN.

    Tannion is briefly startled as the Cabin SHUDDERS slightly. He quickly moves his hands from the steering wheel.

    MARRIOT
    (surprised)
    Whoa, what did I do?

    BOA
    (firmly)
    You didn’t do anything Mr. Marriot. We’re on the move.

    INT. SUPPLY SHIP. MAIN DECK.

    CLOSE UP on the front wheels of the Supply Truck as they begin turning.

    We DOLLY BACK as the vehicle slowly drives itself out of the Supply Ship, followed closely by the others in single file.

    INT. FREIGHT ELEVATOR SHAFT/SUPPLY TUNNEL.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the Supply Trucks emerge before a BULKHEAD. As the vehicles near the Tunnel Gate RUMBLES open and the Supply Trucks pass into the Supply Tunnel. Soon all 5 disappear from view into the dark and murky depths.

    FADE TO BLACK:

    FADE IN:

    INT. TERRAN ISLAND. SUPPLY TUNNEL. (15 MINUTES LATER)

    We see the lights of the approaching trucks, to the RIGHT of the tunnel is a narrow recess with a sealed pressure door.

    INT. SUPPLY TRUCK CABIN.

    CLOSE UP on Boa now wearing a small headset.

    BOA (into Headset)
    Remember, this tunnel is protected by sweeper system intervals
    of 90 seconds. Mr. Blake, open the back doors.

    INT. TERRAN SUPPLY TUNNEL.

    TRACKING SHOT behind the lead Supply Truck. Its trailers doors suddenly SWING open.

    INT. SUPPLY TRUCK TRAILER.

    The STEALTH Crew quickly make their way between large containers to the rear.

    BLAKE
    On my signal we jump and head for the Pressure Door.

    CALL
    Jump!! That must be a 6 foot drop-?

    BLAKE
    (loudly)
    Alright, go, go, go!!

    Call suddenly feels a PUSH behind her.

    She DROPS onto the deck just managing to land on her feet, then quickly steps aside from the on-coming Supply Truck behind.

    INT. TERRAN SUPPLY TUNNEL.

    Tannion is the first to JUMP from the Cabin. We TRACK behind him as he RUNS towards the recess in the Tunnel followed by the others.

    Everyone gathers round Boa as he approaches the Command Station’s Pressure Door. He produces the Security Card and SLIDES it along a groove in a Control Panel imbedded in the door...but NOTHING HAPPENS!!

    JOHNER (O.S.)
    Just open the Goddam door man!

    Boa tries again but the Security Card refuses to open the door.

    BOA
    (cursing)
    I don’t believe it, we’re locked out!

    MISS KITTY
    (shakes head)
    How can we be locked out sergeant, no one knows we’re here?

    There’s a brief pause as Boa desperately tries to think.

    CLOSE UP on Tannion turning to walk a bit away from the others.

    TANNIONS P.O.V. watching the Supply Trucks as they continue on down the tunnel.

    BLAKE (O.S.)
    Anybody got any ideas?

    JOHNER (O.S.)
    No offence, I thought that was your department.

    Then Quaid steps forward beside Boa, briefly examining the Control Panel.

    QUAID
    (curiously)
    This is a 12 pin key-code terminal right?

    BOA
    So...so what??

    QUAID
    So, get me a screwdriver, a blade, then give me some room here.
    I can do this.

    JOHNER
    You better give the man what he wants Boa. If anybody can open this
    ******* its Quaid.

    Boa signals to Marriot who releases his Backpack and brings out some tools.

    Quaid selects appropriate tools to prize part of the panel from the wall and unscrew the keypad underneath. He pulls out several wires, then begins cutting and splicing certain ones together as Boa watches mesmerized.

    CLOSE UP of Tannion staring down the Tunnel, then Blake appears beside him.

    BLAKE
    (quietly)
    What’s on your mind brother?

    TANNION
    (quietly)
    I thought I saw something.

    BLAKE
    Where?

    TANNION
    Down there (indicated) in the tunnel.

    Blake produces a small pair of binoculars from his backpack.

    BLAKE’S P.O.V. through the binoculars in NIGHT-VISION. We see the BRIGHT lights of the last Supply Truck heading down the tunnel, but nothing seems out of the ordinary.

    BLAKE
    I hate to disappoint you my friend, but I see nothing out there.
    Perhaps your eyes are up to their old tricks again eh?

    TANNION
    (shrugs)
    I suppose you’re right.

    BLAKE
    (smiles)
    Of course I am.

    They turn and head back towards the others.

    QUAID
    Almost there folks.

    MARRIOT
    (quickly)
    Hurry up man, that sweeper will be over us any second!

    Quaid carefully touches the remaining bare wires together causing a SPARK. Suddenly the Pressure Door HISSES open STARTLING everyone.

    INT. COMMAND STATION (CONT.)

    We slowly PULL BACK from the open pressure door to a WIDE ANGLED SHOT of the Command Station. Boa and Marriot quickly enter followed by the others, guided by Nathaniel and Blake’s flashlights. It’s much darker than before, the only light coming from DIM RED emergency lighting with a low HUMMING sound.

    Marriot locates a circular steel plate in the centre of the floor. He produces a special tool from his backpack, unscrews the plate then removes it revealing a HATCH 3 feet down with 2 release leavers.

    We CLOSE UP on Ripley as she looks around curiously, slowly making her way unnoticed towards the steps near the shutters.

    Boa leans inside the Hatch, reaching for the leavers which he turns simultaneously...but again NOTHING HAPPENS. He tries a second time, but STILL the Hatch remains closed.

    Miss Kitty appears beside Boa as he comes back up.

    Miss Kitty
    (concerned)
    What’s wrong Sergeant?

    BOA
    (frustrated)
    Well, as you can clearly see Councillor, the Hatch won’t open.

    CALL (O.S)
    Maybe somebody cut the power?

    BOA
    (firmly)
    Nobody cut the power!

    Ripley FLICKS a shutter switch several times, but still nothing happens.

    RIPLEY
    (thinking)
    These shutters are sealed.

    BLAKE
    The whole place is sealed lady, or hadn’t you noticed!

    RIPLEY
    Only the main computer can do that, unless the whole system was
    severed from the main grid, but then Mainland Security would’ve
    been alerted and we would never have gotten past the gate.

    MISS KITTY
    Ok, so what does all that mean?

    RIPLEY
    It means Call was right, something did cut the power. Whatever
    it was it only affected non-vital systems so when the emergency
    power kicked in, not everything worked as it should.

    QUAID
    (nodding)
    In other words she’s talkin’ about a short!

    CALL
    Oh great, that’s all we needed.

    BLAKE
    (panicking)
    The Military did this--it’s gotta be??

    MISS KITTY
    (firmly)
    Calm down Mr. Blake, we don’t know anything yet!

    QUAID (to Ripley)
    Gotta be a problem with the Generators!

    RIPLEY (to Boa)
    Where are the Power Generators?

    Boa removes a slim black case from his Satchel and places it on the floor.

    The TERMINAL DEVICE is the equivalent of an everyday laptop. We CLOSE UP on its display as Boa begins typing on the keyboard. A 3D schematic of the Convent appears, including all its sub levels (but NOT the Hospital or Secret Passages). Boa scrolls around the image using a Mouse-Ball, until we see a vertical shaft running beneath the Convent connected to an ‘E’ shaped compartment labelled POWER GENERATORS.

    BOA
    (studies monitor)
    Looks like a hub underneath the complex off sub level 2, almost
    right above us.

    ANGLED SHOT as Call SLOWLY makes her way unnoticed to a wall directly opposite the Pressure Door they came in.

    CLOSE UP as she curiously feels along stretches of the wall.

    MARRIOT (O.S.)
    That’s a long drop, 100 meters at least.

    RIPLEY (O.S.)
    Looks like it’s vacuum-sealed too.

    TANNION
    Question is, how do we get there from here!

    CLOSE UP (CONT.) a small section of wall SINKS downward with a WHIRRING sound.

    SHOT OF everyone SPINNING round towards Call briefly STARTLED.

    THEIR P.O.V. the wall reveals a Pressure Door behind which opens automatically.

    CALL
    (innocently)
    Wow! Wonder where this leads to!

    Boa brings up the Command Station on the Terminals Device’s screen.

    BOA
    (puzzled)
    Strange...it isn’t there at all.

    RIPLEY
    (shrugs)
    Must be some kind of secret entrance.

    JOHNER
    Well, how about that, a Secret Entrance. So what’re we waitin’
    for Christmas!

    Boa closes the Terminal Device and goes to inspect to the Secret Entrance.

    He hesitates, looking at the others before stepping inside, they cautiously follow.

    INT. SECRET ENTRANCE. STAIRWELL. (CONT.)

    REVERSE TRACKING SHOT as Boa carefully walks through the dark narrow corridor followed by the others, CONTINUING towards a STAIRWELL at the other end.

    THIER P.O.V. PANNING UPWARDS following the stairwell fading from sight as it climbs up into the darkness.

    RIPLEY
    Well, I guess the only way is up.

    Boa suddenly steps in front of Ripley as she moves ahead.

    BOA
    (suspiciously)
    If I didn’t know better I’d be thinking you and your ‘clan’ had
    been here before!

    Ripley stares back at him blankly saying nothing.

    MISS KITTY
    A ridiculous notion at best Mr. Boa, let’s move on shall we?

    ANGLED SHOT as the STEALTH Crew begins the long climb up the stairwell.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. STAIRWELL/SECRET ENTRANCE. (15 MINUTES LATER)

    They reach the top of the stairwell stepping onto a narrow access way. Blake shines his flashlight around the dark interior walls.

    We see a Control Panel with several buttons, a single lever and 2 small monitors currently set to the OFF position.

    Boa PULLS down the lever and we hear a LOW HUMMING sound. Slowly the ceiling descends a few feet then recedes into the wall behind revealing a corridor above.

    Cautiously Boa climbs up a ladder on the wall to the corridor above.

    INT. CONVENT. SUB-LEVEL 2 CORRIDOR.

    BOA’S P.O.V. looking RIGHT then LEFT into the corridor, it FLICKERS with light but is completely silent and empty.

    INT. SECRET ENTRANCE.

    Boa looks down at the others.

    BOA
    (quietly)
    Ok we’re clear, let’s get this over with!

    He climbs into the Corridor and out of sight.

    RIPLEY
    What about this place?

    MISS KITTY
    One of us should stay behind, just in case.

    TANNION
    (quickly)
    I’ll stay... (hesitates) I suppose!

    MISS KITTY
    Alright. But leave you’re communicator open at all times,
    understood?

    TANNION
    I will Councillor.

    MISS KITTY
    The rest of you follow me!

    INT. SUB-LEVEL 2 CORRIDOR. (CONT.)

    We PULL BACK from the Secret Entrance as everyone climbs up into the corridor.

    CLOSE UP of Ripley looking around curiously as the Secret Entrance closes (O.S.)

    BOA
    Alright Mr. Tannion, close the door.

    MARRIOT
    Which way to the Generator Sarge?

    BOA
    (points ahead)
    This way!

    The STEALTH Crew slowly follow Boa heading down the corridor and eventually out of sight.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. CORRIDOR/BASEMENT. (LATER)

    They emerge from one corridor into another, at the end is a door labelled:

    BASEMENT
    (NORTH ACCESS)

    We TRACK behind Boa as everyone heads hurriedly towards it. Boa opens the door and everyone proceeds inside, then he switches his attention to a HATCH in the floor.
    Boa presses the RED button beside the Hatch which quickly opens. He carefully peers down into the shaft.

    BOA’S P.O.V. sees nothing except a seemingly bottomless shaft.

    KELLY (O.S.)
    So how do we get down there?

    QUAID (O.S.)
    More to the point, who’s the bunny?

    BOA
    Better set up the winch Mr. Marriot.

    MARRIOT
    Aye Sarge.

    Marriot signals to Fellows and Nathaniel. The 3 of them unpack thick steel poles with other pieces from one of the backpacks and begin constructing the WINCH.

    KELLY
    Sure is quiet around here.

    QUAID
    Maybe they’re out to lunch, even religious folk gotta eat.

    DR. MELLIE
    (nervously)
    I don’t know, something tells me nobody’s home.

    RIPLEY
    If anyone has seen us we’ll know soon enough.

    DR. MELLIE
    Excuse me?

    Ripley points up towards a camera on the ceiling.

    Blake walks over towards the Security Camera, stares at it curiously, then STRIKES it with his rifle butt sending the camera CRASHING to the floor.

    SHOT OF everyone turning to look at him STUNNED.

    MARRIOT
    What the hell did you do that for?

    BLAKE
    (confidently)
    Now they wont!

    There’s a brief pause.

    RIPLEY
    (thoughtfully)
    Maybe we should go look around.

    BOA
    (firmly)
    You’re not going anywhere!

    MISS KITTY
    (uneasily)
    I don’t know. This does seem a little strange.

    BOA
    It’s not our problem Councillor, you know that. And if they do
    come looking we use our cover.

    The Winch is complete looking like a 6-foot tripod. It’s secured over the Hatch then Marriot attaches a TRIPLE HARNESS, allowing 3 people to be carried down at once.

    FELLOWS
    How long will it take to get down there?

    MARRIOT
    About 10 minutes.

    SAMUEL
    Who gets to go on the ride?

    BOA
    (firmly)
    You do. (looks at others) Fellows and...you! (indicates Johner)

    JOHNER
    (smugly)
    Somehow I knew you were gonna say that!

    KELLY
    Don’t worry man, it ain’t no rollercoaster for sure.

    Johner grins at Kelly saying nothing. He and the 2 Pirates begin strapping themselves into the Winches safety harnesses, once secure they let themselves DANGLE over the Hatch.

    Marriot hands Samuel his Quad Rifle then Fellows is given his plus a small satchel.

    JOHNER
    Hey, how come I don’t get a gun?

    MARRIOT
    (smugly)
    Here, take this instead.

    Marriot hands Johner a small Tracking Device.

    JOHNER
    Thanks a bunch!

    BOA (to Fellows)
    Radio in when you reach the bottom and don’t let him (indicates
    Johner) outta your sight.

    FELLOWS
    Right Sarge.

    Boa then signals to Marriot who activates the Winch.

    DROP SHOT into the dark cylindrical shaft as the 3 men are slowly lowered downwards. Soon even their flashlights are swallowed up by the darkness.

    MISS KITTY
    Sergeant, I still say we should look around!

    BOA
    (not looking)
    Do what you want Councillor, but Mr. Marriot stays with me.

    Miss Kitty turns to arrange the others.

    MISS KITTY (to Others)
    Alright! We only have 2 tracking devices so we go in 2 groups.
    Ripley, Call, Quaid and myself will search the North end of the
    complex. Mr. Nathaniel, you and the others take the South. We
    work our way up until we find someone...any questions?

    NATHANIEL
    And if we don’t find someone?

    MISS KITTY
    Then Mr. Nathaniel, as the Sergeant said, it’s not our problem.

    Boa and Marriot briefly watch the others leave. When they’re out of sight Boa casually SNORTS more narcotic from his Silver Bullet.

    BOA
    I swear that bitch is gonna get what’s coming.

    MARRIOT
    (smugly)
    I’m sure you’d like to give it to her Sarge.

    Boa turns and gives Marriot a scowling look.

    BOA
    Just get on with it lieutenant!

    We slowly DOLLY AWAY from them as Marriot continues working the Winch.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. CONVENT. DORMITORY CORRIDOR. (LATER)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of a long dark stone Corridor with large doors on either side labelled Dormitory #1 and Dormitory #2. Nathaniel’s group cautiously enters through swing doors from the far end. He and Vaughan take one Dormitory, Kelly, and Dr. Mellie take the other while Quaid remains guarding the corridor.

    INT. DORMITORY #1

    DOLLYING BACK as the doors open, Dr. Mellie peers inside, swings her flashlight around the dark interior.

    CLOSE UP on her Portable Tracker, the L.C.D. display shows nothing but the walls.

    DR. MELLIE
    This is weird, we should’ve seen someone by now!

    KELLY
    (cautiously)
    You check the bathroom, I’ll look around in here.

    Dr. Mellie walks towards the bathroom door and cautiously steps inside.

    INT. BATHROOM. (CONT.)

    DR. MELLIE’S P.O.V. We PAN RIGHT through the bathroom, passing shower and toilet cubicles, everything is dark, silent and EMPTY.

    INT. DORMITORY #1.

    LOW ANGLED SHOT from under a bed. Kelly lowers her head into frame and shines a small torch TOWARDS US.

    INT. DORMITORY #2

    DOLLY SHOT as Nathaniel walks up to a closet and carefully opens it. Inside are rows of garbs neatly hung up.

    CLOSE UP as Vaughan inspects another bed. As he goes to look underneath he accidentally knocks a lamp off the bedside table, sending it CRASHING to the floor.

    SHOT OF Nathaniel SPINNING round STARTLED!

    VAUGHAN
    (embarrassed)
    Sorry!

    There’s a short pause as Nathaniel gathers his composure.

    CUT TO:

    INT. CONVENT. DINING HALL. (LATER)

    Ripley and Miss Kitty enter the Convents Dining Hall. Beams of light stretch across the Hall through surrounding windows, thick fog mostly blocking the view outside.

    We TRACK behind Miss Kitty walking through another door into the Kitchen.

    INT. KITCHEN.

    MISS KITTY’S P.O.V. PANNING LEFT through the interior, a long cooking table stands in the centre surrounded by clean and tidy cupboards. Various cooking utensils hang on the walls, but again it is dark, silent and empty.

    INT. DINING HALL.

    CLOSE UP of Ripley looking outside from one of the bay windows, she stares for a few moments then goes to sit at the dining table.

    CUT TO:

    INT. MAIN CORRIDOR.

    We DOLLY behind Call and Blake down a wide corridor, at the end are 2 TALL wooden doors.

    Blake stares at his BEEPING Tracking Device indicating life signs on the other side.

    BLAKE
    (hesitantly)
    There’s something in The Chapel, I guess we should take a look.

    INT. THE CHAPEL. (CONT.)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as they PUSH the doors open and proceed inside. At the far end of The Chapel lies a BODY. We DOLLY behind Call and Blake as they RUSH up to the Alter.

    Call quickly turns the body over then turns TOWARDS US.

    CALL
    (shouting)
    R-I-P-L-E-Y!!

    CUT TO:

    INT. DINING HALL.

    Ripley hears Call shouting and quickly leaves to investigate.

    MISS KITTY (O.S.)
    Ripley, what’s going on??

    CUT TO:

    INT. THE CHAPEL.

    Call kneels beside the body of a young woman, unconscious, covered in dried blood.

    CALL
    Where’s the Doctor?

    BLAKE (into Communicator)
    (urgently)
    Dr. Mellie do you read me, over!!

    DR. MELLIE (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Yeah I read you, what’s up?

    BLAKE
    You’d better get up here! We’re in the Chapel on the 1st level,
    we’ve got a body!

    DR. MELLIE (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Ok, be right there!

    Suddenly Ripley and Miss Kitty enter and run up to the Alter.

    Ripley kneels beside the woman, carefully resting her head on her knees.

    CLOSE UP as Ripley carefully wipes the blood from her face. She recognizes Lauren instantly but says nothing.

    RIPLEY
    She’s still alive. We have to get her to medical.

    CALL (O.S.)
    Dr. Mellie’s on her way up now.

    CLOSE UP on Lauren’s eyes slowly beginning to FLICKER open.

    RIPLEY
    (tenderly)
    Hey, you ok there? Everything’s gonna be fine now.

    Lauren becomes AGITATED, seems to STRUGGLE, tries to speak but CAN’T!

    RIPLEY
    (holding Lauren)
    Shh, it’ll be alright, (strokes Lauren’s head) you’re safe now.

    Lauren STRUGGLES even MORE, as if trying to CLAW herself away, but Ripley holds on firm.

    LAUREN (to Ripley)
    (hysterical)
    No, let go of me!! G-E-T A-W-A-Y...G-E-T A-W-A-Y!!!

    Lauren finally PUSHES away from Ripley landing straight into Calls arms TERRIFIED!

    CLOSE UP on Ripley, her lips TREMBLING, unable to say anything.

    SHOT OF the others staring back at Ripley in disbelief.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley still unable to speak, she gets up and turns to leave the Chapel.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. TERRAN ISLAND. GENERATOR SHAFT. (LATER)

    DROP SHOT as Johner and the 2 Pirates continue being lowered into the shaft.

    FELLOWS (into Communicator)
    I can see the bottom, we’re almost there Sarge!!

    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    I copy Mr. fellows, signal when you’re down.

    Moments later their feet finally touch the deck.

    FELLOWS
    Ok Sarge we’re there.

    As the Winch stops the 3 men quickly unstrap their harnesses.

    They step up to a Hatchway labelled:
    GENERATOR ROOM
    AUTHORISED PERSONNEL ONLY
    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    I’m opening the Inner Hatch...now!

    The Hatch slides open with a LOUD HISS caused by the air RUSHING into the vacuum-sealed area beyond.

    INT. GENERATOR ROOM. ENTRY WAY. (CONT.)

    They step out of the shaft descending a short RAMP to the compartment floor.

    SAMUEL
    (wipes brow)
    Jesus ****, it’s hotter than hell down here.

    FELLOWS
    If I didn’t know better I’d swear we’re there already.

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT as they approach a T-junction with 3 entry points labelled COMPARTMENTS A, B, and C. The walls and ceiling a complex structure of steel pipes and girders, thick steam rises from beneath the grated floor.

    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Follow the path straight ahead. The Generators should be above
    the central compartment.

    They continue AHEAD as directed, entering COMPARTMENT B they eventually fade from view.

    CUT TO:

    INT. CONVENT. MOTHER SUPERIOR’S OFFICE. (LATER)

    Mother Superior’s Office is proudly decorated with Silver crosses, religious placards and photos. A single computer on her desk represented the only technology, that too had been blessed by a rosary around the monitor.

    We slowly PAN LEFT towards Ripley sat at the computer.

    CLOSE UP on the Monitor screen showing 12 windows, each window displays one of the Convents many security cameras with various touch-screen sensitive icons underneath.

    EXTREME CLOSE UP as Ripley's eyes DART across the screen, studying each window with inhuman accuracy. Her concentration unfazed...until there’s a knock at the door.

    She TOUCHES the PAUSE button on the screen.

    Call enters the room carrying 2 plastic cups.

    Ripley briefly glances at her then touches the PLAY button.

    CALL
    (tentatively)
    Hi, how’s it going?

    Ripley doesn’t answer.

    CALL (CONT.)
    I brought you some coffee.

    Call walks around the desk, places the cup on it and watches the screen.

    RIPLEY
    (baffled)
    I’ve been through almost 3 hours of security footage absolutely
    nothing, just doesn’t make sense.

    CALL
    (thinking)
    Is it possible the others were evacuated, but Lauren simply got
    left behind?

    RIPLEY
    Anything’s possible Call. But you saw her...how she reacted.

    CALL
    What I saw was someone delirious and frightened, lots of things
    can cause that.

    There’s another knock at the door, this time Vaughan enters closing the door behind him.

    VAUGHAN
    I’ve sedated the young woman, and about to perform some routine
    physical examinations.

    RIPLEY
    How is she?

    VAUGHAN
    She has been severely traumatized. But I am confident she will
    make a full recovery. I can also confirm the bloodstains found
    on her clothing are not hers.

    RIPLEY
    Really, that’s interesting!

    Ripley PAUSES the Monitor and takes a sip of coffee.

    VAUGHAM
    Will there be anything else?

    RIPLEY
    Yes, there is one other thing. I’d like you access the medical
    records. See if you can find anything about a Miss Casey Hall.
    A resident here, she was killed shortly after I arrived.

    CALL
    What about the morgue?

    RIPLEY
    No. She was cremated, unfortunately.

    VAUGHAN
    (tentatively)
    I’ll do what I can, however that may prove difficult, I have no
    choice but to work alongside Dr. Mellie.

    RIPLEY
    Be careful ok, no one must follow your work, it’s important.

    VAUGHAN
    I’ll see what I can find.

    Vaughan leaves the room.

    CALL
    I better get back too, before they starting asking questions.

    RIPLEY
    (not looking)
    Ok, I’ll be along shortly...I hope.

    As Call leaves the room, Ripley touches the PLAY button on the monitor and continues watching the Security footage.

    CUT TO:

    INT. GENERATOR ROOM. COMPARTMENT B.

    We DOLLY through the tall, dark Generator Compartment, a wall of machinery runs almost parallel from one end of the room to the other. Either side there’s a steel pathway which continues around the Generator.

    Johner and the 2 Pirates approach the Main Generator, it looks like the JET ENGINE of an airliner without its protective panels. A twisted mass of cables and pipes sprouts from its rear, channelled into and over the machines behind it.

    Some cables are already SEVERED, dancing uncontrollably around the Generator, SPITTING white-hot sparks.

    FELLOWS (into Communicator)
    (wipes brow)
    Ok Sarge we’re at the Generator, looks like we gotta a problem.
    Back in the city I’d say they call it sabotage-!

    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Never mind what you call it Mr. Fellows, can you repair it?

    Fellows takes a closer look at the complex machine, then looks back at Samuel who just SHRUGS dumbly.

    FELLOWS
    (scratches head)
    Well...the Generator is still working. Reckon we’re gonna have
    to re-route the power back round the main grid, then reboot the
    system from here.

    BOA (V.O. CONT.))
    (filtered)
    So how long is this gonna take?

    FELLOWS
    (hesitantly)
    Difficult to say...an hour maybe-!

    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    You got 30 minutes Mr. Fellows. I suggest you get on with it!

    SAMUEL (to Fellows)
    (chuckles)
    The Sergeant reads you like a book my friend.

    FELLOWS )
    (sighs)
    Ok Sarge, 30 minutes.

    We DOLLY AWAY as Fellows removes his satchel, chooses a cutting tool then begins working on the Generator.

    CUT TO:

    INT. MOTHER SUPERIOR’S OFFICE.
    Ripley suddenly HITS the PAUSE button on the Monitor.

    CLOSE UP on the Computer Screen. We slowly ZOOM IN on one of the 12 security windows showing a HIGH ANGLED view of the Chapel. There lies Lauren still unconscious, and SOMEONE ELSE. A Little Girl about 7 years old stands over her.

    Ripley presses PLAY again.

    EXTREME CLOSE UP as the Little Girl looks UPWARDS at the camera then runs away.

    Ripley sits there thoughtfully for a moment, turns OFF the Computer and leaves the room.

    CUT TO:

    INT. EMERGENCY ROOM.

    The Convent’s Medical Area is a modern facility with shiny white walls and vinyl floor, surrounded by glass units full of various medical instruments. Lauren lays on one of 2 beds now wearing a clean white gown, Vaughan and Dr. Mellie continue working round her.

    VAUGHAN
    Alright that’ll do for now. I need to tend to something in the
    Laboratory. Please inform me immediately of any changes in her
    condition, I won’t be long.

    DR. MELLIE
    Sure thing Doc.

    Vaughan leaves the Emergency Room for the Laboratory next door.

    INT. THE LABORATORY. (CONT.)

    The Laboratory is also full of the latest scientific machines, including it’s own hydraulic operating table. Vaughan sits down at a Computer, briefly composes himself then activates the terminal.

    CLOSE UP on the Monitor reading:

    Welcome, you are now entering...
    NETWORK CENTRAL COMMUNICATIONS.
    Another quality product from the WAL-MART group.
    “The Universal language of Universal People!”
    PLEASE ENTER AUTHORISATION CODE:

    CLOSE UP as Vaughan PULLS out a white STEM from his left arm. He peels back the protective covering and carefully PLUGS it into the Keyboard.

    On the Screen 1000’s of combinations begin processing through the Computer at high speed.

    He looks back through a LARGE window into the Emergency Room.

    VAUGHAN’S P.O.V. sees Dr. Mellie still tending to Lauren, unaware what he’s doing.

    Seconds later the Computer BEEPS for attention.

    A 12 digit Authorization Code appears on the screen.

    Vaughan begins typing VERY QUICKLY on the keyboard, we PULL BACK as he continues working.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. GENERATOR ROOM. COMPARTMENT B. (30 MINUTES LATER)

    CLOSE UP on Fellows as he finishes welding on the rear of the Generator removing his protective goggles.

    FELLOWS
    That should do it...hopefully.

    JOHNER
    (relieved)
    Good enough for me, let’s get the **** outta here!

    Fellows begins packing his tools into the satchel.

    FELLOWS
    Mr. Samuel, fire her up!

    SAMUEL
    Yes sir!

    Samuel locates a lever behind the Generator and PUSHES it until it CLICKS into place.

    CLOSE UP on the Generator as it starts up with a WHINE, briefly SPLUTTERS like an old motorcycle engine, then gradually settles into a SOFT HUM.

    FELLOWS (into Communicator)
    Ok Sarge, all done here. We’re on our way back to the shaft.

    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Copy that Mr. Fellows.

    CLOSE UP on Johner as the Tracker suddenly BEEPS to attention then STOPS. He SPINS back looking around anxiously.

    JOHNER
    What the ****!! There’s something in here.

    EXTREME CLOSE UP on the Tracker display, only the Compartment walls are visible.

    Samuel steps forward, wielding his Quad Rifle, looking around suspiciously.

    SAMUEL
    (calmly)
    I don’t see anything.

    Fellows impatiently hands the satchel to Johner then SNATCHES the Tracking Device.

    FELLOWS
    (arrogantly)
    Gimmee that thing! Let’s get outta here before we fry to death!

    ANGLED SHOT slowly PULLING BACK as the 3 men head towards the Compartment Exit.

    CUT TO:

    INT. TERRAN SECRET ENTRANCE.

    CLOSE UP of Tannion staring at the Monitors on the Control Panel showing either end of the corridor above.

    He repeatedly pushes a button on one of the Monitors.

    CLOSE UP on the Monitor randomly switching through multiple Security Cameras, eventually we see Dr. Mellie in the Emergency Room with Lauren. Tannion turns up the VOLUME and we HEAR her talking into a recorder.

    CLOSE UP of Tannion as a WIDE GRIN appears on his face.

    CUT TO:

    INT. COMPARTMENT B.

    REVERSE TRACKING SHOT as Johner and the Pirates continue towards the Compartment Exit.
    Suddenly the Tracker briefly BEEPS again, stopping them in their tracks!

    SAMUEL
    Now what?

    FELLOWS
    (studies tracker)
    I dunno. I hear it but don’t see anything.

    JOHNER
    Maybe they’re in stealth mode or somethin’.

    SAMUEL
    What do you mean ‘they’ there’s no one here!

    They start walking towards the Exit again.

    CLOSE UP of Fellows still looking at the Tracker, something LONG and SLENDER appears behind him. Like a whip it suddenly SPRINGS OUTWARD and WRAPS around his neck.

    SHOT OF Johner and Samuel SPINNING round.

    THEIR P.O.V. as an Aliens Tail HOISTS Fellows into the air SCREAMING.

    Samuel immediately brings up his Quad Rifle, FIRES indiscriminately as Fellows disappears over the wall.

    SAMUEL
    (panicking)
    What the **** was that??

    JOHNER
    Jesus it was--I dunno--c’mon man we gotta go right now!

    We TRACK behind them as they run to the Exit. Then Samuel STOPS.

    SAMUEL
    (quickly)
    Oh wait!!

    JOHNER
    What the hell for man?

    SAMUEL
    Fellows! He’s still got the Communicator. We’ve gotta get the
    Communicator or we’re never getting outta here.

    We DOLLY behind Samuel and Johner slowly walking round the pathway to the other side of the Generator.

    CLOSE UP as they stop and stare in disbelief.

    THEIR P.O.V. towards a pool of BLOOD several meters ahead, in it lies the Tracker but Fellows is nowhere in sight.

    SAMUEL
    Where the hell is his ****in’ body?

    JOHNER
    (hint of sarcasm)
    Like where the ****’s his Communicator!

    Samuel slowly walks over and carefully picks up the Tracker.

    JOHNER (O.S.)
    (loudly)
    Look out!!

    SHOT OF Samuel instinctively looking UPWARDS.

    SAMUEL’S P.O.V. as something LARGE and HEAVY suddenly DROPS onto him.

    SHOT OF Fellows’ BLOODSTAINED body CRASHING down on top of him, sending his rifle flying towards Johner.

    ANGLED SHOT as Samuel tries to push the body away. As he lifts it upwards the chest cavity literally PEELS OUTWARD, spilling Fellows’ insides onto his face.

    SAMUEL
    (terrified)
    Arggghh!! Help me, get it off me, get it off!!

    Johner appears and manages to DRAG Samuel from under the body.

    Samuel then PULLS out the Communicator from Fellows’ CLENCHED fist.

    Walking back to the Exit he picks up his Rifle.

    SAMUEL
    (curiously)
    How come you didn’t try for the gun?

    JOHNER
    Why do you think? C’mon let’s go.

    INT. ENTRY WAY. (CONT.)

    We DOLLY behind as they HURRIEDLY exit Compartment B heading back into the Shaft.

    INT. GENERATOR SHAFT. (CONT.)

    Johner quickly straps himself into the harness.

    JOHNER
    They better close the Goddam hatch or we’re history!

    Samuel slings the Quad Rifle over his shoulder.

    SAMUEL (into Communicator)
    (urgently)
    Sarge, we’re at the Shaft, close the Hatch do you read-!!

    SHOT OF Samuel’s chest suddenly PIERCED by an Aliens Tail, the Jagged Edge SPEEDS through him spilling BLOOD everywhere. He SCREAMS into the Communicator in agony.

    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    What’s going on Mr. Samuel...dammit answer me man!!

    The Aliens Tail LIFTS Samuel from the deck then pulls him out of the Shaft.

    He drops the Communicator and it TUMBLES down the Ramp.

    Johner hesitates then unstraps the harness.

    INT. ENTRY WAY. (CONT.)

    Johner takes a deep breath and peers out from the shaft, he then DARTS down the ramp to get the Communicator.

    CLOSE UP as Johner GRABS the Communicator then turns to look UPWARDS.

    JOHNER’S P.O.V. sees a large SPIDER-LIKE creature carrying the SCREAMING Pirate up the outside wall of the Shaft in its LONG tail and disappears between the rafters.

    We DOLLY behind Johner as he SCRAMBLES back into the Shaft.

    INT. GENERATOR SHAFT. (CONT.)

    He straps himself back into the harness then FUMBLES with the Communicator.

    JOHNER (into Communicator)
    (quickly)
    Hey, hey anybody there copy me over??

    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Who the hell is this...??

    JOHNER
    Seal the Goddam hatch, do you hear me...seal it!!

    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Put Fellows on the com-!

    JOHNER
    (angrily)
    He’s dead ****-hole, they’re both dead! Get me outta here!!

    CUT TO:

    INT. BASEMENT.

    CLOSE UP as Miss Kitty PUNCHES the RED Button beside the Generator Hatch, then SNATCHES the Communicator from Boa’s hand.

    He starts to retaliate then Marriot grabs hold of him.

    MARRIOT
    (quickly)
    No Sarge! (restrains Boa) We gotta think about the mission!

    He stares back at Marriot who then releases him.

    MISS KITTY (into Communicator)
    Johner what’s going on down there, we heard gunfire, over!!

    SHOT OF Ripley and Call turning to look at each other.

    CUT TO:

    INT. GENERATOR SHAFT.

    CLOSE UP of the hatch slowly CLOSING.

    JOHNER
    (shouting)
    Get me the **** outta here...they’re coming!!

    ANGLED SHOT as the Aliens Tail suddenly appears through the partially closed hatch. It STABS Johner in the leg then disappears back outside as the hatch closes.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BASEMENT.

    Over the Communicator we HEAR Johner’s PAINFUL SCREAMS.

    MISS KITTY
    (firmly)
    Pull him up Mr. Marriot, that’s an order.

    Marriot hesitates, looks at Boa who ignores him then activates the Winch.

    INT. GENERATOR SHAFT.

    ANGLED SHOT as Johner is lifted up through the Shaft much quicker this time.

    CLOSE UP on Johner seemingly about to faint. He drops the Communicator.

    INT. BASEMENT.

    Boa gets up and leaves the Basement without a word. Marriot quickly follows, leaving his Quad Rifle on a table.

    Nathaniel steps up to control the winch.

    CLOSE UP of Quaid STARING at the Quad Rifle.

    CALL (O.S. to Nathaniel)
    This isn’t gonna take long right?

    NATHANIEL (O.S.)
    Should have him up in a few minutes, there’s less weight on the
    winch of course.

    CALL (O.S.)
    (dumbly)
    Oh yeah, so there is.

    CLOSE UP (CONT.) as Quaid EDGES towards the gun still unnoticed.

    MISS KITTY (O.S. into Communicator)
    Johner...Johner you still there...come in!

    CALL (O.S.)
    Maybe he passed out!

    KELLY (O.S.)
    Johner, passed out? I’ll believe it when I see it.

    CLOSE UP (CONT.) as Quaid slowly reaches for the gun, then...!

    KELLY (O.S.)
    Quaid no!!

    SHOT OF Nathaniel and Blake SWINGING their weapons round towards Quaid.

    He QUICKLY raises both hands.

    NATHANIEL
    (firmly)
    Step away from the weapon Mr.

    QUAID
    (steps back)
    Ok, ok I’m cool...look...see how cool I am!

    Nathaniel picks up the weapon then returns to the winch.

    Quaid walks over to Kelly looking a little bemused.

    QUAID
    (quietly)
    You wanna tell me why you did that?

    KELLY
    (quietly)
    I forgot to mention, the Quad Rifle also comes with Fingerprint
    Recognition System! You so much as feel that trigger it’d blow
    more than your Goddam head off.

    ANGLED SHOT on Johner as he’s finally raised from the shaft semi-conscious.

    Nathaniel releases the harness then he and Blake lift Johner clear of the Hatch.

    Ripley kneels beside him, trying to bring him round.

    CALL (O.S. to Kelly)
    (sarcastically)
    Now do you believe it?

    Suddenly Johner comes round, then STRUGGLES as the Pirates try to hold him down.

    RIPLEY
    (calmly)
    Johner no, it’s alright now, you’re outta there....ok?

    He eventually calms down then looks straight at Ripley.

    JOHNER
    (shaking)
    Oh Ripley, they’re here man. They were here the whole time.

    RIPLEY
    What did you say?

    JOHNER
    (firmly)
    The things man, the Aliens damn it...they’re here!

    CLOSE UP on Ripley as she STARES back at him SHOCKED.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. CONVENT. EMERGENCY ROOM. (15 MINUTES LATER)

    Everyone gathers in the Emergency Room. Johner lies on a bed beside Lauren while Vaughan tends to his injured leg. Nathaniel and Tannion are not present at this time. Call and Miss Kitty stand away from the others, studying the Terminal Screen. Ripley stands alone in another corner.

    VAUGHAN
    I’ve strapped the leg as best I could, and given you a morphine
    shot to relieve the pain. How does it feel?

    JOHNER
    Just like new Doc, (winks) room for improvement of course!

    KELLY (O.S.)
    Nothing a couple of cold beers can’t fix, right Johner?

    JOHNER
    (smugly)
    Amen to that!

    VAUGHAN
    Try not to put too much pressure on it if you possibly can.

    JOHNER
    No offence Doc, when those bugs start coming after me, pressure
    is gonna be the last thing on my mind.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley as she turns to face Johner.

    RIPLEY
    Let me get this straight, you’re saying you saw just the Hugger
    right. No Eggs, no Warriors or the Queen I described?

    JOHNER
    Yeah, that’s right, only this thing was bigger. Grabbed one of
    their guys like he was a rag doll.

    BLAKE
    (unconvinced)
    Yeah...so you already said!

    JOHNER
    (threateningly)
    Hey! Why don’t you take a ride downstairs and see for yourself
    ****-hole!!

    CALL
    (sharply)
    Look can we just stop this please. We still have to figure out
    how we’re gonna get off the island.

    MARRIOT
    (firmly)
    We already told you, there isn’t any other way.

    BLAKE
    (shakes head)
    I don’t believe we’re even talking about this ****. We’ve only
    got his word for it, even if it’s true we already got this damn
    thing trapped in the Basement!

    RIPLEY
    (quickly)
    And I’m telling you it’s not alone...that’s the Goddam point!

    There’s a short pause.

    MISS KITTY (to Ripley)
    So, what exactly is this thing?

    CALL
    (quickly)
    It’s some kind of Military experiment, it lays an embryo inside
    you then it dies. This thing grows inside you, then you die.

    BLAKE
    (sarcastically)
    And I thought my life is ****.

    MISS KITTY
    What about her, (indicates Lauren) is she carrying one of them?

    RIPLEY
    (firmly)
    No she’s clean!

    MARRIOT
    (unconvinced)
    Ok, supposing we swallow all this, where are these ‘Aliens’?

    RIPLEY
    (thoughtfully)
    Hiding somewhere...some place dark...until it’s time.

    BLAKE
    Time for what?

    CALL
    You really don’t think they’re in here?

    RIPLEY
    Actually, apart from the one we’ve got here, I don’t think they
    know about this place at all.

    JOHNER (O.S.)
    Now I’m really confused!

    KELLY
    You and me both! I mean if this thing started it how come it’s
    still running around?

    RIPLEY
    (firmly)
    Because, this one’s different! Possibly capable of infecting a
    dozen people or more, maybe it’ll never stop!

    CALL (to Herself)
    (thoughtfully)
    A Super Face-Hugger!

    KELLY
    A what?

    CALL
    Nothing, just a thought! (looks at Ripley) You ever seen one of
    these things before?

    RIPLEY
    (tentatively)
    No, I haven’t, and neither have they.

    BLAKE (O.S.)
    What the hell does that mean?

    Ripley steps forward then turns to face the others.

    RIPLEY
    I can’t be sure of anything yet, but I believe this ‘Super Face
    -Hugger’--whatever you wanna call it--could be a mutant of some
    kind given off by the cloning.

    QUAID
    A mutant, so like it’s kinda better ‘and’ worse!

    At that point Nathaniel enters the room and approaches Boa.

    He leans close so no one else hears.

    NATHANIEL
    (quietly)
    The hatch is sealed! No way is anything gettin’ outta there...
    if it even exists.

    Boa nods in acknowledgement saying nothing.

    DR. MELLIE (to Ripley)
    (curiously)
    How come you know so much about these things anyway?

    RIPLEY
    (cautiously)
    I had one inside of me, then I died. The only way the Military
    could get their hands on it was if they brought me back so they
    cloned me. But I didn’t quite turn out how they expected. And
    I knew then, they’d never let me go.

    BLAKE
    So, you ran like hell. With a little help from your friends of
    course. And now there’s a bounty on your head, correct?

    RIPLEY
    Yeah, that’s right.

    MISS KITTY (to Ripley)
    (curiously)
    Why didn’t you tell us you’d been here before?

    CALL
    We didn’t bring that thing here if that’s what you mean.

    JOHNER
    (smugly)
    Right, for once I agree with Call.

    RIPLEY
    (thoughtfully)
    I’m not so sure about that.

    JOHNER
    (firmly)
    No way man, I checked the ship myself-!

    QUAID
    Erm, correction dude, I checked the undercarriage.

    CLOSE UP as Ripley turns and walks up to Quaid.

    He glances at her nervously, trying not to look her in the eye.

    RIPLEY
    (curiously)
    Exactly what did he (indicates Johner) tell you to look for?

    QUAID
    (positively)
    Oh, he was very specific actually.

    RIPLEY
    (unconvinced)
    Indeed!

    QUAID
    Yeah, like basically he said you’re either lookin’ for this big
    black guy with a hamburger head, or some eight-legged freak who
    likes to get on your face!

    Then Ripley notices Quaid CHEWING something.

    She takes away his ‘chew thing’ but he doesn’t resist.

    CLOSE UP of the object, BLACK and SHINY it’s curved like a CLAW.

    RIPLEY (O.S.)
    Where did you get this?

    CALL (O.S.)
    He found it in dry-dock-!

    QUAID (to Call)
    (politely)
    Excuse me, I think a can answer my own interrogation thank you!
    (looks at Ripley) I found it in dry-dock.

    CALL
    (uneasily)
    It was the Military...I can feel it!

    RIPLEY
    If they did put it on the Betty it could only be for one reason.

    KELLY
    (nodding)
    They wanted no witnesses...*******s!

    SHOT OF Boa stepping forward.

    BOA
    (scratches head)
    Look, this is all very interesting, I hate to break it up. But
    we’ve got a schedule to keep.

    CALL
    (shakes head)
    You gotta be ****ing kidding!

    RIPLEY
    (firmly)
    You can’t open that Pressure Hatch.

    Boa walks right up to Ripley, staring at her closely.

    BOA
    (smugly)
    That’s exactly what I’m gonna do sweet bitch...wanna come?

    RIPLEY
    (calmly)
    Fine, so long as you know when it’s over, I will personally see
    to it they get to screw you last.

    BOA
    You think you got this all figured out don’t you! You and your
    ‘petty’ relationship with the Captain, but you’re in a war zone
    now Lady. You, me and everybody here is expendable!! All that
    matters to him is winning the fight until one of us dies.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as ALL the Pirates eventually walk towards Boa.

    MISS KITTY
    (reluctantly)
    I wish it were different, but the Sergeant is right. It is too
    late for us to give up now. But there is still time for you to
    change your minds.

    BOA
    We give you 1 hour to decide.

    CALL
    And if we say “No”?

    BOA
    Then, with or without you, the mission will proceed!

    The Pirates then leave the room picking up their backpacks on the way out, leaving the Betty Crew alone for the first time.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley and Call turning towards each other.

    CALL
    (sighs)
    So, what do we do now?

    RIPLEY
    Now, we try and figure out what really happened here!

    FADE TO BLACK:

    FADE IN:

    INT. U.S.S. ARKENSAW. HANGER/BETTY CARGO HOLD/COCKPIT. (30 MINUTES LATER)

    Slowly DOLLYING through CRISS-CROSSING beams around the Betty suspended high above the Hanger Bay. We continue TOWARDS the ships Hatch DOLLYING inside, turning LEFT through the Cargo Hold to an open door to the Cockpit where we see Vriess sat in his pilot seat. We CONTINUE TOWARDS him getting CLOSER and CLOSER.

    Suddenly Vriess SPINS round STARTLED to see Sirtis behind him.

    VRIESS
    (surprised)
    Jesus ****, don’t do that girl!

    SIRTIS
    (quietly)
    Sorry man. What’s happening here.

    VRIESS
    What’s happening!! That’s the understatement of the year! How
    did you get up here anyway, did anyone see you?

    SIRTIS
    I ain’t seen a soul Vriess.

    VRIESS
    (thoughtfully)
    Guess they called a meeting or somethin’.

    Sirtis gets into the other seat next to Vriess.

    SIRTIS
    (curiously)
    You wanna tell me who ‘they’ are?

    VRIESS
    Well, it’s kinda strange. These people are pretty much like us
    so I heard. If we agreed to help them do whatever, they agreed
    to help us on our way.

    SIRTIS
    What is it they want us to do exactly?

    VRIESS
    All I know is, the rest of the guys are on some kinda operation
    against the United Systems Military. Say you ever heard of the
    Peoples Allied Frontier?

    SIRTIS
    (thoughtfully)
    Yes I have. So that’s it.

    VRIESS
    What is?

    Suddenly we hear the CLICKING of a trigger (O.S.)

    They turn to look behind them.

    At the cockpit entrance stand 2 Pirates, Rifles pointing towards them.

    Vriess quickly puts his hands over his head.

    VRIESS
    Hey guys what’s up!

    SIRTIS
    I guess it’s me you’re after...right?

    SHIPMATE WARREN (to Sirtis)
    The Captain will see you now.

    Sirtis follows the 2 Pirates, glancing back at Vriess as she leaves the Cockpit.

    CLOSE UP on Vriess frowning suspiciously then he carries on working.

    CUT TO:

    INT. CONVENT. THE CHAPEL. (15 MINUTE LATER)

    Blake, Nathaniel and Dr. Mellie stand aimlessly by the Alter, nearby several backpacks lined along the steps. Boa and Marriot are not present at this time.

    REVERSE TRACKING SHOT as Miss Kitty enters CONTINUING along the aisle.

    MISS KITTY (into Communicator)
    Mr. Tannion come in please.

    TANNION (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Right here Councillor.

    MISS KITTY
    We’ve had a few technical difficulties, nothing to worry about,
    though we are running a little late. We should be with you in
    about an hour, out.

    Miss Kitty walks up to Dr. Mellie.

    MISS KITTY
    (politely)
    I’d like you to assist Vaughan back in the Emergency Room. Be
    discreet as you can, we’ve got enough problems already.

    DR. MELLIE
    Sure Councillor.

    Dr. Mellie leaves the Chapel.

    There’s a short pause as we CLOSE UP on Miss Kitty looking around curiously.

    MISS KITTY
    Anyone seen Sergeant Boa recently?

    BLAKE
    Oh, he and Marriot decided to go for a walk, (shrugs) he didn’t
    say where.

    MISS KITTY
    (suspiciously)
    Really!

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. CORRIDOR/BASEMENT.

    We SLOWLY DOLLY through the Basement TOWARDS the Winch still over the Generator Hatch, CONTINUING towards the Hatchway, we see the Control Panel’s Inner and Outer indicators FLASH constantly. The steel plate recently welded over the Hatch now laid to one side, the Winch continues lowering something into the shaft on automatic then STOPS!

    INT. GENERATOR ROOM. ENTRY WAY.

    SLOWLY DOLLYING towards the Shaft Exit already OPEN, 2 armed Pirates appear heading down the ramp, then one of them STOPS.

    Sergeant Boa turns to face Marriot behind him.

    BOA
    (agitated)
    What’s wrong now Mr. Marriot?

    MARRIOT
    (nervously)
    I dunno about this Sarge, what are we doing here?

    BOA
    Somewhere here hides the truth about Ripley and her scum, and I
    intend to find out. If this a problem I suggest you leave!

    MARRIOT
    It’s not that sir I don’t believe it any more than you, but if
    she finds out what we’re up to-!

    BOA
    (sharply)
    May I remind you I’m in charge here not Councillor Kitt!! Now,
    if you’re quite finished, let’s go find our men.

    MARRIOT
    (calmly)
    Yes sir.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as they activate their Quad Rifles flashlights and slowly enter Compartment B.

    CUT TO:

    INT. CONVENT. EMERGENCY ROOM. (LATER)

    The room is empty except for Lauren lying sedated on a bed. We PAN RIGHT to the Laboratory window, Vaughan is working alone at a Computer Console.

    INT. THE LABORATORY.

    CLOSE UP on the Monitor as Vaughan continues typing, showing various readouts and stats about Terran Island.

    We hear a KNOCKING sound on the window (O.S.).

    Vaughan looks back towards the Emergency Room.

    VAUGHAN’S P.O.V. sees Dr. Mellie stood at the window on the other side. She briefly smiles with a wave then turns away.

    He switches his attention back to the Monitor.

    CUT TO:

    INT. GENERATOR ROOM. COMPARTMENT B.

    LOW ANGLED SHOT as Boa and Marriot quickly approach a body on the floor.

    CLOSE UP of Fellows, his BLOODSTAINED body lies face down, insides strewn all around.

    MARRIOT
    (sickened)
    What in God’s name did this to him?

    Boa inspects the body closely.

    BOA
    (firmly)
    Not “what” Mr. Marriot, but rather “who”!

    Marriot shines his flashlight further up the Pathway and suddenly sees something else.

    MARRIOT
    Look, over there! (points up Pathway)

    Boa stares in the indicated direction.

    THEIR P.O.V. we see another body in the darkness on the floor several meters away.

    BOA
    Samuel!

    They both run towards the second body.

    Samuel is also lying motionless in a pool of blood.

    Boa kneels down beside him, feels the side of his neck.

    BOA
    (cursing)
    He’s dead too. But at least we have the evidence. Help me get
    this man back to the Emergency Room.

    Suddenly they’re interrupted by a message over Boa’s Communicator.

    MISS KITTY (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Sergeant Boa, come in please.

    Boa hesitates frustrated.

    MISS KITTY (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Please respond Sergeant, over?

    MARRIOT
    You gonna answer that Sarge?

    He turns away from Marriot and pulls out his Communicator.

    BOA
    (calmly)
    Go ahead Councillor.

    MISS KITTY (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    We need to confer a course of action Sergeant. So I’ve decided
    to call an urgent meeting. I trust you and Mr. Marriot have no
    objections?

    BOA
    We still have 90 minutes, what’s the rush Councillor?

    MISS KITTY (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Our time here is precious Mr. Boa, we’ve wasted enough already.
    Besides I understand you and Captain Groome discussed some form
    of contingency plan, perhaps you’d like to share it with us?

    There’s a short pause as Boa turns to look at Marriot.

    BOA (to Miss Kitty)
    (reluctantly)
    Alright Councillor, we’re on our way.

    MARRIOT
    (shakes head)
    You know what this means. She believes this ‘fairy story’ from
    the smugglers, she means to abort the mission and we will never
    get another chance to finish this.

    BOA
    What else would you have me do Mr. Marriot? Mutiny was the one
    thing our Captain wished to avoid.

    Suddenly they are interrupted by the sound of movement (O.S.). Marriot points his Quad Rifle back up the pathway.

    THEIR P.O.V. as light falls on Fellows’ dead body. It MOVES very slightly.

    They turn to look at each other then back up the pathway.

    LOW ANGLED SHOT as Fellows’ body moves again, this time a little further then STOPS.

    MARRIOT (O.S.)
    What the hell is doing that?

    They SLOWLY walk back towards Fellows’ body as it moves a third time, a little further towards the Exit, then is completely still.

    The Pirates draw their weapons as they approach Fellows’ body. There’s a long uneasy pause as they cautiously circle around him.

    MARRIOT
    Maybe we shouldn’t tell the others about this.

    BOA
    You wouldn’t know what to tell them anyway.

    MARRIOT
    That may be so, but I know what I saw-!!

    Suddenly Fellows’ body EXPLODES sending BLOOD and GUTS flying everywhere.

    ANGLED SHOT as 7-Leg SPRINGS out from INSIDE the body and SCUTTLES towards the Exit.

    The Pirates IMMEDIATELY raise their Quad Rifles and FIRE at the creature.

    As 7-leg heads up the pathway out of sight, towards the Entry Way, Boa and Marriot quickly give chase.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ENTRY WAY.

    WIDE ANGLE SHOT as 7-Leg exits Compartment B and heads straight into the Shaft. The 2 Pirates follow in hot pursuit still firing their weapons.

    INT. GENERATOR SHAFT.

    CUT TO:

    They rush inside the Shaft but 7-Leg is already out of sight.

    MARRIOT
    (panicking)
    Oh my God--it’s true, it’s all true--what’ve we done-!!

    Boa grabs Marriot’s shoulders PINNING him against the wall.

    BOA
    (firmly)
    Calm yourself man!! Dammit they’ll hear!!

    MARRIOT
    (panicking)
    We let it loose and we will face the consequences-!

    BOA
    Listen to me!! It was Ripley who brought the thing here, don’t
    you remember. It’s not our fault!

    Marriot eventually calms down, Boa slowly releases him.

    MARRIOT
    (breaths deeply)
    Yes...I remember.

    BOA
    We tell no one about this, understand, do you hear me?

    MARRIOT
    (calmly)
    Yes sir. I understand.

    BOA
    As for the smugglers, I will see to it they all hang for this.

    We slowly DOLLY AWAY from Boa and Marriot staring at each other, up the OUTSIDE of the Shaft wall towards an unnoticed SECURITY CAMERA.

    FADE TO BLACK:

    FADE IN:

    INT. CONVENT. CORRIDOR. (LATER)

    We slowly DOLLY ALONG a dimly lit corridor, towards Ripley and Call stood at the far end.

    CALL
    (puzzled)
    I don’t understand it, I mean if the attack never happened here,
    where the hell did they all go?

    RIPLEY
    Maybe the Aliens already knew where to look!

    CALL
    (surprised)
    You really think they’re that smart?

    RIPLEY
    Oh yeah.

    CLOSE UP as Ripley removes the CLAW from her pocket and stares at it.

    RIPLEY (CONT.)
    It may be about to get a whole lot worse.

    CALL (O.S.)
    How could it possibly be worse?

    RIPLEY
    (tentatively)
    The Aliens life cycle is accelerating, that’s the only way this
    could’ve happened so fast. If they can do this to an island in
    a matter of days, just think what they could do to a city...the
    whole world!

    There’s a short pause.

    CALL
    Well, hopefully, Vaughan will find something. Until then we’ll
    just have to wait for your friend to come round.

    RIPLEY
    Or someone else.

    CALL
    (confused)
    Someone else...who?

    RIPLEY
    A little girl. I saw her on one of the Security Cameras, she’s
    been watching us all along.

    CALL
    Then we should try and find her before the Pirates!

    RIPLEY
    They won’t find her.

    CALL
    (puzzled)
    Why do you say that?

    RIPLEY
    (hesitantly)
    Because, she’s part of me too.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley staring in deep thought.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. THE LABORATORY. (15 MINUTES LATER)

    Vaughan continues typing at the Computer, he briefly pauses to take a break, curiously looks back towards the window to the Emergency Room.

    CLOSE UP on Vaughan, his expression suddenly turns to HORROR.

    He gets up and races out from the Laboratory.

    INT. EMERGENCY ROOM. (CONT.)

    ANGLED SHOT of the lower half of Dr. Mellie's body HANGING from the Air Vent, legs KICKING outward from something unseen PULLING her inside.

    He GRABS onto her legs, desperately trying to PULL her free.

    We hear the TEARING of FLESH, suddenly Dr. Mellie is released.

    Her HEADLESS corpse comes CRASHING down on top of him.

    Vaughan pushes the body away then looks upwards.

    VAUGHAN’S P.O.V. as an ALIENS TAIL appears from the Vent.

    He CRAWLS BACKWARD as the Aliens Tail moves towards him, backing away into a corner against one of the glass units.

    CUT TO:

    INT. CORRIDOR.

    REVERSE TRACKING SHOT as Ripley and Call make their way down a corridor followed by the others. Boa and Marriot are not present at this time.

    Miss Kitty produces her Communicator.

    MISS KITTY (into Communicator)
    Are you there Doctor, we need to have a meeting?

    There’s no response.

    MISS KITTY (CONT.)

    Doctor Mellie come in, over!

    Still no response, then Ripley stops, staring down the corridor as if sensing danger.

    CALL
    (concerned)
    What is it...what’s wrong??

    RIPLEY
    (not looking)
    It’s starting again!

    Ripley starts running ahead the others chasing her, Johner hobbles along after them.

    CUT TO:

    INT. EMERGENCY ROOM.

    CLOSE UP of Vaughan staring at the Aliens Tail INCHES away.

    Its Jagged Edge CUTS into the side of his face, MILKY android blood seeps down his cheek, then suddenly the Aliens Tail BACKS AWAY slightly.

    CUT TO:

    INT. CORRIDOR.

    Ripley and Call SPRINT down the corridor follow by the others, Johner is some way behind.

    CUT TO:

    INT. EMERGENCY ROOM.

    Seconds later they BURST in through the swing doors.

    Ripley turns to see Lauren’s body HOISTED into the Vent by the Aliens Tail.

    SHOT OF Blake lifting his Quad Rifle to shoot.

    RIPLEY (to Blake)
    No wait!!

    Ripley climbs onto the empty bed, pulls herself up and disappears into the Air Shaft.

    BLAKE
    (panicking)
    What do we do now??

    MISS KITTY
    You go with her!! Nathaniel, you and Quaid see if you can find
    another way in.

    Nathaniel and Quaid quickly leave the room.

    CLOSE UP of Vaughan still sat wearily on the floor, Call goes to help him, carefully wiping the android blood from his face.

    CALL
    (tenderly)
    Are you ok?

    VAUGHAN
    (wearily)
    I’ve been better.

    At that point Boa, Marriot and Johner enter the room.

    MISS KITTY
    (hint of sarcasm)
    Glad you could join us gentlemen.

    Boa gives Miss Kitty a dirty look but says nothing. He then notices the Autons still sat on the floor.

    BOA
    (suspiciously)
    Well now, this is interestin’.

    CLOSE UP of Vaughan and Call looking at each other wearily.

    CUT TO:

    INT. AIR SHAFT. (VOICE ECHO) (LATER)

    Ripley continues down the poorly lit Air Shaft, just high enough for her to stand in.

    In the distance we hear Blake's voice calling her.

    She comes up to a T-junction in the shaft. We hear MOVEMENT coming from the RIGHT, Ripley proceeds in that direction.

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. moving SLOWLY along the Shaft, eventually she comes to a dead end, there is 7-Leg. He CACKLES wildly as he tries to FORCE Lauren’s body into a narrow Vent above.

    Ripley YANKS a small section of PIPING from the ceiling.

    STARTLED the Super Face-Hugger turns to confront her.

    RIPLEY
    (calmly)
    So...you’re the cause of all this.

    7-Leg continues trying to FORCE Lauren’s body through an impossible space.

    RIPLEY
    Well, I don’t know if you really understand me, but I can’t let
    you take her...not now...not ever!

    He suddenly TURNS towards Ripley, DANGLING Lauren menacingly by her legs with his tail.

    RIPLEY
    Guess you do understand.

    Ripley carefully lays the pipe down on the floor.

    We hear Blake calling out again, MUCH CLOSER this time.

    RIPLEY
    I’m not gonna let you take her, take one of those others if you
    want, just leave her alone.

    Suddenly 7-Leg THROWS Lauren at Ripley, she catches her STUMBLING BACKWARDS.

    ANGLED SHOT as 7-Leg LEAPS onto the ceiling and SCUTTLES back down the Shaft.

    SHOT OF a BRIGHT LIGHT shining TOWARDS US from the far end, then we hear GUNFIRE.

    7-Leg quickly TURNS and SCUTTLES back towards Ripley.

    Ripley shields Lauren behind her as the Hugger approaches.

    ANGLED SHOT as 7-Leg SCUTTLES over them and DISAPPEARS into the smaller Vent.

    Blake then appears racing up to Ripley.

    BLAKE
    (confused)
    Are you ok, what happened, why the **** didn’t you answer me??

    RIPLEY
    (sharply)
    Did you see it??

    BLAKE
    What...??

    RIPLEY
    I said “did you see it”?

    BLAKE
    (looking around)
    Oh yeah...yeah, I saw it...I really did.

    RIPLEY
    Good. (kisses Lauren’s forehead)

    CUT TO:

    INT. THE LABORATORY. (15 MINUTES LATER)

    Everyone is gathered in the safer Laboratory with smaller Air Vents. Marriot is not present at this time. A closed black body bag containing Dr. Mellie’s corpse lies on the floor. Call still tends to Vaughan while Boa and Miss Kitty stand a bit away from the others quietly chatting.

    BLAKE
    (wearily)
    Well, I know one thing. I ain’t never seen anything like it on
    this Earth before.

    NATHANIEL
    You really saw it then?

    BLAKE
    I saw something. Some eight-legged freak just like they said.

    RIPLEY
    Actually it only has seven... (shrugs) but who’s counting.

    MISS KITTY (to Ripley)
    Ok, now that we know the question is, can we kill it?

    RIPLEY
    Oh yeah, you can kill it. But can you stop it, that’s the real
    thing!

    There’s a pause as Lauren’s unconscious body is lifted onto a stretcher by Nathaniel.

    BOA (to Nathaniel)
    Signal when you reach the Station. And be on your guard at all
    times, understood?

    Nathaniel nods then carefully wheels Lauren out of the room.

    Then Boa walks up to Vaughan sat beside Call.

    BOA
    So you are a robot??

    VAUGHAN
    (politely)
    I am an Auton actually. Series 3, model number 55002-.

    BOA
    (suspiciously)
    And what is your primary function, robot??

    VAUGHAN
    To serve and protect in the interests of human kind.

    BOA
    (smugly)
    I’m sure it is!

    CALL
    What the ****’s that supposed to mean?

    BOA (to Others)
    (carefully)
    Someone here is not who they claim to be, while there may be no
    evidence of the crime, rest assured I will find out who it is.

    JOHNER (O.S.)
    Son of a bitch Ripley, he’s tryin’ to set us up.

    MISS KITTY
    (firmly)
    The Sergeant hasn’t implicated anyone, he merely stated a fact.

    BLAKE
    Yeah, and the fact is somebody here let that thing loose.

    RIPLEY
    (quickly)
    You don’t know that, there must be hundreds of secret passages
    around this place!

    BLAKE
    (dumbly)
    There’s more??

    RIPLEY
    All I’m saying is anyone with that kind of information would’ve
    had more than enough time to screw us.

    MISS KITTY
    But we never had that kind of information!

    BOA
    (smugly)
    Exactly! And correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t it one of you
    who discovered that Secret Entrance?

    CLOSE UP of Call looking innocently back at the others.

    A message suddenly comes over Boa’s Communicator

    MARRIOT (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    You there Sarge, come in.

    BOA (into Communicator)
    Go ahead Mr. Marriot.

    MARRIOT (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Well someone’s definitely been here Serge, whoever it was cut a
    hole right through the plate...and there’s something else.

    BOA
    What else?

    MARRIOT (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Looks like our friend Nathaniel forgot to seal the panel!

    BOA
    Damn that guy!!

    Boa THUMPS a wall angrily. There’s a short pause as he composes himself.

    BOA
    Alright Mr. Marriot get back here immediately.

    MARRIOT (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Aye Sergeant.

    BLAKE
    (uneasily)
    Sarge, what are we gonna do now?

    Boa then walks uneasily over towards Miss Kitty.

    MISS KITTY
    (tentatively)
    There’s been a change of plan.

    KELLY
    Cutting it a little fine aren’t we. What if we miss the boat?

    MISS KITTY
    We’re not going to the ship.

    CALL
    So where are we going?

    MISS KITTY
    We’re heading south towards the Network Tunnel Gate. About 150
    miles off the coast there’s an Auto Docking Bay, I suggest that
    we hot-wire one of the Supply Trucks to take us there. We then
    signal the Ark and, by the time the Military arrive, we will be
    long gone.

    BLAKE
    (protesting)
    But what about the mission?

    MISS KITTY
    (carefully)
    The mission is to be aborted...it’s too dangerous now.

    BLAKE
    What are you talking about Councillor, we can’t just abort. The
    Captain will never accept such failure!!

    MISS KITTY
    I have already consulted Sergeant Boa on this matter. For once
    we are in agreement. We have roughly 5 hours to reach the Dock,
    if we fail the Ark will surely leave us behind.

    BLAKE
    (shakes head)
    No Councillor Old Groomy will leave us behind anyway. Sergeant
    please, tell her I’m right-!

    BOA
    (sharply)
    You underestimate your Captain Blake. Do you really believe he
    would be so naive, especially if he were to learn... (stares at
    Vaughan) we had captured one the Military’s machines?

    RIPLEY
    Your Captain and I had an agreement. We don’t leave our people
    behind.

    MISS KITTY
    We lost 3 good people today, I don’t intend losing any more.

    RIPLEY
    If these things get to those Tunnels there won’t be anyone left
    to lose, I guarantee that.

    BOA
    (smugly)
    Well that’s a chance we’ll just have to take won’t we!

    RIPLEY
    In that case, I think your people deserve to know what they’re
    really up against.

    She looks back at Vaughan

    RIPLEY
    Show ‘em!

    Vaughan activates a viewing screen, which drops down over the window to the Emergency Room, and everyone turns to look.

    A Video Projector fixed to the ceiling comes to life with a gentle HUM, then the lights above automatically DIM as Vaughan produces a remote for the Projector.

    VAUGHAN
    (informatively)
    Over the past hour I have been conducting my own investigations
    into Terran Island, in search of any evidence which may explain
    what has happened here.

    CLOSE UP on the Projector Screen. A detailed Satellite Image of Terran Island appears, the Southern area mostly hidden in thick cloud, the North Hills once covered in lush green forest scarred by HUNDREDS of CRATERS.

    VAUGHAN (O.S.)
    At approximately 2 am Central Time, Terran Island was struck by
    several sizable objects, a Geological Scan confirms the impacts
    created a power surge which overloaded the system, this in turn
    crippled the main grid-.

    RIPLEY
    And that’s what caused the power failure.

    VAUGHAN
    Correct. Fortunately damage to the Islands super structure was
    minimal. I have observed a number of stress fractures, however
    I can confirm it will remain stable for the time being.

    RIPLEY
    These ‘objects’ you mentioned...any clues?

    VAUGHAN
    I have detected unusually high traces of hydrogen peroxide from
    the lower atmosphere saturating the Northern Hills. I believe,
    such large amounts over such an extensive area, could only have
    originated from-.

    KELLY
    (thoughtfully)
    Another ship...a very large ship!

    Then Ripley turns to face the Pirates.

    RIPLEY
    (hint of sarcasm)
    Which kinda begs the question, you guys wouldn’t happen to know
    anything about a sky-jacking would you?

    BLAKE
    (angrily)
    Who in the **** do you think you’re talkin’ to bitch!

    QUAID
    She asked a fair question, what’s wrong with that?

    CLOSE UP on Boa staring agitated, but saying nothing.

    RIPLEY (to Vaughan)
    Please go on.

    VAUGHAN
    Continuing this line of inquiry I furthered my investigation to
    Central Network database. So far I have been unable to uncover
    anything surrounding this incident. The Government is aware of
    the situation, however, ‘Military Protocol’ forbids any outside
    intervention for another 36 hours, during which, any extraction
    would normally take place.

    QUAID
    So what’re they waitin’ for, I don’t get it?

    JOHNER
    Smells like a cover-up to me.

    KELLY
    Of course it’s a cover-up. They’re here somewhere believe me.

    CALL
    (worriedly)
    Yes but where??

    KELLY
    (sharply)
    Well I don’t know do I!

    RIPLEY
    (firmly)
    They’re dead!

    BLAKE
    Dead??

    RIPLEY
    (carefully)
    Killed, by the Aliens. But the Military doesn’t know that yet,
    which means they already figured on something else causing them
    to disappear, something to do with us!

    There’s another short pause

    KELLY
    (thinking)
    Y’know, something else bothers me about all of this.

    QUAID
    What bothers you specifically?

    KELLY
    We’re assuming this was no accident right? That ship goes down
    right around the time we got hit. Two strikes on the same day,
    both tied to the same location. Coincidence? (looks at Johner)
    I don’t think so!

    JOHNER
    (suspiciously)
    Yeah, first they bite the bullet then someone ****s us too.

    CLOSE UP of Johner as he turns to face Boa.

    JOHNER
    (angrily)
    It was you, you son of a bitch, I know it. You ****ed us up to
    do your dirty work!

    BOA
    (threateningly)
    You wanna watch your mouth dick brain!!

    MISS KITTY
    But why would we do that, you are not our enemy??

    BLAKE
    And in case you forget, we rescued your sorry lives.

    QUAID
    (sighs)
    He’s right about that, something don’t make sense.

    BLAKE (to Johner)
    (smugly)
    In other words you can’t prove nothin’ (shows middle finger) so
    ‘**** you’ dick head!!!

    JOHNER
    (angrily)
    Oh yeah! Well prove this!!

    ANGLED SHOT as Johner drops his crutch and LAUNCHES himself at Blake. They WRESTLE each other to the floor, SCUFFLING like madmen as Kelly and Quaid try to PULL them apart.

    KELLY
    (loudly)
    Alright boys that’s enough, break it up...I mean NOW!!

    Eventually the 2 men back off towards their comrades. There’s a short pause as they gather their composure.

    At that point Marriot enters the room.

    VAUGHAN
    (politely)
    If I may continue?

    Everyone turns to face the screen.

    VAUGHAN
    I’d now like to turn your attentions to a more delicate matter.
    Some of you might find these images disturbing. I suggest that
    you look away now.

    BOA (O.S.)
    (agitated)
    Just get on with it robot!

    CLOSE UP on the Projector Screen, the partly decomposed body of a young woman appears. Her mouth gaping WIDE OPEN, an expression of TERRIBLE PAIN. Flesh from most of her body EATEN away to the bone, her arms and legs almost skeletal.

    QUAID
    Oh man, that is really gross.

    KELLY
    (horrified)
    My God, what the **** happened to her?

    VAUGHAN
    According to the autopsy report this woman was killed during an
    attack by a pack of wolves. The report confirmed she died from
    heart failure, but curiously the time of death was inconsistent
    with her apparent injuries. A factor the people here could not
    possibly explain.

    MISS KITTY
    Did an Alien do this?

    RIPLEY
    (carefully)
    Not exactly.

    MARRIOT
    (irritated)
    First you tell us this woman was attacked by wolves then it was
    something else, so which is it??

    RIPLEY
    I also said these creatures required a living host, but she was
    still alive when the Alien left her.

    BLAKE
    Left her, what do you mean “left her”??

    RIPLEY
    (tentatively)
    Casey suffered from a rare form of severe asthma. I'm guessing
    but it’s possible she had some kind of allergic reaction to the
    organism, causing it to reject her.

    MISS KITTY
    So what happened to this ‘organism’...where did it go?

    Again Ripley looks back towards Vaughan.

    CLOSE UP on the Screen as the body of a WOLF appears, lying on its back covered in blood, its chest cavity TORN wide open, bones visibly BENT outward.

    Again there’s an uneasy pause.

    BLAKE
    (curiously)
    Is this what happened to Fellows and Samuel?

    CLOSE UP of Boa and Marriot looking at each other.

    RIPLEY
    Eventually, though I doubt either would’ve survived long enough
    to know much about it. See, that’s the thing, this creature is
    basically a parasite. Without the host it cannot begin, but it
    can survive without it.

    KELLY
    (thoughtfully)
    The ultimate bio-weapon, total annihilation, until someone else
    comes along.

    QUAID
    So how did this thing get in here anyway?

    VAUGHAN
    I believe I may be able to answer that question.

    On the Screen we see a DETAILED CROSS SECTION of Terran Island. A MAZE of tunnels beneath the surface, all branching off from a wider central tunnel labelled MAIN SERVICE TUNNEL, which runs from the Main Elevator Shaft to the Landing Platform.

    VAUGHAN
    (informatively)
    This is Terran Island’s Service Tunnel Network, some of which I
    believe became exposed during the incident. It travels beneath
    the surface connected via the Main Service Tunnel which extends
    from the Main Elevator Shaft to the Landing Platform. The Main
    Service Tunnel is isolated from the network by a wall of secure
    bulkheads. Indeed the only direct access into the tunnel is at
    either end which, curiously, was not secured.

    CALL
    Ok, but that still doesn’t explain what really happened here, I
    mean 300 people can’t just disappear!

    QUAID
    (thoughtfully)
    Maybe this Elevator Shaft goes somewhere we haven’t seen yet.

    BLAKE
    From what I’ve seen of this place already, it may as well be to
    hell and back!

    CALL
    Then we should leave now, while we still have time!

    VAUGHAN
    There’s something I must tend to first.

    BOA
    (firmly)
    You’re staying right where I can see you Robot!

    RIPLEY
    (firmly)
    Do what you have to do to cover our tracks Vaughan. We’ll wait
    for you at the Secret Entrance.

    Vaughan nods to Ripley then leaves the Laboratory.

    CUT TO:

    INT. SECRET ENTRANCE.

    CLOSE UP of Tannion looking suspiciously TOWARDS US.

    TANNION’S P.O.V. on the RIGHT Monitor of the Control Panel, a Little Girl about 7 years old stands in the Corridor outside the Secret Entrance.

    Tannion continues watching her, unsure what to do.

    INT. CORRIDOR.

    CLOSE UP on the Little Girl staring at the Secret Entrance. A DARK SHAPE begins unfolding from an Air Shaft behind her, suddenly she SPINS ROUND.

    LITTLE GIRL’S P.O.V. on a black SPIDER-LIKE creature hanging from the ceiling.

    The Little Girl observes it curiously, seemingly unafraid.

    LITTLE GIRL
    (excitedly)
    There you are, I’ve been searching everywhere for you.

    CLOSE UP on 7-Leg who remains completely STILL.

    LITTLE GIRL
    Do you wanna play with me?

    LITTLE GIRL’S P.O.V. as 7-Leg’s TAIL suddenly LASHES out TOWARDS US.

    EXTREME CLOSE UP as the Aliens Tail STINGS the Little Girl on the back of her neck.

    She silently drops to the floor.

    CUT TO:

    INT. SECRET ENTRANCE.

    Tannion PULLS a lever to open the Secret Entrance.

    He climbs partly up the ladder then STOPS and quickly RETREATS inside to the far wall.

    ANGLED SHOT as 7-Leg SLOWLY enters the Secret Entrance, the Little Girl unconscious, held securely in his long TAIL.

    SHOT OF Tannion stood against the wall TERRIFIED.

    7-Leg STOPS to briefly observe Tannion, then the Hugger turns away and slowly descends down the stairwell.

    CUT TO:

    INT. CORRIDOR/SECRET ENTRANCE (LATER)

    Nathaniel appears along the Corridor, he sees the OPEN Secret Entrance and leaves Lauren on the stretcher to investigate.

    He climbs down into the Secret Entrance, sees Tannion HUDDLED against the wall and goes to help his stricken Shipmate.

    NATHANIEL
    (worriedly)
    What happened to you my friend, are you alright?

    Tannion doesn’t answer.

    NATHANIEL
    (clicks fingers)
    C’mon Tannion, this is no good. You gotta snap out of it!

    CLOSE UP on Tannion saying something BARELY AUDIBLE.

    NATHANIEL
    What, speak up man...what are you saying...?

    CLOSE UP slowly ZOOMING IN on Tannion's lips.

    TANNION
    (very quietly)
    ...I told you...you were done for.

    NATHANIEL
    (confused)
    What are you on abo-!!

    EXTREME CLOSE UP as a BLADE suddenly BURSTS through Nathaniel's back.

    Blood begins to TRICKLE from his mouth. He tries to say something but can’t, then SLUMPS to the floor.

    Tannion gets to his feet, turns OFF the Monitors on the Control Panel, closes the Secret Entrance then begins walking down the Stairwell.

    CUT TO:

    INT. CORRIDOR. (15 MINUTES LATER)

    TRACKING SHOT as Ripley and Call RACE up to the stretcher with Lauren followed by the others.

    Ripley cautiously feels Laurens wrist for a pulse.

    RIPLEY
    She’s ok.

    MISS KITTY
    Mr. Marriot, you take the girl.

    BOA
    Alright, everyone stay behind me!

    Marriot puts Lauren over his shoulder then everyone cautiously follows Boa towards the still CLOSED Secret Entrance.

    BLAKE
    (sighs)
    Great, so now what the hell are we supposed to do?

    RIPLEY
    I’ll take care of this.

    Ripley steps to the RIGHT side of the Corridor and begins PRESSING against a certain area of the wall.

    MARRIOT (to Boa)
    I don’t get it, he must’ve seen us by now?

    BLAKE
    (nervously)
    It’s not Tannion it’s that thing stalking us-!!

    MISS KITTY
    (sharply)
    Enough Mr. Blake, we don’t need you causing a panic.

    We hear a HUMMING sound then part of the floor SINKS downwards, once again revealing the Secret Entrance.

    Boa starts to move towards the Secret Entrance when Marriot stops him.

    MARRIOT
    Wait a minute Sarge, this is all wrong.

    BOA
    What are you suggesting Mr. Marriot?

    MARRIOT
    (quietly)
    Our ‘friends’ would let us know if they ‘knew’ we were coming.

    Boa nods in acknowledgement. He WHISTLES several notes down the Corridor, waits several seconds...still nothing happens.

    RIPLEY
    What are we listening for exactly?

    BOA
    Nathaniel...he’s gone too. Everyone wait here!


    INT. SECRET ENTRANCE.

    Boa climbs down the ladder, he sees Nathaniel's dead body and goes to investigate.

    BOA (to others)
    (loudly)
    Alright, the coast is clear!

    The others quickly join him. Lauren lifted down by Marriot, then all gather around Nathaniel’s lifeless corpse.

    CLOSE UP as Boa inspects Nathaniel's wounds suspiciously.

    BLAKE (O.S.)
    (nervously)
    Jesus ****, it did this too?

    BOA
    I’m not so sure.

    MISS KITTY
    What is it Sergeant?

    Boa then turns to face Miss Kitty with a stern look.

    BOA
    Murder! That’s what it is Councillor...murder!!

    CLOSE UP on Ripley briefly looking at the Control Panel as everyone cautiously heads for the Stairwell.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. TERRAN COMMAND STATION. MID-DAY. (15 MINUTES LATER)

    We PULL BACK as everyone SLOWLY enters by the OPEN entrance to the Command Station. Ripley now carrying Lauren, we PAN AROUND the interior, the lights back on but the place is still deserted.

    Marriot holds a Tracking Device ahead of the others, he stops and SHAKES it annoyingly.

    MISS KITTY
    What’s the matter now Mr. Marriot?

    MARRIOT
    (cursing)
    I don’t know, must be some kind of interference.

    BOA
    Then we’ll have to flush him out, keep your eyes peeled.

    They slowly proceed towards the center of the Station.

    Suddenly we hear the Secret Entrance closing (O.S.), everyone turns to look behind them.

    SHOT OF Tannion stood there seemingly unarmed.

    TANNION
    (smugly)
    Would you be looking for me, perhaps?

    MARRIOT
    (angrily)
    Tannion you poisonous snake!

    ANGLED SHOT as Marriot starts to LAUNCH himself at Tannion.

    SHOT OF Tannion QUICKLY producing a small PISTOL, he SHOOTS Marriot in the shoulder.

    Marriot collapses in PAIN. Blake quickly helps him to his feet then over to the others.

    MISS KITTY
    Perhaps you care to explain yourself Mr. Tannion?

    TANNION
    (grins)
    Explanations are long overdue Councillor, as the Sergeant said,
    “we are all expendable here.”

    Tannion slowly begins MOVING towards the other side of the Station.

    MARRIOT
    (painfully)
    But how would you know he said that?

    RIPLEY
    Because he saw us.

    MISS KITTY
    (shakes head)
    Impossible, there’s no way he could’ve known.

    RIPLEY
    Yes there was, back up there in the Entrance, the Panel was off
    but I could still sense the heat off the main switch.

    MARRIOT
    You were watching us all the time, you *******. It was you who
    let that thing loose.

    TANNION
    (firmly)
    No, that I didn’t do...as some of you already know.

    Tannion produces a tiny Recording Device and presses PLAY.

    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Listen to me!! It was Ripley who brought the beast here, don’t
    you remember...it’s not our fault!! We tell no one understand?

    CLOSE UP of everyone equally STUNNED looking towards Boa.

    BLAKE
    (confused)
    You Sarge...but why??

    BOA
    Look, Councillor, it was an accident-!

    BLAKE
    (angrily)
    How the **** could it be an accident, the Hatch was sealed??

    BOA (to Blake)
    You watch your mouth boy!!

    MISS KITTY (to Boa)
    (sharply)
    Who else was involved??

    There’s a short uneasy pause.
    MARRIOT
    (quietly)
    Me...just me. We didn’t believe that stuff about the Alien and
    if we’re honest, we weren’t the only ones. (shrugs) But we were wrong, we didn’t think-!

    MISS KITTY
    (unimpressed)
    Yes Mr. Marriot, you were very wrong, and you never think! But
    you both know the penalties your defiance chose to ignore. And
    your Captain will here about this disgrace.

    Miss Kitty approaches Boa and Marriot.

    MISS KITTY (CONT.)
    (firmly)
    Under section 5 of the Frontier Law, I’m placing you both under
    arrest for the charge of insubordination.

    BOA
    (shakes head)
    You have no right Councillor-!!

    MISS KITTY
    You endangered the lives of your crew, even yourself, over some
    ridiculous notion. I therefore have ‘every’ right. Mr. Blake,
    restrain these men immediately.

    BLAKE
    With pleasure Councillor!

    Blake produces 2 pairs of handcuffs and quickly restrains the pirates.

    CLOSE UP on Tannion now stood beside the opposite Pressure Door.

    RIPLEY
    (curiously)
    What’s this all about Tannion, and what’s in it for you?

    TANNION
    (smugly)
    You really wanna know Missy...I’ll show you!

    Tannion hits a switch and the Pressure Door HISSES open. 10 armed Bio-Suited Marines suddenly come RUSHING in, surrounding everyone except Tannion.

    A young oriental-looking man in a pristine uniform steps forward .

    CAPTAIN THAI
    (firmly)
    Drop your weapons. Do it ‘now’!!

    The Pirates put their weapons on the floor, the Marines then gather them up.

    ANGLED SHOT towards the Pressure Door, someone else appears partially in SHADOW...someone Call recognises.

    CALL
    (surprised)
    Commander Dacks??

    JOHNER (to Call)
    (quietly)
    You know this ****-hole?

    CALL
    Yes...unfortunately.

    Commander Dacks calmly enters, walks between the Marines and Pirates then stops.

    DACKS
    That’ll be all Captain Thai, please prepare the transport.

    CAPTAIN THAI
    Yes Commander!

    Thai gives a quick salute then leaves the Command Station

    DACKS (to Tannion)
    (not looking)
    I thought you said there were more?

    TANNION
    Some of ‘em didn’t make it... (shrugs) dunno why.

    Dacks then approaches Boa.

    DACKS
    Sergeant Cornelius Boa. Notorious leader of the Peoples Allied
    Frontier. What price the United Systems Military would pay for
    your head. Dead or alive of course.

    BOA
    You Fascist Military scumbag! (spits downward) Better watch out
    Commander, or else I’ll cut your heart out.

    Dacks shakes his head then moves on to Call stood nearby.

    DACKS
    (proudly)
    Annalee Call, if there was one person we knew we could count on
    it was you.

    CALL
    **** you! I had nothing to do with this, and you know it.

    DACK
    (smiles)
    But you didn’t know, that was the whole point.

    Dacks then moves onto Ripley, he firmly takes her RIGHT arm.

    CLOSE UP as Dacks folds back her sleeve, revealing the number “8” tattooed on her skin.

    DACKS
    (surprised)
    Ripley!

    RIPLEY
    You were expecting someone else?

    DACKS
    Not really. And who is this? (indicates Lauren)

    RIPLEY
    A survivor from the colony. No one special.

    Dacks signals a Marine who takes Lauren off Ripley and out of the Station.

    CALL
    Who are you really working for Dacks?

    DACKS
    Who I am is not important. What I want, most certainly is! (to
    Tannion) Which one?

    TANNION
    Him! (points at Marriot)

    Dacks CLICKS his fingers.

    2 Marines quickly separate the injured Marriot from the others, release his Backpack by CUTTING it off then give it to Dacks.

    MARRIOT
    (protesting)
    Hey, what is this, I’m no traitor!!

    Dacks opens the Backpack, he pulls out what looks like a Video Camera.

    CALL
    (puzzled)
    All this **** for a ‘camera’??

    Dacks presses a SWITCH on the side of the device. A small tray SLIDES out containing a BLACK CYLINDER with several wires attached.

    KELLY (O.S.)
    That’s no camera girl, its ****ing bomb!!

    DACKS
    A thermo-nuclear detonator to be precise. Crude compared with
    more modern-day standards, but effective non-the-less.

    CALL (to Boa)
    (surprised)
    You guys were gonna blow up the Island?

    MISS KITTY
    What’s going on Sergeant, why wasn’t I told about this?

    BOA
    I already told you Councillor, you’re nothing to him.

    DACKS
    Ah yes. Captain Morteus Groome never could resist a challenge,
    anything to get one over the United Systems Military.

    RIPLEY
    (thinking)
    So, you guys fake this disappearing act knowing they won't come
    here, because someone up there thinks they got this all figured
    out, only they don't know what you're really up to.

    Dacks smiles at Ripley saying nothing, he places the Camera Bomb carefully into the Backpack but remains holding it.

    KELLY
    (impressed)
    The perfect double-cross, gotta hand it to ya.

    Dacks then walks back towards the Pressure Door.

    TANNION
    Wait a minute!

    He STOPS then slowly turns to face Tannion.

    DACKS
    Yes Mr. Tannion?

    TANNION
    You promised me a reward.

    DACKS
    No, that was the General. He no longer figures in our plans.

    JOHNER
    (sarcastically)
    Looks like you blew it Tannion...you ****!

    SHOT OF Tannion turning his pistol TOWARDS Dacks, THEN on the Marines turning their weapons TOWARDS Tannion.

    Dacks raises a hand and the Marines lower their weapons.

    TANNION
    (threateningly)
    I want my ****in’ money Commander!

    DACKS
    In that case Mr. Tannion I’m a dead man, so you must kill me.

    CLOSE UP on Tannion, SWEATING profusely, STILL pointing his weapon at Dacks. He hesitates, looking at the others...then he SHOOTS.

    There’s a load BANG as Dacks slumps to the floor.

    The Marines DO NOT react at all.

    CLOSE UP on Johner looking down at Dacks, his expression suddenly CHANGES to disbelief.

    JOHNER
    What the **** are you, some kind of Goddam robot?

    ANGLED SHOT as Dacks RISES from the floor. The RIGHT side of his head partially BLOWN AWAY, revealing a penetrated skull leaking blood covered wires and conduits in yellow BRAIN TISSUE.

    RIPLEY
    He’s not a robot, he’s a cyborg!

    Tannion drops the pistol and collapses onto his knees against the wall.

    CALL
    (shakes head)
    That’s impossible. The Cyborg’s were abandoned 300 years ago.

    KELLY
    She's right, they were too unstable.

    JOHNER
    So what? Auton, Cyborg what’s the difference man, it’s still a
    ****in’ machine!

    RIPLEY
    The difference is someone wanted him alive.

    CLOSE UP as Dacks carefully feels the damaged side of his face.

    DACKS
    (wearily)
    I must return to my makers.

    CALL
    Who are your makers?

    DACKS
    (smiles)
    They are closer than you know.

    RIPLEY (to Dacks)
    And what about them?

    DACKS
    Them??

    RIPLEY
    You came all this way and you’re not even gonna take one?

    CLOSE UP on Dacks looking totally confused.

    RIPLEY
    (surprised)
    You really don’t know do you?

    Ripley slowly walks towards the foot of the steps near the shutters, the Marines’ weapons
    carefully trained on her.

    RIPLEY
    All my life I’ve been running from this nightmare, hoping, even
    praying it would end in me. Now the nightmare is over, and the
    dream has finally begun!

    CLOSE UP on Ripley as she FLICKS the Shutter Switch. We hear a low WHIRRING sound as her face is slowly bathed in BLOOD RED light, that light quickly spreads across the room until the WHIRRING sound stops.

    We PAN ALONG EVERYONE as they all look on in disbelief.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT through the shutters into the Aquarium. Inside are the Aliens, HUNDREDS of them swimming amongst the marine carnage, seemingly unaware of their audience. There are several variations, some with FINS, others longer necks or limbs, some with neither like a SNAKE the rest more human-like.

    Ripley climbs the steps then Call walks up to join her.

    QUAID
    Is this how hell’s supposed to be?

    JOHNER
    No man, it’s worse...a lot worse.

    Dacks turns toward Captain Thai who’s now stood at the Tunnel Entrance.

    DACKS
    Captain, begin moving these people to the transport.

    CAPTAIN THAI
    What about them Sir? (indicates Ripley and Call)

    DACKS
    Leave them to me and leave Mr. Tannion also, we have unfinished
    business to discuss.

    CAPTAIN THAI
    (nods)
    Yes sir.

    ANGLED SHOT on Ripley and Call stood by the window of the Aquarium.

    CALL
    (curiously)
    Can they see us?

    RIPLEY
    No! The glass is mirrored on the other side. But that doesn’t
    mean they don’t know we’re here.

    CALL
    And do they...know we’re here?

    RIPLEY
    (thoughtfully)
    I think they’re waiting for something.

    CUT TO:

    INT. SUPPLY TUNNEL.

    The STEALTH Crew are lead out of the Command Station in single file, to an awaiting U.S.M. Military Transport.

    The heavily armed Air-to-Ground vehicle was basically a U.S.C.M. Armed Personnel Carrier and Drop Ship in one. Equipped with twin remote GUN TURRETS on the roof and side-mounted Missile Launchers, the A.T.G. resembled a HORNET with fold-up wings. Powered by a single MASSIVE Rocket Engine along the fuselage, the vehicle sat on 6 THICK STEEL wheels with HUGE treads, landing gear pivoted out from underneath almost insect-like.

    JOHNER
    (humorously)
    Now that’s what I call a ride home.

    One of the Marines suddenly gives Johner a SHOVE in the back.

    MARINE
    Keep movin’ dick brain!

    JOHNER
    (cursing)
    One day someone’s gonna call me that and I’m gonna **** ‘em!

    KELLY
    (grinning)
    I can hardly wait.

    The A.T.G.’s REAR doors open then a Boarding Ramp extends outward. The Marines quickly move their prisoners into the vehicle, the injured Marriot aided by 2 others.

    CUT TO:

    INT. TERRAN COMMAND STATION.

    Dacks stands beside Ripley and Call as they gaze into the Aquarium.

    RIPLEY
    You didn’t answer my question Commander?

    DACKS
    I’m not what I used to be, remind me Lieutenant.

    RIPLEY
    Why were trying to save Terran Island?

    DACKS
    Unfortunately, my programming forbids me to reveal anything. I
    do not question why.

    ANGLED SHOT on Tannion flanked by 4 Marines behind, SLOWLY RISING up the wall towards a Vent Shaft near the ceiling.

    INT. VENT SHAFT. (CONT.)

    We DOLLY inside the narrow Shaft towards the Little Girl still lying unconscious. 7-Leg suddenly appears climbing over her.

    He SCUTTLES to the edge of the Vent and STOPS.

    7-LEG’S P.O.V. sees Tannion and the Marines, PANNING UP to Ripley, Call and Dacks by the Aquarium, then finally FOCUSING on the ALIENS in the Aquarium.

    CLOSE UP on 7-Leg seemingly QUIVERING with EXCITEMENT.

    He JUMPS out of the Vent up onto the ceiling and begins slowly making his way towards the Aquarium unnoticed.

    CUT TO:

    INT. A.T.G. HOLD.

    The STEALTH Crew occupy seating on either side of the Hold, shackled to each other by a row of thick steel binders secured through a pinion.

    The REAR doors are closed and locked then all is silent.

    JOHNER
    So where you reckon they’re takin’ us?

    KELLY
    To their ship of course.

    JOHNER
    (confused)
    Hold up, I thought these guys were-!

    KELLY
    Undercover, yes I know, don’t you get it?

    JOHNER
    Not really.

    CLOSE UP on Quaid slowly PANNING DOWN towards his hands.

    KELLY (O.S.)
    Whoever these guys are they’ve taken care of everything, I mean
    the Feds, the Army, the Government...everything! And unless we
    get outta here soon we’re all gonna be next.

    JOHNER (O.S.)
    Anybody got any ideas?

    KELLY (O.S.)
    Not unless you're some kinda Houdini.

    CLOSE UP (CONT.) on Quaid is he then TURNS his wrists unnoticed.

    JOHNER
    Speaking of which...(looks at Quaid) how come you’re so quiet?

    QUAID
    (innocently)
    Who me??

    CUT TO:

    INT. COMMAND STATION.

    CLOSE UP on Tannion as SOMETHING catches his eye causing him to look upwards.

    ANGLED SHOT as 7-Leg slowly continues toward the far side of the Station.

    TANNION
    (nervously)
    Oh no, not you again.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley staring into the Aquarium.

    RIPLEY
    It’s me you want Commander it always has been. The Company was
    behind this thing all along. Ash, Bishop, Call...Dacks.

    TANNION (O.S.)
    Ermm...excuse me!

    CALL
    (innocently)
    Wait a second, I wasn’t part of this. I saved you remember?

    RIPLEY
    You tried to kill me, remember?

    TANNION (O.S.)
    Excuse me please!

    CALL
    But that wasn’t my fault. It was (hesitates) something a can’t
    remember.

    TANNION
    (louder)
    I said ‘excuse me’!!

    DACKS
    (not looking)
    What is it Mr. Tannion?

    TANNION
    I think there’s something you should know about.

    They turn to face Tannion, who slowly points UP towards the ceiling.

    THEIR P.O.V. UPWARDS as 7-Leg suddenly LEAPS OUT from nowhere TOWARDS US!

    ANGLED SHOT as Ripley and Call DUCK out of the way just in time.

    7-Leg LANDS right on the window.

    The Marines bring their weapons up and cautiously approach the window, leaving Tannion unguarded. He SLOWLY heads for the Pressure Door unnoticed.

    RIPLEY
    (cautiously)
    Get back...all of you!

    Ripley and Call begin moving away from the window down the steps.

    CLOSE UP on 7-Leg as he suddenly begins THRASHING his tail against the window.

    CUT TO:

    INT. THE AQUARIUM.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT deep inside, some of the Aliens suddenly turn TOWARDS US.

    INT. COMMAND STATION.

    Tannion reaches the Pressure Door, he’s about to make his move when another Marine appears in his path.

    CLOSE UP as Ripley turns to face Dacks.

    RIPLEY
    He’s signalling the others. Commander we have to go, now!!

    CLOSE UP on Dacks, seemingly frozen and confused.

    7-Leg continues to THRASH his Tail against the window AGAIN and AGAIN even LOUDER.

    CUT TO:

    INT. THE AQUARIUM.

    Several Aliens make their way towards the mirrored frame.

    Their heads against the glass, they seemingly try to peer inside the Station.

    INT. COMMAND STATION.

    Suddenly we hear a SPLINTERING sound coming from above.

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. UPWARDS towards the ceiling on the glass a CRACK appears.

    CLOSE UP of an Alien Warrior BASHING his head against the glass. Lips begin curling back as its outer jaw opens. As the inner jaw STRIKES the glass the whole frame VIBRATES.

    CLOSE UP on the glass as MORE cracks appear beginning to spread.

    Then the Aliens begin THRASHING their tails REPEATEDLY against the glass.

    The room begins to FILL with NOISE caused by the VIBRATING glass, then suddenly the Aliens STOP all at once .

    There’s an uneasy pause, as everybody FREEZES we CLOSE UP on Ripley then...!!

    RIPLEY
    (screaming)
    RUUUNNNNNNN!!!

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of the Aquarium as the whole glass frame SHATTERS. Water suddenly comes POURING inside.

    Ripley and Call are quickly swept of their feet towards the rear of the station.

    ANGLED SHOT of SEVERAL Alien Warriors swimming through the opening.

    We see 3 Marines attacked almost simultaneously by the Aliens.

    CUT TO:

    INT. SUPPLY TUNNEL.

    Water BURSTS though the still OPEN Pressure Door as the Marines struggle to close it.

    CUT TO:

    INT. COMMAND STATION.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT underwater as Ripley and Call swim for safety behind one of the larger computer towers.

    SHOT OF Tannion SCREAMING BUBBLES as an Alien suddenly DRAGS him out of the Station,

    ANGLED SHOT as Dacks swims to safety through the STILL OPEN Pressure Door.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley looking around for some way out.

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. we see the Little Girl being DRAGGED out of the Vent Shaft by an Alien.

    As Ripley goes towards them Call GRABS her, but Ripley is too strong and breaks free.

    Another Marine is GRABBED by an Alien and pulled out of the Station.

    ANGLED SHOT as Dacks swims to safety through the open Pressure Door, seconds later it CLOSES behind him.

    CUT TO:

    INT. COMMAND STATION.

    CLOSE UP as Ripley RISES into frame allowing herself in full view of the Aliens.

    An Alien suddenly TURNS and heads straight for her.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley looking TOWARDS US then she closes her eyes.

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. as an Alien Warrior suddenly LUNGES TOWARDS US!!

    FADE TO WHITE:

    FADE IN:

    INT. COMMAND STATION. (LATER)

    ANGLED SHOT on Call as she SLOWLY peers out from behind one of the computer towers.

    The last of the Aliens seem to be leaving.

    When the coast is clear she follows them, stopping briefly to pick up Marriot's BACKPACK floating nearby.

    She secures it over her shoulders and swims out of the Station.

    CUT TO:

    INT. A.T.G. HOLD.

    We hear muffled sounds of SHOUTING, SCREAMING and GUNFIRE coming from outside.

    JOHNER
    Jesus **** they’re killin’ each other out there!

    KELLY
    Quaid, if you’re gonna do something now would be a good time.

    BLAKE
    Why you askin’ him he’s as screwed as the rest of us!

    JOHNER
    That’s what you think, c’mon man do your stuff!!

    QUAID
    (smugly)
    Y’mean like this!!

    Quaid suddenly lifts his hands clear of the restraints.

    BLAKE
    How the hell did you do that?

    He gets up and quickly frees Johner and Kelly, then goes to free the Pirates.

    JOHNER
    Hey, wait a minute!

    QUAID
    These people are with us now, right?

    JOHNER
    Wrong kid!

    KELLY
    Yeah, like they would do the same for us??

    Quaid hesitates then turns towards the Pirates.

    QUAID
    (shrugs)
    Sorry, but she does have a point there.

    Quaid pulls off the buckle from one of his shoes, using it to PRIZE open the Security Panel on the door leading to the Cabin.

    He RIPS out some wires causing the panel to emit several SPARKS and begins TWISTING certain ones together.

    The Hold SHUDDERS from the effect of an explosion outside then all goes quiet.

    SHOT OF Kelly and Johner looking at each other worriedly.

    CLOSE UP as Quaid splices more wires together, then HITS the OPEN button on the inside of the panel and the door HISSES open.

    THEIR P.O.V. see a narrow Access Way to the Cabin beyond, sliding doors on either side labelled SLEEPER UNIT and ARMOURY.

    INT. A.T.G. ACCESS WAY/ARMOURY.

    TRACKING SHOT as Johner, Kelly and Quaid cautiously enter. They focus on the Armoury first, Johner PUSHES a lever opening the Armoury Door.

    CONTINUING inside we see a fully laden weapons rack containing Knives, Grenades, Flame Throwers, Communicators plus more Lacrima 99 Rifles with Magazines.

    Kelly grabs one of the rifles then hands another to Johner and Quaid.

    KELLY
    Alright guys, let’s get to the Cabin.

    INT. A.T.G. HOLD.

    CLOSE UP of the Pirates who remain shackled in an almost deadly silence.

    BLAKE
    We can’t let them get away with this Sergeant!

    BOA
    (confidently)
    They won’t get far Mr. Blake.

    MISS KITTY
    (shakes head)
    Did it ever occur to you the odds might not in your favour any
    more, Mr. Boa?

    INT. A.T.G. CABIN.

    The interior was like an airline cabin, 2 drivers’ seats and 5 rear ones with separate instrument panels. The whole cabin surrounded by an array of lights and switches.

    A young Marine is at the controls, the only sound comes from STATIC over the COM. He plays with the steering column mounted on a hub which allowed for dual-drive.

    Suddenly the rear door opens. Johner and Kelly quickly STORM in before he can react.

    JOHNER
    Don’t even think about it.

    Johner PULLS the Marine out of his seat and jumps in.

    There’s a short pause as Kelly stares at the young Marine, hands on his head.

    MARINE
    What’re you looking at me like that for?

    KELLY
    Like if you only knew soldier boy.

    MARINE
    If you people think I’m gonna help you, forget it!

    JOHNER
    Oh really! Why don’t take a look outside man!!

    The Marine leans close to the misted windscreen.

    MARINES P.O.V. we see nothing at first. SUDDENLY a Shark Alien CRASHES against the windscreen.

    The young Marine falls back terrified, almost STUMBLING into the seat next to Johner.

    MARINE
    Jesus, what the hell’s going on??

    KELLY
    Just get us to the South Entrance, we’ll take it from there.

    Suddenly there’s a loud THUD against the Cabin. The vehicle starts ROCKING VIOLENTLY.

    JOHNER (to Kelly)
    You gonna do something about that or what??

    KELLY
    Relax man, I’m on it!

    Kelly reaches for a lever and PULLS it down releasing a small periscope.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. A.T.G.

    ANGLED SHOT across the roof as Remote Turrets SWING OUTWARD, cannons automatically LOCK onto 2 Shark Aliens WRIGGLING on the vehicles hood then FIRE.

    SHOT OF the Shark Aliens BLASTED off the hood into the water.

    INT. A.T.G. CABIN.

    JOHNER (to Marine)
    (curiously)
    So who are you kid?

    MARINE
    (confused)
    What?

    JOHNER
    I mean name...you do have a name?

    MARINE
    Harper! Private Harper, Special Ops. Unit 347-!

    JOHNER
    (sarcastically)
    Well, Private Harper, I guess its decision time. I don’t think
    you ‘really’ wanna join your buddies outside!

    KELLY (to Marine)
    (impatiently)
    Well c’mon soldier boy, what’s it gonna be??

    The Marine briefly considers his predicament, then flicks a switch above him sending the steering hub his side.

    MARINE
    Guess I’m going with you guys!

    The Marine THUMBS the Ignition Switch and A.T.G.’s engines ROAR to life.

    Everyone grabs a seat as he shoves the A.T.G. into Reverse.

    CUT TO:

    INT. SUPPLY TUNNEL.

    ANGLED SHOT as the massive treads of the A.T.G. SPIN BACKWARDS. The vehicle quickly gathers momentum even through 4 feet of water.

    Suddenly we ZOOM IN on Captain Thai from behind SPINNING TOWARDS US

    The A.T.G. PLOUGHS into the Captain head on as it continues back up the Supply Tunnel.

    CUT TO:

    INT. A.T.G. CABIN.

    The Cabin SHUDDERS as the Marine steers the A.T.G using the vehicles REAR MONITOR situated above him.

    CUT TO:

    INT. SUPPLY TUNNEL.

    TRACKING SHOT behind the A.T.G. as it reverses towards the Tunnel Gate. 2 dorsal fins suddenly emerge from the water, the Shark Aliens quickly closing in.

    INT. A.T.G. CABIN.

    CLOSE UP on the Rear Monitor, the Tunnel Gate getting closer.

    SHOT OF Kelly worriedly staring at her Forward Monitor.

    KELLY
    ****, they’re gaining on us.

    JOHNER (O.S.)
    Almost there.

    CUT TO:

    INT. SUPPLY TUNNEL/TUNNEL GATE.

    TRACKING SHOT as the Shark Aliens continue to gain on the A.T.G.

    ANGLED SHOT as the A.T.G. approaches a poorly lit platform up to a steel door labelled:

    TUNNEL GATE.
    (MAIN JUNCTION)
    UNAUTHORISED ACCESS PROHIBITED!

    The vehicle slows as it MOUNTS a ramp clearing the water, stopping a few meters away from the Gate which remains CLOSED.

    CUT TO:

    INT. A.T.G. CABIN.

    HARPER
    (confused)
    The Bulkhead should open on automatic??

    KELLY
    *******s must be overriding it! (to Harper) Open the back Door.
    Quaid you’re coming with me.

    Kelly and Quaid quickly leave the Cabin.

    HARPER (to Johner)
    I sure hope she knows what she’s doing.

    JOHNER
    Man, them bugs are about to find out!

    INT. A.T.G. HOLD.

    Kelly and Quaid enter the Hold.

    QUAID
    (hesitates)
    Wait a minute, what about them? (indicates Pirates)

    KELLY
    (firmly)
    Forget it Quaid, I mean it!

    QUAID
    Without my gizmos I dunno if I can open that Bulkhead!

    KELLY
    You’re ****tin’ me, right!

    QUAID
    (shrugs)
    First time for everything I guess.

    MISS KITTY
    Look, whatever you think of us we’re all on the same side here.
    (looks at Boa) Isn’t that right Mr. Boa!

    Boa stares at Kelly saying nothing.

    BLAKE
    (smugly)
    And even if you did pass that Gate, without our help, you would
    be stuck in these tunnels for months.

    Kelly walks up to Boa leaning close to him.

    KELLY
    How come I get the feeling you know something we don’t?

    BOA
    (threateningly)
    Free us or you’ll never find out!

    INT. A.T.G. CABIN.

    Johner attaches a headset.

    JOHNER (into Headset)
    What’s goin’ on back there?

    KELLY (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    We’re preparing to open the Tunnel Gate, standby.

    Suddenly we hear a BEEPING sound from the vehicles internal 3D Tracking Device

    CLOSE UP on the Tracker Screen several RED BLIPS appear moving towards a 3D image of the A.T.G. in the center. The angle of trajectory changes until we see they approach from somewhere ABOVE.

    JOHNER (into headset)
    Holy **** they’re comin’!

    KELLY (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Where?

    JOHNER
    I dunno man, everywhere!

    KELLY (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    How many?

    SHOT OF Johner, his expression becoming apprehensive.

    CLOSE UP on the Tracker as HUNDREDS of BLIPS fill the top of the screen.

    JOHNER (O.S.)
    Errrm, all of ‘em I think!


    CUT TO:

    INT. AIR SHAFT.

    Slowly DOLLYING through a long Air Shaft, we hear the distant RUMBLING sound coming TOWARDS US, growing LOUDER and LOUDER.

    Suddenly DOZENS of Runner Aliens STREAK past along all four walls of the Shaft.

    SMASH CUT TO:

    INT. A.T.G. HOLD.

    Boa types quickly on the Terminal’s keyboard. A small antennae POPS UP from the side, then a message appears on the screen reading:

    TERMINAL COMMINCATION SYSTEMS
    OUTTER BEACON INITIATED.
    Prepare for Transmission...
    MISS KITTY (O.S.)
    So what are you doing Mr. Boa?

    BOA
    I’m attempting to signal the Ark by locking onto the Auto Docks
    locator through this vehicles transponder, otherwise they would
    never find us.

    A long piece of encrypted data FLASHES across the screen, Boa PRESSES the ENTER key then turns to look at Miss Kitty.

    MARRIOT
    Now all we have to do is get to the Dock.

    JOHNER (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    800 meters and closin' fast.

    KELLY
    You guys better be right about this!

    MARRIOT
    Never mind that, how do you propose to open the Bulkhead?

    KELLY
    Alright Quaid take these people out to the Gate, we’ll be there
    in a few minutes. (to Miss Kitty) Follow me please!

    INT. A.T.G. HOLD/ACCESS WAY/AMOURY (CONT.)

    We DOLLY behind Kelly and Miss Kitty as they leave the Hold, go through the Access Way and into the Armoury.

    JOHNER (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    700 meters and closing, c’mon you guys!

    KELLY
    I want you to grab all the Firebomb's you can, ok.

    MISS KITTY
    (curiously)
    What do you have in mind?

    KELLY
    Something I’ve been meaning to do all day.

    INT. A.T.G. CABIN.

    CLOSE UP on the Tracker, the RED BLIPS of the Aliens suddenly VANISH!!

    JOHNER (into Headset)
    Holy ****, they just disappeared!!

    KELLY (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    What do you mean “just disappeared”??

    JOHNER
    I mean they’re gone I got nothin’ do you read me!

    CUT TO:

    INT. TUNNEL GATE.

    The A.T.G.’s Boarding Ramp extends, armed with a rifle Quaid RUSHES for the Tunnel Gate followed by Boa, Blake and Marriot.

    QUAID
    Ok, let’s see if I can do this.

    He locates the Gates Control Panel embedded into it and PRIZES it open with a knife.

    Blake suddenly FREEZES on hearing RIPPLING sounds from the water.

    BLAKE
    (nervously)
    You hear that...they’re out there!

    MARRIOT
    I don’t hear anything but you whining Blake!

    Blake slowly backs away from the others to the opposite side of the Gate.

    BLAKE
    (panicking)
    They’re comin’ for us...I can feel it-!!

    At that point Kelly and Miss Kitty re-appear from the A.T.G.

    MISS KITTY
    (angrily)
    Quiet Mr. Blake, you’re beginning to annoy me!!

    KELLY
    Ok, everybody take some of these. (shows Firebomb’s) Place them
    along the walls of the Gate as far out as you can.

    MARRIOT
    How you gonna set ‘em off?

    KELLY
    With this. (shows remote Detonator)

    QUAID
    (humorously)
    Hate to disappoint you girl, but you ain’t never gonna blow the
    door with those.

    KELLY
    Who said anything about blowing the door?

    QUAID
    Wait a minute, you thinkin’ what I think you’re thinkin’?

    KELLY
    (confidently)
    We’ll be safe enough inside the vehicle.

    QUAID
    (shakes head)
    You’re jokin’ me...tell me you’re jokin’ right!

    CLOSE UP on Kelly as she stares BLANKLY back at him.

    QUAID
    Oh my God, she’s serious, I don’t believe it she’s-!!

    ANGLED SHOT as a Shark Alien suddenly LEAPS onto the ramp a few meters from Blake.

    SHOT OF the Pirate SPINNING round TERRIFIED.

    The Alien SCUTTLES on its fins towards Blake as the others (except Kelly) back away.

    BLAKE
    (shouting)
    Shoot it--kill it--****ing do somethin’!!

    CLOSE UP of the Alien coming TOWARDS US, mouth GAPING wide open.

    Suddenly Kelly appears from behind the A.T.G. and FIRES at the creature.

    The Aliens head EXPLODES and its limp body SLIDES down the ramp into the water.

    KELLY (into Headset)
    Johner, you see ‘em yet?

    JOHNER (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Not a Goddam thing!

    KELLY (to Others)
    Alright let’s get these things in place.

    Suddenly we hear a LOUD HISSING noise coming from the DARKNESS above, everyone immediately TURNS to look UPWARD.

    BLAKE
    (nervously)
    What the **** was that??

    QUAID
    Can’t see a thing up there.

    KELLY (into Headset)
    Johner! Hit the flood lights.

    JOHNER (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Roger that!

    THEIR P.O.V. as the A.T.G.’s searchlights come to life. Along the walls of the Tunnel we see DOZENS of Aliens barely a few meters away, some STILL climbing out of an Air Shaft, but they DO NOT attack.

    MISS KITTY (O.S.)
    Oh my God!

    LOW ANGLED SHOT slowly DOLLYING ROUND the A.T.G. towards the edge of the ramp. A black spider-like creature climbs up unnoticed, then SCUTTLES under the vehicle.

    KELLY (O.S.)
    Just keep laying those bombs and don’t stop!

    They continue laying Firebomb’s around the Gate, while Quaid works on the Control panel, still keeping a nervous eye on the Aliens.

    We slowly PAN along the UNDERSIDE of the A.T.G. to where 7-Leg now HANGS upside down from the DRIVE SHAFT.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of ALL the Aliens now gathered around the Air Shaft.

    KELLY (O.S.)
    (curiously)
    I don’t get it, these things could take us any time they want!

    QUAID (O.S.)
    It’s psychology **** man. Like a predator hunts the hunted and
    then POW!

    KELLY
    (humorously)
    Well, I guess surrendering is out.

    BLAKE
    (smugly)
    Just as I thought, you don’t have a plan at all!

    Suddenly Kelly turns to confront Blake.

    KELLY
    (angrily)
    Y’know you’re really startin’ to **** me off, so either you got
    a solution here, otherwise shut the **** up!

    We CLOSE UP on Blake grinning back at Kelly.

    BLAKE
    You want a solution...how about this!

    EXTREME CLOSE UP on Blake’s eyes as they SHIFT TOWARDS Boa.

    Blake suddenly BARGES into Quaid, knocking him to the deck where he drops his rifle.

    Boa quickly GRABS the weapon then SPINS round to face the others.

    SHOT OF Kelly quickly pointing her rifle towards Boa.

    BOA
    (firmly)
    Now we do things my way!

    KELLY
    You really think you can beat them with weapons?

    BOA
    (grinning)
    Why not, they’re just animals...see!

    Boa indiscriminately FIRES TOWARDS the Aliens.

    ANGLED SHOT as 2 of the creatures EXPLODE and their bodies PLUMMET downwards.

    One SPLASHES into the water, the other CRASHES onto the roof of the A.T.G. then BOUNCES onto the ramp.

    CLOSE UP as acid blood MELTS a small hole through the ROOF of the vehicle.

    The other Aliens HISS LOUDLY but still they DO NOT attack.

    JOHNER (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    What the ****’s going on back there!

    Boa backs away slowly, the rifle firmly pointed at the others.

    QUAID
    Guess there’s no chance getting my gun back?

    Boa gives Quaid a stern look as he picks himself off the deck.

    QUAID
    Yeah, that’s what I thought.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of the Tunnel Gate as it suddenly begins to OPEN with a LOW RUMBLE, the others all turn to look behind them.

    We ZOOM IN towards a figure stood just beyond the Gate...it’s VAUGHAN!

    KELLY (into Headset)
    Johner you read me?

    JOHNER (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    I see it, I see it...comin’ through.

    The A.T.G. quickly reverses through the Tunnel Gate.

    Kelly stares at Boa, still pointing their rifles at each other.

    KELLY
    Time to decide who’s side you’re really on man!

    Boa slowly lowers his weapon, keeping it by his side they enter the Tunnel Gate.

    INT. MAIN JUNCTION. (CONT.)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the vehicle comes into a halt inside a BRIGHTLY lit vertical shaft, similar to the Freight Elevator Shaft on a smaller scale. The Main Junction’s shaft leading up to the Service Depot high above, while opposite the Gate they came through is another labelled:

    NETWORK TUNNEL GATE
    (SOUTH)
    UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS PROHIBITED!

    Vaughan PUSHES a lever on the wall and the Tunnel Gate begins SLOWLY closing.

    THEIR P.O.V. of the Aliens SNARLING and HISSING outside, as the Gate closes they start moving closer, but still they DO NOT attack.

    When the Tunnel Gate is fully closed the whole grated floor begins to ROTATE.

    KELLY (to Vaughan)
    (relieved)
    Good to see you again man, we owe you big time.

    VAUGHAN
    (politely)
    What happened to the others?

    KELLY
    (carefully)
    Ripley and Call didn’t make it...I’m sorry.

    Then Johner opens the Cabin door, climbs out of the A.T.G. and suddenly STORMS towards Vaughan with a look of distaste.

    JOHNER
    (angrily)
    Hey, what the hell kept you robot! You call yourselves logical
    and ****, so what the hell happened to punctual, eh??

    Vaughan starts backing away unsurely.

    JOHNER (CONT.)
    Y’know there’s a word for things like you!! You know what that
    is robot, well do you, uh??

    VAUGHAN
    (hesitantly)
    I’m afraid not.

    Johner suddenly GRABS Vaughan and gives him an unexpected HUG!!

    JOHNER
    (loudly)
    ****in’ ‘hero’ man!!

    There’s a brief but more relaxed pause.

    QUAID (to Vaughan)
    So how the heck did you find us?

    VAUGHAN
    Actually, the Tunnel Gate was part of the plan if you remember.

    KELLY
    (curiously)
    The Gate was locked down. You knew?

    VAUGHAN
    Yes I did.

    KELLY
    But you didn’t tell us...why not?

    VAUGHAN
    Shortly after we arrived I discovered the Tunnel Gates had been
    locked out from a port on sub level 2. With no other traceable
    activity at that point, naturally, I suspected the saboteur was
    with us.

    MISS KITTY
    (nodding)
    Tannion.

    KELLY
    So, you came down here to open it.

    VAUGHAN
    Yes. However, I failed to detect the presence of the Military
    until it was too late, an error of judgment on my part.

    QUAID
    No worries man we made it...well...most of us.

    CLOSE UP on Johner and Boa stood nervously side-by-side.

    JOHNER
    Look man, I still don’t like you and I’m guessing the feeling’s
    mutual. But if we’re gonna get outta this **** alive, I say we
    work together from now on...deal?

    Boa nods just once in acknowledgement.

    ANGLED SHOT as the A.T.G. eventually faces the south Network Tunnel Gate, then the floor stops rotating.

    Suddenly we hear BANGING and CLANKING sounds coming from the behind the other Gate.

    QUAID
    I sure hope they don’t find a way in here.

    KELLY
    (humorously)
    Y’know in all this excitement I almost forgot.

    JOHNER
    Forgot what?

    Kelly hands Johner the Firebombs’ detonator.

    KELLY
    Here, be my guest.

    CLOSE UP of Johner walking TOWARDS US with a BIG GRIN on his face.

    JOHNER
    See you in hell mother ****ers!

    CUT TO:

    INT. TUNNEL GATE.

    CLOSE UP as an Alien Warrior lowers its head and HISSES at one of the Firebomb’s.

    CUT TO:

    INT. SUPPLY TUNNEL.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT further down the Supply Tunnel. There’s a LOUD BOOOOM then we see a ball of FIRE heading TOWARDS US, Aliens EXPLODING in its wake as it ENGULFS the view.

    SMASH CUT TO:

    INT. NETWORK TUNNEL. (LATER)

    LOW ANGLED shot as the headlights of the A.T.G. SPEED towards us passing overhead.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. TERRAN HOSPITAL. A-WING. (2 HOURS LATER)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as Call enters the Hospital wing from a SMASHED Elevator Door.

    CLOSE UP on Call staring upwards in disbelief.

    CALL’S P.O.V. a HUGE COCOON stretches high above the ceiling, dropping down into the Transport Shaft. HUNDREDS of Human bodies lie within, all of them CHEST-BURSTERED, yet
    there are no Alien Eggs to be seen.

    She walks over to the Transport Shaft and peers over the edge.

    DROP SHOT into the shaft, the Cocoon stretches down through the 2 levels of the complex 200 feet below, the deck covered in DRIED BLOOD.

    She stands back again and stares up at the Cocoon...then sees SOMETHING.

    We PAN UPWARDS past countless chest-burstered bodies piled up to the ceiling, then slowly ZOOM IN on an area towards someone we recognize, RIPLEY! We CONTINUE ZOOMING IN on her subconsciously moving, getting closer we see her head move, her eye balls ROLL. Still ZOOMING IN we pass BEYOND all she can see, through her LEFT EYE...into her MIND.

    FADE TO BLACK:

    FADE IN:

    (DREAM SEQUENCE)

    INT. ‘UNKNOWN’ SPACE SHIP. ENTRY WAY.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT slowly ZOOMING IN on large BAY DOORS. A LOUD klaxon WHAILS in the background, YELLOW lights FLASH along the ceiling, the distant RUMBLING of powerful engines echo throughout the ship.

    An Individual walks into frame, clad in an Armoured Body Suite carrying a Flamethrower.

    CLOSE UP of the Individual unrecognizable through the breathing mask.

    SLIDE DOORS open revealing an ENORMOUS chamber filled with STROBE LIGHTING.

    We see chains drape from the ceiling among weapons of unimaginable destruction. Heavy-duty Cranes...a Power Loader...a Drop Ship...now we know where we are!

    INT. U.S.S. SULACO. CARGO LOCK. (STROBE LIGHTING)

    The Individual steps inside the Cargo Lock and pauses as the doors close behind.

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT as the Individual slowly proceeds further into the Lock, stopping beside the Drop Ship, then climbs down into the sub-flooring through an open Maintenance Hatch.

    INT. SUB-FLOORING

    The Individual begins CRAWLING between steel supports under the floor, bathed in an AMBER LIGHT, towards a row of pillars on the far side.

    Embedded in the center of one of these is a computer terminal.

    The Individual presses a GREEN button on the keypad, a monitor springs to life with the
    U.S.C.M. logo and a list of on-screen options.

    CLOSE UP as the Individual removes the breathing mask revealing their identity...it’s
    RIPLEY!

    RIPLEY (into Headset)
    Hicks, you there?

    HICKS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Right here Ripley.

    RIPLEY
    Alright, I’m at the terminal. What do I do?

    HICKS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Select Emergency Procedures from the Main Options screen.

    CLOSE UP on the Display Screen. Ripley selects EMERGENCY PROCEDURES as directed, a SIDE ANGLE schematic of the Sulaco appears, split into five sections by different colours.

    HICKS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    You should see a full schematic of the ship. Check the ship by
    touching it then select Purge from the drop-down menu.

    There’s a short pause as Ripley continues.

    RIPLEY
    Ok, What next?

    HICKS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Select Emergency Cryo from the schematic, then follow on-screen
    instructions...nothing to it!

    A smaller window overlaps the Sulaco schematic.

    Ripley fills in the required data:

    U.S.S._SULACO
    CONESTOGA CLASS MILITARY TRANSPORT VT90023
    DIRECTIVE - PURGE!
    MISSION: L.V. 426-RESCUE.
    STATUS: INTRUDER ALERT.
    CLARIFICATION: TRANSIT VIOLATION-CODE 03.
    VALIDATING INSTRUCTION...
    PLEASE WAIT.
    CLOSE UP (CONT.) a short pause then another window appears.

    INSTRUCTION 1 COMPLETE!
    PLEASE ENTER RESTRICT
    ACCESS CODE:
    Ripley roles up her LEFT sleeve. Written on her arm is a 10-digit code which she enters on the keypad.
    ___________________
    1 1_2_5_3_3_7_2_9_9
    VALIDATING INSTRUCTION...
    PLEASE WAIT.
    There’s another short pause.

    On the Monitor another window appears reading:
    ACCESS ACCEPTED.
    INSTRUCTION 2 COMPLETE!
    VALIDATING FINAL INSTRUCTION...
    PLEASE WAIT!

    HICKS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    What’s happening back there, see any of those things?

    RIPLEY
    (hesitantly)
    Do you remember we talked about the egg-layer?

    HICKS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Yeah, I remember...vaguely.

    RIPLEY
    (tentatively)
    I found her Hicks, then I really ****ed her off. She found her
    way onto the ship and...! (hesitates)

    HICKS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    But you blasted it from the ship before we left, right?

    RIPLEY
    Yeah I did. Unfortunately, I think she left something behind.

    HICKS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Like what?

    RIPLEY
    (quickly)
    How’s Newt is she ok?

    HICKS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Sleeping like a baby, told you I’d take care of her.

    RIPLEY
    (smiles)
    Yes, you did. You got that Cryo secured yet?

    HICKS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Don’t worry, everything’s gonna be fine...trust me.

    On the Monitor, yet another window appears. Again Ripley fills in the required data.

    IDENTIFICATION
    NAME: RIPLEY, ELLEN.
    RANK: LIEUTENANT, FIRST CLASS.
    LICENCE No.: NOC/36706.
    CLOSE UP on Ripley as several nervous seconds pass.

    A final window appears on the Monitor, the text FLASHING:

    CONFIRMATION ACCEPTED.

    FINAL INSTRUCTION COMPLETE!
    COMMENCING AUTOMATIC SEPARATION...
    WARNING: FINAL INSTRUCTION IRREVERSIBLE,
    PRESS “ENTER” TO PROCEED.
    RIPLEY
    (tentatively)
    Well...here goes nothing.
    She presses the ENTER button.

    Suddenly the whole Monitor Screen FLASHES constantly, then the klaxon is interrupted by a Female voice of the ships Computer.

    ATTENTION ALL PERSONELL: SEPARATION FROM MAIN
    VESSEL AUTHORIZED. THE SHIP WILL AUTOMATICALLY
    DISENGAGE IN T-MINUS 15 MINUTES.

    Ripley replaces the mask and begins making her way back to the Cargo Lock.

    INT. CARGO LOCK. (STROBE LIGHTING)

    Ripley climbs up onto the main deck. Suddenly we hear a BEEPING noise from the Motion Tracker.

    She stares down at the device.

    EXTREME CLOSE UP on the Motion Tracker, indicating a BLIP directly ahead of Ripley.

    RIPLEY
    Hicks!

    HICKS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Yeah!

    RIPLEY
    I found it!! Whatever it is it’s in Bay 12. I’m going over to
    take a look.

    HICKS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Hold on, I’ll be right there-!

    RIPLEY
    (quickly)
    No!! I’ll be fine, just stay with Newt!

    HICKS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    You be careful ok!!

    TRACKING SHOT as Ripley SLOWLY walks over towards Storage Bay 12.

    INT. STORAGE BAY #12. (CONT.)

    REVERSE TRACKING SHOT as Ripley enters the dimly lit Bay then turns LEFT. She continues a few yards into a short dark passageway to the next adjacent Bay.

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. PANNING LEFT along the ceiling towards an OPEN Alien Egg, situated between a row of support frames. (ALIEN 3)

    The Alien Egg is surrounded by a THICK layer of YELLOW MUCUS like the Aliens own acidic blood, yet it doesn’t penetrate the hull, but PULSATES like thousands of tiny membranes at its base.

    RIPLEY
    What the hell are you, you *******!

    CLOSE UP on the Alien Egg...something MOVES inside.

    Ripley carefully steps forward to take a CLOSER look, gradually LOWERING the Flamethrower.

    ATTENTION ALL PERSONELL: SEPARATION FROM MAIN
    VESSEL WILL COMMENCE IN T-MINUS 10 MINUTES.

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. Slowly MOVING TOWARDS the Egg. Suddenly a Huggers Tail SHOOTS out TOWARDS US from INSIDE.

    SHOT OF the Huggers Tail wrapping TIGHTLY round Ripley’s neck.

    LOW ANGLED SHOT of her feet LIFTED off the deck.

    SHOT OF the flamethrower CRASHING to the floor.

    Ripley STRUGGLES to free herself from the Huggers CHOKING GRASP.

    Suddenly it releases her, she drops backwards onto the floor.

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. TOWARDS the ceiling. The Hugger DROPS out from the Egg SMOTHERING the view then...!

    (DREAM SEQUENCE ENDS)
    SMASH CUT TO:

    INT. TERRAN HOSPITAL. A-WING.

    Ripley suddenly wakes, starts to scream but can’t...tries to move but CAN’T.

    RIPLEY
    (shouting)
    Amy, where are you??

    She looks sideways as Call suddenly appears beside her.

    CALL
    (reassuringly)
    Hey, it’s alright now, just don’t try to move ok?

    RIPLEY
    My daughter...where is she?

    CALL
    She isn’t here, that’s all I know.

    RIPLEY
    What’re you doing here?

    CALL
    Well, I came to save you, but don’t thank me (looks downwards),
    not just yet anyway.

    Ripley hesitantly looks downwards.

    DROP SHOT into the Transporter Shaft as Call HANGS onto the sides of the Cocoon beside Ripley. She slowly begins tearing away the secreted resin from Ripley’s arms and upper body until she can move more freely, then climbs downward and begins freeing her legs.

    RIPLEY
    You followed me?

    CALL
    Yeah I did. They brought you in through an opening beneath the
    Elevator shaft. What is this place anyhow?

    RIPLEY
    It’s the hospital.

    CALL
    I can see that, but who’s it for?

    RIPLEY
    The United System’s Military.

    Call eventually frees Ripley’s legs then climbs up beside her.

    She begins PULLING Ripley free of the Cocoon then wraps an arm around her.

    CALL
    (curiously)
    Why didn’t you tell me?

    RIPLEY
    If I did would you still have come?

    CALL
    Of course I would, I’m immune from them.

    RIPLEY
    No one is immune Call, I told you they kill everything, haven’t
    you learned anything?

    There’s a short pause as Call looks downwards hesitantly.

    RIPLEY
    So what’s next?

    CALL
    We’re gonna have to jump!

    ANGLED SHOT as Ripley looks downwards.

    RIPLEY
    That’s a long drop.

    CALL
    Yeah it is, so we do it together...ok.

    There’s a brief pause as they turn to face each other.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as Ripley and Call then LEAP off the Cocoon together, landing just over the rail on the floor.

    They get to they’re feet and gradually compose themselves.

    CALL
    You ok?

    RIPLEY
    Fine.

    CALL
    (looking around)
    So, this is where it all started.

    There’s a short pause.

    RIPLEY
    (thinking)
    I was wrong.

    CALL
    Wrong! Wrong about what?

    RIPLEY
    (thinking)
    They have seen a Hugger like 7-Leg before, I saw it too, a long
    time ago on the Sulaco.

    CALL
    (curiously)
    You remember the Sulaco?

    RIPLEY
    I remember some things, things I couldn’t before, sometimes see
    things I can’t even begin to explain.

    Ripley then walks towards the sliding doors of Ward #3.

    CALL (O.S.)
    (curiously)
    I wonder why they brought you here. I mean, there are no eggs,
    no sign of the others, I don’t get it.

    RIPLEY
    Last time they wanted to show me something.

    CALL (O.S.)
    But there’s nothing here.

    RIPLEY
    There’s always something.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley closing her eyes as the doors to Ward #3 slide open, she hesitates before opening them. Call appears beside her looking on in disbelief.

    INT. HOSPITAL. WARD #3. (CONT.)

    THEIR P.O.V. inside the walls and floor are covered in BLOOD, curtains all RIPPED to shreds revealing the CHEST-BURSTERED patients STILL lying in they’re beds. We PAN towards the far end of the Ward where we see the culprits, DOZENS of dead Face-Huggers lying in a HEAP on the floor.

    Ripley walks over towards one of the beds, to someone once familiar.

    CLOSE UP on the Old Man. His mouth and eyes gaping WIDE OPEN.

    She gently closes his eyes then touches the Old Mans hand.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley as tears begin running down her face.

    RIPLEY
    (sadly)
    I’m so sorry...forgive me!

    CALL (O.S.)
    (reassuringly)
    You didn’t know this was gonna happen.

    Ripley looks back at the pile of Huggers.

    RIPLEY
    They knew, I heard them, but I still left these people behind.

    CUT TO:

    INT. A.T.G. CABIN.

    Harper continues to drive the vehicle with Johner beside him. Blake, Vaughan and Marriot are not Present at this time.

    KELLY
    How long ‘till we reach the Dock?

    HARPER
    Just under 2 hours.

    MISS KITTY
    We only have a 3 hour window to the Ark.

    JOHNER
    (confidently)
    Plenty of time.

    At that point Vaughan and Marriot enter, Marriot’s shoulder now in a sling.

    VAUGHAN (to Miss Kitty)
    (informatively)
    I successfully removed the bullet and sealed the wound. But he
    will still need further medical attention.

    MARRIOT
    Thanks Doc, guess you robots aren’t so bad after all.

    VAUGHAN
    On the contrary, some of us are very bad.

    MARRIOT
    Who’s the new recruit?

    MISS KITTY
    Long story, I’ll explain later.

    There’s a short pause.

    MISS KITTY
    Well, if it’s ok with you guys, I think I’ll go and change into
    something more comfortable.

    MARRIOT
    You might wanna chase Blake first, he’s still fixing the hole.

    MISS KITTY
    (firmly)
    Don’t you worry I will.

    Miss Kitty then leaves the cabin.

    INT. SLEEPER UNIT.

    The narrow room has 12 compact Cryo Tubes mounted almost upright against the walls in 2 columns, surrounded by an array of monitors and dials.

    CLOSE UP of Lauren still asleep in one of the Cryo’s

    Miss Kitty enters and walks over to the STEALTH Crew’s Backpacks stacked on a shelf at the rear end, she finds hers takes it and leaves the room.

    INT. CABIN.

    Johner stands beside Kelly while Harper drives the A.T.G. (O.S.)

    JOHNER
    What’s wrong with you?

    KELLY
    (thoughtfully)
    You think they may be alive?

    JOHNER
    Who?

    KELLY
    Ripley and Call man!

    JOHNER
    (shrugs)
    Never gave it much thought, who knows what she’s capable of.

    KELLY
    (humorously)
    Guess you took it for granted too, huh?

    INT. A.T.G. HOLD.

    Miss Kitty stands alone in the Hold, lights FLASHING from the partially damaged ceiling.

    MISS KITTY
    Mr. Blake...are you in here?

    There’s no answer, she walks further inside observing the hole in the ceiling.

    MISS KITTY’S P.O.V. UPWARDS at the hole, then PANNING DOWN to the floor where the Acid Blood continued through the Hold.

    CLOSE UP on Miss Kitty looking around nervously.

    MISS KITTY
    (louder)
    Mr. Blake, show yourself at once!

    INT. LOCKER.

    ‘UNKNOWN’ P.O.V. watching Miss Kitty in the darkness through a tiny gap in the door.

    INT. A.T.G. HOLD.

    Miss Kitty waits a few moments, removes her belongings from the Backpack, then begins getting undressed.

    INT. LOCKER.

    EXTREME CLOSE UP of a pair of EYES staring TOWARDS US slowly ZOOMING OUTWARD. Suddenly those eyes begin to WIDEN with TERROR!

    INT. HOLD.

    REAR ANGLED SHOT on Miss Kitty slipping into her black spandex outfit. A DARK THIN shape begins to rise UNFOCUSED behind her.

    SHOT OF Miss Kitty SPINNING round.

    The SNAKE ALIEN rises to its full height like a Python looking down on her. The woman’s black shiny outfit similar to the Aliens own skin, for a moment it seems memorized.

    Miss Kitty stands frozen with fear.

    EXTREME CLOSE UP as the Snake Aliens lips then begin curling back. Its Outer Jaw opens and the Inner Jaw suddenly STRIKES OUTWARD into her head.

    INT. LOCKER.

    We hear Miss Kitty’s body SLUMP to the floor (O.S.).

    Blake backs into the Locker accidentally KNOCKING something making a THUMPING sound.

    INT. HOLD.

    The Snake Alien TURNS towards the Locker and WRIGGLES up to it.

    Suddenly BOTH Locker doors swing open. Blake CHARGES out with a Rifle and FIRES wildly.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Snake Alien QUICKLY retreats through the hole in the ceiling.

    SMASH CUT TO:

    INT. CABIN.

    CLOSE UP on Kelly and Quaid turn TOWARDS US.

    Quaid
    What the hell was that??

    KELLY
    Sounds like we got trouble, c’mon let’s take a look!

    They leave the Cabin followed by Boa. Johner and Harper remain piloting the A.T.G.

    CUT TO:

    INT. HOLD.

    BLAKES P.O.V. looking around the hole where the Snake Alien disappeared.

    He’s briefly STARTLED as Kelly, Quaid then Boa enter.

    They see Miss Kitty’s bloodstained body lying on the floor.

    BLAKE
    One of them was under us the whole time.

    BOA
    Where did it go?

    BLAKE
    (nervously)
    It’s up there somewhere! (indicates hole)

    KELLY
    We gotta get it back in here!

    QUAID
    Ermm, you sure that’s such a great idea?

    KELLY
    You wanna kill it or wait for it to screw you??

    QUAID
    Ok, so what you got in mind?

    KELLY (into Headset)
    Johner, you read me?

    JOHNER (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Right here.

    KELLY (into Headset)
    There’s a failsafe for the turrets right behind the canopy. A
    big red switch, you see it?

    JOHNER (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Yeah I see it.

    KELLY
    Punch it!!

    CUT TO:

    EXT. A.T.G.

    We DOLLY along the ROOF of the A.T.G. towards the TURRETS, the bases of BOTH weapons MELTED away, the Turrets RIPPED from their hinges.

    INT. HOLD.

    There’s a long pause but the expected gunfire doesn’t happen.

    QUAID
    Jesus, they knocked out the guns too!

    BLAKE
    (panicking)
    So now what are we supposed to do??

    KELLY
    (thinking)
    Only one thing to do, release the couplings, jettison the Hold!
    If that thing’s still up there we’ll soon know for sure.

    QUAID
    Ok, let’s do that!

    As they turn to leave the Hold, suddenly an Aliens TAIL reaches down from the ceiling.

    CLOSE UP as it WRAPS round Boa’s neck then LIFTS him off the deck.

    Blake goes to shoot it but Kelly STOPS him.

    KELLY
    No wait, I got an idea.

    BOA
    (choking)
    Jesus ****--shoot it--kill it!!

    The Snake Aliens HEAD appears from the hole staring at Boa STRUGGLING to breathe.

    CLOSE UP on Kelly from behind, she slowly produces a KNIFE from her back pocket.

    The Alien HISSES at her then turns its attention back to the stricken Pirate.

    Kelly positions herself so the Alien is in direct line of sight and THROWS the knife.

    SHOT OF the blade SLICING though the Creatures mid-section.

    Boa DROPS to the floor with the Alien, acid Blood melting another hole right next to him.

    The injured creature quickly retreats behind a locker at the rear of the Hold.

    Quaid steps forward and helps Boa to his feet.

    KELLY
    (carefully)
    You guys get back to the Cabin, I’ll take care of this sucker!

    The others quickly head back through the Access Way, leaving the door partially OPEN.

    CLOSE UP as the Snake Alien slowly RISES from behind the locker.

    KELLY
    Come to mamma you *******.

    Kelly slowly begins to retreat towards the Access Way, just above the door there’s panel with a leaver, reading:

    WARNING:
    HOLD SECTION - MANUAL RELEASE.
    PULL TO DETACH
    CLOSE UP on the Snake Alien HISSING angrily, moving forward with a side to side motion,
    as if trying to mesmerize it’s prey.

    KELLY (O.S.)
    That’s right, keep on comin’!

    CLOSE UP (CONT.) suddenly the Snake Alien makes an unexpected LUNGE for Kelly.

    SHOT OF Kelly’s hand REACING up and PULLING down the Lever.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT we hear a BIRST of gas then the Hold TUMBLES away with the Alien inside, ROLLING several times before SMASHING into the walls of the Tunnel and EXPLODING.

    CUT TO:

    INT. TERRAN HOSPITAL. A-WING. (30 MINUTES LATER)

    Ripley and Call walk towards the Elevator Doors.

    CALL
    (curiously)
    Can I ask you something?

    RIPLEY
    Ask me what?

    CALL
    What did you mean about that little girl being part of you?

    RIPLEY
    (carefully)
    Ever since we came back here, I’ve been hearing this voice! It
    calls to me, it sounds exactly like her...like Amy.

    CALL
    I don’t understand.

    There’s a short pause as Ripley turns to face Call.

    RIPLEY
    She’s my daughter.

    CALL
    (confused)
    You’re daughter, I thought they told you she died?

    RIPLEY
    (thoughtfully)
    I guess there’s really only one way to find out.

    CALL
    That reminds me.

    Call leans down on the floor, reaching for something under one of the Elevator doors.

    RIPLEY (O.S.)
    (curiously)
    What’re you doing?

    CALL
    (politely)
    Just a minute.

    She eventually produces Marriot's Backpack.

    CALL
    I hid this under the floor in case they came back.

    RIPLEY
    What’s in there?

    Call hands Ripley the Backpack.

    CALL
    See for yourself.

    Ripley opens the Backpack and begins emptying its contents, a box of FLARE STICKS, several GRENADES, 1 COMMUNICATOR and a QUAD RIFLE with spare Magazine Clip.

    She holds the weapon carefully.

    RIPLEY
    We could sure use this.

    CALL
    No problem, I already disabled the F.R.S.

    Ripley peers into the Backpack, inside is one more item.

    Even more carefully she brings out a VIDEO CAMERA and observes it closely.

    RIPLEY
    Is this the same one?

    CALL
    (nods)
    Guess Dacks must’ve dropped it during the attack, we could blow
    the whole island with that.

    RIPLEY
    Yeah we could, ‘if’ we knew how to set it off!

    Ripley begins putting the items back into the Backpack.

    CALL (O.S)
    I could do it...I think.

    RIPLEY
    Yes, I’m sure you could.

    CALL
    (thoughtfully)
    Do you believe what Dacks said about this place?

    RIPLEY
    I believe the Company told him what they wanted to.

    CALL
    But they didn’t know the Alien was here.

    RIPLEY
    I know Call. Mind if I keep this! (indicates Backpack)

    CALL
    Not at all.

    Ripley secures the Backpack over her shoulders then walks over towards the Main Elevator doors, nearby is a glass-covered panel with a key inside beside a small leaver.

    CLOSE UP on the Panel, a small placard reads:

    EMERGENCY RELEASE!!
    AUTHORIZED PERSONELL ONLY!
    1. Break Glass.
    2. Enter and turn key COUNTER CLOCKWISE.
    3. Pull lever to LOCK position.
    Ripley breaks the glass, inserts and turns the key and pulls down the lever.

    At first nothing happens, then the Hospital lights begin to FLICKER, a Klaxon WAILS as HUGE Shutters come down over all 3 Elevator doors.

    Suddenly the whole Complex begins to SHUDDER.

    CALL
    (worriedly)
    What’s happening?

    The Platform suddenly begins to rise before the Elevators.

    RIPLEY
    We’re leaving, c’mon let’s go!

    They quickly JUMP on the Platform as it slowly travels up to the ceiling.

    CUT TO:

    INT. AQUARIUM.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the Hospital Complex begins to RISE, supported by 2 EXTENDIBLE crane arms fixed to the seabed, the entire BOX shape is LIFTED away from the Elevator Shaft. We PAN UPWARD as the Complex is SLOWLY transported towards a massive STEEL ROOF, which SLIDES open allowing the Complex to be RAISED into the Great Lake directly above.

    EXT. THE GREAT LAKE. AFTERNOON. (OVERCAST)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT across the Great Lake as HUGE BUBBLES form over the surface, suddenly the Hospital Complex comes BURSTING through, rising until almost clear of the water.

    EXT. THE DAM. (CONT.)

    DOLLY SHOT over the Dam Tower, a Swing Bridge extends from it CONNECTING with the Complex as it comes to rest.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. HOSPITAL COMPLEX. (TOPSIDE)

    A large section of roofing SLIDES apart, Ripley and Call emerge from inside, making their way across the top of the Hospital Complex.

    CALL
    Look!! (points towards Bridge)

    Ripley takes Calls hand then together they head towards the Tower Bridge.

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT we see Ferina Hill and the Landing Platform, in the distance a roll of heavy clouds with thunder and lightening, slowly gathers over the island.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. NETWORK TUNNEL/AUTO DOCKING BAY ENTRANCE. (1 HOUR LATER)

    The A.T.G. approaches a WIDE section of the Supply Tunnel with a BULKHEAD. As the vehicle nears it the Bulkhead automatically slides open, allowing the vehicle to pass.

    INT. AUTO DOCKING BAY. ELEVATOR.

    The vehicle comes to a halt on the Elevator, just wide enough for it to fit inside. The Door CLOSES behind then the Elevator begins to RISE.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. AUTO DOCKING BAY. (WIND, HEAVY RAIN) (LATER)

    HOWLING WINDS and TORRENTIAL RAIN surrounds the A.T.G. as it emerges from the Elevator Shaft onto the Auto Docking Bay platform.

    Everyone except Vaughan and Marriot gets out of the vehicle and walks up to the edge of the Bay.

    THEIR P.O.V. slowly PANNING across the STORMY Atlantic, the Arkensaw nowhere in sight.

    JOHNER (O.S.)
    (cursing)
    They ain’t comin’ I know it, we’re ****ed!

    KELLY (O.S.)
    Well, we can’t go anywhere in this.

    BOA
    (firmly)
    I told you they’ll be here!!

    KELLY
    Sure hope the Army ain’t tracking us.

    JOHNER
    (confused)
    What??

    KELLY
    The A.T.G. man!

    BOA
    There’s nothing we can do about it now. Let’s get back inside
    the vehicle.

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT slowly DOLLYING AWAY as everyone returns to the A.T.G.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. FERINA CEMETERY. (RAIN, THUNDER & LIGHTNING)

    We DOLLY past a 100 foot tall MARBLE ARCH, large letters engraved in black read:

    FERINA HILL CEMETERY.
    DOLLYING (CONT.) over the mass of headstones, toward Ripley and Call stood beside a tiny grave.

    CLOSE UP of a headstone with no inscription, only a small SILVER CROSS embedded into it.

    CALL
    (tentatively)
    Are you sure this is it?

    RIPLEY
    (quietly)
    Yes, I’m sure. Help me.

    They get down and begin DIGGING UP the soil around the grave with their bare hands.

    We slowly PAN ROUND them as they eventually clear the soil.

    ANGLED SHOT as Call reaches down and carefully LIFTS the TINY coffin out of the grave, then places it beside Ripley.

    CLOSE UP as Ripley DIGS her finger around the LID. The nails slowly coming away, she finally PULLS it free and drops the lid on the floor.

    CLOSE UP inside the Coffin is a small black SACK tied with a thin piece of rope.

    RIPLEY
    (quietly)
    Open it.

    CALL
    You really wanna do this-?

    RIPLEY
    (politely)
    Please!

    Call carefully opens the sack, unfolding the sides revealing its contents.

    CLOSE UP on the open Sack which contains NOTHING but old worn cloths.

    CALL
    (confused)
    I don’t understand...why would they lie?

    RIPLEY
    (firmly)
    All I know is she’s out there somewhere...frightened...alone!

    CALL
    So where do we start looking-??

    Ripley quickly places the sack back into the grave then leaves without another word.


    FADE TO BLACK:

    FADE IN:

    INT. TERRAN ISLAND. STORAGE FACILITY. (1 HOUR LATER)

    We DOLLY between row upon row of STEEL CONTAINERS stacked over 50 feet high inside a dark chamber. PANNING RIGHT we CONTINUE towards a clearing where, suspended from the ceiling high above in a web of secreted resin, is what looks like the RIB-CAGE of some ancient prehistoric creature.

    INT. RIB CAGE.

    Inside the perfectly formed interior we DOLLY towards someone we recognize, partially cocooned to the RIBBED WALL...TANNION.

    CLOSE UP of Tannion SLOWLY lifting his head up, he sees something that HORRIFIES him.

    TANNION
    Hey kid, what’s the hell’s happening to you?

    We slowly PULL BACK from the Little Girl. Her body a contorted mass of FLESH and BONE from the chest downward, pelvis bones branched outward like the irrepressible roots of a tree. From these roots LIVING TISSUE pulsates, sprouting MILLIONS of tiny STEMS that slowly absorb her entire frame.

    LITTLE GIRL
    (screaming)
    MOTHHHEEEERRRRR!!!

    The skin around the Little Girl’s forehead begins to BUBBLE and BLEED. Her eyes start to BULGE almost out of their sockets as she SCREAMS with PAIN.

    The Little Girl’s screams ECHO into CUT.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. AUTO DOCKING BAY. (WIND, HEAVY RAIN)

    ANGLED SHOT as HUGE sprays of water begin SHOOTING UPWARDS beyond the platform, a TALL, DARK shape begins to emerge several meters away from the Dock.

    INT. A.T.G. CABIN

    Everyone breaths a HUGE sigh of relief seeing what’s happening outside.

    KELLY
    (relieved)
    Never thought I’d say it but she sure is a sight for sore eyes.

    JOHNER
    (hint of sarcasm)
    Hell, there’s hope for you yet Private!

    EXT. AUTO DOCKING BAY. (WIND, HEAVY RAIN)

    The Arkensaw moves towards the Dock gradually coming to rest alongside it.

    A LONG ramp EXTENDS from its Port side onto the platform then a LARGE DOOR slides open.

    The A.T.G.’s lights come on, then the vehicle proceeds onto the ramp and into the ship, the Slide Door closing behind it.

    INT. ARKENSAW. HANGER BAY.

    The A.T.G. comes to a stop in front of The Betty, now fully restored and resting on its landing gear. The STEALTH Crew finally emerges from the vehicle, Quaid carrying Laurens unconscious body as Groome and several Pirates approach.

    GROOME
    (relieved)
    You made it Mr. Boa. We had almost given up all hope of seeing
    you alive.

    BOA
    (hesitantly)
    Thank you sir. Unfortunately I bring grave news-.

    GROOME
    Your mission failed, yes I know. (looks around) Miss Kitty too?

    BOA
    (tentatively)
    There was an infiltrator sir. Shipmate Tannion was working for
    the other side.

    GROOME
    (rubs chin)
    Mmm, Tannion you say! (pauses) Well you must tell me all in the
    debriefing session.

    At that point Harper appears. His U.S.M. uniform clearly stirs the other Pirates, including Groome who looks at Boa in disbelief.

    BOA
    (hesitantly)
    This man helped us escape, while I agree he should be contained
    I ask that you to spare his life?

    Groome quickly signals 2 Pirates nearby.

    GROOME
    Take him down to the Holding Area.

    The 2 guards quickly lead Harper away.

    Groome then brings out his Communicator.

    GROOME (into Communicator)
    Mr. Grummond, take the ship down to 5,000 feet, then set course
    for the safety zone.

    GRUMMOND (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Aye Captain, 5,000 feet.

    KELLY
    (quickly)
    Wait a minute, Ripley and Call might still be alive.

    QUAID
    Yeah, we gotta go back for our people dude.

    GROOME
    (firmly)
    Absolutely out of the question!

    JOHNER
    Hey man, Ripley said you guys had a deal!

    GROOME
    And the deal was you would be released when we reach the safety
    zone. But you needn’t worry, I am a man of my word, until then
    you will remain here in confinement.

    Groome makes a signal, the Betty Crew are rounded up and taken back to the Holding Area.

    Boa and Groome then make the short walk towards the Main Exit.

    GROOME
    (curiously)
    And who, may I ask, is the unconscious woman?

    BOA
    (hesitantly)
    Some female Colonist they insisted on bringing along-!

    GROOME
    (firmly)
    May I remind you we are not a rescue ship Mr. Boa! She must go
    with the Smugglers as soon as we’re clear.

    BOA
    That shouldn’t be a problem sir, they wish to take her anyway.

    They approach 2 Pirates standing guard at the Main Exit.

    GROOME
    Mr. Warren, we have an extra body apparently. See to it she is
    transferred to the Medical Chamber for the time being!

    SHIPMATE WARREN
    Aye Captain.

    GROOME
    And get rid of this unsightly contraption! (indicates A.T.G.).

    SHIPMATE WARREN
    Yes Sir.

    Warren quickly heads towards the A.T.G. as Groome and Boa leave the Hanger Bay (O.S.)

    LOW ANGLED SHOT beneath the A.T.G. as 7-Leg DROPS onto the floor then FREEZES.

    Warren climbs into the vehicle unaware of the creature and starts the engine.

    LOW ANGLED SHOT on 7-Leg as the vehicle passes over him unnoticed.

    7-LEG’S P.O.V. slowly TURNING ROUND until we see something he recognizes...The Betty.

    CLOSE UP of 7-Leg QUIVERING with excitement. He QUICKLY begins moving TOWARDS the ships Boarding Ramp, the Side Door to the Hold already OPEN.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ARKENSAW. MAIN CORRIDOR.

    Groome and Boa continue down the Arkensaw's BROADER Main Corridor, which runs from the Bridge to the stern of the ship, separated only by a series of Bulkheads.

    GROOME
    You say Mr. Tannion was behind everything, that he meticulously
    planned this deception to satisfy his own financial gain.

    BOA
    I believe so Captain. There appears to be no other motive.

    Groome turns to face Boa.

    GROOME
    (shakes head)
    Come now Sergeant, you of all men should know the assassin does
    not work alone.

    BOA
    You know of someone else?

    GROOME
    (thoughtfully)
    For the ‘real’ perpetrator to have accomplished this crime they
    would have to remain hidden, whilst also remain in contact with
    both sides. Even the Giant couldn’t have achieved this without
    some assistance.

    They begin walking again.

    GROOME (CONT.)
    Fortunately, the mystery surrounding this matter is about to be
    resolved. You are about to bare witness to those who cannot be
    trusted, remember them well.

    BOA
    (unsurely)
    Aye Captain.

    They stop before a large sliding door to Groome’s Quarters, it RUMBLES open and they enter, then the door closes behind them.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. ATLANTIC OCEAN. DEPTH: 5000 FEET.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the Arkensaw drifts overhead. An AIR-LOCK opens underneath and the A.T.G. is ejected. We PAN DOWN as it TUMBLES into the dark depths of the Ocean.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND/CRATOR. EVENING. (WIND, HEAVY RAIN) (30 MINUTES LATER)

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT as Ripley and Call make their way down the edge down a steep slope. At the bottom is a MASSIVE Crater with The Stables just beyond.

    DROP SHOT towards the Crater slowly ZOOMING IN. Ripley slings the Quad Rifle over her shoulder, then they both begin carefully climbing down into it.

    INT. MAIN SERVICE TUNNEL.

    Inside the Tunnel thick piping carries various cables along the ceiling, partially severed by the crater damage.

    Ripley DROPS into the Tunnel first then Call from a ledge O.S.

    They look around cautiously, Ripley produces the Quad Rifle before continuing.

    RIPLEY
    We’ve got to get to the Landing Platform.

    CALL
    Suites me fine, I just wanna get out of here!

    Suddenly the whole Tunnel begins to SHUDDER with a LOUD RUMBLING sound, the Service Tunnel lights FLICKER furiously.

    CALL
    (worriedly)
    This place is starting to fall apart!

    Ripley and Call HOLD onto each other to steady themselves then, then just as it started, the SHUDDERING begins to subside.

    We PULL BACK as they slowly walk a few yards then STOP, we continue PULLING BACK down the Tunnel until SEVERAL Alien Eggs come into frame.

    CALL
    On second thoughts, why don’t we try the other way?

    RIPLEY
    You know why, just keep moving!

    LOW ANGLED SHOT as Ripley and Call slowly approach the Alien Eggs lining the floor of the Tunnel. They carefully tread between them, the Eggs do not react at all.

    SHOT OF Call’s LEFT foot accidentally KNOCKING one of the Eggs.

    She FREEZES instantly...but NOTHING HAPPENS.

    Call knocks the Egg again, deliberately this time. Still it remains CLOSED.

    CALL
    (nervously)
    Ripley, what’s going on here?

    RIPLEY
    Give me your knife.

    Call reaches for the knife inside one of her boots and gives it to Ripley.

    ANGLED SHOT as Ripley brings the knife down INTO the LIPS of the Egg, FORCING the lips
    partially open with the blade. She then shoves an arm DEEP inside the Alien Egg.

    SHOT OF Call looking on squeamishly.

    Ripley PULLS the Face-Hugger out, it hangs in her grasp totally lifeless.

    CALL
    (surprised)
    Are they dying?

    RIPLEY
    (curiously)
    Yes.

    Ripley DROPS the Hugger, gives Call her knife back, then continues on.

    Call follows her, still treading carefully.

    CALL
    (thoughtfully)
    Y’know I always believed nothing really dies, but merely passes
    onto a higher plain of existence.

    RIPLEY
    After everything that’s happened you still believe that crap!

    CALL
    We have to believe in something, it’s what makes us who we are!

    Ripley turns to face Call.

    RIPLEY
    (thinking)
    Y’know, maybe you’re right!

    CALL
    I am?

    RIPLEY
    I mean life always finds a way doesn’t it!

    CALL
    It does?

    Ripley continues walking again.

    CALL
    (curiously)
    So what do you think killed them...originally?

    RIPLEY
    Some kind of virus I guess, or maybe a bacterial infection they
    couldn’t handle.

    CALL
    (thoughtfully)
    Bacterial infection...is that possible?

    RIPLEY
    (shrugs)
    It happened in War of the Worlds didn’t it?

    CALL
    (puzzled)
    War of the Worlds...when did that happen?

    RIPLEY
    Forget it.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ARKENSAW. THE GALLERY. (SLIGHT ECHO)

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT from the Balconies looking DOWN into the Gallery, the whole place DARK and SILENT, except for a single light shining down on a table with Boa’s Terminal Device.

    A door RUMBLES open on the far side of the Arena. From the Entrance 2 individuals enter, one of them handcuffed to a large Briefcase. They walk up to the table. As they come into the light we recognize Senators Gore and Trueman immediately.

    CLOSE UP on Trueman looking around uncomfortably.

    TRUEMAN
    Captain Groome!!

    There’s an uneasy pause and no reply.

    TRUEMAN
    (firmly)
    We don’t have time to play games Captain.

    ANGLED SHOT as another light shines into the lower Balcony to their right.

    CLOSE UP on Captain Groome, the light behind him, he appears almost in silhouette.

    GORE
    (agitated)
    Well it’s about Goddam time! We have a busy enough schedule as
    it is without chasing after you people.

    GROOME
    (calmly)
    My sincerest apologies for keeping you waiting gentlemen, we’ve
    had what you might call some ‘technical difficulties’.

    TRUEMAN
    (politely)
    It’s fine Captain, really, pay no attention to him.

    Groome steps forward into the light so they see him more clearly.

    TRUEMAN
    Let’s get down to business.

    GROOME
    You have the consignment?

    TRUEMAN
    (nods once)
    And the device is in place?

    GROOME
    Of course.

    Trueman carefully opens the Terminal Device on the table and briefly studies the screen. He then nods at Gore who unlocks the handcuff and places his BRIEFCASE onto the table.

    CLOSE UP of the Briefcase as it opens revealing THOUSANDS of neatly stacked CREDIT CARDS.

    GORE
    (pleasantly)
    500 million in unused credits, plus further instructions on how
    to release the contraband, which naturally, will be carried out
    by our usual mainland courier.

    GROOME
    And the ship?

    GORE
    (blinks)
    Excuse me...what ship?

    GROOME
    (politely)
    The star ship!

    GORE
    Oh yeah...‘that ship’! Well actually, I understand you have it
    here already. (smiles)

    GROOME
    (curiously)
    The smuggler’s vessel?

    GORE
    You got it! Nice shootin’ by the way.

    There’s another short pause.

    TRUEMAN
    (pleasantly)
    So, Captain, will there be anything else?

    GROOME
    (carefully)
    There is just one other thing.

    TRUEMAN
    Which is?

    BOA (O.S.)
    Perhaps you can explain how it is, they were waiting for us?

    ANGLED SHOT as the 2 men TURN to see Sergeant Boa lit up on the opposite Balcony.

    GORE
    (firmly)
    I don’t know what you’re talkin’ about!

    BOA
    The Military knew we were coming!

    GORE
    (angrily)
    Now wait a second, we told you about the Aonasus. You blew the
    Federal ship outta the sky over Terran Island what the hell did
    you expect, a ****in’ free ride!!

    TRUEMAN
    (politely)
    What Mr. Gore is really trying to say is you got caught, so you
    must have been careless.

    GROOME (O.S.)
    I don’t think so!

    The 2 Senators turn to face Groome.

    GROOME
    Tell me gentlemen, how much did you offer Mr. Darius Tannion to
    betray the only life he had?

    GORE
    Are you accusing us Captain?

    Groome holds up a shiny plastic disk.

    GROOME
    Oh, it’s all here Senator...on this disk.

    SHOT OF the 2 Senators looking uncomfortably at each other.

    GROOME
    Indeed I managed to decipher part of it. Only Tannion would be
    foolish enough to believe he could profit from his enemy! Even
    more the fool, he left his fingerprints behind. I am sure your
    Government will be interested to learn about your dealings with
    the United System’s Military. Which was of course the only way
    you could have perpetrated this treachery!!

    TRUEMAN
    (tentatively)
    Alright look, Captain...maybe we can cut a deal-!

    GROOME
    (quickly)
    No deals, we have all we’ll ever need thanks to you. I believe
    that concludes our business for today. Good day gentlemen.

    ANGLED SHOT as the lights over Groome and Boa go OUT simultaneously.

    The light over the table remains.

    GORE
    (loudly)
    Who the hell do you think you’re dealing with Groome!!

    There’s long uneasy pause.

    ANGLED SHOT of Gore and Trueman looking around nervously.

    THEIR P.O.V. looking RIGHT then LEFT in the darkness, then FOCUSING on the DIM light from the Entrance they came in.

    Then we hear something GROWLING SOFTLY nearby. (O.S.)

    GORE
    (nervously)
    What the **** was that!!

    TRUEMAN
    Who cares let’s just get out of here.

    Something GROWLS a second time a little CLOSER and LOUDER this time.

    CLOSE UP of the 2 men looking round TERRIFIED.

    GORE
    (angrily)
    Alright, I’ve had enough of this ****...let’s go!

    LOW ANGLED SHOT as COWL suddenly LEAPS out from the darkness TOWARDS US.

    SHOT OF the Tiger STRIKING Senator Gore to the ground.

    We TRACK behind Trueman as he RUNS towards the Entrance, Gore’s SCREAMS ECHOING behind.

    The door suddenly CLOSES just as Trueman reaches it.

    TRUEMAN
    (shouting)
    Hey, let me out of here...open the Goddam door!!

    ANGLED SHOT on Gore’s legs FLAILING under the table as the Tiger continues to tear into him still SCREAMING.

    As Trueman BANGS against the door desperately, suddenly the SCREAMING STOPS.

    He looks round behind him.

    TRUEMAN’S P.O.V. towards the table where Gore’s legs lie motionless underneath.

    We hear the SOFT GROWLING once more.

    CLOSE UP on Trueman looking around nervously.

    ANGLED SHOT into the darkness, a pair of EYES appear SHINING.

    COWL’S P.O.V. slowly MOVING towards Trueman pinned against the door, getting CLOSER and CLOSER. Suddenly we LURCH towards him...!

    TRUEMAN (ECHO into CUT)
    (screaming)
    AARRRGGGGHHHHHH!!

    SMASH CUT TO:

    INT. TERRAN ISLAND. MAIN SERVICE TUNNEL. (15 MINUTES LATER)

    Ripley and Call reach the end of the Main Service Tunnel, a large Pressure Door stands closed before them, no levers or switches visible.

    CALL
    Maybe we took a wrong turn?

    CLOSE UP on Ripley hearing a WHISPERING VOICE (V.O.) calling her name.

    She feels along the Pressure Door as if searching for a way through.

    RIPLEY
    (firmly)
    No, this has to be the way out!

    CALL
    (sighs)
    Sometimes I feel incredibly useless, is that what life is like?

    RIPLEY
    Believe me, you have no idea...

    Suddenly the Pressure Door begins to RUMBLE open.

    CALL
    You didn’t do that, right?

    RIPLEY
    (cautiously)
    I didn’t.

    The Pressure Door fully opens, Ripley and Call stand there gazing into the darkness.

    Ripley aims the Quad Rifle towards the opening then FIRES a ball of FLAME inside.

    There's a short pause but nothing appears to challenge them.

    RIPLEY
    Stay behind me!

    CALL
    Whatever you say.

    We DOLLY behind them as they slowly walk into the darkness.

    INT. ENTRY POINT. (CONT.)

    We CONTINUE inside behind Ripley and Call, the only light coming from the Pressure Door.
    Unable to see anything they stop, there’s a long uneasy pause.

    Suddenly the Pressure Door begins to CLOSE behind them.

    CALL
    No wait!!

    TRACKING SHOT as Call RUNS for the door....TOO LATE, it closes tight.

    In almost TOTAL DARKNESS we hear Call’s footsteps going back to Ripley, then something else, a strange MOANING sound that seems neither human nor animal.

    CALL
    You hear that?

    RIPLEY
    Yes I did.

    CALL
    (sniffing)
    And what’s that awful smell?

    RIPLEY
    Get me a light.

    Call produces something from the Backpack Ripley is carrying.

    Suddenly Ripley and Call are bathed in an AMBER LIGHT from a Flare Stick,

    Ripley points the Flare Stick in the direction of the MOANING sound, THICK SMOKE still prevents them seeing more than a few feet ahead, they continue towards that sound.

    SHOT OF Call suddenly GRABBING Ripley.

    RIPLEY
    What is it??

    CALL
    See for yourself. (points downward)

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. sees a large HOLE melted through the GRATED FLOOR right in front of them.

    RIPLEY
    (relieved)
    Thanks. I owe you one.

    We TRACK behind them as they continue into the darkness. As the mist gradually clears the walls of the shaft appear.

    CALL
    (shocked)
    Oh...my...God!

    THEIR P.O.V. PANNING ALONG the wall we see a NAUSEATING MIX of LIVING flesh and bone. slowly moving towards a grotesque apparition. 3 Nuns’ heads joined to a single bloody stump, their faces barely recognizable though the TWISTED FLESH. Mother Superior in the CENTER, to the LEFT is Sister Jean, the Nun to the RIGHT too disfigured to make out.
    Their eyes and heads move together as they SPEAK as one.

    APPARITION
    (pleading)
    Please...help us...help us...!

    CLOSE UP on Ripley, almost tearful, seemingly unable to do anything.

    CALL (O.S.)
    You have to do this Ripley. Do it for them!

    Ripley gives the Flare Stick to Call, slowly lifts up the Quad Rifle, points it towards the Apparition then FIRES.

    The Apparition makes a deafening SCREAM as the Flamethrower engulfs it in a sea of fire.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ARKENSAW. HOLDING CELL #7.

    Johner THUMPS the Cell wall angrily.

    JOHNER
    Son of a bitch I knew it!!

    SIRTIS
    Johner will you shut up and listen to me...just listen.

    Johner takes a deep breath then turns towards Sirtis.

    JOHNER
    Ok, let’s hear it.

    SIRTIS
    It was an accident that’s all I’m saying!

    JOHNER
    Well, excuse me if I find that a little hard to believe when we
    just got our ****es kicked by your former employers!

    SIRTIS
    We were cloaked dammit, there was no way they could’ve seen us!
    Once that heat-seeker locked onto the Betty’s emissions we were
    toast. So they took advantage of our situation, what the hell?
    But they said they’d let us go, and I believe them.

    KELLY (to Sirtis)
    You seriously think they’ll just let us ride outta here?

    SIRTIS
    All they have to do is see to it we forget, the Military’s been
    doing that for decades. Groome was just following orders whose
    orders I dunno, but you seem to forget we’re in the middle of a
    war zone here. Sometimes you gotta fight dirty to get what you
    want. Believe me these people don’t have a choice.

    JOHNER
    (unconvinced)
    Speakin’ of ‘choices’ who’s side are you really on?

    CLOSE UP on Sirtis composing herself before she speaks.

    SIRTIS
    (carefully)
    Look, if it makes you feel any better, I admit it ok!! I was a
    part of all this once, but I was just a kid back then, I didn’t
    really know what was going on. All that mattered to me was the
    fight for something my folks believed in. Then when I realized
    it wasn’t for me they let me go.

    There’s another uneasy pause.

    VRIESS
    I got one question. If these people weren’t shootin’ at us who
    was the bullet for?

    QUAID
    The Army guys dude, who else!!

    KELLY
    (tentatively)
    I’m not so sure about that.

    QUAID
    (shrugs)
    Sounds simple enough to me. We already know these people have
    more than enough reason to hate Systems.

    KELLY
    Of course they do. But what if that ship was non Military?

    JOHNER
    No offence but, now your really ****ing against the wall!

    VRIESS
    He’s right, where’s the sense in screwing one of your own?

    KELLY
    Alright, let’s say these guys shoot up some Military ship right
    inside System’s own air space...nobody cares...least of all the
    Government. So why would they risk sending these people in the
    first place!

    QUAID
    (thoughtfully)
    Maybe they were trying to create some kinda diversion!

    VRIESS
    Yeah didn’t you say these people went in to blow up the Island?

    KELLY
    (shakes head)
    You’re missing the point. Look we already know there’s another
    player here, what’s their part in all this!!

    JOHNER
    Well my 10 cents still says they’re running the whole show.

    Suddenly the ship begins to SHUDDER, followed by a loud SCREECHING sound.

    QUAID
    What the hell was that?

    SIRTIS
    (uneasily)
    Whatever it is I don’t like it one bit.

    Again the ship SHUDDERS, the SCREECHING seems much NEARER this time.

    VREISS (to Johner)
    I think maybe you’re about to get a return on your 10 cents.

    INT. CAPTAIN GROOME’S QUARTERS.

    CLOSE UP as Groome slowly lowers his book and looks around the room curiously.

    The ship SHUDDERS again, this time making the lights FLICKER.

    Then a message comes over the INTERCOM.

    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Captain do you read me, over.

    GROOME
    (calmly)
    Loud and clear Sergeant, what seems to be the trouble?

    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    You’d better come to the Bridge sir.

    GROOME
    Something serious?

    There’s a short pause as the vessel SHUDDERS one more time.

    BOA (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    I think they’ve found us Captain...they’ve found us!

    CUT TO:

    INT. ARKENSAW BRIDGE. (LATER)

    TRACKING SHOT as Groome enters the Bridge on the Upper Deck where Sergeant Boa is waiting with several Pirates. Everyone continues staring PAST him, towards something happening outside the rear of the ship.

    CLOSE UP as Groome TURNS to look in their direction.

    THEIR P.O.V. through the rear canopy we see the Arkensaw DRAPED in THICK CHAINS. PANNING UPWARDS the chains fade from sight high above the ship.

    MARRIOT (O.S.)
    What are we going to do now sir?

    GROOME
    (rubs chin)
    What indeed Mr. Marriot.

    BLAKE
    (quickly)
    We have to abandon ship Captain, before it’s too late!

    GROOME
    And go where Mr. Blake? Even if they didn’t have us completely
    surrounded they soon will.

    MARRIOT
    Then we fight!! At least we make a stand Captain.

    This draws a few anxious murmurs from the others.

    Groome turns to face them.

    GROOME
    You realize it may be a fight you cannot win?

    MARRIOT
    (uneasily)
    Better to die for the cause than non at all...I suppose.

    There’s a short pause, Groome stares at every Pirate in turn.

    GROOME
    Mr. Grummond, close the shields and begin the lock-out sequence.

    GRUMMOND
    Aye Captain. Lock-out sequence initiated.

    The view outside is gradually concealed by a steel plate which SLOWLY UNFOLDS over the whole screen.

    GROOME
    (tentatively)
    I assume The Frontier is already aware of our impending capture
    Mr. Boa. Approximately how long before they get through?

    BOA
    Once they begin penetration...no more than 10 minutes.

    BOA
    Mr. Warren, sound the alarm for battle stations.

    WARREN
    Yes sir! (into Headset) Attention all hands, prepare for battle
    Stations. Repeat, prepare for battle stations.

    BOA
    We won’t last long against an onslaught Captain, might I make a
    ‘suggestion’?

    GROOME
    Anything would be most welcome Sergeant.

    BOA
    Well sir, technically speaking, we do still have another ship.

    CLOSE UP as they turn to look at each other.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. ATLANTIC OCEAN. DEPTH: 5000 FEET.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of the CHAINS from above connected to massive SUCTION CUPS that CLING to the stricken ship. Slowly the vessel is DRAGGED upwards and out of frame.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ARKENSAW. MAIN CORRIDOR.

    Now fully armed with Quad Rifles, their amour made of THICK STEEL plates like ancient Samurai Warriors. Several DOZEN Pirates begin RUSHING towards the rear of the ship as a Klaxon WHAILS in the background.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. SOUTH ATLANTIC. NIGHT. (WIND, HEAVY RAIN) (LATER)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the Arkensaw is LIFTED from the Atlantic, PANNING UPWARD we see the U.S.M. Aonansus hovering high above. As the Pirate Ship continues to rise several A.T.G.’s form a cordon around it.

    The ship is transported to a steel CRADLE which encases it from either side. Once secured inside by holding clamps the suction cups are released.

    LOW ANGLED SHOT as the Cradle then lifts the Arkensaw up into Aonasus’ Docking Bay.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ARKENSAW. BRIDGE.

    Only 4 men remain on the Bridge. Groome signals Marriot and Blake towards him.

    GROOME
    I want you to gather up the senior members of the crew and take
    them to the Smugglers vessel. Mr. Boa and myself will be along
    shortly.

    MARRIOT
    And the Smugglers?

    GROOME
    Take them along too. Hide their ship in the Secret Compartment
    until further notice, understand?

    MARRIOT
    Aye Captain.

    Marriot and Blake quickly leave the Bridge.

    Groome then walks to a Console near the front of the Bridge.

    A Display Screen comes to life over the Bridge as he FLICKS a switch.

    He then begins typing at the Console.

    BOA (O.S.)
    What are you doing Captain?

    GROOME
    (not looking)
    We both knew this time would come Mr. Boa!! Any objection will
    be so-noted, but I fully intend to carry out our last remaining
    obligation to the Frontier, one way or another.

    CLOSE UP on the Console Screen reading:

    U.S.S. ARKENSAW
    COMMAND MODULE 001

    ENGAGE SELF-DESTRUCT SYSTEM:
    ______________________________
    00 HOURS:00 MINUTES.00 SECONDS
    Please Enter Authorization Code:

    Groome enters the Authorization Code on the keyboard.

    Boa walks down the bridge to join his Captain,

    BOA
    There will be no need for that Captain. As always, I remain by
    your side.

    CLOSE UP as Groome and Boa gaze at each other proudly.

    GROOME
    Sometimes I believe you really are the son I never had.

    BOA
    And you the Father I always wanted sir.

    CUT TO:

    INT. HOLDING CELL #7.

    Marriot enters the cell room flanked by 2 other armed Pirates.

    KELLY
    What the hell’s goin’ on man?

    MARRIOT
    We’re taking you to your ship.

    JOHNER
    Well it’s about Goddam time!

    SIRTIS
    What’s happening out there?

    MARRIOT
    (hurriedly)
    There’s no time to explain, let’s go!

    JOHNER
    Give the guy a break, can’t you see he’s on our side.

    KELLY
    Since when did you ever care about them?

    JOHNER
    Like, when my **** depended on it. (looks at Marriot) Don’t just
    stand there, lead the way Sherlock!

    CUT TO:

    INT. AONASUS DOCKING BAY/DOCKING PLATFORM.

    We PAN UPWARDS as the Pirate Ship is transported to the top of the MASSIVE Docking Bay.

    The Cradle STOPS then a LONG Docking Platform SWINGS outward beneath the Ship.

    DOZENS of armed U.S.M. Marines enter from a nearby corridor, they proceed onto the Platform making several defensive lines behind the vessel.

    CLOSE UP as Lieutenant Deacon briefly studies the Pirate Ship then makes a signal.

    ANGLED SHOT as a small METALLIC ORB with various appendages underneath floats into frame. It attaches a small BLACK BOX to the underside of The Arkensaw then moves away.

    EXTREME CLOSE UP on the BLACK BOX. A series of lights begin to FLICKER followed by a SLOW BEEPING sound that steadily INCREASES.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ARKENSAW. HANGER BAY.

    Marriot and Blake lead several Pirates and the Betty crew into the Hanger, Vaughan and Quaid carry Vriess between them.

    They race towards the Betty, the side door to the Hold STILL open.

    VRIESS
    Wait a minute, we can’t leave now.

    JOHNER
    What you talkin’ about man?

    VRIESS
    Only Call can override the ship’s main interpreter.

    MARRIOT
    Forget it Mr. we’re not leaving!!

    Johner then abruptly TURNS to face Marriot.

    JOHNER
    What d’ya mean we’re not leaving?

    BLAKE
    (grins)
    You’ll find out soon enough.

    JOHNER
    Think I’d rather take my chances with the Army guys.

    SHOT OF the Pirates raising their weapons towards Johner.

    BLAKE
    (firmly)
    We don’t have time for this, now move it dick brain!!

    Johner walks right up to Blake, the other Pirates weapons carefully trained on him.

    JOHNER
    What did you just call me?

    BLAKE
    (smugly)
    I said “dic-!!

    Suddenly Johner PUNCHES Blake right on the chin sending him REELING.

    The Pirates do not react, instead seem quietly amused.

    Blake slowly picks himself off the deck.

    BLAKE
    (stunned)
    What the hell was that for??

    JOHNER
    That’s 3 times. Don’t ever call me that again...ever!!

    MARRIOT
    (unmoved)
    Alright show’s over, let’s get on board.

    Everyone quickly disappears up the Betty’s Boarding Ramp into the ship.

    INT. BETTY HOLD

    When everyone is safely inside the Hold Johner closes the Hatch.

    MARRIOT (into Communicator)
    Captain, we’re in position.

    GROOME (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Copy Mr. Marriot.

    INT. ARKENSAW HANGER BAY.

    A Crane Arm connected to the ceiling LIFTS the Betty into an OPEN floor section of the hanger. The ship is steadily lowered into the Arkensaw’s MAIN AIRLOCK onto a platform above the deck. The Crane Arm releases The Betty then goes back into the Hanger and the doors close behind.

    INT. MAIN AIRLOCK. (CONT.)

    A wall slides open behind The Betty revealing a SECRET COMPARTMENT. The Platform recedes taking the ship with it, then the wall finally closes sealing it inside.

    CUT TO:

    INT. AONASUS DOCKING PLATFORM. (LATER)

    CLOSE UP on the Black Box as the BEEPING noise switches to a LOW HUM.

    Part of the Arkensaw’s TAIL SECTION begins UNFOLDING revealing the vessels INNER HATCH underneath. A Boarding Ramp extends downward then the Inner Hatch opens automatically with a LOUD HISS.

    CLOSE UP as an UNKNOWN INDIVIDUAL in full Body Amour steps out in front of the Marines.

    INT. ARKENSAW. MAIN CORRIDOR

    ANGLED SHOT as the Bulkheads also open automatically with NO ONE in sight.

    We TRACK behind a small Canister ROLLING into the Corridor coming to a stop. Seconds later PLUMES of BLACK GAS is released by the Canister clouding everywhere.

    Shipmate Warren PEERS into the Corridor from a recess wearing a protective mask.

    The gas eventually clears enough for Warren to see someone standing near the Hatchway.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of the new Assassin just stood there motionless.

    Shipmate Warren bravely appears in full view.

    WARREN
    (loudly)
    Is it a fight you want iron man??

    The Assassin doesn’t answer.

    WARREN
    Alright iron man, you asked for it!!

    Warren let’s rip with his Rifle, FIRING a DOZEN rounds into the Assassin.

    ANGLED SHOT on the Assassin, SPARKS flying everywhere, bullets RICOCHET off the amour in all directions. Unable to stay upright the Assassin finally goes down.

    There’s a brief pause.

    Warren slowly approaches the SMOLDERING figure, while the other Pirates remain hidden behind the recess.

    CLAUDE (O.S.)
    Watch your step brother.

    Warren KICKS the legs of the Assassin, there’s no response.

    He then looks BACK TOWARDS the others.

    WARREN
    (weapon raised)
    Victory. Victory, I got him, I got-!!

    SHOT OF the Assassin suddenly GRABBING one of Warren’s legs.

    WARREN
    (panicking)
    Jesus ****....it’s got me...help me!!

    The Assassin slowly RISES and HOISTS Warren off the deck by his NECK, then THROWS his body HEAD FIRST, sending him CRASHING against the Hatch killing him instantly.

    Several more Pirates appear further down the Corridor also wearing gas masks. Weapons at the ready, ahead of them is Shipmate Claude.

    CLAUDE
    (threateningly)
    That’s far enough you yellow *******! (pauses) Alright men, let
    him have it!!

    The Pirates begin FIRING BULLETS and GRENADES at the Assassin, the resulting EXPLOSIONS ROCK the Corridor sending FIRE and DEBRI in all directions.

    Another Gas Canister suddenly EXPLODES, more SMOKE quickly fills the Corridor.

    The Pirates continue FIRING into the smoke while retreating down the Corridor.

    From within that PLUME of SMOKE comes the Assassin’s return fire.

    SHOT OF Claude going down in a HAIL of bullets CLUTCHING his chest, THEN 2 more Pirates get shot just behind him.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ARKENSAW. HATCHWAY.

    Suddenly the U.S.M. Marines come STORMING in through the Hatchway. As they enter the Corridor more Pirates appear ahead, and a fearsome gun battle ensues.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BRIDGE.

    CLOSE UP on the Display Screen reading:

    U.S.S. ARKENSAW
    COMMAND MODULE 001
    ENGAGE SELF-DESTRUCT SYSTEM:
    ______________________________
    00 HOURS:15 MINUTES:00 SECONDS
    Authorization Code Accepted!
    Awaiting FINAL Command...

    GROOME
    (not looking)
    You have to leave now Mr. Boa!

    BOA
    I’m not leaving without you Captain!

    Groome then turns to face Boa.

    GROOME
    I alone must execute the final command. These are your men Mr.
    Boa, they need you...now go!!

    BOA
    (reluctantly)
    Very well sir. I’ll see you on the other side.

    GROOME
    (nods once)
    That you will Mr. Boa...good luck son!

    They stare at one another for a moment, noise from the fighting in the Corridor outside continues to grow LOUDER, then Boa leaves The Bridge.

    CUT TO:

    INT. MAIN CORRIDOR.

    Further down the Corridor the fighting between the Marines and the Pirates continues. We see SEVERAL SHOTS of each side gunned down under a HAIL of bullets and grenades.

    The Pirates outnumbered and outgunned, now FIRING WILDLY as they DESPERATELY try to defend the Bridge.

    The Assassin reaches the Bridge Entrance, is about to advance then suddenly STOPS!

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the Bridge Entrance opens. A 6 foot tall, bald-headed man stands there carrying a heavy wooden staff. Sergeant Boa enters the Corridor, he SPINS the weapon in the air then LOWERS it by his side.

    CLOSE UP on Sergeant Boa staring back at the Assassin.

    BOA
    Unless you plan to pass through me, this is as far as you go!

    The Assassin unexpectedly DROPS his weapon and SLOWLY approaches Boa.

    Boa brings the staff ACROSS his body, CLUTCHING it like a double-edged sword.

    He delivers a SWEEPING left swing towards the Assassin who easily blocks the manoeuvre.

    Boa SPINS AROUND and begins SWINGING the staff LEFT then RIGHT repeatedly, gradually
    forcing his opponent back, until the Assassin suddenly TURNS with a powerful BACK-KICK to Boa’s CHEST.

    SHOT OF Boa sent REELING backward.

    Boa quickly picks himself up and retrieves the staff.

    BOA
    (pleasantly)
    You fight well for a Giant, it’ll be an honour to kill you.

    CLOSE UP as Boa SPINS the staff and assumes a forward stance as the Assassin approaches.

    Clutching the staff at one end, Boa SLICES the weapon from SIDE to SIDE, but AGAIN the Assassin easily BLOCKS him.

    Then with all his strength, Boa brings the staff DOWN on the Assassin, ROLLS to the ground and UPPERCUTS the staff straight into the Assassins mid-riff.

    SHOT OF the Assassin sent REELING backwards.

    BOA
    (smugly)
    Now we are even, I will end this.

    The Assassin rises once more, this time picks up his weapon and points it at Boa.

    CLOSE UP on Boa, raising the staff over his head with both hands.

    BOA stance
    (shakes head)
    You need a gun to kill me. What kind of a man are you?

    The Assassin FIRES the weapons GRAPPLING HOOK.

    SHOT OF the hook WRAPPING around the staff.

    The Assassin then YANKS Boa’s weapon out of his hands.

    PANNING SHOT as the weapon flies through the air, right into the HAND of the Assassin.

    The Assassin studies the weapon for a moment then TOSSES it back towards Boa, who CATCHES it BEMUSED.

    BOA
    What is this game you play...a challenge?

    The Assassin then DROPS his own weapon and SLOWLY approaches Boa.

    Then they stand only a few meters apart.

    BOA
    (smugly)
    Enough of these games, the time has come to die Giant! And that
    time is for YOU!!!

    Boa SLASHES his staff at the Assassin...TOO LATE. With INHUMAN SPEED the Assassin GRABS Boa’s weapon, SWINGS it around and PLUNGES it through Boa’s chest.

    The Assassin slowly backs away, studying his fallen opponent.

    CLOSE UP as Boa DROPS to his knees, BLOOD pouring from his mouth, he silently curls over onto his staff.

    The Assassin takes the Gun from Boa’s dead hand and walks past him towards the Bridge.

    INT. BRIDGE. (CONT.)

    The Bridge Entrance opens and the Assassin enters. Groome stands away from the Command Console and turns to face the intruder.

    GROOME
    (calmly)
    I am Captain Groome, commander of this vessel, and you are?

    CLOSE UP on the faceless Assassin SLOWLY approaching him.

    GROOME
    Your silence puzzles me...but no matter. For even as I concede
    defeat you have not won yet.

    CLOSE UP on Groome as he slowly raises his hands.

    The Assassin pauses as if sensing something.

    SHOT OF Cowl suddenly LEAPING OUT from the deck above, the tiger ROARS as he KNOCKS the Assassin to the floor and RIPS into his body.

    Suddenly there’s a loud BANG!

    ANGLED SHOT on Groome as the Assassin RISES in front of him. Groome suddenly TURNS and LUNGES for the Command Console behind him.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Assassin FIRES his weapon.

    Groome SLOWLY collapses over the Command Console, a GAPING wound in his back. As he slides down it he manages to bring a HAND over the ENTER key.

    The Assassin appears over Groome lowering the weapon over his HEAD.

    Groome's hand DROPS over the ENTER key...TOO LATE.

    The Assassin SWIPES Groome across his head with the Rifle butt, sending him FALLING backward away from the Console.

    CLOSE UP on Groome lying on the deck, BLOOD POURS from his head but he is STILL alive.

    GROOME
    (struggling)
    Who are you--my friend--please--let me--see you!!

    The Assassin stands over Groome once more, SHOVING the barrel of the gun into his MOUTH.

    CLOSE UP of the Assassin as he SHOOTS again, causing BLOOD to SPURT UP onto his Mask.

    Several U.S.M Marines suddenly BURST onto the Bridge led by Lieutenant Deacon.

    Then General Rykard appears at the Bridge Entrance, he briefly observes the DEAD tiger then Groome's body lying on the deck, the Assassin still stood over him.

    RYKARD
    Lieutenant get these ‘things’ out of my sight.

    Deacon signals 2 Marines. They quickly remove the Tigers body out of the Bridge then 2 more collect the body of Captain Groome.

    DEACON
    (relieved)
    It’s over General, the resistance has been cleaned out!

    RYKARD
    (firmly)
    Get back to operations and signal the withdrawal immediately.

    DEACON
    (confused)
    But what about the ship-??

    RYKARD
    (sharply)
    You having hearing problems Lieutenant??

    DEACON
    No General.

    RYKARD
    Post 2 guards outside. Under no circumstance is anyone else to
    come aboard, is that understood?

    DEACON
    (salutes)
    Yes sir.

    Deacon and the Marines quickly leave the Bridge.

    CLOSE UP on Rykard turning his attention to the Assassin, he casually lights up a cigar.

    RYKARD
    (proudly)
    You did good Number 3...you did very good.

    CLOSE UP as the Assassin slowly removes the Gas Mask revealing ANOTHER RIPLEY. She STARES and SNIFFS the air curiously.

    RIPLEY 3
    You’re right, they’re still here...I can smell ‘em.

    FADE TO BLACK:

    FADE IN:

    INT. TERRAN ISLAND. STORAGE FACILITY. (30 MINUTES LATER)

    We PAN DOWN from over the Rib Cage where MANY Aliens have gathered together, suddenly a LOUD HISSING sound causes them to look round.

    2 ALIEN QUEENS appear from behind a wall of containers. One of them seemingly much older than the other, her skin is BLISTERED and she walks almost DECREPIT.

    The Aliens retreat before them forming a path right up to the Rib Cage.

    INT. THE RIB CAGE.

    An OVOID stands where the Little Girl once lay cocooned, PULSATING from inside it appears completely sealed, dark GREEN in colour, partly covered in YELLOW VEINS, long TENTACLES connected to its base.

    CLOSE UP on Tannion staring intrigued but still terrified.

    TANNION
    My God protect me...please, protect me!

    ANGLED SHOT on the OVOID slowly ZOOMING IN, a HUGE dark CLAW suddenly PUNCHES OUTWARD.

    The Ovoid begins to STRETCH as something unfolds inside, expanding until it touches the sides of the cage, then suddenly BURSTS OPEN sending THICK white fluid in all directions.

    CUT TO:

    INT. STORAGE FACILITY.

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT over the Aliens HISSING loudly, they then fall suddenly SILENT.

    INT. THE RIB CAGE.

    CLOSE UP on Tannion slowly ZOOMING IN. His eyes slowly begin to open. A look of TERROR appears across his face and he starts to SCREAM!

    CUT TO:

    INT. STORAGE FACILITY.

    Tannion's SCREAMS echo all around followed by the sound of TEARING FLESH and BONE then all is SILENT.

    CLOSE UP on the decrepit Alien Queen, her skull suddenly DOUSED by RED ACID blood. She SCREAMS in pain as her cranium SMOLDERS then eventually EXPLODES.

    Her limp body CRASHES to the floor.

    The other Queen quickly backs away, the Aliens behind her HISSING and SNARLING with uncertainty, also do the same.

    ANGLED SHOT as a SPRAY of RED ACID passes over the Alien Warriors, STRIKING several in one shot, they too EXPLODE rapidly.

    The Queen and the Warriors RETREAT for cover between the Storage Containers, we see DOZENS more Aliens killed in the process.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Alien Queen SNARLS at the Cage from a safe distance, then she disappears into the darkness.

    For a moment all is silent again, then the sound of BONE SPLINTERING echoes all around.

    We DOLLY over DOZENS of slaughtered Alien bodies, suddenly a HUGE CLAW comes CRASHING down CRUSHING everything with ease. Almost hidden amongst the carnage, we slowly CLOSE UP towards a single Alien Warrior, moving CLOSER we see its whole body VISIBLY SHAKING with fear.

    We hear a WHIMPERING SOUND from something (O.S.) Suddenly the CLAW descends over the Alien and...STROKES the creatures head affectionately.


    CLOSE UP on the Aliens cranium as it slowly begins to change, seemingly GLOWING from
    within it eventually turns into a DEEP RED.

    CUT TO:

    INT. TERRAN ISLAND. ENTRY POINT. (LATER)

    Ripley and Call stand on a circular Platform 200 feet across, connected to the walls of Entry Point by a Walkway. The perimeter covered with Flare Sticks allowing them to see everything. The walls now cleared of flesh, replaced by DOZENS of vertical pipes that disappear into a HUGE central Ventilation Shaft overhead, below them a DEEP CHASM into the depths of Terran Island.

    Each end of the walkway has a Pressure Door with a sealed Hatchway on either side. The Pressure Door they came through is labelled:

    MAIN SERVICE TUNNEL.
    (NORTH ACCESS)

    They walk towards the other door directly opposite labelled:

    FREIGHT ELEVATOR SHAFT:
    UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS PROHIBITED!

    RIPLEY
    Maybe this wasn’t such a great idea after all.

    CALL
    You give up far too easily.

    RIPLEY
    Sometimes I wonder which of us is the most human.

    CALL
    (humourlessly)
    I suppose that’s a compliment.

    RIPLEY
    I wish it were. Here take this.

    Ripley releases the Backpack, gives it to Call who quickly straps it on.

    CLOSE UP on Call suddenly SPINNING towards us.

    RIPLEY (O.S.)
    What is it?

    CALL
    You didn’t hear that?

    RIPLEY (O.S.)
    Hear what exactly?

    Call walks SLOWLY towards one the nearby Hatchways.

    CLOSE UP on Call staring worriedly.

    ANGLED SHOT on the Hatchway as it suddenly BURSTS open releasing a cloud of VAPOUR, the LID coming DOWNWARDS forming a ‘bridge’ onto the Platform.

    Entry Point now suddenly fills with STROBE LIGHTING.

    Calls steps forward to take a closer look.

    CALL’S P.O.V. looking into the Hatch unable to see anything inside.

    LOW ANGLED SHOT on Ripley towards the Vent Shaft above. From the darkness 2 RED EYES appear STARING DOWN at her, BLINK a few times, then disappear.

    CALL
    I guess we just found a way out.

    RIPLEY
    (cautiously)
    Be careful Call.

    Suddenly there’s a LOUD SCREAM, then an Alien Queen LEAPS out from the Hatchway.

    Call QUICKLY turns and SPRINTS towards the far side of the Platform.

    TRACKING SHOT as the Alien Queen CHARGES after the Auton.

    Call RUNS then JUMPS off the Platform GRABBING onto the PIPES along the wall, she SLIDES downward several meters before getting a foothold.

    The Queen leans over the edge of the Platform SNARLING at Call stranded on the Pipes.

    CLOSE UP as the Queens Inner Jaw comes out then retracts.

    CALL
    Ripley please...do something!!

    SHOT OF Ripley firing a ball of flame into the air.

    The Queen turns and takes a few STRIDES towards Ripley.

    Call begins CLIMBING back up the Pipes.

    SHOT OF the Queens Tail ARCHED over her back. Again the Queen lets out an EAR-PIERCING SCREAM, but she DOES NOT attack Ripley.

    Ripley points the Quad Rifle at the Queen but DOESN’T fire!

    CALL
    What’re you waitin’ for blast the damn thing!!

    RIPLEY
    I can’t. She’s afraid...so very afraid!

    The Alien Queen SLOWLY moves closer towards Ripley, GRADUALLY forcing her off the edge of the Platform.

    ANGLED SHOT on Call now CLINGING to the Pipes several feet above the Platform.

    CALL
    (shouting)
    This is no time for sentiment, just blast it for ****’s sake.

    SHOT OF Ripley’s feet EDGING CLOSER off the Platform.

    Suddenly we hear a LOUD HISSING sound coming from (O.S.)

    ANGLED SHOT as a LONG Aliens Tail comes SWEEPING down from the Vent Shaft, straight INTO the Alien Queen, sending her FLYING towards the opposite side of the Platform.

    She manages to STOP herself going over the edge, gets up and turns to face her new enemy.

    ANGLED SHOT of the Vent Shaft as 2 LONG LEGS lower from inside, followed by a lithe torso with 4 long LIMBS. HUGE arms stretched outward bearing RAZOR-SHARP CLAWS. Partially covered by a RIDGED SHELL, standing 12 feet high, the ALIEN PROCREATOR resembled an overgrown CHEST-BURSTER. Its CHROME COLORED exo-skeleton connected to a tough cranium that protected its jointed skull.

    Fully in view the Procreator assumes a MENACING pose and lets out a DEAFENING SCREAM!!

    CLOSE UP on the Queen as she HISSES angrily then CHARGES towards the creature.

    In one SWEEPING move of its Tail, the Procreator BRUSHES the Queens legs from under her.

    The creature STRIDES over to the Queen, holding her down with its CLAWS.

    CLOSE UP as the Alien Procreator’s head lowers from its cranium revealing a HUMAN-LIKE skull with GLOWING RED pupils.

    Lips curl back revealing 2 sets of POWERFUL jaws with shiny CHROME teeth. As the creature’s mouth opens it spits RED ACID BLOOD at the Queen.

    EXTREME CLOSE UP on one of the Alien Queens forearms, she SCREAMS in PAIN as the liquid quickly DISSOLVES it.

    ANGLED SHOT as Call LEAPS from the Pipes and RUNS to back to join Ripley.

    RIPLEY
    C’mon now’s our chance let’s go!

    DOLLY SHOT as Ripley and Call race towards the open Hatchway.

    The Procreator lets out another DEAFENING SCREAM then turns its attention to Ripley.

    As the creature CHARGES towards them Ripley FIRES the FLAMETHROWER to hold him off.

    The Queen gets to her feet SNARLS and CHARGES towards The Procreator a second time.

    ANGLED SHOT as the 2 creature’s heads LOCK together.

    She LASHES out it him STRIKING with her Tail, but it has no effect.

    The Procreator GRABS the Queens TAIL, SWINGS her round and THROWS her across the deck.

    The Queen QUICKLY rises SNARLING as the Procreator then STRIDES Towards her.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley as she turns TOWARDS US upon hearing a HARROWING CRY.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Procreator GRABS BOTH of the Alien Queen’s jaws and RIPS them apart.

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. the Procreator then LIFTS the Alien Queen HIGH above his head, turns and THROWS her body through the Melted Hole in the floor.

    RIPLEY
    (screaming)
    NOOOOOOO!!

    CUT TO:

    INT. CHASM.

    DROP SHOT beneath the Platform as the Queen TUMBLES into the deep Chasm.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ENTRY POINT. (STROBE LIGHTING)

    Ripley jumps off the Hatch, brings up the Quad Rifle and FIRES at the Procreator.

    SHOT OF the Procreator CURLING himself into a BALL. The bullets simply REBOUND off his ridged Back SPRAYING in all directions.

    One stray bullet RICHOCHETS off the pipes straight into Ripley’s LEFT shoulder.

    Ripley SCREAMS as she drops to the floor, the Quad Rifle SPRINGS from her grasp.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Procreator UNCURLS himself then CHARGES towards Ripley.

    Ripley DIGS her right hand into the wound, SOAKING it with blood then HURLS at the Procreator.

    The creature SPLATTERED with Ripley’s blood, suddenly REELS BACK in pain WRIGGLING on the deck SQUEALING like a baby.

    Call quickly goes to help Ripley, she tries to lift her but can’t.

    CALL
    (struggling)
    Ripley--c’mon!!

    RIPLEY
    (painfully)
    I can’t move!!

    CALL
    You have to or we’re both dead!!

    Call begins DRAGGING Ripley back towards the Hatch.

    Ripley forces herself onto her feet, then they climb onto the Hatch up to the Passageway.

    The Procreator suddenly RISES then STRIDES towards the Hatch.

    INT. PASSAGEWAY.

    As they enter the Passageway Call PULLS down a lever on a panel CLOSING the Hatch.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ENTRY POINT. (STROBE LIGHTING)

    The Procreator GRABS hold of the Hatch with one CLAW, but STILL it continues to close.

    INT. PASSAGEWAY.

    Ripley and Call back away from the Hatch.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Procreator tries forcing his head into the slowly reducing GAP, then quickly retreats as the Hatch finally closes.

    Ripley and Call get to their feet.

    CALL
    What the **** was that thing??

    RIPLEY
    (thinking)
    I’ve seen it before...in dreams...it’s worse than I thought.

    Ripley gathers her composure then heads down the long Passageway, Call quickly follows.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ENTRY POINT.

    Suddenly a RUMBLING sound causes the Procreator to TURN and look behind.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the FREIGHT ELEVATOR SHAFT door slowly opens.

    No one appears to challenge him, the Procreator SNIFFS the air curiously then makes his way out of Entry Point.

    For a moment all is silent.

    SHOT OF a HAND then picking up the Quad Rifle STILL lying on the deck.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. TERRAN ISLAND. STORAGE FACILITY. (15 MINUTES LATER)

    A Hatch HISSES open and out of it emerge Ripley and Call from the Passageway.

    They look around curiously.

    CALL
    What is this place?

    RIPLEY
    Some kind of storage place I guess.

    We TRACK behind them as they SLOWLY walk through the MAZE of Steel Containers.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley and Call looking on in disbelief as they come out into a clearing.

    THEIR P.O.V. we see DOZENS of Alien corpses on the ground, PANNING UPWARD we also see the Rib Cage, now SMASHED on one side as though SOMETHING had broken out.

    CALL (O.S.)
    Oh my God!!

    Then Ripley sees the body of Decrepit Queen and approaches her.

    She kneels down beside the creature FEELING its PUNCTURED head.

    RIPLEY
    (eyes closed)
    So much fear, so much pain, I’ve never felt anything like it.

    She gets to her feet and positions herself directly beneath the Cage then JUMPS.

    Ripley GRABS to the underneath of the Cage, then CRAWLS like an insect round to the damaged part where she gets inside.

    INT. RIB CAGE.

    We slowly PULL BACK as Ripley enters the Cage. She walks up to the remains of the ALIEN POD, carefully looks inside and TOUCHES something.

    EXTREME CLOSE UP of her fingers covered in RED BLOOD that slightly SMOLDERS.

    She quickly turns to exit the Rib Cage.

    INT. STORAGE FACILITY.

    Ripley JUMPS down from the Cage and begins making her way back towards the Hatch.

    Call quickly joins her.

    RIPLEY
    We have to go back!

    CALL
    We can’t go back, that thing maybe waiting for us-!!

    RIPLEY
    (firmly)
    It won’t be! Whoever led us here is about to let it loose.

    CALL
    (confused)
    There’s someone else here?

    RIPLEY
    (hurriedly)
    No time to explain, just trust me ok?

    We DOLLY AWAY as they disappear back through the maze of containers.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. U.S.S. ARKENSAW. CORRIDOR/MEDICAL CHAMBER.

    We slowly DOLLY through a deserted Corridor towards Sliding Doors. They automatically open and we CONTINUE inside the Medical Chamber. The area is dimly lit, cluttered with various machines and 6 beds, one of them occupied by a young woman wearing a clean white gown...LAUREN.

    CLOSE UP of Ripley 3 stood by the entrance, now wearing jeans and a dark T-shirt. She stares for a moment then walks up to the bed.

    ANGLED SHOT on Lauren still lying unconscious.

    Ripley 3 carefully leans over her and gently begins STROKING her forehead, she moves back Laurens hair over her left ear.

    CLOSE UP of the HEARING AID attached to it.

    Then Lauren’s eyes slowly begin to open. Still dazed she lifts her head slightly and turns to see Ripley.

    LAUREN
    (frightened)
    Ripley...!

    RIPLEY 3
    (smiles)
    I’m right here.

    LAUREN
    (unsurely)
    Is-is it really you?

    RIPLEY 3
    (tenderly)
    Yes it is, don’t be afraid. Are you alright?

    LAUREN
    Oh Ripley, I had the most dreadful nightmare.

    RIPLEY 3
    A nightmare!

    LAUREN
    Last night I dreamt you were somebody else. Someone who wanted
    to hurt me. I’m not crazy am I?

    Ripley 3 sits on the bed beside Lauren, gently strokes her head.

    RIPLEY 3
    (smiles)
    No. I don’t think you’re crazy.

    Lauren suddenly rises and holds onto Ripley 3, who reacts slightly nervously.

    LAUREN
    I’m so sorry I didn’t believe in you. Please forgive me!

    RIPLEY 3
    (carefully)
    Ok, I forgive you, if that’s what you want.

    There’s a short pause as we FOCUS on them holding each other a few moments.

    RIPLEY 3
    Do you know where we are?

    Lauren looks around still trying to focus her vision.

    LAUREN
    (shakes head)
    I’ve never seen this place before in my life.

    RIPLEY 3
    I have to find the others!

    LAUREN
    You mean your shipmates...Johner and Call, right?

    RIPLEY 3
    Yes.

    LAUREN
    (curiously)
    What about you, do you know where we are?

    RIPLEY 3
    No!! But I know they’re here...somewhere. I need your help to
    find my friends, will you help me?

    LAUREN
    (smiles)
    Sure I will, anything for you.

    We slowly ZOOM IN on Ripley 3 as they hold each other. Stroking Laurens forehead, her mouth begins to open VERY WIDE, unnoticed by Lauren a SNAKE-LIKE tongue slowly comes out, CURLS round her lips then goes back in her mouth again.

    CUT TO:

    INT. TERRAN ISLAND. ENTRY POINT. (15 MINUTES LATER)

    CLOSE UP of Call staring at the floor then looking around anxiously.

    CALL
    (sighs)
    Great!! Whoever was here also took the Quad Rifle.

    RIPLEY (O.S.)
    It all makes sense now.

    CALL
    Not to me it doesn’t.

    We PAN ROUND Ripley, stood by the still open FREIGHT ELEVATOR SHAFT door as she speaks.

    RIPLEY
    (thinking)
    Everything that’s happened here revolves round the cloning, the
    Queen on the Auriga knew she was dying. That’s why she created
    him...7-Leg is the carrier. And he carries on creating because
    that’s how he rids himself of the virus, all he needed then was
    another life. But something went wrong, the host was not pure.
    He created a monster even to him!

    CALL
    What is this ‘monster’ exactly?

    RIPLEY
    To us he is the King! The Procreator. Their last hope in this
    world. In his womb he carries a new Queen, who’ll breathe life
    into the species like never before. The alien is inferior now,
    all that matters is the new generation. But it’s what they may
    become they fear most.

    Ripley starts walking towards the Gantry beyond the Pressure Door.

    RIPLEY
    Wait here!

    INT. ELEVATOR SHAFT/FREIGHT ELEVATOR. (CONT.)

    Ripley walks out into the Elevator Shaft. On the far side is a Freight Elevator strewn with fallen debris, 3 Alien Eggs nestled on the far corner.

    RIPLEY
    (loudly)
    Call, we have to go now!

    There’s no reply.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley as she looks back towards Entry Point.

    RIPLEY
    (louder)
    Call I said we-!!

    CLOSE UP (CONT.) Ripley breaks off seeing something unexpected.

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. at the Pressure Door to Entry Point stands Call and someone else, RIPLEY 2 now wearing a U.S.M. Marine uniform. She holds the Auton close by her THROAT, the other hand points the QUAD RIFLE at Call’s head.

    RIPLEY 2
    Get on the Elevator!!

    Ripley begins backing away onto the Freight Elevator.

    Ripley 2 approaches cautiously with Call firmly in her grasp.

    When they are on the Freight Elevator Ripley 2 produces a pair of handcuffs, quickly SLAPS one cuff on Calls RIGHT hand, the other to a side rail round the Elevator.

    She walks up to Ripley then THROWS the Quad Rifle to one side.

    SHOT OF the Quad Rifle coming to rest NEAR Call.

    We PAN ROUND the 2 Ripley’s as they SLOWLY circle one another.

    RIPLEY
    So, are you going to kill me or what?

    RIPLEY 2
    I have to take you back.

    RIPLEY
    Take me where?

    RIPLEY 2
    Someone wants to meet you.

    The Clone walks over to the far side of the Elevator. She reaches down to a Controls Panel set inside the floor.

    CLOSE UP on the Control Panel. The protective Hatch already RIPPED open revealing several buttons and a large YELLOW LEVER.

    The Clone presses a Red Switch and the Elevator begins to RISE.

    RIPLEY 2
    (thoughtfully)
    Tell me Ellen Ripley, do you fear me?

    RIPLEY
    (firmly)
    No, why should I!

    RIPLEY 2
    Because I’m better than you!

    RIPLEY
    Whatever you might think of me we’re the same, whoever sent you
    here doesn’t care about that.

    RIPLEY 2
    And what do you care about most?

    RIPLEY
    People...same as always. This thing will kill us all if it has
    to, you must know that?

    RIPLEY 2
    You mean the Creator.

    RIPLEY
    (curiously)
    Why did you bring it here? What do you know about them?

    RIPLEY 2
    You ask too many questions.

    RIPLEY
    You don’t have to do this, you still have a choice!

    RIPLEY 2
    Yes, I have a choice. It’s you that does not!

    Suddenly the Clone ATTACKS Ripley and they engage in hand to hand combat.

    Ripley 2 SWINGS her arms LEFT then RIGHT at Ripley who somehow manages to evade her.

    ANGLED SHOT as Ripley backs towards the edge of the Elevator. As the Clone ATTACKS Ripley LEAPS into the air SOMERSAULTING over her and behind.

    Ripley GRABS the Clone around the chest restraining her arm movements. But the Clone ELBOWS Ripley in the RIBS sending her REELING BACKWARD.

    SHOT OF Call looking on anxiously, then PANNING DOWN to her feet, she tries to reach the nearby Quad Rifle but CAN’T.

    RIPLEY
    You can’t destroy me I ‘am’ you!

    Ripley slowly gets to her feet.

    RIPLEY (CONT.)
    Besides, I thought you were supposed to take me alive.

    RIPLEY 2
    No more orders. And I’ve waited a long time for this!

    Again the Clone attacks Ripley, SWINGING at her with several BACK KICKS, but again Ripley BLOCKS her each time.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT

    Quaid is sat in the Navigators Seat behind Vriess. Behind him stand Johner, Sirtis and Kelly. Marriot and Blake look on as he continues pushing buttons on the Screen.

    QUAID
    (relieved)
    Ok, we’re in.

    CLOSE UP on the Display Screen showing multiple images from the Pirate Ship. We see the aftermath of the resistance, many Pirates and Marines lie slaughtered. At the bottom of each image a COUNTDOWN TIMER reads 15 minutes.

    SIRTIS
    Where the hell did the Army go?

    KELLY
    Maybe someone decided they should check out.

    JOHNER
    So why the **** are we still here?

    KELLY
    I dunno about that...but I know someone who does.

    Kelly turns towards Marriot behind her.

    KELLY
    You wanna tell us what’s happening here, because somehow I don’t
    think your Captain’s keeping his appointment!

    MARRIOT
    (hesitantly)
    All I know is he was gonna end this one way or the other. Once
    the countdown started the process would be irreversible.

    KELLY
    He was gonna blow up the ship?

    BLAKE
    (proudly)
    He called The Giant’s bluff right to the very end!

    KELLY
    (thinking)
    So they eject the ship then we just sail right outta here. You
    really think the Military is gonna buy that?

    BLAKE
    Why wouldn’t they, if they thought everyone was accounted for?

    JOHNER
    Well, I’m convinced. So how do we set it off?

    MARRIOT
    (hesitantly)
    Someone’s gonna have to go back to the Bridge.

    KELLY
    (firmly)
    To hell with that, we can’t go back!

    MARRIOT
    There’s no way to tap into the remote from here-.

    KELLY
    (sharply)
    Then we’ll just have to find another way!!

    QUAID (O.S.)
    Hey, hey, hey everybody, take a look at this!

    Everyone turns towards the Display Screen.

    QUAID
    Is that who I think it is!

    SIRTIS
    Looks like it to me, but who’s that with her?

    QUAID
    We can’t just leave them there...can we?

    JOHNER
    (shrugs)
    Guess not. (looks at Kelly) Open the Hatch.

    Kelly quickly leaves the Cockpit.

    CUT TO:

    INT. FREIGHT ELEVATOR.

    ANGLED SHOT as Ripley and the Clone continue to circle each other.

    RIPLEY
    You never said why do you hate me so much?

    RIPLEY 2
    I don’t hate you, I pity you with your human frailty!

    RIPLEY
    Nobodies perfect.

    CLOSE UP on Call trying to PULL her hand from the Handcuff, then PANNING DOWN to her boots as she reaches for her KNIFE.

    RIPLEY 2
    This is the end for you Ellen Ripley.

    RIPLEY
    It’s not over yet.

    RIPLEY 2
    It soon will be, then I’ll be free.

    RIPLEY
    Free from what?

    CLOSE UP as the Clone PEELS OFF her RIGHT ear. Blood POURS from the wound as she PULLS
    OUT a small TRANSMITTER DEVICE planted inside, then DROPS it on the floor.

    SHOT OF her boot CRUSHING the Device.

    RIPLEY
    (staring)
    It’s just you and me now...do the death!

    ANGLED SHOT as the 2 Ripley’s GRAPPLE each other in CLOSE COMBAT.

    CLOSE UP on Call as she begins CUTTING into her RIGHT HAND just above the Handcuff.

    The Clone KICKS Ripley in the CHEST sending her FLYING backwards.

    LOW ANGLED SHOT as the Clone slowly advances towards Ripley.

    RIPLEY 2
    You’re weaker than I thought.

    RIPLEY
    (firmly)
    I’m also a lot smarter than you!

    RIPLEY 2
    (smugly)
    I don’t think so.

    SHOT OF Call still CUTTING her wrist, she’s nearly HALFWAY through.

    The Clone KICKS Ripley in the FACE as she starts to get up,

    CLOSE UP on Ripley, BLOOD POURING from her mouth.

    RIPLEY 2
    (smugly)
    Y’know something, you’re right. I’m ‘nothing’ like you!

    ANGLED SHOT as the Clone picks up an IRON BAR from the deck, she SWINGS it down hard onto Ripley’s side, then AGAIN across the small of her back.

    Ripley SCREAMS with PAIN, barely conscious she tries to defend herself as the Clone then BEATS her in the STOMACH.

    RIPLEY 2
    You’re pathetic!!

    AGAIN and AGAIN the Clone BEATS Ripley’s body with the BAR like a robot out of control.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley BATTERED and BRUISED.

    RIPLEY
    (pleading)
    Please--please--no more-!!

    SHOT OF Call STILL cutting through her arm.

    RIPLEY 2
    But you have to die...there is no choice!

    LOW ANGLED SHOT on Ripley as the Clone CONTINUES beating her.

    RIPLEY
    (begging)
    Please--please stop!

    CLOSE UP as the Clone lifts the Iron Bar HIGH above her head for the FINAL blow.

    RIPLEY 2
    There can be only one Ellen Ripley.

    EXTREME CLOSE UP of Ripley’s eyes SHIFTING away from the Clone to something BEYOND her.

    RIPLEY
    Not yet!

    SHOT OF the Clone SPINNING ROUND to see Call CHARGING towards her...TOO LATE!!

    Call BARGES into the Clone, sending her off the edge of the Elevator.

    She then goes to Ripley and DRAGS her back to the middle of the Elevator.

    RIPLEY
    (painfully)
    Gun—g--give--give me the g-gun-!

    Call pulls the Quad Rifle off her shoulder, gives it to Ripley.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Clone suddenly SPRINGS UPWARD onto the Elevator.

    CLOSE UP as Ripley TURNS to face her, the Quad Rifle at the ready.

    RIPLEY
    You’re right, there can be only one...GAME OVER!!

    Ripley FIRES the weapons FLAME THROWER at the Clone.

    ANGLED SHOT as Ripley 2 is ENGULFED in a ball of FLAME. She STAGGERS backwards SCREAMING then finally goes over the edge.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ELEVATOR SHAFT.

    DROP SHOT into the Shaft as Ripley 2 TUMBLES downward, suddenly her body EXPLODES into a DOZEN pieces.

    INT. FREIGHT ELEVATOR.

    Ripley slowly gets up and walks towards the far side of the Freight Elevator.

    CLOSE UP as Call stares at the STUMP on her RIGHT arm, a shiny titanium ball-joint protrudes from the wound.

    CALL
    (confused)
    I don’t know why, but for some reason it hurts.

    Ripley picks up Call’s severed hand and gives it back to her.

    RIPLEY
    I’m sorry you had to do that.

    CALL
    (humorously)
    Don’t worry I’ll live.

    CLOSE UP as Call SNAPS her hand back into position with the ball-and-socket joint, then pulls down the sleeve to cover the wound.

    RIPLEY
    (thinking)
    She mentioned a ship. The Aonasus?

    CALL
    (shakes head)
    No that’s impossible. I told you, if there was something going
    there on I would’ve seen it.

    RIPLEY
    It’s the only way Call, think about it!

    CALL
    Then why did they keep you alive?

    RIPLEY
    You heard her, someone up there wants to see me, I don’t intend
    to disappoint.

    Suddenly we hear a SIZZLING noise coming from somewhere.

    They turn to look in the direction of the sound.

    CLOSE UP on the Freight Elevator’s Control Panel, SPARKS shooting out from inside.

    Ripley observes the damaged panel suspiciously.

    CALL (O.S.)
    Oh no, this is bad right!

    RIPLEY
    Yeah, it is.

    CALL
    What did she do?

    RIPLEY
    I know what I would do.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ELEVATOR SHAFT.

    DROP SHOT over the Elevator as it suddenly PLUMMETS DOWNWARDS.

    CUT TO:

    INT. FREIGHT ELEVATOR.

    SHOT OF Ripley and Call suddenly THROWN to their knees.

    RIPLEY
    (loudly)
    We’ve gotta stop this thing before it hits the bottom!!

    They gradually CRAWL side by side towards the Control Panel.

    CALL
    (struggling)
    Can hardly move--we’re not--gonna make it!!

    CUT TO:

    INT. ELEVATOR SHAFT.

    PANNING DOWN as the Freight Elevator ZOOMS past into the dark depths of the Shaft.

    CUT TO:

    INT. FREIGHT ELEVATOR.

    Call eventually reaches the Control Panel, she grabs hold of the YELLOW LEVER and PULLS with all her might.

    CALL
    (struggling)
    I can’t--it’s jammed!!

    RIPLEY
    Then let me try!

    Call moves over as Ripley holds onto the Lever and PULLS.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ELEVATOR SHAFT.

    DROP SHOT as the Freight Elevator continues to PLUMMET DOWNWARDS.

    CUT TO:

    INT. FREIGHT ELEVATOR.

    Ripley PULLS on the lever hard as she can, suddenly it DROPS DOWNWARD and the Freight Elevator begins to JOLT!

    CUT TO:

    INT. FREIGHT ELEVATOR. (UNDERSIDE)

    EXTREME CLOSE UP as the Elevator’s braking system KICKS-IN, emitting white SPARKS and a loud SCREECHING sound.

    CUT TO:

    INT. FREIGHT ELEVATOR.

    Seconds later the Elevator eventually comes to a SCREECHING halt.

    There’s a short pause as they stand and gather their composure.

    CALL
    So what do we do now?

    RIPLEY
    We wait!

    CALL
    You really think they’ll come?

    RIPLEY
    (confidently)
    Oh yes. I’m counting on it.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. LANDING PLATFORM. EVENING. (FOG, WIND & RAIN)(2 HOURS LATER)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT over Terran Island, the Hospital Complex visible in the background over the Great Lake. We PAN DOWN towards the Landing Platform, the surrounding forest enveloped in a THICK veil of FOG. A BURST of HOT GAS fills the screen from above as POWERFUL landing lights come to life. (O.S.)

    Three 100 foot tall Landing Struts LOWER into frame as the U.S.M. Aonasus gradually touches down onto the Platform.

    A steel GATE slides open from the WIDER Rear Landing Strut from which about 100 U.S.M. Marines emerge, led by Sergeant Thorne they QUICKLY disperse across the entire platform.

    THORNE (to Marine Corporal)
    I want the whole area secured immediately, the Perimeter sealed
    off with a 5 meter spread.

    MARINE CORPORAL
    Yes sir, right away.

    CLOSE UP on Thorne looking around nervously, suddenly a LOUD BOOM diverts turns his attention UPWARDS.

    5 Marines inside HEAVILY ARMED Exo-Suites DROP into frame and land on the deck. 10 foot high Fighting Machines armed with weapons including ROCKETS LAUNCHERS, FLAME THROWERS and MACHINE GUNS attached to each arm. Powerful legs allowed it to walk almost any terrain, while a single jet engine powered it through the skies.

    As Marines continue taking up positions on the Platform one approaches Deacon.

    MARINE CORPORAL
    We’re patched in now Sir, ready to raise the Elevator.

    DEACON
    Alright! Lets get this over with before the whole place starts
    falling apart.

    CUT TO:

    INT. FREIGHT ELEVATOR.

    CLOSE UP on Call twiddling her thumbs.

    CALL
    (sighs)
    This is silly, we could’ve swam to the mainland by now.

    RIPLEY
    They’ll find us. They can’t afford to leave me here.

    The Freight Elevator suddenly makes a WHIRRING sound then slowly begins to RISE.

    RIPLEY
    Better late than never.

    CALL
    Ok, so how do we get by those troops?

    Ripley walks towards the 3 Alien Eggs, stares at them curiously then back at Call.

    RIPLEY
    (thinking)
    Someone up there wants us alive...I say we play right along!

    CALL
    (staring)
    You gotta be ****ing kidding me!

    RIPLEY
    (blankly)
    Do I look like I’m kidding?

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. LANDING PLATFORM. (FOG, WIND & RAIN CONT.) (15 MINUTES LATER)

    ANGLED SHOT as the Freight Elevators appears. We see 2 people lying motionless on the deck, a SPIDER-LIKE creature covers both their faces.

    Now joined by the Chief Medic, Deacon approaches the 2 females, careful not to get too close while cautiously observed by the Marines.

    DEACON
    (firmly)
    Stay back all of you, that’s an order!!

    The Chief Medic feels for a pulse on one female then does the same with the other.

    DEACON (O.S.)
    Are they alive?

    CHIEF MEDIC
    Yes Lieutenant, they’re alive.

    Deacon signals some Marines behind him.

    DEACON
    Get these people to Med-Lab immediately!

    They quickly step forward with 2 stretchers and place the bodies onto them. The bodies are then taken towards the ship’s Rear Strut Entrance.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. U.S.M. AONASUS. MED-LAB AREA. MEDICAL ROOM. (15 MINUTES LATER)

    DROP SHOT as 2 people are brought into the Medical Room on stretchers by Marines and carefully placed on separate operating tables. As the Marines leave several Medics dressed in white gowns appear around them.

    The 2 individuals are completely covered in blankets. One of the Medics goes to remove them when suddenly it MOVES slightly.

    The Chief Medic stares at the covers bemused then turns to press an ALARM BUTTON behind.

    SHOT OF an HAND reaching from inside the covers GRABBING onto the Chief Medic.

    One of the covers begins to RISE revealing Ripley underneath, then Call also sits up. The Face-Huggers STILL attached to their faces, they carefully PULL them off.

    CALL
    I wouldn’t do that if I were you!

    SHOT OF The Chief Medic staring then she suddenly FAINTS.

    The other Medic’s look at each other then RACE out of the room.

    Ripley and Call get off the operating tables and look around cautiously.

    CALL
    I’m not sure we should’ve done that either.

    RIPLEY
    Don’t worry about them just find us a way out of here!

    Call stares through one of the glass windows beyond the corridor they were brought in.

    CALL
    (coldly)
    I’ve been here before.

    RIPLEY (O.S.)
    I know you have.

    CALL
    No, I mean here. In this room.

    RIPLEY
    Is this were they... (hesitates)!

    CALL
    (quietly)
    Yes.

    RIPLEY
    I’m sorry Call. If it’s any consolation, I know what it’s like
    to have your whole world ripped apart.

    Ripley walks to the other side of the Medical Room.

    RIPLEY
    You still know your way round here?

    CALL
    I downloaded the schematic from the Network.

    RIPLEY
    We don’t have much time-!

    CALL
    Hey look! (points upwards)

    CLOSE UP on several wall Monitors showing various interiors around the ship. We ZOOM IN on one Monitor showing The Arkensaw and readouts of its location.

    RIPLEY (O.S.)
    It’s still in the Dock. Can you get us there?

    CALL
    Yeah I can, but what if it’s a trap!

    RIPLEY
    That’s a chance we’ll just have to take.

    There’s a brief pause as Call tries to think.

    CALL
    There’s an air shaft just down the corridor. We should be able
    to access the lower levels from there.

    RIPLEY
    Alright, lead the way.

    We PULL BACK as they cautiously leave the Medical Room.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. LANDING PLATFORM. (FOG, WIND & RAIN CONT.)

    We PAN ROUND Sergeant Thorne stood near the edge of the Landing Platform, less than half the Marine contingent now remains.

    Suddenly a message comes over his Headset.

    MARINE CORPORAL (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Sergeant, you copy me over!

    THORNE (into Headset)
    Right here Corporal. What you got!

    MARINE CORPORAL (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Unknown sir the readouts are weird! We’re inside the Perimeter,
    there’s something out here with us.

    We TRACK behind Thorne as he heads towards the other side of the Platform.

    THORNE
    What do you mean ‘something’, can you identify, over?

    MARINE CORPORAL (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Hold on Sir, we’re tracking them.

    THORNE
    Is it the faction, confirm over?

    MARINE CORPORAL (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Definitely inside the Perimeter, they’re closing. Alright men,
    load your weapons.

    THORNE
    Do not fire unless fired upon!! Corporal are you listening??

    As Thorne reaches the far side of the Platform we hear SHOUTING and SCREAMING over his Headset. The sound of distant GUNFIRE echoes all around them... then suddenly STOPS.

    He steps up to the edge of the Platform, produces a pair of binoculars from his belt and looks towards the forest.

    THORNE’S P.O.V. through binoculars in NIGHT VISION. The Perimeter fence just visible in the fog 100 yards away, PANNING RIGHT across the Perimeter we see no sign of life.

    THORNE (into Headset)
    (urgently)
    Decker, Walsh, anybody on the Perimeter, do you read me, over!

    There’s no reply. At that point Lieutenant Deacon appears.

    DEACON
    What the hell’s happening Sergeant??

    THORNE
    We’re in trouble sir, still no sign of the Commander. 3 squads
    downed inside the Perimeter, yet no one sees a Goddam thing!

    Deacon starts walking back towards the Rear Strut and Thorne quickly follows.

    DEACON
    (cursing)
    Looks like your boys screwed up Sergeant. It’s the Faction and
    we ain’t got time for this ****! Inform Command and signal the
    retreat, we’re getting outta here.

    THORNE
    (protesting)
    Dammit Lieutenant! I’m telling you there’s something out there
    and it ain’t the Frontier!!

    Suddenly we hear MORE GUNFIRE, this time sounding MUCH CLOSER.

    The ground begins to SHUDDER several seconds more violently than before, then just as abruptly EVERYTHING STOPS!

    SHOT OF Deacon and Thorne turning to look at each other.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as DOZENS of Aliens suddenly STORM onto the Platform from ALL sides.

    The Marines immediately FIRE at the incoming Aliens, we see SEVERAL SHOTS of the creatures gunned down.

    DEACON (into Headset)
    (shouting)
    Deacon to Bridge! Close the shields we’re under attack, repeat
    we’re under attack!

    BRIDGE (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    What was that sir, I didn’t copy??

    The Marines quickly back up, forming a CORDON round the Exo-Suites, FIRING at the Aliens in ALL directions.

    ANGLED SHOT as one of the Exo-Suites RISES several feet over the cordon, Canons firing SEARING FLAMES at the Aliens, FORCING them back towards the edge of the Landing Platform.

    Some of them UNEXPECTEDLY CHARGE towards the Exo-Suite, quickly SWARMING all over it like bees round a hive.

    Suddenly an EXPLOSION sends FIREY CHUNKS of the Exo-Suite high into the air. Marines run for cover as the BATTERED machine comes CRASHING down towards them.

    DROP SHOT on Sergeant Thorne BACKING AWAY as we ZOOM IN towards him.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Exo-Suite comes CRASHING DOWN onto him, several Marines also killed by the EXPLOSION!

    SHOT OF Deacon QUICKLY disappearing through the safety of the Rear Strut Gate.

    Another Exo-Suite then takes off to approach the Aliens head-on.

    SHOT OF an Alien EXPLODING on impact, THEN another SNARLING at the incoming machine.

    The Exo-Suite lands between several Aliens, immediately they POUNCE. This time the Marine inside SWINGS the machines upper body from side to side, eventually THROWING the creatures off then opens fire on them.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the Marines slowly ADVANCE towards the edge of the Landing Platform, continuing to FIRE at the Aliens who now begin RETREATING.

    MARINE CORPORAL
    Oh my God... (points upwards) Look!!

    Some Marines look up in the indicated direction.

    THEIR P.O.V. we see SEVERAL Alien Warriors climbing up the REAR Landing Strut.

    CUT TO:

    INT. AONASUS. AIR SHAFT. (LATER)

    Ripley and Call continue through the narrow Air Shaft.

    CALL
    (thoughtfully)
    Wonder where the hell everybody went??

    RIPLEY
    Maybe the Aliens are fighting back!

    CALL
    Is that good or bad, for us I mean?

    RIPLEY
    I’m not sure yet.

    As they reach the end of the Air Shaft we see an opening covered by a STEEL grate.

    INT. AONASUS. DOCKING BAY.

    We PULL BACK from the grate into Aonasus’ HUGE Docking Bay, then PAN UP towards the Pirate Ship Arkensaw still anchored to the Dock high above.

    A Scaling Ladder with a protective cage runs up the sidewall from top to bottom.

    The grate is FORCED from its hinges. Ripley throws it over the side as she emerges from the opening. She sees the Scaling Ladder and disappears back inside the Air Shaft.

    INT. AIR SHAFT.

    RIPLEY
    You ready?

    CALL
    I’m ready, what about you?

    RIPLEY
    End of the line for me I’m afraid.

    CALL
    You’re not coming??

    RIPLEY
    You’ll be just fine. There’s a Scaling Ladder runs all the way
    to the top, I’ll meet you on the ship in about an hour, ok!

    CALL
    Where are you going?

    RIPLEY
    You know what I have to do, give me an hour that’s all I ask!

    CALL
    (reluctantly)
    Guess I don’t have a choice.

    INT. DOCKING BAY.

    DROP SHOT into Aonasus’ Docking Bay as Call climbs out from the Air Shaft. She reaches for the nearby Scaling Ladder then SWINGS herself onto it and begins climbing.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. AONASUS UNDERSIDE/REAR STRUT.

    We TRACK behind an Exo-Suite as it SPEEDS towards the ships Rear Landing Struts.

    EXO PILOT 1 (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    There they are!

    The Exo-Suite SOARES beneath the Rescues Ship, then ARCS RIGHT to the Rear Landing Strut where it slows to a HOVER. The Aliens have almost reached the Undercarriage.

    The Exo’s Pilot FIRES at the creatures still advancing up the Strut.

    SHOT OF an Alien EXPLODING from the gunfire.

    DROP SHOT as the creature PLUMMETS to its death to the Landing Platform below.

    Another Exo-Suite arrives GUNS BLAZING, taking out 2 more Aliens with a single burst.

    The remaining Aliens LEAP several meters across to the FORWARD Landing Struts.

    EXO LEADER (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Strike 4 they’re heading for cover. Take ‘em down!

    EXO PILOT 4 (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Yes Sir.

    ANGLED SHOT on the 4th Exo-Suite as it TURNS and SPEEDS towards the Forward Struts.

    Suddenly 2 of the Aliens break from the others and disappear INSIDE the undercarriage.

    EXO PILOT 4 (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Holy **** it’s inside, I repeat it’s inside!!

    EXO LEADER (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Calm down Strike 4, let’s go take a look.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. AONASUS UNDERCARRAIGE.

    ANGLED SHOT as 2 of the Exo-Suite’s RISE TOWARDS the Rescue Ships Undercarriage.

    INT. AONASUS UNDERCARRIAGE (CONT.)

    An Exo-Suite GLIDES inside the dark interior, SEARCH LIGHTS shine above the Canopy.

    EXO PILOT 4’s P.O.V. through the canopy SLOWLY PANNING along the dark walls.

    EXO LEADER (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Strike 4, you see anything yet?

    EXO PILOT 4 (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Negative sir.

    EXO LEADER (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    It’s there Private, keep your eye out.

    EXO PILOT 4 (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    I don’t see a Goddam thi-!

    EXO PILOT 4’s P.O.V. (CONT.) suddenly an Alien LEAPS out TOWARDS US from the darkness.

    SHOT OF the Exo-Suite SPINNING out of control as the Alien SMOTHERS the Canopy.

    EXO PILOT 4 (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    ****--what the ****--I got one all over me!

    EXO LEADER (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Strike 4, eject, eject, eject!!

    EXO PILOT 4 (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    I can’t, I’m losing control!

    CUT TO:

    EXT. AONASUS UNDERSIDE.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Exo-Suite continues to SPIRAL DOWNWARD.

    EXO LEADER (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Strike 3 shoot it out, shoot it out!!

    EXO PILOT 3 (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    But Sir, he’s still alive-!

    EXO LEADER (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Just do it Strike 3, that’s an order!!

    We DOLLY behind Exo-Suite 3 as he BANKS towards the out of control fighting machine.

    EXO PILOT 3’s P.O.V. as the SPIRALING Exo-Suite comes into view. A FLASHING CROSS-HAIR
    appears on the Pilots VISOR, he quickly locks on then fires at the crippled machine.

    The Exo-Suite EXPLODES into a ball of flame with the Alien STILL attached.

    INT. AONASUS UNDERCARRIAGE.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Red Alien peers out from the shadows of an Air Duct, briefly observes the departing Marines below then QUICKLY disappears inside the ship.

    CUT TO:

    INT. AIR SHAFT.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley heading through the Air Shaft when something causes her to FREEZE! Again she hears a WHISPERING VOICE (V.O.) calling her name.

    She pauses to take a deep breath then continues down the Shaft.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. TERRAN ISLAND. LANDING PLATFORM.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as HOT GASES explode beneath the U.S.M. Aonasus. With a DEAFENING ROAR the ship SLOWLY RISES. As it clears the Landing Platform the remaining Exo-Suites fly into the Docking Bay.

    CUT TO:

    INT. AONASUS DOCKING BAY.

    DROP SHOT on Call as the whole Bay SHUDDERS, causing her feet to SLIP off the Scaling Ladder. Somehow she manages to hold on and regain her footing, then continues her long ascent to the Docking Bay.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. FARINA HILL.

    ANGLED SHOT of the hills as the ground begins to SHAKE VIOLENTLY, large areas begin BREAKING APART, the earth below swallowing up dozens of trees at a time.

    We see VARIOUS SHOTS of the Hills SINKING INWARD, the Hospital Complex COLLAPSING, the legs of the Landing Platform BUCKLING as it too collapses into the ground,

    CUT TO:

    EXT. ATLANTIC OCEAN.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as Terran Island slowly begins to CRUMBLE into the sea, eventually the island completely SUBMERGES without a trace.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. HIGH EARTH ORBIT. (30 MINUTES LATER)

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the U.S.M. Aonasus slowly PASSES over the Earth.

    CUT TO:

    INT. AONASUS DOCKING PLATFORM.

    Call emerges from the Scaling ladder onto the Docking Platform. She sees the Arkensaw UNGUARDED, its Boarding Ramp STILL down.

    Call looks around nervously, but nothing appears to challenge her. She quickly hurries towards the ship and disappears inside. Seconds later the Boarding Ramp automatically begins to CLOSE.

    INT. AIRSHAFT RECESS.

    Ripley CRAWLS through a narrow Recess until she comes to a Junction with a descending ladder. Again she hears a WHISPERING VOICE (V.O.) calling her.

    DROP SHOT as she hesitates then proceeds down the ladder.

    INT. MED-LAB CENTER. (CONT.)

    Ripley descends into a dark room filled with all kinds of medical equipment.

    We TRACK behind her as she slowly approaches the only light.

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. sees 5 tall STASIS TUBES connected to various monitors each labelled NUMBER ONE to NUMBER FIVE. 2 of the Tubes are EMPTY the others contain Ripley Clones.

    She moves forward to take a closer look.

    SHOT OF one of the Clones as its eyes suddenly SHOOT OPEN.

    ‘FAMILIAR’ VOICE (O.S.)
    Magnificent isn’t it.

    Ripley backs off slightly. She QUICKLY turns to look behind her.

    3 people appear out of the darkness. 1 of them is Professor Goldstein, who walks with the aid of a cane. The other 2 are armed guards in Bio-Suites carrying Quad Rifles.

    CLOSE UP on Goldstein who smiles then reaches under his neck. He begins pulling away his SKIN up over his entire scalp, removing the MASK revealing his TRUE identity.

    RIPLEY
    (surprised)
    Bishop!

    CLOSE UP of Bishop. He is 79 years old, his skin scoured and wrinkled, a DEEP SCAR down the LEFT SIDE of his face.

    BISHOP
    Ripley. (smiles) You remember me?

    RIPLEY
    I remember everything.

    BISHOP
    Everything?

    RIPLEY
    The Alien Ship, the Colony on LV-426, how I died...everything!!
    But how did you-?

    BISHOP
    (smiles)
    Get this!! (points at scar) A timely reminder of a past I would
    much rather forget.

    RIPLEY
    You know what I mean.

    Bishop turns away from Ripley, staring towards one of the many monitors.

    BISHOP
    (thoughtfully)
    After your death I returned home aboard the Patna...(hesitates)
    We never made it.

    RIPLEY
    What happened?

    BISHOP
    (not looking)
    The prisoner Morse--the one who helped you to die--escaped from
    his confines. Next thing I remember, a huge fire began tearing
    the ship apart. Somehow we managed to contain the fire but the
    damage had already been done, all that remained was the Patna’s
    life support system. While most of the survivors abandoned the
    ship I stayed behind with a skeleton crew, only to be found 175
    years later by the United Systems Military.

    Bishop turns to face Ripley.

    BISHOP (CONT.)
    I was the only survivor, albeit in a comatose state and, in the
    current climate, somebody they could not risk being discovered.
    So they locked me away in some secure mental facility, there to
    spend the rest of my natural days.

    CLOSE UP on Bishop expressing a hint of sadness as he recalls a distant nightmare.

    BISHOP
    10 years later I finally awoke only to face a new nightmare. A
    world of pain. The need to know everything, who I was, where I
    came from. I became delirious, it was then I started to talk!!
    About you, the Aliens...and they listened. I knew they’d never
    find anything of course. The devastation on LV 426 had all but
    consumed the alien ship, and then the strangest thing happened.
    They came for me.

    RIPLEY
    (nods)
    The Company!

    CLOSE UP on Ripley as she pauses to think.

    RIPLEY
    There never were any blood samples from the Prison Planet!! It
    was you wasn’t it, you started this ‘Alien Resurrection’.

    BISHOP
    There was no way I could bring you back, much less the creature
    inside. God knows I tried.

    RIPLEY
    But you knew there was a way...you’ve always known!

    BISHOP
    I guess you could call it fate, the United Systems Military had
    the technology, but they just didn’t know how. Until they were
    advertently introduced to one brilliant, little known scientist
    (holds up mask), Professor Goldstein. He knew the answers they
    were looking for and would realize their Xenomorph Project.

    CLOSE UP on the awakened Clones slowly ZOOMING IN on one of them.

    RIPLEY (O.S.)
    I hate to admit it Bishop, but this stuff always fascinated me.
    So tell me, how exactly did you clone me in the first place?

    BISHOP
    (informatively)
    We now know, during the embryonic stage, the Hugger releases an
    enzyme created to neutralize a hosts immune system by modifying
    existing DNA, from which the Alien is later constructed, itself
    becoming a ‘blue-print’ of the embryo inside. Minute traces of
    this enzyme where extracted from your blood, then encouraged to
    grow within a controlled environment. The result...a new Alien
    Queen inside a perfect replica of her host, Ellen Ripley before
    she died.

    RIPLEY
    But it wasn’t perfect was it. That’s why you sent Annalee Call
    to kill me.

    BISHOP
    (shakes head)
    It was a mistake! The United Systems Military perceived you as
    a threat, but then they decided to keep you and we couldn’t let
    that happen. I should’ve known she’d never do it, Autons being
    so ‘humane’. Rather like yourself I suppose.

    RIPLEY
    What do you want from me Bishop?

    BISHOP
    (tentatively)
    The ship is set to leave in 10 minutes. Come with me. Back to
    the Company on Arnaan.

    RIPLEY
    And be a guinea pig for more of these! (indicates Clones)

    BISHOP
    I guarantee that will never happen!! There’s so much you don’t
    know, and we have so little time. If you could only understand
    what we’re trying to do here.

    RIPLEY
    (quickly)
    Why don’t you tell me!

    BISHOP
    (smiles)
    Believe me I always intended to.

    RIPLEY
    (firmly)
    I wanna know everything Bishop, no more bull****.

    BISHOP
    (calmly)
    Alright...everything!

    CUT TO:

    INT. ARKENSAW. CORRIDOR/HANGER BAY.

    We DOLLY behind Call as she walks along a Corridor littered with the DEAD BODIES of many Pirates and Marines. She comes to the OPEN Hanger Bay Doors, we CONTINUE behind as she slowly enters.

    CLOSE UP on Call looking around in disbelief.

    CALL (to Herself)
    (shakes head)
    I don’t believe it...they left us.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of the Hanger, the Betty no-where in sight.

    CUT TO:

    INT. AONASUS. MED-LAB CENTER.

    Ripley and Bishop stand side-by-side observing the Clones.

    BISHOP
    Everything the Government had on the Alien was destroyed before
    the wars. It was the beginning of the end of the Company as we
    knew it.

    RIPLEY
    (curiously)
    Did they ever go back to the planet?

    BISHOP
    (nods once)
    Some time after we were declared missing Weyland/Yutani sent an
    exploration team to LV 426...they never returned.

    RIPLEY
    The Bishop android said the Company knew what happened on board
    the ship. How did an Alien Egg get on the Sulaco?

    Bishop walks a bit away from Ripley, seeming to check various monitors around him.

    BISHOP
    (not looking)
    Do you remember Science Office Ash?

    RIPLEY
    (sighs)
    Ash, how could I forget? If it weren’t for him I wouldn’t even
    be here. What about him?

    BISHOP
    (informatively)
    As I’m sure you know, during Ash’s brief study of the Alien, he
    was continuously relaying his findings to Company head-quarters
    back on Earth. Before his untimely demise, Ash discovered that
    the Aliens carry ‘spores’!

    RIPLEY
    Spores!!

    BISHOP
    (informatively)
    Tiny single-celled reproductive bodies produced by plants and-.

    RIPLEY
    (impatiently)
    Yes I know what spores are, so what?

    BISHOP
    Ash believed these ‘spores’ were the central core of the Aliens
    life cycle, which passed through every stage of its development
    and that it could not possibly survive without them. Ash aptly
    named it the Alien’s Life Force, and he theorised when an Alien
    dies, these spores would become airborn in search of a new host
    with which to procreate the species.

    RIPLEY
    (firmly)
    Then he was wrong! There was no host on the Sulaco, no one was
    infected. Besides the Queen was alive before I blew her out of
    the Air-Lock.

    Then Bishops turns to face Ripley.

    BISHOP
    (suggestive)
    What if this Alien Queen had already succumbed to her fate? Is
    it possible she could’ve released her Spores ‘prematurely’!

    RIPLEY
    (curiously)
    You’re saying the egg just ‘grew there’!

    BISHOP
    That’s how it started for the Necramon.

    RIPLEY
    Who?

    BISHOP
    (informatively)
    The Necramon were those people who came from the ship. We call
    them Space Jockeys. They were a proud race much like ourselves
    in many ways and had been at war with each other for centuries.
    Until one side unleashed the alien against the other. And they
    soon realised, unless they joined forces it would wipe them all
    out. Ripley, that transmission, it wasn’t just a warning but a
    revelation shared by an alien civilization for us to find. The
    Necramon Legacy!

    RIPLEY
    And what exactly is this Legacy?

    BISHOP
    These Space Jockeys didn't just destroy the Alien, they evolved
    to ‘include’ the Alien. But the cloning, that was the key. In
    time, the Company believed we too would find a way. All we had
    to do is wait.

    There’s a brief pause.

    RIPLEY
    It wasn’t enough to have them was it, you just had to play God!

    BISHOP
    There must have been thousand’s of civilizations who found that
    ship long before we did. Ripley, after all this time. Haven’t
    you ever wondered why we still never made first contact?

    RIPLEY
    Not really, but then I always figured we were dead anyway.

    Ripley closely examines the stasis tubes, then turns to face Bishop.

    RIPLEY
    These spores, they’re still inside me?

    BISHOP
    Yes but now they were mutating, becoming part of you. So while
    the host got stronger, human traits passed onto the Alien would
    eventually destroy them, just as the Necramon predicted.

    RIPLEY
    (thinking)
    Changing...you mean like my baby?

    BISHOP
    (surprised)
    You were able to conceive! I didn’t know that.

    RIPLEY
    She died and no one knows why, not even you.

    BISHOP
    (tentatively)
    I’m sorry. But now at least we know they were right.

    RIPLEY
    (shakes head)
    The alien is dying but that doesn't mean it's over Bishop! You
    assume these Spores don't need a host because of the obvious...
    but what if you're wrong? What if there was some other way for
    the alien to survive?

    BISHOP
    (curiously)
    You’re suggesting ‘deliberate’ Spore implantation!

    RIPLEY
    (carefully)
    Maybe.

    BISHOP
    (thinking)
    I’m not sure, I guess genetic fusion on an unprecedented scale.
    But that would be extraordinarily dangerous given the contagion
    we know exists! What purpose could it serve if the Aliens life
    cycle is already complete?

    CLOSE UP on Ripley staring TOWARDS US.

    RIPLEY
    Well, I guess you don’t know everything about Xeno’s yet.

    CLOSE UP on Bishop as a DARK SHADOW drops behind him.

    ANGLED SHOT as one of the Bio-Suited Guards is SPEARED through the CHEST by an Aliens Tail, then FLUNG into the other, killing them both instantly.

    The Alien Procreator DROPS into frame from the Ceiling right in front of Bishop.

    CLOSE UP as the Procreator leans close, its head lowers from its protective cranium, RED EYES glaring straight at him.

    EXTREME CLOSE UP of the Procreator as he WHIPS his Tail (O.S.) round from behind him.

    SHOT OF the Procreators Tail then SLICING off Bishops head.

    Bishops body silently SLUMPS to the floor.

    Then the Procreator turns to face Ripley just a few meters away.

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. looking at the creature’s distinctively SWOLLEN abdomen.

    RIPLEY
    Amy...is it really you!

    CLOSE UP on the Procreator's face. For a moment his expression appears to MELLOW, then suddenly the creature backs away.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Procreator LEAPS onto the ceiling then disappears into the same Air Shaft he came in.

    Ripley quickly GRABS one of dead guards’ Quad Rifles, then RACES to the Elevators on the far side of the Laboratory.

    We DOLLY behind as she enters an Elevator, the doors automatically close behind her.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ARKENSAW. HANGER BAY.

    SLOWLY PANNING round Call sat alone on the Hanger Deck. Suddenly the deck beneath her begins to MOVE.

    She gets to her feet and stands aside.

    HIGH ANGLED SHOT as part of the Deck opens revealing the Main Air-Lock underneath. Like the Hanger it is also EMPTY. She quickly descends inside down a stepladder.

    INT. MAIN AIR-LOCK (CONT.)

    Call continues down inside the Air-Lock, then stands there seemingly alone.

    Suddenly we hear a gentle RUMBLING sound.

    She turns to see a wall behind her receding, revealing the Secret Compartment.

    CUT TO:

    INT. GENERAL’S QUARTERS.

    We slowly PAN AROUND Rykard smoking a cigar, staring at a Viewing Screen on his desk.

    DEACON (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    It’s over General...they’re all over the ship...my God...!!

    RYKARD
    (firmly)
    Lieutenant, report! What the hell’s going on down there??

    DEACON (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    I’m sorry sir...I’m sorry...!

    Suddenly there’s a LOUD BANG from a shotgun over the COM. Rykard slowly gets to his feet, stubs out his cigar and lowers his head.

    CLOSE UP on Rykard as a LARGE SHADOW rises over him partially blocking the light outside.

    As he turns TOWARDS US Rykard’s expression suddenly changes to one of TERROR!!

    ANGLED SHOT of a DARK creature SPRAWLED across the Window into the Dock. The Red Alien SMASHES its head against the glass causing it to SHATTER.

    Rykard slowly backs towards the wall as the creature climbs inside the room (O.S.).

    CLOSE UP on the Red Alien’s Head still moving TOWARDS Rykard. Lips curling back as the Outer Jaw opens revealing the creatures Inner Jaw ready to STRIKE!

    SMASH CUT TO:

    INT. THE BETTY. CARGO HOLD.

    Call, still wearing the Backpack, turns to face the others. Vriess and Sirtis are not present at this time.

    CALL
    (frustrated)
    No, you’re not listening! Look, the Company is taking over the
    entire ship because System’s have something they want, the Army
    and the Government were both duped. They’ve been planning this
    all along, but they didn’t know the Alien was here! No one did
    don’t you understand?

    JOHNER
    (scratches head)
    ****, now I’m even more confused.

    CALL
    All they want is whatever’s on board this ship. But we have to
    wait for Ripley!

    RIPLEY 3 (O.S.)
    Did someone call my name?

    SHOT OF Call SPINNING round to see Ripley 3 stood behind her.

    CALL
    (surprised)
    Ripley, you made it! But where did you go?

    RIPLEY 3
    (smiles)
    Actually...I went to get a friend.

    Then Lauren appears from behind one of the Harvesters aboard the ship.

    LAUREN
    (smiling)
    Hi Call, good to see you again.

    There’s a short pause Call looks around uneasily.

    CALL
    Wait a minute, something’s not right here.

    JOHNER
    (agitated)
    Yeah, so you already said, but you still ain’t told us in plain
    English what it is!

    CALL
    There were others exactly like her, Clones sent to kill us all.
    I only saw one of them but there could be more!

    JOHNER
    (shakes head)
    I don’t believe I’m hearin’ this ****!

    CLOSE UP on Lauren as she steps forward

    LAUREN
    You have to believe in her Call, I did.

    RIPLEY 3 (to Call)
    What can I do to convince you?

    CALL
    (thinking)
    Just tell me what you want, what Ellen Ripley really wants?

    We CLOSE UP on Ripley 3 as she speaks.

    RIPLEY 3
    (carefully)
    To be back home again...start a new life...but most of all to
    destroy the Alien, to kill them all.

    KELLY (O.S. to Call)
    Anything else we should know, I mean something more tangible?

    CALL (to Ripley 3)
    You didn’t tell them?

    JOHNER (O.S.)
    Tell us what man?

    CALL
    There’s another Alien here, somewhere on board the Rescue Ship.
    This thing is the worse thing you’ve ever seen, believe me. We
    have to blow the ship, destroy it while there’s still time.

    JOHNER (O.S.)
    How about we get off the Goddam boat first!!

    KELLY (to Call)
    (curiously)
    Blow it with what exactly?

    Call releases the Backpack and produces the CAMERA BOMB.

    CALL
    How about this!!

    CUT TO:

    INT. AONASUS. CORRIDOR/CONCOURSE AREA.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT of Aonasus’ Concourse Area, inside DOZENS of tables and chairs enclosed by a GIGANTIC window STRETCHES around the room, revealing a panoramic view of the Docking Bay, the Pirate Ship still secured on the far side.

    Suddenly the Red Alien DROPS into frame onto a table from an Airshaft (O.S.) The creature stares out of the window a few moments then suddenly SPINS TOWARDS US.

    SHOT OF a GRENADE suddenly PLUNGING into the mid-riff of the creature.

    The Red Alien SCREAMS as it EXPLODES without warning.

    ANGLED SHOT as Ripley steps out from the dark Corridor into the Concourse Area. She then TURNS towards the Window and FIRES at the glass.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the whole Panoramic Window SHATTERS.

    Ripley secures the Quad Rifle over her shoulder then JUMPS through the glass.

    SMASH CUT TO:

    INT. DOCKING BAY/GANTRY.

    ANGLED SHOT as Ripley SAILS through the air, landing on a STEEL GANTRY, her momentum almost taking her ROLLING off the other side.

    DROP SHOT as Ripley GRABS onto the Rail, a drop of HUNDREDS of feet beneath her. She manages to pull herself onto the Gantry and quickly gets to her feet.

    We PULL BACK as she runs along the Gantry. It continues around the entire Docking Bay to the Pirate Ship several hundred meters away on the other side.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. SPACE. HIGH EARTH ORBIT.

    ANGLED SHOT of the U.S.M. Aonasus’ MASSIVE engines begin FIRING UP. The Ship then SLOWLY turns away from Earth, gradually pulling away from the planets orbit.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    Vriess sits in his seat next to Sirtis, twiddling his thumbs nervously then...!

    CALL (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Ok Vreiss we’re hot. We got 10 minutes to get clear.

    VRIESS
    Alright, let’s get ready to rock n’ roll.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ARKENSAW. MAIN AIR-LOCK.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Betty SLIDES into the Main Airlock from the Secret Compartment.

    Holding Clamps either side LOCK the ship in position, then the Platform goes back inside. Then the Airlock’s OUTER HATCH opens revealing the Aonsus’ Docking Bay below.

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    VRIESS
    Dropping in 10 seconds.

    JOHNER (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    **** the countdown just do it man!!

    CUT TO:

    INT. GANTRY.

    TRACKING SHOT as Ripley continues SPRINTING round the Gantry towards Arkensaw.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    VRIESS (into headset)
    3, 2, 1...Launch!

    Vriess THUMPS a switch on his Control Panel, suddenly there’s a loud WHIRRING sound!

    VRIESS
    (cursing)
    Aww ****!!

    JOHNER (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    What the hell’s goin’ on Vriess.

    VRIESS
    (panicking)
    The Holding Clamps, they’re jammed! Someone’s gonna have to go
    out there!

    INT. BETTY CARGO HOLD.

    MARRIOT
    Must be a systems malfunction.

    KELLY
    It’s not a malfunction...it’s them.

    JOHNER (to Quaid)
    (cursing)
    Open the Goddam Hatch man!

    LAUREN
    I’ll open it.

    Lauren goes to open the Hatch.

    QUAID
    Guess I get to go fix it, right?

    RIPLEY 3 (to Johner)
    Give me you’re rifle I’ll go too.

    Johner hands Ripley 3 his Rifle.

    QUAID
    I better get my stuff!

    JOHNER
    Forget it! Here, try this.

    Johner hands Quaid a large knife.

    JOHNER (to Quaid)
    (quietly)
    Take out the hydraulics (winks) know what I mean!

    QUAID
    Gotcha!!

    CLOSE UP on Lauren as the Hatch fully opens. She sees SOMETHING below in the Ships Main Air-Lock. She hesitates, unnoticed by the others.

    LAUREN’S P.O.V. of Ripley CLIMBING up the walls of the Air-Lock.

    She turns to look towards us.

    LAUREN’S P.O.V.(SLOW MOTION) on the others still talking, THEN on Ripley 3 curiously turning TOWARDS US.

    Lauren looks back towards Ripley outside

    LAUREN
    (loudly)
    R-I-P-L-E-Y....R-I-P-L-!!

    Suddenly Ripley 3 appears behind Lauren, STRIKES her in the CHEST with the Rifle, then FLINGS her BACKWARD across the Hold.

    ANGLED SHOT on Ripley 3 FIRING Johner’s Rifle down at Ripley (O.S.)

    CUT TO:

    INT. MAIN AIR-LOCK.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as Ripley LEAPS off the Air-lock wall to the UNDERSIDE of the Betty.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY CARGO HOLD

    CLOSE UP on Johner and Call turning towards each other.

    JOHNER
    (stunned)
    What the hell is this ****!!

    Ripley 3 closes the hatch.

    CALL
    It’s her. RUNNNN !!

    ANGLED SHOT as the Clone turns and FIRES TOWARDS US.

    SHOT OF Quaid taking a bullet to the head, THEN of Kelly hit several times in the Chest.

    Johner and Call JUST manage to DIVE for cover behind a HARVESTER.

    2 female Pirates are also killed before Vaughan seems to appear out of nowhere.

    He stands with his arms spread OUTWARD.

    VAUGHAN (to Pirates)
    (shouting)
    Get outta the way, GO!!

    Blake, Marriot and the remaining Pirates join Call and Johner behind the harvester.

    SHOT OF Ripley 3 continuing to FIRE indiscriminately at the Auton.

    But Vaughan withstands BULLET after BULLET, android BLOOD SPURTING everywhere, before finally collapsing to his knees.

    Ripley 3 approaches him, puts the Rifle against his head and FIRES.

    SHOT OF Call closing her eyes.

    A message unexpectedly comes over Johner's Headset.

    VRIESS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    What the hell’s goin’ on back there...Ripley...Johner!!

    Johner pulls off the headset and THROWS it back over the Harvester.

    LOW ANGLED SHOT of Ripley 3’s boots walking SLOWLY through the carnage, towards the nearby Harvester.

    CLOSE UP of the Others looking on TERRIFIED.

    CALL (to Johner)
    (whispering)
    I told you not to trust her!

    JOHNER
    (quietly)
    Yeah alright, point taken.

    DROP SHOT on Lauren lying semi-conscious on the floor a bit away from the others.

    She turns towards something on her LEFT near the Hatch.

    LAUREN’S P.O.V. sees a FIRE EXTINGUISHER on the wall.

    We TRACK behind Ripley 3 getting closer to the Harvester.

    Suddenly we hear a door opening (O.S.)

    CLOSE UP on Vriess at the Cockpit Entrance in his wheelchair, looking around curiously.

    VRIESS’S P.O.V. looking DOWN at the dead bodies of Quaid and Kelly, then PANNING ROUND towards Johner and the Others behind the Harvester, then BACK towards Ripley 3.

    VRIESS
    (puzzled)
    Ripley...what’s goin’ on here?

    RIPLEY 3
    (staring)
    You are the pilot?

    VRIESS
    Yeah.

    RIPLEY 3
    (threateningly)
    Then fly the plane!

    VRIESS
    You just killed my buddies.

    RIPLEY
    And you will be next if you don’t do what I say.

    VRIESS
    **** you!

    Ripley 3 FIRES a few shots at Vriess.

    SHOT OF several bullets RIPPING into Virus’s KNEES, THEN of him staring back at the Clone with a blank look on his face.

    VRIESS
    (sarcastically)
    Ouch! Now that gotta hurt.

    RIPLEY 3
    (confused)
    Are you a robot?

    VRIESS
    Nope, just some sad son of a bitch with legs for tin cans.

    Vriess slowly climbs out of his wheel chair.

    He PULLS himself along the floor then leans against the Hull opposite the Harvester.

    RIPLEY 3
    I will kill you.

    VRIESS
    Oh sure you will. But the Ripley I know never needed me to fly
    this bucket of bolts.

    EXTREME CLOSE UP on Vriess. His EYES SHIFT to a point BEYOND Ripley 3 then BACK at the Clone.

    VRIESS
    (staring)
    Kinda makes me wonder, what’s your excuse!

    SHOT OF Ripley 3 suddenly SPINNING ROUND to see Lauren CHARGING towards her.

    Lauren FIRES the Fire Extinguisher before the Clone can react.

    LAUREN
    (angrily)
    You should’ve told me the truth you BITCH!!

    Ripley 3 is FORCED backwards covered in EXTINGUISHER FOAM, unable to see anything somehow she manages to get off a shot at Lauren.

    SHOT OF Lauren HIT in the Stomach, THEN collapsing onto the deck.

    STILL blinded Ripley 3 STUMBLES BACK, straight into Virus’s Wheelchair.

    SHOT OF steel Clamps SNAPPING down onto Ripley 3’s arms and legs.

    Once trapped she’s forced to DROP the weapon.

    A female voice sounds from the chair.

    WARNING: UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS...
    SELF DESTRUCT SEQUENCE ACTIVATED.
    YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS TO COMPLY 29,
    28, 27...(CONT.)

    VRIESS
    (shouting)
    Johner get rid of the Goddam chair!!

    JOHNER
    Be a pleasure man. Blake, give me a hand with this thing!

    Johner races out from behind the harvester followed by Blake.

    JOHNER
    Call, get over here and open the Hatch man!

    As Call goes to open the hatch Johner and Blake take hold of the Wheelchair.

    SHOT OF the Clone HISSING and SPITTING, her SNAKE LIKE tongue LASHING outward.

    CLOSE UP as JOHNER leans DANGEROUSLY close to Ripley 3.

    JOHNER
    Time to get off my boat, bitch!

    The Hatch fully opened, Johner and Blake LIFT the Wheelchair to the opening.

    15 SECONDS 14, 13, 12...(CONT.)

    JOHNER (to Blake)
    Ready!!

    BLAKE
    (nods)
    Ready.

    JOHNER
    Adios amigo’s!!

    Together they HAUL the Wheelchair out of the Hold.

    CUT TO:

    INT. AONASUS DOCKING BAY.

    DROP SHOT of Vriess’ Wheelchair TUMBLING down into the Bay with the Clone SCREAMING.

    5 SECONDS 4, 3, 2, 1.

    DROP SHOT (CONT.) as the Wheelchair EXPLODES, sending the Clones SCREAMING HEAD back TOWARDS US, before artificial gravity takes hold and it falls back down.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY CARGO HOLD.

    Call quickly goes to Vaughan lying on the floor.

    The Auton is BADLY damaged, a LARGE hole in his forehead, but still he’s FUNCTIONAL.

    CALL
    (tenderly)
    Can you stand?

    VAUGHAN
    (dazed)
    I’m not sure...I think I can.

    Vaughan eventually gets to his feet.

    Johner picks up his Rifle, he goes to close the Hatch when a HAND reaches onto the deck.

    JOHNER
    (surprised)
    What the ****!!

    Then Ripley’s head appears.

    RIPLEY
    Somebody wanna give me a hand here?

    Johner reaches down and GRABS Ripley’s hand.

    He and Blake pull her inside the ship.

    JOHNER (to Ripley)
    Man am I glad to see you.

    RIPLEY
    (hint of sarcasm)
    Hope you don’t wanna see any I.D.

    JOHNER
    (grins)
    Not on your life.

    Then Ripley sees Lauren’s body on the floor and goes to her.

    We PAN ROUND Ripley as she carefully holds the young in her arms.

    RIPLEY
    (tenderly)
    It’s alright now...you’re safe.

    LAUREN
    (frightened)
    I--can’t hold--on!!

    RIPLEY
    Shhh. Try not to speak I’m here now.

    CLOSE UP on Lauren holding Ripley’s hand.

    LAUREN
    (smiles)
    You don’t have--to do this—please--just let me die.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley trying to fight back the tears, stroking Lauren’s head.

    RIPLEY
    (shakes head)
    I’ve done too much of that already.

    LAUREN
    Do one more thing--for me Ripley.

    RIPLEY
    Anything!

    LAUREN
    Remember you said--you could take me--to the stars one day?

    RIPLEY
    It was a figure of speech, I didn’t mean it-.

    LAUREN
    That’s were I wanna go-- (voice fading) forever in--the realm--
    of eternity!!.

    CLOSE UP on Lauren, her head falls peacefully to one side and she dies.

    We FOCUS on them as Ripley holds Lauren close to her one last time.

    SHOT OF Call looking on emotionally.

    Ripley lifts Lauren off the floor and carries her out of the Hold (O.S.), while Call helps the injured Vaughan to the cockpit.

    KELLY
    How much time?

    JOHNER
    (looks at watch)
    6 minutes, plenty of time.

    VRIESS
    Yeah right, except there’s a small matter of freeing the ship!

    JOHNER
    Alright I’m on it. Blake, you’re comin’ with me!

    INT. BETTY SLEEPING QUARTERS.

    Ripley carefully places Laurens body inside a Cryo Tube, closes it and kneels beside her.

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    Call helps Vaughan into the Navigators Seat behind Sirtis.

    She STRAPS him in tightly then leaves the Cockpit.

    INT. BETTY CARGO HOLD.

    Johner and Blake move towards the Hatch.

    JOHNER
    You take the starboard clamps ok!

    BLAKE
    (uneasily)
    What if this doesn’t work, what if they fixed us up?

    JOHNER
    Then we’re ****ed anyway!

    At that point Call re-enters the Hold.

    CALL
    I’m not sure this is such a good idea!

    BLAKE
    Why not?

    CALL
    (hesitantly)
    Sirtis thought she saw something out there!!

    JOHNER
    Something! Something like what-??

    Suddenly an Aliens Tail SPEARS Johner through the HEAD, he SCREAMS as BLOOD GUSHES from the wound everywhere.

    SHOT of Blake DIVING for cover, THEN of the others backing away from the Hatch.

    The Alien’s Tail LIFTS Johner off the deck and out of the ship.

    CUT TO:

    INT. ARKENSAW. AIR-LOCK.

    ANGLED SHOT down on the Betty as BOTH Holding Clamps begin TEARING away from the ship, then suddenly BREAK AWAY completely, sending the ship PLUMMETING downwards.

    SMASH CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY CARGO HOLD.

    The Hold SHUDDERS violently as everybody STRUGGLES to hold onto something.

    Suddenly the Alien Procreator’s HEAD appears inside the Hatch. He TURNS towards Vriess laid against the Hull.

    CLOSE UP of Vriess TURNING to see the Alien right over him.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Procreator’s Tail enters the ship and moves towards him.

    SHOT OF Call looking on helplessly.

    CLOSE UP of the Procreator’s Tail right OVER Vriess. It CUTS into his cheek drawing blood, causing him to WINCE with pain.

    As the Hold continues SHUDDERING The Procreator backs away from Vriess, out of the Hold.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    Sirtis FIGHTS with the Control Stick as the Betty continues to PLUMMET downwards.

    VRIESS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Sirtis, what’re you doing!!

    SIRTIS (into Headset)
    I ain’t doin’ nothing man...we’re being dragged!

    VRIESS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Hit the thrusters!

    SIRTIS
    We’re too heavy. Somebody close the hatch, I’m gonna blast the
    Bay doors.

    VRIESS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    You can’t, we’re not clear yet!

    INT. BETTY SLEEPING QUARTERS/CARGO HOLD.

    TRACKING SHOT behind Ripley STILL holding the Quad Rifle, leaving the Sleeping Quarters
    she heads for the Cargo Hold.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley peering inside the Hold from behind the door.

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. sees the Alien Procreator re-appear and GRAB one of the Pirates.

    She quickly turns back and heads for the Cockpit.

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    VRIESS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Just hit the brakes for ****’s sake!

    SIRTIS
    Alright man, you asked for it.

    ANGLED SHOT as Sirtis PULLS back on the THRUSTER levers.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. BETTY STARBOARD.

    ANGLED SHOT on the Engine Thrusters as they swivel DOWNWARDS while FIRING UP.

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    Through the Cockpit window we see the ships descent slows considerably.

    SIRTIS
    (relieved)
    Ok, I got it...we’re stabilizing!

    VRIESS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Nice goin’ babe.

    SIRTIS
    Don’t thank me just get your **** up here!

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY CARGO HOLD.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Hold suddenly ROLLS 45 degrees towards the Port Side.

    The Pirates behind the Harvester IMMEDIATELY lose their footing.

    Call somehow manages to HANG onto the machine as the others TUMBLE towards Vriess.

    CLOSE UP on Marriot as he tries to regain his footing.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the Procreators Head suddenly appears, SPITTING acid at Marriot before he can react.

    The Aliens Tail WRAPS around the stricken Pirate and DRAGS him out of the ship.

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    Sirtis turns to see Ripley entering the Cockpit.

    RIPLEY
    You got control or what?

    SIRTIS
    She’s holding, I dunno how long!

    Ripley takes a spare Headset and puts it on.

    RIPLEY
    Take us towards the nearest Gantry. When I say GO, give it all
    you got ok!!

    SIRTIS
    Whatever you say.

    RIPLEY
    Open the Top Hatch!

    Sirtis PULLS down a lever above her.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY CARGO HOLD.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Procreators Tail SPEARS ANOTHER Pirate and DRAGS him out of the Betty.

    CLOSE UP on Vriess HOLDING onto a support beam as the ship SWINGS towards the Hatch.

    Call EDGES out from behind the Harvester and reaches out to Vriess.

    CALL
    Give me your hand!

    Vriess reaches out with his left hand. The ship SHUDDERS again and he reaches back onto the support beam.

    Again the Procreator appears, its head SQUEEZING FURTHER inside the ship.

    SIRTIS (V.O.)
    (filtered)
    Vriess, where the **** are you?

    VRIESS (into Headset)
    I’m hung up baby!

    CUT TO:

    EXT. BETTY TOPSIDE.

    ANGLED SHOT on Ripley as she climbs out from the Top Hatch.

    We see the Procreators 4 limbs CLUTCHING the Port Side of the Betty.

    She brings up the Quad Rifle and FIRES several shots into the air.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY CARGO HOLD.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Procreators Head suddenly retreats from the Hold.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. BETTY TOPSIDE.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT behind Ripley as the Procreator RISES onto the ship in front of her.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley slowly ZOOMING IN, the Quad Rifle pointed directly at the Alien.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Procreator stares down at her, behind the creature another Gantry comes into frame.

    RIPLEY
    (staring)
    Eat this!!

    CLOSE UP as Ripley FIRES the Quad Rifles HARPOON GUN.

    SHOT OF the Procreator LEANING ASIDE with incredible speed.

    The Harpoon’s Spear ZOOMS PAST the Alien.

    INT. DOCKING BAY GANTRY. (CONT.)

    ANGLED SHOT as the Spear HITS grated steel, grapplers LOCK TIGHT onto the Gantry.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. BETTY TOPSIDE.

    The Procreator turns back towards Ripley...TOO LATE.

    SHOT OF Ripley THROWING the Quad Rifle at the creature.

    The SLACK wraps around the Procreator’s neck and QUICKLY TIGHTENS.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY CARGO HOLD.

    The ship comes to a SUDDEN HALT, then ROLLS 45 degrees to Port Side.

    SHOT OF Call STILL holding onto the Harvester as the Betty TURNS in the opposite direction.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. BETTY TOPSIDE.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the Procreator STRUGGLES to remove the Harpoon wire slowly STRANGLING him while STILL holding onto the ship.

    DROP SHOT on Ripley HANGING OVER the side of the Betty.

    RIPLEY (into Headset)
    Sirtis...punch it!!

    INT. DOCKING BAY.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Betty’s engines FIRE UP.

    One of the creature’s limbs lets go of the ship, but the Alien STILL holds on.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    CLOSE UP on Sirtis PULLING hard on the Control Stick.

    SIRTIS
    (willingly)
    C’mon you *******, just a little longer...please!!

    INT. BETTY CARGO HOLD.

    Call manages to CRAWL up to the Hatch.

    She peers outside, sees what’s happening then makes her way to the Cockpit.

    VRIESS
    Call!! Where the hell you goin’, don’t leave me hangin’ around
    like this!

    Call leaves without stopping, Vriess then turns to Blake watching him curiously.

    VRIESS
    (politely)
    Hey man, can you give me a hand here!

    CUT TO:

    EXT. BETTY TOPSIDE.

    ANGLED SHOT as another of the Procreator’s limbs releases from the ship.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    Sirtis turns to see Call entering the Cockpit.

    SIRTIS (to Vaughan)
    How much time?

    VAUGHAN
    (informatively)
    90 seconds to detonation.

    CALL (to Sirtis)
    Where’s Ripley??

    SIRTIS
    Where do you think! (glances upwards)

    CUT TO:

    EXT. BETTY TOPSIDE.

    The Procreator STILL holds onto the Betty, Ripley CLINGING onto the side of the ship.

    ANGLED SHOT as The Procreator’s last Limb finally RELEASES the ship, sending the creature SWINGING away towards the Gantry.

    The Betty quickly levels off and begins descending through The Bay.

    CLOSE UP as Call appears over Ripley and REACHES out her hand.

    CALL
    (loudly)
    C’mon, we have to go now!

    Call pulls Ripley up to safety and they head back towards the Top Hatch.

    INT. DOCKING BAY.

    As the Procreator SWINGS by his neck from the Gantry, he manages to grab hold of the Harpoon wire and begins PULLING himself upwards.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    Blake carefully lowers Vriess down in his pilot’s chair.

    BLAKE
    There you go man.

    VRIESS
    Thanks brother! You better get back and close the Hatch.

    BLAKE
    Consider it done!

    As Blake leaves the cockpit Ripley and Call appear from the ladder to the Top Hatch.

    CALL (to Sirtis)
    We still have to get past the Bay Doors.

    SIRTIS
    Don’t worry we’ll make it!

    Call stands beside Vaughan in the Navigators Seat.

    VAUGHAN
    (informatively)
    50 seconds to detonation!

    CUT TO:

    INT. DOCKING BAY GANTRY.

    The Alien Procreator climbs up onto the Gantry.

    He eventually PULLS the Weapon from around his neck, stares at the Quad Rifle curiously. It makes a strange BEEPING sound, BRIGHT RED symbols shine on its display...CHANGING!

    CLOSE UP on the Quad Rifle a COUNTDOWN TIMER reads:

    5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1.

    SHOT OF the Procreator REELING back from the force of an EXPLOSION as the weapon detonates, almost the creature off the edge of the Gantry.

    He SQUEELS like a baby, skin smouldering as he WRIGGLES on the deck.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    CLOSE UP on a Monitor a schematic of the Betty changes from RED to GREEN.

    SIRTIS
    Cargo Bay doors closed, now to bust outta here!

    VRIESS (to Sirtis)
    Ready to blow the doors.

    Sirtis FLICKS a switch beside her.

    A Targeting Device lowers in front of her. She looks into the viewfinder while holding a TRIGGER underneath.

    SIRTIS
    Target locked, signal’s clean.

    VAUGHAN (O.S.)
    30 seconds to detonation.

    VRIESS
    Fire it!!

    CUT TO:

    EXT. BETTY UNDERSIDE.

    ANGLED SHOT on the Plasma Canon as it fires a BOLT of ENERGY like a flash of lightening.

    INT. DOCKING BAY.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the Bolt hits the Bay Doors, BLASTING a HUGE hole into space.

    CUT TO:

    INT. GANTRY.

    ANGLED SHOT as the Procreator ARCHES his back, causing his Chest cavity to EXPLODE as an ALIEN Creature PUNCHES outwards. The New Queen SQUEALS as she emerges from inside, her body DARK RED in colour, cranium shaped like a BULBOUS ARROW, limbs LONGER than any Queen we’ve seen before.

    INT. DOCKING BAY.

    PANNING SHOT as the Betty ARCS into a STEEP DIVE towards the opening.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    The Cockpit SHUDDERS as everyone holds onto whatever they can find.

    VAUGHAN
    10 seconds to detonation.

    VRIESS
    ****, we’re not gonna make it!!

    SIRTIS
    Oh yes we are!

    VAUGHAN (O.S.)
    5 seconds... 4, 3, 2, 1.

    CUT TO:

    INT. DOCKING BAY.

    ANGLED SHOT towards the Arkensaw secured high above. Suddenly the ship turns into a BRIGHT FIREBALL followed by a DEAFENING EXPLOSION echoing through the Bay.

    INT. GANTRY.

    SHOT OF the New Queen turning to look up.

    ANGLED SHOT as a BALL of FLAMES SHOOTS down through the Docking Bay TOWARDS her.

    CLOSE UP of the New Queen SCREAMING as she makes a last DESPERATE attempt to free herself from the TANGLED remains of the Procreator...TOO LATE!

    She is finally ENGULFED by the flames and EXPLODES along with the Procreator.

    CUT TO:

    INT. DOCKING BAY/OUTER SPACE.

    REVERSE TRACKING SHOT as the Betty RACES ahead of the FLAMES, through the BLAST HOLE in the Bay Doors and out onto space.

    We DOLLY along the underside of the Rescue Ship with The Betty as it SPEEDS away.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the Aonasus disappears into the distance. A BRIGHT LIGHT suddenly fills the screen followed by a MASSIVE EXPLOSION.

    The SHOCKWAVE eventually hits the Betty sending the ship SPINNING into deep space.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    A series of MINI explosions inside the cockpit start a small fire.

    Call quickly GRABS a Fire Extinguisher and puts out the flames.

    VRIESS
    (panicking)
    Jesus **** we’re outta control.

    SIRTIS (to Vriess)
    (loudly)
    Get it together man, we ain’t lost her yet!!

    Sirtis and Vriess gently bring their Control Sticks ROUND then BACK.

    VRIESS (to Himself)
    (willingly)
    C’mon baby, you can do it...that’s it.

    THEIR P.O.V. through the cockpit window, the SPINNING star field begins to stabilize as together, they eventually bring The Betty back under control.

    There’s a short pause as Everyone gathers their composure.

    VRIESS
    (studies panel)
    Stabilizers holding, still no power to the main thrusters.

    SIRTIS
    (calmly)
    Ok, we’re steady now. Question is where the hell are we?

    BLAKE
    You mean we’re lost?

    SIRTIS
    Nav. Systems are out! Unless we can lock onto some transponder
    signal there ain’t no finding a way back home.

    CALL
    (sighs)
    Anything else to dampen our spirits!

    SIRTIS
    (studies Monitor)
    Yeah, cloaking systems are down, power reserves at 40%, plus we
    got another reactor leak somewhere!

    Ripley makes her way to the rear of the Cockpit.

    VRIESS
    Ripley...you ok?

    She turns to face the others.

    RIPLEY
    (tentatively)
    Look I know this isn’t a very good time, but there’s something
    I really need to do. Come to think about it, something we all
    need to do.

    CLOSE UP on Vriess looking back knowingly.

    VRIESS
    (nodding)
    Yeah...I guess you’re right.

    FADE TO BLACK:

    FADE IN:

    INT. BETTY CARGTO HOLD. (1 HOUR LATER)

    We SLOWLY DOLLY through the Hold towards the Rear of the Ship. Everyone waits quietly outside the Betty’s small Air-Lock. On the floor lay the bodies of the dead. Kelly, Quaid and the 2 Pirates wrapped tightly in thick gauze-like material, while Lauren still lays in a Cryo-tube now disconnected from the Sleeping Quarters.

    The 4 bandaged bodies are placed in the Air-Lock and the door is closed.

    VRIESS
    Anyone got a few words before our friends depart?

    No one replies.

    Vriess HITS a red button on the Air-lock Door. There a HISS as the Outer Door opens SUCKING the bodies into space (O.S.).

    The Inner Door opens again then Sirtis and Blake carefully lift the Cryo-Tube inside.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley stood a bit away from the others as the door closes (O.S.).

    She walks towards a window in the Hold and stares out at the stars.

    VRIESS
    (proudly)
    Well, I just wanna say it’s been a real pleasure being with you
    guys. Yeah, I know we’re screwed, but if we do get out of this
    hell-hole alive well...the drinks are on me!

    CALL
    (smiling)
    You’re all heart Vriess.

    At that point Ripley re-appears.

    RIPLEY
    Are we ready?

    Vriess nods without a word.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley as she slowly walks up to the Air-Lock.

    She pauses a few seconds, eyes closed, then PRESSES a Button for the Outer Door to open.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley as a TEAR runs down from her left eye.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. DEEP SPACE.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the Cryo Tube gracefully FLOATS away into the path of a distant sun.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY CARGO HOLD. (LATER)

    CLOSE UP on Ripley and Call stood a bit away from the others leaving the Hold. (O.S.)

    CALL
    It’ll never be over will it...not really.

    RIPLEY
    It is for me. I’ve done more than enough saving already. What
    about you, what will you do next?

    CALL
    I’ve so many questions. Who am I, what was my purpose, why did
    they choose me?

    RIPLEY
    (smiles)
    Somehow I know you’ll be ok.

    CALL
    (smiles)
    I know you do.

    They briefly stare at each other admiringly then leave the Hold together.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT. (LATER)

    Vriess and Sirtis continue to fly the ship, Vaughan is not present at this time, then comes a BEEPING noise from Sirtis’ Monitor.

    SIRTIS (to Vriess)
    Contact, bearing 30 degrees, coming in real fast!

    VRIESS
    Got it!

    CALL
    Got what exactly?

    SIRTIS
    There’s another ship coming in, heading straight for us.

    RIPLEY
    (curiously)
    What kind of ship?

    SIRTIS
    (studies Monitor)
    Unknown, signatures blocked. Whatever it is it’s big.

    RIPLEY
    Can they see us?

    VRIESS
    (puzzled)
    They can, but for some reason they ain’t even lookin’.

    SIRTIS
    Lock onto course heading, vector five, zero point seven.

    Vriess punches in the co-ordinates on his terminal.

    VRIESS (to Sirtis)
    Earth!! She’s headed for Earth.

    CALL
    You sure they don’t see us?

    VRIESS
    Dunno about that, but unless we get outta the way they’re gonna
    fly right into us.

    SIRTIS (to Vriess)
    Open the starboard pressure valves, I got an idea.

    As Vriess hits the appropriate switch Sirtis goes to a small compartment behind him.

    She UNSCREWS the protective cover and tries to REMOVE it but CAN’T.

    SIRTIS
    (cursing)
    ****, what gives, the faceplate’s jammed!!

    BLAKE
    Here, try this!

    Blake hands Sirtis his Quad Rifle, she turns her attention back to the Compartment.

    Suddenly the faceplate FLIES OPEN. An Aliens Tail SHOOTS OUTWARD passing straight through Sirtis’ CHEST.

    ANGLED SHOT of Sirtis body LIFTED of the deck, SCREAMING she accidentally FIRES the weapons Flamethrower ROUND at Blake turning him into a walking FIREBALL.

    VRIESS
    (terrified)
    Jesus **** it’s in here!!

    SHOT OF Ripley and Call DIVING for cover as the Alien’s Tail THROWS Sirtis to the REAR of the Cockpit.

    ANGLED SHOT as Blake’s FIREY CORPSE staggers uncontrollably around the Cockpit, STUMBLING straight into Vreiss at the controls.

    Vriess’s Head and shoulders become ENGULFED in FLAMES and he SLUMPS over his controls causing them to catch fire.

    ANGLED SHOT as 7-Leg LEAPS out from the Compartment. He SCUTTLES past Ripley and Call out of the Cockpit.

    Call quickly GRABS the Fire Extinguisher and puts out the fire.

    RIPLEY
    Where’s Vaughan??

    CALL
    In the Sleepers.

    Ripley reaches for a lever above the Navigator’s Seat and PULLS it.

    The Cockpit fills with STROBE LIGHTING and a LOUD SIREN.

    RIPLEY
    C’mon we’re getting out of here!

    Ripley picks up the Quad Rifle and they head for the Cargo Hold.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY CARGO HOLD. (STROBE LIGHTING/BACKGROUND SIREN)

    Ripley and Call cautiously enter the Hold. Vaughan suddenly joins them from behind.

    THEIR P.O.V. moving SLOWLY between chains and various machinery, HOT pipes HISSING steam at every TURN. We CONTINUE past one of the Harvesters, eventually reaching a clear area of the Hold.

    Ahead of them a section of OPENED FLOORING houses 3 ESCAPE PODS.

    The yellow disk-shaped vehicles have seating for 2 people, the canopies already open.

    Ripley wields the Flamethrower, looking for any sign of movement.

    RIPLEY
    Alright get in!

    The 2 Auton’s quickly get inside the end Pod.

    CALL
    (nervously)
    How are we supposed to fly this thing??

    RIPLEY
    You don’t! It should lock onto the nearest navigational beacon.
    Far as I know that’s home.

    Ripley closes the Canopy, a section of flooring shuts over the Pod sealing it inside.

    CUT TO:

    EXT. DEEP SPACE.

    We DOLLY AWAY from the Betty following the Escape Pod as it’s EJECTED to safety.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY CARGO HOLD. (STROBE LIGHTING/BACKGROUND SIREN)

    Ripley CAUTIOUSLY eases herself down into the Escape Pod.

    SHOT OF 7-Leg suddenly LEAPING UP at her seemingly from nowhere.

    Ripley FALLS BACKWARD, DROPPING the Quad Rifle, 7-Leg lands right on top of her.

    SHOT OF his Tail WRAPPING round her neck, THEN of her GASPING for breath.

    ANGLED SHOT as Ripley somehow manages to HOLD 7-Leg away, his legs QUIVERING as they try to LATCH onto her, his tube-like proboscis getting CLOSER, almost touching her lips.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT. (STROBE LIGHTING/LOUD SIREN)

    SLOWLY DOLLYING towards the Navigators Seat, the Display Screen FLASHES for attention.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY CARGO HOLD. (STROBE LIGHTING/BACKGROUND SIREN)

    ANGLED SHOT on Ripley, 7-Leg’s powerful frame FORCING himself down on her, beginning to SMOTHER her face but STILL she fights.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT.

    CLOSE UP on the Navigators Display Screen reading:

    PROXIMITY_ALERT!!

    DOCKING SEQUENCE INITIATED.

    HULL BREACH - DETECTED.

    STANDING BY...

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY CARGO HOLD. (STROBE LIGHTING/BACKGROUND SIREN)

    EXTREME CLOSE UP on Ripley as 7-Leg almost smothers her, but she continues to fight.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT. (STROBE LIGHTING/LOUD SIREN)

    ANGLED SHOT of the Cockpit suddenly becoming DARK then filling with COLORFUL LIGHTS.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY CARGO HOLD. (STROBE LIGHTING/BACKGROUND SIREN)

    EXTREME CLOSE UP on Ripley gradually PUSHING 7-Leg away.

    He begins to WEAKEN, legs QUIVERING, his whole body seemingly in SPASMS,

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY COCKPIT. (STROBE LIGHTING/LOUD SIREN)

    CLOSE UP on the Navigators Display Screen reading:

    PROXIMITY_ALERT!!

    ATTENTION: (YELLOW) STATUS.

    HULL BREACH - AUTHORIZED.

    DOCKING SEQUENCE COMPLETE.

    CUT TO:

    INT. BETTY CARGO HOLD. (STROBE LIGHTING/BACKGROUND SIREN)

    CLOSE UP on Ripley as 7-Leg SLOWLY slips away from her out of frame.

    She begins to lose consciousness, her eyes start to ROLL, mouth WIDE OPEN, breathing HEAVILY as she sinks backward.

    RIPLEY’S P.O.V. (DARK AND UNFOCUSED, MUFFLED VOICES)

    (A SERIES OF BLURRED BLACKOUTS)

    The Hatch suddenly begins to open.

    Armed men appear with flashlights SHINING.

    Someone holds up a large spider-like creature.

    An UNKNOWN man looks CLOSELY towards us then SMILES.

    (BLACKOUTS END)

    CLOSE UP on Ripley, unable to stay conscious, her eyes finally close.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    EXT. EARTH. HIGH ORBIT. (LATER)

    SLOWLY PANNING through the darkness of space, millions of stars GLISTEN like firefly. A
    yellow disk-shaped craft SPINS through the heavens as the curvature of Earth fills the screen, SLOWLY the HUGE Command Ship U.S.M. Gargantuan comes into frame directly ahead.

    INT. ESCAPE POD.

    CLOSE UP of Call looking on in disbelief.

    CALL
    (sighs)
    Oh no.

    EXT. EARTH. HIGH ORBIT.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as the Escape Pod continues toward the U.S.M. Command Ship, until virtually swallowed up by its MASSIVE frame.

    FADE TO BLACK:

    FADE IN:

    INT. ALIEN CAVERNS. ‘UNKNOWN PLANET’. (3 DAYS LATER)

    DROP SHOT over Ripley slowly ZOOMING AWAY as she wakes. We PULL BACK as she gets to her feet to a WIDE ANGLED SHOT of the Cavern. Its dark shiny walls carved out of molten rock with catacombs that seem to stretch to infinity.

    Within this Cavern stand THOUSANDS of BLACK CAPSULES, 12 feet high suspended by beams of LIGHT that emit from floor to ceiling.

    Ripley cautiously approaches one of the Capsules and tries to see inside.

    SHOT OF Ripley’s LEFT ARM accidentally BRUSHING against it.

    CLOSE UP as part of the Capsule slowly FADES from view, leaving only a faint outline, revealing MILLIONS of dark, tiny ALIEN SPORES clustered in a clear liquid solution.

    Ripley steps away from the Capsule, which gradually fades to BLACK again.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as she begins walking away through the long Cavern.

    DISSOLVE TO:

    INT. ALIEN CAVERNS. ENTRANCEWAY. (LATER)

    ANGLED SHOT as Ripley emerges from the MAZE of Capsules before a TALL ARCH, where light flows from a long stairway. PANNING UP above the Entranceway we see two 20-FOOT TALL, BRONZE-COLOURED statues mounted either side of the Arch, surrounded by smaller human forms at the base. Strange hooded creatures wear elephantine face-plates in flowing robes, which partly conceal some kind of bio-mechanical suite. Each holds a RAZOR SHARP spear that CROSSED above the arch, impaling the HEAD of an ALIEN WARRIOR between them.

    Ripley proceeds to the Entranceway and begins climbing a stone stairway, eventually disappearing from sight.

    FADE TO BLACK:

    FADE IN:

    INT. ENTRANCEWAY. (LATER)

    LOW ANGLED SHOT as Ripley treads the final steps of the Entranceway. We see the SWIRLING clouds outside and hear the HOWLING winds.

    EXT. ANCHERON. DAY. (CONT.) (HEAVY WIND AND RAIN)

    CLOSE UP on Ripley as she emerges from the Entranceway which slowly closes behind her.
    Slowly DOLLYING AWAY we see a FAMILIAR landscape mostly constructed of BONE-LIKE formations, SCAITHED by raging SAND STORMS as far as the eye can see.

    A small Military Transport ship, the U.S.S.C.M. Regatta, stands nearby guarded by 5 armed men wearing Bio-Suites and someone wearing a long Overcoat with his back TOWARDS US.

    One of the guards signals the man and he slowly turns around.

    CLOSE UP on Commander Dacks, the RIGHT side of his face now repaired, he bares only the scares of major surgery.

    DACKS
    You’re not surprised to see me?

    RIPLEY
    (looks around)
    Not really. I know this place, but why am I here?

    DACKS
    I’m sorry it has to end this way, but we couldn’t afford to let
    anyone interfere with our plans...not even you.

    RIPLEY
    What plans, you can’t control the Alien, no one can!

    DACKS
    You’re wrong. Someone did, they brought it here.

    RIPLEY
    (firmly)
    They brought it here to end this, you know that!

    DACKS
    So Bishop did tell you everything.

    RIPLEY
    Enough to realise this Xenomorph Project of yours was a failure.

    Dacks smiles knowingly.

    DACKS
    For what it’s worth Bishop never knew the whole story, but this
    ‘Alien Legacy’ offered him something he could only dream about.
    He became so desperate to redeem himself after you died, little
    did he know then, he already had.

    RIPLEY
    They’ve been to Earth before haven’t they?

    DACKS
    Believe me you really don’t want to know.

    RIPLEY
    (shakes head)
    It was a lie. Just like before. The Company risked everything
    to get what they wanted.

    DACKS
    Don’t be too hard on yourself, it really wouldn’t have made any
    difference.

    RIPLEY
    (quietly)
    How long do I have...weeks...days...a few hours?

    DACKS
    I really don’t know, and I’ve said far too much already.

    RIPLEY
    You *******, you can’t just leave me here!!

    DACKS
    Sadly, I have no choice.

    Dacks then turns to board the ship.

    RIPLEY
    (firmly)
    The Military...they will find me!

    He turns to face Ripley.

    DACKS
    (confidently)
    I don’t think so! To them this Planetoid is the same as it was
    300 years ago, a dead rock! (smiles) You are a remarkable woman
    Ellen Ripley. If there’s one thing I can say, you will ‘never’
    be forgotten.

    WIDE ANGLED SHOT as Dacks then enters the Regatta, the Bio-Suited guards flanking him, their weapons carefully aimed at Ripley.

    RIPLEY
    (loudly)
    You can’t do this...NOOOOOOOOO!!

    The Ships Boarding Ramp raises then the Regatta RISES with a THUNDERING ROAR.

    CLOSE UP on Ripley slowly DOLLYING AWAY, SKIMMING BACK over the Ravine, CONTINUING over the surface, then UPWARDS into and beyond the clouds, through the MURKY atmosphere until the Planetoid becomes fully visible. We continue to DOLLY AWAY until even its sun is no more than a glimmer amongst a billion stars in the cold void of space.

    FADE TO BLACK:

    (END CREDITS)
    THE END.
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  2. Roary Force Ghost

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    Anyone out there???
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  3. Mira_Jade The NSWFF Manager With The Cape

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    Whew! That was a whirlwind of a read! 8-}

    First off, thank-you for the troubles you went through editing this. We appreciated that. Second off, you have a great skill with worldbuilding - this was a wonderfully crafted detailed story. I am really impressed, and enjoyed the read. =D=
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