Curiosity, The Movie

EXT. MARS ATMOSPHERE

The Mars Science Laboratory pierces the atmosphere of Mars as the parachute opens and the backshell detaches.

SFX: THUNK

EXT. MARS’ SURFACE

The rockets of the sky crane fire while clutching the rover. The sky crane lovers the rover to the surface of the planet, cuts the cables and speeds off in an arc. Smashing into a distant hillside while the Curiosity rover begins to unfold.

VOICE
NASA sent the Curiosity rover to Mars looking for signs of life.

SFX: THUNK

EXT. MARS’ SURFACE

Curiosity casually rolls across the landscape stopping to take a sample from a promising patch of dirt.

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Close up of the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) reaching down to the soil.

VOICE
They went looking… in the wrong place.

SFX: THUNK

A human hand bursts forth from the earth (or does it burst forth from the mars?) and grabs the APXS. The rover pulls back in shock but the hand holds firm and as the rover rolls back it pulls the hand’s owner up out of the dirt. A Zombie! The undead fiend hisses in the rover’s Mastcam as other zombies begin to burst forth from the ground. Curiosity is surrounded.

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A panicked Curiosity hides from a pack of zombie behind a large rock.

VOICE
Alone.

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Curiosity rolls up a crater’s edge to escape a pack of zombies. When it hits the crest it discovers the massive crater is filled with thousands of zombies.

VOICE
Outnumbered.

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Night. Curiosity is looking up in the sky towards Earth and is tapping out S.O.S. in Morse Code.

VOICE
And 350 million miles from home

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Day. Curiosity considers one of its appendages.

VOICE
This is where science ends…

A short montage wherein Curiosity detaches some of its parts and rebuilds them as an energy weapon.

PAN BACK:

Zombies are closing in from behind but the Curiosity isn’t worried now that it’s armed.

VOICE
…and violence begins.

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Curiosity rolls though the mob of zombies, crushing them with it’s newly spiked wheels and incinerating them with it’s energy weapon while ‘We’re In This Together’ by Nine Inch Nails kicks in at full volume.

VOICE
Red planet. Dead planet. In 2012 NASA will show Mars what a killer Curiosity can be.

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