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                               COWBOYS & ALIENS


                                  Written by
                 Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci & Damon Lindelof


                                                          Aug 4th, 2009
                        


         FADE UP ON:
         SPACE. Infinite stars. A TITLE:
         1870. THE ARIZONA TERRITORY.
         We descend past DARK CLOUDS. Violent FLASHES ripple within.
         Thunder blends with DRUMS as we reach a BOX CANYON...
         A BONFIRE -- SILHOUETTED BODIES -- APACHE WARRIORS
         Whirling around the fire -- war paint -- masks and headdresses --
         a RELIGIOUS RITE or CELEBRATION. On the periphery, we FIND...
         A BEAUTIFUL APACHE WOMAN. Softly singing to the even more
         beautiful BABY in her arms as we FOLLOW THEM INTO --
         A TEEPEE. The simple melody of the woman's song as she lays the
         baby on a blanket, gently swaddling it, LOVE in her eyes.
         But.
         The wind starts to HOWL. QRAJ. And then... a BURST OF
         LIGHT through the opening of the teepee -- intense ULTRAVIOLET:
         FWHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSHHss!!!
         THE E IRE TENT IS RIPPED UP INTO THE SKY, LEAVING THE WOMAN AND
         HER BABY-EXPOSED!!!! She SCREAMS -- grabs her child and starts
         to RUN -- CHAOS EVERYWHERE as the tribe scatters in TERROR --
         Suddenly -- Apaches are getting YANKED INTO THE AIR by some
         superior force -- PLUCKED savagely into the light, GONE -- as we
         WHIP AROUND the horror show of SCREAMING, DISAPPEARING INDIANS --
         And now -- A DEAFENING SHRIEK AS STRANGE DOMED OBJECTS HURTLE
         DOWN, CRASHING LIKE COMETS TO THE CANYON FLOOR AND CRUSHING
         FLEEING PEOPLE.
         Impossibly, the objects are STEEL MACHINES. BELLY VENTS snap
         open and DRILL CONES drop out -- jagged teeth CHURN TO LIFE --
         faster -- FASTER -- as the drills begin CHEWING INTO THE GROUND.
         THE WOMAN -- staggering back in SHOCK and AWE -- clings to her
         baby for one final SCREAM and -- BLACK. Over which we read:
         C--() ... .-4�_ s A N D A
         EXT. ARIZONA DESERT - DAY
         burning sun FLARES LENS, beating down on... A MAN.
         Lying in the barren DESERT. Out cold. Handsome... but HARD.
         We'll call him THE MAN IN BLACK, the color of his dirty clothes.





         2.
         A PINK TONGUE LICKS HIM. The man STARTS AWAKE -- to find a
         MONGREL DOG over him. Mangy. But sweet.
         COUGHING, the man stumbles up. How'd he get here? And where
         the hell i.: here? And -- OWWW. A GASH in his side...
         .. part of the wound oddly SEARED. He winces. Trying to solve
         this painful puzzle. Something GLINTS on his wrist:
         A STEEL BRACELET. No clasp to pull it off. He touches the
         surface -- TSSS -- SHIT -- It's HOT!
         And there's a BLACK STETSON on the ground. The Man grabs it to
         shield his eyes... but STOFS:
         A WORN PHOTOGRAPH in the inner brim. A WOMAN. Young,
         beautiful. SMILING.
         The Man stares: does he KNOW this woman? is this even HIS hat?
         The dog BARKS ALERT. The man turns -- QUICK -- his hand reaches
         toward his hip on INSTINCT but there's no holster. NO GUNS.
         THREE RIDERS ON HORSEBACK ARE COMING OVER THE RISE:
         THE CLAIBORNE BROTHERS -- WES, MOSE and LUKE. Dusty and tough.
         Wes gallops right up to our Man, gives him the once over --
                        WES CLAIBORNE
         Howdy.
                        (NO RESPONSE)
         We're riding towards Absolution. You
         know how far west we are?
         The Man's got NO IDEA what he's talking about.
                        LUKE CLAIBORNE
         Maybe he's a dummy.
         Wes hops off his horse, right in The Man's face now --
                        WES CLAIBORNE
         There a reason you don't wanna answer my
         question, friend?
         And now, Mose nods to the BRACELET on The Man's wrist --
                        MOSE CLAIBORNE
         Wes, he's got iron on his wrist... and
         he's been shot.
                        LUKE CLAIBORNE
         Bet he's a chain jumper.
         Luke spurs his horse behind him -- The Man's SURROUNDED.





         3.
                        LUKE
         If he escaped, there'll be a bounty.
         Let's bring him with us.
         Wes nods as he slides a SAWED-OFF DOUBLE-BARREL from his back
         scabbard. COCKS both barrels. The dog GROWLS --
                        WES CLAIBORNE
         Not your lucky day, Stranger -- turn
         round and start walking.
         But The Man doesn't move. The Claibornes share glances. Wes
         steps forward -- RAISING HIS RIFLE --
         WES CLAIBORNE (CONT'D)
         Dead or alive, no difference. I said
                        WALK OR--
         THE MAN MOVES, A MECHANISM OF BRUTAL VIOLENCE -- YANKS the rifle
         forward as BLAMI -- shot goes WILD -- suddenly the gun's in THE
         MAN'S HANDS -- BLAXI Wes is BLOWN backwards, HOLE IN HIS CHEST!
         As Hose draws his Enfield, The Man FLIPS the rifle again --
         SLAM! MOSE FLIES OFF HIS SADDLE as The Man rolls -- UNDER
         Luke's horse -- GRABBING Luke's ankle -- suddenly Luke's FLAT on
         his back -- BREATHLESS, staring UP at the double-barrel:
                        LUKE CLAIBORNE
         -- P-please, God -- d-don't --
         -- The Man PULLS the trigger but CLICK! The rifle's EMPTY.
         Luke's RELIEF is short as The Man SLAMS the gun-butt down,
         knocking him out cold. And ALL of this took about ten seconds.
         This man is a cold-blooded KILLER. But somehow... he didn't
         seem to KNOW that. CONFUSION. Drops the rifle, looks down at
         his hands... covered in BLOOD. And the BODIES in his wake.
         The WIND loosens a piece of PAPER from Wes's jacket. It DANCES
         on the breeze -- flattens against The Stranger's foot. He picks
         it up, BLOODY FINGERPRINTS on what we now see is a TELEGRAM --
         "TO FORT STANTON -- STOP -- ABSOLUTION TOWNSHIP BESIEGED BY
         OUTLAWS -- STOP -- FIFTY DOLLARS FOR ANY MAN WITH A GUN -- STOP
         -- ABSOLUTION AWAITS -- STOP"
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         (a hoarse whisper)
         Absolution...
         SLAM TO MOMENTS LATER:
         With a HYA! The Man sends two horses GALLOPING, mounts the
         third, wincing at that gash in his side. Starts to trot off...
         sees the dog following...





         4.
         THE MAN IN BLACK (CONT'D)
         Get outta here. Leave me alone.
         But the dog keeps following. Like they're FRIENDS now. The man
         turns away dismissively as we BOOM UP to reveal the WIDE OPEN
         VALLEY below... and a SPECK within it that is:
         EXT. TOWN - MAIN STREET - DAY
         A CROOKED SIGN: "ABSOLUTION." The town is dismal and forgotten.
         Crumbling buildings blistered by sun. The Man rides in --
         dehydrated, the wound DRAINING him.
         His eyes fall on the first building he sees... A CHURCH.
         INT. CHURCH - DAY
         BAM! The door flies open and VOTIVE CANDLES FLICKER. The Man
         looks at the dog and says --
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         Stay.
         The dog sits by the door as The Man enters -- EMPTY -- he's
         moving -- into a small kitchen area -- bottle of whiskey --
         uncorks it with his teeth -- drinks -- pours some on the wound --
         then A PISTOL COCKS behind him --
         Meet MEACHAM, town preacher, a tough, wash-foot Baptist:
                        MEACHAM
         Palms to heaven, Friend.
         The Man freezes. Turns up his hands.
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         Been shot.
                        MEACHAM
         Only two kinds of men get shot --
         criminals and victims.
         (steps forward; hard)
         Which one're you?
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         don't know.
         Meacham hears the HONESTY in his voice. Knows a lost soul when
         he sees one. Lowers his gun, softening...
                        MEACHAM
         Got a name, son?
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         Don't know that either.





         5.
                        MEACHAM
         What do you know?
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         (a beat; then)
         ... English.
         Off Meacham, INTRIGUED -- we CUT TO:
         INT. CHURCH RECTORY - LATER
         A CANDLE FLAME -- a NEEDLE passing through it -- it's LATER and
         Meacham's studying The Man's wound:
                        MEACHAM
         Odd wound. Looks... cauterized.
         (off The Man's look)
         Means somethin' burned it half closed.
         The Man just stares. News to him. And now, as Meacham leans
         over the wound, the METAL CROSS around his neck begins to
         twitch... lifting ever so SLIGHTLX off his chest -- towards the
         strange BRACELET on the Man's wrist. Meacham reacts --
                        MEACHAM (CONT'D)
         Nice trick. That some kinds... magnet?
         The Man looks at him -- "What the hell is a 'magnet'?!?"
         Meacham shrugs it off, readies the needle --
                        MEACHAM (CONT'D)
         Try'n hold still.
         He pokes the hot needle through the wound -- The Man winces
         slightly, but bears the pain.
                        MEACHAM (CONT'D)
         Where'd you ride in from?
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         West. Woke up in the desert.
         Looking up at the sun like I'd been
         dropped outta the sky.
                        MEACHAM
         Seems I remember a story about that
         happening once... fella by the name of
         Lucifer.
                        (GRINS)
         How 'bout I just call you "Luke," for
         short.
         But TheMan's distracted by his REFLECTION in a cracked mirror:
         his own face unfamiliar. Meacham nods towards The Man's HANDS --





         6.
                        MEACHAM (CONT'D)
         That blood yours or somebody else's?
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         Three men rode up. Drew on me.
                        (STILL CONFUSED)
         My hands... moved on their own.
                        MEACHAM
                        (A BEAT)
         Anything else you wanna confess to while
         you got my attention?
         And The Man senses somehow that, ygg, there is... but:
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         Everything that happened before I woke
         up...
         (shakes his head)
         It's gone.
                        MEACHAM
         Well. Too bad. Can't absolve you for
         your sins if you don't recall 'em. That
         bein' said...
         Meacham looks up, eyes twinkling. This is not a fire n'
         brimstone preacher. This is a guy who GETS IT --
                        MEACHAM (CONT'D)
         I seen bad men do good things and good
         men do bad things. Whether you end up in
         heaven or hell... it's not God's plan...
         it's yours.
                        (BEAT)
         You just got to remember what it was.
         The Man considers. Darkly --
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         What if I don't want to remember?
                        MEACHAM
                        (BEAT; GRINS)
         Then you're probl'y goin' to hell.
         On cue -- SMASH!!! The stained glass window EXPLODES as a
         MOLOTOV COCKTAIL hurtles into the church. FIRE spreads around
         the pews -- MEACHAM ACTIVATES -- tears curtains off the
         confessional and uses them to STAMP OUT the fire --
                        MEACHAM (CONT'D)
         Dammit -- it's Dolarhyde's men!
         WHOOPS and HOLLERS and GUNSHOTS outside! The Man whirls to see
         A DOZEN MEN ON HORSEBACK, marauding through town --





         7.
         EXT. ABSOLUTION - MAIN STREET - CONTINUOUS
         Their leader is PERCY DOLARHYDE, a cocky, hot-tempered bastard --
         he ignites another Molotov, hurls it at the CLAIMS OFFICE --
                        PERCY
         THIS IS A MESSAGE FROM MY FATHER! ONLY
         CLAIM TO LAND AROUND HERE'S THE ONE WITH
         HiS NAME ON IT!
         The gang rides down Main Street, HOOTING -- Percy cocks another
         Molotov, aiming for the SALOON --
         But one of his men, half-Apache NAT COLORADO, shouts:
                        NAT COLORADO
         Percy! N2t the saloon!
                        PERCY
         Why the goddamn hell not?!
                        NAT COLORADO
         Cause your dady said so.
         Something LOADED in the way he emphasizes "daddy." Percy GLARES
         -- strange RESENTMENT between them. With a growl, Percy GALLOPS
         OFF, chucks the flaming bottle onto the CHURCH STEPS:
         INT. MEACHAN'S CHURCH - CONTINUOUS
         Meacham finishes putting out the fire, grabbing a couple
         blankets as he moves past The Man --
                        MEACHAM
         You wanna help or are you just gonna
         stand there and burn?!
         EXT. CHURCH - PORCH - CONTINUOUS
         FRIGHTENED TOWNSPEOPLE run for the sanctuary of the church,
         Meacham SWATS OUT the fire on the steps --
                        MEACHAM
         All right, folks -- don't panic! Get
         inside and you'll be fine... C'mon...
         Meacham tosses The Man one of the blankets, nods across the
         street to the GENERAL STORE which is just STARTING to burn --
                        MEACHAM (CONT'D)
         Put it out before it gets goin'!
         ON THE MAN, not sure how he suddenly became the damn fire
         brigade, but HUSTLING across the street to --
         THE GENERAL STORE





         8.
         WHIPS open the blanket, beats at the flames advancing toward the
         roof -- PUTS THE FIRE OUT as the door FLIES OPEN and out steps:
         A KID. 11. Rough n' tumble. And right now, mouth full of
          LICORICE. Two FULL JARS of CANDY in his hands. OOPS:
                        KID
         Just tryin' to save the candy.
         (SWALLOWS, worried now)
         You one of my Pa's hired guns?
         Before he can answer, HOOFBEATS behind them -- and here's PERCY.
         He yanks the reins, pulls his REVOLVER on our Man --
                        PERCY
         Who the hell're yam?
         Whatever the opposite of Love At First Sight is, THIS is it:
                        THE MAN
         Nobody.
                        PERCY
         Nobody is right. You think you can just
         collect your fifty dollars and ride off?
         You signed up for the wrong side, boy.
         The kid's scared. The Man ISN'T, despite the gun in his face:
                        PERCY (CONT'D)
         Tell you what. You get down on your
         knees and kiss my boot.
         The Man's eyes narrow --
                        PERCY (CONT'D)
         You do that and I'll let you run back to
         wherever the hell you came from so you
         can tell whoever you see...
         (cocks his gun)
         Absolution belongs -tg..th-e- 1Dolar es.
                        THE MAN
         You want me to kiss your boot?
         Percy extends his boot just INCHES from The Man's face:
                        PERCY
         Tongue's just fine if you're feelin'
         amorous. Don't hold ba --
         THWIP! The Man YANKS Percy's boot off his foot in one quick
         move and KWHAM!!!1 WINGS IT RIGHT INTO PERCY'S FACE!
         Percy FLIES off the HORSE -- The Man grabbing his rifle -- the
         moment Percy lands, it's STICKING into his NECK:





         9.
                        THE MAN
         Kiss this, you sonofa --
         NAT COLORADO (O.S.)
         -- PUT IT DOWN !
         -- Nat Colorado gallops around the corner, SHOTGUN RAISED.
                        PERCY
         Goddamnit, Nat -- SHOOT HIM!!!
         -- but The Man yanks Percy up by his collar, using him as a
         SHIELD between himself and Colorado. Eerily calm --
                        THE MAN
         Wherever you came from? Go back.
         Colorado knows he's dealing with a PROFESSIONAL. MORE GANG
         MEMBERS ride up, surprised -- a dirty outlaw, GREAVEY, barks:
                        GREAVEY
         Sheriff's right behind us, Nat!
                        PERCY
         You goddamned shitheels! Don't you even
         THINK about leavin' me!!!!
         Colorado -- DECISION -- doesn't take long -- glares at The Man --
                        NAT COLORADO
         Be seeing you.
                        THE MAN
         Look forward to it.
         With that, Nat spurs his horse -- YA! The others follow him as
         he RIDES HARD out of town. Percy growls at The Man --
                        PERCY
         You are a dead man. You hear me? So
         help me God I will kill you my--
         DM! The Man's SMASHES Percy's skull with the gun, knocking him
         OUT COLD, as LAWMEN approach on horseback --
                        KID
         FA! He caught Percy Dolarhyde!
         SHERIFF KYLE TAGGART rears up on his horse. Tall, dark and
         handsome despite a SADNESS in his eyes, already dismounting:
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Emmett -- you all right?
         The Kid (now EMMETT) strides towards his father excitedly:





         10.
                        EMMETT
                        YOU-SHOULDA-SEEN-IT-HE-TOSSED-PERCY-L IKE-
         a-f lap jack- then-stared-down-Nat-Colorado-
         like-he-wasn't-even-scared!!!!
         Taggart turns to The Man now, cautious, but grateful --
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Pardon my boy, mister. He can be
         excitable.
         (puts out his hand)
         Kyle Taggart.
         The Man shakes Taggart's hand. A beat. Then --
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         . Luke.
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Well I'm in your debt, Luke. Tune of
         fifty dollars, actually.
         (off The Man's look)
         Our advert? The telegram?
         The Man NODS -- Oh, RIGHT.
          SHERIFF TAGGART (CONT'D)
         Could use a man like you in case any of
         'em come back...
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         -- I'm just passing through.
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Fair enough. You don't mind spending the
         night, bank opens in the morning... I'll
         get you your money then.
         (nods down the street)
         Saloon's got rooms. You just tell Maria
         I sent you.
         The Man tips his hat, nods to Emmett (still STARSTRUCK), turns
         to go. Taggart furrows his brow as the DOG scampers after him.
         SHERIFF TAGGART (CONT'D)
         You here with the prospector woman?
         The Man stops. Intrigued. Turns back --
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         woman?
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Yup. Real looker. Came into town
         yesterday with that there dog. She a
         friend of yours?





         11.
         ON THE MAN. His first real LEAD.
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         Maybe.
         And as The Man heads off, we HOLD ON TAGGART, his spidey-sense
         tingling that all is not RIGHT with this...
                        DEPUTY WADE
         Somethin' wrong, Kyle?
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         What's that French sayin' where you swear
         you seen someone before?
                        DEPUTY WADE
         Don't speak French.
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         No... you sure's hell don't.
         Taggart takes one last look at The Man departing as we CUT TO:
         EXT. CATTLE RANGE - MAGIC HOUR
         300 head of CATTLE under a blood red sky -- BOOM DOWN to THREE
         RANCH HANDS by a fire. One's drinking liberally from a BOTTLE;
         call him ROY CLANTON. The other two trade glances, nervous:
                        RANCH HAND #1
         Should take it easy there, Pal --
                        RANCH HAND #2
         Mr. Dolarhyde don't like it when we drink
         on the job.
                        ROY CLANTON
         I don't give a damn what he don't like --
         gotta sit here and babysit a damn herd of
         cattle. Dolarhyde ain't gonna do squat.
         (rises; grabs his
                        CROTCH)
         Gotta see a man about a buffalo...
         He lets out a big BURP and stumbles off behind a ridge. More
         THUNDER. Something doesn't feel right. A sudden WHOOSH and --
         A COW'S PULLED INTO THE AIR BEHIND THEM BY SOME INVISIBLE FORCE,
         JUST LIKE THE APACHES IN OUR OPENING! Flies STRAIGHT UP, out of
         FRAME. Its PLAINTIVE MOO blending into all the others:
                        RANCH HAND #1
         You hear that?
                        RANCH HAND #2
         Hear what?





         12.
         ANOTHER COW zips up from the herd behind them. And ANOTHER.
         MANY OF THE SWSSHS. The men slowly turn toward the sound as --
         ALL AT ONCE, HUNDREDS OF COWS FLY OFF INTO THE SKY!
                        RANCH HAND #1
         SWEET JESUS!!!
         THE DARKNESS EXPLODES WITH EERILY BRILLIANT BLUE LIGHT! THE MEN
         SCREAM AS THEY'RE ENGULFED IN IT AND --
         ROY CLANTON -- comes RUNNING back up the hill, pulling up his
         pants as the light DISAPPEARS -- to find the men GONE. So are
         the COWS. PULL BACK... he's ALL THAT'S LEFT in the open range.
         INT. GOLD LEAF SALOON - NIGHT
         THE BATWING DOORS SWING OPEN: The Man In Black enters with the
         dog, tips his hat to a couple WHORES. They GRIN, liking what
         they see. RANCH HANDS drink their pay. Behind the bar, a MAN
         and WOMAN argue. DOC and MARIA; she's a buxom Mexican beauty;
         he's 300 roly-poly pounds of ANXIOUS CASTILIAN JEALOUSY:
                        DOC
         -- I know you are, don't lie to me!
                        MARIA
         How many times do we have to do this,
         Arturo? J. love you.
                        DOC
         Really? Do you?!?
         (holds up a POCKETWATCH)
         I found this in our bed! And I don't
         k3 Vg. a watch, Maria. I can't AfjQrd a
         watch because y insisted we buy this
         saloon!
         She looks at him SQUARELY -- yes, some SECRET withheld. As The
         Man In Black reaches the bar, he's Maria's EXCUSE to end this:
                        MARIA
         We have customers.
         And MOVES off. Doc stomps toward the exit -- sees EMMETT at the
         back of the bar stealing sips of BEER from left-behind glasses:
                        DOC
         AFUERA! ADULTS ONLY!!!
         Emmett RUNS OUT. The Man sits beside an old cuss named ATTICUS.
         The dog heels at The Man's feet, eyes a STEAK on Atticus' plate:
                        ATTICUS
         That mutt makes a move for my steak, I'll
         drill him down.





         13.
                        MARIA
         Shut up, Atticus. This is the man who
         took out Percy Dolarhyde.
         Atticus grumbles and goes back to eating, but not before
         sweeping his duster aside to show the GUN in his holster. Maria
         rolls her eyes, sets a GLASS in front of The Man, who nods:
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         I'm looking for a woman.
         She gestures to the WHORES --
                         MARIA
         What kind?
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         This kind.
         He removes the PHOTO from inside his hat. The one of the WOMAN.
                        MARIA
         Never seen her before. But she is
         beautiful.
         (pours him whiskey; then
         one for herself)
         Here's to you finding her, Senor.
         ON THE MAN. Not exactly sure he WANTS to. But they CLINK
         glasses, knock 'em back. Maria pours him another:
                        MARIA (CONT'D)
         You have any idea what kind of mess you
         just stepped into?
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         No. But I figured I'd be safe in here
         seein' as how that boy I tossed off his
         horse didn't wanna burn your saloon.
         Maria's eyes go down. Somehow GUILTY. But then:
                         - -
                        MARIA
         It's not the boy you should worry about.
                        (OMINOUS)
         It's his papa.
         EXT. RANCH - NIGHT
         POV: UPSIDE DOWN, A MAN, surrounded by his RANCH HANDS -- his
         FACE just out of the light, hat brim lowered under an oil lamp:
                        DOLARHYDE
         Name's Woodrow Dolarhyde. I'm what you
         might call, the Tall Hog at the trough.





         14.
         His face comes INTO light: 50's, tailored finery, patent leather
         Wellington boots that bespeak wealth. HARD. Exudes POWER:
                        DOLARHYDE (CONT'D)
         You're Roy, right? Clanton, is it? Been
         working for me two weeks now, and I
         haven't had the pleasure.
         Our POV belongs to ROY CLANTON, the ranch hand from the cow
         abductions. TERRIFIED -- his arms and legs TIED TO THE SADDLES
         OF TWO HORSES, kicking dirt in front of Dolarhyde's RANCH HOUSE:
                        CLANTON
         Mr. Dolarhyde, I... I swear I didn't
                        STEAL YOUR--
         -- a VIOLENT "SSST" from Dolarhyde JOSTLES the horses --
         STRETCHING Roy tight enough to SNAP -- he SCREAMS --
                        DOLARHYDE
         Best not to interrupt me, Roy, makes the
         horses skittish.
                        (THEN)
         You partial to history? Here's a primer,
                        LISTEN CLOSE:
         He pulls out a WHIP, gripping it by its STERLING SILVER HANDLE.
         Starts CIRCLING the horses as he lets the whip UNFURL:
                        DOLARHYDE (CONT'D)
         Following the War Of Northern Aggression
         -- what some ironically refer to as the
         "Civil" War -- came a prodigious nation-
         wide market for beef. Cowtowns sprang up
         all along these prairies, Roy; populated
         by enterprising young drovers -- among
         'em, my daddy, Jeremiah Dolarhyde. Sold
         six of his gold teeth and a sword gifted
         to him by Robert E. Lee for twenty of the
         scrawniest Longhorns you ever saw -- then
         turned 'em into the fattest herd West of
         the Chisholm Trail.
         (stops: the WHIP)
         Watched him work this lash, driving those
         steer til his fingers bled... but what
         good's a whip without a herd, Roy?
         And slowly, torturously, SWEEPS the whip tip in the dirt...
                        ROY CLANTON
         Mr. Dolarhyde, Sir, you gotta believe me
         -- I went to take a piss and and -- saw a
         light in the sky -- blue -- and when I
         ran back the cows and fellas were gone!





         15.
                        DOLARHYDE
         The sky. Opened up. And took my cows.
         Incoming HOOFBEATS -- Dolarhyde looks up to see COLORADO and the
         rest of the GANG returning from Absolution.
         A WOMAN emerges from the servant's quarters. APACHE. 50's.
         Beautiful. As the men REAR, Nat Colorado MEETS EYES with her.
         A relationship we don't understand yet as Dolar strides up --
                        DOLARHYDE (CONT'D)
         Where's Percy?
                        NAT COLORADO
         Jail. Sheriff locked him up.
         Dolar darkens. Unsheathes a KNIFE. Looks down at Roy:
                        DOLARHYDE
         When're these people gonna lgarn?
         He STABS the knife down... SLICING the rope tethered to Roy's
         FEET. His lower body SLUMPS to the ground, he breathes a SIGH:
                        ROY CLANTON
                        THANK Y--
         Dolar SLAPS the horse's rump, to which Roy's UPPER TORSO is
         tied; it GALLOPS off, dragging a SCREAMING ROY into the night.
                        DOLARHYDE
         Everyone saddle up. Got us a sheriff to
         kill.
         As he MOVES OFF, Dolarhyde's eyes go to the Apache Woman.
         Something passes between them. She seems CONCERNED.
                        NAT COLORADO
         Wasn't the sheriff, got him caught. It
         was a stranger.
         That STOPS Dolarhyde. He turns back, face dark:
                        DOLARHYDE
         ... What stranger?
                        NAT COLORADO
         Usually a man gives off a scent. Where
         he's been. What he's done.
                        (STILL SPOOKED)
         He didn't have one.
         OFF DOLARHYDE, EYES BURNING --





         16.
         INT. SHERIFF TAGGART'S OFFICE - NIGHT
         A BULLET, in close up, twirling between the thumb and forefinger
         of SHERIFF TAGGART. Boots up on his desk, TROUBLED.
         Deputy Wade pours himself a cup from a TIN POT OF COFFEE:
         DEPUTY CHARLIE WADE
         Percy wouldn't've come in shooting
         without his daddy's say-so, Kyle. You
         best get ready for a war 'cause that's
         what's comin'.
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Tomorrow we ride the little shit up
         Phoenix way, turn him over. Dolarhyde's
         got a beef, he can take it up with the
         6th cavalry.
         Taggart's on his feet, grabs his JACKET off the door --
         SHERIFF TAGGART (CONT'D)
         Goddamn tired of this... fatass rancher
         scaring good people off their lan--
         He STOPS. Something catches his eye on the posting board.
         YANKS a piece of paper off, a mixture of CONFUSION and CONCERN
         SHERIFF TAGGART (CONT'D)
         Sonofabitch.
         WHAT DOES HE SEE? Before we get a chance to KNOW --
         EXT. SALOON - NIGHT
         EMMETT'S FACE rises into frame, peering into the saloon from
         below a windowsill. Sees THE MAN IN BLACK at the bar as ---
         INT. SALOON - NIGHT
         -- he SLUGS back a shot, the dog at his feet, still eyeing that
         steak on Atticus' plate. The Man points to his GLASS:
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         Another.
                        MARIA
         You drink like a man who wants to forget.
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         (haunted; the irony)
         Other way round.
         The dog WHINES AGAIN for the steak. Atticus SLAMS down his
         silverware. Draws his GUN --





         17.
                        ATTICUS
         You got three seconds to get your dog
         outta here or I blow his balls off.
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         (without a blink)
         Not my dog.
                        ATTICUS
         Q=... two...
         -- and just before "three"... CA-CLICK. Atticus FREEZES,
         because there's a RIFLE BARREL at the back of h,iS head now:
         VOICE (O.S.)
         Give you odds you don't get to 'three.'
         RACK TO FIND the person holding the rifle is A WOMAN.
         Beautiful. EXOTIC. Dressed in leather. Meet ELLA SWENSON.
         ON THE MAN IN BLACK. Can't help himself. immediate and
         undeniable CHEMISTRY. But she pays him no mind -- makes a PSST
         sound and the dog snaps to her side. Atticus uncocks his gun,
         slowly slides it back in the holster --
                        ATTICUS
         I was just havin' some fun, Miss --
                        ELLA
         Give- him, the steak.
         Atticus HESITATES, angry at the humiliation. Ella PRESSES THE
         GUN HARDER against his neck, lowering him -- and his plate -- to
         the floor. Right in front of the dog, who GROWLS --
                        ELLA (CONT'D)
         Now say you're sorry.
                        ATTICUS
         (biting his tongue)
         I'm-- sorry.
                        ELLA
         His name's 'Happy.'
         HappyBARES HIS TEETH. INCHES from Atticus' face
                        ATTICUS
         I'm sorry... 'Happy.'
                        ELLA
         Alright then.
         (lowers her rifle)
         You're right. That was fun.





         18.
         -- Atticus scrambles back to his feet and OUT the door, as Ella
         looks at the Man In Black:
                        ELLA (CONT'D)
         What're you doing with my dog?
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         I was hoping you could tell me.
                        ELLA
         The hell're you talking ab--?
         WRIST BRACELET. Surprise and REVELATION:
                        ELLA (CONT'D)
         Where... did you get that?
         Before he can answer, SHERIFF TAGGART enters, along with DEPUTY
         WADE (carrying a SHOTGUN), and 5 other deputies. They move
         cautiously to THE MAN, like he's a powder keg about to go off...
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Hey there, "Luke." Mind following me
         down to the office so we can have us a
         chat...?
         THE MAN IN BLACK
                        (CONFUSED; ALERT)
         What for?
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         All due respect, I'm the law, mister.
         That's what for.
         The men LOCK EYES:
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         Tell you what, Sheriff. How about you
         keep the fifty dollars you owe me and I
         just walk outta here like we. never met?
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Because we did meet.
         ON ELLA. For reasons we're not sure of, the idea of The Man
         leaving ALARMS her. All the Gunslingers' hands are POISED by
         holsters. The Man stays preternaturally COOL:
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         L can't be accountable for what happens
         if they draw on me.
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         And what's gonna happen?





         19.
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         Best you don't find out.
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Now why'd you have to go and say that?
         Taggart gives a nod and the men start to CONVERGE --
         THE MAN IN BLACK
         (low; genuine plea)
         Don't.
         But Charlie makes a MOVE and The Man SLAMS his head into a pole
         -- the NEXT GUNMAN reaches for his pistol -- The Man PUNCHES his
         THROAT -- SLAMS the third into a bench -- The FOURTH straight
         down on the Faro table --
         TAGGART levels his REPEATER -- but The Man just GRABS the barrel
         as Taggart FIRES a ROUND into the ceiling -- now the rifle's in
         THE MAN'S HANDS and just before he PULLS THE TRIGGER on Taggart:
         HE SEES EMMETT AT THE WINDOW. About to watch his father's
         MURDER... and The Man LOWERS the gun:
         THE MAN IN BLACK (CONT'D)
         I told you, I don't wanna hurt anyb--
         CRACK! The butt of a PISTOL WHIPS the side of his SKULL! The
         Man DROPS as we REVEAL who just knocked his ass OUT:
         ELLA! Taggart draws a gun and pins The Man, whipping out that
         piece of paper he pulled from his office...
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Yup -- looks just like him.
         NOW WE IT'S A WANTED POSTER WITH THE MAN'S FACE ON IT:
         SHERIFF TAGGART (CONT'D)
         "Jake Lonergan. Scourge a' The
         Territories. Wanted Dead or Alive."
         And The Man... now forever known as JAKE... stares WOOZILY into
         his OVERTURNED HAT... the photo tucked inside of the BEAUTIFUL
         WOMAN... her image goes BLURRY... then mil{:
                        AND WHAM:
         MEMORY FLASHCUTS1 STROBELIXE IMAGES --
         1.) A tilted, handmade trail sign: "SAGUARO PASS."
         2.) We're in a CABIN somewhere. BLINDING ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
         EXPLODES INTO THE CABIN, against which a DEMONIC SILHOUETTE
         appears -- it looks like an INDIAN IN FULL-FEATHER HEADDRESS --





         20.
         3.) A WOMAN'S FACE -- THE WOMAN FROM JAKE'S PHOTOGRAPH -- she
         looks at us and SCREAMS --
         4.) Now we're someplace VERY DARK -- a cave? As some kind of
         TERRIFYING OCULAR PROBE lowers right in front of our eyes --
         5.) Now we're RUNNING through the cave -- ESCAPE -- BREATHING
         HARD -- a LIGHT at the end of the tunnel -- BLINDING SUN hits us
         as we emerge -- our eyes ADJUST to see:
         6.) A STRANGE ROCK FORMATION on the rim of a canyon -- like a
         STONE TOWER pointing to heaven as the SUN WHITEWASHES US TO:
         INT. JAIL CELL - PRE-DAWN
         JAKE'S EYES OPEN and he GASPS AIR! His POV: a FACE comes into
         FOCUS -- PERCY DOLARHYDE. GRINNING at him from the next cell:
                        PERCY
         You're a dead.
         Jake sits up. Woozy. Blinking back to reality.
                        PERCY (CONT'D)
         My daddy's comin' for me, Boy. You're
         gonna end up another dead shitheel under
         his spurs. I am gonna watch you suffer
         for a long, long --
         Jake moves LIGHTNING QUICK -- reaching through the bars,
         GRABBING PERCY'S COLLAR, YANKING FORWARDS -- SLAMMING Percy's
         head into the bars, KNOCKING hIM OUT COLD AGAIN. Percy DROPS.
                        JAKE
         Shut up.
         Jake sits back on his cot, rubbing his still-throbbing head.
         EXT. SHERIFF'S OFFICE - JAIL - CONTINUOUS
         A PRISON WAGON pulls up in front of the Sheriff's office, along
         with Taggart's GUNMEN on horseback. ELLA takes frame as the men
         dismount and head into the office -- she pursues DEPUTY WADE
         with a real sense of PURPOSE:
                        ELLA
         I need to see Lonergan. It's important.
                        DEPUTY WADE
         'Fraid not, Miss -- we're preppin' him
         for transport.
         And pushes PAST her, into the office with the men. HOLD on Ella
         -- dammit, she NEEDS to find a way in there.





         21.
         INT. SHERIFF'S OFFICE - JAIL CELL - CONTINUOUS
         A KEY in the LOCK as the cell door OPENS: Sheriff Taggart, Wade,
         the gunmen. GLARING at Jake, then noticing Percy --
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         What happened to him?
                        JAKE
                        (DEADPAN)
         Man walked into a bar.
         Taggart shakes his head as Charlie and a deputy unlock Percy's
         cell, CUFF HIM, drag him out. Taggart points to Jake:
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Step back against the wall there. Move
         and I shoot you dead.
                        JAKE
         (as he does)
         You should've let me go.
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Yeah, I should've shot you in your knee.
         You put down six of my deputies.
                        JAKE
         Six was all you had.
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Hell, they're gonna love you in Phoenix.
                        JAKE
         Yeah? What's in Phoenix?
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         What you got comin', Jake Lonergan.
         Taggart reaches into his shirt, pulls out a pair of GLASSES.
         Slips them on his nose. Takes out that WANTED poster and reads:
         SHERIFF TAGGART (CONT'D)
         Aggravated banditry, 17 counts, Forgery,
         Blackmail, Hijacking, injurious use of a
         cattle prod, Arson, Incitement of
         Whorehouse Riot, and Trespassing with
         intent to deflower. You're also leader
         of a gang of outlaws includin' Creek
         Johnson and Bull McCade, which makes you
         accessory to every law they broke too.
                        JAKE
         (after a long BEAT:)
         That it?





         22.
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Saved the best for last... 'Murder.'
         That LANDS on Jake. Wondering if this is TRUE. Evenly --
                        JAKE
         It say who I killed?
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Prostitute outta Mojave, name of Alice
         Wills.
         Taggart rises, removes Jake's BLACK STETSON from a hook on the
         wall, pulls that PHOTOGRAPH OF THE WOMAN from the inner brim:
         SHERIFF TAGGART (CONT'D)
         If I were a bettin' man, I'd say this
         would be Ms. Wills, would it not?
         Jake just stares, CONFUSED. SHAKEN.
         SHERIFF TAGGART (CONT'D)
         They found her dead in a cabin round
         Saguaro Pass, twenty miles west of here.
         With that, a CLUE falls into place: SAGUARO PASS.
         SHERIFF TAGGART (CONT'D)
         Deed was in your name.
         He slips the photo back in the brim, tosses the hat to Jake:
         SHERIFF TAGGART (CONT'D)
         Dead hooker with a hole in her chest, in
         your cabin, plus your sterling reputation
         equals guilty as goddamned sin.
         (draws his GUN)
         And you're gonna hang for it.
         At gunpoint, Taggart PUSHES Jake out the door --
         EXT. DESERT PLAINS - DAWN
         Against the RISING SUN, Dolarhyde and 15 GUNMEN ride hard, armed
         to the teems. They REAR in the hills above Absolution. Dolar
         looks down through BINOCULARS as NAT COLORADO turns to...
         an incoming WIND. Across the valley, a massive BLACK CLOUD
         is starting to SWIRL. Violent BLUE FLASHES within. Eerie.
                        GREAVEY
         blue light... Clanton said he saw
         blue light before the cows disappeared...
                        DOLARHYDE
         Just a storm.





         23.
                        COLORADO
         No storm I've ever seen... I say we wait
         'til it passes.
         But Dolar isn't listening. THROUGH HIS BINOCULARS: he sees
         PERCY being carried into the prison wagon. Followed by Jake.
                        DOLARHYDE
         No time, they put him in an iron coach.
         With a HYA! he's OFF, the others FOLLOWING with reluctant looks
         -- still SPOOKED by that incoming STORM:
         EXT. ABSOLUTION - MAIN STREET - CONTINUOUS
         As Jake's loaded into the prison wagon after the still-
         unconscious Percy, he SEES MEACHAM through the barred window.
         The preacher flashes SYMPATHY as Wade takes out the cuff key:
                        DEPUTY WADE
         Gimme your wrist.
         Jake holds out his hands. Wade unlocks one wrist, freeing a
         cuff... then takes that cuff and LOCKS IT to Percy's wrist.
                        JAKE
         What're you --?
                        CHARLIE
         Best way to make a man stay put: chain
         him to his enemy.
                        (A GRIN)
         You lovebirds have a nice trip now.
         SLAM: the door CLOSES and LOCKS. Jake SIGHS and tries to sit
         back, but it's hard tethered to Percy's slumped form. Shit.
         Then QWW -- something starts to STING and he looks down:
         HIS BRACELET. Has started PULSING RED. And it's getting WARM.
         Jake stares -- ON EDGE -- what the hell's happening? As --
         OUTSIDE, Taggart mounts the buckboard. EMMETT feeds the horses:
                        EMMETT
         You sure he's a bad guy, Pa? He did give
         Percy a lickin'.
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         He's bad enough.
                        EMMETT
         (not so sure, but --)
         . can I come with you?
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Too dangerous.





         24.
                        EMMETT
         Dangerous to drive a damn coach? Why
         can't Charlie just take him?
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Because it's my job, Emmett. That's what
         these people pay me to do. And your
         mother would kill me if I brought you.
         Emmett looks off, half sad, half angry --
                        EMMETT
         Good thing she's already dead then.
         And turns without a goodbye. Taggart watches him leave, wishing
         he could connect. Takes the reins and looks up -- REACTS:
         THAT MASSIVE. FRIGHTENING CLOUD IN THE SKY -- roiling faster
         toward town. The scary BLUE FLASHES within grow more INTENSE.
         IN THE COACH -- WITH JAKE, looking at the BRACELET, the pulsing
         growing MORE FREQUENT -- and then, a VOICE:
         ELLA (0.S. )
         HEY!
         Jake turns to see ELLA, pushed up against the coach window:
                        ELLA (CONT'D)
         Tell me where you got that bracelet...
                        JAKE
         Maybe you should'a asked before you
         knocked me out..
                        ELLA
         Please... I need to know. Just tell me
         where you got it.
                        JAKE
         Y dOli' .xBmbgX - - I don' t remember my
         name or where I've been or any of the
         things they said I done, so leave me the
         hell alone.
         And sits back as the coach starts to MOVE, leaving Ella in the
         dust. Some of the gunmen ride atop it; others on horseback
         cover the coach in a protective ring.
         Wade sees something incoming from the NORTH:
                        DEPUTY WADE
         KYLE!!!
         Taggart looks up: Dolarhyde's gang racing down the mountain --





         25.
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
                        DAMNIT --
         He unslings his SHOTGUN as his men ready their weapons --
         ON DOLARHYDE'S GANG, riding hard, guns ready too --
         This is about to get UGLY. BUT... from the OTHER end of town,
         the WIND picks up --
         As the massive storm cloud seems shockingly to have STORED AT A
         H -- its EYE churning, ROARING and... TWO BOLTS OF BLUE
         LIGHTNING CRACK DOWN FROM IT! Happy starts BARKING MADLY. Ella
         sees the lightning and starts to BACK AWAY in fear:
                        ELLA
         NonoNO -- GET TO YOUR CELLARS! EVERYONE
         UNDERGROUND NAT!
         But her cries are LOST as -- RRRRRRRR!!!!!
         A LONG, NARROW FUNNEL SHOOTS FROM THE CHURNING CLOUD: A TORNADO!
         BREAKING THE MOMENTUM OF THE SHOWDOWN --
         The stagecoach UPENDS, FLIPPING SIDEWAYS as the animals try to
         break free -- Taggart and his men are THROWN --
         Inside, Jake and Percy TUMBLE end-over-end -- SLAMMING into
         walls, LOCKED TOGETHER -- JARRING Percy back to consciousness --
         Dolarhyde's men are THROWN from their horses too as the animals
         STAMPEDE OFF in different directions --
         THE 1Q8k=O ENGULFS THE TOWN! THE CONCUSSIVE BLAST BUCKLES
         BUILDINGS, PULLING WHOLE SECTIONS OF THEM INTO THE SKY!
         THE TELEGRAPH OFFICE. SHERIFF'S STATION. BROTHEL. WOOD
         STRIPPED RIGHT OFF THEIR FALSE FRONTS LIKE PIANO KEYS!
         Okay, wait. Just wait. Take a breath. 'Cause it's
         about ... . to get... . MORE insane...
         TEN MANTA RAY-SHAPED HOVER-SPEEDERS BURST FROM THE CYCLONE!
         ROARING into the town, FLYING just above ground --
         TOWNSPEOPLE'S FACES -- GOING DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE -- 19TH
         CENTURY BRAINS TRYING TO PROCESS THE IMPOSSIBLE --
                        MEACHAM
         Jesus God!!
         STRANGE STEEL RINGS fire from the speeders and mushroom out --
         KA-CHING! -- SNAP OPEN and CLAMP around necks, arms, legs -- and
         from these steel collars, CABLES LASH OUT, whip-snapping back to
         the speeders and TETHERING MAGNETICALLY to them --





         26.
         Yeah-these are HIGH-TECH LASSOS:
         HELPLESS VICTIMS ARE YANKED OFF THE GROUND AND PULLED BEHIND THE
         SPEEDERS LIKE ROPED STEER! Two of TAGGART'S GUNMEN. Now some
         of DOLARYHYDE' S. Screaming, just gone. THIS IS A...Qlp lam.
         EMMETT -- stunned -- as SHERIFF TAGGART runs for him --
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         EMMETT !
         Emmett runs into his dad's embrace --
         EMMETT SHERIFF TAGGART
         What's happening?! -- Stay _by-mvside!
          A_LIVERY_STABLE -- the HORSES stamp in their stalls as Taggart
          tears the door open and rushes Emmett inside; as he's about to
         follow... am c1:t lU 01 If
                         EMMETT
         PA!!
         -- a STEEL CABLE fires from the collar, SNAPS TAUT as it
         connects to a speeder and WHOOSH! Taggart's RIPPED off his
         feet, dragged away -- ELLA tackles the boy as ANOTHER RING zooms
         overhead, locks around a FLEEING WOMAN -- she's TAKEN --
                        EMMETT (CONT'D)
         THEY TOOK HIM! LEMME 9Q11!!
                        ELLA
         HE'S GONE!
                        EMMETT
         NO HE'S N--
                        ELLA
         LISTEN TO ME! YOU WANNA LIVE?!! WHERE'S
         THERE A CELLAR?! TAKE ME TO IT!
         -- HE'S COMING INTO FOCUS -- TEARS IN HIS EYES --
                        EMMETT
         BIRDCAGE THEATER!
         With a "C'MON!!!" she rushes him through the FRENZIED CROWD --
         INT. PRISON WAGON - CONTINUOUS
         JAKE AND !MERCY -- TRAPPED IN THE UPSIDE-DOWN COACH -- Jake sees
         DEPUTY WADE on the ground just a few feet away, head bleeding --
                        JAKE
         HEY!! LET US OUT!!!





         27.
         -- but WHOOSH! A METAL COLLAR CLAMPS AROUND WADE AND YANKS HIM
         AWAY! Percy STRUGGLES wildly against Jake in a TUG-O'-WAR:
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         STOP PULLING AND GIMME YOUR HAND--!
                        PERCY JAKE
         -- THE HELL FOR-- ?! -- I CAN GET US FREE! GIMME
         YOUR DAMN HAND!!!
         Percy RELENTS. Offers up his hand. Jake grabs all of Percy's
         FINGERS, TIGHTENS HIS FIST AROUND THEM -- CRRRRAAACKI
         SNAPS THEM BACKWARDS!!!!! Percy SHRIEKS as Jake KICKS him back
         against the wall, FORCING Percy's hand out of the cuff -- and
         now Jake's UNTETHERED too!
         THROUGH THE CROWD -- DOLARHYDE hears his son SCREAM. SEES the
         overturned coach and TWO-FINGER WHISTLES to:
                        DOLARHYDE
         Colorado!
         Nat Colorado RACES IN as Dolar draws his .45 -- BANG! --
         shatters the coach lock -- they PULL Percy out:
                        PERCY
         MY FINGERS!! HZ BE= MY FINGERS!!!
                        DOLARHYDE
         QUIT WHININ' AND FIND A HORSE!
         As Dolar runs for his horse, Percy sees a PISTOL left on the
         ground -- grabs it with his good hand and FIRES at Jake who
         JUKES behind the coach for cover, Percy SHOOTING in a FURY but:
         -- KLINK! A collar CLAMPS around Percy's neck and he's YANKED
         OFF TOO! Dolarhyde turns and SEES HIS SON DISAPPEAR:
         INT. MEACHAM' S CHURCH - CONTINUOUS
         Meacham ushers people into the church as WALLS SHAKE, PEWS JUMP:
         INT. BLACKSMITH'S SHOP - CONTINUOUS
         DOC AND MARIA burst in, huddle under a window. Across the room,
         a YOUNG MAN clamps a hand over his TERRIFIED WIFE's mouth --
         CRAAASFI! MORE RINGS SMASH THROUGH THE WALL, YANKING THE YOUNG
         COUPLE THROUGH IT! ANOTHER RING CLAMPS AROUND MARIA'S NECK!
                        MARIA
         AYUDAMEEEEEEE!
         Doc LEAPS after her but her collar's LASSO CABLE whips out,
         TETHERING to a passing Speeder and she's RIPPED OUT THE DOOR --





         28.
                        DOC
         MARIA!!!
         EXT. BIRDCAGE THEATER - CELLAR - CONTINUOUS
         ELLA -- hurrying Emmett toward the theater's CELLAR DOOR, but a
         SPEEDER circles around and ROARS toward them --
         ON JAKE. He SEES this -- and suddenly, to HIS surprise as much
         as OURS... HIS BRACELET ACTIVATES! METAL COMING TO LIFE,
         coiling up around his arm -- WHAT? HOW? -- as it becomes...
         A SMART GUN BLASTER WE PON! A HOLOGRAPHIC SCOPE MATERIALIZES,
         tracking that speeder as it DESCENDS on Ella and the mother and:
         BALLLLAMMMI THE BLASTER FIRES A PULSE, VAPORIZING THE SPEEDER
         MID-AIR! THE RECOIL HURTLES JAKE BACK 15 FEET, INTO A WALL.
         Ella reaches the CELLAR DOOR with Emmett. LOCKED. Sees a
         HATCHET in a stump -- rips it out and HAMMERS the lock to bits:
                        ELLA
         Everyone inside! GO GO GO!!
         Ushering Emmett and TOWNSFOLK underground, PULLS the door SHUT --
         EXT. ABSOLUTION - MAIN STREET - CONTINUOUS
         JAKE stumbles up... as a speeder FIRES A RING AT HIM. But
         reflexively, his WRIST WEAPON FIRES ANOTHER BLAST, vaporizing
         it! He looks down at the blaster: "Hell y ."
         Another speeder circles around -- KABOOM! The blaster's
         incredible firepower SPIRALS THE SPEEDER OUT OF CONTROL, it
                        CRASHES INTO:
         INT. MEACHAM'S CHURCH - CONTINUOUS
         The speeder PLOWS through, parishioners flee -- the CHURCH BELL
         breaks from the BELL TOWER -- CRASHES DOWN ON THE SPEEDER --
         EXT. TOWN STREETS - CONTINUOUS
         As Jake keeps FIRING, the last speeders turn tail and RETREAT --
         disappearing back INTO THE TORNADO as the cloud overhead OPENS
         UP and INHALES the swirling mass, which spirals to the heavens.
         ... GONE. The massive cloud seems to VAPORIZE and the DESERT
         SUN returns... debris flutters... smoke clears...
         And all... is... STILL.
         As our CAMERA RISES to reveal... HALF THE BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN
         SUCKED INTO THE SKY.





         29.
         From the rubble, SURVIVORS EMERGE: EMMETT and ELLA from the
         cellar with inhabitants. DOLARHYDE. DOC. Al in SHOCK:
                        DOC
         Maria -- oh God-- they t-took her-- What
         just...?
         MOANS, WAILS... desperate cries as people search for loved ones.
         JAKE'S BLASTER -- RETRACTS, folding in on itself -- shrinks down
         to size, reverting back into a BRACELET. He's stunned. So are
         the remaining townsfolk. DOLARHYDE is first to speak:
                        DOLARHYDE
         Who the hell're ?
                        NAT COLORADO
         He's the one who caged Percy.
         Dolarhyde starts MOVING toward Jake -- wild killer eyes --
                        DOLARHYDE
         Whatwere__tho_se__thinae?
                        JAKE
         -- why're you asking m&?!
         Dolarhyde GRIPS Jake's arm -- THE BRACELET:
                        DOLARHYDE
         This! Where'd you get this?! It was
         shooting the same light beams they were --
                        JAKE
         Let go of my wrist.
                        DOLARHYDE
         -- I'm not lettin' go of nothin' til you
         tell me what the he--
         KA-LLLANG!! Suddenly that CHURCH BELL comes HURTLING out of the
         church wreckage, PLOWS through debris. People scatter. And out
         of the church stumbles...
         AN ALIEN. 8 FT. TALL. Standing upright, limbs inverted --
          limbs that DRAG, wounded, as people SCREAM and RUN and Jake and
         Dolarhyde can only stare, jaws dropped, and the monster LUNGES:
         WHUPWHUP -- something SPINNING through the air -- A HATCHET ---
         SCHLUCK!!!! -- EMBEDDING IN THE ALIEN'S HEAD! WHIP TO --
         ELLA, hang iust hurled it. The alien lets out a DEATH RATTLE
         then FALLS FORWARD, the hatchet embedding deeper as it HITS THE
         DIRT. Holy SHIT.





         30.
         Ella's adrenaline dynamo starts to die down, replaced now by
         SHOCK. And for what seems like the first time, FEAR. She
         EXHALES a crazy breath, stumbles back... as slowly... people
         converge around the corpse:
                        EMMETT
         Is it... dead?
         Jake KICKS the alien. It doesn't move. Happy BARKS --
                        DOLARHYDE
         . The hell j,,a it?
         MEACHAM (O.S.)
         A demon.
         They all turn to see MEACHAM. TERRIFIED.
                        MEACHAM (CONT'D)
         Revelations 16:14: "For there are
         spirits of demons, showing signs."
         (points to the alien)
         Escaped from hell itself.
                        EMMETT
         Lookit its wrist! It's got one'a those
         bracelet things too!
         Indeed, there on the creature's wrist is an IDENTICAL BRACELET.
         ON JAKE. Mind tumbling. He meets eyes with ELLA. Her face as
         EAGER as his to understand this and now... BEEP. BEEP. BEEP.
         What's that SOUND? Everyone looks at each other. Colorado
         bends closer to the corpse... SCARED...
                        NAT COLORADO
         I think... it's comin' from somewhere
         inside it.
         People look at each other: WHAT NOW? Trying to control the near-
         hysteria they all feel. Finally, Dolarhyde takes a BREATH --
         more BRAVADO than actual courage:
                        DOLARHYDE
         Only one way to find out. We need to cut
         it open.
                        (TO DOC)
         You're a doctor. Got a bone saw?
         DOC snaps out of his stupor, looks up, FREAKED --
                        DOC
         . Are you... serious?
         (looks to them all)
         WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?!?





         31.
                        DOLARHYDE
         Wake u Those things took your wife --
                        DOC
         I KNOW THAT!!
                        DOLARHYDE
         Well this one here's our only chance of
         findin' where they went.
         That LANDS on all of them. A long beat. Doc looks down at the
         thing, ORANGE GOO dribbling around the AXE in its head...
                        DOLLARHYDE
         So you got a bone saw or don't you?
         INT. GOLD LBAP SALOON - DAY
         THUD! The alien corpse is DROPPED onto the bar by Doc and
         Meacham. As Dolarhyde and Colorado follow through the batwings
         -- Doc WHIPS a SHOTGUN from under the bar:
                        DOC
         Stay outside. You're not welcome in
         here!
         Dolar brings up his COLT -- so does COLORADO --
                        DOLARRYDE
         I own more of this town than any man in
         it so I'll go wherever the hell I damn
         please. And for the record? You ain't
         welcome in my country, Mexican.
         Ella steps between them, BAD ASS --
                        ELLA
         Whatever troubles you had don't mean a
         damn thing against the ones we got now.
         We wanna see our way through 'em, your
         guns better start pointing in the same
         direction, Goddammit.
         Doc and Dolar never take eyes off each other. or their GUNS.
         Finally... Dolar LOWERS his. So does Doc. People BREATHE.
         Meacham slips on a pair of GLASSES, studying eerie veins and
         muscles through the creature's viscous outer layers. Doc turns
         his focus to the alien too. Picks up his PUMP-OPERATED BONE
         SAW. Presses his boot on the bellows, it turns with a WHIR...
         SHAKING as he brings the SPINNING BLADE to the alien's CHEST.
         Looks at Meacham, AFRAID --
                        DOC
         If it 'mss a demon, and I cut it open... am
         I going to burn for it?





         32.
         Meacham hesitates a beat, then CROSSES the air in front of Doc --
                        MEACHAM
         That should cover ya.
         ON DOC. Little relief. BROW SWEATING, he brings the spinning
         blade down toward the disgusting ALIEN -- VRRRRZZ -- HESITATES --
                        DOC
         Excuse me.
         B GH! He PUKES on the ground.
                        EMMETT
         Jesus, Doc!!!
         Doc wipes his mouth with a handkerchief, slightly DEFIANT --
                        DOC
         This is not normal. I'm entitled to
         vomit. We should XU be vomiting.
                        DOLARHYDE
         Just cut, Lardass.
         Doc GLARES... with a still-shakitig hand, gets back to business --
         VRRRRZ -- CUTS THROUGH THE STERNUM -- ORANGE BLOOD SPRAYING --
         and... SHUNK! Doc looks up at Jake, gestures to the carcass:
                        DOC
         Senor? A hand?
                        (TO DOLARHYDE)
         You too, maricon.
         The men all grip the chest plate and PULL -- A DISGUSTING CRACK.
         Everyone turns away, scowling, Emmett wafting the air:
                        EMMETT
         Damn! Smells like a dead dog's ass.
                        MEACHAM
         Emmett.
                        EMMETT
         Sorry, Father.
         Doc covers his face with his handkerchief as he explores...
                        DOC
         Chet wall's partially collapsed... no
         familiar organs of any kind...
                        DOLARHYDE
         'course they're not familiar. Just look
         at this th--





         33.
         SUDDENLY THE ALIEN'S ARM LASHES OUT -- claws SNAP OPEN and PIN
         Dolarhyde against the wall! Everyone tries to PRY the claws
         from his neck -- but the second Doc withdraws his hands from the
         alien's chest, its arm goes LIMP. Dolarhyde drops, GASPING...
                        DOC
         Spinal reflex.
         And GRINS at Dolar's pain. But Meacham NOTICES something around
         Dolar's neck where the alien pinned him, like a ring of DUST:
                        MEACHAM
         Something on your neck. Hold still.
         Meacham sweeps a little off Dolar's neck, rubs it between thumb
         and forefinger. The dust GLINTS under the kerosene lamp:
                        MEACHAM (CONT'D)
         I'll be damned... gold.
         They check the creature's hand talons: GOLD FLAKES underneath
         'em, and Lots of it. Colorado checks its taloned feet:
                        NAT COLORADO
         Down here too.
         (looks to Dolar)
         This much ore... could only have come
         from a digging in a mine.
         That LANDS on everyone. but most especially ELLA. Who looks up
         to see Jake READING her in this moment.
                        EMMETT
         In the ALIEN'S EYE is a SMALL FLASHING LIGHT. On/Off/On/Off in
         time with that BEEP BEEP BEEP.
                        DOC
         Gimme my scalpel.
         In MACRO CU, DOC CUTS INTO THE EYE, WET SQUISHY SOUNDS as he
         pulls it from its socket, attached to a STRINGY OPTIC NERVE
         dripping with juice. Clamped to the nerve is a METALLIC ORB:
         -- he takes hold of the blinking orb. It FLARES to life, the
         light coalescing into a 3-D ARROW-LIKE HOLOGRAM. Confusion.
         Doc REMOVES it from the optic nerve and the hologram DISAPPEARS:
                        DOLARHYDE
         Where'd it go? The hell'd you do?
                        DOC
         Nothing, just pulled it off --
         He reconnects it to the optic nerve, the hologram REAPPEARS:





         34.
                        DOC (CONT'D)
         Only works when it's touching the
         creature.
         Colorado moves closer... rainbow light flickering across his
         face...
                        NAT COLORADO
         I think... it's a compass. Look:
         (fiddles with tweezers)
         No matter how you move it, it points in
         the same direction.
                        EMMETT
         Compasses point north. That's west.
                        MEACHAM
         (realizing; to Jake)
         West's where 141 came from.
         ON JAKE. Another puzzle piece falling into place.
                        EMMETT
         If you're right, what's it pointing to?
                        ELLA
         The rest of 'em.
                        (THEN)
         Be my guess.
                        DOLARHYDE
         Then that's where I'm goin'.
         He SNAPS his PISTOL open, loading bullets:
                        DOLARHYDE (CONT'D)
         One of my ranchers said my herd
         disappeared into the sky. 'Til about ten
         minutes ago, I figured him for a liar.
         (SNAPS barrel closed)
         Nobody takes my cattle.
                        MEACHAM
         Your b was taken too.
         A FLASH of something from Dolarhyde -- could that be EMOTION?
         But just as fast, it's GONE. Almost a THROWAWAY:
                        DOLARHYDE
         I noticed.
                        NAT COLORADO
         What if they're already dead?
                        EMMETT
         They're not dead.





         35.
                        ELLA
         Kid's right. If all they wanted was to
         kill us, they would've.
                        DOLARHYDE
         Looked to me like... they were ropin'
         people.
                        (THEN)
         Means they need 'em for something.
         Whatever it is, we can either stand here
         guessin'... or go find out.
         His eyes flash to Nat: "C'mon." And they EXIT. Everyone looks
         at each other, working up the courage to face what they know
         they must. Doc grabs his SHOTGUN, starts gathering shells:
                        DOC
         If she's alive -- if there's even a
                        CHANCE --
                        MEACHAM
         Lord hates a coward... but our bullets
         were useless against those things. Other
         than his wrist gizmo, we're outgunned and
         outnumbered.
         As one by one, they turn... to JAKE. Who until this point has
         been mostly SILENT. Observing. But now -- he's gone from enemy
         to potential savior in a heartbeat.
                        JAKE
         Whoa, I got nothing to do with this --
                        ELLA
         You got everything to do with it. If you
         can remember where you got that thing --
                        JAKE
         I remember you all wantin' me on the end
         of a damned rope. Whatever's happenin'
         here's got nothin' to do with me.
                        ELLA
         You sure. about that?
         He LOOKS at her. No, he isn't. But he sure as hell won't stay
         to debate it -- turns to go --
                        EMMETT
         Mr. Lonergan? Sir?
         The EMOTION in the boy's voice STOPS Jake at the door.
                        EMMETT (CONT'D)
         My mother died last year. My Paw... he's
         all I got.





         36.
         And despite a fleeting moment of SYMPATHY, Jake darkens --
                        JAKE
         Kid, I'm the last man you want anywhere
         near you, your Pa... or anyone else in
         this goddamned town.
         OUT the door. Everyone trades looks, then Ella FOLLOWS:
         EXT. SALOON - NIGHT
         Jake moves FAST past blown-out STOREFRONTS as Ella PURSUES:
                        ELLA
         That's it? You're just gonna run away?
                        JAKE
         No, Sister. I'm walking away.
                        ELLA
         Well s w.
         As he keeps on walking, Ella picks up a ROCK, wings it at the
         back of his HEAD -- WHAMI Jake stumbles forward, TURNS AROUND --
                        JAKE ELLA
         SONOVA-- -- I told you to gyp.
         Ella strides forward, picking up another rock on the move --
                        JAKE
         What's your damn problem?!
                        ELLA
         You're comin' with us.
                        JAKE
         I'm not coming anywhere. And you throw
         that rock I swear I'll--
         WHAM! The rock glances off his shoulder --
                        ELLA
         If you're walkin' away from here, what
         the hell're you walking tsQ?
         That PENETRATES as Jake realizes he doesn't really KNOW. And
         that's the last thing he's gonna admit --
                        JAKE
         What the hell are you walkin' to, Lady?
         'Cause if I heard right, it sounds like
         suicide to me.
         -- now it's her turn to pause. Cryptically:





         37.
                        ELLA
         I... just wanna help these people.
                        JAKE
         Bullshit. You wanna help yourself. Saw
         your face light up the minute you knew
         that thing might lead you to gold.
         And the fact that he's BUSTED her gets Ella's hackles up --
                        ELLA
         It's not gold I want, you dumb
         sonofabitch, it's what it'll buy me.
                        JAKE
         And what's that?
                        ELLA
         Remange.
         Whatever that means, it's a deep, painful LONGING in her. She
         stares at him, DEAD ON:
                        ELLA (CONT'D)
         And lookin' at you? I'd bet a silver
         dollar... its what you want, too.
         With that, Ella turns and STRIDES OFF as we HOLD ON JAKE, face
         knotted in conflict. As her words RESONATE.
         MEACHAM (V.0.)
         Was the Devil come to Absolution... come
         to drag our town down to hell...
         SERIES OF SHOTS - AS DUSK TAI .t $. TQ .NIGItT:
         Though BURNING EMBERS, Emmett helps a LITTLE GIRL pull her half-
         burnt DOLL from the rubble...
         MEACHAM (V.0.) (CONT'D)
         but our town's not just a buncha
         buildings, Brothers and Sisters --
         Nossir. Our town is fie. Good, God-
         fearing souls. Pure and hopeful. And
         the devil can't never take that away...
         Ella and Doc tend to WOUNDED PEOPLE in a triage area as...
         Meacham finds his overturned PULPIT. Determination in his eyes,
         he pushes it UPRIGHT:
         AND NOW WE CATCH UP TO WHERE MEACHANL'S VOICE 1S_CQMING FRUM:
         He's standing on the pulpit in the rubble, his words a
         sermon/call-to-arms -- every survivor GATHERED AROUND:





         38.
                        MEACHAM (CONT'D)
         In times of darkness, God asks that we
         come together so we may stand and fight.
         So we're goin' after our kin. Any of you
         aren't able or prepared, no shame in it.
         Head up to Fort Huachuca, join up with
         the garrison there and pray... Rest of us
         ride out at sun-up to recover that which
         we have lost.
         SUNRISE: Pistol chambers SPINNNN -- rifles are COCKED --
         MEACHAM (V.0.) (CONT'D)
         Thy will be done, Lord, and there's an
         amen behind it.
         Lo and behold, most of the town survivors are just too damn
         scared. They form an EXODUS LINE, heading off toward the fort.
         Dolarhyde, Colorado and his REMAINING MEN (6) load the ALIEN
         CORPSE onto the back of a WAGON. Some of them trade glances --
         DAMN WORRIED about staying. Dolarhyde sees it:
                        DOLARHYDE
         Somebody got something to say?
         His withering GLARE keeps them from speaking up. Doc and
         Meacham climb onto the wagon:
                        MEACHAM
                        (THE ALIEN)
         Sure we need to bring that thing along?
         Doc nods as he TWISTS the forceps in the Alien's eye, the
         COMPASS HOLOGRAM flickering to life before them:
                        DOC
         If this arrow points me back to Maria?
         Yeah -- J'm sure.
         Emmett appears leading a PONY, a BOW and quiver of ARROWS slung
         around his back:
                        MEACHAM
         Can't come, Emmett, too dangerous.
                        EMMETT
         I can protect myself -- shoot, I'm the
         only master bowman in my archery club.
         Won the county tournament by shootin' a
         flipped nickel at 50 paces.
                        MEACHAM
         Somethin' tells me these things don't
         carry nickels, son. Answers's no.





         39.
                        EMMETT
         You want me to ride off with the
         chickenshits, then double back, be happy
         to. But let's just skip that part and
         get to it, Padre.
         And that's the truth. Meacham sighs, no choice... finally:
                        MEACHAM
         Go fill your canteen, dammit.
         He SLAPS the reins and the wagon rides off. Emmett GRINS and
         mounts the pony, then sees... JAKE riding past. ANGRY EYES from
         Ella as she heels her horse and TROTS OFF angrily:
                        ELLA
         C'mon, Happy.
         But HAPPY remains, torn between them, tail wagging and looking
         up at Jake as if to say: PLEASE COME?
                        JAKE
         Oh shut up.
         Suppressing GUILT, he rides on toward the hills -- as Dolarhyde
         VEERS his horse in front of Jake, cutting him off:
                        DOLARHYDE
         I was ridin' into town to kill you for
         what you done to my son. You owe me your
         life, Boy.
                        (BEAT)
         Ride with us, we'll call it square.
         His hand rests on his nickel-plated .38. Eyes gleaming cruelly.
                        JAKE
         You that fast?
                        DOLARHYDE
                        FAST ENOU--
         -- WHOOSH: Jake's hand is already UP with his own PISTOL, having
         drawn before Dolarhyde can finish his sentence:
                        JAKE
         Now you owe me y.Q= life. We're square.
         In a DAZZLING TWIRL, Jake slaps it back in his holster. Point
         made, he RIDES ON. Dolarhyde, burning mad at having been out-
         drawn, turns to CULOBAI)U -- speaks LOW:
                        DOLARHYDE
         Follow him. Soon as he's got his back
         turned... kill him.





         40.
         Shit. Colorado hesitates. Dolar GLARES: "Do it." Finally
         Colorado NODS acquiescence, moves off...
         JAKE -- on the OUTSKIRTS of town now -- riding past Meacham and
         Doc on the WAGON:
                        MEACHAM
         Figure out which way you're headed yet?
                        JAKE
         West. Saguaro Pass.
                        MEACHAM
         That's not what I meant.
         The inference LANDS on Jake. But he's in no mood. GALLOPS off.
         Meacham watches Jake go... MUSIC RISES AS WE DISSOLVE THROUGH:
         EXT. DESERT PLAINS


         JAKE -- RIDING HARD THROUGH THE DESERT:
         A man running from his demons, or maybe toward them... through
         plains and pasturage... until he sees the tilted ROAD SIGN:
         "SAGUARO PASS." Up ahead, he sees DEBRIS...
         Part of a ROOF, lying broken on the ground. Pieces of a STONE
         CHIMNEY. Jake comes over a rise... to REVEAL:
         EXT. ABANDONED CABIN - DAY
         A DESTROYED LOG CABIN. Walls partially TORN AWAY. Something in
         Jake is DEEPLY STIRRED. Dismounts, tentatively... walks up to
         the PORCH. Boots CRUNCH over broken window glass as they ENTER:
         INT. ABANDONED CABIN - CONTINUOUS
         LIGHT BEAMS stream in. Eerie quiet.
         Jake takes it in, HAUNTED. Something CRUNCHES under his boot --
         DRIED FLOWERS. Sticking out from an OVERTURNED CRACKED VASE.
         Jake BLINKS, affected -- Bends over, TOUCHES the VASE AS:
         MEMORY FLASECUT! FRESH FLOWERS in a woman's hand... THE W B&
         FROM JAKE'S PICTURE. She smiles at him --
                        THE WOMAN
         You shouldn't have.
         She turns, drops the flowers into the vase as we see she's
         talking to JAKE.
                        JAKE
         Got you somethin' else.





         41.
         CLINK -- He drops a LEATHER POUCH on the table next to the vase.
         A FEW GOLD COINS clink out. The woman turns to him, WORRIED:
                        THE WOMAN
         Where'd you get this?
                        JAKE
         Where do you think?
         The woman looks to the pouch -- Picks up one of the coins.
         TORN. Jake moves behind her. Close. An INTIMACY here.
                        THE WOMAN
         Your boys '11 come after you.
         ON JAKE. Dark. But DETERMINED:
                        JAKE
         Let 'em come.
         She turns to him, their eyes HOLD... and they KISS. Soft.
         Tender. Soulful.
         But then -- a THUNDERCRACK turns their attention to the window:
         A STORM CLOUD on the horizon. Same kind that consumed the town.
         The cabin starts to VIBRATE like a tuning fork. The pouch
         slides off the table... THE GOLD COINS SPILL OUT and --
         BACK TO PRESENT - JAKE
         REELING. What is this memory? Who the hell is the woman?
         Something GLINTS in the far wall where the chimney used to be:
         ONE OF THE GOLD COINS
         EMBEDDED in the wood. Jake pulls it out of the wall, a thousand
         questions in his eyes. Sunlight SHIMMERS off it and --
         MEMORY FLASHCUT! The spilled coins start SLIDING across the
         floor all by themselves, as if magnetically drawn to THE CHIMNEY
         -- WHOOSH! -- SUCKED right up into it by some VACUUM FORCE!
                        THE WOMAN
         What's happening?!!!
         WINDOWS EXPLODE! THE ROOF'S RIPPED AWAY BY SOME NSANE VACUUM
         FORCE AS ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT CRASHES IN! The Woman SCREAMS and --
         KA-CHINNNG! A STEEL COLLAR SHOOTS DOWN FROM THE LIGHT, CLAMPING
         AROUND HER NECK! A CABLE SNAPS OUT FROM IT AND WHIPS UPWARD,
         PULLING HER INTO THE LIGHT --
         She manages to GRAB a doorknob and DANGLES UPWARD, CHOKING as --





         42.
         A DEMONIC SILHOUETTE drops in front of them!
         JESUS!! Jake draws his pistol and FIRES!
          The demon SHRIEKS IN RAGE as SPIKED PLUMES fan out from its
          huge, elongated skull... making it look like a SILHOUETTED
         It QIA�1.-L 2 A T EI! R HEADDRESS!
          Its HIDEOUS FACE comes into the light -- AN AIJIE -- as it
          raises its arm, wearing a WRIST BRACELET that reshapes into a
                        BLASTER --
          JAKE DIVES AWAY but a searing pulse RIPS A WICKED GASH in his
         side (now we know how he woke up with it in the desert) --
         THE PULSE PASSES THROUGH JAKE AND HITS THE WOMAN SQUARE IN THE
         C-Mr-M. She 's HURLED backward into the wall, Jake. CRIES OUT:
                        JAKE
         Alice!
         As he RUSHES to her, her collar UNLOCKS... and FLIES AT JAKE,
         clamping HE'S PULLED INTO THE LIGHT, CHOKING, SCREAMING --
         BACK TO PRESENT - JAKE
         As he STUMBLES back -- GASPING -- touching his neck --
         Catches his breath. ROCKED. Sees "Alice's" BLOOD STAIN on the
         wall. His shaking hand reaches out, brushes over it...
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         (trying out the name)
         "Alice"...
         Whoever she was to him, he feels sledgehammered with GRIEF. All
         he knows is, it was THEM. The creatures killed her. And this
         revelation... well, it galvanizes him with RAGE.
         Rage that gives him NEW PURPOSE... then--
         SUDDENLY -- INSTINCT -- JAKE SENSING SOMETHING IS HERE -- GRABS
         A CHIMNEY STONE AND SPINS, HURLS IT...
         AT COLORADO, IN THE DOORWAY BEHIND HIM AIMING A GUN:
         The stone HITS Colorado as he FIRES, the bullet tears PAST Jake
         -- as Colorado recovers, Jake BODYSLAMS HIM -- the GUN goes
         flying, they go hurling THROUGH THE WALL -- LANDING HARD on the
         other side -- aaballs-out. messy. close-quarter death match --
         Jake takes a PUNCH -- Colorado LOOPS an arm around his throat,
         YANKS -- they TUMBLE/SLAM to the floor, Jake LANDING on top of
         Colorado who holds the arm lock, CHOKING THE LIFE OUT OF HIM --





         43.
         Jake -- EYES POPPING -- SEES THE GUN just out of reach --
         fingers GRASP for it -- seconds before he PASSES OUT
         He GRABS the gun and swings it back -- BLAMMII!Colorado ROLLS
         aside as the WALL where his head just was BLOWSOPEN--and
         Jake's ON HIM, PISTOL WHIPPING HIM MERCILESSLYuntilheSPINS
         the gun back around and POINTS IT between Colorado's eyes:
         ON JAKE -- quaking with rage -- he wants to kill this guy so bad
         he can taste it... but something's HOLDING HIM BACK -- GRITS his
         teeth, COCKS the trigger and:
         EXT. ABANDONED CABIN - DAY
         -- we CUT WIDE on the cabin as a GUNSHOT CRACKS. A flock of
         BIRDS screech into the sky from the overgrown corn field...
                        DISSOLVE TO:
         EXT. DESERT PLAINS - DAY
         The rest of our people RIDE along, following the ever-tilting
         HOLOGRAPHIC ARROW, their COMPASS, floating from the dead alien's
         eye in the back of the wagon.
         Greavey, Dolar's ranch hand, heels up to ELLA. COCKY SWAGGER:
                        GREAVEY
         So... what's a pretty lady like y--
                        ELLA
         -- you finish that sentence, I shoot you
         in your beef whistle.
         Doc, sipping from his canteen, does a SPIT TAKE. Ella's eyes
         DRILL Greavey. Cut down a peg, he tips his hat, red-faced:
                        GREAVEY
         Ma'am.
         And rides past her, taking us to EMMETT and DOLARHYDE:
                        DOLARHYDE
         Tell me somethin', Kid... why didn't your
         father just take my money?
                        EMMETT
                        (CONFUSED)
         What money?
                        UOLARHY DE
         offered him a thousand dollars to leave
         town. He could's taken you outta harm's
         way, relocated... found you a new momma.
         And this just BURNS Emmett. A beat; then:





         44.
                        EMMETT
         Is it true Percy's momma died givin'
         birth to him, Mister Dolarhyde?
         Something FLASHES in Dolarhyde. But he's contained:
                        DOLARHYDE
         Yeah.
                        EMMETT
         Then maybe you should use that thousand
         dollars to buy yourself a new wife.
         Emmett HOLDS his look against Dolarhyde's. Brave and
         UNFLINCHING. Doc can't help but grin at the kid's moxie... but
         it's short-lived as his face suddenly falls:
                        DOC
         Madre Dios...
         And we PAN AROUND, dropping over his shoulder to see what he's
         reacting to --
         AN ENORMOUS CRATER. ACRES WIDE... TWENTY FEET DEEP. Even
         Dolarhyde looks nervous now:
                        DOLARYHYDE
         What the... hell is it?
                        MEACHAM
         It was Winfield's Landing.
         They turn to see Meacham, brushing the DUST off a WOODEN SIGN:
         Holds it UP. " Winfield's Landing... Population 133."
         ON GREAVEY AND THE MEN. Shit. He doesn't mean...?
                        GREAVEY
         You tryin' to tell me those... things
         pulled the whole damn town into the sky?
         And suddenly a weird CRACK shakes the canyon -- like the SOUND
         BARRIER BREAKING -- everyone's look goes UP where:
         SWIRLING, DARK CLOUDS LOOM. The same clouds that dropped the
         tornado on Absolution. And that appeared in Jake's MEMORIES at
         the cabin. But this time, something's SHOT OUT from them --
                        MEACHAM
         That can't be good.
         The plummeting object HITS a distant dune, kicking up a SAND
         PLUME -- ROLLING TOWARD THEM --
                        DOLARHYDE
         Scatter.





         45.
         -- everyone runs their horses aside as the object BOUNCES over
         rocks -- then SLOWS... to a STOP.
         They STARE. Finally Dolarhyde kicks his horse forward slowly...
         DISMOUNTS, draws his GUN. What he sees is SHOCKING:
         It's an OVAL CAPSULE OF BLUE GOO, the outer layer some kind of
         TRANSLUCENT COCOON. Suspended within the murky Jell-o is a
         GE, DEC SHAPE. Motionless. UH-OH.
         The others draw guns too, converging around it in equal SHOCK
         and FEAR. But the thing doesn't MOVE.
                        DOC
         Should we... open it?
                        DOLARHYDE
         Should we open it? Hell NO we shouldn--
                        EMMETT
         -- oops --
         -- and now we find Emmett's already POKING it with a stick, a
         Small TEAR in the cocoon's outer embryonic layer -- GOO leaks --
         then it RUPTURES, EXPLODING as the horses REAR away, WHINNYING
         the goo spreads across the desert floor, thinning out.
         BEAT. Everyone wipes blue shit off their clothes as they come
         FACE-TO-FACE with the object inside, lying there on the ground:
         A COW. YES, A COW.
         Motionless. DEAD, in fact. A METAL TUBE jammed in its mouth,
         connected to a VALVE in the now-flaccid bubble's outer shell.
         Greavey notices a BRANDING on the cow's rump -- the letter "D":
                        GREAVEY
         Boss... it's one'a yours.
         Dolarhyde's eyes NARROW. Emmett looks at Doc, SCARED:
                        EMMETT
         Is-- is this what happened to my Pa?
         Doc dismounts. Moves to the cow's mouth and PULLS OUT THAT TUBE
         with a wet SQUISHING sound. Thinking it through:
                        DOC
         This was stuck down its throat... to help
         it breathe. That means they wanted to
         keep it alive, Emmett.
         (forces a small smile)
         I'm sure your father is fine.
         But Doc's eyes aren't sure. Meacham looks back to the sky:





         46.
                        MEACHAM
         Why'd they dump it?
                        ELLA
         Whatever they needed from it, they
         must've got.
                        (THEN)
         Gonna get dark soon, need to keep moving.
         She does. The others FOLLOW in a chilled daze. The last is
         DOLARHYDE, glancing back at his dead cow with angry eyes...
                        DISSOLVE TO:
         EXT. RIDGE ABOVE VALLEY - DUSK
         Now our people APPEAR riding up a ridge... Dolarhyde shoots up a
         HAND, bringing the caravan to a STOP. Once again, SHOCK:
                        EMMETT
         Ho-ly shit.
         BOOM UP to reveal a SURREAL SIGHT in the valley below:
         AGAMBLING RIVERBOAT. Nose buried in the sand, paddlewheels
         facing the sky, as if it'd been dropped from the clouds into the
         desert. Just like that cow. Off their LOOKS --
         EXT. DESERT - THE PADDLEBOAT - MINUTES LATER
         TRACKING alongside of the TILTED PADDLEBOAT, our team rides
         around it. Trying to make SENSE. STENCILED on the stern is...
                        DOC
         "Colorado Queen."
                        (THEN)
         The river's two hundred miles from here.
         But Ella doesn't seem as impressed as the rest of them. In
         fact, her attention is drawn BEHIND them, to something coming up
         over the DUNES... the barest flicker of a smile --
                        ELLA
         Son of a bitch.
         IT'S JAKE ON HORSEBACK. Followed by another horse, with
         COLORADO in the saddle. Wrists tied but ALIVE. As Jake rides
         to a stop, he PUSHES Colorado off the horse -- the indian HITS
         the ground with a THUD as Jake levels Dolarhyde with HARD EYES:
                        JAKE
         Your man got it in his head that he was
         s'posed to kill me. I'm holding onto his
         ear 'til he says sorry.





         47.
         As Colorado stumbles to his feet angrily, humiliated, Dolar
         notices his BLOODY EAR. The LOBE has been SHOT OFF. He looks
         up at Jake, half-angry, half-EMBARRASSED --
                        DOLARHYDE
         Why'd you let him live?
         Jake's hard-as-nails. DRIVEN now --
                        JAKE
         Gonna need him.
         He rides past Dolar to Ella. Stops. Says, simply:
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         Nice boat.
         (then... SNIFFS)
         What's that smell?
                        ELLA
         That'd be me.
         He realizes her shirt's caked in the BLUE GOO from the cow.
                        JAKE
         Why're you blue?
                        ELLA
                        (DRYLY)
         Cause I missed ya.
         Their look HOLDS. A MOMENT. Something REAL between them.
                        DOLARHYDE
         We better keep movin'.
         A THUNDERCRACK. On the horizon, sheets of RAIN.
                        JAKE
         Storm's comin'. I say we dig in here til
         it passes.
         (to Colorado; fucking
                        WITH HIM)
         How's that sound, Nat?
         Nat BURNS. Dolar feels his AUTHORITY being undermined:
                        DOLARHYDE
         Storm or no storm, I say we keep movin'.
         Colorado finally turns to Uolarhyde. DEFIANT:
                        NAT COLORADO
         Too hard tracking anything in the rain.





         48.
         Dolarhyde GLARES at Colorado, who GLARES BACK: his loyalty now
         in QUESTION. The tide IS turning against the rancher.
         EXT. UPENDED RIVERBOAT - NIGHT - LATER
         RAIN POURS on the overturned boat. Horses tethered. The ALIEN
         CORPSE has been moved onto a slanted deck, covered by a TARP...
         WE TILT TO THE ALIEN'S HAND. Poking out. Motionless. HOLD on
         it, longer than we're comfortable.
         INT. UPENDED RIVERBOAT - LATER THAT NIGHT
         A RATTLESNAKE is coiled around a CHANDELIER... except the
         chandelier is on the floor and the floor is the CEILING.
         Upended gambling tables. WOODRATS scurry over FOOD. Every
         window's SMASHED... as if something just TOOK everyone.
         Dolar sits by a FIRE made from furniture parts, drinking from a
         WHISKEY FLASK. Colorado opposite, rubbing his MANGLED EAR.
                        DOLARHYDE
         You okay?
                        COLORADO
         (low, eyes averted)
         Yeah.
         Dolar pours some whiskey on a BANDANA, leans towards Colorado --
                        DOLARHYDE COLORADO
         Lemme clean it for you or
         it'll get -- -- I'm fine.
         Dolarhyde backs away. Colorado GLARES.
                        DOLARHYDE
         Say it.
                        COLORADO
         (after a beat)
         Is Percy worth dyin' for?
         Dolar's eyes flash. A mixture of anger and PAIN. Then --
                        DOLARHYDE
         He's my son.
                        (POINTED)
         I take care of my kin, Nat.
         ON COLORADO as that lands. Clearly, there's something here...
         a bond that seems to go deeper than just boss and employee. But
         WHAT? Finally Nat just gets up and LEAVES.
         Dolar watches him go, takes a healthy SWIG. Hears a WHIMPER.
         Looks over and sees... EMMETT, huddled in a corner. CRYING.





         49.
         ON DOLARHYDE. The kid's naked emotion AFFECTING him, but the
         fact Dolar might have a conscience makes him ANGRY too. Low:
                        DOLARHYDE (CONT'D)
         Hey. Kid.
         Emmett looks up, SNIFFLES. Dolar tosses him the WHISKEY FLASK:
                        DOLARHYDE (CONT'D)
         Take a drink and shut p.
         He gets up, walks off. Leaving the kid with the flask. As
         Emmett looks at it confusedly, stuffs it in his POCKET --
         INT. UPENDED RIVERBOAT - KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS
         Meacham has set out TIN PANS under holes to collect RAIN WATER.
         Dumps a pan into his CANTEEN as Doc enters with COFFEE for him:
                        DOC
         (re: the tin plates)
         We brought enough water.
                        MEACHAM
         Not for drinkin', it's for blessin'.
         Doc nods: ah. Turns to go... STOPS. Turns back. Intense eyes:
                        DOC
         Padre... Maria came to see you in
         confession every Sunday. It seemed...
         she had a lot to talk about.
         (beat, this is hard)
         Was she having an affair?
         Meacham removes his spectacles. Looks at Doc --
                        MEACHAM
         You know I can't say.
         And Doc DOES know. But there's a quiet DESPERATION here --
                        DOC
         The last thing I said to her... I...
         (shakes his head; then)
         Please. If I'm wrong about my wife... I
         don't want to die angry.
         Meacham sees the PAIN in his friend's eyes.
                        MEACHAM
         You can ask Maria if she was cheatin' on
         you once we get her back. 'Til then?
         (bit of a grin)
         Don't die.





         50.
         And OFF DOC, thunder CRACKS --
         INT. RIVERBOAT - COMMODORE'S QUARTERS - NIGHT
         RAIN pours down through an open gash in the roof, splashing the
         floor. Ella enters, glances back toward the door to make sure
         she's alone, then pulls off her shirt and folds it over a stool.
         Upper body NAKED in the moonlight. We catch only a FLASH of
         this, and for a moment it's PURE HOTNESS...
         . until she turns and something ELSE is revealed: criss-
         crossed LASH MARKS on her back.
         She turns away and starts to SPLASH herself with water, erasing
         the blue goo and dirt from her skin and face... then: A MATCH
         ignites behind her. She WHIRLS, startled, covering her breasts
         with her arms -- JAKE is sitting in a chair at the Commodore's
         desk, casually lighting a cheroot in his mouth:
                        JAKE
         You missed a spot.
                        ELLA
         The hell,-re- you doing here?
                        JAKE
         Mindin' my own business.
         (snaps out the match)
         Then you decided to take a shower.
                        ELLA
         Why didn't you say anything?
                        JAKE
         Givin' you privacy.
         She throws her shirt on, but her skin's wet and the shirt glues
         to her, celebrating her shape in a way that can't be ignored.
         Jake tosses her his jacket. As she slips it on, she notices a
         bottle of WHISKEY on the table... and the PHOTOGRAPH OF ALICE.
                        ELLA
         . she's pretty.
         (Jake says NOTHING)
         Who was she?
         Jake's quiet. DARK. Intense emotion, intensely suppressed:
                        JAKE
         only thing I know's her name was Alice...
                        (THEN; DISTANT)
         And she's dead.
         Ella looks up at him. INTO him --





         51.
                        ELLA
         Maybe you loved her.
         Jake shakes his head, sort of mumble/chuckles in RESISTANCE:
                        JAKE
         All you women are the same -- Always
         wanna make it about Goddamn "love."
                        ELLA
                        (A BEAT)
         Trust me, Lonergan. I'm not the same.
         There is a force -- a strength about this woman -- that he
         connects with. But remains, true to character, ALOOF:
                        JAKE
         Don't matter.
         She takes a step closer. Soft. Intimate.
                        ELLA
         So what dj= matter?
         Jake just looks at her. Then, lifts the cheroot to his lips,
         the FLARE of its tip casting him in a demonic light...
                        JAKE
         What matters is I find the thing that
         killed her.
         (dark as hell)
         And make it pay.
         And now, he leans forward with a focused LOOK... holds up his
                        BRACELET:
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         Where'd you see this before?
         A beat. Ella -- somehow CONTAINED -- opens her mouth to lie.
         But he cuts her off --
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         -- and don't lie to me. You wouldn't've
         asked me if you didn't recognize it.
         Ella tightens. PAIN in her eyes. And Jake REALIZES:
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         Those things... they the ones who put
         those marks on your back?
         She swallows: a mixture of SHAME that he's found her out... and
         ANGER at what was done to her.





         52.
                        ELLA
         They took my people. Destroyed where I'm
         from.
                        JAKE
         Where's that?
                        ELLA
         North of here. Been trackin' 'em ever
         since, town to town. Best I figure,
         they're hidin' in a mine.
         Jake CONSIDERS all this. Softens a little:
                        JAKE
         Maybe if you'd told me the truth instead
         of throwin' rocks at me --
                        ELLA
         -- what, you would've stuck around?
         Bullshit. I couldn't've turned you away
         from what you had to do, any more than I
         could've stopped these people from going
         after their kin.
                        (BEAT)
         Truth ain't worth a damn, Jake... and
         we're gonna need all the guns we can get.
         Their look HOLDS... until Jake SMIRKS. Likes her style:
                        JAKE
         So that's the only reason you wanted me
         to come with you? Cause of my gun?
         There's a pause... then Ella SMIRKS back:
                        ELLA
         No, not your gun.
                        (BEAT)
         What you do with it.
         Among the many things these two ate feeling -- both separately
         and together -- the one that pops right now is ATTRACTION.
         Confusing as it is for him. The pregnant moment LINGERS...
         Until Happy suddenly starts to GROWWWWL, sensing something
         outside. ANOTHER CRACK OF THUNDER as:
         INT. STATEROOM - CONTINUOUS
         The horses STAMP NERVOUSLY out the window as Greavey and the
         rest of Dolarhyde's men (COBBETT and 4 others) HUDDLE in secret
         conference -- whispers that sound a lot like MUTINY --





         53.
                        GREAVEY
         What the hell're we doin' here? We
         should be ridin' in the opposite
         direction of those things --
                        COBBETT
         We do that, the old man's likely to shoot
         us himself. Only way outta this is --
         And suddenly. Greavey SNIFFS the air, FROWNS:
                        GREAVEY
         . what's that smell?
         -- as they TURN to the deck where the creature lays... ALL THEY
         FIND IS AN EMPTY TARP FLAPPING AIMLESSLY:
                        COBBETT
                        AW SH--
         LIGHTNING FLASHES, illuminating the ship -- and als4THE ALIEN
         behind them. a coiled mass clinging spiderlike to the ceiling!!!
         Its arm WHIPS out, noosing around Cobbett -- LIFTS HIM off his
         feet -- SLAMS HIM into the ceiling -- TOSSES HIM like a ragdoll:
         The men SHOUT -- a PAIR OF RAZOR SHARP CANINES extrude from the
         alien then it SPRINGS -- SLICING THROUGH TWO MEN AT ONCE --
         GREAVEY and 2 others manage to SCRAMBLE AWAY:
         INT. RIVERBOAT - VARIOUS - CONTINUOUS


         JAKE AND ELLA
         HEAR the SCREAMS -- Happy takes off -- they RACE after him --
         DOC AND MEACHAM
         Hear them too -- grabs their PISTOLS -- and Doc, his CANTEEN --
         DQIRHXPE_. 9oWQ n
         Colorado snatches up a WINCHESTER, LOADS IT, throws another one
         to Dolar -- who's suddenly, surprisingly, PROTECTIVE of Emmett:
                        DOLARHYDE
         Get behind me, Boy --
         THE ALIEN SPRINGS INTO THE ROOM -- landing upside down on the
         ceiling. Dolar FIRES at it --
                        DOLARHYDE (CONT'D)
         RUN, KID! GIT!
         Emmett SCRAMBLES down a FLOOR HATCH, disappears as Dolar keeps
         FIRING -- but the alien BATS the gun away and LIFTS Dolar UP --





         54.
         Paralyzed with FEAR, he EXHALES a terrified GASP and --
         THE CREATURE RECOILS FROM HIS BREATH! HURLS Dolar aside --
         THROUGH THE FIRE -- embers catch CURTAINS and FLAMES SPREAD --
         COLORADO races in, throws a TOMAHAWK -- it PINS the alien's claw
         to the wall, the monster SHRIEKS as Nat draws a PISTOL but --
         The alien SPITS A STICKY RESIN GOB -- it HARDENS, pinning NAT'S
         hand with the pistol to the wall in return. He STRUGGLES as the
         alien ADVANCES --
         BOOM! The Alien's shoulder EXPLODES ORANGE FLUORESCENT BLOOD as
         a GUNSHOT rings out -- it's Dolarhyde, back on his feet aid
         FIRING -- the monster SCREECHES and leaps down, DISAPPEARING
         through the hatch where Emmett fled --
                        DOLARHYDE (CONT'D)
         GODDAMMITT!!!
         And the fire's GROWING around the boat --
         INT. CRAWLSPACE - CONTINUOUS
         EMMETT moves FAST on hands-and-knees through a narrow CRAWLSPACE
         -- around a corner here -- another there -- a MAZE --
         SOMEWHERE BEHIND HIM -- THE ALIEN -- CRAWLING FAST --
         EMMETT -- reaches another HATCH -- pushes through and OUT:
         INT. RIVERBOAT BALLROOM - CONTINUOUS
         -- DROPPING onto the floor -- as we WHIP TO Jake racing in from
         around a corner -- but suddenly: THE ALIEN BURSTS FROM THE HATCH
         BEHIND EMMETT, SWEEPING HIM UP IN ITS CLUTCHES:
         Jake's bracelet OPENS UP into that BLASTER and it's AIMED at The
         Alien but the creature CUPS a hand around Emmett and LIFTS HIM
         off the floor, a TALONED FINGER pressed to the boy's THROAT:
         STANDOFF. ELLA rushes in. The creature sees her -- HISSES --
                        JAKE
         Don't know if you understand me... but
         you hurt that boy and I hurt you.
         CLOSE, EMMETT -- MUFFLED, TEARS LEAKING FROM HIS TERRIFIED EYES:
         MEACHAM (O.S.)
         I=.
         RACK FOCUS TO REVEALMEACHAM BEHIND THE ALIEN:





         55.
                        MEACHAM (CONT'D)
         BY THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD, GO BACK TO
         HELL, DEMON!
         Meacham brings his CANTEEN down like a HATCHET, SPRAYING the
         alien with HOLY WATER... but NOTHING happens! And then --
         The Alien STRIKES -- SLAMMING MEACHAM BACK INTO A JUTTING PIECE
         OF IRON, IMPALING HIM --
                        MEACHAM (CONT'D)
         ! ! !
         The Alien SPRINGS through a doorway, TAKING EMMETT WITH IT.
         Ella RUSHES after it as Jake RUNS to Meacham, hanging impaled:
                        JAKE
         Easy, now... Don't move, dammit --
                        (TURNS; SHOUTING)
         DOC -- GET IN HERE NOW!
                        MEACHAM
         Go after the boy... then you get our
         people back...
                        JAKE
         Stop talking. DQW! GET YOUR ASS--
         But Meacham GRABS Jake, EYE TO EYE. GASPING:
                        MEACHAM
          Listen up... 'cause I'm not gonna be able
         to say it again --
         (pulls Jake CLOSE)
         God don't care who you were, Son... only
         who you Mg.
         ON JAKE. AFFECTED. With a last RASP, Meacham DIES just as DOC
         races through the growing FLAMES -- REACTS -- no time to mourn --
                        DOC
         JAKE -- WE GOTTA GO M!
         But Jake can't let go -- FURY -- HEARTBREAK -- Doc PULLS HIM
         away -- Jake SNAGS THE CRUCIFIX off Meacham's neck as he's
         forced OUT, leaving Meacham's body to be CONSUMED BY FLAMES --
         EXT. UPENDED RIVERBOAT - DESERT - NIGHT
         The boat is a BALL OF FIRE in the pouring rain, as what remains
         of our heroes stumble out, COUGHING, devastated... Jake, Doc,
         Dolarhyde, Colorado, Greavey, 2 GUNMEN... and Ella and Happy
         atop a DUNE, following a TRAIL OF FLUORESCENT ORANGE BLOOD
         streaking into the desert. Happy BARKING MADLY. Ella drops to
         a knee, touches the orange blood as it WASHES AWAY in the rain:





         56.
                        ELLA
         RAIN'S GONNA COVER ITS TRACKS!
                        NAT COLORADO
         That thing... was dead... it was d-ead...
         DOLARHYDE, RAIN pouring down his face... VULNERABLE and GUILTY:
                        DOLARHYDE
         I couldn't stop it -- It just... grabbed
         the kid.
         ON JAKE. Rage-filled against the flames... Meacham's CRUCIFIX
         in his hared, as his FIST closes around it. Looks up, HARDCORE:
                        JAKE
         Then we'd better get him back.
                        SMASH TO:
         INT. STALACTITE CAVERN - NIGHT
         STALACTITES loom from the ceiling -- BAM! EMMETT is DROPPED on
         the floor of a sinister cave -- scrambles back from THE ALIEN:
                        EMMETT
         Damn. You are one ugly bastar--
         PSST! The alien spits a RESIN GOB on Emmett's mouth -- PSST
         PSST! More gobs PIN his limbs to the wall. Emmett can't move --
         can't speak -- eyes WIDE and TERRIFIED --
         The creature looks down at an ARMOR PLATE on its bicep. Touches
         a series of keys and the armor spits out what looks like...
         .. a small RUBIK'S CUBE made of some alien alloy.
         The creature casually TOSSES IT in the air where it FLOATS and
         starts to SPIN -- as it does, its sides FLIP AND TURN (like a
         Rubik's Cube) -- emitting HIGH-PITCHED SONAR BEEPS:
         This thing's some kind of HOMING BEACON.
         Off Emmett's WIDE, GAPING EYES...
         EXT. DESERT PLAINS - SUNRISE
         Our people RIDE FAST against the rising sun, on the hunt for
         Emmett. Colorado REARS his horse, kneels by a trace of ORANGE
         BLOOD on some rocks.
                        NAT COLORADO
         (looks off --)
         West.
         Greavey and the others share a LOOK. E o Turn to Dolar --





         57.
                        GREAVEY
         Boss, only took one of them things to
         kill four of us. We got no chance here.
         Dolarhyde BURNS -- knowing he's being ABANDONED --
                        DOLARHYDE
         You're a goddamn coward.
         (to the others)
          You work for me, dammit. You're my
         m e 1 1 Qyees.
         And Greavey, finally FREE to speak his mind, says SPITEFULLY:
                        GREAVEY
         Fine line between a coward and a fool.
         The men turn tail and RIDE AWAY. Dolarhyde SHOUTS after them --
                        DOLARHYDE
         You're all FIRED!
         Doc takes the opportunity to TWIST the knife:
                        DOC
         Looks like they finally found something
         to be more scared of than you.
         Dolarhyde feels his world CRUMBLING away man by man...
         Ella trots alongside Jake, who's staring at that DARK CLOUD MASS
         overhead with a bad feeling:
                        JAKE
         Clouds've been moving east since sun-
         up... 'cept that one.
         ON ELLA. We SENSE she knows something, something more she isn't
         saying. SNAPS her reins and they RIDE OFF:
         INT. BOX CANYON - CONTINUOUS
         As the group gallops into a BOX CANYON, Happy starts BARKING
         MADLY -- the horses SLOW --
                        ELLA
                        SOMETHING'S WRON--
         BLAMBLAN1111 GUNSHOTS from above suddenly PEPPER the ground --
         the horses REAR and KICK UP, startled --
         A DOZEN FIGURES ON THE CLIFFS ALL AROUND THEM. Badass OUTLAWS
         with RIFLES aimed at our heroes. One of them CALLS DOWN:





         58.
                        OUTLAW GUNMAN
         EVERYBODY DRAW YOUR GUNS SLOW AND TOSS
         'EM ON THE GODDAMNED GROUNDI
         SHIT.
         SLOWLY, Jake draws his gun... tosses it. Now the rest of them.
         As they SEE -- TWO RIDERS -- incoming -- from the other end of
         the canyon. Rifles aimed and ready. Happy GROWLS...
         One of the outlaws knocks back the hammer on his rifle --
                        OUTLAW
         I say we just shoot 'em and take their--
         But the words catch in his throat as his EYES WIDEN:
                        OUTLAW (CONT'D)
         . Boss?
         Sure enough, they're looking right at (BRONC
         -JAKE. Both outlaws
         and HUNT) lower their guns, hostility replaced by SURPRISE:
                        HUNT
         What the hell you doin' back here,
         Lonergan?
         Oh, Christ. This is JAKE'S gang. ON DOLARHYDE. ELLA.
         COLORADO. All registering it. And JAKE, of course, doesn't
         REMEMBER these men as Bronc dismounts, NERVOUS:
                        BRONC
         Jesus, Boss... Creek's gonna shit when he
         sees you.
         (then; re: the others)
         And who the hell're they?
         ON JAKE. Now does he handle this? Ht:nt rides up next to him,
         SUSPICIOUS, and for reasons yet to be known, UNFRIENDLY --
                        HUNT
         What's the matter, Jake. Cat got your--?
         SMACKI Jake moves LIGHTNING FAST, SLAPS Hunt across the face,
         stopping the question on his tongue -- CATCHES the gun as it
         drops and presses the barrel into Hunt's NECK:
                        JAKE
         Since when're Qy the one asking the
         goddamned questions!?!
         Ella and our people REACT as Jake plays it up, beat defense a
         good OFFENSE. The outlaws are SCARED: this is the Lonergan they
         know. Hunt holds his BLOODY MOUTH:





         59.
                        HUNT
         Christ, Jake... You broke my tooth
                        JAKE
         Quit whining. Now bring me to the rest
         of the boys, if that meets with your
         goddamn approval.
         Bronc and Hunt nod, mounting up, SHOUTING to the OUTLAWS above:
                        BRONC
         LONERGAN'S BACK. MEET US AT THE CAMP!
         As they RIDE OFF, Dolarhyde looks to Jake and mutters:
                        DOLARHYDE
         Nice company you keep.
                        ELLA
         What the hell're you doing? If we don't
         catch up to that kid, we're never gonna--
                        JAKE
         They called me "Boss." You wanna go
         after these things with five or fifty?
         (off her look)
         Like you said: we can use every gun we
         can get.
         Qh. That actually makes SENSE. But --
                        ELLA
         What exactly're you gonna say to 'em?
                        JAKE
                        (A BEAT)
         Tell you when I figure it out.
         And he SPURS onward, leaving her to follow uneasily --
         INT. STALACTITE CAVERN - DAY


         CLOSE -- RUBIK'S CUBE -- STILL SPINNING MID-AIR AS:
         OUR ALIEN HANGS UPSIDE DOWN from stalactites by four spindly
         limbs. Mid sleep cycle. And inches below its head...
         EMMETT, still webbed to the wall. Unable to move or speak,
         TERRIFIED. As suddenly... the cube DEACTIVATES. And DROPS --
         THE CREATURE'S EYES SNAP OPEN. It SPRINGS from the ceiling as
         FOUR DARK SHAPES blot out light, GLIDING IN...
         MANTRA RAY HOVER SPEEDERS





         60.
         A gang of FOUR MORE ALIENS dismounts. The biggest and STRONGEST
         -- their LEADER -- barks GUTTURAL CLICKS at the alien who
         kidnapped Emmett. Kidnapper explaining as it removes another
         STRANGE DEVICE. The device beams a HOLO-PROJECTION...
         OF ELLA'S FACE! The aliens HISS in furious RECOGNITION.
         JESUS... is this some kind of otherworldly WANTED POSTER?
         PLUMES fan out angrily from the Leader's HUGE, ELONGATED SKULL --
         like an indian headdress! The creature TURNS to Emmett --
         It's the alien who killed Jake's woman! We'll come to know it
         as... THE SLAVER.
         It MOVES OMINOUSLY for Emmett, grasping the HANDLE of something
         that UNCOILS with fluid, frightening speed:
         A WHITE-HOT LASER WHIP. This will be The Slaver's SIGNATURE
         WEAPON. It spirals to its full length, FLASHING out at --
         EMMETT -- MUFFLED SCREAM! But... the whip DOESN'T cut him,
         instead it SLICES THROUGH THE WEBBING that pins the boy to the
         wall. As Emmett FALLS, The Slaver SWEEPS HIM UP -- Emmett
         FLAILS, punching, kicking to no avail -- but then:
                        DOLARHYDE'S FLASK
         Tumbles from Emmett's pocket and SPLASHES WHISKEY on The Slaver
         -- IT.. S[iRIEM WILDLI-Aa THE BOOZE CONTACTS FLESH, SKIN SMOKING!
         EMMETT -- tumbles away. Terror turns to REVELATION as he PULLS
         the webbing from his mouth:
                        EMMETT
         Holy SHIT.
         Another alien LUNGES for the kid but Emmett SPLASHES him with
         the flask -- the alien RECOILS, flesh BUBBLING --
         Emmett whirls -- sees the HOVERBIKES -- JUMPS onto one, twisting
          desperately at the controls --- IiON-DO , �'T THIS TURNS,__
         WO ?!! Another Alien SCUTTLES in FAST -- Emmett's scrambling
         boots slide into the foot supports, which automatically WHIR
         CLOSED as the bike THROTTLES FORWARD... DECAPITATING THE ALIEN!
         The bike SPINS UNCONTROLLABLY, plasma thrusters SCORCHING WALLS
         and setting two more aliens ABLAZE! The speeder KAMIKAZE
         BOUNCES out of the cavern at 90 MPH, Emmett screaming!
         The Slaver SCREECHES FURIOUSLY as the remaining creatures LEAP
         back on their speeders and GIVE CHASE!
         EXT. GANG ENCAMPMENT - DAY


                        A TARANTULA





         61.
         Climbing onto an old desert stump -- BLAM! It's SHOT OFF by a
         couple DRUNK OUTLAWS, swigging booze from STOLEN WHISKEY CRATES
         piled on a WAGON. We're in an OUTLAW CAMP: roughly 40 fast guns
         and saddle tramps. Tents. Horses. Ample weapons. And right
         now, most of them are GEARING UP to ride out for some reason...
         One of them, CREEK JOHNSON, with a chewed up face like swiss
         cheese, slides a RIFLE into his saddle and shouts to the drunks:
                        CREEK JOHNSON
         Hey --- �s 4 Lay off that whiskey and
         saddle up. Flyer's on its way and we
         best damn be sober for it.
         HUNT (O.S.)
         Creek turns; sees HUNT and BRONC crest the hill with the other
         OUTLAWS from the cliffs. ANGRILY:
                        CREEK JOHNSON
         'Bout time you got back.
         (re: Hunt's bloody nose)
         What the hell happened to you?!?
         Hunt nods over his shoulder --
                        HUNT
         He did.
         The outlaws part to reveal JAKE, riding in with Ella and the
         rest of our people. Creek's eyes NARROW, NOT happy to see him:
                        CREEK JOHNSON
         well, shit.
         It gets very, VERY QUIET. Our people tread warily, knowing
         whatever reaction Jake's eliciting, it AIN'T GOOD. He runs the
         gaunt of ACCUSING GLARES. Smart enough to know that CREEK is
         the man in charge. Dismounts:
                        JAKE
         You don't look happy to see me, Creek.
         Creek eyes him. TOUGH. Clearly, HISTORY here:
                        CREEK JOHNSON
         We're fixin' to rob us a train in about
         twenty minutes and you come ridin' in
         like nothin' ever happened?
                        (FUCK YOU)
         No. Lonergan. I ain't happy to see you.
         ON JAKE. How to navigate bad blood that he doesn't REMEMBER?





         62.
                        JAKE
         Well I'm sure you'll get over it.
         Then, pretty much DISMISSING Creek, Jake turns, addresses the
         rest of the men. If he's their boss? H� _gQDn&. CT LIR .�T•
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         Nice to see you, Boys, but we're not
         going after a train -- We're going after
         something else.
         The men seem... . CONFUSED. Not sure what the hell is GOING ON.
                        BRONC
         But Jake... you-- you said you didn't
         wanna be in charge no more.
         And this is a REVELATION. Jake glances at ELLA -- has to keep
         IMPROVISING to hold his ground:
                        JAKE
         Well, I-- changed my mind. So saddle the
         hell up.
                        CREEK JOHNSON
         They're not going anywhere with you.
         Creek's heard enough. Strides forward, a direct CHALLENGE:
         CREEK JOHNSON (CONT'D)
         You got some balls on you -- walkin'
         outta here a week ago sayin' what you
         said and doin' what you did and then
         ridin' back in here and givin orders.
         Just who the hell do you think you are?
         The IRONY of the question isn't lost on Jake, as Creek walks
         right up to Ella. CLOSE. Violates her space: studies her with
         a mixture of curiosity and CONTEMPT.
         CREEK JOHNSON (CONT'D)
         So. Are you her?
                        ELLA
         Am I who?
                        CREEK JOHNSON
         The whore Jake quit this gang for.
         OH. Another piece of the puzzle falls into place -- Jake's eyes
         SNAP to Ella as they both REALIZE... the men think she's
         " e." Jake does his best to stay cool, meets Creek's stare:
                        JAKE
         Watch your mouth, Creek.





         63.
                        CREEK JOHNSON
         Or what? These boys are with = now.
         jID in charge. You may be fast, but you
         are goddamned outgunned.
         ON JAKE. OUR HEROES. Shit. Jake turns to the men --
                        JAKE
         That a fact, Boys?
         But Creek doesn't wait for them to respond:
                        CREEK JOHNSON
         Put your guns on the whore. He so much
         as twitches, blow her brains out her ear.
         AT ONCE, 10 GUNS ARE LEVELED AT ELLA'S HEAD. No doubt as to who
          the men are LOYAL to. But Jake locks into Creek, UNFLINCHING:
                        JAKE
         Call her a whore again, that'll be the
         last word you ever say.
                        CREEK JOHNSON
         You ain't in no position to make threats,
         asshole. Hunt: take his gun.
         Hunt reluctantly scrambles over to Jake, oh-so-carefully pulls
         the PISTOL from Jake's holster:
                        HUNT
         Sorry, Boss... nothin' personal.
         Creek now turns to BULL MCCADE, roughly the size of a BARN.
                        CREEK JOHNSON
         Put him down, Bull.
         And Jake barely has time to react as Bull lets fly with a
         JAWBREAKING HAYMAKER that about knocks Jake out of his BOOTSI
         Dolarhyde and Colorado WINCE as Jake hits the dirt with a THUD --
         Creek striding over, cock of the walk, LEANS over him:
         CREEK JOHNSON (CONT'D)
         Where the hell's our gold. Jake?
         "Gold?" Jake SPITS BLOOD, defiant:
                        JAKE
         Don't remember.
         Creek NODS to Bull: SMASH! Another devastating BLOW. ON ELLA --
         at GUNPOINT. Wishing she could intervene. DOC too.





         64.
                        CREEK JOHNSON
         Well I _dg remember you tellin' us you was
         leavin' us high and dry because you were
         in love... You just left out the part
         about taking half our goddamned haul from
         the Yuma Bank. So I'm gonna ask you one
         last time -- Where. Is. Our. Gold?
         -- WHAM! Bull PUNCHES Jake so hard he FLIES OFF HIS FEET:
         CREEK JOHNSON (CONT'D)
         Man can't run away from who he ja,
         Lonergan... you really think you could go
         straight just cause you were fool enough
         to fall in love with some woman?
         WHAM! Bull PUNCHES Jake back into oblivion, and on the HIT we:
         MEMORY FLASECUTi PEACEFUL SILENCE -- two FACES staring at each
         other across a pillow -- Jake and ALICE, naked, in a WHOREHOUSE
                        BEDROOM SOMEWHERE:
                        ALICE
         You sure you wanna give it all up?
         ON JAKE. Clearly TORN. But just as clearly, in LOVE.
                        JAKE
         What about you? Once we're gone, you
         ain't ever comin' back.
         She touches his face so gently. And whispers:
                        ALICE
         You're the first person ever believed I
         was better than this place... so I gotta
         believe in y=.
         (and she KISSES him)
         You're a good man, Jake Lonergan.
         PRESENT: as the words "Good Man" ECHO back to Jake. Stir=g_
         ]1„1n as Creek GRABS Jake's hair and YANKS BACK, rears up a fist:
                        CREEK JOHNSON
         You figgered you could steal from us?
         All that gold was yours to take co you
         could go off and start a new life?
         Creek's next PUNCH takes us to another:
         TORY FLASECUTI REPLAY -- Jake and Alice in the cabin -- he
         drops the SADDLEBAG -- it CLINKS to the floor. She's worried:
                        ALICE
         Your boys'ii come after you.





         65.
                        JAKE
         (dark, determined)
         Let 'em come.
         BACK TO PRESENT -- as now Jake UNDERSTANDS the context of this
         moment -- what they were saying to each other -- He looks up at
         Creek, BEATEN AND BUSTED UP:
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         Okay... okay, I remember now...
         ("fuck you" grin)
         Demons stole your gold, Creek. But when
         you get to hell, you can ask for it back.
                        CREEK JOHNSON
                        (TSK'S)
         Okay then. That's the way you wanna do
         this...
                        (TURNS)
         Kill the whore.
         ON THE GANG. As they all cock their guns -- Aimed at Ella --
         This is IT --
         JAKE -- slowly lifts his head, suddenly RAGE-FILLED as --
         HIS WRIST BRACELET ACTIVATES! BLAMMMM11! A SEARING PULSE BLAST
         FIRES, VAPORIZING CREEK JUST BEFORE HE PULLS THE TRIGGER!
         EVERYONE'S FACES. Holy shit. Jake spits on the around between
         the SMOKING BOOTS that formerly belonged to Creek:
                        JAKE
         Told you not to call her that.
         ON JAKE. Pure KILLER. As he turns his weapon on the rest of
         the (awestruck) gang -- through BLOODY TEETH:
                         JAKE (CONT'D)
         You're all riding with me. Any one of
         you decides otherwise? So help me God,
         I'll kill you where you stand.
                        (AND THEN)
         I'm j2acj& and I'M in goddamne.d
         The gang quickly flips: "Absolutely, Jake/ Whatever you say,
         Boss..." Jake turns to the speechless Bull McCade and KICKS HIM
         IN THE BALLS as hard as he can, doubling him over.
         Now he meets eyes with ELLA. She can't help SMIRKING, grateful.
         DOC. Is the only one NOT looking at Jake. His attention drawn
         toward a SOUND coming from the distant DUNES --
                        DOC
         Dios mio.





         66.
         A SPEEDER IS ROARING TOWARD THEM BOUNCING OVER DESERT:
                        DOLARHYDE
         (squints, realizing...)
         Jesus... it's the kid.
         As Emmett ROARS IN, the shocked outlaws SCATTER:
                        EMMETT
         THEY'RE COMING!!!! THEY'RE COMING!!!
         The kid TUMBLES off the speeder as it PLOWS RIGHT THROUGH CAMP,
         kicking up DIRT and UPENDING SUPPLIES. As Emmett scrambles up --
         VROOOM! FOUR MORE SPEEDERS ROAR OVER THE CREST IN PURSUIT OF
         EMMETT! THE ALIENS FROM THE CAVE!
                        JAKE
         EVERYBODY MOOOOVE!!!
         STEEL COLLARS START FLYING, ATTACHED TO ROPING CABLES -- BEFORE
         THE GANG KNOWS WHAT'S HAPPENING, THEY'RE BEING GRABBED AND
         DRAGGED AWAY!
         Those who have their wits about them FIRE BACK, trying to hit
         the flying machines. CROSSFIRE. CONFUSION.
                        THE SLAVER
         His speeder GROWLS to a halt. Dismounting like a killer biker.
         ON JAKE. As he SEES that horrible alien face across the crowd:
         QUICK BIT: Alice dying in his arms. And this same damn THING is
         the one responsible for it. And we're:
         BACK TO PRESENT. Jake's eyes LOCKED on the SLAVER as he says:
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         You.
         BUT THE ACTION COMES ROARING BACK AS:
         Outlaws start FIRING at the Slaver, who REACTS in mere
         annoyance. Flicks open a POUCH on his bandolier for what look
         like THUMB TACKS -- throws them and they tan out, PIERCING THE
         NECKS of the outlaws, activating "Blue":
         !NTLY E ZE. TUR an
         The Slaver draws a ROL) that TELESCOPES into a SIX FOOT LANCE --
         KA-TCHING! BARBED ENDS snap out and the alien runs on two
         limbs, then FOUR -- LEOPARD-LIKE for speed -- rises back up and
         SMASH! SHATTERS each man into a million Pieces. Now he uses
         the bladed-ends to SKEWER five more outlaws and turns --





         67.
         MEETING JAKE'S EYES IN MUTUAL RECOGNITION -- SCREECHES:
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
                        (TO DOLARHYDE)
         Find cover!!!
         Jake FIRES his pulse blaster, providing cover as DOLAR, DOC,
         EMMETT, and ELLA rush to hide behind the WAGON. The Aliens FIRE
         BACK as LASER CROSSFIRE shreds the camp -- EXPLOSIONS and CHAOS:
         THREE OUTLAWS scramble to form a GATLING CREW. It SPINS to
         life, MOWING DOWN tents as they try to hit the aliens --
                        ANOTHER ALIEN
         Hurls a boomerang-like "SMART WEAPON." It circles past the
         GATLING COWBOYS, BACK into the alien's hand as:
         THE TOP HALVES OFTHE_COWBOYS SLIDE OFF, SEVERED AT THE WAIST,'.
         An EXPLOSION blows one of whiskey crates open on the wagon:
                        EMMETT
         USE THE WHISKEY! IT BURNS EM!
                        ELLA
         -- WHAT?!
                        EMMETT
         LIKE ACID ON THEIR SKIN!!!
         Ella REACTS -- WHAT? As an alien SKITTERS toward her, she grabs
         a bottle and HURLS IT -- it EXPLODES all over the creature! A
         HORRIBLE SCREECH as its skin smokes, thrashing epileptically --
                        ELLA
                        (REVELATION)
         Oh my GOD --
                        DOLARHYDE
         LET'S GO!!!
         Our people ESCAPE for the horses. Doc climbs up on the WAGON
         buckboard and pulls EMMETT in the seat beside him --
         As ELLA leaps on a horse --
                        THE SLAVER
         Climbs back on his speeder and GUNS FOR HER, firing a STEEL
         COLLAR -- Jake turns -- SEES THIS. Starts RUNNING MADLY:
                        JAKE
         ELLA!!





         68.
         Too late: KA-CHANK! The collar CLAMPS her neck, RIPPING ELLA
         OFF HER HORSE! The CABLE snaps back and attaches to the
         hovercraft as it ZIPS by, DRAGGING ELLA BACKWARD LIKE A WATER
         SKIER BEHIND A SPEEDBOAT!
         ON JAKE -- FURY -- HIS BRACELET ACTIVATES! And there's a LOGIC
         here we'll come to realize, as he KICKS his horse into a gallop:
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         HYAA!
         EXT. DESERT - CONTINUOUS
         ELLA'S DRAGGED BEHIND THE SPEEDER. Hands GRASPING at the
         magnetic collar as it HALF-CHOKES HER, yet keeps her upper body
         SUSPENDED just oft the ground while her heels BOUNCE HARSHLY --
         JAKE ON THE HORSE
         Riding hard -- aims his BLASTER, trying to get a TARGET on the
         CABLE linking Ella's collar to the speeder -- fires -- MISSES!
         The Slaver TILTS VERTICAL to fly through a narrow CANYON
         ENTRANCE as Ella's fingers reach wildly for THE BOWIE KNIFE on
         her belt. She starts CUTTING THE CABLE, trying to FREE HERSELF:
         WHOOSH! The speeder BLASTS out the other side of the canyon,
         Jake still in pursuit but suddenly...
         THE UNION PACIFIC LOCOMOTIVE IS CURVING AROUND A CORNER, RACING
         RIGHT FOR THEM! This is the train Jake's gang was gonna rob!
         INT. UNION PACIFIC EXPRESS CAR - CONTINUOUS
         Two PINKERTONS sit by a SAFE. LOOK UP at an unidentified ROAR --
                        PINKERTON #1
         You hear.that?
                        PINKERTON #2
         How many times I gotta tell you, Leonard.
         No one'd be stupid enough to rob this tr--
         SWWWWWM. IN THE WINDOW BEHIND THEM... THE SPEEDER BLASTS BY.
         GOING AGAINST THE TRAIN, ELLA BOUNCING BEHIND IT.
         When the Pinkertons SNAP around, Ella's GONE... but now they SEE
         JAKE -- ON HORSEBACK -- FLASHING PAST in pursuit!
                         PINKERTON #2 (CONT'D)
         1 stand corrected.
         They DRAW GUNS, running to see what's happening and --





         69.
         EXT. UNION PACIFIC TRAIN - KID AIR AT 80 MPH - CONTINUOUS
         As the speeder SKIMS alongside the train, ELLA keeps struggling
         painfully to CUT HER COLLAR CABLE. Jake FIRES again, MISSES the
         cable but DETONATES THE SIDE OF A TRAIN CAR:
         INT. UNION PACIFIC - TRAIN CAR - CONTINUOUS
         The wall EXPLODES INWARD on the Pinkertons -- hurt, but ALIVE --
         EXT. UNION PACIFIC TRAIN - CONTINUOUS
         The speeder's SHAKEN. The Slaver GROWLS as he fights for
         balance. Reaches the TRAIN'S END, skims past the caboose and --
         DAMNIT. THE SLAVER ARCS BACK AROUND IN A WIDE U-TURN, SLOTTING
         IN FOR COVER BEHIND THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TMIN•,=_`T1.2AVF.LLING,.J
         THE SAME DIRECTION NOW!
         ELLA'S FLUNG WILDLY BY THE HAIRPIN TURN! SHE DROPS THE KNIFE,
         IT CLATTERS AWAY! HER ONLY MEANS OF ESCAPE GONE!
                        JAKE'S POV:
         Through a slot between boxcars, the speeder BLURS in the
         opposite direction. Up ahead comes the CABOOSE. No more TRAIN:
         Thinking FAST, Jake LEAPS off his horse -- CATCHES A LADDER RUNG
         ON THE CABOOSE'. Teeth gritted, starts to CLIMB up onto:
         EXT. TOP OF UNION PACIFIC TRAIN CAR - CONTINUOUS
         Jake JUMPS from car to car -- over LOGS in a TENDER CAR --
         BLAM BLAM!!! The PINKERTONS are climbing to the roof, WEAPONS
         FIRING -- Jake loses footing, ROLLING off the side --
         EXT. SIDE OF TRAIN - CONTINUOUS
         -- but CATCHES another ladder rung and he DANGLES, looks DOWN:
         ELLA IS RIGHT UNDER HIM, DRAGGING BEHIND THE SPEEDER! HE
         REACHES OUT --
                        JAKE
         TAKE MY HAND!
         She GRUNTS WITH EXERTION as their fingers GRAZE each other and
         The Slaver SNAPS AROUND. Hurls a SMART DISC at Jake -- no
         choice, he LETS GO of the LADDER -- HITS the ground PAINFULLY
         THE PINKERTONS RUSH TO THE ROOF EDGE
         -- SXLSKLISH! The disc VIVISECTS THEM THEN CIRCLES BACK AROUND,
         cutting the IRON STRAPS that secure the logs in the tender car --





         70.
         THE LOGS START ROLLING OFF THE TOP. CRASHING DOWN ON THE
         SPEEDER. It SPIRALS end-over-end, CRASHING into the desert!
         ON JAKE. He picks himself up, WINCING. Sees the SMOKING WRECK
         in the distance. Starts to limp, then RUN --
         EXT. CRASHED SPEEDER - CONTINUOUS
         Jake APPEARS through the smoke. No sign of The Slaver. Then --
         FALLING ROCKS turns his look upward. Though WOUNDED, the alien
         is SCALING a rock-face. Turns... a look that says "Next time."
         Then in a BLUR, it's GONE. Jake's blaster REVERTS into a
         bracelet. When the smoke clears:
         ELLA is revealed on the ground, thrown from the speeder. Jake
         REACTS -- EQ -- takes her in his arms.
         She desperately tries to SAY SOMETHING... but goes LIMP.
                        JAKE
         Ella...?
         Her head just falls back. Yeah. Hard to swallow, but it's
         true. ELLA'S DEAD. And if this moment ECHOES Jake holding his
         dead wife, well that's just fine. He stares beseechingly as...
         HOOFBEATS. The rest of our people gallop in: Colorado,
         Dolarhyde, Doc and Emmett in the wagon:
                        EMMETT
         Aw no... is she --?
         Jake looks up -- unhinged --
                         NAT COLORADO
          We need to get out of here NOT.
         JAKE NAT COLORADO
         Not gonna leave her here -- L4Re.Xam --
         -- I'M NOT LEAVIN' HER! -- This is Apache territory!
         They catch us, they'll kill u--
         THHHHHHHUNKI The air SCREAMS as an ARROW pierces the ground
         inches from Jake's hand! Suddenly THIRTY MORE -- ALL AROUND
         THEM -- forming an instant circle perimeter as --
         APACHE WARRIORS FLASH DOWNHILL. Dolar dismounts, swings Emmett
         to the ground --
         NAT COLORADO (CONT'D)
         Nobody move.
         Jake and Emmett freeze. The Apaches are ALL AROUND THEM.
         Fierce. BOWS and TOMAHAWKS drawn -- OFF THIS:





         71.
         EXT. ARIZONA MOUNTAINS - TWILIGHT
         The sun DIPS behind the mountains... NIGHT FALLS...
         INT. TEEPEE - NIGHT
         CLOSE ON ELLA'S DEAD FACE. Still. Beautiful. FIND JAKE, on
         his knees beside her, hands bound in front of him. An INDIAN
         WOMAN finishes wrapping the body in a shroud and LEAVES.
         Jake is alone. Overwhelmed. Raw. Something rising in him.
         Something he COULDN'T FACE... until this moment:.
                        JAKE
         I remember now.
                        (THEN; SOFTLY)
         I-- I did love her.
         And just saying it, saying those words, brings a swell of
         EMOTION to the surface... but he FIGHTS it. A losing battle, as
         his eyes WELL:
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         She was like you. Seemed to think I was
         a good man.
         (finally, voice almost
                        CRACKS)
         But I couldn't save either of you.
         A beat... his bound hands gently touch her face...
         JAKE (CONT' D )
         Where's the good in that?
         His eyes CLOSE. Too much.
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         I'm sorry, Ella.
         And that sits... then suddenly -- JARRINGLY -- THREE MORE BRAVES
         roughly enter, pull Jake up, FORCE HIM out:
         EXT. APACHE ENCAMPMENT - NIGHT
         BAN! Our people are THROWN TO THEIR KNEES in a large CIRCLE OF
         APACHES. GUARDED by warriors with tomahawks and -- WHOOSH! A
         PYRE is ignited and if we ever had any doubt about Ella being
         dead, the BRAVES carry her roughly past --
                        JAKE
         HEY! GODDAMMIT DON'T YOU TOUCH--
         -- he's YANKED BACK and held in place as... ELLAIg BODY IS
         THROWN RIGHT INTO THE FLAMES. Jake helplessly watches her BURN.





         72.
                        EMMETT
         Wasn't your fault, Mr. Lonergan.
         Those things... were lookin' for her.
         Had a picture and everything.
         That breaks the spell. Jake looks over --
                        JAKE
         What d'you mean... 'a picture'?
                        EMMETT
         Floatin', like that arrow thing we found
         in its eye.
         Before Jake can makes sense of this, a teepee smoke flap OPENS
         and out steps the tribe's SACHEM. This is GREY WOLF -- dark,
         wrinkled face enhanced by TATTOOS. He takes one look at his
         prisoners and SPEAKS A FEW WORDS OF APACHE.
                        DOC
         What'd he say?
                        COLORADO
         "Kill them. And make it quick."
         Doc is amply freaked. Turns to Jake as FIVE OF THE BRAVES move
         for them, MENACING --
                        DOC
         Now'd be a good time to use your gun
         bracelet, my friend.
         But Jake is VACANT. BROKEN. All the fight seems GONE from him.
         His bracelet DOESN'T MOVE.
         Dolarhyde's grabbed first... PULLED FORWARD by one of the
         braves, raising his TOMAHAWK -- they're really gonna KILL HIM --
                        DOLARRYDE
                        (SUBTITLED)
         SOP. DON'T DO THIS.
         SURPRISED looks from just about everyone in the camp (besides
         Colorado) as we realize Dolarhyde just spoke APA
         ON GREY WOLF -- INTRIGUED as he approaches Dolarhyde:
         GREY WOLF (SUBTITLE)
         How is it that you speak our language?
                        UOLARHYUE (SUBTITLE)
         Because I'm a damn genius.
         Grey Wolf's fascinated this man has the audacity to be a WISEASS
         given his circumstances. Turns to the Brave with the tomahawk --





         73.
         GREY WOLF (SUBTITLE)
         Forget about quick. Make him feel it.
         The Brave NODS, RAISES the Tomahawk again, but Dolar interrupts:
                        DOLARHYDE (SUBTITLE)
         Two hundred head of cattle!
         Grey Wolf holds up his hand, halting the Brave's death blow --
         DOLARHYDE (SUBTITLE) (CONT'D)
         I'll have two hundred head of cattle u_a
         here in a day's time if you let me go.
         ON GREY WOLF. Considering this.
         GREY WOLF (SUBTITLE)
         And how do I know you'll come back?
         Dolarhyde nods to Colorado --
                        DOLARHYDE (SUBTITLE)
         You can keep my associate here. if I
         don ' t come back, you can kill him.
         Colorado REACTS. He's the only one here who knows what the hell
         these two are saying to each other as Grey Wolf approaches
         Dolar, looks right INTO HIM --
         GREY WOLF (SUBTITLE)
         Why should I believe that you even care
         about this man?
         Dolarhyde's eyes flash EMOTION. Quickly bottled. Then:
                        DOLARHYDE (SUBTITLE)
         Because he's my son.
          Wow. Didn't see that one coming. Grey Wolf levels Colorado
         with those unyielding eyes --
         GREY WOLF (SUBTITLE)
         Is this true?
         And Colorado answers in ENGLISH, for the benefit of the others:
                        COLORADO
         Yeah... he's my father.
         REACTIONS. JAKE. EMMETT. DOC. Stunned silence. And so:
         GREY WOLF (SUBTITLE)
         Three hundred head.
         Dolar looks to Colorado, who won't meet his eyes. His FATHER's
         eyes. Turns back to Grey Wolf, HARD --





         74.
                        DOLARHYDE (SUBTITLE)
         Two fifty.
         HOLD ON GREY WOLF for a beat. Then --
         GREY WOLF (SUBTITLE)
         Cut him loose.
         The Brave does exactly that. Dolar's FREE to go...
                        EMMETT
         Hey! What about =?!?
         ON DOLAR. A FLASH of regret. But it's gone fast.
                        DOLARHYDE
         What about you, kid?
         And he just walks out of the camp, leaving his son behind...
         GONE. And now, it's back to business --
         GREY WOLF (SUBTITLE)
         Kill all of them except the half-breed.
         Our people are GRABBED. Jake's yanked forward, PINNED DOWN -- a
         Brave raises a HATCHET to kill Jake, who glares back with
         lunatic eyes. Ready to die. Almost wanting it:
                        JAKE
         What're you waiting for, asshole? DO IT.
         And as Jake's about to MEET HIS DEATH:
         FWOOM! THE PYRE SUDDENLY BILLOWS, TURNING FROM ORANGE TO GREEN
         TO WHITE -- EVERYONE BACKS AWAY AS --
         ELLA EMERGES FROM THE PYRE. WRAPPED IN A CAUL OF FIRE AND LIGHTI
         Except she isn't exactly Ella. She's a HUMANOID, incredibly
         close to us in physical appearance, her features acutely
         feminine, yet... ALJM.
         PANDEMONIUM. The Apache kneel in prostration, DROPPING weapons
         as flames DISSIPATE off Ella's backlit form. Her skin RETURNS
         to human flesh-tone. Hair too. When she finally STOPS, she
         looks like the ELLA we've come to know and love. STANDS there:
                        ELLA
         . what... happened?
         ON JAKE. Holy. SHIT. Everyone else equally STUNNED.
                        EMMETT
         You... died.





         75.
         Ella looks around. Fifty dumbstruck faces staring at her.
                        ELLA
                        (QUIETLY; CAUGHT)
         . oh.
         OFF ELLA, who's got a helluva lot to explain --
         INT. TEEPEE - NIGHT
         A deerskin shirt slips down over Ella's naked body.' A dark
         breechcloth is tied. She TURNS to us.: beautiful as ever.
         EXT. TEEPEE - NIGHT
         Ella emerges to find... JAKE. Standing outside.the teepee.
         HARD. And for a long moment, nothing is said. Until she takes
         a step TOWARD him:
                        ELLA
         If I'd told you on the boat, you never
         would'a trusted me --
         -- but he takes a step BACK. If he's relieved she's alive, he
         isn't showing it:
                        JAKE
         Did you hear what I said?
                        ELLA
         .. What?
                        JAKE
         When you were playin' possum. Did you
         hear what I mid?
         He's angry. Yes, even embarrassed. And because of it,
         something has SHUT DOWN in him again. That killer look is back.
                        ELLA
         No. I was mendin'.
                        (BEAT)
         It's like sleep.
         His eyes narrow, trying to understand:
                        JAKE
         How's it you look like one of us?
                        ELLA
         I can look like whatever I want to.
                        JAKE
         So you can't die?





         76.
                        ELLA
         Sure I can. If my heart stops beating...
         just like you.
         .JAKE
         You're nothin' like me, Ella. You're
         one'a them.
         we can see that hurt her. But she deserved it, too. So
         desperately wants to reach him...
                        ELLA
         I'm not, Jake. I'm from a different
         place.
         He isn't sure what that means. Can he even trust her? Either
         way, she has ANSWER;. Darkly:
                        JAKE
         The one that took you.
                        (BEAT)
         It killed her.
         That LANDS on her. Knowing and painful.
                        ELLA
         They call him The Slaver. He's the one,
         gave me the scars. Broke me. And made
         me watch... while he killed my family
         too.
         Even with his guard up... Jake can't help but be STRUCK. As the
         sound of HOWLING WIND takes us to:
         EXT. BOX CANYON - RIM - NIGHT
         A SANDSTORM... through which a GHOSTLY FIGURE materializes...
         THE SLAVER. Moving with angry purpose toward the CANYON BLUFF.
         As he looks down into it, we hear the SOUNDS of MACHINERY below.
         But we DO__QT.YET_ REVEAL what it_ is__ he sees.
         He stalks down, LEAVING FRAME -- as we HOLD on the field of
         TWINKLING STARS ---
         ELLA (V.0.)
         For every drop of light in the sky,
         there's another world. Filled with
         life...
         EXT. APACHE CAMP - MINUTES LATER - NIGHT
         Ella's in front of the campfire, surrounded by EVERYONE





         77.
                        ELLA
         Our race was first to map the stars...
         that's why they came for us. Took our
         planet, piece by piece. Slaughtered
         anyone who fought hack. Ones who
         survived were turned into slaves.
         Trackers.
         She says this meeting the eyes of GREY WOLF. There's immediate
         SIMPATICO here: a story the Indians could be telling.
                        ELLA (CONT'D)
         They brought me aboard one of their scout
         ships -- a ship with only one purpose: to
         find other planets like mine. Planets
         they can take... people they can enslave.
         As the terrible gravity of all this HITS everyone, JAKE is first
         to understand...
                        JAKE
         X lead 'em here.
         Ella swallows. Wracked with GUILT.
                        EMMETT
         Well damn, lady, thanks a 1.
                        ELLA
         I never wanted this.
         (an EMOTIONAL beat)
         But they got... ways. Of making you do
         things.
         Her eyes are HAUNTED with memory. The inference is some kind of
         TORTURE. She pushes it away -- staying strong:
                        ELLA (CONT'D)
         Been tryin' to make it right... tried to
         blow the ship to hell by burnin' up all
         their fuel, then escaped down here.
                        (BEAT)
         'Cept it didn't work... damn thing
         survived.
                        JAKE
         Where is it.
         Jake's determined -- he's got his OWN agenda. Ella looks up to
         that OMINOUS CLOUD. Those BLUE LIGHT FLASHES ripple within:
                        ELLA
         Hiding in that cloud. Way I figure,
         they'll find enough fuel to leave by
         tomorrow, midday. Then they'll bring
         back the others.





         78.
                        DOC
         "others"?
                        ELLA
         The whole fleet. They'll take what they
         need. Everyone on this planet. Anything
         too weak to survive... they'll toss.
         Like that cow.
         Tomorrow. Midday. Hi noon. This is bad, bad news.
                        NAT COLORADO
         What'd you mean, they're looking for
         "fuel"...?
         And before Ella can answer, Jake already GETS IT:
                        JAKE
         Gold. That's why they're in a mine.
                        ELLA
         (NODS, solemn)
         . wherever it is, that's where you
         escaped from -- and it's the only way
         back up to the ship.
                        (STEPS CLOSER)
         Even with your memory wiped, your
         instincts kicked in --
                        (HIS BRACELET:)
         That's how it works, Jake, the bracelet
         reads your impulse -- you wanna fight, it
         reacts. Somehow you took it off one of
         'em... don't you remember any of it?
         ON JAKE. Deeply STIRRED. As he looks down at the BRACELET and:
         MEMORY FLASBCUTSI REPLAY POV as we're HELD DOWN in that CAVE
         the TERRIFYING OCULAR PROBE lowers right in front of our eyes
         One of the ALIENS starts to activate the probe -- it begins to
         FLASH STEADILY -- HYPNOTICALLY -- PUvTNG OUR MIND --
         But our arm manages to BREAK FREE -- a BLADE hidden in our
         sleeve -- WE SLASH OFF THE. ALIEN'S HAND -- GRAB THE BRACELET off
         its severed limb -- it COILS around our wrist and ACTIVATES:
         BLAM SLAM! We BLAST the creature to oblivion -- we're FREE!
         JAKE IN PRESENT -- Eyes ALIVE with MEMORY:
                        JAKE
         I-- I blasted my way out...
         MEMORY FLASHCUTI REPLAY POV as we RUN through the cavern --
         ESCAPE -- a LIGHT at the end of the tunnel -- BLINDING SUN hits
         us as we emerge -- our eyes ADJUST to see:





         79.
         That STRANGE ROCK FORMATION HIGH ABOVE on the edge of a CANYON --
         the STONE TOWER pointing to heaven --
         JAKE IN PRESENT: The sequencing is COMPLETE for him now:
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         I remember seeing a tower... made of
         stone... on the rim of a canyon...
         Upon hearing that, Grey Wolf suddenly speaks in animated
         gestures, pointing North. Colorado REACTS:
                        ELLA
         What? What's he sayin'?!?
         Colorado turns to Jake, a flicker of HOPE:
                        COLORADO
         That rock you're talkin' about... he-
         knows where it is.
         INT. UNDERGROUND TUNNELS - NIGHT
         The Slaver ENTERS the gloom of an UNDERGROUND CAVERN. Two
         ALIENS melt from the dark to greet him with frightening HISSES.
         SENTRIES. We HOLD on the walls as something GLITTERS: GOLD.
         INT. UNDERGROUND CAVERN - SOMEWHERE
         CLOSE ON SHERIFF TAGGART'S REFLECTION IN MURKY WATER. As we
         TILT UP to reveal him hanging UPSIDE DOWN. Eyes flutter open.
         He's seen better days. Dazed. Turns his head slightly...
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         You... all right...?
         DRIFTING over to see MARIA. Gravity PULLING her hair downward.
         Groggy. Mostly SCARED:
                        MARIA
                        (BRAVE FACE)
         . Fantastic. You?
         CAMERA SLOWLY TURNS, ROTATING 180 DEGREES, TO REVEAL THEY'RE
         STUCK TO THE CEILING OVER A WATER GROTTO. The whole town of
         Absolution is here... a hundred others from the now-cratered
         town of Winfield's Landing, feet embedded in the ORANGE RESIN.
         Suddenly, PERCY DOLARHYDE sees a TERRIFYING SHADOW spread across
         the wall -- what looks like a HUGE, COILING SNAKE:
                        PERCY DOLARHYDE
         H-- HEY!!! THE HELL'S THA--?!
         -- but what comes around the corner is a LONG METAL TENTACLE:





         80.
         A SCANNING MECHANISM on its tip shoots out a blue triangular
         beam -- itemizing specimens -- SELECTING ONE: SHERIFF TAGGART.
         Mechanized TALONS open up -- Taggart SCREAMS as he's PLUCKED
         from the ceiling like an apple from a TREE:
         DEPUTY CHARLIE WADE
         KYLE!!!!
         ANOTHER METAL TENTACLE slithers in and GRABS WADE -- swinging
         our men across the cavern where we reveal...
         . the tentacles are attached to a TERRIFYING ALIEN MACHINE.
         Taggart and Wade are PINNED DOWN on what looks like an operating
         table. As they thrash, RESTRAINING CLAMPS enfold their skulls.
         An OCULAR PROBE looms _Q.Xpr. them, This is the image _ e.'_A_beM1_
         seeing! This is what haRpened to him before he escaRe !
         WORKER-BEE ALIENS adjusts the device over their eyes -- INSTANT
         X-RAYS read their retinas -- HYPNOTIC -- as the men grow DOCILE
         and LIMP despite their fight and -- FLASHFLASHTLASHI
         The probe has ERASED THEIR MINDS. Catatonic stares.
         Now the machine arms slip the men into separate TRANSLUCENT
         CAPSULES. METAL BREATHING TUBES are implanted down their
         throats as the capsules begin to fill with a THICK, BLUE LIQUID.
         This is the same blue goo -- a protective gel -- that housed the
         COW in that jettisoned cocoon in the desert.
         More Worker Bees load the cocoons into TRANSPORT SHUTTLECRAFTS.
         We see containment holds filled with BLEATING COWS and REARING
         HORSES... all going through a similar cocooning process.
         All of this is overseen by THE SLAVER, who stalks up a ramp
         behind the cocoons. The craft HUMS to life, undergear
         retracting as it ROARS OFF down the tunnel...
         EXT. CANYON RIM - DANN
         Our people ride up a rocky slope with a few Apaches. Grey Wolf
         looks around and SPEAKS, Colorado translates:
                        NAT COLORADO
         This is Kiowa land, their sister tribe.
         As they near the bluff, Jake sees the STONE TOWER. Dismounts:
                        JAKE
         That's it.
         As they near the bluff, they hear the growing sound of that
         MACHINERY. Everyone dips low, peering over to see...





         81.
         What looks a whole lot like a CAVALRY FORT in the canyon below,
         amid a network of trenches and underground tunnels. Except this
         fortress is made of some kind of ALIEN ALLOY, glowing impossibly
         bright as its steel surface reflects the rising sun.
         DRILLING MACHINES are chewing deep into the earth, mining for
         GOLD -- THESE ARE THE SAME DRILLS THAT LANDED IN OUR OPENING.
         Massive receptacles are FILLED with HUGE CHUNKS.
         ALIENS move in and out, working, as if from an ant hive.
                        DOC
         Holy Jesus. Like a damn fort.
         Grey Wolf looks to his men, GRAVE, CRESTFALLEN as he realizes:
         GREY WOLF (SUBTITLE)
         The Kiowa... they were taken too.
         Suddenly, the ROOF of the steel structure blossoms open like a
         CHROME LOTUS... and WHOOSH! The SHUTTLE TRANSPORT flies out of
         the canyon, RISING into the dawn sky...
                        ELLA
         Transports. Way they get people and gold
         back and forth to the ship.
                        DOC
         Place is crawling with those things.
         We'll never even get close.
         Grey Wolf SPEAKS --
                        NAT COLORADO
         He says there's a back way in... The Twin
         Rivers run underneath this whole canyon.
         Limestone tunnels up by the falls, couple
         miles East. Lead right down there.
         Jake looks to the SKY. DARK. DETERMINED.
                        JAKE
         The Slaver... he's up in that big cloud?
         Ella nods, HARD. Off their SHARED DETERMINATION, our SCORE
         rises. A DRUM CADENCE that suggests a MISSION starting to form:
         EXT. APACHE CAMP - DAY
         DOC. Skeptical, eyes narrow -- staring at Jake and Ella --
         surrounded by our team and the Apaches back at the APACHE CAMP:





         82.
                        DOC
         Just so I got this straight... three of
         those things just kicked the shit out of
         your entire gang, took our whole town,
         and now you two're gonna ride right into
         that fort, try to hijack one'a those--
         He pauses on the word --
                        ELLA
         "Transports."
                        DOC
         -- ride it up to that space boat --
                        ELLA
         Spaceshp.
                        DOC
         Then bring it down here and get everybody
         off alive? That's your big plan?
         Jake and Ella share a LOOK. Simply:
                        JAKE
         Yup.
                        DOC
         And just how do you figure on getting in
         there in the first place?
                        JAKE
         Poke a hornet's nest... they swarm
         at'cha.
                        ELLA
         You gotta draw 'em out. Buy us a
         distraction.
         A long beat of incredulous, do-you-believe-this-shit STARES:
                        DOC
         You want us to storm that fort? Against
         those things? With less than fifty men?
         It's suicide.
                        EMMETT
         It ain't, it's been done! I read at
         school how Ethan Allen and his Green
         Mountain Boys took Fort Ticonderoga, they
         weren't but a small garrison and they
         were outgunned --
                        ELLA
         We need all of you to make a stand.
         Together. It's the only way.





         83.
                        NAT COLORADO
         Make a stand with what?
         Jake turns to the WAGON they rode from Jake's gang camp -- the
         WHISKEY CRATES. Sweeps up a bottle:
                        JAKE
         This.
         An impossible mission. Sure death. Yet for the first time...
         they have an ADVANTAGE. Emmett cuts the moment with a BIG GRIN:
                        EMMETT
         Hell, yeah. Let's squish some bugs.
         Grey Wolf CHUCKLES, murmurs. Jake looks to Nat for translation:
                        JAKE
         Somethin' funny?
                        NAT COLORADO
         Yeah... that you whites finally know what
         it feels like to face extinction. Now
         that we're on the same side, he says we
         can all die together.
                        (THEN)
         They're with us.
         The LOOK holds between them --
                        JAKE
         Guess that means you're not waitin' for
         your dad to come back.
         Colorado's face CLOUDS. Years of ANGER and RESENTMENT:
                        NAT COLORADO
         Been Woodrow Dolarhyde's son my whole
         life... first time he ever copped to it
         was to save his own ass.
         (not without emotion)
         He's not comin' back.
         And as Colorado TURNS away, the PERCUSSION finds another GEAR --
         MONTAGE -- OUR CLAN PREPARES FOR BATTLE:
         Pieces of CLOTH are RIPPED, stuffed inside the WHISKEY BOTTLES.
         MOLOTOV COCKTAILS...
         Emmett works with Apaches and their KIDS, roping WOOD together
         to build LADDERS and CATAPULTS...
         WAR PAINT is applied to faces in DARK STREAKS...





         84.
         Jake slips on his coat. Sees Emmett lead a horse to mount up
         with his BOW and ARROW QUIVER:
                        JAKE
         Not you, Kid.
                        EMMETT
         Aw, hell, we been through this. Ya can't
         stop me.
         Jake draws his gun, SPINS it in his palm, aims at Emmett's FOOT:
                        JAKE
         I can shoot you in the foot.
                        EMMETT
         Bu111i11SHIT.
         Jake SIGHS -- bluff called. Holsters the gun and takes a
         knee... but just when we think this is gonna be a tender moment,
         he GRABS Emmett by the collar, pulls him CLOSE:
                        JAKE
         You told me your daddy's all you got
         left. Want me to save his ass?
         Then park yours right there on the
         ground, you little shit. Got me?
         Emmett's nailed. ANGRY, but knows he's gotta stay.
                        EMMETT
         Yeah. I gotcha.
         Jake releases him. Happy moves to Ella but she TSKS:
                        ELLA
         Stay with the kid, Happy.
         The dog WHINES but complies, moving next to Emmett. Jake climbs
         on his horse. Looks back to the boy -- now he Ia tender:
                        JAKE
         I'll get your father back. Bastard still
         owes me fifty dollars.
         The hint of a SMIRK... long enough for Emmett to SMIRK BACK.
         Ella, Doc, and Colorado mount »p too, along with a 10-MAN APACHE
         WAR PARTY. Jake meets eyes with GREY WOLF:
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         You'll be ready?
         Grey Wolf NODS. Some part of the PLAN we have yet to learn.
         And now Jake starts to trot off, Ella beside him. This plays
         just between the two of them:





         85.
                        ELLA
         That's a nice thing... what you said to
         the boy. I didn't know better, I'd say
         you got yourself a sweet side.
         She smiles. But Jake turns to her -- deadly serious:
                        JAKE
         There's nothin' sweet about me. I told
         that kid what he needed to hear so he
         wouldn't get in my damn way. All I care
         about is killin' that thing.
         And Ella reacts to the DARKNESS in his voice. Shakes her head:
                        ELLA
         I don't believe that.
                        JAKE
         Well believe it. I was playing a part.
         (straight at her)
         Just like you were.
         He CRACKS the reins, riding ahead. HOLD ON ELLA... who finally
         follows as they all ride out and MUSIC SOARS:
         EXT. DESERT PLAINS - CONTINUOUS


         JAKE, ELLA, COLORADO, DOC AND THE APACHE WARRIORS RIDE LIKE HELL
         TOWARD THEIR FATE, SLAMMING RIGHT INTO LENS -- AND WE MATCH TO:
         EXT. DOLARHYDE'S RANCH - DAY
         THUNDERING HOOVES -- but it's DOLARHYDE on his horse. REARS
         near the SERVANTS QUARTERS -- moving FAST toward a small hut:
         A HATCHET is embedded in a wood pile. Dolarhyde YANKS it out.
         INT. SERVANTS' QUARTERS - DAY
         The APACHE WOMAN we saw in the drawn-and-quartered scene earlier
         is washing clothes on a basin board. She turns as --
         Dolarhyde ENTERS. A menacing figure with a blade in the
         doorway. She stands, ALERT -- in SUBTITLED APACHE:
         THE WOMAN (SUBTITLE)
         What are you doing?
         Without response, he levels the axe and SLAMS it down on the
         FLOORBOARDS. Wood chips SPRAY until a GASH is opened. Dolar
         REACHES in... pulling out a CANVAS BAG. A few COINS spill
         out... COLD. He picks them up -- looks at the woman:
                        DOLARHYDE (SUBTITLE)
         Need it to save Nat.





         86.
         And now her worry becomes FEAR; English now:
                        THE WOMAN
         Is he okay?
                        DOLARHYDE
         He's gonna be.
         A storm of mixed emotions in his eyes. That stoic Dolarhyde
         veneer starts to CRACK... just a hint... as the woman MOVES to
         him... and TOUCHES his face.
         And he lets her. WHOA. We realize: this woman is COLORADO'S
         MOTHER. Dolarhyde, for all his wicked bluster, LOVES AN APACHE.
                        DOLARHYDE (CONT'D)
         I won't let anything happen to him,
         Jenny.
                        THE WOMAN
                        (SOFTLY)
         Come back to me.
         With that, he's GONE with the gold. Leaving her full of DREAD.
         EXT. TWIN RIVER FALLS - CAVERN ENTRANCE - DAY
         A CASCADING WATERFALL flows over rock face into the TWIN RIVERS.
         The water curtain covers a CAVERN ENTRANCE. The back way in.
         Jake, Ella, Doc, Colorado and the Apaches cross slippery rocks
         and push through the water...
         INT. LIMESTONE CAVERN - CONTINUOUS
         Behind the curtain, they shake off the wet and remove TORCHES
         from waterproof buffalo-hide pouches. FIRELIGHT as our team
         creeps along in a column. TENSE. Jake glances at Colorado:
                        JAKE
         You and Percy're brothers, huh?
                        NAT COLORADO
         ... half.
                        JAKE
         So... your momma and Dolarhyde---
                        NAT COLORADO
         We friends now? Last I checked, you shot
         my ear off.
                        JAKE
         (a beat; then)
         Want it back?





         87.
         Colorado GRUMBLES, pushes ahead of Jake...
         EXT. FORT HUACHUCA - MORNING
         A BUZZARD picks at the EAR of a DEAD GANG MEMBER. More birds
         scavenge the dismembered remains of JAKE'S CREW as the rest of
         its LIVING MEMBERS -- roughly 30 -- tend wounds and get ready to
         move on. One of them looks up...
         .. and sees an INCOMING RIDER on the horizon:
                        OUTLAW
         BRONC!
         BRONC and HUNT look up. Draws their GUNS. So does the rest of
         the gang... until they see the rider's waving a WHITE FLAG. As
         he comes closer -- they realize it's DOLARHYDE:
                        HUNT
         One of them fellas Jake was ridin' with!
         Dolarhyde rides into camp, REARING in front of 30 guns
                        BRONC
         The hell you want?
                        DOLARHYDE
         It's about what you want.
         He reaches into his pocket and tosses Bronc a GOLD COIN:
                        DOLARHYDE (CONT'D)
         Lonergan stole your gold. That's a taste
         of what I got -- more'n you've ever seen.
         It's all yours if you help me get my boy
         back.
         The men trade LOOKS. Bronc eyes the coin. Alight with greed:
                        BRONC
         Who's got your boy?
                        DOLARHYDE
         Well, there's the rub.
                        (BEAT)
         I got two.
         Off that --
         INT. DEEPER IN THE LIMESTONE CAVERN - CONTINUOUS
         Our team has travelled far into the bowels of the cavern. Jake
         STOPS, torchlight reflecting the GOLD in the cavern walls.
         Doc cracks off a piece. POCKETS it. Shrugs:





         88.
                        DOC
         In case we live through this.
         They SNEAK on down the narrow shaft til they're funneled into...
         THE WATER GROTTO
         Where our TOWNSPEOPLE were hanging. Now, GONE. Around the
         corner, the sound of ENGINES POWERING UP...
         A TRANSPORT. A dozen WORKER-BEE ALIENS try to corral the HORSES
         from the pen -- cruelly jabbing the animals with ALIEN CATTLE
         PRODS. The mares REAR and WHINNY.
                        JAKE
         We're never gonna get close to that ship.
         Silently. a DRIPPING. GLISTENING SHAPE rises un from the WATER
         behind them. Swaying like a COBRA ready to strike:
         Our people TURN... the TUBE ALIEN snatches one of the Apaches,
         SWALLOWING HIM in its thorny snout! The indian SCREAMS --
                        JAKE
         Lights a WHISKEY MOLOTOV, hurls it at the CREATURE: BOOM! It
         KEENS, BURNING, SPITTING OUT the Apache. ALERTED, the dozen
         aliens by the transport SWARM at our heroes!
                        NAT COLORADO
         C g_that shuttle.
         Colorado readies his TOMAHAWK -- Jake meets his eyes:
                        JAKE
         Knew there was a good reason I didn't
         kill you.
                        NAT COLORADO
         Just thinkin' the same thing.
         The men trade FATEFUL LOOKS... then the Indians HURL MOLOTOVS at
         the charging horde: KAAA-BOOM! Aliens TWIST and SCREAM --
         The Apaches STRIKE FEARLESSLY -- but the aliens quickly RECOVER
         and SHAKE THEM OFF, tearing most of them to SHREDS.
         The horses BREAK FREE and crash madly through the cavern --
         And this is the DISTRACTION Jake and Ella need to make their run,
         for the transport -- up the loading ramp:
         INT. TRANSPORT SHUTTLE - MINI CARGO BAY - CONTINUOUS
         Ella SLAMS a switch and the ramp DRAWS UP. Jake FREEZES:
         COCOONS hang all around, filled with motionless HUMAN BEINGS.





         89.
                        ELLA
         Jake - -
         (he can only stare)
         JAKE.
         She slaps open an ENGINEERING HATCH, drops down a LADDER. He
         takes a last awful look and SLIDES down after her --
         INT. TRANSPORT SHUTTLE COCKPIT - CONTINUOUS
         -- the ladder funnels into the COCKPIT. Ella starts TAPPING the
         console and HOLO-DISPLAYS appear, Alien text, rotating
         graphics. She slides into a SEAT --
                        ELLA
         Strap in. dammit!!!
                        JAKE
         Into what?!?
         Ella JAMS a lever forward and the shuttle RISES. JAKE grabs
         WEBBING that must be some type of SEATBELT, feeling the
         sensation of ELLQU as:
         INT. CAVERN TUNNELS - CONTINUOUS
         Ella pilots the ship UPWARD, thrusters belching a WAKE OF FIRE
         that SCORCHES cavern walls and INCINERATES 6 ALIENS!
         As a HORSE streaks by, Colorado grabs a hunk of mane, LEAPS ON --
         NAT COLORADO (SUBTITLE)
         LET'S GO!!!
         DOC comes RUNNING frantically:
                        DOC
         DON'T LEAVE ME!!!
         Colorado PULLS Doc up onto the horse's bare back -- no easy task
         with Doc's 300 POUNDS. The remaining Apaches (5) commandeer
         horses and GALLOP HARD down the tunnel --
         Two aliens jump on MANTA-SPEEDERS in pursuit!
         INT. UNDERGROUND TUNNELS - DAY


         THE TRANSPORT SHUTTLE KAMIKAZES THROUGH BI-SECTING TUNNELS:
         Jake has NEVER moved this fast, BARELY avoiding walls as Ella
         expertly pilots the ship. LEFT -- RIGHT -- SIDEWAYS -- up
         ahead, DIM LIGHT spills from a FISSURE leading above ground:
                        ELLA
         Hold on.





         90.
         She cranks back and the ship PITCHES upward --
         INT. TRANSPORT SHUTTLE - OVER THE CANYON - CONTINUOUS
         The shuttle BURSTS OUT into the canyon and skates the rim. Jake
         fights the G-FORCES and teeth-rattling TURBULENCE as --
         The craft keeps spiralling UP UP toward... THE OMINOUS CLOUD.
         As we come closer, an IMPOSSIBLY BLUE GLOW blinds us:
         EXT. UPPER CLOUD LAYER - CONTINUOUS
         The shuttle BLASTS through the upper cloud layer, to reveal...
         THE ALIEN SCOUT
         -SHIP. ENORMOUS AND THREATENING, like a BLACK METAL CLAW. Cloud banks encircle the ship as if it were the eye
         of a hurricane.
         ON ELLA. Like ice down her spine... as we drift back to JAKE.
         Trying to find a word to DESCRIBE this thing. Finally:
                        JAKE
         Sheee-it.
         INT. UNDERGROUND TUNNELS - CONTINUOUS
         The rest of our heroes GALLOP FAST out the criss-crossing
         tunnels -- KA-CHINNNG! Apaches are CLAMPED WITH STEEL COLLARS
         and YANKED off their horses as the SPEEDERS roar in from behind!
         Colorado VEERS toward a LIGHT as Doc ignites a molotov and they:
         INT. ALIEN FORT - CANYON - CONTINUOUS
         GALLOP Out into daylight, rigb-t_through the CENTER of the fort --
         Doc THROWS his molotov and BOOM!!! Aliens go FLYING, on fire!
         Doc throws another MOLOTOV, clearing a path for Colorado to RIDE
         HARD for the fort's 30 FT. STEEL ENTRY GATES... which start
          SWINGING CLOSED to trap them!
         But at the LAST SECOND, the horse SLIPS THROUGH the narrow
         opening as it THUNDERS CLOSED. Now the aliens are pissed off:
         EXT. ALIEN FORT - CONTINUOUS
         They start spilling over the fort walls in pursuit. A few mount
         SPEEDERS and launch as our guys ride DOWN THE CANYON TRENCH:
         ,INT. CANYON TRENCH - CONTINUOUS
         Colorado and Doc ZIG-ZAG around CURVES -- like mice navigatinga
         maze, so the speeders can't get a clear shot:
                        DOC
         They're gaining on us!





         91.
                        NAT COLORADO
         That's the point!
         And just when it looks like Doc and Colorado are GONERS...
         BOOM! An EXPLOSION rocks the canyon as something HURTLES DOWN
         from above -- WHISKEY MOLOTOVS fired from the handmade
         CATAPULTS. BOOM! BOOM! Aliens are VAPORIZED, SHRIEKING!
         A cloudburst of FLAMING ARROWS brightens the sky as 20 APACHES
         RISE UP along the canyon rims: A AMBUSH!
         An ASSEMBLY LINE OF SQUAWS works like a drill team, soaking
         WHISKEY RAGS and wrapping arrows. Among them, EMMETT and HAPPY!
         The kid pocks an arrow like a damn EXPERT -- IGNITES it -- lets
         it FLY -- WHOOSH! It SKEWERS a speeder pilot who BURSTS INTO
         FLAMES, the speeder CORKSCREWS into another one, both EXPLODING:
                        EMMETT
         YEAHHHHH!!!
                        THE ALIENS
         Caught OFF-GUARD with NO WM TO TURN AROUND as from the OPPOSITE
         END of the canyon, a BELLOWING WAR WHOOP:
         GREY WOLF AND HIS 40 APACHES CHARGE IN. A MOVING HUMAN WALL
         CRASH! The Apaches HURTLE into the flank of aliens. LASERS are
         met with the CRACK of RIFLES and hatchets --
         GREY WOLF (SUBTITLE)
         TAKE THE FORT! ! !
         The Apache leader spurs his horse onward, leading men toward the
         alien bunker. An EXPLOSION CONSUMES FRAME, becoming the:
         EXT. ALIEN SCOUT SHIP - ABOVE THE CLOUDS - CONTINUOUS
         -- PLASMA FIRE of the shuttle's burners as it ROARS toward the
         ALIEN SHIP... a SPECK against the BEHEMOTH:
         INT. ALIEN SCOUT SHIP - COMMAND CENTER - CONTINUOUS
         The shuttle sweeps past the command center's polarized window,
         where... THE SLAVER watches with EVIL EYES.
         He's on the UPPER LEVEL of a TWO-TIER COMMAND CENTER. A DOZEN
         ALIENS operate holo-consoles. Readying the ship to leave.
         INT. TRANSPORT SHUTTLE - SAME
         Ella settles down on a GLOWING DOCKING COLLAR. With the two
         ships CONNECTED, the DISPLAY flashes a DEPARTURE ALERT:





         92.
                        ELLA JAKE
         -- Dammit --- -- what--?
         -- WHAT'S WRQNG?
         -- she's CLIMBING back up the ladder, he FOLLOWS:
         INT. SHUTTLE - LADDER TUBE - CONTINUOUS
         They quickly CLIMB up the LADDER TUBE --
                        ELLA
         Engines are warming up -- got eight
         minutes til the ship leaves, and about
         one til automated retrieval --
                        JAKE
         -- autojamated what --?
         INT. SHUTTLE - LOADING BAY - CONTINUOUS
         As they spill into the LOADING BAY, a CLANG reverberates:
         THE AIRLOCK DOOR -- AT THEIRFEyT
         The first EXPLOSIVE BOLT shoots off. Ella jams her SHOTGUN into
         a sheath on her back, presses herself flat:
                        ELLA
         Hug the wall.
         Jake does that beside her as the next bolt PINGS out --
                        ELLA (CONT'D)
         When they come at us, aim for their
         heads. Only way to kill 'em for sure.
         He looks at his bracelet, adrenaline SURGING -- it ACTIVATES:
                        JAKE
         I'll aim just fine.
         THE LAST BOLT FIRES and the airlock door SHOOTS OFF:
         A MULTI- D HYDRAULIC "GRABBER" RISES INTO THE MECHANICAL
         LIMBS SWINGING AROUND INCHES FROM THEIR FACES!
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         SonofaBITCH!
         The manipulator arms SCOOP UP COCOONS, pulling them DOWN the
                        AIRLOCK:
                        ELLA
         C'MON!
         She JUMPS through the airlock -- Jake has no time to think:





         93.
                        JAKE
                        DAMMIT --
         And JUMPS after her --
         INT. SCOUT SHIP - "THE FARM" - CONTINUOUS
         -- LANDING beside Ella. Starts to pick himself up... but what
         he sees ASSAULTS HIS MIND. We RISE UP UP UP, Ella and Jake
         growing SMALLER in what we now reveal is a MASSIVE HANGAR where:
         AUTOMATED -ARMS PLANT RECENT ARRIVALS INTO A VERITABLE FOREST of
         PEOPLE AND ANIMALS. Level after level, THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS
         OF COCOONS are suspended from branch-like limbs.
         Jake picks himself up, looking around the massive hangar in AWE.
                        ELLA
                        Ï¿½CIDYAPLQLWJJ
         -- she PULLS HIM into an alcove as a machine arm SWINGS
         overhead, flashing a WIDE CONICAL LASER that inventories cocoons
         like the machine in the underground cave. As they CROUCH:
                        ELLA (CONT'D)
         We can't let that thing see us or they'll
         know we're here.
         She turns -- hits buttons on a console -- a door SLIDES UP
         leading to a series of CORRIDORS. She starts to MOVE --
                        ELLA (CONT'D)
         This'll take us to the bridge --
         But Jake doesn't follow. STARES at her --
                        JAKE
         Slaver's up there--?
                        ELLA
         I sure as hell hope not.
                        JAKE
         Then I'm not goin' with you.
         And now she HARDENS --
                        ELLA
         You got any idea how big this ship is?
         No ray you'll ever find him alone. Be
         like findin' a needle in a--
         -- SLAM!! Jake interrupts her by aiming at the LASER SCANNER
         and FIRING HIS BLASTER, blowing it apart. The scanner eye
         CRASHES to the floor, flaming. A KLAXON rings --





         94.
                        JAKE
         I ain't gonna find him. He's gonna find
         me.
                        ELLA'S FURIOUS:
                        ELLA
         Thanks for the head start.
         She turns and RUNS. Jake moves to that scanner eye on the
         floor, walks right up to it and STARES into the shattered IRIS:
                        JAKE
         Alright, you sonofabitch... come and get
         me.
         INT. ALIEN SCOUT SHIP - COMMAND CENTER - CONTINUOUS
         JAKE'S FACE APPEARS AS A THERMAL HEAT SOURCE -- fritzing as he
         stares into the scanner. ALARMS scream.
         THE SLAVER fills with RAGE. And RECOGNITION.
         Aliens begin grabbing WEAPONS but The Slaver SHRIEKS for them to
         STOP. We don't need to speak alien to understand:
         "He's mine. "
         INT. SCOUT SHIP - CORRIDORS - CONTINUOUS
         Jake has moved out into the corridors -- blaster ready -- eyes
         darting -- suddenly -- WHAM:
         A STEEL BARRICADE SLAMS DOWN BEHIND HIM. WHAM! Another in
         front -- WHAM! He's TRAPPED, shut off from the passageways...
         .. except ONE. A long, dark tunnel. A DOOR at the far end
         HISSES open: THE TURBOLIFT ELEVATOR.
         ON JAKE. Understanding... his call is bging answe
                        JAKE
                        (QUIETLY; HARD)
         Okay.
         And starts walking to the elevator... as a SCREAM takes us to:
         INT. CANYON - DAY
         Handmade LADDERS are SWUNG FORWARD onto the fort as Apaches try
         to SCALE the wall, but are BLOWN BACK by ALIEN PARAPET SENTRIES.
         ON DOC -- running TRIAGE on wounded warriors:





         95.
                        DOC
         I need more bandages now!/ You: lint and
         splint that leg!
         GREY WOLF (SUBTITLE)
         We're losing ranks ! ! !
          And then, out of nowhere... the BANG BANG BANG of 30 pistols
         fills the air as --
         DOLARHYDE RIDES IN WITH JAKE'S GANG! A renewed SURGE of energy
         as cowboys join Indians to fortify their ranks:
                        NAT COLORADO
         You came back!
                        DOLARHYDE
         Told you: I take care of my kin.
         Colorado knows that's as close to "I love you" as he'll ever
         get. But the UPSWING is short-lived as:
         A speeder WHIZZES past, dropping a METALLIC BUNDLE. It splits
         open right in front of the fort's STEEL GATES -- pieces
         hydraulically ASSEMBLING THEMSELVES in seconds, becoming:
         THE MOTHERFUCKING SUPERGUN_OF DEATH. TWO LETHAL BARRELS spin to
         life, firing STRANGE STEEL BALL BEARINGS in every direction.
         CLAW HOOKS snap out of the balls, EMBEDDING in soldiers! One
         LODGES in a GANG MEMBER beside DOC -- he FLAILS:
                        GANG MEMBER
         HELP ME!!! GET IT OFF!
         A RED SPRING-LOADED PIN depresses in the ball's center: KA-BOOM!
         SEARING WHITE LIGHT TURNS THE OFFICER TOAASH -- AN ALIEN
         GRENADE! Doc goes FLYING from the kickback, landing near:
         GREY WOLF -- FWWWWTWHCK!!! Another claw-ball CLAMPS into the
         Apache's SHOULDER -- he SHOUTS, struggles to pull it out --
                        DOC
         DON'T. STOP, DAMMIT!!!!
         The RED PIN starts to depress -- pOC LUNGES, JAMS HIS FINGER
         RETJff&H_THE PIN AND BLASTING CAP. Now he's stopped it from
         exploding, but if he pulls his finger out... HE DIES TOO.
         DOC and GREY WOLF lock eyes. Their fates suddenly ENTWINED as --
         INT. SCOUT SHIP - TURBOLIFT - MOVING - CONTINUOUS
         Bars of light move rhythmically across Jake's face -- BURNING
         with determination -- as he travels up in the turbolift. It
         slows to a STOP. The door cycles open and --





         96.
         -- the STRANGEST THING happens. DESERT SAND billows in a gust
         of ventilated air. SAND?! Jake emerges, blocking his eyes:
         INT. SCOUT SHIP - JUNKPILE CARGO HANGAR - CONTINUOUS
         -- the sand swirls and eddies. Visibility reduced to ZERO. As
         Jake pushes through, the air clears a little...
         His eyes WIDEN. Trying to make SENSE of what he sees:
         Remember all those BUILDINGS that were pulled up into the
         tornado when Absolution was attacked? And that CRATER they
         found that used to be "Winfield's Landing"? It-'-s all-HE
         in a junkwle hangar. Building pieces. False front
         facades. Debris piled on top of each other, TILTED AND TWISTED
         AT FUNHOUSE ANGLES. And the desert sand that was sucked up
         along with it all.
         A GLOWING REACTOR casts hellish light on the dormant wreckage.
         Weapon ready, Jake moves past part of A BROTHEL. Jutting
         fragments of a HORSE CORRAL. A CREAKING SALOON SIGN swings like
         a pendulum, CLANKS EERILY.
         A STEAM PIPE EXPLODES STEAM. Jake WHIRLS -- and like demons...
         5 ALIENS emerge. Slowly. Fanning out, taking positions as...
         THE SLAVER steps out of the smoke, squarely facing Jake. aAd_h@--
         is holding ELLA hostage. WRIST BLASTER pressed to her throat.
         Jake and Ella LOCK EYES. She's terrified, but staying STRONG.
         His hand LINGERS at his hip, blaster ready.
                        JAKE
         Drop the woman. We both know this ain't
         about her.
         But The Slaver only presses his blaster HARDER into Ella's neck.
         Almost GRINNING. And Jake MEETS the look --
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         She says you're as bad as they come.
         Jake curls back the fingers on both hands, CRACKING knuckles:
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         Well, you ugly sonofabitch... they say
         the same about me.
         A pipe SPEWS STEAM -- UNNERVINGLY LOUD. Then STOPS.
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         Could'a had your boys kill me five times
         over, instead you rolled out the red
         carpet... so let's get it over with.





         97.
         The Slaver HISSES ANGRILY at the challenge. PUSHES Ella roughly
         off to one of his GANG, who keeps a blaster pressed to her side.
         Vow ' O right the a ter of the "town" junkpile.
         THE SLAVER -- his hand at his side, twitching.
         JAKE -- his hand is still.
         A PIPE SPRAYS STEAM AGAIN, SCREAMINGLY LOUD AND --
         Everyone DRAWS! But Jake's INSANELY FAST as he drops to a knee
         and FIRES gunsmoke-style -- BLAM SLAM! The Slaver's HIT and --
         ELLA -- WRENCHES her captor's arm backward and he fires USELESS
         ROUNDS into the air -- she takes a HIT in the leg as Jake SHOOTS
         the captor with a SHOT to the temple --
         Jake GRABS and PULLS Ella to safety behind a SHREDDED STORE
         FRONT, taking cover -- lasers PUNCHING through the building
         walls -- Ella spots an ALIEN lunging around a corner:
                        ELLA
         BEHIND YOU!!!
         Jake WHIRLS, SLAM!!! The creature FLIES off its feet.
                        JAKE
         Stay down.
         Ella does, and here come the rest of the aliens as Jake GUNS
         THEM ALL DOWN WITH PERFECT AIM.
         The REACTOR is hit in the crossfire and the ship RESPONDS with a
         turbine HOWL.
         Corpses litter the floor... all except for The Slaver. A trail
         of FLUORESCENT BLOOD leads around the corner...
         Jake WHIRLS to Ella -- her leg wounded --
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         -- you alright?
         In PAIN, she snatches one of those SMART DISCS off a dead alien:
                        ELLA
         Reactor's hit. if I don't get this ship
         on the ground soon, we're all dead...
         (tries to STAND, WINCES)
         Get me over to that turbolift.
         He slings an arm around her shoulder and LIFTS her, helping her
         to the elevator --





         98.
                        ELLA (CONT'D)
         Put me inside.
         He does. She sees his eyes go back to The Slaver's BLOOD TRAIL:
                        ELLA (CONT'D)
         I can manage the rest without you.
         (tough... but with
                        COMPASSION)
         Go do what you came up here to do.
         He looks at her. At the blood. At the unstable REACTOR.
         And Jake Lonergan makes a CHOICE:
                        JAKE
         Goddamnit.
         -- he gets INTO THE ELEVATOR with her. She SLAMS the control
         pad, doors CLOSE -- they start rocketing upward. She half-grins
         as her eyes hold on him. And within them... trust. AND FAITH.
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         Stop smiling.
         EXT. THE BATTLEFIELD - OUTSIDE ALIEN FORT - CONTINUOUS
         As the FORT SIEGE continues, DOLARHYDE and COLORADO gallop back
         and forth between their men:
                        DOLARHYDE
         DON'T BREAK RANKS! HOLD YOUR LINES
         GODDAMIT! WE CAN TAKE THIS FOR--
         -- KATHWAM! An EXPLOSION throws them off their horses.
         Colorado picks up his father and they start RUNNING LOW under
         stray beams of PLASMA FIRE, reaching Doc and Grey Wolf:
         THE FOUR MEN -- PINNED BEHIND THE ROCK EMBANKMENT:
         Doc's finger is still STUCK in that ALIEN GRENADE, clamped to
         the bleeding Apache's shoulder:
         DOL.ARHYDE (CONT'D)
         The hell iz that?
         Grey Wolf MOANS in pain. Doc SHOUTS to Dolar:
                        DOC
         Tell him to hold still! If I have this
         thing figured right, long as t keep my
         finger under the red pin we won't blow
         up!
         GREY WOLF (SUBTITLE)
         What's he saying?:





         99.
                        DOLARHYDE (SUBTITLE)
         He says we're all gonna die.
                        COLORADO
         We need to pull it out of his shoulder!
                        DOLARHYDE
         I'm not pullin' anything!
                        (RE: DOC)
         He's the damn doctor!
         ZZZZZZAM! MORE people are CUT DOWN by the Alien GRENADE CANNON
         -- the BLOWBACK nearly KNOCKS the grenade out of Doe's hand --
                        DOC
         SHIT!
         Dolarhyde gets an IDEA. HARDENS. Looks Doc right in the eye:
                        DOLARHYDE
         Alright, listen -- you slide your finger
         from under that pin, I'll slip mine in
         and hold it in place. Then you pull it
         out and I'll throw it.
         Doc NODS fearfully. Dolar carefully SLIPS his finger under the
         pin as Doc SLIPS it out. PHEW. Now Doc takes hold of the
         grenade itself, nods "ready" to pull it out. Grey Wolf braces
                        FOR PAIN:
                        DOC
         On three...
                        (DOLAR NODS)
         One... t --
                         DOLARHYDE
         -- Wait.
         Everyone LURCHES from the tension interrupt:
                        DOLARHYDE (CONT'D)
         Tell your wife we're clear.
                        DOC
         What?
                        DOLARHYDE
         -- your wife. Maria. We had an
         arrangement. I left your saloon alone
         and she paid me off.
         ON DOC. Reeling, now REALLY confused --
                        DOC
         We're broke. Paid you off with what?





         100.
                        DOLARHYDE
         She stole from the people in your morgue.
         Gold teeth, trinkets, pocket watches --
         It LANDS on Doc: that's why he fond the watch under their bed.
                        DOC
         I thought she was cheating!
                        DOLARHYDE
         Just robbin' corpses.
                        DOC
         Thank God!
         (and then -- )
         Wait. You hate me. Why're you telling
         me this?
         With GENUINE REMORSE:
                        DOLARHYDE
         May not get another chance --
                        (THEN)
         -- and I still hate ya.
         A MOMENT. Forgiveness and atonement.
         GREY WOLF (SUBTITLE)
         WILL YOU GET ON WITH IT?111
         DOC AND DOLARHYDE
         One... two... three!
         And Doc RIPS the grenade from Grey Wolf's shoulder -- he HOWLS,
         CLAMPS tearing out of his flesh. But they did it!
         As more EXPLOSIONS decimate men, Dolarhyde PULLS the grenade out
         of Doc's hands, still holding his finger under the FIRING PIN --
                        DOC
                        WHAT'RE YOU--
         Dolarhyde looks at Colorado:
                        DOLARHYDE
         Tell your mother I love her.
         With that, he CHARGES into the swirling chaos
                        NAT COLORADO
         WAIT!
         -- but BOOM! Colorado's FORCED BACK by an explosion -- through
         the debris, he sees his father running toward...
                        THE SUPERCANNON





         101.
         Dolarhyde HURLS the grenade -- BOOM!!! IT DETONATES IN A
         MILLION PIECES! DOLARHYDE DISAPPEARS IN THE BLAST!
                        COLORADO
         NO!!!!!
         But his sacrifice 7M S THE TIDE! THE EXPLOSION BLOWS THE
         FORT'S FRONT GATES OFF! THEY TOPPLE ON A WHOLE BUNCH OF ALIENS!
         A CRY OF VICTORY as the humans STORM THROUGH! Aliens hurtle
         back in DISORDER --
         INT. SCOUT SHIP - COMMAND CENTER - CONTINUOUS
         The small ALIEN BRIDGE CREW scrambles to control the damaged
         ship. The WHIR of the lift arriving, doors OPEN and --
         WHOOSH! The SMART WEAPON blurs out of the elevator, SLICING
         HALF A DOZEN ALIENS IN HALF -- circles back around to ELLA, who
         skillfully catches it as she RUN/LIMPS from the lift with JAKE --
         LASER FIRE IGNITES THE BRIDGE as he makes QUICK WORK of the rest
         and Ella mans a console, getting to work --
                        ELLA
         We're going down fast.
         She calls up telemetry on a HOLO-WINDOW: EARTH TERRAIN -- The
         BATTLEFIELD. Sets coordinates, vectoring the ship that way:
         A WHIR as a SECOND TURBOLIFT arrives... AND THE SLAVER STEPS
         QQT. Wounded, and very PISSED OFF. Jake says to Ella:
                        JAKE
         No matter what.
         Jake and The Slaver HURTLE into each other, TUMBLE off a
         catwalk, CRASHING into conduits and GUNKY WATER below.
         Jake staggers up but The Slaver is HUGE -- SLAMS Jake back into
         the water. PINS A FOOT on his blaster arm -- CRUSHING IT.
         Jake HOWLS as The Slaver presses a series of those HIEROGLYPH
         MARKINGS on Jake's BRACELET -- the symbols LIGHT UP in an UNLOCK
         CODE -- and KA-CHING! The bracelet POPS OF.E.
         The Slaver TOSSES IT into the gunky water. Draws his LASER WHIP
         -- WHUP-SNAP! The white-hot tip LASHES JAKE'S BACK, ripping his
         shirt and BURN-SCARRING HIS BACK!
         Jake SCREAMS in agony as The Slaver WHIPS HIM MERCILESSLY --
         EXT. SKIES ABOVE DESERT - CONTINUOUS
         The Scout Ship SCREAMS down out of the cloud, toward the CANYON:





         102.
         EXT. CANYON BATTLEFIELD - CONTINUOUS
         Outlaws and Apaches finish off the wounded, TOMAHAWKS RIPPING
         AWAY TENTACLED SCALPS! Carnage and joy -- but then:
         A MONSTROUS SHADOW spreads over the battlefield. Everyone looks
         up to see the SCOUT SHIP PLUMMETING DOWN --
         GREY WOLF (SUBTITLE)
         Fall back!!! NOW!! NOW!!
         INT. SCOUT SHIP - COMMAND CENTER - LOWER LEVEL - CONTINUOUS
         Another LASER WHIP SNAP and Jake seems DONE. Now The Slaver
         LIFTS Jake from the water, CRUSHING his wind-pipe.
         Jake FLAILS, REACHING for something BELOW FRAME... finally GRABS
         and STABS it into The Slaver's side. The Alien ROARS in pain
         and looks down to see --
         ONE OF HIS OWN "ICE TACKS" FROM HIS BANDOLIER EMBEDDED IN HIS
         SIDE. IT STARTS TO GLOW BLUE WITH A HIGH-PITCH WHINE:
                        JAKE
         Go to hell.
         THE SLAVER'S ROAR OF DEFEAT IS CUT SHORT AS THE MOTHERFUCKER
         FREEZES TO GREY STONE. EXPLODING IN A MILLION PIECES!!!
         Jake DROPS, GASPING. Revenge fulfilled. Painfully starts
         CLIMBING a ladder back to the upper deck --
         EXT. CANYON - BATTLEFIELD - CONTINUOUS
         As the humans FLEE from the fort, the remaining aliens RETREAT
         to the last shuttles for ESCAPE... start to LIFT OFF...
         But find themselves SMASHING into the ENORMOUS HULL of the ship
         as_it crashe _down!
         INT. SCOUT SHIP - COMMAND CENTER - CONTINUOUS
         Jake FALLS into the seat beside Ella, straps in. Fighting the
         controls, she SEES THE WHIP MARKS on his back. It TEARS her
         heart open. And because this might be the end... she ADMITS:
                        ELLA
         I lied.
                        JAKE
         ... I know.
                        ELLA
         No, I heard what you said when I was
         layin' there...





         103.
         JAKE. Taken aback. LAID BARE. As she says:
                        ELLA (CONT'D)
         You are a good man. At least... to me.
         The ground GROWS BIGGER out the window. Her HAND reaches over
         for his. JAKE'S HAND clasps hers and --
         EXT. BADLANDS - THE BATTLEFIELD - CONTINUOUS


         THE SHIP PLUNGES INTO THE CANYON AND CLEAR THROUGH THE ALIEN
         FORT, RIPPING IT INTO TIDAL-WAVE MOUNDS OF SHRAPNEL... CHEWS UP
         A HALF-MILE BEFORE SLOWLY COMING TO A FINAL, WRENCHING... STOP.
         The frame is WHITE with dust and SUNSHINE. As from the ether
         comes...
         EMMETT, HAPPY, and DOC, with GREY WOLF's arm slung over his
         shoulder. Among other faces, White and Apache... all of them
         PROUD WARRIORS. Staring in awe at:
         THE CRASHED ALIEN SHIP. DUG DEEP INTO THE CANYON FLOOR.
         Something starts to rain down. Looks at first like glitter...
         until we realize it's GOLD DUST.
         From an OPENING in the Scout Ship, the sound of THUNDERING
         HOOVES as... ALL THE ANIMALS STAMPEDE OUT. Then, slowly...
         HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE emerge, dazed -- their minds slowly WAKING
         UP. White and Kiowa-Apache ABDUCTEES.
         DOC RUSHES IN, searching faces -- no -- no -- no -- n--
         THERE she is, his BELOVED MARIA, stumbling weakly toward him as
         tears runs down her cheek. He EMBRACES her madly, kissing every
         inch of her face as...
         EMMETT pushes through the crowd, sees SHERIFF TAGGART --
                        EMMETT
         PAW!!!! PAW!!!!
         The kid GRABS his father and holds him for dear life, as Taggart
         stares back in a daze --
                        EMMETT (CONT'D)
         It's me -- it's Emmett.
         And somewhere in there, RECOGNITION comes to the Sheriff's
         eyes... Emmett SMILES and throws his arms around his father
         again as --
         THE TOWNSFOLK OF ABSOLUTION AND THE APACHES FIND EACH OTHER.
         Families, lovers, friends... reunited.





         104.
                        COLORADO
         Moving through the FALLEN BODIES toward the lifeless form of
         Dolarhyde, his FATHER. Eyes welling, he drops to his knees...
         A VOICE (O.S.)
         Nat?
         Colorado turns -- it's PERCY. Confused. Like waking from a
         dream. Sees his father on the ground...
                        PERCY
         What... happened?
         And all Colorado can say is...
                        NAT COLORADO
         He's dead.
         That HANGS there. Percy blinks. And then --
                        PERCY
         Who's gettin' the ranch?
         ON COLORADO. At first, words that don't compute. Then PURE
         BLIND RAGE takes hold and his FISTS FLY, PUNCHING PERCY:
         NAT COLORADO PERCY
         YOU SONOFABITCH! HE JUST STOP! NAT, STOP!!!
         SAVED YOUR WORTHLESS LITTLE
         LIFE!
         DOLARHYDE (O.S.)
         HEY!
         Colorado WHIRLS -- DOLARHYDE IS STAGGERING TO HIS FEET, ALIVE!
                        DOLARHYDE (CONT'D)
         No one's gettin' my ranch.
         Stunned, Colorado GRINS. Percy spits blood, points accusingly --
                        PERCY
         Paw, he--
         Dolarhyde SMACKS Percy across the face:
                        PERCY (CONT'D)
         OW!!! What'd you do that for?
                        UOLARHYUE
         For being an ungrateful little bastard.
         Now shake your brother's hand and thank
         him for saving your ass, cause it's more
         than you ever would'a done bjM.





         105.
         Chastened, Percy glowers at Colorado. Grudgingly reaches out a
         hand. So does Nat. As they SHAKE --
                        DOLARHYDE (CONT'D)
         That's better.
                        JAKE
         Staggers through the crowd. And sees ELLA. Thgy did it. But
         she still looks TROUBLED. Staring out at the vast desert...
                        JAKE
         . what is it?
                        ELLA
         We didn't get all of 'em. Some ran oft.
         That LANDS on Jake, as he too looks toward the endless horizon.
         HOLD on them, together, a VICTORIOUS but UNRESOLVED note...
         We RISE UP over the sea of bodies and the CRASHED SHIP, until
         Jake and Ella are just two small figures in the crowd...
                        FADE TO:
         EXT. TOWN OF ABSOLUTION - DAY
         A glorious sight: Absolution in REBIRTH -- FLUSH from all that
         GOLD. Storefronts brightly painted, the streets ALIVE.
         We PICK UP EMMETT running through the hustle and bustle with two
         APACHE KIDS. Suddenly, DOLARHYDE, COLORADO and their gang ride
         in. SHERIFF TAGGART emerges from his office with DEPUTY WADE:
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         EMMETT! GET OVER HERE!!!
                        EMMETT
         -- what? What'd I dQ?
         SHERIFF TAGGART EMMETT
         Get outta the road before
         you're run down! If your (overlapping)
         momma saw y-- -- "saw me playin' in the
         street she'd roll over in her
         grave and shoot lightnin'
         bolts outta her eyes," I know,
         I know!
         He runs off. Taggart SMIRKS:
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Kid's got a mouth on him.





         106.
                        DEPUTY WADE
         Well, Kyle, considering he saved your
         life, guess you'll just have to grin'n
         bear it.
         Dolar moves up to Taggart, tough as ever. The men HOLD looks:
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Woodrow.
                        DOLARHYDE
         Kyle.
         Percy STEWS about something. Dolar WHACKS him upside the head:
                        DOLARHYDE (CONT'D)
         Go_ _on.
         Grudgingly, Percy hands Taggart a SHEAF OF PAPER --
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         What's this?
                        DOLARHYDE
         Claims to the land 50 miles west of here.
         I've signed it over to the township of
         Absolution.
         (off Taggart's LOOK)
         Considering I'm a businessman, I figure
         expansion's in both our interests. Needs
         the Sheriff's signature to be official.
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Fifty miles west of here is where the
         goldmine is, Woodrow.
                        DOLARHYDE
                        (A BEAT)
         That so.
         With surprise, Taggart studies the paper. SMILES:
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         What's this about twenty percent going to
         the Apaches?
         Dolarhyde glances at Colorado. A moment. But the hardened
         rancher maintains his rock-solid facade:
                        DOLARHYDE
         Figure the only way not to piss 'em off
         is to buy 'em.
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         Since when'd you worry about pissin'
         anyone off?





         107.
                        DOLARHYDE
         Just sign it, Goddamnit.
         With a grin, Taggart gestures for Deputy Wade to turn around and
         flattens the paper on his BACK, using it as a surface to SIGN:
                        SHERIFF TAGGART
         I'd say you were being generous, Woodrow,
         but I know you'd just be insulted.
                        DOLARHYDE
         Damn right.
         Dolar gives his hat a TIP, then mounts up to go -- and we RISE
         UP to the UPPER FLOOR of the GOLD LEAF SALOON, in the process of
         being rebuilt in grand style -- and MOVE IN on a WINDOW where:
         INT. BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS
         DOC AND MARIA burst through a door, tearing passionately at each
         other's CLOTHES -- Maria MOANS as Doc kisses her neck:
                        DOC MARIA
         SHH! The workers will hear
         us!!! Let them hear!
         As they TUMBLE back onto the bed, Doc LURCHES. Reaches under
         his back to find... a GOLD POCKETWATCH.
                        DOC
         What is this?
                        MARIA
         Look at the inscription.
         He flips it open to find an ENGRAVING: "MI CORAZON... POR
         SIEMPRE." Doc looks up at her, MOVED. Then -- PLAYFULLY:
                        DOC
         This looks like Aldo Mayberry's watch...
                        MARIA
         Shut up and kiss me.
         She pulls him down, OUT OF FRAME --
         EXT. EDGE OF TOWN - DAY
         A hand unties a HORSE from its tether bar -- it's JAKE. Saddle
         bags packed. A BARK turns him around... HAPPY. Yipping for
         Jake to FOLLOW. He GRINS. As MUSIC begins to RISE -- HOPEFUL:
         EXT. ARIZONA DESERT - DAY
         In a LONG SHOT -- the distant SILHOUETTES of Happy BOUNDING
         through the shallow TWIN RIVERS, Jake following on horseback...





         108.
         EXT. RIM OF CANYON - DAY
         As Jake approaches, APACHE SENTRIES emerge from rocks to keep
         outsiders away. Jake TIPS his hat and they nod, let him pass.
         He nears the bluff where ELLA, GREY WOLF, and the rest of the
         Apaches finish laying DYNAMITE DET CORD that trails down into
         the canyon. Ella hears Happy BARKING -- turns to see her dog
         with Jake. She smiles as he rides up, dismounts:
                        ELLA
         Second damn time that dog ran off on me.
                        JAKE
         Second time he brought me to you.
         Happy's tail wags. The look between Jake and Ella HOLDS. And
         it seems freighted with everything. Finally, he breaks it --
         glancing at the Apaches finishing their work with the dynamite,
         and the remnants of the ALIEN SHIP and FORTRESS below.
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         Looks like you got everything set.
         Ella eyes Jake's horse, loaded with GEAR. Looks up, clearly
                        DISAPPOINTED:
                        ELLA
         Where you headed?
                        JAKE
                        (A BEAT)
         Got some messes to clean up.
         But she looks at him. fEADI.NG liim. wryly:
                        ELLA
         Messes.
                        JAKE
         ... Yep.
         (then; off her look)
         What.
         She walks right up to his horse. Right up to HIM:
                        ELLA
         I think you're ridin' off cause you're
         just scared of what'll happen if you
         stay.
         An INFERENCE here. Ella's going BOLD. Jake swings off his
         horse, lands beside her. Now. Almost CURIOUS:
                        JAKE
         And what's gonna happen?





         109.
         She steps CLOSER to him... INTIMATE:
                        ELLA
         You know.
         A CHARGE between them. All they wanna do is KISS...
         But that'd be too easy. And those wounds of his, they haven't
         quite healed. He drops his eyes; SOFTLY NOW:
                        JAKE
         If I stay... it's not gonna be good for
         anybody, Ella.
         A beat. She looks off. Nods. They say nothing. And now he
         slowly climbs back on his horse. Ella TOUGHENS:
                        ELLA
         Heard some rumors outta Abilene. Weird
         noises at night. Cattle mutilations.
         Weather phenomena. Figured I'd ride down
         there. Give it a look-see.
                        JAKE
         (his eyes narrow)
         What's 'phenomena'?
                        ELLA
         Big storms in places that don't get big
         storms.
         ON JAKE. Every fighting instinct in him suddenly IGNITED,
         though he plays it down:
                        JAKE
         You goin' down there yourself?
                        ELLA
         Why? You worried about me?
         You bet your ass he is. But, he shakes his head--
                        JAKE
         No, ma'am. You can take care of yourself
         just fine.
         (then; tips his hat)
         Be seein' you around.
                        ELLA
         goodbye, Jake.
         He gets back on his horse. Starts to ride off. Happy BARKS and
         trots alongside him. BARK BARK BARK. In dog that means "Don't
         be an idiot." Jake glances over --





         110.
                        JAKE
         Get the hell away from me, you damn mutt.
         (BARK, BARK)
         Go on, GET.
         He heels his horse, leaving Happy behind to WHINE.
         Jake rides off into the sunset. But his heart's KICKING in his
         chest. And this is pretty much where things usually end...
         But. Jake pulls the REINS as he SIGHS. Turns the horse around.
         TROTS back to Ella, whose smile WIDENS as he closes the gap
         between them.
         Finally STOPS right in front of her. And despite his best
         effort to stay TOUGH... he just plain likes her:
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         Abilene happens to be on my way.
         He reaches out a hand... she takes it... as he PULLS HER UP INTO
         THE SADDLE. Ella grinning ear-to-ear as she folds her arms
         around his waist. Jake -- ever the outlaw -- grumbles:
                        JAKE (CONT'D)
         Stop smiling, Goddammit.
         He KICKS the horse and Happy follows. Ella shoots a goodbye
         look to Grey Wolf, who NODS. Signals his men and FUSES ARE LIT:
         The DYNAMITE FUSES ssssssnake down the mountain -- reaching the
         canyon floor -- INTO those limestone tunnels where CLUSTERS OF
         DYNAMITE have been placed... and as FUSE MEETS EXPLOSIVE:
         ANGLE - JAKE AND ELLA CRESTING A HILL -- B000000000000MI The
         THUNDER of EXPLOSIONS makes them rear. They turn back to see...
         THE TWIN RIVERS GEYSERING UP INTO THE CANYON. COVERING ALL
         EVIDENCE OF THE ALIEN SHIP AND 'Q T.
         Ella folds her arms TIGHTER around Jake, her heart full. With a
         nod of private affirmation, he spurs the horse with a HYAI
         As the canyon behind them fills with rushing water, Jake and
         Ella ride hard into the fiery sunset...
         Away from the past, toward a future full of promise.
         FADE OUT.
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