Screenplay by Eric Christopher Jackson
WGA,W: 1404249 | Complete: 112pgs
Logline: Sometimes, the only answer is to forgive. Synopsis:When four wealthy, Christian families face similar tragedies during the same week, they lean on each other for support.
The funerals are over; the phone calls cease; their loved ones are not coming back. And they cannot accept the answer God gives to their prayers.
EXT. SKYSCAPER ROOF – NEW YORK CITY – NIGHT
There are five men on the roof of a skyscraper looking over the city. Slender, long coats waving from the wind, barely seen against the night sky.
One man walks forward, stands on the ledge, anger etched on his face. The remaining four men walk up, though keeping their distance behind him. They wait for him to say something.
He glances back at them, then stretches out his arms pointing in two directions.
The four men quickly split up, each man to a corner of the roof. All five men step off. Neither of them hit the ground. They disappear in mid-air.
EXT. INTERSTATE 95 – MIAMI – NIGHT
Traffic is backed up because of a very bad car accident. Ambulances, fire trucks, and policemen are on the scene as traffic stalls to see what happened.
INT. KINSLEY ESTATE – MIAMI BEACH – NIGHT
Policemen are at the front door speaking to DEBRA and CARL KINSLEY. Debra is in tears. Carl tries to console her with no success.
The police leave. Debra quickly sits on the couch and screams uncontrollably as Carl sits beside her, one hand on her back. They have found out that their son, Daniel Kinsley, is dead, killed by a drunk driver.
EXT. NEW YORK CITY – NIGHT
ONE DAY LATER. (O.S.)
RICHARD SHAW and BRAD DOCKETT are driving down the street in the middle of a conversation. Richard is behind the wheel of his Lexus CT200h.
That was so crazy!
I told you that was gonna happen!
Brad, it doesn’t make any sense! Five seconds left on the clock and they couldn’t even get the ball in-bounds!
Never had a chance to take a shot!
That’s the last game I’m going to this season. The last!
Oh, I’ve heard this before.
I’m serious this time!
Yeah, okay. Come on, Richard, we’ll… Watch out!
At that moment, another car plows into the driver’s side of the vehicle. Richard and Brad only see bright lights before they black out.
INT. THE RITZ CARLTON BALLROOM – WASHINGTON D.C.
TWO NIGHTS LATER. (O.S.)
COLONEL JAMES STEVENS of the United States military is at a special event with the members of Congress. The main event is over. Multiple conversations are taking place at one time. Colonel Stevens continues his conversation with CONGRESSMAN STEWARD MITCHELL.
Colonel, you guys have done a fine job over there.
Just trying to keep the peace, Congressman Mitchell.
Well, we avoided real disaster. It could have been a lot worse.
In situations like that, all you can do is pray and execute the operation to the best of your ability.
I’m glad the troops are back home.
So am I.
Where’s your daughter, by the way?!
Ah, she’s ready for war, but not political events.
She’s out with friends. There’s a time when even “I” can’t tell her what to do.
She’s really blossomed, Colonel, faster than anyone expected. There’s talk of her being promoted to “Captain” you know.
Tricia blew through practically ever training course we have to offer. She keeps a cool head and sound judgment on the field. You know this better than anyone.
I know, I know. I, I still don’t want to put her on the front lines of ever mission just yet. She has to experience more combat situations before then.
Yes, she’s your daughter, but she’s pushing for Captain anyway and you know it. If you try to hold her back again –
– Don’t worry, Congressman, I can handle it. I just, need a little more time.
Congressman Mitchell gives him a smile and pats him on the arm as he walks away.
My baby is growing up too fast.
The Colonel begins to walk off when a text message comes up on his phone. He pulls the phone from his pocket. As he reads the message, his expression changes completely.
INT. ETECH CORP. – WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA. – NIGHT
24 HOURS LATER. (O.S.)
The ETech Corporation is an advanced weapons manufacturing company. They specialize in innovative technology that helps U.S. Military Soldiers operate more efficiently in combat situations. The company has been family-owned and operated for ten years.
NICOLE JOHNSON is sitting at the desk in her office. City lights can be seen out of the huge windows in back of her. She is on the phone catching up with one of her sibling and twin, VANESSA JOHNSON.
We are almost finished. This project will absolutely put us on the map!
INT. HOME OFFICE – VAN NUYS, CA. – NIGHT
Vanessa is at her desk organizing folders.
We are on the map.
INTERCUT telephone conversation.
You know what I mean, sis!
Yes, send me the files so I can look over them again.
Alright. Are you coming down?
No, I have to meet Josh in the morning. If he agrees with the numbers, that’ll be another name off the list.
It is. I can’t wait to tell mom and dad.
Oh, that’s what I meant to ask you. Have you talked to them tonight?
This afternoon. They’re going for “a ride” again. You know how that goes.
Yeah, I was trying to call them a few minutes ago.
It’s romantic! Give them some time to themselves.
Fine. They’ll be excited though.
You think they’ll officially give the company to us, don’t you?
We’re capable, getting new contracts, keeping the current ones. And Chris is thinking of a way to expand –
– I knew he would eventually!
Okay. Maybe we should call them right now.
Oh, I’m getting another call.
The conference line.
Both young women open the conference line, CHRIS JOHNSON, their brother, is on the phone.
Their expressions change, tears come to their eyes. They grab their coats and belongings, running out of their respective doors.
EXT. HOLLYWOOD HILLS – NIGHT
A police helicopter flies overhead, shining a light on a car wreck below. Two cars are seen badly damaged, other cars are around the scene with dents and scratches. News helicopters from various stations are flying overhead.
Reporters on the ground are trying to get to the location of the accident on the side of a mountain highway. LORI SMITH, a reporter from NBC4 in Los Angeles, is in the middle of her report to anchorman, DERRICK STONE.
That is correct! We arrived on scene about 30 minutes ago, but, yes, we’re being told this is the vehicle of Mark and Veronica Johnson. People who live in the area are telling us the couple drives along this road quite often. But tonight, coming around this bend, a driver, under the influence, lost control of his car and crashed almost head-on into their vehicle. As everyone knows, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are the owners of the ETech Corporation, in West Hollywood, that supplies the military with advanced technology.
INT. NBC4 – LOS ANGELES
Derrick Stone is looking through notes.
Lori, how is the driver of the other vehicle?
We don’t have his name at this time. We do know, he is in critical condition. They’re going to airlift him to a local hospital. He is being charged with DUI and manslaughter. Reporting from Hollywood Hills, back to you, Derrick.
Thank you, Lori. Such a tragic end to their lives. They are the fourth well-known family to experience a loved one die in a DUI accident this week. I’ve never seen this happen in all of my years of covering the news. We will continue to follow this story throughout the night. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their children, who will probably take over the business from here. Though I’m sure that won’t make it any easier for them to take.
We’ll be back in a moment.
EXT. GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL – LOS ANGELES – NIGHT
ONE HOUR LATER. (O.S.)
The hospital parking lot is full. Press photographers, cameramen, and news reporters whirl around the area.
Policemen have set up barricades to prevent the press from blocking the Emergency Entrances.
Lights flash as L.A. Detectives, MARQUIS WALLACE and KELLY PRICE, drive up and exit their car.
Marquis holds up his hands to control the crowd.
Hey, back up! Give us room!
Mr. Wallace, did McFarland put you on this case because of your history?!
Aren’t you a little inexperienced, Mrs. Price, to handle something like this?!
Is there any connection between the accidents this week?!
Do you think these tragedies are just coincidences?
The crowd quiets and gives them room.
(to Reporter #1)
That’s my business.
(to Reporter #2)
Yes, I admit, I was a little surprised to get the call. But I know how to do my job –
– Which is why you need to leave my partner alone!
As far as connection or coincidence, I –
I don’t know. These tragedies happen everyday. The only difference here is we pay attention to the families involved. Excuse us, please.
The crowd makes a path to the sidewalk. Marquis and Kelly split a barricade and quickly head for the entrance.
INT. GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL – EMERGENCY ROOM
Nicole Johnson is sitting down on a bench, hands over her face. She looks up to see Chris and Vanessa Johnson. She leaps up, they all hug, crying.
Doctors and nurses stand in the room behind them. All of them are sad. Large glass windows reveal two bodies laying on tables, covered with sheets.
Marquis and Kelly walk through the double doors. Kelly puts her hand out to block Marquis from going forward.
Reality is sinking in. The siblings have lost their parents.