Friday, May 26, 2017

Chemistry Class


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In Chapter 35 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, Rommy hurriedly makes a new batch of the vaccine to give to Jool before she succumbs to the zombie virus. Meanwhile, Gaga and Nin have their last stand against the invasion ...


EXT. HUNTER COLLEGE BUILDING - NIGHT
Old. Stately. Carved in stone
above the door: SCHOOL OF MEDICINE.
The SWAT truck pulls up in front. Stops.

Gaga sits the behind the wheel.
Nin rides shotgun. Rommy hops out.

Puts Jool over his shoulder.
SLAMS the door.

ROMMY
We won’t be long.
Just stay in the truck.
You’ll be safe.

Gaga and Nin nod.
Rommy races inside.

INT. HUNTER COLLEGE - CHEMISTRY LAB - NIGHT
A maze of beakers, test-tubes
and bubbling liquids have been set up
on a work table like
something out of Frankenstein.

Jool lies on top of
another table, fast asleep.

Rommy watches the chemicals working.
He’s exhausted. Spent. Eyes are slits.

Every muscle in his body is aching.
He looks at a tube that’s
dripping liquid into a beaker.

ROMMY
(reads the sheet of paper
with the formula)
Then add five cc’s
of contaminated blood.
(grabs a syringe, unwraps it)
We’re almost there --

He JABS the needle in her arm.
Fills the syringe with blood.

SQUIRTS it into the beaker.
Stirs it with a glass rod.

A door BANGS OPEN behind him.
He turns and looks.

It’s a late-stage INFECTED PROFESSOR.
Just about to turn.

He starts walking toward them.
Points at Jool. Licks his lips.

LATE-STAGE INFECTED PROFESSOR
Hungry --

Rommy GRABS a length of steel
tubing off the table --

ROMMY
Stay away from my GIRLFRIEND.

And SHOVES it in his eye with a CRUNCH.
He COLLAPSES to the floor, THWUNK.

Rommy DASHES over to the work table.
Starts filling a pair of
syringes with the vaccine.

INT. SWAT TRUCK - AT THAT MOMENT
Gaga and Nin sit in the truck,
watching for zombies.

NIN
I wonder what’s taking them so long?

GAGA
Dunno.

NIN
Are you okay?

GAGA
I miss my brother.

NIN
I’m sorry. What was he like?

GAGA
God, he was AMAZING.
He developed the vaccine, you know.

NIN
No, I didn’t.
(sees something)
OhmiGOD.

GAGA
(turns, looks)
What.
(sees)
Oh, NO.

EXT. SWAT TRUCK - NIGHT
A WILD, RABID PACK OF ZOMBIES
ATTACKS the truck.

Swarms all over it
like bees on a hive.
POUNDING on it, SCREAMING.

IN THE TRUCK
Gaga and Nin hug each other
for dear life.

GAGA
I can’t TAKE THIS ANYMORE.

NIN
Our father, who art in heaven --

The zombies BURST THROUGH the windows
and start RIPPING THEM TO SHREDS
and FEASTING ON THEM.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Women And Children First


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In Chapter 34 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, Rommy, Jool and Ginger fight their way through the zombie attack and escape off the roof onto the building next door ...


ON THE ROOF
Ginger closes the hatch. Examines it.

GINGER
It bolts from the inside.
It’s not gonna buy us much time.

ROMMY
We gotta figure out a way
to get over to the next building.

Ginger pulls a coiled length
of black rope off her belt --

GINGER
Check it out.

Holds up a black metal
rod attached to it.

She presses a button on the handle
and a GRAPPLING HOOK flies out.

She deftly TOSSES IT across to
the building on the other side.
It HITS the ledge with a CLANG.

Ginger pulls out a handle
with a snapped-hook.
Attaches it to the rope, CLICK.

ROMMY
So we grab onto that and
slide down to the other side.

Ginger nods. Ties the other end
of the rope to a chimney. Pulls it TIGHT.

GINGER
We’ll have to go one at a time.

ROMMY
Gaga, you go first.

GAGA
Okay.

She grabs the handle.
Pulls it along the cord
to the side of the building.

Looks at the other side.
Then at them.

GAGA (CONT'D)
Wish me luck.

And then TAKES OFF. She FLIES
down the cord with ease and LANDS
on the roof with a SLAP of her feet.

IN THE PANIC ROOM
The door starts to BUCKLE as
the screaming zombies BATTER it.

ON THE ROOF
Rommy looks at Nin.

ROMMY
Now you go.

Nin nods. GRABS the handle.
Look across to the other side.

NIN
Here goes nothing --

And FLIES down the cord.

IN THE PANIC ROOM
The steel door BURSTS off its hinges,
and the room quickly fills
with SCREAMING ZOMBIES.

ON THE ROOF
Ginger nods at Rommy.

GINGER
You go next.

ROMMY
You go. Women and children first.

The trap door FLIES OFF.
A pair of RABID ZOMBIES FLY OUT
onto the roof and start RUNNING at them.

Ginger pulls out her semiautomatic weapon
and starts SHREDDING THEM TO RIBBONS.

GINGER
GO, GO, GO -- I don’t know how
much longer I can hold ‘em off.

ROMMY
(nods, freaked out)
Fuck this hero shit --

He takes Jool in his arms.
GRABS the handle and goes
SAILING down to the other side --

Just as a dozen zombies EXPLODE
through the door and start EATING GINGER.
She SCREAMS as her body is TORN APART.

ON THE OTHER SIDE
They all watch in horror.
Jool wakes up again.

JOOL
What’s -- going on?

ROMMY
(turns her head)
Don’t look.

NIN
That poor woman.

GAGA
She saved us.

ROMMY
And now it’s time to save ourselves.
(to Nin)
Where can find a chemistry lab?
I need to whip up a batch of the vaccine.

NIN
Hunter college. It’s just a few blocks away.

ROMMY
Okay, great.
(to Jool)
Just hold on. Okay?
You think you can make it?

JOOL
Yeah.
(feels something)
Uh-oh --

And she VOMITS a GREEN-BROWN SPEW.
Closes her eyes.

Rommy wipes her mouth
with his sleeve.
Picks her up.

ROMMY
Stay with me, Jool.
(beat)
Stay with me --

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Great Escape


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In Chapter 33 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, Brick, Gaga and the surviving revolutionaries try to escape the zombie invasion by racing up to the roof of the building. Meanwhile, up on the roof, Rommy tends to an increasingly infected Jool, and turns to Ginger to try figure out a way to escape ...


EXT. CARLING’S MANSION - NIGHT
Gaga and Brick RUN into the building.

INT. CARLING’S MANSION - FOYER - NIGHT
They SLAM the door shut.

BRICK
That’s not gonna hold ‘em long.

GAGA
(nods)
C’mon -- UPSTAIRS.

Gaga and Brick start RUNNING
up the grand staircase.

ON THE ROOF
Nin turns to Ginger.

NIN
We better go warn them.

GINGER
Uh, YEAH.

They RACE toward the trap door,
then BOLT down the ladder.

IN THE HALLWAY
Rommy holds Jool in his arms.
He sees the lesions.

There’s now more of them.
He kisses the top of her head.

ROMMY
You’re NOT gonna die on me.

JOOL
(opens her eyes)
Rommy -- ?

ROMMY
Hold on.
You’re gonna be okay.
You’re gonna be okay.

JOOL
Okay --
(eyes go glassy)
Need to -- sleep.

And she PASSES OUT again.

IN THE FOYER
The front door FLIES OPEN
and the pack of zombies RACES INSIDE.
Start FLYING UP THE STAIRS.

AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS
Gaga reaches the top.
But Brick, still really high,
TRIPS and FALLS. He groans.
Grabs the railing.

BRICK
My ankle --

The zombies RUN UP THE STAIRS
and ATTACK him. Start FEASTING.
Gaga SCREAMS. RUNS down --

THE HALLWAY
Where she sees Rommy
holding a lifeless Jool.

GAGA
They’re COMING THIS WAY --
(off his stare)
Is she okay?

ROMMY
(hoists Jool over his shoulder)
I don’t KNOW.

SCREAMING behind them.

GAGA
C’mon, LET’S GO --

They turn and RUN toward
the steel door, which FLIES OPEN,
revealing Nin and Ginger.

GINGER
Get IN HERE.

Rommy and Gaga FLY into the room.
Ginger and Nin SLAM the door.

Everyone looks at each other.
Breathing heavily.

ROMMY
Thanks. Holy shit was that close.

He carefully lays Jool
down on the bed.
Strokes her hair.

Looks up at them.
Sighs. Then realizes.

ROMMY
Hey. Where’s Brick?

GAGA
Didn’t make it.

NIN
(to Rommy)
Is she okay?

ROMMY
I think so -- for now.
But we gotta hurry.

GINGER
You’re the boyfriend.

NIN
(half-smile)
His name is Rommy.

ROMMY
Nice to meet you. Nin, right?
(off her nod)
Okay, listen to me.
I’ve got a vaccine.
We need to get out of here
so I can go make some.

She keeps going in
and out of consciousness --

GINGER
You’ve got a VACCINE?

ROMMY
Yeah, but it’s not going to
do us any good if we’re DEAD.

The zombies start BANGING
on the door. Everyone looks.
Horrified. Rommy turns to Nin.

ROMMY (CONT'D)
How strong is that door?

NIN
It’s -- pretty strong, but --
(gestures helplessly)
I dunno.

ROMMY
(sees the ladder)
That goes up to the roof?
(off her nod)
Then LET’S GO.

One by one, they start
going up the ladder --
first Gaga, then Nin, then Ginger,
then Rommy, carrying Jool.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Love Me Do


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In Chapter 32 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, after desperately searching the republic for her after they tragically got separated, Rommy finally finds Jool ...


EXT. CARLING’S MANSION - FRONT ENTRANCE - NIGHT
The SWAT truck is parked
in front by the curb.

Rommy, Brick and Gaga
stand on the sidewalk.
Look at the building.

BRICK
Nice digs.

GAGA
So this is how the other half --
(beat)
Uh -- lived.

ROMMY
I’ll go inside first.
You guys stay outside
and keep a lookout.

ON THE ROOF
Jool waves frantically.
Beaming. SO fucking excited.

JOOL
ROMMY. Up HERE.

ROMMY
Looks up. Sees her.

ROMMY
Ohmigod, JOOL. THERE you are.
I’m COMING UP.

JOOL (O.C.)
I’m coming DOWN --

IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING
Rommy RACES inside.

ON THE ROOF
Jool RUNS to the trap door.
FLIES down the ladder.

ON THE MAIN STAIRWAY
Rommy RACES up the stairs.

IN THE PANIC ROOM
Jool WHIPS the door open.
RUNS into --

THE CORRIDOR
Where Rommy RUNS toward her.
They FLY into each other’s arms.

ROMMY
I thought I’d lost you FOREVER --

JOOL
I KNEW you’d come find me.

They gaze into each other’s eyes.
Jool strokes his face.

JOOL (CONT'D)
You DID get infected.

ROMMY
It’s okay. We have a vaccine.

JOOL
You DO?

ROMMY
Yeah. It’s gonna be okay --
(studies her face)
You’re infected, too.

JOOL
I’m okay. Just feel a little --

She COLLAPSES in his arms.

JOOL (CONT’D)
Tired.

And goes out like a light.

ROMMY
JOOL.

ON THE ROOF
Nin and Ginger scan the horizon.
See something.

GINGER
Oh, no. The zombies in the park --

NIN
Are coming THIS WAY.

ON THE STREET
Brick and Gaga stand
in front the building.

GAGA
Do you hear that?

The sound of SCREAMING
gets nearer and nearer.

BRICK
(looks)
Oh, SHIT.

DOWN THE STREET
A pack of RABID SCREAMING ZOMBIES
is coming right at them.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Signs Of Life


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In Chapter 31 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, Rommy, Brick, Gaga and the rest of the revolutionaries recover from surviving the zombie attack. Meanwhile, Jool searches the skyline for any sign of Rommy ...


INT. SWAT TRUCK - NIGHT
Rommy’s behind the wheel.
Grim. Determined.

Brick rides shotgun,
eyes bleary from too much weed.
Wasted.

BRICK
(sings)
'With their tanks and their bombs,
and their bombs and their guns --
zombie, zombie, zombie -- '

GAGA
So where to next?

ROMMY
First we go get Jool,
then find somewhere
to make the vaccine,
and THEN go to the media.
(turns, looks at them)
So no more Doobie Brothers, okay?

GAGA
I’m fine. Just have a mellow buzz.
Still fully functioning --
(looks at Brick)
Not like Zombie Garcia here.

BRICK
Chill OUT. Relax.
I’m just blowing off
some steam, okay?
Surviving a zombie
apocalypse is STRESSFUL.

ROMMY
Yeah, and so is having
your romantic rendezvous
FUCKED UP by ARMED GUARDS.

GAGA
That must of been rough.

ROMMY
Yeah, well the story’s
gonna have a happy ending.
(looks out the window)
We’re almost there --

Rommy pulls the picture
out of his pocket.
Sneaks a look.

It BLOWS out the window.
He tries to grab it --

ROMMY
Shit.

EXT. CARLING’S MANSION - ROOF - NIGHT
Jool, Nin and Ginger sit
on the ledge of the roof.

Look down below at the devastation.
Searching for signs of life.

JOOL
Look. Over there in the park.
There’s another pack of them.

GINGER
Zombies in the park.
That’s a LONG way
from the Globe Theater.

JOOL
(sees something)
Ohmigod. ROMMY. He’s HERE.
I KNEW he was coming.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Blood Sucking Freaks


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In Chapter 30 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, Jool discovers that her uncle Carling has been infected with the zombie virus during the invasion, then rescues her nanny in the nick of time, and then barely escapes into their panic room ...


INT. CARLING’S MANSION - FOYER - NIGHT
Ginger and Jool tip-toe
across the marble floor.

Point their weapons.
Eyes scanning the room.

GINGER
This room is bigger
than my whole apartment.

Jool leads the way toward the study.

JOOL
This way --

Suddenly Carling appears down the hall.
He’s been INFECTED. Badly. Late-stage.
Skin mottled. Bloody. Eyes BLAZING.

JOOL (CONT’D)
(horrified)
NO --

He RACES toward Jool and Ginger.
They FIRE at him.
BANG. BANG. BANG. BANG.

His head EXPLODES
in a RED-BROWN MIST.

They lower their guns.
Jool looks at him sadly.

GINGER
I’m so -- sorry.

JOOL
(eyes tear up)
That -- wasn’t my uncle anymore --

GINGER
What about your parents?

JOOL
They were killed by infecteds
when I was seven --
(realizes)
NIN.

GINGER
Who’s that?

JOOL
My nanny.
(thinks)
Maybe she’s in the panic room.
C’mon, follow me.

She trots over to
the grand staircase.

Ginger follows her.
They RACE up the steps.

INT. UPSTAIRS CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS
Jool BANG, BANG, BANGS on the
steel door to the panic room.

Ginger stands guard,
weapon pointed down the hallway.

JOOL
NIN, it’s ME, JOOL.
Are you in there?

GINGER
Maybe we should check
the rest of the --

The door OPENS.
Nin looks at Jool, then Ginger.

NIN
Thank god you’re okay.

JOOL
Thank god YOU’RE okay.

NIN
Your uncle --

JOOL
I know.

NIN
(sighs)
C’mon in.

INT. PANIC ROOM - CONTINUOUS
A very large room outfitted
like a studio apartment.

The best of everything.
Very comfortable.
Ginger looks around.

GINGER
Fanciest panic room
I’VE ever seen.
(looks at them)
Well, now that you’re both safe,
I should get going.

JOOL
Wait, could you stay a
little while and protect us?
I have to wait for Rommy.

GINGER
How is he going to find you
if you’re holed up in here?

JOOL
Oh, that’s no problem.
We can access the roof over there.
(points at a ladder up to a ceiling hatch)
Please? Just for a little while?

PUSH IN ON Ginger’s face.
Her face softens. She sighs.

GINGER
Okay. Let’s go up --

Friday, May 12, 2017

Flaming Creatures


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In Chapter 29 of ZOMBIE & JULIET, it's a fight to the death when Rommy, Brick, Monster, Gaga and Reno go head-to-head with a horde of screaming, mutant zombies ...


EXT. TIMES SQUARE - SUBWAY ENTRANCE - NIGHT
A disaster area.
Vehicles lie in ruins in flames.

A movie theater is on fire.
Zombies CHASE people in the street, SCREAMING.
Explosions BOOM. Scattered GUNFIRE.

Brick, Jag and Rommy carefully come up
the stairs to the mouth of the subway entrance.

Press themselves against the wall.
Carefully look around the corner.

BRICK
It’s like Resident Evil.

JAG
But without the hot chick.

ROMMY
(sees something)
Check out the SWAT truck across the street.

BRICK
That would work --

JAG
Think the keys are in it?

BRICK
Don’t need no stinkin’ keys.
I’ll run across the street, get the truck,
and come pick you guys up.

JAG
Better you than me --

BRICK
(sees something)
I’m gonna cover myself with that trash can --

ROMMY
Okay. I’ll go tell the others.

He turns, walks down the steps to --

THE SUBWAY EXIT STAIRS
Where Gaga, Reno, Hammer and Monster are waiting.

ROMMY (CONT'D)
There’s a SWAT truck across the street.
Brick’s gonna go get it and then pick us up.

MONSTER
Thank god. My leg hurts like a motherfucker.

RENO
(points at the spear)
Poor baby. At least YOU’RE not
skewered like a shish-ka-bob.

ROMMY
Put a sock in it.
We’ve gotta keep a cool head
if we’re gonna get outta this alive.
C’mon, let’s go --

RENO
Well, look who’s all mature
and shit all of a sudden.

OUT ON THE STREET
Brick turns over a trash can.
Gets under it.

Starts moving across the street.
Zombies FLY BY, but don’t smell him.

IN THE TUNNEL
The gang starts walking up
the steps to the street.

Suddenly, SCREAMING from down below.
They all turn and look.

ZOMBIES. Running up the stairs.
Rommy GRABS Gaga’s hand.

ROMMY
Let’s GO.

Rommy, Gaga and Hammer RACE up the stairs,
Monster and Reno right behind.

A rabid zombie GRABS Reno by the spear,
YANKS her down and starts EATING HER.
She SCREAMS.

Monster pulls out his squirt gun to shoot,
but gets GRABBED by zombies who
BITE INTO HIM and start EATING.
He SCREAMS.

UP ON THE SURFACE
Brick makes it to the truck.
He THROWS off the trash can and JUMPS IN.
Starts working on the wires on the steering column.

AT THE SUBWAY ENTRANCE
Rommy, Gaga and Hammer RUN out of
the subway and onto the street.

Zombies from all directions smell,
then see them, start RUNNING toward them.
SCREAMING.

Hammer adjusts his flamethrower. Turns it ON.
A GIANT SPRAY OF FIRE SHOOTS OUT.

HAMMER
Flame ON --

He slowly spins in a circle,
SPRAYING the zombies with FLAMES.

As he HITS each one, they EXPLODE
into SCREAMING FIREBALLS OF BLACK SMOKE.

IN THE SWAT TRUCK
Brick watches them destruct. Gets back to work.
The wires SPARK. The engine ROARS.
He starts driving toward them.

OUT ON THE STREET
Hammer keeps ROASTING the zombies as they
SNAP, CRACKLE POP. They all cover their mouths.

THE TRUCK
Roars up alongside them. Brick leans out the window.

BRICK
Get in, GET IN --

Everyone JUMPS IN. SLAMS the doors shut.

ROMMY
Holy fucking SHIT was that close.

GAGA
I think just peed my Hello Kitties.

BRICK
(realizes)
What about --
Rommy shakes his head sadly.

BRICK
God-DAMMIT.

Zombies start SLAPPING against
the sides of the vehicle,
the windows. SCREAMING to get in.

ROMMY
What are you WAITING FOR? GO, GO, GO --

Brick HITS the gas, and the truck ROARS AWAY.

EXT. TIMES SQUARE - FORTY SECOND STREET - NIGHT
The truck FLIES through the pack of infected.
CRUSHING them. Zombies SPRAY into the air.

But a few still hang onto the sides,
climb onto the roof.

INT. SWAT TRUCK - CONTINUOUS
Brick sees an intersection up ahead.
Gets ready to turn --
and SPINS the steering wheel, HARD.

EXT. SWAT TRUCK - MOVING - CONTINUOUS
The truck CAREENS around the corner,
SHAKING OFF the zombies clinging to the sides.

But there’s still one on top.
He starts SCREAMING and POUNDING on the roof.

IN THE TRUCK
They all look up. Freaked.
Gaga pulls out a book of matches. Lights one.
Touches it to the pack. It EXPLODES in flames.
She leans out the window. TOSSES it up.

ON THE TRUCK
The matches hit the zombie. It EXPLODES IN FLAMES.

IN THE TRUCK
Gaga smiles. Pulls a joint out from behind her ear.

GAGA
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.

Lights up. Takes a big hit.
Holds it in. EXHALES.

ROMMY
Where the fuck did you get THAT?

GAGA
Times Square? Hello?

ROMMY
Gimme some of that.

GAGA
(hands it to him)
No woman, no cry.

BRICK
You think you should be smoking that NOW?

ROMMY
Excuse ME. After that shit back there,
I need to take the edge off.
(beat)
And besides, in my condition it’s medicinal.

Brick stares at him, taking a big toke.

BRICK
Fuck it. Gimme a hit of that --