Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Clean Break


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In the final Chapter of THE HEISTERS, Kelsey makes a deal with the devil, gets away scot-free, and heads off into the sunset with a cool million ...


EXT. VENICE BEACH PARKING LOT - NIGHT
A patrol car sits idling at the very
north end of the lot near the entrance.

Kelsey trots over to it, limping a bit.
She gets in. SLAMS the door.

INT. PATROL CAR - NIGHT
Elwin sits behind the wheel.
Smiles at Kelsey.

ELWIN
Ding, dong, the bitch is dead?

KELSEY
Follow the yellow brick smashed on her head.
(beat)
You got the dough?

ELWIN
Does a bear shit in the woods?

KELSEY
Solid. Where to, the airport?

ELWIN
Charter flight to Mexico awaits --

He puts the car into gear. Starts driving.

ELWIN (CONT’D)
You never told me. What are you
gonna do with your half-mil? Retire?

KELSEY
Thought I’d go cruise around Europe
for a year or so. Never been.
(beat)
But I’ll be back. A half-million
isn’t going to last forever.
(beat)
And besides, I’m a heister. It’s in my blood.

Elwin nods. Turns east on Navy Street.

EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - NIGHT
Mart, Nunn and Isaacs find Ronan’s body.
Ren and Meg examine Doll’s corpse.

They call it in.
Start combing the area for evidence.

A trio of SQUAD CARS pull up,
lights FLASHING.

KELSEY (V.O.)
The plan was simple. I knew every detail
about the heist because I planned it --
and where the money would end up afterward.

INT. PATROL CAR - MOVING - NIGHT
Elwin drives. Kelsey looks out the window. Thinking.

KELSEY (V.O.)
We knew there was going to be a double-cross,
so all Elwin had to do was tail Ronan
and see what he was up to --
and then between the two of us
working both sides of the law,
we could connect the dots.
It got a little hairy there for awhile,
but we pulled it off.

EXT. SIDEWALK CAFE - DAY - FLASHBACK
Kelsey and Elwin sit at a table outside.
It’s deserted. Late. No one else around.

ELWIN
Give me one reason I don’t take you in right now.

KELSEY
How about a half-a-million reasons.

Elwin sips his coffee. Narrows his eyes.

ELWIN
How I do I know I can trust you?

KELSEY
I’ve never been caught.
And I’ve got a score to settle.
With you on my team, it’s a slam-dunk.
(beat)
Word on the street is you’re into
Jimmy Two-Fingers for fifty-K
betting on the ponies,
and I had funny feeling
offering you a half-million
tax free would be a home run.

He stares at her a long beat.
Then breaks into a big smile.

ELWIN
Let’s play ball.

INT. BAR - NIGHT - FLASHBACK
Kelsey sits at a booth,
Ronan across from her.

Talking earnestly. Kelsey smokes.
Watching him, stone-faced.

KELSEY (V.O.)
I knew something was up when Ronan
first approached me about the job.
A little over a year ago we’d had
what I thought was a minor fling
after a big heist.
It was New Year’s Eve, I had too
much to drink, and got careless.
The first rule of Heist Club
is don’t get involved.
(beat)
But the kicker was,
he’d fallen in love with me.
And after I ended it, he mooned
around like a teenage kid.
They only way I could make a
clean break was to leave town --
so when he contacted me through
my go-between about a new job,
red flags started flapping in the breeze.
INT. PATROL CAR - MOVING - NIGHT
Kelsey lights a cigarette. Rolls down the window.
Feels the warm night air blow on her face.

KELSEY (V.O.)
I learned a valuable lesson.
NEVER fuck a heister.
(beat)
Because if you don’t watch out,
they’ll fuck you right back.

Kelsey says something to Elwin.
He pulls the car over to the side of the road.

She smiles. Opens the car door --
WHIPS OUT her pistol.
SHOOTS him in the chest.

BANG. BANG. BANG.
Elwin slumps over. Dead.

KELSEY (V.O.) (CONT'D)
Oh, yeah. One last thing.
(beat)
Never trust a heister --

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Goodbye, Dolly


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In Chapter 46 of THE HEISTERS, the shit hits more than the fan when Kelsey and Doll fight to the death, high atop a building under construction ...


EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - ROOF - NIGHT
Kelsey hobbles up the stairs
holding the steel pipe,
emerges onto the roof.

Sees Doll standing on the
opposite side of the building.
Brandishing a shovel with both hands.

DOLL
Stay the fuck AWAY FROM ME.

Kelsey holds the pipe
like a baseball bat.

Takes a practice swing.
Starts limping toward Doll.

KELSEY
Sorry, kid.
It’s time for act three.
The final curtain.
Have any last words?
(beat)
Oh, wait.
That would imply you could THINK.

DOLL
I said STAY AWAY FROM ME.

KELSEY
Did you really think you
could get away with it?
Ripping off a PROFESSIONAL HEISTER?
Is your brain that DRUG-DAMAGED?

Doll holds the shovel to her side.
JABS the air in front of her with it.

Moves back toward the
edge of the building.

DOLL
Ronan said you were an arrogant BITCH,
and now I see he was RIGHT.

Kelsey moves closer to her,
swinging the pipe.

KELSEY
Now that I see you up close,
I can’t believe he’d fuck
such a filthy skank.
I can smell you from HERE.
(beat)
Love the nose ring.
Great for tugging on with a LEASH.

Doll SNAPS.
She CHARGES at Kelsey with the shovel.

Kelsey SWINGS the pipe down
on it with a CRACK,
sending it FLYING out of
her hands to the ground --

Doll LEAPS into the air
and GRABS Kelsey in a bear hug.

The pipe goes FLYING and hits
the tar paper with a CLANG.

DOLL
ARRRRGHH --

Kelsey FALLS BACKWARDS,
Doll on top of her.

They roll around on the roof.
Kelsey HEAD BUTTS her in the face.

Doll FLIES away from her.
Holds her bloody nose in her hands.

DOLL (CONT’D)
You broke my --

Kelsey stands. Raises her fists.

KELSEY
Oh, we’re just getting started, hot stuff.
It’s your choice. Wanna go over the side,
or should I finish you off right here?

Doll whips her head back and forth
looking for a weapon. Can’t find one.

She raises her fists. Starts hopping
on the balls of her feet like a boxer.

DOLL
Fuck YOU. Come and get it --

Kelsey starts rolling her fists.

KELSEY
I was hoping you’d say that.

She gets nearer. Doll takes a SWING.
Kelsey feints to the left,
then SMASHES her fist into
Doll’s face with a CRACK.

She FLIES back wards.
Staggers a bit.

KELSEY (CONT’D)
Saw that one in RAGING BULL.
Ready for more?

Doll SCREAMS. CHARGES at her, fists flying.
Kelsey JUMPS to the right.

Doll goes FLYING across the roof,
TRIPS on a board. Hits the ground.

Kelsey resumes her stance. Doll gets up.
Blood dripping from a gash on her forehead.

DOLL
(low, feral)
I’m gonna fucking KILL YOU.

She CHARGES again.
Kelsey SPINS AROUND
and KICKS Doll in the stomach,
knocking the wind out of her.

She FLIES backwards,
feet trip on the ledge,
and she FALLS OVER THE SIDE.

We hear her SCREAM as she goes down.
Then a sickening CRUNCH.
Kelsey goes to the ledge, limping.

KELSEY
Thank god. Don’t think I
could have done that again --

She looks over the side.

CLOSE ON --
Doll’s body. Lying near Ronan’s
on a pile of broken bricks.

ON THE ROOF
Kelsey starts for the stairs,
then hears --

MART (O.C.)
Over there.
It came from the constructions site.
(beat)
All units, they’re at the construction site --

She turns. Dashes over to the opposite side.
Starts climbing down the scaffolding
at the rear of the building.

KELSEY
Goodbye, Dolly --
it’s so nice to have you
dead where you belong.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Dough Re Mi


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In Chapter 45 of THE HEISTERS, the local cops and the feds are delighted to find the cash from the stadium robbery that Doll left in the trunk of her car, but the question is, who gets to keep it ... ?


EXT. VENICE ALLEY - DRIVEWAY - NIGHT
A cluster of COPS and FBI
clog the driveway.

EVIDENCE TECHS are going over the car.
Yellow tape surrounds the perimeter.
Mart and Elwin huddle with Meg and Ren.

REN
The money on the ground
suggests that she was in a hurry.

MEG
Yeah, but why?

MART
Someone was chasing her?

ELWIN
Maybe she was trying a double-cross
and got busted --

MART
Makes sense.

ELWIN
(looks at the car)
Why don’t I take the cash
to the station and log it
into the evidence locker?
Makes me nervous
just sitting there like that.
Never know what could happen.
Those heisters might try something --

MART
Good idea.
We’ve got Nunn and Isaacs
canvasing the area.
We’ll join ‘em.

ELWIN
Keep me posted.
I’ll come back later if you need me.

MART
You got it.

Elwin goes the car.
Grabs the bags of money.

Carries them over to his squad car.
Puts them in the trunk. Drives off.

REN
(to the group)
Okay.
Everybody fan out
and canvas the area.
I’m going to stay here
and monitor the feed
from the satellite.

MART
You think we’ll be able to find her?

MEG
Oh, yes.
Spy satellite can track a mole
on Rush Limbaugh’s ass
from a hundred miles.

MART
Really.

MEG
Really.
Remember that trip he took down to --
(beat)
Never mind.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fight Club


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In Chapter 44 of THE HEISTERS, it's a clusterfuck of epic proportions when Kelsey and Doll go mano-a-mano high atop a dangerous construction sight ...


EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - NIGHT
Kelsey climbs up the scaffolding,
making it to the third floor.
She rolls inside onto the cement.

INT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - NIGHT
She looks around in the spooky darkness.
Walks over to the stairwell
in the middle of the room, which now
has temporary wooden plank stairs.

She calls up to the next floor.

KELSEY
Did you really think you get away
with stealing MY MONEY? Huh, BITCH?

ON THE THIRD FLOOR
Doll stands near the stairwell opening.
Looks around. Sees a bucket filled with tools.

She GRABS it. Tip-toes toward the opening,
and DUMPS it in the direction of Kelsey’s voice.

ON THE SECOND FLOOR
The tools FLY DOWN. Kelsey sees them,
starts to JUMP out of the way,
but a hammer HITS her on the shoulder.

KELSEY
OW!

DOLL
Hears her. Smiles. Evil.
Looks for something else to throw.

She finds a long two-by-four.
Walks over to the stairwell.

KELSEY
Rubs her shoulder.
Looks up into the opening.

KELSEY
You just made the biggest mistake of your LIFE --
(beat)
Which is now about to END.

She starts up the stairs --
Just as the two-by-four comes
FLYING DOWN like a missile.

It HITS Kelsey in the stomach, OOF --
and she goes FLYING BACKWARDS
onto the floor with a CRACK.

KELSEY
Okay. Now I’m MAD --

She slowly gets up. Raises a fist.

KELSEY
Prepare to DIE, fuck-face.

And she CHARGES UP THE STAIRS.

DOLL
Hears her coming up, and
RACES UP to the next floor.

INT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - FOURTH FLOOR - NIGHT
Doll looks around.
What to do? Where to hide?

What can I use as a weapon?
She sees a sledgehammer. Picks it up.

Crouches down behind a stack of sheetrock.
Kelsey comes FLYING UP the stairs into the room.
Looks around, searching.

KELSEY
You can run, but you can’t hide,
you fucking CUNT. WHERE ARE YOU?

BEHIND THE SHEETROCK
Doll clutches the sledgehammer.
Eyes darting madly.

She pulls a coke snifter
out of her pocket.
Does a quick bump.

KELSEY
Circles the room. Looking for her.
Sees a trash can. Takes off the lid.

Holds it like a shield.
Finds a length of pipe.
Picks it up. Brandishes it like a sword.

KELSEY
This is your last chance, girlie.
Show yourself NOW.

Kelsey walks near the stack of sheetrock.
Doll LEAPS UP and SMASHES
the sledge hammer at Kelsey’s head --

She BLOCKS the blow with the garbage can lid,
but the impact drives it into her head
and KNOCKS her over, THWUMP.

DOLL raises the sledgehammer over her head.
Wild-eyed, face contorted in a bizarre grimace.

DOLL
Time to meet your MAKER --

Kelsey shakes her head. Sees Doll,
and THROWS the pipe at her.

It SMASHES into her chest. She FLIES
backwards into the sheetrock, CRACK.

Kelsey slowly gets up. Head pounding.
Doll raises the sledgehammer again.

KELSEY
Not so fast, BITCH --

She WHIPS the garbage can lid
at her like a frisbee.

It HITS Doll in the neck with a CRACK --
she lets go of the sledge hammer --
and it FLIES DOWN and hits Kelsey on the FOOT.

KELSEY
OW!

Doll stares at her wild-eyed,
clutching her neck, trying to breath --
and RUNS to the stairwell and FLIES UP the steps.

Kelsey gingerly puts her foot on the floor.

KELSEY
FUCK --

She tries to walk, but it’s hard.
She’s in PAIN. Picks up the pipe.

Hobbles over to the staircase.
Grabs the hand rail.

Looks up into the darkness
of the black sky above.

KELSEY
Yo, GIRLIE. Got some great news.
Just called Hell and made you a reservation.
I hear Satan gives great room service.

Off in the distance,
we hear police sirens WAILING.

Monday, February 13, 2017

B-Movie


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In Chapter 43 of THE HEISTERS, the cops recover the cash from the rock concert robbery ... and help themselves to a couple thousand ...


EXT. VENICE ALLEY - DOLL’S DRIVEWAY - NIGHT
Isaacs shines his flashlight
into the car. Searching.

Nunn speaks on his cell phone.

NUNN
Mart, it’s Nunn --

INTERCUT WITH:

INT. VENICE MOTOR COURT HOTEL - RONAN’S ROOM - NIGHT
Ren Rosen and Meg Stark supervise
the crime scene technicians.

Kasper’s corpse is zipped up
into a body bag.

Placed on a gurney.
Wheeled out.

Mart Volok and Elwin Marr
stand near the window, smoking.
Mart talks on his cell phone.

MART
What ya got?

NUNN
Oh, not much --
(beat)
Just the fucking STADIUM JOB cash.

MART
What THE FUCK?

NUNN
You heard me --

MART
WHERE?

NUNN
In the trunk of one of the bimbos
the stiff was fucking, where else?

MART
Which bimbo?

ELWIN
(to Mart)
What’s going on?

NUNN
Doll Montana.
(chuckles)
Right out of a B-movie --

MART
Don’t remind me --
(cups the phone, to Elwin)
Isaacs and Nunn got the cash
from the stadium job.

ELWIN
They DID?
Did they get the perps?

MART
I dunno --
(into the phone)
Did you get the bimbo?

NUNN
Nah. She split --

MART
(to Elwin)
They just got the cash --

Meg looks at them.

MEG
Did I just hear what
I thought I heard?

MART
Yeah. Couple detectives
got the stadium job cash --

REN
(turns, looks)
WHAT? Where? When? HOW?

MART
Hold on --
(into the phone)
What’s your location?

NUNN
Thirty-two Ozone Avenue.
A block south of Navy --

MART
We’re on our way --
(beat)
Good job, detective.
The captain is going
to be VERY happy.
Sit tight.
We’re on our way.

He CLICKS his phone shut.
Isaacs stares at the money.

Picks up a banded wad of hundreds.
Stuffs it in his pocket.

NUNN
(sees him)
Hey. What the fuck
do you think you’re --

Isaacs pulls out another stack.
Tosses it to Nunn.

ISAACS
I can’t -- keep this.

NUNN
So who’s gonna know?

ISAACS
I will.

NUNN
And your point IS?

Isaacs looks at the money.
Nods. Stuffs it in his pocket.

ISAACS
Almost lost my head
there for a minute --

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Bed Time Story


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In Chapter 42 of THE HEISTERS, Kelsey has her final showdown with sleazy B-girl Doll Montana high atop a building under construction ...


EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING - NIGHT
Kelsey climbs up the scaffolding.
Pissed-off. On fire.

KELSEY (V.O.)
They say men think with their dicks.
They also double-cross with them, too.
(beat)
I’d heard a gunshot nearby.
Hopefully it was some gang-banger.
If it was the cops, I was fucked.
(beat)
The money was so close I could taste it.
All I had to do was get the car
keys from the bitch up above me --
but given what she did to Ronan,
I knew it wasn’t going to be easy.
I just had to watch my back --
(beat)
And my head.

She pulls out her cell phone.
Punches a number. Listens.

KELSEY
It’s me. I’ve got her.
Four-story building under construction
a couple blocks away --
(listens)
YOU’RE gonna get it -- ?
(listens)
Okay. Gotcha. That’ll work.
Let me just wrap up this loose end
and I’ll meet you somewhere --
(listens)
Parking lot at the north end.
Got it. See you there.

She keeps climbing.

ON THE ROOF
Doll looks down over the edge.
Hears Kelsey climbing.

She grabs some scraps of wood.
Starts HURLING them down at her.

DOLL
Stay AWAY FROM ME or
I’ll fucking KILL YOU.

KELSEY
DUCKS under the scaffolding
planks above her.

The scraps of wood
HIT above her.

KELSEY
You’re gonna have to do
better than THAT, Goth-ip Girl.

She looks around in the darkness.
Something metal glistens
in the moonlight. A CROWBAR.
She GRABS it. Continues her climb.

KELSEY (CONT’D)
Mommy’s home, and she’s PISSED --

A police siren WHOOP-WHOOPS
in the distance. Kelsey turns. Hears it.

Clutches the crowbar like a bat.
Starts climbing.

KELSEY (CONT’D)
Time for your bed time story --
(beat)
But I’m afraid you’re not
going to like the ENDING.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Cash And Carry


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In Chapter 41 of THE HEISTERS, robbery homicide detectives Nunn and Isaacs trace the dough from the stadium job ... and find it in the trunk of sleazy B-girl Doll Montana's trunk ...


EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING - NIGHT
Nunn and Isaacs stand in the foyer.
Nunn RINGS Doll’s bell.

ISAACS
She’s not in, I tell you --

NUNN
Intel said she’s home every night.
Whattaya say we snoop around?

ISAACS
Yeah. Let’s go check around the back.
Could use the fresh air and exercise.

NUNN
Good idea.
Work off those donuts --

ISAAC
(smiles)
Fuck you.

They walk towards the alley
between the buildings.

EXT. BACK ALLEY - NIGHT
Isaacs and Nunn walk over to
her rear window. Look in.

ISAACS
Funny.
All her lights are on --

NUNN
Foul play?

ISAACS
(sees her car)
Car’s here --

NUNN
So what?
This is Venice.
People WALK --

Isaacs stares at the car.
Narrows his eyes.

ISAACS
Wait a MINUTE --

He walks over to the trunk.
Looks down at the ground.

Picks up a pair of bills.
Waves them at Nunn

ISAACS (CONT’D)
Check it out.
Couple of C-notes on the ground.
In VENICE?

NUNN
The STADIUM JOB --

Isaacs pulls out his service revolver.
SHOOTS at the trunk, BANG. Opens it.
Sees the open duffle bag stuffed with cash.

ISAACS
Holy fucking SHIT.

NUNN
Somebody’s getting a promotion --

ISAACS
No worries.
I’ll share the credit with you.

NUNN
Really?
You’d do that for me?

ISAACS
Fuck, yeah.
You’re my partner.
Now go call it in
before you get all
weepy-eyed and shit.