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Copyright 26 November 2021 All rights reserved.

 

(Studio executives: this is a 110 page script written in Final Draft)




               EXT. LONDON BRIDGE STATION - EARLY MORNING

               It's 4am. Dawn threatening. But still dark. Looming in the
               near distance - the Shard.

               JOHN STORM - about 40, tall, athletic, ruggedly handsome -
               drops down onto the rail tracks and crosses to the opposite
               platform. He wears black hoodie, jogging pants and climbing
               shoes. A rucksack is strapped to his back. Always one step in
               front of him - his cool, understated charisma.

               Accompanying Storm is a boyish 22-year-old with John Lennon
               glasses and geekish good looks. He carries a laptop in its
               case. His name is DAN HAWK.

               Storm and Hawk clamber up onto the platform, just as a train
               pulls in and blocks them from view.

               ON THE OPPOSITE PLATFORM -- Hawk gives Storm a leg up onto
               the platform's perimeter wall. From there Storm hauls himself
               up onto the station roof, then peers back down at Hawk.

                                   STORM
                         See you after breakfast.

               Storm disappears. Hawk speaks into the face mic he wears --

                                   HAWK
                         Steve? It's go.


               INT. HELIPAD TERMINAL - EARLY MORNING

               Afro-American reporter STEVE GREEN - around 40 years of age,
               casual suit, black-framed glasses - holds his phone tight to
               his ear.

                                   STEVE
                         Check that, Hawk.
                             (to Charley)
                         Ready Charley?

               CHARLEY TEMPLE stows away her camera. Charley is early 30s,
               boyishly attractive with raven-black hair tied back in a pony
               tail. She wears combat trousers and Doctor Martin boots. She
               zips up her camera bag and throws it over her shoulder.

                                   CHARLEY
                         Ready.

               Steve drains his coffee. They head out.



               EXT. LONDON BRIDGE STATION - EARLY MORNING

               Hawk opens his laptop. Storm's YouTube channel is on screen.
               The channel is titled 'STORM'. Hawk hits LIVE STREAM.



               EXT. BASE OF SHARD - EARLY MORNING

               Storm leaps down from the station roof onto the concrete base
               of London's tallest skyscraper. Scans about. Orients himself.

                                                          MATCH CUT TO:



               EXT. LONDON BRIDGE STATION - EARLY MORNING

               CCTV IMAGE: Storm orients himself in the half-light at the
               base of the Shard.

               Hawk watches the CCTV images being live streamed on Storm's
               YouTube channel -- Storm in the half-light now, edging his
               way along the side of the building at the base of the Shard.

               INTERCUT BETWEEN BASE OF SHARD AND LONDON BRIDGE STATION

               BASE OF SHARD -- Storm puts a hand to his earpiece and speaks
               into his face mic.

                                   STORM
                         You have visual?

                                   HAWK (EARPIECE VOICE)
                         Three-sixty degrees.

               STATION -- Hawk studies the screen.

                                   HAWK
                         I'm inside their system. They have
                         the cameras. I have the remote. We
                         are live streaming to the world.

               His fingers play the keypad --

               BASE OF SHARD -- CCTV camera moves...

               STATION -- Camera angle on Hawk's laptop changes.

                                   STORM (EARPIECE VOICE)
                         Making my way round to the start
                         point now.

                                   HAWK
                         Roger that. It's twenty metres to
                         your right.

               BASE OF SHARD -- Storm hugs the wall as he makes his way over
               stealthily to the start point.

               STATION -- On the laptop Hawk sees two security guards
               approaching Storm's position.

                                   HAWK
                         You have unwanted visitors.

               BASE OF SHARD -- Storm freezes. Flattens himself against the
               wall. Dares not even breathe as the two guards amble past and
               disappear around the side of the building. Storm puts a hand
               to his earpiece and waits for Hawk's all-clear.

                                   HAWK (EARPIECE VOICE)
                         Clear to go. Good luck, Skip.

               Storm wastes no time. He hauls himself up athletically onto
               the metal frame-like structure overhanging him and slips his
               rucksack off. He pulls out two suction cups. Looks up --

               -- The Shard soars above him all the way to the sky...

               STATION -- Hawk packs his laptop away. Leaves the station.



               EXT. HELIPAD - EARLY MORNING

               Steve and Charley climb aboard an EcoBird electro-hybrid
               helicopter - Steve in the pilot's seat, Charley next to him.

               ROTOR BLADES WHIR INTO LIFE. Helicopter lifts and banks,
               almost silently. Flies off.



               EXT. SHARD - LATER - MORNING

               A SUCTION CUP SLAPS AGAINST THE GLASS PANEL as Storm heaves
               himself up and across onto the open face of the Shard...

               He climbs using the cups for grip. One and then the next. He
               climbs like Spiderman. It's a superhuman effort --

               -- He stops, dips a hand in his chalk bag, dares to look
               down. He is 50 metres above London. He continues his climb.



               EXT. LONDON BRIDGE - MORNING

               DIGI CAMERA BINOCULARS POV: Storm ascends the Shard. No
               safety harness. No ropes.

               Hawk stands on the bridge and films the climb through high-
               powered digital camera binoculars.



               INT. ECOBIRD HELICOPTER - MORNING

               Steve speaks into his face mic --

                                   STEVE
                         We're on our way, Hawk. ETA twenty-
                         six minutes.



               EXT. LONDON BRIDGE - MORNING

               Hawk films the climb, binoculars pressed to his eyes with one
               hand, phone held to his ear with the other.

                                   HAWK
                         Roger that, Steve.

               DIGI CAMERA BINOCULARS POV: Storm continues to climb. He is
               halfway up the Shard now.



               EXT. HALFWAY UP THE SHARD - MORNING

               Storms heaves himself sideways and steps onto the ladder-like
               metal structure running the full height of the Shard. Gravity
               tugs at him. It's an immense effort --

               -- He peels of the suction cup and stows it in his rucksack.
               Wipes sweat from his brow. Plants a foot on the rung above
               him. Hauls himself up a level --



               EXT. LONDON BRIDGE - MORNING

               -- Hawk observes anxiously, binoculars trained on the Shard.

                                   HAWK
                         Come on, Skip. You can do this.



               INT. SHARD HOTEL ROOM - MORNING

               MOBILE PHONE FLASHES on the bedside table. ALARM SOUNDS. A
               female hand reaches over and turns it off.

               ATTRACTIVE YOUNG WOMAN in her twenties throws off the bed
               covers and heads for the bathroom dressed in a long T-shirt.



               EXT. SHARD HOTEL ROOM - MORNING

               Storm hauls himself up onto the next rung and casts a glance
               across his shoulder, out across London. He is 200 metres up.
               Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye are way below him.



               INT. SHARD HOTEL ROOM - MORNING

               The young woman emerges from the bathroom with a towel
               wrapped around her. Crosses the room. Opens the curtains -
               GASPS! She is stunned to see STORM PEERING BACK IN AT HER --



               EXT. SHARD HOTEL ROOM - MORNING

               -- Storm almost loses his footing as the curtains draw back
               to reveal the young woman. He quickly gathers himself.

                                   STORM
                         Beautiful morning.



               EXT. LONDON BRIDGE - MORNING

               Hawk listens in through his earpiece.

                                   HAWK
                         What's that, Skip?



               EXT. SHARD HOTEL ROOM - MORNING

               Storm is still peering in at the attractive young woman.

                                   STORM
                         I was just saying the views are
                         even more distracting up here than
                         I imagined.

                                   HAWK (EARPIECE VOICE)
                         Ah. Focus, Skip. Focus.

               Young woman snaps the curtains shut.



               INT. ECOBIRD HELICOPTER - MORNING

               London skyline approaching -- THE SHARD IN VIEW -- Charley
               seated at the open door, legs dangling, camera ready.



               EXT. TOP OF SHARD - MORNING

               Storm heaves himself up another rung, then another. Plants
               his foot on the next rung, SLIPS, just manages to grab hold
               of the rung above. 300 metres above London now, dangling by
               one arm. He manages to swing across and grab hold with both
               hands. Regains his footing. Hauls himself up onto --

               -- THE TOP OF THE SHARD ... Just as --

               -- An EcoBird helicopter swoops in low, Charley hanging from
               its open door, camera trained on the man who has just free-
               climbed the Shard --

               -- Helicopter hovers. Storm gives a wave.



               INT. ECOBIRD HELICOPTER - MORNING

               CHARLEY'S CAMERA POV: Storm smiles and waves to camera --



               EXT. TOP OF SHARD - MORNING

               -- Then takes his abseil rope from his rucksack and clips it
               to the metal framework. Tugs it to make sure it's secure.

                                   SECURITY GUARD#1
                         Come on now, Sir! Climb down and
                         come inside please!

               Storm turns to see two security guards on the platform
               several floors below, calling to him through a megaphone.

                                   SECURITY GUARD#1
                         Come on buddy. Time to get down
                         now.

                                   STORM
                         Funny you should say that.

               Storm falls backwards and disappears. Security guards look
               horrified.



               INT. ECOBIRD HELICOPTER - MORNING

               CHARLEY'S CAMERA POV: Storm falls backwards off the Shard and
               abseils down, SAS-style. A banner unfurls as he descends.

               Banner reads: 'CLEANER OCEANS FOR A GREENER PLANET'

               Steve whoops and cheers and gives the thumbs up.



               EXT. LONDON BRIDGE - MORNING

               DIGI CAMERA BINOCULARS POV: Storm is now halfway down the
               Shard. The banner is fully unfurled.

               Hawk lowers the binoculars --

                                   HAWK
                         Get in!



               EXT. HALFWAY DOWN THE SHARD - MORNING

               Storm fixes the banner to the building, then watches as the
               helicopter wheels round and heads off.

               He dangles 150 metres above London. To his left a small
               balcony enclosed by an iron railing - an entry point. He
               starts to swing himself on the rope, left then right, then
               again, a human pendulum. Until --

               -- Yes! His hand grips hold of the railing and he hauls
               himself up onto the balcony to safety. He unclips the abseil
               rope and breathes...

               Just then his mobile phone vibrates in his pocket. He takes
               it out. The FACE OF GEORGE FRANKS stares back at him.

                                   STORM
                         George.

                                   FRANKS
                         Hello John. You must be hungry. I
                         ordered eggs.

                                   STORM
                         I'm thinking organic, free range.

                                   FRANKS
                         Naturally. Simon will show you in.

               Storm turns. SIMON - dressed in full waiter's livery - tips
               his head and motions towards the black door behind him.

                                   SIMON
                         This way, Sir.

               Storm enters. Black door closes behind him...

               BLACK SCREEN...

               CREDITS.

                                                               FADE IN:



               INT. AQUA SHARD RESTAURANT - MORNING

               Simon ushers Storm into the private dining suite - parquet
               floors, sleek furnishings, glass walls. The suite's only
               table is occupied by GEORGE FRANKS, who stands and greets
               Storm as he enters. He is around 60 years of age, elegantly
               suited, distinguished with a meticulously trimmed moustache.
               His handshake is firm.

                                   FRANKS
                         John. So glad you could drop in.
                         Coffee?

                                   STORM
                         Black. No sugar.

               Simon tips his head and retreats as Franks motions for Storm
               to take a seat then sits opposite. On the table between them
               a tablet on a zigzag stand angled so both men can view it.

               TABLET SCREEN IMAGE: Storm's YouTube channel - 'STORM'. A
               still image from the live stream video of Storm climbing the
               Shard heads the page. Caption reads: 'STORM STORMS THE SHARD'

               The page is populated by rows of other video thumbnails -
               'STORM'S CLEANER OCEANS CAMPAIGN' and 'STORM'S BLUE ECONOMY'
               and 'STORM'S PLASTIC FREE WORLD' and 'STORM WINS WORLD SOLAR
               CHALLENGE' and others. The page boasts 23 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS
               and 12 BILLION VIEWS.

                                   FRANKS
                         Well that will certainly take some
                         beating. How was it? Are you okay?

                                   STORM
                         A little more exhilarating than my
                         usual morning workout but, yes, I'm
                         fine thanks.

                                   FRANKS
                         Compelling viewing, I have to say.

                                   STORM
                         You were watching?

                                   FRANKS
                         From the edge of my seat. To judge
                         by the numbers on your YouTube page
                         I wasn't the only one, either.

               -- 23 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS - 12 BILLION VIEWS --

                                   STORM
                         Let's hope it has the desired
                         effect.

               Simon returns to the table and pours the coffee just as
               Storm's ring tone sounds.

                                   STORM
                         Excuse me.

               The face of Hawk on Storm's mobile.

                                   HAWK (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         At least someone's enjoying
                         breakfast.



               EXT. STREET - MORNING

               Hawk stands outside Starbucks. He checks his watch.

                                   HAWK
                         There's nowhere open down here yet,
                         as you can see.

               He holds his phone up so Storm can see the CLOSED sign on the
               Starbucks door.

                                   HAWK
                         I'd ask to join you up there but
                         it's the heights thing.

               Hawk glances up at the full terrifying height of the Shard.

               INTERCUT BETWEEN STORM IN THE SHARD AND HAWK IN THE STREET

               WITH STORM -- Storm smiles.

                                   STORM
                         What's the SP?

               WITH HAWK -- Hawk tries and fails to hail a cab.

                                   HAWK
                         All major news outlets have the
                         footage and by the close of play
                         the live stream will have gone
                         viral. I'll make sure of that.

               WITH STORM -- Storm sips his coffee.

                                   HAWK (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         Barring the end of the world you'll
                         be the day's lead story.

                                   STORM
                         What would I do without you?

                                   HAWK (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         How honest do you want me to be?

                                   STORM
                         It was a rhetorical question.

               WITH HAWK -- Hawk hails another cab and this one pulls over.

                                   HAWK
                         Well anyway I'm off to find an all-
                         nighter.

               He jumps in and cab pulls away.

               WITH STORM -- Storm sets his cup in its saucer.

                                   STORM
                         Good luck.

               Hawk blinks out. Franks raises an eyebrow - 'Anyone I know?'

                                   STORM
                         Dan Hawk - prefers just Hawk. He
                         has an eye for detail.

                                   FRANKS
                         And organisation by the sound of
                         it. Where did you find him?

                                   STORM
                         He was assigned as my race engineer
                         for the solar challenge a few years
                         back. Kind of stuck around. A child
                         prodigy. Graduated from Oxford with
                         a distinction when he was fifteen -
                         computer science and artificial
                         intelligence. I'd never tell him
                         so, but he's something of a genius.

                                   FRANKS
                         Thank you Simon.

               Simon serves two egg white omelettes. They talk as they eat.

                                   FRANKS
                         Speaking of genius, I need to talk
                         to you about your uncle, Professor
                         Storm.

                                   STORM
                         Uncle Doug - I miss him.

                                   FRANKS
                         They're saying it was an accident,
                         of course, but...

                                   STORM
                         You don't believe that.

                                   FRANKS
                         I believe what he was working on
                         was a threat to the wrong people.

               A look of understanding between them ... then Franks dips a
               hand in his pocket and pulls out a vellum envelope with a red
               wax seal. Hands it to Storm.

                                   FRANKS
                         He wanted you to have this.

               Intrigued, Storm breaks the seal and slices the envelope open
               with the butter knife. He pulls out its contents - a letter
               with an address and a six-digit combination. It reads --

               MY DEAR JOHN, A CHALLENGE AWAITS. FIND YOUR WAY TO ME AND I
               WILL EXPLAIN. YOU WILL FIND ME HERE: HANGAR 1 - NELSON'S COVE
               - NSW 2315. YOUR KEY TO THE DOOR: 962841 UNCLE DOUGLAS.

                                   STORM
                         He always did speak in riddles.

               He studies the address: HANGAR 1 - NELSON'S COVE - NSW 2315

                                   STORM
                         Looks like an Australian address.

                                   FRANKS
                         New South Wales -  a place called
                         Nelson's Cove. You did say you were
                         heading to Australia soon?

                                   STORM
                         Yes. I have several speaking and
                         media engagements there. I'll be
                         there for a few weeks.

                                   FRANKS
                         Perfect.

               Franks turns to the waiter --

                                   FRANKS
                         Simon. Could you fetch us some more
                         coffee please? Thank you.

               Franks waits for Simon to leave the room. Then --

                                   FRANKS
                         A word of caution, John. I don't
                         know exactly what your uncle has in
                         mind for you. But whatever it is,
                         there are those who won't want it
                         to happen, you can be sure of that.



               INT. NAGASAKI BAR - NIGHT

               A rowdy scene in a downtown bar. Two men arm wrestle across a
               table. A group of boisterous men cheer them on.

               One of the arm wrestlers is 45-year-old STANG LEE, a stockily
               built man with leathered skin and hard eyes. His huge neck
               argues with the collar of his shirt. He is muscle on muscle.

               Those muscles strain now as he starts to get the better of
               his opponent, his face relaxed, smiling, as if this is the
               easiest task in the world.

               Finally Stang's opponent surrenders, the back of his hand
               slamming down on the table, defeated. The men all cheer and
               raise glasses in a toast to the victor.

               AT THE BAR -- 50-year-old SHUI RAZOR observes the
               celebrations. Shui is half-European, half-Japanese. He is fit
               for his age - slim, athletic, quietly commanding. He wears a
               goatee beard and a Samurai headband. He looks over at Stang
               and raises his glass in salute.

               Amid the celebrations one of the men steps forward --

                                   MAN IN NAGASAKI BAR
                         Now it's your turn, eh Shui? You
                         versus Stang - two prize-fighting
                         champions across the table. Winner
                         takes all!

               The men all cheer in anticipation. Stang fixes Shui.

                                   STANG
                         Old times' sake?

               The look between them simmers for a long beat, then --

                                   SHUI
                         My wrestling days are done, Stang.
                         I beat you once and once is enough.
                         We should be going.

               He throws back his sake in one hit and slams his glass down
               on the bar. Stang watches as Shui heads for the exit - a hard
               festering look. Then he gets up and follows Shui out.



               INT. STEVE'S OFFICE - DAY

               Steve and Charley work at their respective desks. Steve's
               phone disturbs him.

                                   STEVE
                         Tom, how's it going?



               INT. TOM HUDSON'S OFFICE - DAY

               Office looks out through glass walls onto the BUSY NEWSROOM
               FLOOR - journos at their desks, between desks, on the phone,
               gesticulating, papers in hand --

               -- 40-year-old TOM HUDSON paces his office, phone to his ear.

                                   TOM
                         Oh, quiet as usual, Steve. I was
                         wondering if you have the dates for
                         the solar boat race.

               WITH STEVE -- Checks his calendar...

                                   STEVE
                         Start date, next month - twenty-
                         fifth. Six weeks today. Charley's
                         doing the artwork as we speak.

               He glances over at her - she nods: 'I'm on it'

                                   STEVE
                         I'll have her send it over as soon
                         as it's done.

               WITH TOM -- Refers to a front page newspaper story on his
               computer screen - a photo of Storm waving into camera from
               the top of the Shard. Caption reads - STORY: STEVE GREEN -
               PHOTO: CHARLEY TEMPLE.

                                   TOM
                         The Shard images of John Storm were
                         fantastic by the way. More of the
                         same please. John Storm is the face
                         of climate change right now.



               EXT. UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND - DAY

               Establishing shot: Sign in the campus grounds reads:
               'UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND - ST LUCIA CAMPUS'.

               Students chat to one another as they amble through the
               grounds. They carry books, folders, rucksacks.



               INT. UNIVERSITY LECTURE THEATRE - DAY

               Storm stands at the front and speaks to a packed auditorium.
               He looks every inch the university lecturer in jeans, T-shirt
               and Kalvin Klein glasses. Behind him a giant screen displays
               a DIAGRAM OF HISTORICAL HUMPBACK WHALE POPULATION DECLINE --

                                   STORM
                         As you can see from the diagram,
                         humpback whale populations have
                         decreased by something in the order
                         of ninety-five percent compared to
                         historical levels.

               Faces in the audience are enthralled --

               -- CLOSE ON: THE FACE OF 30-YEAR-OLD MARINE BIOLOGIST AND
               UNIVERSITY LECTURER SUKI HALL - striking Oriental features,
               long dark hair tied in a bun, professor glasses. Suki sits at
               the front and takes notes.

                                   STORM
                         There are many reasons for the
                         decline, not least the lifting of
                         the whaling ban. But there are
                         other factors.

               LED screen shows images to emphasize Storm's words --

               LED SCREEN IMAGES: A HUMPBACK COLLIDES WITH THE BOW OF A SHIP
               -- A POD OF BEACHED HUMPBACKS -- A HUMPBACK SWIMS IN MELTING
               ARCTIC ICE -- A HUMPBACK TRAPPED IN GHOST NETS

                                   STORM
                         Vessel strikes. Underwater noise
                         pollution. Climate change. Ghost
                         nets made of plastic compounds...

               LED SCREEN IMAGE: A HUMPBACK HARPOONED AND HAULED ABOARD AN
               INDUSTRIAL WHALING VESSEL

                                   STORM
                         ...And then of course there's
                         pirate whaling - long haul sorties
                         run on dirty diesel. This is not
                         only a threat to the whale
                         populations - it also pollutes the
                         oceans, causing biodiversity and
                         habitat loss, depleted fish stocks,
                         and ultimately food shortages in
                         regions that can least afford them.

               Suki removes her glasses. Listens intently.

                                   STORM
                         The fact is we have to act now. No
                         whales - no oceans. No oceans - no
                         planet. Thanks for listening.

               Auditorium erupts. A standing ovation. At the front Suki
               stands and applauds enthusiastically.



               INT. UNIVERSITY LOBBY - LATER

               Storm is surrounded by a large group of students demanding
               his autograph. STUDENT#1 thrusts a CLEANER OCEANS BROCHURE
               into Storm's hand.

                                   STUDENT#1
                         Could you sign it to Chloe? My
                         girlfriend. We subscribe to your
                         YouTube channel. We watched you
                         climb the Shard in London on the
                         live stream.

               STUDENT#2 pushes to the front and hands Storm a notebook and
               pen. She's a little start-struck. Storm signs the notebook.

                                   STUDENT#2
                         I watched you too. Awesome. Thanks.

               Other students clamour for Storm's signature but Suki steps
               to the front and rescues him.

                                   SUKI
                         Okay that's all for tonight
                         everyone. I'll put a copy of my
                         notes up on myUQ.

               A few groans and slightly disappointed faces as the students
               start to disperse. Suki turns to Storm and offers her hand.

                                   SUKI
                         I hope you don't mind. You looked a
                         little overwhelmed. Professor Suki
                         Hall. I'm senior lecturer in marine
                         biology here. I enjoyed your talk.

                                   STORM
                         Thank you. Suki Hall? The Suki
                         Hall, STP?

                                   SUKI
                         Satellite Tracking Program, yes.
                         Our main office is based here on
                         campus.
                         We're monitoring the Pacific
                         humpback migrations - cetacean
                         management strategies.

                                   STORM
                         Fascinating.

               A slightly awkward moment, their hands still clasped. A clear
               attraction between them. Finally --

                                   STORM
                         Well, I ah ... I'd better be going.
                         A long drive ahead.

                                   SUKI
                         Of course.

                                   STORM
                         Nice to meet you.

                                   SUKI
                         You too.

               Storm backs away, reluctantly, then turns and heads for the
               exit. Suki's admiring eyes follow him all the way.



               EXT. PACIFIC HIGHWAY - NIGHT

               A custom 4x4 hybrid Jeep speeds along the highway. In the
               driving seat, John Storm.



               INT. JOHN'S CAR - CONTINUOUS

               Storm's elbow on the armrest. Low-volume music on the radio.
               George Franks on the in-car satphone screen.

                                   STORM
                         George. I'm on my way.

                                   FRANKS
                         Where are you?

               Storm's headlights pick out the road sign: 'COFFS HARBOUR'.

                                   STORM
                         Just passing Coffs Harbour.

                                   FRANKS
                         That means you still have four-
                         hundred kilometers to go. It's the
                         middle of the night where you are.
                         Couldn't you have waited till the
                         morning?

                                   STORM
                         Less traffic at night George.

                                   FRANKS
                         Yes, well call me when you get
                         there. And do me a favour please
                         John - drive safely.

                                   STORM
                         As mother used to say.

               Storm hits END CALL. George Franks blinks out.



               EXT. PACIFIC HIGHWAY - CONTINUOUS

               Storm's Jeep roars off into the distance at speed.



               INT. STEVE'S OFFICE - DAY

               TV IMAGE: A rugged, windswept coastline where snow-capped
               mountains fall to a sea of melting ice. THE TAIL FLUKE OF A
               HUMPBACK WHALE SLAPS THE SURFACE then disappears beneath the
               waves. Voice of news anchor JILL BIRD narrates --

                                   JILL BIRD (V.O.)
                         Each year thousands of humpback
                         whales leave their summer feeding
                         grounds here in the Aleutian
                         Islands and head for warmer climes.
                         Some of the whales have been
                         implanted with satellite tags,
                         which means we can track their
                         progress in real time.

               A GIANT HUMPBACK WHALE SNORTS FROM ITS BLOWHOLE...

                                   JILL BIRD (V.O.)
                         One of those whales has been named
                         Kulo.

               Steve stands beside his desk, rummaging through papers. He is
               part-distracted by a news item on the TV. Charley enters with
               two coffees and gives one to Steve.

                                   STEVE
                         Thanks Charley. I owe you one.

                                   CHARLEY
                         You owe me several. Can I borrow
                         your eyes?

                                   STEVE
                         Sure.

               She ushers him across to her desk. On her computer screen a
               poster: 'THE ZERO CARBON CHALLENGE ROUND THE WORLD BOAT RACE'

                                   CHARLEY
                         I've finished the artwork for the
                         solar boat race. What do you think?

                                   STEVE
                         Looks great.

                                   CHARLEY
                         Not too...?

                                   STEVE
                         No, no really. It's fine.

                                   CHARLEY
                         Just that I need to get it over to
                         Tom.

                                   STEVE
                         It's great, really.

                                   CHARLEY
                         Cool.

               She gulps a mouthful of her coffee, picks up her camera bag
               and heads for the door.

                                   STEVE
                         Where you going?

                                   CHARLEY
                         Earn a living.

                                   STEVE
                         You haven't finished your coffee.

               Too late. She's gone. Steve gives his eye back to the TV.

               TV IMAGE: Jill Bird wears a hooded oilskin and raises her
               voice against the buffeting wind. Behind her the sea growls
               at the surrounding snow-capped peaks.

                                   JILL BIRD
                         As the migration gets underway, the
                         question is - will Kulo make it to
                         her winter breeding grounds? Or
                         will she fall victim to one of the
                         many obstacles she will face along
                         the way - plastic waste, ghost
                         fishing nets, pirate whalers. Time
                         will tell.

               GIANT HUMPBACK WHALE BREACHES --

                                                          MATCH CUT TO:



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - DAY

               -- A GIANT HUMPBACK WHALE BREACHES in the sun-spooled ocean,
               a much smaller whale glued to her side. They are like mother
               and calf. They are Kulo and Kana.



               EXT. NAGASAKI HARBOUR - NIGHT

               A three-quarters full moon sits on distant hills. A cruise
               ship glows obtrusively. Container ships, dockside cranes and
               industrial wharfs occupy the shadows.

               And into those shadows drives a beaten up pickup truck. It
               belongs to Shui Razor. It pulls into the dimly lit harbour
               parking area and Shui and Stang climb out.

               They make their way over into the darkest shadows of all, to
               where two whaling vessels - the SUZY WONG and the JONAH - are
               being made ready to put to sea, their industrial silhouettes
               sharp and ugly against this ominously moonlit night.

               Here crewmen load last minute supplies and weaponry as Shui
               and Stang prepare to board their respective vessels.

                                   STANG
                         The moon is a good omen. We will
                         come home fat with whale meat.

                                   SHUI
                         You are fat enough, my friend.

               Shui laughs as he turns and boards the Suzy Wong.



               INT. SUZY WONG BRIDGE - LATER

               Shui barks orders from the bridge.

                                   SHUI
                         Cast off forward and aft! Slow
                         ahead!

               Mooring lines are released. Engines throw up thick clouds of
               oily smoke. Diesel-polluted water churns beneath the stern as
               the Suzy Wong pulls away. Shui shouts back to Stang above the
               cacophony of engine roar and water wash --

                                   SHUI
                         Hey, Stang! Watch my wake and weep!

               The two men laugh. But Stang's laugh is a mask. His eyes
               harden as he watches Shui negotiate a path out to sea.



               EXT. NELSON'S COVE - MORNING

               The all terrain wheels of John Storm's custom 4x4 Jeep splash
               through a shallow creek...



               INT. JOHN'S CAR - CONTINUOUS

               ...Storm pulls into an enclosed area --

                                   SATNAV VOICE
                         You have reached your destination.

                                   STORM
                         This place? Are you sure?

               He peers out the front windscreen. Swirls of early morning
               mist obscure his view. It is still quite dark. His headlights
               pick out a JCB, a pile of wooden pallets, a canoe with a hole
               in its hull and years on its clock. The tail of a silver-grey
               cat as it disappears into the mist - a ghost. He climbs out.



               EXT. NELSON'S COVE - CONTINUOUS

               Too dark and misty to see clearly. He takes out a pen torch
               and follows its beam - the pallets, the JCB, the canoe. And a
               3-metre high steel fence enclosing a compound. He goes to it.
               Thinks about climbing it. But then he sees --

               -- INSULATORS fixed to a fence post. The fence is
               electrified. Being sure to hold only its resin top he touches
               the torch's steel barrel to the fence post. SPARKS IGNITE. He
               recoils. He must find another way in.

               MOMENTS LATER -- He comes to a security gate. A padlock. A
               COMBINATION LOCK. Could it be? He takes out his phone and
               checks the combination his uncle gave him.

                                   STORM
                         Here goes...

               He types in the numbers - 965851. CLICK! The padlock comes
               away. He enters the compound --



               EXT. NELSON'S COVE COMPOUND - CONTINUOUS

               -- It's still dark. Still misty. Difficult to see. He scans
               as he walks, treads carefully, following the beam of his pen
               torch. Is that a building ahead?

               FLASH! Suddenly he is drenched in blinding light. He has
               triggered a security light. Instinctively he freezes. Throws
               up a hand to shield his eyes. Has he been discovered?

               As his eyes accustom themselves to the bright light he sees
               the building now facing him - a wall with a steel security
               door. He goes to it. Runs his hand across the door's smooth
               surface. No handles --

               -- But a flap, there! On the wall. He lifts it. An EYE stares
               back at him. Then a FACE - HIS OWN REFLECTION. He realises he
               is staring into a facial recognition system.

               Beat ... then the security door CLICKS open --



               INT. NELSON'S COVE HANGAR - CONTINUOUS

               -- Cautiously he pushes the door wide and steps inside. It
               closes automatically behind him. Suddenly he is in darkness.
               Pitch darkness. Until --

               -- Pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop - strategically arranged
               floor-to-ceiling spotlights pop on, one and then the next.
               What they reveal stops his heart. He is instantly transfixed.

               Staring and staring at the marvel gleaming back at him now,
               he dips a hand in his pocket and retrieves his phone.

                                   STORM
                         George. You're not going to believe
                         this.



               INT. UNIVERSITY STP OFFICE - DAY

               Establishing shot: Sign on door reads 'SATELLITE TRACKING
               PROGRAM - OPERATIONS ROOM - UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND'

               Spacious modern office - tables, chairs, computers, wall-
               mounted GPS maps and marine traffic charts...

               Suki sits at her desk and studies the latest GPS positioning
               on her computer screen.

               COMPUTER SCREEN IMAGE: A map of the Western Pacific shows the
               path of the humpback migration. Around two dozen whales have
               been tagged, each showing on screen with their unique name
               label. KULO is among them --

               -- The map also displays other marine traffic - cruise ships,
               cargo vessels, fishing boats etc. The map resembles an ocean-
               wide web of multicoloured lines and dots.

               Suki is concerned with what she sees. She zooms in on TWO
               BLOOD-RED DOTS. Whaling vessels? They are sailing close to
               the migration. She hits a number on her phone.

                                   SUKI
                         Oh, hi. This is Professor Suki
                         Hall, STP. Can you please tell me
                         why I'm seeing whaling vessels a
                         thousand miles southeast of Japan?



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - DAY

               An ugly industrial vessel ploughs through the ocean. It is
               the Suzy Wong.



               INT. SUZY WONG BRIDGE - DAY

               The pulsed BEEP of the fish-finder sonar keeps time as Shui
               scans the ocean. Ship's radio crackles into life.

                                   STANG (RADIO VOICE)
                         Jonah to Suzy Wong. Come in Suzy
                         Wong. You there Shui?

               Shui lowers his binoculars. Lifts the handset.

                                   SHUI
                         I'm here Stang.

                                   STANG (RADIO VOICE)
                         Anything?

                                   SHUI
                         Negative.



               INT. JONAH BRIDGE - DAY

               Stang holds the handset to his mouth. He is agitated.
               Frustrated. They have not yet found their quarry.

                                   STANG
                         Four days at sea and nothing. The
                         whales must have taken a different
                         course this year ... or are you
                         holding out on me, my old friend?

                                   SHUI (RADIO VOICE)
                         You know me better, Stang. As soon
                         as we make eyes you'll be the first
                         to know.

               Stang GRUNTS...

               WITH SHUI --

                                   SHUI
                         They'll show up soon enough.

                                   STANG (RADIO VOICE)
                         Well let's hope so. If we go back
                         empty-handed Zheng Ling will feast
                         on our blubber.

               WITH STANG --

                                   STANG
                         I don't want to be the one to have
                         tell him ... you still there Shui?

               WITH SHUI -- Shui has already replaced the handset.

                                   SHUI
                             (to himself)
                         Like I said, they'll show up soon
                         enough.



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - DAY

               A pod of humpbacks swim majestically. Tailing the pod a GIANT
               HUMPBACK SWIMS WITH HER SMALLER COMPANION - Kulo recognisable
               for her immense size, Kana for her playful nature --

               -- Kulo and Kana are happy.



               INT. NELSON'S COVE HANGAR - MORNING

               THE MOST EYE-BLISTERING SIGHT CONFRONTS US NOW...

               Gleaming in the blaze thrown upon her by the floor-to-ceiling
               spotlighting sits the ELIZABETH SWANN - a futuristic trimaran
               with solar-panelled decking and sleek, space-age design. She
               sits proudly - magnificently - up on blocks.

               Storm is all at once awestruck as he moves towards her,
               explores her, lays his hand on the smooth contours of her
               body. Makes his way round to her stern and climbs up on the
               diving platform. All the while studying her, drinking in her
               wonder as though exploring a new lover.



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - CONTINUOUS

               FORWARD HELM -- Storm enters the forward helm and is greeted
               by a technological playground -- gadgetry, buttons, keypads,
               organic LED screens, a control console. A CENTRAL COMPUTER.

               Storm stands in awe of the slick, supertech design ... then
               the computer suddenly 'beeps' into life, all by itself.

               CENTRAL COMPUTER SCREEN IMAGE: 'ENTER PASSWORD'

               For a long beat Storm stares at the computer, the challenge
               it poses. Password? He thinks on his feet --

                                   STORM
                         Password ... password ... ahh ...
                         birthday, my birthday. Uncle Doug
                         knew my birthday...

               He types in his birth date.

               CENTRAL COMPUTER SCREEN IMAGE: 'INCORRECT PASSWORD - TWO
               ATTEMPTS REMAINING'

               His mind races. An idea flashes across his mind. He checks
               his phone again for the combination lock code --

                                   STORM
                         The code. The combination code.

               He types it in.

               CENTRAL COMPUTER SCREEN IMAGE: 'INCORRECT PASSWORD - ONE
               ATTEMPT REMAINING'

                                   STORM
                         Damn! Okay. Come on Storm, think...

               Another idea occurs to him. He looks at his phone. Hits a
               number. Puts the phone to his ear...



               INT. HAWK'S APARTMENT - EVENING

               ...A trendy loft conversion with exposed brick walls, vaulted
               ceiling, undressed light bulbs and lots of technology.

               Hawk lounges in a 1960s vintage chrome and leather aviator
               armchair. He plays a 'SHOOT 'EM UP COMPUTER GAME' on a vast
               wall-mounted LED screen. His phone flashes. His attention
               remains with the computer game as he answers --

                                   HAWK
                         Skip?

               INTERCUT BETWEEN STORM ON THE BOAT AND HAWK IN HIS APARTMENT

               WITH STORM -- Storm becomes increasingly anxious as he stares
               at the computer screen and the CURSOR FLASHING IN THE EMPTY
               PASSWORD BOX - 'ONE ATTEMPT REMAINING'.

                                   STORM
                         Hawk. Listen. I need your help. I
                         need to crack a password.

                                   HAWK (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         Who set it?

               Storm is taken aback by Hawk's question.

                                   STORM
                         Who set it? My Uncle Douglas, why?

                                   HAWK (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         Professor Storm.

               WITH HAWK -- Hawk's fingers play tunes on his gaming console.

                                   HAWK
                         He was my remote mentor at Oxford.

                                   STORM (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         I'm aware of that Hawk.

                                   HAWK
                         He helped me write a potential
                         master machine-learning algorithm
                         to simulate human imagination in
                         computers.

                                   STORM (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         Fascinating.

                                   HAWK
                         We just didn't have a system
                         advanced enough to run it.

               WITH STORM -- Marvelling at the technology surrounding him.

                                   STORM
                         Well I may just have discovered
                         one.

               WITH HAWK -- Hawk takes down four secret agents with one
               blast of his automatic hand cannon.

                                   HAWK
                         You have? Crash and die, sucker!

               WITH STORM -- Storm removes the phone from his ear and
               studies it for a second. Did Hawk just say that?

                                   STORM
                         Hawk, are you playing computer
                         games again?

                                   HAWK (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         I'm strategizing a plan to save the
                         world and killing anyone who stands
                         in my way.

                                   STORM
                         Of course you are. Listen. Please
                         try and concentrate. I need to get
                         into this system and you're the
                         only person I know with the
                         technological knowhow to...

                                   HAWK (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         Your mother's maiden name.

                                   STORM
                         What...?

               WITH HAWK -- For a brief moment Hawk takes his eye off the
               game and gives it to Storm.

                                   HAWK
                         It will be your mother's maiden
                         name. The first letter will be
                         upper case.

               WITH STORM -- Storm is not convinced.

                                   STORM
                         Are you sure...?

               Storm's itchy fingers hover over the keypad --

                                   STORM
                         My mother's maiden name ... first
                         letter upper case.

                                   HAWK (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         Correct.

               He types in his mother's maiden name.

               CENTRAL COMPUTER SCREEN IMAGE: 'WELCOME TO THE ELIZABETH
               SWANN' accompanied by a SMILEY FACE.

                                   STORM
                         Ha! Yes! Hawk, you're a genius!

                                   HAWK (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         I have tried to tell you.

               WITH HAWK -- Hawk's fingers continue to play tunes on his
               gaming console. The sound of automatic gunfire.

                                   HAWK
                         Agent down! I'm inside the command
                         centre. So are you now, Skip. Good
                         luck with whatever it is you're
                         doing. Die sucker!

               WITH STORM -- Storm has already ended the call. He stares at
               the computer screen.

               CENTRAL COMPUTER SCREEN IMAGE: 'HELLO JOHN, YOU HAVE ONE
               MESSAGE'.



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - DAY

               The Suzy Wong spews out black toxic fumes as she churns
               through an otherwise pristine blue ocean.



               INT. SUZY WONG - SHUI'S CABIN - DAY

               A SAMURAI SWORD GLINTS IN THE BEAM OF SUNLIGHT SPOOLING IN
               THROUGH THE CABIN PORTHOLE...

               The sword hangs on the wall behind Shui as he eats lunch -
               rice, fish, wakame salad. A half-full bottle of sake and a
               glass sit on the table. He fills the glass, drinks, and
               continues eating. A knock at the door disturbs him.

                                   SHUI
                         Hai?

               Door opens. CREWMAN#1 enters with urgent news.

                                   CREWMAN#1
                         A sighting, Captain! We've found
                         them!

               Shui downs cutlery, jumps up, throws back the dregs of his
               sake and shrugs on his jacket.

                                   SHUI
                         Radio the Jonah. Give Captain Stang
                         our position. And tell him it was
                         he who took the wrong course. Not
                         the whales. Ha!

               He heads for the door.



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               FORWARD HELM -- CENTRAL COMPUTER SCREEN IMAGE: 'HELLO JOHN,
               YOU HAVE ONE MESSAGE'.

               Storm stares at the message on the screen. The FLASHING
               ENVELOPE ICON accompanying that message. Gingerly he reaches
               forward and touches it. Then jolts back in amazement as --

               CENTRAL COMPUTER SCREEN IMAGE: THE ANIMATED 3D HOLOGRAPHIC
               AVATAR OF PROFESSOR STORM APPEARS --

                                   PROFESSOR STORM
                         John my boy! Good to see you!

               Storm is stunned to silence. For a beat. Then --

                                   STORM
                         Uncle Doug.

                                   PROFESSOR STORM
                         In the flesh - although not quite,
                         of course. These days I'm little
                         more than a holographic avatar, but
                         no less indomitable for that.

               Storm reaches out and touches the professor's face.

                                   PROFESSOR STORM
                         So what do you think of her?
                         Impressive isn't she.

                                   STORM
                         The boat? She's stunning.

                                   PROFESSOR STORM
                         She's run purely on green hydrogen
                         and driven by an autonomous control
                         system - Captain Nemo.

               Computer BEEPS. Then introduces itself --

                                   NEMO
                         Nemo for short. At your service,
                         Captain Storm.

                                   PROFESSOR STORM
                         AI, my boy - artificial
                         intelligence. She has a brain as
                         intuitive and empathic as the best
                         any human can boast...

                                   NEMO
                         And some.

                                   PROFESSOR STORM
                         ...Well, almost. She can certainly
                         navigate herself from A to B quite
                         adequately but she does require the
                         human touch from time to time. And
                         that, my boy, is where you come in.

                                   STORM
                         It is...?

                                   PROFESSOR STORM
                         The Zero Carbon Challenge round-the-
                         world boat race. I've entered her.
                         I'd like you to skipper her.

                                   STORM
                         Me? But...

                                   PROFESSOR STORM
                         You have all the necessary
                         credentials and it would go down a
                         storm on that YouTube channel of
                         yours - pun intended. You could
                         take that young Hawk with you as
                         your first mate. He's a remarkable
                         young man. He can manage the AI
                         systems blindfold and when there's
                         nothing else to do he could...

                                   NEMO
                         Make the tea.

                                   PROFESSOR STORM
                         ...Precisely. What do you say?

               The professor pulls on his most serious face now --

                                   PROFESSOR STORM
                         I need you to do this for me, John.
                         I need you to trial her - something
                         I was unable to do before my ...
                         well let's just call it my mishap.
                         George will fill you in on all the
                         details. He's expecting your call.

               Storm is speechless as he watches his uncle start slowly to
               fade out...

                                   PROFESSOR STORM
                         Take care my boy. Take care...

               ...And the professor is gone.

               For a long moment Storm doesn't move, just stares at the
               black screen that just swallowed his uncle. Then at the
               dazzling array of lights representing Nemo's neural network.

               At length he looks down at his phone. Picks it up. Puts it
               down again. Engages Nemo instead.

                                   STORM
                         Nemo. Get me George Franks.

                                   NEMO
                         Please.

               Storm is thrown by Nemo's impudent reply. A beat, then --

                                   STORM
                         Nemo. Get me George Franks -
                         please.

                                   NEMO
                         Yes of course, Captain Storm. No
                         problem at all.



               INT. UNIVERSITY CORRIDOR - DAY

               Suki strides along with some urgency. She passes students and
               other university staff. Her phone is tight to her ear.

                                   SUKI
                         If anything happens to any of the
                         tagged whales we'll know about it.
                         We'll also know who is responsible.

               She ends the call.

                                   SUKI
                             (to herself)
                         As if I don't know already.



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - NIGHT

               FULL MOON CLIMBS OMINOUSLY ABOVE THE SUZY WONG...



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN/UNDERWATER - NIGHT

               Two humpback whales hang like vertical pillars in the moon-
               spangled water - one a gentle giant, the other her smaller
               companion. It is Kulo and Kana, sleeping. The SOUND OF A
               SONAR PING disturbs them. KULO OPENS HER EYE.

                                                        SOUND MATCH TO:



               INT. SUZY WONG BRIDGE - NIGHT

               PULSED SONAR PING of the ship's fish-finder beats time as
               Shui Razor scans the ocean through night-vision binoculars.
               SONAR OPERATOR studies his screen --

                                   SONAR OPERATOR
                         One-thousand metres and closing
                         Captain. South-south-east.

               Shui barks an order at the helmsman standing beside him --

                                   SHUI
                         You heard him! South-south-east -
                         full ahead!

                                   HELMSMAN
                         Full ahead, Captain!

               Engines roar as Shui puts the tannoy handset to his mouth.

                                   SHUI
                         All hands! Stations! Now!



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN/UNDERWATER - NIGHT

               Sonar ping sounds against the rumble of distant engines. Kulo
               senses danger. She nudges Kana awake. The two whales start to
               swim, Kana clinging to Kulo's side like a calf to her mother.



               INT. SUZY WONG - NIGHT

               The ship comes alive now...

               -- BELOW DECK men gulp down their drinks and leap to action
               as they abandon the backgammon table and race for the door...

               -- IN THE GALLEY chef hurriedly bolts the lid on the soup pan
               and turns off the heat...

               -- IN THE CABIN legs are thrown over the sides of bunks,
               bootlaces tied, oilskins thrown on...

               -- IN THE HEAD the sound of the toilet being flushed, the
               door unbolted, feet scudding away along the passageway...



               INT. SUZY WONG BRIDGE - NIGHT

               Shui observes from the bridge as men scuttle about on deck.
               Take up their stations. Sonar Operator studies his screen -
               blip divides into two blips, one larger than the other.

                                   SONAR OPERATOR
                         Two whales off the port bow,
                         Captain. Eight-hundred metres.
                         Looks like mother and calf - a very
                         large mother.

                                   SHUI
                         Hard to port!

               Urgency now as Shui spins and observes the screen for
               himself. His eyes widen at the sheer size of the larger blip.

                                   SHUI
                             (into the tannoy)
                         Rig for a giant! Grappling hooks
                         ready! Load the harpoons!



               EXT. SUZY WONG BOW - NIGHT

               A HARPOON IS LOADED -- HARPOON CANNON SWIVELS SLOWLY ROUND...



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN/UNDERWATER - NIGHT

               THE GROWL OF ANGRY ENGINES FILLS THE OCEAN -- Suzy Wong
               closes on Kulo and Kana -- the whales are confused -- rumble
               of engines grows louder -- Kana panics and swims off, first
               one way, then the other -- Kulo stops and calls to Kana but
               the engine noise drowns her call...

               ...KANA IS SEPARATED FROM KULO. SHE IS ISOLATED.



               INT. SUZY WONG BRIDGE - NIGHT

               Shui sweeps the moonlit ocean with night-vision binoculars,
               slowly to starboard, then to port. Then --

               -- THERE! Kana breaks surface less than 200 metres off the
               port bow. Shui bellows into the tannoy handset.

                                   SHUI
                         Whale off the port bow! Harpoons
                         ready!
                             (to the helmsman)
                         Steady as she goes. We'll take the
                         smaller one first. Then the big one
                         will come to us.



               EXT. SUZY WONG BOW - NIGHT

               The harpoon cannon trains on Kana. A beat, then --

               -- BOOM! Harpoon explodes from the cannon and fizzes through
               the night -- strikes Kana -- a deathly cry as blood pools
               around her -- she struggles -- convulses -- lets out a low
               mournful moan -- then lies still...



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN/UNDERWATER - NIGHT

               ...Kulo slows to a halt. Something is wrong.



               INT. SUKI'S STUDY - NIGHT

               Suki sits in the half light of her study, warm drink in hand,
               eyes glued to the computer screen. The same GPS tracking map
               we saw earlier now shows one of the whaling vessels much
               closer to the migration -

               -- Suki sips her drink. Concern. Her eyes do not leave the
               screen - as if she's watching Kulo and Kana for real.



               EXT. SUZY WONG DECK - NIGHT

               The men drive hooks and ropes into Kana's flesh and grapple
               to haul her aboard. The scene is carnage - horrifying.



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - NIGHT

               From a small distance Kulo observes Kana being butchered and
               hauled aboard the Suzy Wong. Is that a tear escaping her eye?
               She gives a low rumbling growl and moves off...



               INT. SUZY WONG BRIDGE - NIGHT

               Shui watches over his crew as they haul Kana aboard. Suddenly
               a shaft of light glints on the ocean's surface. He raises his
               binoculars to his eyes...

               BINOCULARS POV: Moonlight ricochets off Kulo's dorsal fin as
               she swims back towards the Suzy Wong.

                                   SHUI
                         The mother is coming back, exactly
                         as planned.
                             (through the tannoy)
                         Harpoons ready! We have company.



               INT/EXT. SUZY WONG DECK/BOW/BRIDGE - NIGHT

               AT THE BOW -- the harpooner swings the cannon portside and
               searches the moonlit waters for his target. He waits ... and
               waits ... where is the whale? Then suddenly --

               -- HARPOONER RECOILS IN TERROR AS KULO BREACHES BARELY INCHES
               FROM HIS FACE ... THEN CRASHES DOWN BESIDE THE SUZY WONG WITH
               A THUNDEROUS REPORT.

               A 20-metre-high wall of ocean swallows the Suzy Wong,
               swelling up and crashing down on the deck like a monsoon
               cloudburst. Crew are sluiced in all directions --

               ON THE BRIDGE -- a panicked Shui grabs the tannoy.

                                   SHUI
                         Stand fast! Maintain stations!

               AT THE BOW -- the harpooner drags himself slowly to his feet.
               Vengeful eyes search the night. He takes hold of the cannon --



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - NIGHT

               -- Meanwhile Kulo frantically tries to free Kana, calling to
               her, nudging her, ramming her, diving beneath her and lifting
               her head ... but no response from Kana. When Kulo finally
               looks up she sees --

               -- The harpoon cannon trained directly on her. Inwardly she
               recoils. By instinct she tries to dive, but --



               EXT. SUZY WONG BOW - NIGHT

               -- Too late!

               HARPOONER'S POV: Harpoon cannon releases its load...



               INT. SUKI'S STUDY - NIGHT

               Suki continues to study the map on her computer screen.
               Suddenly she jerks, as if a needle has pricked her - as if
               telepathically she knows Kulo has been hit...



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - NIGHT

               ...Kulo lets out a terrifying cry and dives as the harpoon
               strikes her back. A cheer goes up from the Suzy Wong.



               INT/EXT. SUZY WONG BRIDGE/DECK - NIGHT

               Shui looks on triumphantly as the crew all cheer on the deck
               below him. But the cheers are short-lived, slowly subsiding
               to a nervous silence as the crew realise to a man that the
               whale can no longer be seen. Where is she? Is she dead?

               DEATHLY SILENCE NOW AS SHUI AND THE CREW FREEZE...

               SHUI WAITS NERVOUSLY -- HEMLSMAN AND SONAR OPERATOR HOLD
               THEIR BREATH -- THE CREW START TO RETREAT ON DECK. EYES
               SEARCH THE NIGHT. Then --

               -- KULO SUDDENLY BREAKS THE SURFACE LIKE A SEA-TO-AIR
               MISSILE, MONSTER-SIZED. SHE HANGS IN THE AIR ABOVE THE SUZY
               WONG FOR WHAT SEEMS A DEATHLY ETERNITY...

               ON THE DECK -- THE TERRIFIED FACES OF THE CREW LOOK UP TO SEE
               THE MONSTER ABOUT TO CRASH DOWN UPON THEM...

               ON THE BRIDGE -- SHUI WATCHES IN HORROR AS THE GIANT WHALE
               HANGS IN THE AIR ABOVE HIS MEN...

               A BEAT ... TWO ... THEN --

               -- KULO CRASHES DOWN ON CREW AND DECK WITH THE FORCE OF A
               FALLING ASTEROID, MIDSHIPS, SPLITTING THE VESSEL IN TWO.



               INT. SUKI'S STUDY - NIGHT

               Suki shows sudden concern as one of the dots inexplicably
               blinks out. KULO'S NAME LABEL DISAPPEARS FROM THE SCREEN --

                                   SUKI
                         Kulo...?

               Suki's fingers dance urgently across the keyboard but to no
               avail. Kulo's tag has stopped transmitting.



               INT/EXT. SUZY WONG BRIDGE/DECK - NIGHT

               Men run in all directions now terrified. The ship is breaking
               up. Bow separating from stern. Both halves going down.

               ON THE BRIDGE -- a horrified Shui grabs the ship's radio.

                                   SHUI
                         Stang! Stang are you there? Suzy
                         Wong to Jonah! Come in Stang!



               INT. JONAH BRIDGE - NIGHT

               Stang munches a mouthful of wagyu katsu sando. He is in no
               hurry to answer the call.

                                   SHUI (RADIO VOICE)
                         Stang! Where are you?

               Finally --

                                   STANG
                         Problem Shui?

                                   SHUI (RADIO VOICE)
                         We've been hit - by a whale!

                                   STANG
                         A whale?

                                   SHUI (RADIO VOICE)
                         A very big whale! We're going down!

                                   STANG
                         Then put in a mayday call.

               He laughs...

               SUZY WONG BRIDGE --

                                   SHUI
                         Stang, don't be crazy. We're in
                         international waters. We're not
                         supposed to be here.
                             (then into the tannoy)
                         Launch the lifeboats! Abandon ship!
                         I repeat - abandon ship!

               ON DECK -- men scream and shout and run for the lifeboats as
               the ship breaks up beneath their feet. Some leap overboard...

               JONAH BRIDGE -- Stang stuffs the last of his sandwich in his
               mouth, shakes his head and sighs.

                                   STANG
                         Give me your position, Shui.



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN/UNDERWATER - NIGHT

               Kulo observes the sinking ship from a small distance - bow
               and stern going down separately. She gives a mournful growl,
               then turns and swims away, blood weeping from her wound, the
               full moon turning shades of blood-orange at her back.



               INT. AIRCRAFT - DAY

               STEVE GREEN'S SEATBELT CLICKS SHUT. Out the window he sees --

               AERIAL SHOT: SAND ISLAND, ALOHA TOWER AND PIER 2 CRUISE
               TERMINAL draw nearer as the aircraft descends.

                                   AIRCRAFT CAPTAIN (V.O.)
                         All passengers fasten your
                         seatbelts. It's a glorious day on
                         the ground, twenty-eight degrees
                         with a light breeze...



               EXT. HONOLULU AIRPORT - DAY

               SUPER - 'HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT'

               Aircraft touches down --

                                   AIRCRAFT CAPTAIN (V.O.)
                         ...Enjoy your stay on the island.



               EXT. TERMINAL 2 EXIT - DAY

               Steve and Charley exit the airport, throw their luggage in
               the boot of a cab and climb in. Cab pulls away, just as --

               -- 30-something KAI SATO exits the airport. Oriental descent.
               Dark suit. Attache case. Kai watches Steve and Charley's cab
               until it disappears from view, then hails a cab of his own.
               He wears a SILVER ID BRACELET.



               INT. CAB - HONOLULU STREET - DAY

               Steve sits in the back with Charley, mobile phone to his ear.

                                   STEVE
                         John, it's Steve. We've just
                         arrived.



               INT. HOTEL ROOM - DAY

               Storm wears swimming shorts and beach shoes. He grabs a towel
               form the bathroom, rolls it and packs it in his man bag. His
               phone is on the side, on speaker mode.

                                   STEVE (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         Was hoping to catch up later this
                         evening, get a few words for the
                         channel. I know Charley would like
                         some photos as well.

                                   STORM
                         I'll bring Hawk along.

                                   STEVE (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         Perfect.



               EXT. HOTEL - DAY

               Cab pulls up outside the entrance. Steve checks his watch as
               he and Charley climb out.

                                   STEVE
                         It's five-thirty now. Shall we say
                         seven?

               HOTEL ROOM -- Storm throws on a shirt, leaves it unbuttoned.

                                   STEVE (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         It'll give us time to unpack and
                         clean up.

                                   STORM
                         Let's say seven-thirty. It'll give
                         me time for a swim.

                                   STEVE (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         See you then.

               Storm grabs his phone and man bag and leaves the room.



               INT. HOTEL FOYER - DAY

               Kai Sato approaches the desk. He is detached, humourless.
               HOTEL RECEPTIONIST offers a smile.

                                   KAI SATO
                         Kai Sato.

               Receptionist checks the name on the computer and hands over
               the room key. Kai's silver ID bracelet visible here.

                                   HOTEL RECEPTIONIST
                         Room six-two-five, Mr Sato. Have a
                         great day.

                                   KAI SATO
                         Thank you.

               Kai turns and heads for the elevator. Doors slide open and
               Storm steps out in swimming shorts and open shirt, carrying a
               man bag. Kai watches Storm disappear out the door.



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - DAY

               Shui dozes in a lifeboat crammed with a dozen other men. He
               clutches his Samurai sword. A second life boat carries the
               rest of the crew nearby. Suddenly a shout from the lookout --

                                   LIFEBOAT LOOKOUT
                         Captain! Captain wake up!

               Shui stirs. Lookout points at a ship in the distance.



               INT. JONAH BRIDGE - DAY

               BINOCULARS POV: A blurred image of Shui's lifeboat slowly
               sharpens...

               Stang adjusts his binoculars and the Suzy Wong's lifeboats
               come sharply into view.



               EXT. JONAH/PACIFIC OCEAN - DAY

               The Jonah is alongside the lifeboats. The men are lowering
               ropes. Shui and his crew are exhausted.

               JONAH DECK -- Stang leans over the side, shouts down to Shui.

                                   STANG
                         The great Shui Razor. You bring
                         shame on your sword, my friend.
                         A Samurai sunk by a whale. Ha! A
                         fisherman's tale if ever I heard
                         one.

               Shui says nothing. Sonar Operator at Shui's side explains.

                                   SONAR OPERATOR
                         It's true, Captain Lee. It was
                         huge. We had already caught the
                         smaller one and...

                                   STANG
                         Smaller one? There were two whales?
                         So you were holding out on me Shui.
                         I should leave you to the sharks.

               He turns and walks away. Across his shoulder, he shouts --

                                   STANG
                         Haul them aboard!



               EXT. HOTEL RESTAURANT - NIGHT

               A crowded beachfront restaurant. Steve and Charley are seated
               at a table, chatting as Storm and Hawk arrive - Storm in open-
               neck shirt and trousers, Hawk in black T-shirt with 'I'M
               ARTIFICIALLY INTELLIGENT' blazoned on its chest --

               -- As they make their way to the table Storm bumps into an
               old flame. SARAH-LOUISE JONES is about 35 with blonde
               shoulder-length hair and striking ocean-blue eyes. She is
               attractive without the need of makeup.

                                   STORM
                         Sarah!

               While Storm and Sarah chat, Hawk hangs awkwardly. Their
               conversation is friendly but competitive - and flirty.

                                   STORM
                         Long time. How are you keeping? I
                         heard you were competing.

                                   SARAH
                         I seem to remember I was always
                         competing with you, John.

                                   STORM
                         Always?

                                   SARAH
                         When it mattered.

                                   STORM
                         When it mattered I thought we
                         cooperated pretty well.

               Hawk rolls his eyes and looks suitably uncomfortable.

                                   STORM
                         Oh sorry - this is Hawk. My first
                         mate.

                                   HAWK
                         Chief engineer. Anyway, I can see
                         you two have a lot to fight about
                         so I'll ahh ... I'll leave you to
                         it. Nice meeting you.

               Hawk trundles off and joins Steve and Charley. Storm smiles.

                                   SARAH
                         A little young for a first mate,
                         isn't he?

                                   STORM
                         Yes, well, what he lacks in years
                         he makes up for in brain cells. Our
                         boat, the Elizabeth Swann, she's
                         very ... technological.

                                   SARAH
                         Really. Well she'll need to be
                         fast, too. I'm not here to make up
                         the numbers, John. I intend to win.

                                   STORM
                         Me too.

               A look between them --

               -- A FEW MOMENTS LATER Storm arrives at the table.

                                   STORM
                         Sorry about that. An old friend
                         from my university days.

                                   HAWK
                         She's still in love with you.

                                   STORM
                         She's in love with her own
                         ambition.

                                   CHARLEY
                         That's a bit harsh, John. A girl's
                         allowed her aspirations.

               Charley glances over to where Sarah is seated, several tables
               away. She clocks Sarah throwing discreet eyes at Storm.

                                   CHARLEY
                         Besides, I think Hawk could be
                         right.

               Just then the waiter arrives at the table.

                                   WAITER
                         Are you ready to order?

               Storm suddenly checks his pockets - empty!

                                   STORM
                         Damn! I left my phone in my room.

                                   STEVE
                         Do you need it?

                                   STORM
                         I'm afraid I do. George Franks is
                         calling me this evening. I'll only
                         be five minutes. Excuse me.

               He gets up and leaves.



               INT. HOTEL CORRIDOR - NIGHT

               Storm approaches the door to his room. Is about to put the
               key card in the lock when he hears a noise from inside.
               Cautiously he inserts the card ... a beat, two, then --

               -- He SLAMS THE DOOR WIDE, bursts into the room and hits the
               light switch --



               INT. HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

               -- Storm hits the light switch and sees Kai Sato rifling
               through his suitcase.

                                   STORM
                         Who are you? What do you think
                         you're doing?

               Kai offers no words. His reply is instead a lightning fast
               move that catches Storm off guard -- THWACK! Storm is flat on
               his back against the wall. He shakes his head. Looks up just
               in time to see Kai disappearing out the door.



               INT. HOTEL CORRIDOR - NIGHT

               Storm emerges from his hotel room. Sees Kai reach the end of
               the corridor and disappear off to the right --

               Storm runs -- end of corridor -- turns right -- another
               corridor -- Kai 20 metres ahead of him -- Storm runs -- Kai
               dives into the elevator -- elevator doors slide shut in
               Storm's face. Beat ... Storm thinks on his feet --

               -- Sees the FIRE EXIT...



               EXT. HOTEL FIRE ESCAPE - NIGHT

               -- Storm exits onto the fire escape. He is high up. 25th
               FLOOR. He starts to descend the metal staircase - 24th floor,
               23rd floor, 22nd floor ... On each floor we see the ELEVATOR
               DESCENDING through the hotel window - 23, 22, 21, 20 --

               Storm's feet descend the steps ... they run ... and run ...
               Storm on the 14th floor now. Breathless. He peers in through
               the window just in time to see --

               -- ELEVATOR DOORS OPEN. A man, a woman and a child exit. No
               Kai. Storm thumps the rail with the heel of his hand.



               INT. HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

               Storm throws ice in a glass and adds a large measure of rum.
               He speaks to George Franks on the phone.

                                   STORM
                         I haven't told anyone. It's the
                         start of the race in the morning. I
                         didn't want them worrying.



               INT. GEORGE FRANKS OFFICE - DAY

               A spacious modern office with stylish chrome-and-leather
               furniture, modern art pieces and floor-to-ceiling windows
               that look out on Canary Wharf. An impressive glass-topped
               desk commands. Franks paces at the window --

                                   FRANKS
                         And there's nothing missing?
                         Passport, wallet, anything else of
                         value?

               WITH STORM --

                                   STORM
                         Nothing. He didn't even take my
                         phone. I left it in my bag after my
                         swim today. It was still there.

               He throws back the rum. Starts to pour another...

                                   FRANKS (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         Then he must have been looking for
                         something specific.

               WITH FRANKS -- Peers out the window at nothing in particular.

                                   FRANKS
                         I didn't tell you this, John - I
                         didn't want to worry you. But it's
                         possible your intruder was looking
                         for the formula.

               WITH STORM -- Goes to take a drink, but stops abruptly.

                                   STORM
                         The formula?

                                   FRANKS (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         For the Elizabeth Swann's
                         propulsion system.

               WITH FRANKS --

                                   FRANKS
                         Whoever he's working for must have
                         thought perhaps the professor left
                         it to you in his will, along with
                         the boat.

               WITH STORM --

                                   STORM
                         But he didn't ... did he?

                                   FRANKS (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         Listen John, I need to make a call.
                         I'll get back to you.



               EXT. HONOLULU HARBOUR - DAY

               Sunshine. Music. Celebration. Dancers in grass skirts. Suited
               and uniformed officials presiding from a raised platform.

               Overhead a light aircraft circles, trailing a banner: 'WORLD
               ZERO CARBON CHALLENGE'.

               ON THE PIER -- Crowds. Flags. Happy faces. Steve and Charley
               at the head of a jostling media scrum - camera crews, news
               anchors. Steve puts a hand to his ear. Charley films him.

                                   STEVE
                             (into Charley's camera)
                         You there, Hawk?



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               FORWARD HELM -- Hawk brings up Storm's YouTube channel on the
               LED screen. He hits LIVE STREAM.

                                   HAWK
                         Good to go, Steve. We're live
                         streaming to the world!

               BACK WITH STEVE AND CHARLEY -- Charley filming Steve --

                                   STEVE
                             (into Charley's camera)
                         So, here we are in Honolulu,
                         another Storm live stream underway.

               WITH HAWK -- Steve reports indistinctly on the LED screen as
               Hawk runs a systems check with an uncooperative Nemo --

                                   HAWK
                         Systems check, Nemo.

                                   NEMO
                         Is that really necessary?

                                   HAWK
                         Just do it, please. Turbine.

                                   NEMO
                         Check.

                                   HAWK
                         Hydrogen banks.

                                   NEMO
                         Check.

                                   HAWK
                         Fuel cells.

                                   NEMO
                         Reserve capacity ... Look, this can
                         get rather tiresome after a while,
                         Chief Engineer Hawk. Everything is
                         in order, okay? Ready to go.

               Storm enters --

                                   STORM
                         Everything ship-shape Hawk? Do we
                         have wind and current forecasts?

                                   NEMO
                         Oh my days...



               EXT. HONOLULU HARBOUR - DAY

               RAISED PLATFORM -- MC stands proudly at the mic dressed in
               gleaming white full-dress naval uniform.

                                   MC
                         And now, your royal highnesses,
                         honoured dignitaries, ladies and
                         gentlemen - let the race commence!

               Band strikes up. Crowds cheer. Fireworks explode. Then --

               -- THE DEAFENING SOUND OF THE START HORN!

                                   STEVE
                             (into Charley's camera)
                         And there off!

               VIEW FROM THE PIER -- The boats head out into the channel at
               a steady pace. An armada of media boats surround them --

                                   STEVE (V.O.)
                         Storm and the Elizabeth Swann
                         taking an early lead.

               AERIAL SHOT -- the Elizabeth Swann pulling away -- Starlight
               a clear second -- the remaining four jostling for position
               and surrounded by the media boats.



               EXT. ELIZABRTH SWANN - DAY

               ON DECK -- Storm waves at an unsmiling Sarah 100 metres
               behind him. He enjoys the moment. She doesn't --

               -- The Elizabeth Swann powers across the ocean's surface at
               speed --



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN/UNDERWATER - DAY

               -- Somewhere beneath that surface Kulo emerges from the
               depths and swims towards us, her motion laboured. She is
               exhausted. A stream of blood trails her. Up ahead --

               -- GHOST NETS. 50 metres high. A kilometer in length. They
               hang silently. Sway menacingly with the ocean's movement - a
               deadly, ghostly dance.

               Kulo struggles on, so slowly, unaware the nets await her.



               INT. JONAH - STANG'S CABIN - DAY

               Shui tucks hungrily into a hot meal. Stang lounges opposite,
               feet up on the table.

                                   STANG
                         You are hungry, eh my friend? You
                         are lucky I came for you.

                                   SHUI
                         We should head back to port.

                                   STANG
                         What?

                                   SHUI
                         The quarters are cramped. There are
                         too many men.

                                   STANG
                         But we are five days from Nagasaki.
                         And we would go back with nothing.
                         It's a crazy idea.

               He throws back a measure of sake.

                                   SHUI
                         I am pulling rank, Stang. I am the
                         senior man.

                                   STANG
                         Come on, Shui. We are old friends.

                                   SHUI
                         Captain.

                                   STANG
                         Huh?

                                   SHUI
                         There can only be one captain on a
                         ship, and while we are both on this
                         ship, I am the captain. You will
                         call me Captain, not Shui.

               Stang is not happy. A beat to process Shui's words. Then --

                                   STANG
                         Perhaps I should ask Zheng Ling if
                         he is happy for us to return empty-
                         handed - Captain.

               The look between them simmers...



               INT. ZHENG LING'S OFFICE - DAY

               Zheng Ling stands at the window and looks out on the Nagasaki
               skyline as he questions Kai Sato, who has just been ushered
               into the room by Ling's BODYGUARD. Kai is nervous. Panicky.

                                   ZHENG LING
                         Tell me you have good news, Kai.

                                   KAI SATO
                         I'm sorry Mr Ling. We've searched
                         everywhere. Computer files. London
                         address. Honolulu.

                                   ZHENG LING
                         And?

                                   KAI SATO
                         Nothing.

               Zheng Ling turns, menacing. Kai sweating now --

                                   ZHENG LING
                         Honolulu. Tell me what happened in
                         Honolulu?

                                   KAI SATO
                         Storm came back ... to the hotel
                         room ... unexpectedly.

                                   ZHENG LING
                         You allowed yourself to be caught.

                                   KAI SATO
                         No...

                                   ZHENG LING
                         He saw you. That's a fail, Kai.
                         That's a fail.

               Zheng Ling turns back and faces out the window. To his
               bodyguard, Ling says --

                                   ZHENG LING
                         Lose him.

                                   KAI
                         But Mr Ling, I ... no, please...

               Bodyguard scruffs Kai from the room.



               EXT. REAR OF ZHENG LING'S OFFICE BLOCK - LATER

               Industrial parking area/backyard - a few parked vehicles,
               several rubbish bins, a skip...

               Zheng Ling's bodyguard exits the building pushing a wheelie
               bin. An arm dangles from the top of the bin. The arm wears a
               silver ID bracelet.

               Garbage truck pulls into the yard, picks up the bin and
               empties it into the back of the truck. Truck drives off.
               Bodyguard wheels the bin back inside the building.



               INT. ZHENG LING'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS

               Zheng Ling stands at the window, hands in pockets, looking
               out on the Nagasaki skyline as the garbage truck passes by on
               the street below.

               THE FACE OF ZHENG LING REFLECTED IN THE OFFICE WINDOW --

                                                          MATCH CUT TO:



               INT. GEORGE FRANKS OFFICE - NIGHT

               -- THE FACE OF ZHENG LING ON THE COMPUTER SCREEN.

               George Franks sits at his desk, types in a command and brings
               up a profile of Zheng Ling on his computer:

               NAME: ZHENG LING -- AGE: 57 -- CITIZEN: JAPAN -- STATUS:
               SINGLE -- LANGUAGES: JAPANESE, ENGLISH -- DESCRIPTION: HAIR
               BLACK; EYES BLACK; BODY ROTUND -- BUSINESS: MARITIME.

               TV News plays in the background --

                                   NEWSNIGHT PRESENTER
                         As the Zero Carbon Challenge round-
                         the-world boat race enters its
                         second week we are joined live via
                         satellite link by race leader John
                         Storm...

               Franks flicks a glance up at the TV...

                                   NEWSNIGHT PRESENTER
                         ...John, a commanding lead, all
                         done on clean sustainable energy.

               Storm puts a hand to his earpiece, is about to reply, when
               Franks mutes the sound and hits the intercom.

                                   FRANKS
                         Get me Steve Green.



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - DAY

               Kulo toils through the calm blue waters. Blood trails her.
               Ghost nets entangle her. 3 great whites tail her --

               -- Danger is her companion now.



               EXT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               ON DECK -- Storm relaxes with a cold drink. Hawk joins him,
               swigs from his reusable water bottle and marvels at the sun-
               spangled vista.

                                   HAWK
                         You know what, Skip, things could
                         not be better. Nemo is pushing us
                         along at almost twenty knots. Ten
                         days out from Honolulu and we're
                         already more than a day ahead of
                         your former significant other.

                                   STORM
                         Not significant, Hawk. Just good
                         friends.

                                   HAWK
                         Wrong answer.

                                   STORM
                         Anyway it was a long time ago.

               Storm's phone interrupts them --

                                   STORM
                         Steve.



               EXT. STREET - DAY

               Steve and Charley weave in and out of traffic as they cross
               the busy street. An urgency about them.

                                   STEVE
                         John. I just got word from George
                         Franks. He's being pretty coy about
                         where he got the information but it
                         would seem we have a massive story
                         unfolding.



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               FORWARD HELM -- Storm and Hawk watch Jill Bird reporting from
               dockside, Nagasaki Harbour...

                                   JILL BIRD
                         A giant humpback whale has attacked
                         and sunk a pirate whaling vessel a
                         thousand miles southeast of Japan.
                         According to reports, the incident
                         occurred over a week ago but has
                         only just come to light.

               LATER -- Storm on alert. Franks on the satphone screen --

                                   FRANKS
                         The vessel was part of a fleet
                         owned by a man called Zheng Ling.
                         Among other things he runs an
                         international whaling cartel.



               INT. GEORGE FRANKS OFFICE - NIGHT

               Franks on two-way visual communications with Storm. On his
               desktop computer screen a newspaper headline: 'ZHENG LING UPS
               STAKE IN LUXURY CRUISE LINE' --

                                   FRANKS
                         He also owns a substantial
                         investment in other areas of the
                         maritime industry - cruise ships
                         mainly. We believe the man who
                         broke into your hotel room was
                         working for him.

                                   STORM
                             (on satphone screen)
                         We...?



               INT. RESTAURANT - DAY

               Eating lunch -- Steve is excitedly explaining to Charley...

                                   STEVE
                         The Consortium.

                                   CHARLEY
                         What consortium?

                                   STEVE
                         George said it was set up to
                         counter the threat from big
                         business climate change denial.
                         Funded by an anonymous billionaire.

               BACK WITH STORM IN THE FORWARD HELM -- Storm takes it on, but
               with some reluctance.

                                   STORM
                         And Uncle Doug worked for this ...
                         Consortium?

                                   FRANKS
                             (on screen)
                         Let's say he was affiliated. As am
                         I. We knew Zheng Ling had somehow
                         got wind of what he was working on.
                         On top of everything else Ling owns
                         a majority shareholding in JOPCO --

                                   STORM
                         -- Japan Oil and Petroleum
                         Corporation.

               WITH FRANKS -- Random images/profiles on Franks' computer
               screen now - Shui Razor, Stang Lee, Kai Sato --

                                   FRANKS
                         Correct. We believe Ling and his
                         industrial mafia were out to stop
                         Professor Storm developing the on-
                         board storage formula that makes
                         the Elizabeth Swann's fuel-cell
                         system commercially viable.

               WITH STORM -- His mind whirs. Then --

                                   STORM
                         So you're saying they murdered him.
                         Before he could patent the formula.

               WITH FRANKS --

                                   FRANKS
                         John, you asked if your uncle left
                         the formula to you in his will. The
                         answer is yes, but with a caveat.

               WITH STORM --

                                   FRANKS
                             (on satphone screen)
                         The formula belongs to you now.
                         You're the only one who can patent
                         it. But first you must complete the
                         trial. Finish the race. It was your
                         uncle's express wish.

               Storm chews on this for moment, then the hard realisation --

                                   STORM
                         Which means I've just replaced
                         Uncle Doug at the top of Zheng
                         Ling's hit list.

                                   FRANKS
                             (on satphone screen)
                         That would appear to be the case.



               EXT. ELIZABETH SWANN - NIGHT

               ON DECK -- A calm, balmy night. Waning moon. The Milky Way...

               Storm sits alone, deep in thought. These latest revelations
               weigh heavily.



               INT. SUKI'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

               Open plan kitchen/diner. TV News plays as Suki boils a kettle
               and makes tea --

                                   ABC NEWS PRESENTER
                         Another twist in the sinking of the
                         whaling vessel...

               -- Suki instantly stops what she is doing and gives her
               attention to the TV.

                                   ABC NEWS PRESENTER
                         ...An anonymous Japanese
                         businessman is offering a million
                         dollars - that's right, one million
                         dollars - to anyone who can find
                         and kill the whale responsible.



               INT. JONAH - STANG'S CABIN - NIGHT

               Stang is on a furtive video call. Laptop open on the table.
               Zheng Ling's face filling the laptop screen.

                                   ZHENG LING
                         A million dollars.



               INT. ZHENG LING'S OFFICE - NIGHT

               Zheng Ling rolls a cigar between finger and thumb as he
               speaks to Stang's face on his computer screen.

                                   ZHENG LING
                         Seeing as you are the only whaling
                         vessel within five-hundred miles I
                         would say you and Shui are about to
                         become very rich.

               WITH STANG --

                                   ZHENG LING
                             (on Stang's laptop screen)
                         Half a million each - assuming you
                         find the whale.

               The door to Stang's cabin is slightly ajar. Shui secretly
               listens in on the call.

                                   ZHENG LING
                             (on Stang's laptop screen)
                         But you, Stang, you can become even
                         richer. Bring me John Storm, and
                         you'll receive a further one
                         million dollars - all to yourself.

               The news registers in Stang's eyes, then he hears a noise
               behind him. He spins. The door to Stang's cabin is still
               ajar. But Shui has gone.



               INT. STEVE'S OFFICE - DAY

               Charley scrolls through the latest headlines on the whaling
               story on her computer. Steve's here too, at his desk.

                                   STEVE
                         A million?

                                   CHARLEY
                         It's all over social media. All the
                         outlets are carrying the story.

               CHARLEY'S COMPUTER SCREEN IMAGE: Google listings: 'MILLION
               DOLLAR MOBY' and 'MYSTERY BUSINESSMAN OFFERS MILLION DOLLAR
               REWARD FOR MISSING WHALE' etc.

                                   CHARLEY
                         Coverage of the race has suddenly
                         taken a back seat.

               Steve has an idea --

                                   STEVE
                         I wonder.

                                   CHARLEY
                         What?

               Steve types SATELLITE TRACKING PROGRAM into the Google search
               engine and clicks on the top result. A page with an image of
               Suki comes up with details of the program and a telephone
               number (we do not see all of the number).

               COMPUTER SCREEN IMAGE: SATELLITE TRACKING PROGRAM (STP) --
               UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND -- ST LUCIA CAMPUS -- EMAIL:
               profsukihall@stluciacampus.au -- TEL: +61 7 3365 ****

               Steve picks up his phone and dials the number.

                                   STEVE
                         Ahh, Professor Suki Hall, please.
                         This is Steve Green calling from
                         the UK. I'm John Storm's press
                         officer. Thank you...

               While the call's being put through to Suki --

                                   STEVE
                         Charley, get hold of Tom Marcus.
                         See how much he's willing to pay
                         for exclusive shots of the missing
                         whale.

               Suki comes on the line --

                                   STEVE
                         Professor Hall? Steve Green. I
                         wonder if I could talk to you about
                         the missing whale...?



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN/UNDERWATER - DAY

               Kulo is in a bad way now. Strangled by ghost nets and plastic
               ropes. Bleeding heavily. Chaperoned by four great whites --

               -- Kulo struggles on.



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               FORWARD HELM -- Hawk mans the helm as Storm takes a call from
               Steve Green on the satphone screen.

                                   STEVE
                             (on satphone screen)
                         We think she's close by.

                                   STORM
                         She?



               INT. STEVE'S OFFICE - DAY

               Steve talks to Storm via video link. On his computer screen
               an image of a breaching humpback - caption: 'KULO LUNA'.

                                   STEVE
                         I spoke to a Professor Hall at the
                         STP.

                                   STORM (SATPHONE VOICE)
                         Suki Hall?

                                   STEVE
                         You know her?

               WITH STORM --

                                   STORM
                         We've met.

                                   STEVE
                             (on satphone screen)
                         Okay well Professor Hall is pretty
                         sure it's the giant humpback known
                         as Kulo. Her GPS tag gave her
                         position away. She was exactly
                         where the whaling vessel was when
                         it was sunk. Professor hall says
                         the signal failed after that. She
                         thinks her tag was probably damaged
                         in the attack.

                                   STORM
                         Kulo.

                                   STEVE
                             (on satphone screen)
                         Right. Apparently there was a
                         supermoon the night she sank the
                         ship. The media have dubbed her
                         Kulo Luna.

                                   HAWK
                         And you want us to do what,
                         exactly, Steve? Abandon the race
                         and go looking for a missing whale?

                                   STEVE
                         A hunted whale, Hawk. There's a
                         price on her head.

                                   HAWK
                         A million dollars. Yes, we know.

               Storm rakes his fingers back through his hair. What Steve is
               asking is a lot, but Storm's conscience is punching him.

                                   STORM
                         Well it's important we don't stray
                         too far off course, Steve. I still
                         have a race to win.

                                   STEVE
                             (on satphone screen)
                         Of course. Absolutely. Oh and, ah
                         ... on the off chance, if you see
                         anything ... maybe you could get a
                         few shots?



               EXT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               VARIOUS SHOTS OF -- Storm up on deck, high-powered binoculars
               hard to his eyes, scanning the ocean...



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               FORWARD HELM -- Sonar scans the depths, finds nothing. Hawk
               heads for the exit.

                                   HAWK
                         I'm going up on deck, Nemo. Let me
                         know if the sonar finds anything.

                                   NEMO
                         Please.

               Hawk turns back, gives Nemo a look --

                                   HAWK
                         Okay ... please.

                                   NEMO
                         Yes of course, Chief Engineer Hawk.
                         No problem at all.



               INT. JONAH BRIDGE - DAY

               Sonar Operator greets Shui as he enters. Stang stands beside
               the helmsman, looking through his binoculars.

                                   SONAR OPERATOR
                         Captain.

               Shui nods. Then, to Stang --

                                   SHUI
                         Stang. You should get some sleep.
                         I'll take over here.

               Stang lowers his binoculars. He is reluctant to leave.

                                   STANG
                         Ah. Well in case you have any ideas
                         while I sleep, remember Zheng Ling
                         wants us to return once we've
                         caught the whale. Not before.

                                   SHUI
                         Of course. A million dollars is a
                         million dollars.

               An icy stare between them and Stang leaves the bridge.



               EXT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               ON DECK -- Hawk arrives to find Storm's binoculars still
               glued to his eyes.

                                   HAWK
                         They're becoming a permanent
                         fixture if you don't mind me
                         saying, Skip.

               He lowers the binoculars --

                                   STORM
                         She has to be out there somewhere.

                                   HAWK
                         We're way off course. By my
                         calculations Starlight is now in
                         the lead.

               A thoughtful pause, then --

                                   STORM
                         You know what, Hawk? I've been
                         thinking.
                         I do all these crazy stunts like
                         climbing the Shard and racing solar
                         boats around the world because I
                         believe in what we're doing. I
                         believe the crazy stunts might just
                         help achieve something - like clean
                         up a patch of ocean or save an
                         endangered species. Well right now
                         there's an endangered whale out
                         there who needs our help.
                             (beat)
                         And you know the craziest thing? I
                         think the old man knew. Uncle Doug.
                         Somehow he knew - Kulo Luna, Zheng
                         Ling. Kismet. Am I losing the plot?

                                   HAWK
                         If you mean are you suffering from
                         a false belief based on incorrect
                         inference about firmly sustained
                         external reality despite the median
                         consensus, I would say yes.

                                   STORM
                         What if that's not what I mean?

                                   HAWK
                         Then I'd say you have to follow
                         your instinct, Skip.



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - LATE AFTERNOON

               The sun's reddening disc hovers above the far horizon in a
               blaze of blood orange - EPIC. From somewhere beneath the
               ocean's surface the CRY OF A DISTRESSED WHALE escapes and
               permeates the air, reverberating all around, haunting.



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN/UNDERWATER - LATE AFTERNOON

               A GIANT EYE -- It belongs to Kulo. She hangs a few metres
               below the surface, keeping watch on her tormentors - four
               great whites who circle her.

               Suddenly one of the sharks moves in close. Kulo roars, then
               manoeuvres round with surprising speed and swats the shark
               with a flick of her giant flipper. The shark is tossed high
               in the air, breaking surface like a rag doll and crashing
               back down with a thunderous splash.

               Kulo groans. The wearied look in her eye tells us she cannot
               keep the sharks at bay for much longer.



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - LATE AFTERNOON

               Hawk mans the helm. Sports news plays on the LED screen.
               Storm enters, binoculars slung around his neck, just as
               SPORTS NEWS PRESENTER announces --

                                   SPORTS NEWS PRESENTER
                         New race leader, Starlight, is now
                         some distance ahead of the field.

               Hawk notices Storm tighten at the news. He mutes the TV.

                                   STORM
                         Nemo, get me Starlight.

               A beep from Nemo and Sarah Jones appears on screen. Hair back
               in a pony tail. Sunglasses back on her head.

                                   SARAH
                         John. Where the hell have you been?
                         I've been trying to reach you for
                         the past two days.

                                   STORM
                         Thought I'd do a spot of fishing.
                         Give you a chance to catch up. You
                         said you wanted to win.

                                   SARAH
                         Not like this.

                                   STORM
                         You always were difficult to
                         please.

               They both smile awkwardly. A small silence, then --

                                   STORM
                         Sarah listen, I ahh ... I don't
                         suppose you've seen anything?

                                   SARAH
                         If you mean have I seen an errant
                         whale then no, sorry, I haven't.
                             (beat)
                         John, are you sure you know what
                         you're doing?



               EXT. ELIZABETH SWANN - LATER

               The sun is dipping low on the horizon...

               ON DECK -- Storm sweeps the darkening ocean with his
               binoculars. Then again. Nothing. He lowers his binoculars,
               just as his phone PINGS. He checks it.

               SMART PHONE SCREEN IMAGE: A SONAR BLIP indicates an object
               2kms southwest of the Elizabeth Swann.

               Storm swings round and searches urgently in the direction of
               the sonar reading, straining to see in the dusky light. He
               sweeps the small patch of ocean, then again, then --

               -- THERE! Finally Storm spots a DARK MASS on the surface. The
               image is a little blurred. He adjusts the binoculars, brings
               the mass into sharp focus. He shouts down to Hawk.

                                   STORM
                         Hawk! Port fifteen, full power!

               IN THE FORWARD HELM --

                                   HAWK
                         Got it, Skip! I've got multiple
                         blips on the sonar!

               ON DECK --

                                   STORM
                         Multiple...?

               Storm looks again.

               BINOCULARS POV: SHARK FINS CIRCLING A HUMPBACK WHALE. And
               there is blood. The whale is spilling blood.

                                   STORM
                             (to himself)
                         Oh my God...

               He swings down off the solar decking onto the aft deck.

                                   STORM
                         We've found our girl, Hawk. Come
                         aft - now! We need to move fast.
                         We're losing light.



               EXT. ELIZABETH SWANN - CONTINUOUS

               AFT DECK/COCKPIT -- Hawk arrives to find Storm pulling on his
               wet suit and snapping his dive compass watch on his wrist.

                                   STORM
                         Power on the lights and pull
                         alongside, Hawk.

               Hawk's fingers dance across the touchscreen. Motors whine.
               Elizabeth Swann reverses alongside Kulo.

                                   HAWK
                         Searchlights, Nemo!

                                   NEMO
                         Searchlights on.

               Searchlights pick out the METRE-LONG WOUND on Kulo's back and
               the BLOOD SLICK seeping from it. They also reveal the SHARKS.

                                   HAWK
                         Great whites.

                                   STORM
                         Four of them.

                                   HAWK
                         So tell me you're not going in.

                                   STORM
                         We have no choice. She's clearly
                         fatigued and she's bleeding badly.
                         We'll need to fix her wound. Can
                         you come up with something?

                                   HAWK
                         Can I...? I can try, but...

                                   STORM
                         And maybe some Orca sounds.

                                   HAWK
                         Orca sounds...

                                   STORM
                         Even great whites have predators.
                         Hopefully the sounds will distract
                         the sharks long enough for me to
                         take a look at the whale.

                                   HAWK
                         Nemo?

               Nemo gives off several electronic beeps and ambient music
               fused with whale song starts to play.

                                   HAWK
                         I'll feed it through the sub-
                         surface speakers once you're in the
                         water.

               Storm is now fully kitted out in wet suit. Full face mask
               with built-in comms system. Air cylinder. Flippers. He holds
               a speargun in his hand.

                                   HAWK
                         Be careful, Skip. Those sharks look
                         hungry.

               Storm disappears through the deck hatch --

                                   HAWK
                         Now, Nemo.

               An electronic beep and 'SUBSURFACE SPEAKERS' is highlighted
               on Nemo's screen --



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN/UNDERWATER - CONTINUOUS

               -- ORCA SOUNDS PLAY UNDERWATER...

               Storm moves warily through the water towards the giant whale,
               20 metres ahead. Above him the killer sharks circle.

               INTERCUT BETWEEN STORM UNDERWATER AND HAWK ON THE BOAT

               WITH HAWK AT THE AFT HELM -- A live feed of Storm's progress
               is fed to the console screen by the underwater cams. Hawk's
               eyes are glued to that screen.

                                   HAWK
                         Can we live stream this, Nemo?

                                   NEMO
                         Consider it done.

               LED SCREEN IMAGE: Storm's YouTube channel -- a LIVE STREAM
               opens just as --

               CONSOLE SCREEN IMAGE: -- A great white suddenly turns and
               heads for Storm at terrifying speed.

                                   HAWK
                         Skip! Bad boy at three o'clock!

               WITH STORM -- Storm spins and sees the shark heading straight
               for him. Mouth wide. Head back. Rows of serrated teeth bared
               and less than five metres from his face --

               -- Storm swings the speargun up. Aims and fires. But the
               shark swerves. Spear misses. Shark's fin brushes Storm as it
               careers past him, knocking the speargun from his hand. He
               looks down in horror as the speargun sinks to the seabed.

               WITH HAWK -- Adrenaline drives Hawk now as he watches the
               underwater action on the screen.

               CONSOLE SCREEN IMAGE: Shark circles round. Prepares for a
               second strike --

                                   HAWK
                         Coming in again, Skip - eight
                         o'clock!
                             (to Nemo)
                         Music on max, Nemo!

               WITH STORM -- Orca-sound music blares as again Storm spins
               and sees the great white speeding towards him. He realises
               the music is having no deterrent effect.

                                   STORM
                             (sarcasm)
                         Great. I happen to run into the
                         only deaf shark in the ocean!

               Storm is a sitting target. He grapples to release his dive
               knife but the shark is on him, it's razor-like teeth about to
               tear his flesh --

               WITH HAWK -- Hawk watches in horror as the great white bears
               down on Storm. An erratic BEEP BEEP on the sonar diverts his
               eyes to the sonar imaging screen and he sees MULTIPLE BLIPS,
               this time more than he can easily count. He looks concerned
               and confused, both at once.

                                   HAWK
                             (to himself)
                         Dolphins...?

               WITH STORM -- Shark bears down on Storm at a ferocious pace.
               HEAD BACK. MOUTH WIDE --

               Storm struggles and struggles to free his knife from its
               sheath -- Too late! The shark is on him. But then --

               -- WHOOSH! A bottlenose dolphin - DOLPHIN#1 - suddenly
               appears from the depths and slams into the shark's belly at
               lightning speed - like a torpedo. Shark tumbles and sinks
               rapidly into the ocean's depths.

               WHOOSH! DOLPHIN#2 slams into a second shark, and it too is
               sent spiralling down into the deep dark blue...

               WITH HAWK -- Eyes wide, Hawk watches the action on the
               console screen. He fights to keep his excitement in check.

                                   HAWK
                             (to himself)
                         You know, I've always held dolphins
                         in the highest regard.

                                   NEMO
                         The very highest.

                                   HAWK & NEMO
                             (excitedly together)
                         YES!

               WITH STORM -- Orca-sound music plays softly now as Dolphin#1
               nuzzles up to Storm, as though checking him over --

               Storm reaches out and lays his hand gently on the dolphin's
               face. With his other hand he makes a circle of his forefinger
               and thumb, a sign that says 'I'm okay. Thank you. I'm okay'.
               The dolphin seems to nod its understanding, then swims off
               towards the surface...

               Storm looks up - a POD OF 30 DOLPHINS circles the whale, a
               ring of protection.

               WITH HAWK -- From his position on the boat Hawk can see the
               pod of dolphins circling the whale.

                                   HAWK
                         I don't know if the dolphins are
                         here to protect you or the whale,
                         Skip. But I doubt the sharks will
                         bother you again.

                                   STORM (COMMS VOICE)
                         Roger that, Hawk.

               WITH STORM -- Kulo floats motionless several metres below the
               surface as Storm swims above her and checks her wound.

                                   STORM
                         My God. One giant dressing and a
                         small miracle required. We're both
                         relying on you, Hawk.

                                   HAWK (COMMS VOICE)
                         Leave it to me, Skip. Out.

               WITH HAWK IN THE CABIN -- Hawk frantically rummages through
               every locker and cupboard. Pulls out several reels of
               reinforced general purpose tape. A roll of greaseproof paper.
               A tub of heavy duty elastic bands --

               -- Opens the medical kit, takes out lint and tubes of
               antiseptic cream. Grabs a bedsheet and a length of rope.

               WITH STORM -- He is level with KULO'S EYE. He slides his dive
               knife from its sheath and shows it to her.

                                   STORM
                         It's okay, girl. You have to trust
                         me. Trust me. Okay? Okay?

               Kulo gives a gentle sound.

                                   STORM
                         Good girl.

               WITH HAWK ON DECK -- Urgently he tears off several strips of
               tape -- Unfurls two rolls of lint -- Opens the tubes of
               antiseptic cream and squeezes their contents onto the lint --
               Folds up the bedsheet...

               WITH STORM -- Working as fast as he can, cutting away the
               nets and ropes with his knife, one and then the next. As each
               section of netting falls away Kulo sighs appreciatively.

               WITH HAWK -- He stuffs the sheet, the rope and the makeshift
               dressing into a dry bag.

               WITH STORM -- He cuts away another net, and then another...

               Finally he cuts away the last remaining net and Kulo lets out
               a booming whoooaaahhhhh that rumbles through the ocean like a
               peal of thunder...

               WITH HAWK ON THE DIVING PLATFORM -- Hawk waits anxiously.
               Storm emerges from the water onto the diving platform. Hawk
               hands Storm the dry bag.

                                   HAWK
                         One antiseptic dressing, whale-
                         size. A sheet and two lengths of
                         rope to fix it. Best I could do.
                         Was it as bad as it looked?

                                   STORM
                         Another few hours and she would
                         have drowned. No wonder the sharks
                         were hanging around.

                                   HAWK
                         Well done, Skip.

               Storm dips back into the water. As he swims off a dolphin
               surfaces and seems to catch Hawk's eye.

                                   HAWK
                         Yes, well done to you, too.

               WITH STORM -- Kulo floats on the ocean's surface. Storm
               clambers up onto her flipper, then onto her back and opens
               the dry bag.

                                   STORM
                         Hang in there, girl.

               He takes the dressing out of the bag and applies it to one
               side of the wound. Kulo lets out a cry and thrashes her tail
               and flippers, almost catapulting Storm back into the sea. He
               clings on for all he's worth.

                                   STORM
                         Woah! Steady girl ... steady.

               Finally Kulo relaxes. Storm applies the rest of the dressing.
               Pulls the sheet and rope from the bag. Throws the sheet over
               the dressing and lets the two ends of rope fall into the
               water either side of Kulo's neck. Then dives in after them.

               UNDERWATER -- Beneath Kulo's hulking mass Storm grabs first
               one end of rope, then swims across under the whale's throat
               and grabs the other end. Ties the two ends together.

                                   STORM
                         Perfect. Good job, Hawk.

               WITH HAWK AT THE AFT HELM -- Hawk sees the whale with its new
               dressing. He looks pleased with himself.

                                   HAWK
                         Perfect, yes, agreed.

               WITH STORM -- Storm is again at Kulo's eye...

               Magic now as deep inside that eye Storm sees AN IMAGE OF THE
               GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH - a spiralling mass of floating
               plastic and other human detritus coating the ocean's surface.

               Kulo is trying to tell him something ... but what?

               WITH HAWK AT AFT THE HELM -- LED SCREEN IMAGE: KULO'S EYE
               LOOKS BACK AT US...

               Hawk watches as the image of Kulo's eye blinks out.

                                   NEMO
                         Live stream terminated.

                                   HAWK
                         Thank you, Nemo. Oh and ... well
                         done. Good job.

                                   NEMO
                         Oh! No problem at all, Chief
                         Engineer Hawk. No problem at all!



               INT. STEVE'S OFFICE - DAY

               Steve sits at his desk, munching a sandwich, scrolling
               through the latest on Kulo.

                                   STEVE
                         My God!

                                   CHARLEY
                         What's up?

                                   STEVE
                         They're offering odds on the
                         whalers catching Kulo.

                                   CHARLEY
                         Who?

                                   STEVE
                         Everyone. Ladbets. WagerHub.
                         Stake100. Global Bookie.

                                   CHARLEY
                         You're kidding.

               Charley joins Steve at his desk. Leans over his shoulder and
               checks the screen.

                                   CHARLEY
                         Ten-to-one against them killing
                         her? That's obscene.

                                   STEVE
                         Five-hundred-to-one on Kulo sinking
                         the second ship.

                                   CHARLEY
                         And look here. The total value of
                         bets worldwide has already reached
                         three-hundred-million-dollars...

                                   STEVE
                         Three-hundred ... no way.

                                   CHARLEY
                         ...Could make it to a billion by
                         this time tomorrow. They're calling
                         her the billion-dollar whale.

                                   STEVE
                         Insanity.

               Steve's phone rings. He snatches it up --

                                   STEVE
                         Tom.



               INT. TOM HUDSON'S OFFICE - DAY

               Tom's prowling his office.

                                   TOM
                         Have you seen the latest?

               WITH STEVE AND CHARLEY --

                                   STEVE
                         Looking at it now. A billion
                         dollars...

               WITH TOM --

                                   TOM
                         Steve. Those exclusives you
                         mentioned, of the whale.

                                   STEVE (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         Storm's on it. He's located the
                         whale. He's sending the photos over
                         later today.

                                   TOM
                         That's great, Steve. But listen,
                         this changes things. How are you
                         and Charley fixed for a trip to Oz?



               INT. JONAH BRIDGE - DAY

               RADAR SCREEN: Several sweeps - nothing.

               Stang narrows his eyes and scans the ocean. Storm must surely
               be close by. He raises his binoculars.



               EXT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               DIVING PLATFORM -- Storm's pulling on his wet suit. He's
               going in again. Hawk thinks it's a bad idea. Kulo swims
               alongside, slightly astern --

                                   STORM
                         A billion.

                                   HAWK
                         An estimate of how many sharks
                         currently populate the ocean.

                                   STORM
                         An estimate of how many dollars
                         currently weigh on Kulo. We have to
                         try and help her.

               Storm grabs his flippers and face mask.

                                   HAWK
                         I wasn't exaggerating when I said a
                         billion...

                                   STORM
                         Only a few thousand of which are
                         great whites and tigers.

                                   HAWK
                         It only takes one.

                                   STORM
                         She's not well, Hawk. I think I
                         know what's wrong with her. She was
                         trying to tell me.

                                   HAWK
                         What do you mean she was trying to
                         tell you? Tell you what - exactly?

                                   STORM
                         I'm afraid that's confidential.

               A look ... and Storm disappears into the water. Hawk lets go
               a heavy breath, exasperated. He turns to Nemo.

                                   HAWK
                         Nemo. Orca sounds - please.

               Nemo beeps --

                                   NEMO
                         No problem at all.



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN/UNDERWATER - CONTINUOUS

               -- Orca sounds play as Storm swims up to Kulo's eye...

                                   STORM
                         It's okay girl. I don't know how to
                         say this in whale speak, but I need
                         you to open your mouth.

               Kulo lets out a gentle murmur, then slowly opens her mouth,
               but only slightly --

                                   STORM
                         Good girl, Kulo. Wider if you can.
                         That's it. Good girl. Good girl.

               Kulo opens her mouth wide. Storm peers inside. He is
               disturbed to see so many PLASTIC BAGS IN HER BALEEN PLATES.



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               FORWARD HELM -- Steve Green's face on the satphone screen.

                                   STEVE
                         Plastic bags.

                                   STORM
                         Caught up in her baleen plates. She
                         needs medical assistance - fast.

                                   STEVE
                         I think I might have the perfect
                         solution.



               EXT. BRISBANE HELIPAD - DAY

               Suki carries a chunky bag as she ducks beneath the spinning
               helicopter blades and climbs aboard. Helicopter lifts off.



               INT. JONAH BRIDGE - NIGHT

               Stang mans the bridge. Shui enters just as --

               -- RADAR SCREEN IMAGE: AN ECHO.

                                   RADAR OPERATOR
                         We have a signal, Captain. Forty-
                         two kilometers. Bearing south-south-
                         west. It's a fairly weak signal.
                         Likely a small vessel.

                                   STANG
                         A trimaran?

                                   RADAR OPERATOR
                         Could be, Captain.

                                   STANG
                             (to Helmsman)
                         Bring her round.

               Shui interrupts --

                                   SHUI
                         Maintain course! We are searching
                         for a whale, not a yacht.

                                   STANG
                             (to Helmsman)
                         I said bring her round.

               Helmsman's nervous - who should he obey?

                                   SHUI
                         Are you disobeying an order, Stang?

               Stang in Shui's face now.

                                   STANG
                         Take it up with Zheng Ling.

               Stang exits the bridge.



               INT. SUKI'S HELICOPTER - DAY

               AERIAL SHOT: Suki glances out the window at the expanse of
               pristine blue ocean below.

               A FEW MOMENTS LATER -- Out the front windscreen the Elizabeth
               Swann comes into view.



               EXT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               ON DECK -- Storm and Hawk watching Suki's helicopter
               approaching -- then the ROAR OF THE HELICOPTER BLADES
               OVERHEAD as Suki is lowered from the helicopter --

               SUKI'S POV: Storm and Hawk craning their necks, watching her
               descent -- the Elizabeth Swann's solar-panelled deck drawing
               closer, then --

               Touchdown! -- Storm unclips Suki's harness -- gives the
               thumbs up to the pilot -- helicopter roars away --

               -- Storm and Suki stand face to face for the length of a
               skipped heartbeat as both are reminded of their attraction to
               one another ... Then --

                                   STORM
                         Thanks for coming. We'd better get
                         started.

               MOMENTS LATER AT THE AFT HELM -- Suki straps on her 'tool
               belt'. It has various compartments housing the gadgets she
               needs to examine Kulo. She unclips one of the compartments
               and takes out a pill camera and a hand-held image recorder.

                                   SUKI
                         A capsule endoscopy camera -
                         otherwise known as a pill camera.
                         We need to get Kulo to swallow it.

               She looks to Storm --

                                   STORM
                         I can try.

               -- Then she shows him the image recorder.

                                   SUKI
                         This little gizmo will capture the
                         images so we can see what's in her
                         stomach. I'll also take samples and
                         re-tag her while I'm with her.

                                   STORM
                         Let's do it.

               DIVING PLATFORM -- Storm and Suki slide into the water. Hawk
               turns to Nemo, but before he can speak --

                                   NEMO
                         Orca sounds coming up!



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN/UNDERWATER - DAY

               Orca sounds play as Storm and Suki swim up close to Kulo.

                                   STORM
                         It's okay Kulo. This is Suki. She's
                         here to help you.

               Kulo gives a gentle rumble as Storm shows her the pill
               camera. He opens his mouth and mimes the action of swallowing
               it. She understands. She opens her mouth and Storm places the
               pill on her tongue as far back in her mouth as he dare. She
               lifts her head and swallows --

                                   STORM
                         Good girl, Kulo. Good girl.

               Suki gives the thumbs up. Storm remains with Kulo, calming
               her as Suki swims off and carries out her examinations.

               She listens to Kulo's heartbeat with her stethoscope --
               Captures the endoscopy images with the recorder -- Takes
               blood and tissue samples -- Re-tags Kulo with the tag-gun...

               ...Finally Suki gives the thumbs up - 'All done'



               EXT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               AFT HELM/COCKPIT AREA -- Storm and Hawk stand by as Suki runs
               the tests through the computer.

               COMPUTER SCREEN IMAGE: A series of images, one after the
               other, showing Kulo's bloated stomach stuffed with a huge
               ball of knotted plastic.

                                   SUKI
                         I've seen this all too often
                         before. It's a knotted mass of
                         plastic bags. Could weigh anything
                         up to forty or fifty kilos. We have
                         to get it out or she'll die.

               She holds up a vial of blood --

                                   SUKI
                         And so will her unborn calf.

                                   STORM
                         She's pregnant?

                                   SUKI
                         Heavily.

               LATER ON THE DIVING PLATFORM -- Storm pulls on his diving
               gear and Suki works on her laptop as Hawk appears holding a
               length of rubber hose with a camera at one end and an
               impeller pump at the other.

                                   HAWK
                         One gastric lavage appliance.

                                   SUKI
                         Perfect.

                                   STORM
                         Let's hope the hose is long enough.

                                   HAWK
                         Yes. Let's hope the weather holds,
                         too. Nemo just checked. It looks
                         like we're on a collision course
                         with a category four cyclone.

               ANGRY CLOUDS BUBBLE UP ON THE HORIZON as Storm slides into
               the water.



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN/UNDERWATER - DAY

               Storm swims towards Kulo...

               INTERCUT BETWEEN STORM IN THE WATER AND SUKI AND HAWK ON THE
               DIVING PLATFORM

               DIVING PLATFORM -- Suki watches the images of Storm on her
               laptop as he swims up to Kulo and shows her the hose. Mimes
               the action of swallowing it. Kulo opens her mouth.

                                   SUKI
                         You certainly have a way with her.

               UNDERWATER --

                                   STORM
                         All done by instinct.

               Storm inserts the hose, twisting and pushing it to the back
               of Kulo's throat --

               DIVING PLATFORM -- Suki studies the images on her laptop...

               UNDERWATER -- Storm stroking Kulo with one hand, gently
               twisting the hose down into her esophagus with the other --

               DIVING PLATFORM -- LAPTOP SCREEN IMAGE: The inner walls of
               Kulo's esophagus contract and expand as the camera descends
               ... down ... down ... until --

               -- We are in Kulo's stomach looking at the LARGE BALL OF
               COMPRESSED PLASTIC.

               Suki nods at Hawk --

                                   HAWK
                         Activate the pump, Nemo.

                                   NEMO
                         Please.

                                   HAWK
                         This is not the time!

                                   NEMO
                             (suitably chastised)
                         No. Sorry. Pump activated.

               Pump starts to whir --

               LAPTOP SCREEN IMAGE: Water sluices around in Kulo's stomach.

                                   SUKI
                         Hold it there ... hold it ...
                         reverse the flow now, Nemo.

                                   NEMO
                         Flow reversed.

               LAPTOP SCREEN IMAGE: Suction -- water flow -- plastic ball
               starting to disintegrate --

               UNDERWATER -- Storm continues to comfort Kulo...

               DIVING PLATFORM -- Hawk checks the sieve. It contains
               disgorged plastic bags.

                                   HAWK
                         We have plastic!

                                   SUKI
                         Great. It's working. Same again,
                         Nemo!

               Pump whirs --

               LAPTOP SCREEN IMAGE: Last of the plastic is sucked out.

                                   SUKI
                         Mission accomplished, John.

               UNDERWATER -- Storm strokes and fusses Kulo --

                                   STORM
                         Well done, Kulo. Well done girl.

               Kulo offers a gentle sigh.



               EXT. ELIZABETH SWANN - NIGHT

               Hawk lays out on deck, on his back, counting stars.

                                   HAWK
                         Three-hundred-and-twenty-four,
                         three-hundred-and-twenty-five,
                         three-hundred-and...

               Suddenly -- WHOOSH! A SHOOTING STAR fizzes across the sky.

                                   HAWK
                         ...Ah! There goes Perseus. Amazing.
                         A disarticulated fragment of space
                         rock hurtling into the earth's
                         mesosphere at around two-hundred-
                         and-fifty-thousand kilometers per
                         hour and heating the air in its
                         path to more than a thousand
                         degrees Celcius. Pure romance.



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - NIGHT

               CABIN -- Soft light -- intimate -- sexy...

               Storm moves his knight. He and Suki sit opposite, across a
               table, playing chess. Their conversation is warm, seductive.

                                   STORM
                         Thank you for today, Suki. I was
                         really quite worried about her.

                                   SUKI
                         Oh, you did all the work. I just
                         had the pleasure of watching you.

                                   STORM
                         Teamwork.

               Suki moves a bishop --

                                   STORM
                         So who is Suki? How did she come to
                         be a marine biologist?

                                   SUKI
                         It's what her father always wanted.
                         I guess she just fell in line.

                                   STORM
                         Well I'm very glad she did.

               Storm moves a pawn --

                                   SUKI
                         He worked in conservation. It was
                         his passion - marine ecosystems
                         specifically, protecting marine
                         wildlife. Later in life he became a
                         prominent activist, not unlike the
                         famous John Storm.
                         Spent a lot of his time away. Then
                         one day he just never came home.

               She moves a pawn. He moves a bishop --

                                   STORM
                         What happened?

                                   SUKI
                         He dared to tread on the Tail of
                         the Dragon.

                                   STORM
                         The Tail of the Dragon?

                                   SUKI
                         An underground crime syndicate.
                         They own a fleet of pirate whaling
                         ships in Nagasaki. The syndicate's
                         run by a man called --

                                   STORM
                         -- Zheng Ling.

                                   SUKI
                             (surprise)
                         Yes. How do you know?

                                   STORM
                         Let's just say you and I have a lot
                         in common.

                                   SUKI
                         Life's a one way street.

               Queen takes bishop --

                                   SUKI
                         Check.

               Knight takes queen --

                                   STORM
                         Mate.



               EXT. SYDNEY AIRPORT - DAY

               SUPER: 'SYDNEY AIRPORT'

               Airbus comes in to land...



               INT. BAGGAGE RECLAIM AREA - DAY

               Steve and Charley jostle for position. Steve's phone sounds.

                                   STEVE
                         Tom. We've just arrived. Don't tell
                         me there's another change of plan?



               INT. TOM HUDSON'S OFFICE - EVENING

               Tom paces, concerned --

                                   TOM
                         Call me when you get to your hotel,
                         Steve. We have a situation.



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - DAY

               GATHERING CLOUDS -- FRESHENING WINDS -- CHOPPY WATERS...

               The Elizabeth Swann hits the outer bands of the cyclone.



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               FORWARD HELM -- The face of George Franks on the satphone
               screen. Storm, Suki and Hawk are all here --

                                   FRANKS
                         They have you in their sights.

                                   STORM
                         Who?

                                   FRANKS
                         Zheng Ling's men. Our satellite
                         reports show they're close by.

                                   HAWK
                         Nemo?

               Several beeps from Nemo, then --

                                   NEMO
                         Harpoon vessel. Jonah. Port of
                         registry Nagasaki, Japan. Twelve
                         kilometers and closing.

                                   HAWK
                         What? Why didn't you tell us
                         sooner?

                                   NEMO
                         Sorry, Chief Engineer Hawk. I was
                         kind of caught up in the whole Kulo
                         thing. It was all rather exciting.

                                   HAWK
                         For God's sake.

                                   STORM
                             (to Nemo)
                         Twelve kilometers.

                                   NEMO
                         And closing.

                                   STORM
                         Well we can outrun them, can't we?

                                   SUKI
                         Not with an injured whale in tow.

               Out the window Kulo swims alongside...

                                   SUKI
                         A heavily pregnant whale at that.

                                   HAWK
                         And a cyclone about to hit.

               Storm lets out a heavy sigh. Then --

                                   STORM
                         Well whatever happens we must do
                         everything we can to protect Kulo.
                         These people are being offered a
                         million dollars to kill her. That's
                         a big incentive.

                                   FRANKS
                         There's one other thing to
                         consider, John.

                                   STORM
                         What's that?

                                   FRANKS
                         I'm afraid there's a million
                         dollars on your head, too.



               INT. JONAH - STANG'S CABIN - NIGHT

               Stang sits back with his feet up on the table. Shui gazes out
               the window with his back to Stang.

                                   STANG
                         Half a million each for the whale.
                         Half a million each for Storm. A
                         retirement package to die for.

                                   SHUI
                         The reward for killing Storm was
                         offered to you, Stang. Not me. I
                         want no part of it.

                                   STANG
                         Come on, Shui. I can't do it
                         without you. I don't know what
                         Zheng Ling was even thinking
                         leaving you out of the deal.

                                   SHUI
                         He was thinking what a mug you are.

                                   STANG
                         Mug? We're talking a million
                         dollars - each!

               Shui swings round and fixes Stang --

                                   SHUI
                         We're talking piracy and murder!
                         Boarding Storm's vessel without his
                         express permission is a violation
                         of international maritime law.

                                   STANG
                         Maritime law?

                                   SHUI
                         Piracy.

                                   STANG
                         Says Nagasaki's most notorious
                         pirate whaler. Ha!

                                   SHUI
                         And killing him into the bargain is
                         murder.

                                   STANG
                         Yes. And from where I'm sitting a
                         million dollars for murder doesn't
                         seem such a bad deal.
                             (beat)
                         Well? Does it?

               Shui stares long and hard at Stang - did he just say that?

                                   SHUI
                         Our business is to kill whales for
                         food, Stang, not people for profit.
                         And for as long as I'm captain of
                         this ship that's the way it will
                         stay.

               Another long hard glare from Shui ... then he storms out and
               SLAMS THE DOOR. In Stang's eyes, treachery.



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN/UNDERWATER - DAY

               Storm and Suki swim with Kulo. Suki inspects her wound while
               Storm swims up to Kulo's eye to comfort her. She blinks, as
               if to acknowledge his presence --

               -- All the while Kulo makes strange 'calling' sounds.



               EXT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               DIVING PLATFORM -- Storm and Suki towel themselves down.

                                   STORM
                         What were those strange sounds Kulo
                         was making?

                                   SUKI
                         As a marine biologist I'd have to
                         say I don't know. As a woman I'd
                         say she's going into labour. I'd
                         say she's calling in her midwives.



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               FORWARD HELM -- Hawk studying the combined sonar/radar
               screen. Storm and Suki watching Kulo on the rear cam screen.
               Suddenly two BEEPS alert Hawk.

               SONAR/RADAR SCREEN IMAGE -- BEEP ONE: Multiple sonar blips
               800 metres to starboard. BEEP TWO: radar image 3 kms to port.

                                   HAWK
                         Multiple blips eight-hundred metres
                         off the starboard bow, Skip.

               Studies the image closely now --

                                   HAWK
                         A small pod of whales if I'm not
                         mistaken.

                                   SUKI
                         Looks like the midwives have
                         answered Kulo's call.

               REAR CAM SCREEN IMAGE: Kulo peers up into camera, as if to
               communicate something. Then she dives and disappears.



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - CONTINUOUS

               FORWARD HELM -- SONAR/RADAR SCREEN IMAGE: Sonar blip moves
               away from the Swann towards the approaching multiple blips.
               Radar blip draws closer...

                                   HAWK
                         Kulo's swimming towards the pod.

                                   SUKI
                         Good girl, Kulo.

                                   STORM
                         What about the radar image?

                                   HAWK
                         It's a single vessel, Skip. Three
                         kilometers that way.

               Hawk indicates out the window towards the northern horizon.
               Storm raises his binoculars.

               BINOCULARS POV: The Jonah makes full steam towards them.

                                   HAWK
                         Should we make a run for it?

                                   STORM
                         And leave Kulo exposed? No. We'll
                         stand our ground. At least then
                         Kulo can find a safe place to have
                         her calf.



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN/UNDERWATER - DAY

               Kulo swims through the sun-spooled water. As our camera pulls
               back we see that she is not alone. Half a dozen other whales
               swim with her - KULO'S MIDWIVES.



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - DAY

               SUN DISAPPEARS BEHIND GATHERING STORM CLOUDS...



               INT. JONAH BRIDGE - DAY

               Stang views the Elizabeth Swann through his binoculars. Radar
               Operator monitors the approaching cyclone on his screen.

                                   RADAR OPERATOR
                         The cyclone will be directly
                         overhead by nightfall, Captain.

               Stang lowers his binoculars. Sees Shui watching him from the
               doorway. He holds Shui's eyes when he says --

                                   STANG
                         Then what are we waiting for. Full
                         steam ahead, Helmsman.

               Shui turns and leaves.



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - EVENING

               The enormous black hull of the Jonah dwarfs the Elizabeth
               Swann as it pulls alongside...



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - EVENING

               FORWARD HELM -- The light outside is dusky now, the wind
               picking up. Storm, Suki and Hawk observe the Jonah pulling
               alongside and half a dozen mean-looking crewmen armed with
               whaling knives leaping aboard the Elizabeth Swann --

               -- Ship's satphone sounds. Stang's face on the LED screen.

                                   STANG
                         Captain Storm. The boarding party
                         will offer you and Professor Hall
                         safe passage aboard the Jonah. Do
                         not resist, or they will kill you.

                                   STORM
                         Why Professor Hall? Why not just
                         me?

                                   STANG
                         You have five minutes.

               Stang's face blinks out.



               EXT. AIRPORT CONTROL TOWER - NIGHT

               FIERCE WIND NOW -- DRIVING RAIN...

               Airport security vehicle pulls up. Steve and Charley jump out
               and run inside the building.



               INT. AIRPORT CONTROL TOWER - NIGHT

               Steve and Charley enter the control room. Banks of technology
               -- computer screens, radar screens, navigation consoles. A
               dozen people work in here...

               Air Traffic Controller KASHAN sits at his desk and studies
               the computer screen. It displays the cyclone's progress.

               Steve and Charley make their way over to Kashan. He gets up
               to greet them and they shake hands.

                                   STEVE
                         Kashan? Steve Green.

                                   CHARLEY
                         Charley Temple.

                                   STEVE
                         I believe George Franks called to
                         say we were coming?

                                   KASHAN
                         He did indeed. Nice to meet you
                         guys. You must be on some pretty
                         important work.

                                   CHARLEY
                         We just need to know when we can
                         fly.

                                   KASHAN
                         Right. Of course.

               Kashan sits himself back down at the desk --

               WEATHER COMPUTER SCREEN IMAGE: The swirling storm heads
               northwest across the Coral Sea towards Papua New Guinea...

                                   KASHAN
                         Well as you can see the cyclone's
                         moving pretty fast, about fifty
                         kilometers an hour. You should be
                         right to go in the morning.

               Steve indicates a position on the map.

                                   STEVE
                         So the Elizabeth Swann is here
                         right now?

                                   KASHAN
                         Yep. Right in the middle of it.

                                   CHARLEY
                         My god. They must be taking a
                         battering.

                                   STEVE
                         And some. Let's hope they're still
                         there in the morning.



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - NIGHT

               The Elizabeth Swann plunges through the furious storm, tossed
               about like flotsam by high winds and mountainous waves...



               INT. JONAH - BELOW DECK - NIGHT

               The boat rocks and creaks with the motion of the cyclone as
               Storm and Suki are led along a passageway, hands tied behind
               their backs. At the end of the passageway they are led into --



               INT. JONAH HOLD - NIGHT

               -- A vast damp industrial space with a TAIL OF THE DRAGON
               design in bas relief decorating one of the walls and CCTV
               cameras lurking high up in the corners. Two chairs sit side
               by side in the centre of the hold. Beside the chairs, Stang.

                                   STANG
                         Sit.



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - NIGHT

               FORWARD HELM -- BAM! Hawk is hurled across the cockpit by the
               force of a huge wave that has just hit broadside. We hear the
               SOUND OF METAL TWISTING AND GRATING ON METAL AS LIGHTS FLASH
               AND ALARMS SOUND...

               Urgency now as Hawk picks himself up. Shakes himself down.
               Fingers the console touchscreen --

                                   HAWK
                         Turn the alarms off, Nemo. And run
                         a systems check.

                                   NEMO
                         Really? Is it not obvious...

                                   HAWK
                         Now!

               Nemo beeps. Lights out. Alarms off. Hawk struggles into his
               storm-proof oilskin.

                                   NEMO
                         Systems check ... Solar panel
                         array, port wing forward, disabled.
                         Turbine generator supports damaged.
                         Control rod malfunction. Extent of
                         damage unknown.

                                   HAWK
                             (heading for the exit)
                         That's what we need to find out.
                         Maintain course. Keep her steady.

               Hawk slams the door behind him.

                                   NEMO
                             (to himself)
                         Keep her steady, he says. Hurricane-
                         force winds, twenty-metre-high seas
                         and he wants me to keep her steady.

               Suddenly another wave crashes into the boat, SETTING OFF THE
               ALARMS AGAIN. Hawk pokes his head back through the door.

                                   HAWK
                         And turn those damned alarms off!

                                   NEMO
                         Of course, Chief Engineer Hawk. No
                         problem at all.



               INT. JONAH HOLD - NIGHT

               Storm and Suki sit facing the back wall, hands tied behind
               their backs. Shui and Stang are here with six crewmen. Shui
               nods and one of the men throws a switch that turns out the
               lights and casts the hold into total darkness --

               -- Beat ... then a large wall-mounted LED screen comes to
               life with THE TUMEFIED FACE OF ZHENG LING. The screen is
               backlit with a phosphorous glow, throwing the industrial
               space into stark neon contrast --

               Faces of Storm and Suki in Chiaroscuro light now...

                                   ZHENG LING
                         The famous John Storm. Professor
                         Suki Hall.
                         Welcome aboard what is now the
                         Dragon Fleet's flagship - given
                         that my senior captain ran aground
                         on a whale.
                             (to Shui)
                         We will have words on your return,
                         Captain Razor.

               Stang sniggers. Shui is not amused. Storm register's Shui's
               reaction. Zheng Ling continues his address to the prisoners --

                                   ZHENG LING
                         So, to business. I'm a fair man, Mr
                         Storm, but I do not suffer fools.
                         And by fools I mean anyone who
                         threatens my interests.

                                   SUKI
                         Is that why you murdered my father?

                                   ZHENG LING
                         Your father should have considered
                         the consequences of sabotaging my
                         operations.

               Shui is surprised at this news. He flicks a glance at Suki,
               then at Zheng Ling on the LED screen. Who else has his boss
               murdered?

                                   STORM
                         My uncle didn't sabotage your
                         operations.

                                   ZHENG LING
                         Ah, your uncle. Professor Douglas
                         Storm. No, you're right. He didn't.
                         But he was a dangerous man. His
                         formula, had he been permitted to
                         trial and patent it, would have
                         enabled the fuel-cell economy to
                         run riot. The fossil fuel industry
                         would have collapsed and my Dragon
                         Fleet would have sunk in its wake.

                                   STORM
                         So you tried to steal the formula
                         from him.

                                   ZHENG LING
                         Steal? No. I simply offered him a
                         deal, one he was foolish to refuse.
                         If he had signed the formula over
                         to me he would not only have walked
                         away with his life.
                         He would have been a very rich man.
                         But it would seem your uncle had
                         scruples. He had to be stopped.

                                   STORM
                         You killed him.

                                   ZHENG LING
                         He had an unfortunate accident - at
                         the hands of my new senior captain.

               A mean grin plays on Stang's lips. He looks across at Storm
               through the room's low-key lighting - smug, unforgiving. The
               look says 'I killed your uncle and you will be next'. Shui is
               looking increasingly uncomfortable...

                                   ZHENG LING
                         All of which bears little relevance
                         now. The point is, on your uncle's
                         death you became the lawful owner
                         of the formula. You are now the one
                         who must accept my offer - if you
                         want your lady friend to live.

               Zheng's threat stings Storm.

                                   SUKI
                         Don't listen to him, John.

                                   ZHENG LING
                         Shui?

               At first Shui doesn't respond. He fires a warning shot at
               Stang: 'This isn't over, not yet'.

                                   ZHENG LING
                         Captain Razor, the contract.

               Finally Shui nods to Crewman#1, who steps forward carrying a
               document rolled up in the form of a scroll. He unfurls it and
               holds it up to Storm's face --

               -- It is headed: 'ASSIGNMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS'

                                   ZHENG LING
                         An agreement between us, Mr Storm.
                         By signing the deed you will be
                         assigning ownership of the formula
                         to me. You have until sunup.

                                   STORM
                         I don't need until sunup. You can
                         have the formula...

                                   SUKI
                         John, no!

                                   STORM
                         ...On one condition.

                                   ZHENG LING
                         I'm listening.

                                   STORM
                         You let Professor Hall go.

               Zheng Ling leaves a contemptuous pause for effect ... then
               dismisses Storm's appeal out of hand.

                                   ZHENG LING
                         Like I said, Mr Storm. You have
                         until sunup.



               EXT. ELIZABETH SWANN - NIGHT

               CYCLONE AT ITS HEIGHT NOW -- TURBOCHARGED WINDS -- MONSTROUS
               WAVES -- SEAWASH AND STINGING RAIN...

               WALKWAY -- Hawk clambers across the walkway between the pods,
               following the beam from his hand-held searchlight. Danger
               partners him. It is lethal out here.

               Suddenly -- BOOM! The Swann is hit by a mountainous wall of
               water that thunders down on Hawk like a tsunami from the
               angry sky. Hawk is swallowed completely --

               -- When we see him again he has lost his footing -- he is
               clinging on by his fingertips, feet scrabbling for purchase --
               no way he will make it --

               -- But somehow he does. He hauls himself up. A deep breath.
               Then he scans the underside of the solar panel array with his
               searchlight. No damage. He pushes on --

               ON DECK -- Hawk's searchlight beam settles on the port wing
               forward -- SEVERAL CRACKED AND BENT PANELS -- he reaches out
               and tugs at one of them and it snaps off --

               AT THE AFT HELM -- Searchlight glides across the stern, left
               then right. Hawk still searching, still desperately clinging
               to his life...

               WIND AND RAIN LASHING HIM -- OCEAN SPRAY LIKE WATER CANNON
               FURIOUS IN HIS FACE -- WAVE ON WAVE TOSSING THE SWANN AROUND
               LIKE FLOTSAM...

               Finally -- There! Searchlight reveals the damage: TURBINE
               GENERATOR SUPPORT BUCKLED -- CONTROL ROD TWISTED AND SNAPPED.

               WHAM! Another volume of ocean smacks Hawk full in the face
               and sends him crashing backwards -- just manages to grab hold
               of the handrail, then picks himself up and battles his way
               back inside...



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - CONTINUOUS

               FORWARD HELM -- DOOR SLAMS SHUT BEHIND HAWK...

               He has just entered. He is exhausted, drenched. Gasping for
               breath. He cannot speak. But Nemo can --

                                   NEMO
                         Solar panel array?

               Hawk still can't talk. He nods affirmative --

                                   NEMO
                         Turbine generator support? Control
                         rod?

               Again he nods affirmative --

                                   NEMO
                         I did tell you. Could have saved
                         yourself the bother.



               INT. STEVE'S HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

               Steve loosens his tie and pours himself a drink. Peers out
               the hotel room window at the wild night. His reflection peers
               back in at him --

               -- TOM HUDSON is the name on Steve's mobile. It lies on the
               bedside table on speakerphone.

                                   TOM (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         How's the weather?

                                   STEVE
                         We're clear to go in the morning...

               Checks his watch --

                                   STEVE
                         ...About four hours from now.
                         Charley's getting her head down.

                                   TOM (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         You know the betting has exceeded a
                         billion dollars. This could be the
                         biggest media coup in history.

                                   STEVE
                         Assuming everything goes according
                         to plan.

                                   TOM (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         That's where we're relying on you,
                         Steve. You and Charley. The world
                         will be watching - literally. Good
                         luck.

               Call ends. Steve knocks back his drink.

                                   STEVE
                         Thanks Tom. No pressure.



               INT. JONAH - SHUI'S CABIN - NIGHT

               Shui sits at the table, playing back a recording of Zheng
               Ling's satphone call on his laptop --

                                   ZHENG LING
                         ...It would seem your uncle had
                         scruples. He had to be stopped ...
                         An unfortunate accident - at the
                         hands of my new senior captain ...
                         My new senior captain.

               A knock at the door. Shui knows who it is. He pauses the
               recording, gets up and opens the door. Crewman#1 hands him a
               flash drive. They speak in whispered tones.

                                   SHUI
                         Are the men prepared?

                                   CREWMAN#1
                         Yes captain.

                                   SHUI
                         Tell them to wait for the signal.
                         Best get some sleep now. We have an
                         early start.

               Shui closes the door, sits back down and slots the flash
               drive in the laptop.



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - NIGHT

               FORWARD HELM -- STEVE GREEN ON THE SATPHONE SCREEN...

                                   STEVE
                         I need you to be ready to go the
                         minute I call.

               Hawk is still nursing his bruised ego as he takes the call.

                                   HAWK
                             (sarcasm)
                         Oh, I think I can manage that,
                         Steve. There's an off-the-scale
                         cyclone blowing. I have a damaged
                         vessel. My captain's gone AWOL and
                         I have an opinionated robot prone
                         to stagy histrionics as a workmate.
                         Other than that I'm good to go.

               On the satphone screen Steve forces a tired smile.

                                   STEVE
                         Good man, Hawk. I'll be in touch.

               Steve blinks out. Hawk sighs. Nemo beeps --

                                   NEMO
                         Oh well. Clement weather forecast
                         for the morning, Chief Engineer
                         Hawk. Sun, sun and sun.
                             (beat)
                         Opinionated robot indeed.



               INT. JONAH BELOW DECK - DAY

               DOOR OPENS OUT ONTO A BLAZE OF EARLY MORNING SUNSHINE...

               Storm squints against the bright sunlight as he steps through
               the door and out onto the main deck. His hands are still tied
               behind his back. Suki, her hands also tied, steps through
               with him. They are chaperoned by half a dozen crew --



               EXT. JONAH DECK - CONTINUOUS

               -- The rest of the crew form a large semicircle around Shui,
               who stands centre-deck dressed all in black with Samurai
               headband and sword. Beside Shui, a table and a chair...

               Stang is here too, over by the starboard hand rail throwing
               scraps of diced whale blubber over the side, piece by piece.

               A length of wood has been rigged up here, overhanging the
               gunwale. Someone will 'walk the plank' today.

               Directly below the plank a SHIVER OF TIGER SHARKS has
               gathered, feeding on the scraps thrown by Stang.

               Storm and Suki stand before Shui.

                                   SHUI
                         It would be best if you sign
                         without a fuss.

               Shui motions for Storm to sit at the table as one of the crew
               unfurls the contract and lays it flat. A pen awaits but Storm
               remains where he is.

                                   STORM
                         You know, as I see it, gentlemen,
                         you have a problem. If you kill
                         Professor Hall, I will refuse to
                         sign. If you kill me, I will be
                         unable to sign. Either way the
                         formula will be patented by my
                         people and you will have to answer
                         to Zheng Ling.

               Stang is unimpressed. He nods to two of his men. They step
               forward and blindfold Suki. Two other men restrain Storm.
               Shui conceals his displeasure.

                                   STANG
                         We'll see if you are prepared to
                         stand by and watch your lady friend
                         die, my friend.
                             (to the two crewmen)
                         Bring them over.

               Suki is manhandled over and up onto the plank. At the same
               time Storm is muscled over to the hand rail, close to Stang.
               Shui follows. Storm is shown what lies over the side. He
               peers down and sees --

               -- A FEEDING FRENZY -- the sharks gorging insanely, like
               giant piranhas, as Stang empties a bucket of diced whale
               blubber over the side. Storm stiffens. Shui's eyes harden.

                                   STANG
                             (to Storm)
                         Time to sign.

               Storm looks up at Suki balanced precariously on the plank.
               Then at Shui. Then back at Stang. Panic is in him now. But
               then --

               -- A speck, in the sky, in the distance, flying low over the
               water towards the ship. A helicopter...?



               EXT. ABOVE PACIFIC OCEAN - DAY

               EcoBird helicopter flies low, stealth-like, virtually silent
               over the ocean surface --



               INT. ECOBIRD HELICOPTER - CONTINUOUS

               -- Steve pilots and speaks into his face mic. Charley is
               seated at the open door. Out the front windscreen the Jonah
               is visible three kilometers ahead.

                                   STEVE
                         Stand by, Hawk.



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               FORWARD HELM - Hawk with Steve's face on the LED screen --

                                   HAWK
                         Standing by, Steve.

                                   NEMO
                         Standing by, Steve.

               Hawk give Nemo a LOOK.



               INT. ECOBIRD HELICOPTER - DAY

               Jonah firmly in Steve's sights now --

                                   STEVE
                         All set, Charley?

               Charley gives a thumbs up.

                                   CHARLEY
                         Lets do it.



               EXT. ABOVE PACIFIC OCEAN - CONTINUOUS

               Helicopter banks and swoops low over the ocean surface.



               EXT. JONAH DECK - DAY

               Stang in Storm's face now --

                                   STANG
                         Sign.

                                   STORM
                         Not until you let Professor Hall
                         go.

               A hard look from Stang --

                                   STANG
                         You will sign, my friend. Sooner or
                         later.

               Storm bites his teeth -- Shui's hand hovers over his sheathed
               sword -- The helicopter draws closer...

               ...Finally Stang turns to the two men who manhandled Suki
               onto the plank. He is about to give the order, when --

                                   STORM
                         Stop! For God's sake, stop!

               Storm desperately tries to free his hands from their tether
               and launch himself at Stang but the two crewmen guarding him
               restrain him --

               -- Shui's hand grips the hilt of his sword.

                                   STANG
                         You are ready to sign?

               Over Stang's shoulder Storm sees the helicopter drawing ever
               closer...

                                   STORM
                         How do I know you'll let them go if
                         I do sign?

                                   STANG
                         You don't trust me?

               Stang shakes his head in mock disappointment, playing with
               Storm now --

                                   STANG
                         The contract.

               Storm doesn't move.

                                   STANG
                         Then you condemn your friend to
                         death.

               Again Stang turns to the two plank men. At which point Shui
               unsheaths his sword.

                                   SHUI
                         Enough Stang! There is no honour in
                         this manner of death. A warrior
                         lives and dies by the sword.

                                   STANG
                         Then you have just chosen your
                         manner of death, my friend.

               Stang unsheaths his whaling knife. It is every inch as long
               and sharp and lethal as Shui's sword. For a brief moment the
               two whaling captains face off, then Stang is in Storm's face.

                                   STANG
                         Last chance, Storm. Sign, or I feed
                         her to the sharks.

               Strangely, Storm appears unnaturally calm. He gives Stang
               cold nonchalant eyes ... then he says, simply --

                                   STORM
                         Duck.

               It takes Stang a moment for Storm's command to register, but
               when it does panic grabs him and he spins round on his heel.
               He is just in time to see --

               -- An EcoBird helicopter coming straight at him, flying so
               low it almost scalps him, an intrepid camerawoman hanging
               from its open door, her camera trained on the scene barely
               two metres below her. It's Charley of course --



               INT. ECOBIRD HELICOPTER - DAY

               -- Charley hangs out the open door, camera in hand. Steve
               talks into his face mic --

                                   STEVE
                         Charley's rolling!



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               FORWARD HELM -- Hawk excitedly types into the touchscreen --

               LED SCREEN IMAGE: Storm's YouTube channel -- a LIVE STREAM in
               progress -- Stang's shocked face looking up into camera as he
               is knocked off his feet and sent sprawling by a combination
               of shock and helicopter downwash --

                                   HAWK
                         I have the feed, Steve. We are
                         streaming live to the world!



               EXT. JONAH DECK - DAY

               Stang on his back now, shocked, groggy, disoriented...

               Suddenly SHUI'S SWORD LASHES THE AIR LIKE A WHIP, Zorro-
               style, and slices the rope binding Storm's hands --

               -- Storm's two guards step back in shock. They think about
               grabbing Storm but Shui's presence is enough to deter them.
               He motions for one of them to give Storm his whaling knife.
               The man tosses it so that it falls at Storm's feet. Storm
               picks it up, just as --

               -- Shui spins and faces the crewmen. They include Crewman#1,
               who raises his clenched fist aloft as Shui sounds the Samurai
               battle cry and the crew respond as one --

                                   SHUI
                         Ei! Ei!

                                   SUZY WONG CREW (AS ONE)
                         Ou!

               Still on his back, Stang watches in disbelief as the EcoBird
               helicopter circles overhead, Charley hanging dangerously out
               the open door, filming...

               Meanwhile ... Storm is up and onto Suki's plank, cutting her
               tether, removing her blindfold, helping her back to safety --

               -- Below, the sharks still froth and churn over the chunks of
               diced blubber.

               BACK ON DECK ... Shui turns and eyeballs Stang, who is
               climbing to his feet now, whaling knife in hand --

                                   STANG
                         I am taking back command of this
                         ship, Shui.

                                   SHUI
                         Never so long as I live.

               Stang turns to the crew --

                                   STANG
                         What are you waiting for? Arrest
                         Captain Razor!

               But the crew hold their ground, to a man disobeying Stang's
               order and remaining rooted where they stand.

                                   STANG
                         This is mutiny!

                                   SHUI
                         No, Stang. This is honour.

               With that, Stang lunges at Shui with a cross slash of his
               whaling knife but Shui blocks --

               THE FIGHT BEGINS -- STANG VERSUS SHUI -- THE CREW ROOTED TO
               THE SPOT, MESMERISED, LIVING EVERY BLOW...

               STEEL CLASHES ON STEEL NOW AS THE TWO OLD ENEMIES TRADE SWORD
               STRIKES AND HURTFUL BLOWS, ONE FOR ONE, AT FIRST, BUT THEN --

               -- Shui's superior warrior skills start to gain the edge --
               Shui blocking Stang's downward katana strike and crunching
               Stang's chin with the hilt of his sword -- grabbing Stang's
               wrist and snapping so that Stang's knife is knocked from his
               hand -- Stang coming back with a mistimed rugby tackle that
               sends him tumbling across the deck...

               ...At which point Shui sheaths his sword. Stang hauls himself
               up, then --

               -- BAM! BAM! BAM! Shui's lightning fast fists...

               -- BAM! BAM! BAM! Shui's boot, fist, elbow striking Stang so
               fast the blows are a blur...

               Finally Stang staggers and collapses back against the
               bulkhead, slides down onto his back, Shui standing over him,
               sword again unsheathed, its sharp end hard against Stang's
               throat.

                                   SHUI
                         Like I said, Stang, Never so long
                         as I live.

               Beat. Then Shui again sheaths his sword, turns and walks
               away, over to where Storm is comforting Suki.

                                   SHUI
                         John Storm!

               Storm sees Shui approaching. He is holding something in his
               outstretched hand. It's a flash drive.

                                   SHUI
                         Your uncle's murder. All the
                         evidence you need. Take it.

               Storm is taken aback. Is this a trick? But before he can make
               up his mind Shui is clubbed from behind by Stang's meaty fist
               and knocked cold. Stang snatches the flash drive from Shui's
               hand as he falls.

                                   STANG
                         I'll take this.

               Taunting, Stang holds the flash drive up in Storm's face and
               grins smugly. But --

                                   STORM
                         I think you'll find that belongs to
                         me.

               Beat. And Storm is on Stang like a wild cat, launching
               himself through the air and taking him down -- the two men
               instantly grappling -- Storm on top -- Stang fighting him
               off, gaining the advantage -- then Storm muscling Stang off
               and sending a crunching elbow blow to Stang's nose --

               -- Stang crashes back hard against the hull, DROPS THE FLASH
               DRIVE and it SKIDS ACROSS THE DECK. Suki tries to pick it up,
               several times, but each time either Storm or Stang get in her
               way, inadvertently, as their fight continues...



               INT. ECOBIRD HELICOPTER - DAY

               Steve holds the helicopter steady...

               CHARLEY'S CAMERA POV: STORM AND STANG TRADE HURTFUL BLOWS...

                                                          MATCH CUT TO:



               EXT. JONAH DECK - DAY

               STORM AND STANG TRADE HURTFUL BLOWS...

               Stang sends Storm backwards with a powerful blow to the body
               then grabs him by the throat and bends him backwards over the
               gunwale -- Storm craning his neck, looking down to see the
               sharks still circling below him --

               Will Stang force Storm over the side...?

               NO! Storm's forearm smashes hard into Stang's face -- Stang
               staggers back -- Storm on him again -- fist, elbow, fist --

               Again Stang staggers backwards -- but remains on his feet --
               he is a tank, and he is steamrollering back towards Storm --

               BAM! Storm is unsure quite what hit him but he's on his back
               now, head propped against the hull, Stang towering over him
               like a mountain gorilla, Suki unsure quite what to do...



               INT. ECOBIRD HELICOPTER - DAY

               Charley still filming out the open door --

               CHARLEY'S CAMERA POV: Storm laying back against the hull,
               Stang towering over him, unforgiving...



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               FORWARD HELM -- LED SCREEN IMAGE: Storm's YouTube channel --
               LIVE STREAM in progress -- Stang towering over Storm...

               Hawk comically shadow fights to demonstrate his words --

                                   HAWK
                         Come on, Skip! The Shaolin Death
                         Touch. A classic kip-up followed
                         through with a dim-mak blow to the
                         stomach-nine point. Boom! He'll be
                         finished.

                                   NEMO
                         That's easy for you to say.



               EXT. JONAH DECK - DAY

               BAM! Storm on his feet again, coming at Stang, this time a
               THUDDING RIGHT CROSS TO THE JAW that sends Stang crashing
               back against the hull -- he lands on his back -- looks down
               at his side, sees --

               -- A GRAPPLING HOOK.

               Stang takes up the grappling hook and comes back at Storm --
               swinging wildly now -- Storm backing off to avoid the blows --

               -- WHOOSH! -- WHOOSH! -- WHOOSH!

               Then -- THUD! The grappling hook misses Storm by the width of
               a skin-layer and embeds itself in the deck --

               -- BAM! By reflex Storm's boot comes up and smashes into
               Stang's chest. Stang reels backwards, but comes back at Storm
               with his own front thrust kick that all but crushes Storm's
               rib cage. Storm crashes back against the hull, so winded he
               almost vomits --

               -- On the deck by his side: THE FLASH DRIVE.

               On his back now, clutching his aching ribs, Storm sees Stang
               moving towards him wielding his whaling knife. He manages to
               reach over and snatch up the flash drive, just as --

               -- A LIGHTNING FAST DOUBLE FIST-PUMP FOLLOWED BY A FRONT
               THRUST KICK TO THE JAW drops Stang to the deck. He collapses
               like a felled tree. Then attempts to get up, but falls back
               down again, moaning and rubbing his aching jaw.

               Suki stands over him, having delivered the knockout blows.

               Disbelief on the faces of the spectating crew turns to a
               SPONTANEOUS ROUND OF APPLAUSE AND CHEERS in appreciation of
               Suki's intervention.

               Meanwhile Shui starts to come round, then hauls himself to
               his feet as Suki kneels down by Storm's side --

                                   SUKI
                         Are you okay?

                                   STORM
                         I'll survive. Where did you learn
                         to do that?

                                   SUKI
                         Let's just say I'm better at
                         fighting than I am at chess.

               Just then a shadow falls across Storm. Cheers and applause
               from the crew subsides to a nervous silence as Storm looks up
               to see --

               -- Shui standing over him. A momentary threat lingers in
               Shui's eyes ... but then he offers Storm his outstretched
               hand and hauls him to his feet.

               A long look of mutual respect between them...

               ...And then Storm sees her. Across Shui's shoulder, breaking
               through the waves at Olympian speed, 200 metres and closing,
               a humpback whale heading straight for them. The bandage on
               her back tells Storm exactly who that whale is --

                                   STORM
                         Kulo!

                                   SUKI
                         Kulo?

               Suki turns. Shui turns. They both follow Storm's line of
               sight. Kulo at 40 knots, less than 100 metres from them now.

                                   SUKI
                         Oh my God.

                                   SHUI
                         That is Kulo? Kulo Luna? The whale
                         that sunk my ship?
                             (genuine admiration)
                         She is magnificent.

                                   STORM
                         She is. But she has a temper. And
                         my guess is she doesn't much like
                         this ship.

               Shui gets the message --

                                   SHUI
                         This way.

               In a heartbeat Shui is over by the inflatable liferaft pods,
               followed by Storm and Suki. He releases a pod and it crashes
               down into the ocean, inflating on impact --

               -- Shui gives one final admiring look at Kulo, crashing
               magnificently through the waves, barely 50 metres away now
               and heading straight for the Jonah.

                                   STORM
                         Time to go. Come on!

               Storm grabs hold of Suki's hand and they leap together into
               the water. Shui is about to jump when --

                                   STANG
                         Shui!

               Shui turns. Stang is struggling to his feet --

                                   STANG
                         What do you think you are doing?

                                   SHUI
                         I'm giving you back your ship,
                         Stang. That is what you wanted,
                         right?

               Shui laughs, then turns and jumps, just as --

               -- WHOOSH! KULO BREACHES, PIERCING THE SURFACE AND SPIRALLING
               UP INTO THE SKY LIKE A SEA-TO-AIR BEHEMOTH --

               Up and up Kulo climbs -- higher -- still higher -- until she
               is hanging up there, directly over Stang, as though suspended
               on invisible wires --

               -- Stang's terrified face peers up at the monster overhead...



               INT. ECOBIRD HELICOPTER - DAY

               Steve barely believes what he is witnessing --

                                   STEVE
                         Tom is going to love these shots!

               Charley at the open door filming everything --

               CHARLEY'S CAMERA POV: Storm and Suki in the lifeboat, Shui
               clambering aboard, Kulo hanging like a death threat above
               Stang and the Jonah --



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - DAY

               FORWARD HELM -- Hawk watching the live stream, enthralled...

               LED SCREEN IMAGE: Storm's YouTube channel -- LIVE STREAM --
               Shui joins Storm and Suki in the lifeboat, Kulo still hanging
               in the air, defying gravity, then --

               -- Kulo begins her descent...



               INT./EXT. JONAH DECK/BELOW DECK - DAY

               ON DECK-- Kulo begins her descent -- men running, screaming,
               praying, leaping overboard...

               -- Stang's wide eyes gaping up at Kulo as she plummets ...
               down ... down ... until her shadow engulfs Stang completely
               (Will Kulo crush him...? Will Stang survive...? Stang's fate
               remains a mystery)...

               ...BUT THE FATE OF THE JONAH IS WRITTEN, BECAUSE NEXT --

               -- BOOM! Bridge and superstructure explode as Kulo's bulk
               crashes down upon the whaling vessel, midships -- debris
               spitting in every direction -- deck crane crashing down into
               the wreckage -- hull plates coming undone like a tin can --

               BELOW DECK -- Ocean gushing in through the opened up hull
               plates, flooding cabins, passageways, bridge...

               -- Men panicking down here as they struggle against the
               torrents, escaping up ladders and out through hatches...

               ON DECK -- Ocean swamping the Jonah now as she starts to
               break up and bubble under --



               EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - DAY

               -- Men leaping off the Jonah and swimming for lifeboats --
               Kulo circling the stricken vessel like a predator, the Jonah
               disappearing beneath the waves, then --

               -- KULO DIVES.



               EXT. JONAH LIFEBOAT - DAY

               From a small distance Storm, Suki and Shui watch Kulo
               disappear beneath the waves as the Jonah is finally swallowed
               by the ocean, prow first, the ship's name visible on her
               stern as she slides down to her fate --

               -- CLOSE ON: THE NAME PLATE ON THE SHIP'S STERN AS SHE
               DISAPPEARS BENEATH THE WAVES: 'JONAH'

                                                              FADE OUT.

                                                               FADE IN:



               EXT. FEDERAL POLICE HEADQUARTERS - SYDNEY - DAY

               Establishing shot: Sign above the entrance reads 'AUSTRALIAN
               FEDERAL POLICE'



               INT. FEDERAL POLICE HEADQUARTERS - CONTINUOUS

               LED SCREEN IMAGE: Split screen -- One half shows Zheng Ling
               on his satphone call. The other half shows CCTV footage from
               the Jonah's hold, Storm and Suki tethered to their chairs.

                                   ZHENG LING
                         It would seem your uncle had
                         scruples. He had to be stopped.

                                   STORM
                         You killed him.

                                   ZHENG LING
                         He had an unfortunate accident - at
                         the hands of my new senior captain.

               A hand removes a flash drive. The hand belongs to
               SUPERINTENDENT MCAULEY.

               Storm and Suki are in the room with him. A SERGEANT and a
               SENIOR LEADING CONSTABLE are also here. They have just
               finished playing back Zheng's 'confession'.

                                   SUPERINTENDENT MCAULEY
                         We'll take it from here.

                                                           DISSOLVE TO:



               INT. ZHENG LING'S OFFICE - DAY

               Zheng Ling is handcuffed and led from his office by a team of
               four police officers.

                                                           DISSOLVE TO:



               EXT. ELIZABETH SWANN - MARINA - DAY

               IN THE FOREGROUND -- The Elizabeth Swann is anchored
               alongside Starlight and the other race competitors...

                                   FRANKS (TELEPHONE VOICE)
                         Well done, John. The Dragon has
                         been well and truly slain. One less
                         fossil in the mix, so to speak...



               INT. ELIZABETH SWANN - CONTINUOUS

               FORWARD HELM -- GEORGE FRANKS ON THE SATPHONE SCREEN...

               Storm, Suki and Hawk debrief with George Franks.

                                   FRANKS
                         ...And you still managed to
                         complete the first leg of the race
                         barely half a day behind Starlight.

                                   STORM
                         A fact Sarah will delight in
                         pointing out.

                                   FRANKS
                             (chuckles)
                         Let her have her moment. Yours will
                         come. There's a long way to go yet.
                         Cape Town next, I believe?

                                   STORM
                         Yes. The Tasman Straights. The
                         Roaring Forties. Need to repair the
                         storm damage before we attempt that
                         though. No small miracle we made it
                         to Sandy Straits. All down to Hawk.

                                   HAWK
                         And Nemo. Teamwork.

               Nemo emits a red glow as he blushes --

                                   NEMO
                         Means a lot.



               EXT. MARINA RESTAURANT - EARLY EVENING

               A crowded waterfront restaurant. Steve and Charley are seated
               at a table, chatting. Sarah is here too, chatting with a few
               people by the bar.

               Storm and Suki arrive, arm-in-arm - Storm in open-neck shirt
               and shorts, Suki in fabulous figure-hugging evening dress. As
               they make their way to the table, George's phone call to
               Storm concludes --

                                   FRANKS (V.O.)
                         Anyway, John, enjoy your few nights
                         off. I'll catch up with you soon.

               Call ends. Then Sarah spots Storm entering the restaurant.
               She looks pretty pleased with herself as she waves and makes
               her way over to him. She makes a point of eyeing Suki.

                                   SARAH
                         John!

                                   STORM
                         Sarah. This is Suki - Suki, Sarah.

               Sarah squeezes a smile --

                                   SARAH
                         Well, well ... an improvement on
                         your last first mate.

                                   HAWK
                         Chief engineer.

               They all turn to see Hawk standing there with 20-year-old
               JESSICA who sports long blue hair, nose ring, funky black
               glasses and a black 'I UNLOCKED HIS LEVEL' T-shirt. Hawk's T-
               shirt is also black. It says 'BOY GAMER'.

                                   HAWK
                         Jessica and I won't be staying for
                         dinner. We're off to the casino.

                                   STORM
                         Casino?

                                   JESSICA
                         It's a gaming casino. Online.

                                   STORM
                         Of course it is. Well enjoy.

                                   HAWK
                         You too.

               They turn and exit - like two teenagers bunking lessons.

                                   SARAH
                         So ... I hear you took on some
                         damage in the storm.

                                   STORM
                         Nothing we can't fix.

                                   SARAH
                         Glad to hear it. I wouldn't want to
                         miss the sight of you trailing me
                         into Cape Town.

               She glances over at the bar --

                                   SARAH
                         Anyway, I'd better get back. Old
                         friends. Mustn't keep them waiting.
                         Ciao for now.

               One last eye-frisk aimed at Suki then Sarah returns to her
               party.

               A FEW MOMENTS LATER -- Storm and Suki are about to take their
               seats at the table with Steve and Charley, when --

               -- A GIANT HUMPBACK BREACHES IN THE MARINA.

                                   STORM
                         Kulo!

               Gasps of awe and oohs and aahs ripple around the restaurant
               ... but the mood quickly changes as the whale starts to slap
               her tail flukes violently. She is clearly distressed --

               -- And then Storm sees it: GHOST NETTING ON THE WATER'S
               SURFACE -- A SMALL WHALE CAUGHT UP IN THE NETS, STRUGGLING TO
               FREE ITSELF...

                                   SUKI
                         It's a calf. It must be Kulo's
                         baby!
                             (realisation)
                         Oh my God she's caught in nets!



               EXT. MARINA/UNDERWATER - EARLY EVENING

               UNDERWATER -- The calf is entangled in ghost nets, struggling
               to free herself. Frightened. Becoming more and more frantic --

               -- Kulo swims beneath the calf, nudging her to the surface --

               SURFACE -- But the calf struggles to stay afloat, snorting
               from her blowhole, gasping for air, panicking, struggling to
               breathe...



               EXT. MARINA RESTAURANT/JETTY - EARLY EVENING

               Suki is beside herself --

                                   SUKI
                         John, we have to do something!

               Just then a man wearing a Samurai headband appears on the
               edge of the jetty. It is Shui. He peers over at Storm ... a
               look ... then rips off his headband, unsheaths his sword and
               dives headlong into the water. The crowd gasps...

                                   STORM
                         Shui.

                                   CHARLEY
                         Isn't he one of the whalers?

                                   STEVE
                         Looks like his instincts have
                         kicked in. Looks like he intends to
                         kill the calf.

               Storm is ripping off his shirt.

                                   STORM
                         Not if I have anything to do with
                         it.

                                   SUKI
                         John!



               EXT. MARINA/UNDERWATER - EARLY EVENING

               SURFACE -- But Storm is already head-first into the water,
               swimming with some intent after Shui, who is heading for Kulo
               and her stricken calf.

               Shui swimming, sword in his teeth ... Storm swimming, gaining
               on Shui --

               -- Kulo nudging Kuna up to the surface, preventing her from
               drowning --

               -- Shui swimming, Storm chasing him --

               -- Finally Storm catches Shui and grabs hold of his ankle,
               pulls him back, drags him under...

               UNDERWATER -- Shui struggles to fight Storm off and the two
               men tumble around in the water as though a deadly fight has
               broken out between them, but Shui finally breaks free and the
               two men come up gasping for air.

               SURFACE -- Storm and Shui splutter around in the water.

                                   SHUI
                         What do you think you're doing?

                                   STORM
                         Stopping you from killing Kulo's
                         baby!

                                   SHUI
                         There is no honour in killing a
                         baby with a Samurai sword.

                                   STORM
                         Then what are you doing?

                                   SHUI
                         I'm trying to get away from you so
                         I can cut her free.

                                   STORM
                         You are? Well, why didn't you say?

               Shui makes a face, then produces a diving knife and throws it
               to Storm.

                                   SHUI
                         Shall we?

               The two men dive...



               EXT. MARINA RESTAURANT - EARLY EVENING

               Meanwhile back at the restaurant the mood is tense. A hushed
               silence. Faces in the crowd look on anxiously - Suki, Steve
               and Charley among them. A voice behind Suki --

                                   HAWK
                         What's happening?

               An excited, wide-eyed Hawk and Jessica are suddenly there
               with the others.

                                   SUKI
                         I thought you two were gaming.

                                   HAWK
                         We heard the commotion.

                                   JESSICA
                         It triggered a chain-reaction of
                         amygdala and dopamine responses we
                         were unable to ignore.

                                   HAWK
                         The neurobiology of fear. And
                         excitement. It's irresistible.

                                   SUKI
                         Right.

               Suki looks a little gone out.



               EXT. MARINA - EARLY EVENING

               UNDERWATER -- Kulo hangs alongside as Storm swims up to
               Kuna's eye, shows her the knife ... then Storm and Shui start
               to cut away the nets, Shui on one side of Kuna, Storm on the
               other, both cutting and tugging urgently, then --

               -- Shui motions to Storm 'I need air' and the two surface.

               SURFACE -- Storm and Shui break surface, gasping for air ...
               a DEEP BREATH, a 'thumbs up' ... and again they dive...



               EXT. MARINA RESTAURANT - EARLY EVENING

               Suki and Hawk are glued to the action. Hawk is speedy with
               nervous energy --

                                   HAWK
                         You know according to the odds
                         ratio quantifying the strength of
                         association between two seemingly
                         random events, the probability of
                         the calf becoming entangled in
                         ghost nets in precisely the same
                         manner as its mother are...

                                   SUKI
                         Button it, Hawk. Please.

                                   HAWK
                         Yes. Sorry. Nerves.



               EXT. MARINA - EARLY EVENING

               UNDERWATER -- Shui cuts the last of the nets on one side,
               Storm makes a final cut on the other side and finally all the
               nets are off --

               -- Kuna shakes herself down then swims up close to Kulo and
               rubs herself against her mother -- Kulo responds by nudging
               her calf and cuddling her with her pectoral fin -- Kulo then
               swims up to Shui and Storm and nudges both men gently with
               her nose, first Shui, then Storm -- then the two whales swim
               away, out to sea, Kuna hugging Kulo's side all the way --

               -- Storm and Shui share a look: 'job well done, brother' and
               then they swim for the surface...

               SURFACE -- A SAMURAI SWORD AND A DIVING KNIFE BREAK SURFACE,
               like King Arthur rising from the lake, followed by Shui's and
               Storm's smiling faces...



               EXT. MARINA RESTAURANT/JETTY - EARLY EVENING

               On seeing Storm and Shui's victory the crowd erupts -
               applause, cheers, smiles, tears --

               -- Suki, Steve, Charley, Hawk and Jessica are among the many
               smiling, cheering faces...

               A FEW MOMENTS LATER -- Storm and Shui emerge from the water
               to thunderous cheers and applause. Slightly embarrassed by
               all the attention, Storm slips his shirt back on and he and
               Shui join the others --

                                   STORM
                         You risked your life out there.

                                   SHUI
                             (shrugs)
                         For Kulo? I owed her one.

                                   STORM
                         But she sunk your ship.

                                   SHUI
                         Ah. But she also made me a rich
                         man.

               Everyone looks a little puzzled as a mischievous looking Shui
               pulls a waterproof wallet from his back pocket and produces a
               slip of paper.

                                   SHUI
                         Zheng Ling might have offered a
                         million dollars to kill Kulo. But
                         the bookie's odds to keep her alive
                         were just as good.

               Now the others start to anticipate what Shui is about to say.

                                   STORM
                         No way, you didn't...

                                   SUKI
                         Oh my God!

                                   HAWK
                         A reverse-probability wager.
                         Genius!

               Shui beaming, ear to ear --

                                   SHUI
                         Two thousand dollars at five-
                         hundred-to-one that Kulo would sink
                         the Jonah. Dinner's on me!

                                   STORM
                         Son of a gun!

               Laughter and the chinking of glasses all round --

               -- And as if to join in the celebrations, a small distance
               out to sea KULO AND KUNA SUDDENLY BREACH SPECTACULARLY --
               THEN AGAIN -- AND AGAIN -- whoops and hollers and smiles and
               tears accompany a standing ovation in the restaurant --

               -- Storm, Shui, Suki, Hawk, Steve, Charley and Jessica CHINK
               CHAMPAGNE GLASSES...

                                   SHUI
                         To Kulo Luna!

                                   STORM
                         The billion-dollar whale!

               THE END


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