Red Planet Screenplay
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RED PLANET SCREENPLAY
Original Movie Screenplay by Tom Wakefield
FADE IN:

EXT. SPACE

SUPER: "MARS ORBIT - JULY 17th, 2017"

Fiery and intense, the red planet Mars kindles the sky, and the imagination, with its crimson grandeur. A spacecraft slowly pirouettes towards the planet. It is the Endeavor, a manned U.S./Russian spacecraft designed to land the first humans on Mars. An insignia on the side of the spacecraft reads: "RUSSIA-USA PARTNERS IN SPACE 1ST MANNED MISSION TO MARS."

INT. ENDEAVOR - CENTRAL MODULE

A festive atmosphere reigns. Champagne and Vodka are flowing. Toasts are being exchanged between the fifteen ASTRONAUTS and COSMONAUTS gathered for the live television broadcast to Earth. Seated in the center are the mission's co-leaders -- BEN JOHNSON, a typical crew-cut American, and his somewhat boisterous Russian counterpart COLONEL VLADIMIR TROTSKY. An American ASTRONAUT has a hand-held television camera focused on the co-leaders.

JOHNSON

Welcome Earthlings. Well, we made it. We've come a long way, and I must say not just in the number of miles traveled. Thirty years ago America and Russia were ideological and military adversaries. Today, we are kindred spirits, allied in the quest for scientific discovery. Together, in less than 72 hours, the first men and women from Earth will set foot on Mars.

TROTSKY
(arrogant but jovial)
Yes, we did it together: American capitalism footed the bill and Russian ingenuity provided the expertise.
     

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