‘The Deal’

INT. EXECUTIVE’S OFFICE – DAY

A high-ranking movie executive’s personal chamber: posters and a drinks cabinet loom large. On the desk a cocaine-smeared mirror sits next to several well-thumbed screenplays.

TODD HACKER, 53, Falstaffian, sits behind his desk, swigging whiskey like it’s going out of style. LARRY DEWITT, 45 (but dressed younger), paces the room.

HACKER

What’s your problem, Larry? Grow a pair. The deal’s done. Closed that cocksucker this morning.

 DEWITT

Any chance you can un-close it?

HACKER

Meaning?

DEWITT

Meaning I just FaceTimed the kid and we are officially fucked. I found out something and if it gets out, our points on the gross won’t be worth the royalties on the next Sam Worthington vehicle. And this will get out.

HACKER

So, the kid’s gay?

DEWITT

Maybe. But that’s not the problem. He’s discovered L. Ron Hubbard.

HACKER

Oh, for the love of fuck! Who’s responsible for this? One of the usual suspects, no doubt?

DEWITT

Someone he met at a party. Told him if he wants to make it big, he needs to walk the bridge to enlightenment. Or some shit.

HACKER

Well, if it does get out, it won’t fuck our international numbers. You think the Chinese give a shit what a Hollywood actor believes or doesn’t believe?

DEWITT

Todd, where’s your head? You’ve been off the wagon too long. We were relying on this thing putting up big domestic numbers to kick-start the kid’s overseas appeal.

HACKER

When are these dumb-asses gonna get past this religious shit. It does nothing for global branding. You’re as bad. Although you can’t seem to decide if you’re Catholic or Jewish.

DEWITT

It depends who I’m talking to.

HACKER

So what are we gonna do?

Dewitt sits down and Hacker pours him a drink.

DEWITT

We can’t bump the kid if the deal’s closed.

HACKER

And our next option?

DEWITT

That friend of mine who creates ‘accidents’.

HACKER

We might have to go with that.

Beat.

Shame. Nice kid.

DEWITT

Not really. You know he fucked Alicia?

HACKER

Really? Oh, fuck him.

Sam Bowles

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