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Biology Class with Kurt Soldier
High school sophomore Kurt Soldier leads his biology classmates into a discussion about the paper he's written entitled, A Treatise on the Nature of Life.
SPEED SHIFTING INTO SECOND GEAR
EXT / INT PARK AVENUE SOUTH SIDEWALK AND CAFÉ - DAY
BILLY RAY and DOLLY PARTON step inside coffee shop. Purchase Mocha Frappachinos. Step to stand beside SAGE at table.
Y’all mind us two squattin’ at yer table?
Oh, wow. Billy … Ray, and Dolly? Dolly Parton?
Wig, boots, and all. The real McCoy. Here I am.
SAGE extends hand. Shakes BILLY RAY’S, DOLLY PARTON’S hands.
Let me guess. You guys like my writing.
We love your writing.
EXT. PARK AVENUE SOUTH SIDEWALK AND CAFÉ
MAIDEN , TISH, and BODYGUARD step out from taxi door. BODYGUARD surveys situation, then stands blocking viewsfrom inside café.
A bit crowded. I’ll go in with you both …
I’ll stand near the beverage and sandwich cabinets while you talk.
POV - MAIDEN
BILLY RAY hands folder of papers to SAGE. Folder opened.
BACK TO SCENE
Pa just handed over the folder.
POV - SAGE READING CONTRACT (O.S.)
… the aforementioned entity, Cyrus Productions, hereafter referred to in this contract as “PRODUCER” or “PRODUCERS” will agree to pay an advance sum of twenty-five million dollars to acquire license to buy, sell, and to engage future promotional commercial interests and activities involving ideas from AUTHOR’s present written treatise and Quest tomes. Future works of AUTHOR …
BACK TO SCENE
You look nervous.
Gimme a couple deep breaths.
(Two full lungfuls of air and
a smile while nodding
her head like, yeah)
Yeah, a little.
Go get ‘em.
INT. COFFEE SHOP
MAIDEN and TISH purchases medium-sized Mocha Frappachinos with whipped cream and chocolate syrup ribbon. Step to table.
SAGE brings attention from contract document to the MAIDEN and TISH.
Oh, wow. MILEY, … howdy.
Howdy-do to you. And Moms? Wow!
Let’s talk, … about your novel,your quest, first of all.
I like it.
I want to purchase rights to it.
Movie, books, future merchandise.
SAGE rises, steps to stand alongside MAIDEN.
You, and the Cyrus family, want the rights …
to my novel. Not Disney.
Those guys won’t touch it with a ten foot pole.
You know why.
I’ll take it though. Gladly.
I’ll help you push that treatise, and all those boxcars of projects
and ideas you got hooked up to it already.
SAGE looks upon BILLY RAY, DOLLY, then towards BODYGUARD. SAGE cups MAIDEN’s face, kissing her forehead.
Miley Cyrus, wow. I’ll try to control the thrill, …
what’s happening now.
Speed shifting the treatise into third gear.
MILEY, take a seat.
Here’s a chair.
Sit next to me.
POV - SAGE READING CONTRACT
Some things I’ve read in here so far …,
are gonna need tweaking.
BACK TO SCENE
( continued )
First, I’m not taking this much Hannah fan monies from MILEY.
Twenty-five million? That’s crazy.
We’re one of two others.
MILEY’s one-fifth of the twenty-five.
The treatise isn’t for sale, outright.
My idea was to collaborate with the backer or sponsor or whoever,
and split future profits with some predetermined formula.
This huge lump sum isn’t making me think collaboration.
Steve wants first crack at commercial packages
educating young folk specific to bio-cognition.
Steve Jobs. He’s two-fifths.
Your Mayor Mike is …
a show gratitude you to always keep New York in mind.
Anything happens in the future, ’ya know?
I’ll need an attorney to look at this, ’ya know?
Of course. Here’s an advance.
Something to bank tomorrow morning.
Tide you over between now and when the contract is validated.
BILLY RAY withdraws envelope containing bank draft check for fifty thousand dollars from inside vest pocket.
( a beat )
Ain’t gonna get no sleep at the shelter tonight
thunkin’ ‘bout all this.
You’re not sleeping in the shelter tonight.
You’re coming with us.
Trump Tower is beautiful.
Nice views from the thirtieth floor.
You won’t mind sleeping on the couch, will you?
No, no …, of course not.
( extending hand )
Gentlemen’s agreement then? on everything? So far as understood?
I like the thought of collaborating with Steve and Mike …
SAGE looks towards MAIDEN.
… and all of you wonderful people.
( looks at watch )
I gotta be back in Los Angeles early tomorrow.
Suppose we can wrap this up, call it a day?
Stepping out of coffee shop, BILLY RAY, DOLLY, and TISH give reassuring nods to one another.
He’s good people.
I like him. Trust him.
Scalawags he’s not.
MILEY, SAGE, TISH stand outside coffee shop. SAGE looks down at feet.
Hey, big guy.
Whatch’ya thinking about?
I haven’t got the Hannah fans following us yet, and I may become, …
be getting too comfortable now, too soon.
MILEY, Sweetheart, realize the next two-to-four years
are gonna be sort of intense,
… we’ll make it fun as we both
become much more familiar with all the topics…,
whatever we think advances our understanding
for the goal of creating Murgatroyd.
Yes, Sir. You bet. Let’s do it.
The basics the first few years.
To get up to speed.
Courses at NYU…, we’ll learn at our own pace.
Not by rote.
We’re both gonna have to stay cool to bring the Hannah fans on board.
Together, if we’re gonna make it.
Gonna do it, and not just try to do this.
No slackin', slouchin' around.
Schedule our time, wisely.
Yes, of course.
Listen, I want to be The Christian, to you.
To your friends and fans, I'm the Teacher.
They'll refer to me as the Teacher.
Is that OK, with you?
OK, fine with me,
That night MILEY dreams (something like) this.