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Maximus Nicol and the World of Ice

Script By: Mathew Nicolson
Fantasy


Maximus Nicol and his siblings live in poverty in constant fear of their abusive father. When Maximus is given the opportunity to enter a world of magic and wonder, he doesn't think twice. But this world has it's own problems, in the form of Lord Zarnon. Can Maximus bring justice to the world?


Submitted:Jul 21, 2011    Reads: 8    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


OPENING CREDITS.

CUT TO:

OLD, DECREPID HOUSE.

3 children are out working in a snowy field. They are
siblings - Maximus, Praetorus, and Anaethia.

PRAETORIUS
I can't... keep going...

ANAETHIA
It's... so cold!

MAXIMUS
We must keep working! Or Dad...

They turn around.

Standing in the doorway, surveying them, is Dad.

They turn back around quickly.

MAXIMUS
He's seen us!

They suddenly start working again.

Maximus risks a glance behind them.

Nobody is at the doorway.

He shudders.

They work some more.

Then their Dad wanders out.

DAD
WHY... Did you stop WORKING?

They jump to look at him.

PRAETORIUS
We-

ANAETHIA
It wasn't-

PRAETORIUS
We're still-

ANEATHIA
Please!

Silence.

Maximus says nothing.

DAD
You, boy... Scum... Your work rates
have fallen over the last
week. WHY?

Maximus says nothing.

PRAETORIUS
It's my fault-

ANAETHIA
We're tired-

DAD
ANSWER ME!!

Maximus remains silent.

DAD
Right, you insolent dog...

He picks Maximus up by the ears and throws him against a
wall, holding his neck.

He yells at him, delivering a blow between each word.

DAD
WHY... DON'T... YOU... WORK?

Maximus says nothing.

DAD
YOU WILL NEVER AMOUNT TO
ANYTHING!!!! DO YOU THINK YOU ARE
BETTER THAN THIS? WELL YOU'RE
NOT!! YOU'RE JUST THE SAME AS
ME!! I HAVE TO WORK TO GAIN A
LIVING, AND SO MUST YOU!!!

Maximus says nothing.

DAD
YOU DISGUST ME!!!!!

He throws him onto the ground.

DAD
If I catch you lazing about
again... I will find a new use for
the CHEESE GRATER!!!

He looks up at Praetorius and Anaethia.

DAD
Do either of you have anything to
say?

They both begin working.

DAD
Good!!

He storms off.

Maximus pulls himself up. He limps over to the
bushes. Behind him is a trail of blood.

ANAETHIA
(weeping)
Why did mother have to die?

Shot behind him reveals a body lying in the grass.

PRAETORIUS
For the same reason we'll die...
Because of him.

Shot pans to Maximus' body...

CUT TO:

BEDROOM.

They sleep on the floor, with rags.

ANAETHIA
Are you okay, Maximus?

MAXIMUS
I'll live...

PRAETORIUS
I hate him... I swear, I hate
him...

ANAETHIA
Shhh!!! He might hear!!

Ding dong. Ding dong.

They look up.

ANAETHIA
The bell?

PRAETORIUS
But nobody ever visits us!

DAD
(offscreen)
WHO IS THAT???

They hear thuds as he descends the staircase.

He opens the door.

THE MAN IN THE VAN is standing there. Grinning.

Dad glares at him.

DAD
What on this wretched Earth do you
want?

MAN IN VAN
Greetings, greetings! I wish to
speak to your son, Maximus Nicol,
if I may...

DAD
Leave us...

Man In Van twitches slightly.

MAN IN VAN
Oh. Alright. I was just thinking
that-

DAD
GO!!!

He goes.

Dad goes inside.

DAD
SCUM!!!

Maximus stands up to recieve his punishment.

Dad picks him up by his ears and takes him into another
room.

We hear drilling. And screaming.

PRAETORIUS and ANAETHIA huddle together.

PAN TO:

FIELD.

They are all working.

MAXIMUS limps across the field.

DAD watched from the window.

MAXIMUS limps around the house.

Standing there is THE MAN IN THE VAN.

MAN IN VAN
Hello Maximus.

MAXIMUS
Who are you?

Man In Van smiles.

MAN IN VAN
Come with me.

He clicks his fingers and a portal opens up. Maximus stands
there, awed.

DAD
NOOO!!!

He sees them, and runs towards them. He is holding a cheese
grater. He fires bullets at them.

MAN IN VAN grabs Maximus and they plunge into the
portal. It closes as DAD runs to it, and he runs into the
wall.

ICEWORLD.

They appear from the portal, just as it closes.

Maximus looks around in awe.

Ahead of him is a magical, snow covered world. BIG CGI
shot.

MAXIMUS
Where am I?

THE MAN IN THE VAN
This is a world called Govatron.

MAXIMUS
But... but...

MAN IN VAN
I'll get us some tea.

PAN TO:

CAFE.

The MAN IN VAN and MAXIMUS sit opposite each other, both
with a cup of tea.

MAXIMUS
What is this?

MAN IN VAN
What? I thought you had tea in
your world?

MAXIMUS
We don't have anything, really...

MAN IN VAN
Well, it's the epitome of all that
is good. Try it!

Maximus takes a sip.

MAXIMUS
Ow!! It's hot!

Man In Van sighs.

Maximus looks up at him.

MAXIMUS
Who are you?

MAN IN VAN
My name is The Man In The Van.

MAXIMUS
Where is the Van?

MAN IN VAN
What van? I never mentioned a
van. Now, Maximus Nicol... You are
probably wondering why I have
brought you here.

MAXIMUS
I'm still accepting that 'here'
exists, to be honest, sir.

MAN IN VAN
Yes, it is hard to
belief. Maximus... this is a world
of magic.

MAXIMUS
My Dad says there's no such thing
as magic. Only labour, and the
worker's revolution.

MAN IN VAN
That may be true in your
world. But here, I assure you,
there is magic.

He waves his hand, and the cup of tea floats into the air.

Maximus is amazed.

MAXIMUS
How do you do that?

MAN IN VAN
You cannot learn magic from any
book. You cannot simply wave a
wand and say 'Abbra Cadoobly'. It
is a gift you must pertain, a link
between nature and yourself.

Maximus is disheartened.

MAXIMUS
My dad says the only gift I have is
being pathetic.

MAN IN VAN
Forget your Dad! He knows
nothing! You have the gift
Maximus, or you couldn't have come
to this world!

MAXIMUS
Really?

MAN IN VAN
Yeah! Come on!

He takes Maximus outside.

CUT TO:

EXT. CAFE.

MAN IN VAN
Sit in the snow, Maximus.

Maximus does so.

MAN IN VAN
And watch me.

He closes his eyes, and a patch of snow around him suddenly
vanishes.

MAXIMUS
Wow!

MAN IN VAN
Now I want you to do the same.

MAXIMUS
What? How?

MAN IN VAN
Think about the snow... Imagine it
gone. And then imagine yourself
ridding the ground of that
loathsome water which had to freeze
during its casual descent to the
planet.

Maximus does so.

Suddenly, the whole ground is rid of snow. It flies up and
hits The Man In Van.

Maximus gets up, in shock.

MAXIMUS
Oh no! I did it wrong!!

Man In Van is very shocked.

MAN IN VAN
How did you... That was... That was
the most power I've ever seen!

MAXIMUS
It was?

MAN IN VAN
You're the one... You're our
saviour! Come with me!

He picks him up and takes him away.

CUT TO:

WALL.

MAN IN VAN
This wall is the Wall of
Darkness. It is named so, because
everything beyond it has been
consumed by the evil Lord Zarnon
for the last 100 years.

Maximus looks out... He is really scared. In the centre of
the darklands is a castle.

MAXIMUS
Why are you showing me this?

MAN IN VAN
Because you will defeat him?

MAXIMUS
What?

MAN IN VAN
It was prophecised that a great
spirit would come to us in the form
of a boy... I believe that is
you. Go, now, and save Govatron!

He throws Maximus over the wall.

CUT TO:

DARKLAND.

Maximus walks through it, scared. The castle looms ahead of
him.

As he walks, he hears voices cackling at him.

VOICE
Fool... fool...
You're pathetic...

MAXIMUS
Go away...

VOICE
You think you're better than them?
You're not.
You're scum.

MAXIMUS
I'll show you... I'll show you!!

He begins running to the castle.

PAN TO:

WALL.

MAN IN VAN looks over.

MAN IN VAN
I hope I didn't make a mistake...

FADE TO:

DECREPID HOUSE.

DAD is beating Praetorius and Anaethia up.

As usual-

DAD
WHAT... DID... HE... TELL YOU?

PRAETORIUS
Nothing!

ANAETHIA
We swear!

PRAETORIUS
Please stop-

He beats them more, and throws them across the room.

DAD
WHO WAS THAT MAN?!

He pulls out a gun and fires it manically at the roof.

They cower in fear.

PRAETORIUS
I'm glad he's gone... He won't have
to suffer anymore...

PAN TO:

DARKLAND. CASTLE.

MAXIMUS stumbles up to the castle.

INT. CASTLE.

ALL IS DARKNESS.

VOICE
Spread the darkness!

CUT TO:

EXT. CASTLE.

Darkness surrouns Maximus. The only light is the castle.

MAXIMUS
I can do this... I can do this...

He begins walking up the steps.

He reaches the door. Light shines out from within it.

VOICE
Enter, Maximus Nicol...

MAXIMUS
I'm not scared of you!

He is.

He enters.

CUT TO:

INT. CASTLE.

MAXIMUS walks around the courtyard.

VOICE
Why do you come here?

MAXIMUS
Um. I... To defeat you!

VOICE
No person can defeat me!

Everything goes dark.

Maximus starts shaking.

A figure begins walking out of the dark.

VOICE
I am the eternal watcher... the
catalyst of despair... Everything I
touch melts before me...

He walks into view.

VOICE
I am Lord Zarnon!!!

Maximus gasps.

ZARNON
I am the last thing you will ever
know.

Maximus cowers.

ZARNON
I know your fears... I can see
you... Your father was right,
always right.

A reaction from Maximus.

ZARNON
You are Maximus Nicol, the famished
boy who can't even rake grass
properly. I am Lord Zarnon, the
destroyer of worlds - do you really
think you're a match for me? Oh
how you father would laugh. And
speaking of your father, he's
having a whale of a time...

An image appears of DAD beating Praetorius and Maethia.

MAXIMUS
Praetorius... Maethia... NO!!!

He strikes out at Zarnon, firing lightning.

ZARNON
ARRGGGHHH!!! HOW? HOW???!!!

MAXIMUS
You think you're bad? I've seen
bad, you've shown me bad, and
you're nothing compared to it!!!

ZARNON
No.... NOOOO!!!!!!

He disappears.

Everything starts shaking.

CUT TO:

EXT. CASTLE.

MAXIMUS runs out as it explodes!

CUT TO:

WALL.

THE DARKNESS DISAPPEARS!!!

CUT TO:

EXT. CAFE.

MAN IN VAN
Maximus!!

He runs to hug him.

MAN IN VAN
You've saved Govatron! You've
saved us all!!! I knew you
could! I never doubted you!!

He stops hugging him.

MAN IN VAN
You shall become our chief
magician! You shall hold a seat of
honour on the High King's court,
next to Sylvester the Slimy and
Alonzo Araquith-

MAXIMUS
No.

MAN IN VAN
Of the 7th dimension - No?

MAXIMUS
I don't want to.

MAN IN VAN
Why not???

MAXIMUS
When I was in the castle... Zarnon
showed me what was happening in my
own world. I have to save them.

Man in Van understands.

MAXIMUS
Will I still have the power in my
world?

MAN IN VAN
To begin with... But you will
slowly lose it. Once you leave,
you can never come back. Are you
sure you want to do this?

MAXIMUS
Yes. I'm sure.

Man in Van is upset.

MAN IN VAN
Very well...

He snaps his fingers, and a portal opens.

MAN IN VAN
You've already saved one world
today, Maximus. I'm sure you can
begin to save another.

MAXIMUS
Goodbye, Man without a Van!

He goes through the portal.

Man In Van is alone.

MAN IN VAN
We have lost one of the very
best...

PAN TO:

FIELD.

Praetorius and Anaethia are slaving away.

DAD
WORK HARDER!!!

Anaethia collapses.

PRAETORIUS
Father... We can't go on-

DAD
SHUT UP AND WORK!!!

He runs forward and kicks Praetorius.

They continue.

Maximus appears round a corner.

Anaethia sees him.

ANAETHIA
Maximus!!!

Praetorius looks up.

PRAETORIUS
You have returned to us!!

Dad sees.

DAD
SCUM!!!

He pulls out the cheese grater gun and begins firing.

Maximus ducks behind the wall.

Dad advances towards him.

DAD
You can't hide forever...

PRAETORIUS
STOP IT!!!

Dad stops, and looks around.

DAD
I beg your pardon?

PRAETORIUS
Stop this! You say everyone must
do their share of work, but were's
your work? You just stand and
shout-

DAD
HOW DARE YOU? YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO
GO THROUGH WHAT I WENT THROUGH! WE
WERE RAISED IN POVERTY!! MY DAD...

He twitches.

PRAETORIUS
Sounds like you.

DAD
SHUT UP!!!

He fires the cheese grater gun at him. Praetorius dies.

Anaethia screams.

DAD
AND YOU'RE NEXT!!!

He aims the cheese grater at her.

MAXIMUS
NO!!

He fires lightning at Dad. Dad flails about in agony.

MAXIMUS
No more will you torment us!!

Dad vanished into thin air.

Its over.

Maximus runs to Praetorius' body.

MAXIMUS
I'm sorry...

ANAETHIA
Can't you do anything for him?

Maximus shakes his head...

PAN TO:

GRAVEYARD.

Praetorius and Mum's bodies lie among the trees.

Maximus and Anaethia are sad.

ANAETHIA
Its going to get better now, isn't
it?

MAXIMUS
Yes.

CAMERA PANS UP TO TREE TO REVEAL MAN IN VAN SITTING THERE.

MAN IN VAN
You're an inspiration, Maximus...

He fades away.

CUT TO:

END CREDITS.





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