Intro from the TOO YOUNG TO DIE screenplay

 

               TITLE CARD: All children are survivors. If they weren't;
               there would be no adults. 

                                                              FADE OUT.



               EXT. THE SCHOOL - DAY

               A group of adults, pull back as ZOMBIES attack them, they try
               to protect their kids from the onslaught as they are over run
               by zombies. Blood splatters against the steps in front of the
               school, screams echo out. No one can help them. 

               MRS. ROBSON stares at the carnage from the doors. MR. CONNERS
               comes up behind her and pulls her out of the way. Zombies
               approach the doors. SOPHIE - a student - is behind them, she
               can see the death outside, terror on her face. 

                                   SOPHIE
                         Don't leave them!

               Her words are lost as Mr. Conners pulls the doors closed with
               a crash, just before zombies brace themselves against it. 

                                                                CUT TO:



               INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - DAY

               Close on a phone. A man's shaking hand as he holds onto the
               desk.

                                   MR. CONNERS (O.S.)
                         No, do you have any idea what is
                         happening out there?

               We follow up the phone cord toward Mr. Conners as he screams
               down the line. Behind him we can see a group of children and
               another teacher.

                                   MR. CONNERS (CONT'D)
                         Then what are we supposed to do? I

                         already told you, we tried to get
                         there, as soon as we opened the
                         doors, they rushed us. Those
                         people. I know for a fact they
                         killed at least one person... I
                         don't care if its happening
                         anywhere else, its happening here!
                         What about the children? Yes, not
                         everyone got left outside, we
                         have... 

               Conners instinctively waves toward the kids and does a mental
               count. At the back of the room, MS ROBSON the form teacher
               tries to calm down the children;
                 BRANDON, 14, The oldest boy. He holds onto his little
               sister:
                 LINDSEY, 7, who in turn holds onto her friend,
                 JULIE, 6, Who shakes with fear.
                 SOPHIE, 13, The oldest girl. She keeps to herself as she
               rocks herself for comfort. 
                 SEAN, 10, Takes in his surroundings, looking toward the
               windows, almost trying to keep vigil over the other kids.
               Behind him 
                 SALLY, 10, and
                 CALLUM, 9, sit together in shock, focusing on MS Robson's
               face as she tries to talk them into a calm.
                 And TOMMY, 5, The youngest, just lies on his side sucking
               his thumb, his eyes glued to Mr. Conners on the phone.

                                   MR. CONNERS (CONT'D)
                         Eight of them, and another teacher
                         as well. No, the rest were outside
                         when the doors closed. I don't know
                         how many. Everyone scattered!... I
                         know, so... We... Excuse me?...
                         Wait for what? You're the police,
                         that's why I am calling. Procedure?
                         Yes, I've barred the doors, but I
                         can hear them trying to get in,
                         send someone over now. How safe can
                         it be? No... I... Please? Please
                         come here. Yes we're a priority...
                         Everywhere? Everywhere. But the
                         children... I. Right, I... I... 

               Outside of the head master's room is a main hallway which
               runs the length of the school. At the end the doors are
               locked and figures beat their bodies slowly against them,
               their shapes bouncing on the glass. Mr. Conners sighs and
               takes a moment. In the silence, we can hear the zombies
               banging themselves against the doors and windows. Echoing
               down the hall.

                                   MS. ROBSON (O.S.)
                         Well...

               He hangs up. The children all sit and wait. Mr. Conners
               crouches before them and holds his hands out, at a loss.

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         ... OK Children, Ms. Robson, I've
                         spoken to the authorities. And
                         whatever is happening, is happening
                         all over. We are not alone. And we
                         won't be alone.
                         They'll come here and get us as
                         soon as they can. They just...
                         There is a lot going on. With the
                         train crash last night and now
                         this. But regardless, I want you
                         all to try and keep calm. I know
                         its scary. But we're safe inside
                         here. And we just need to keep to
                         ourselves and wait... And we'll be
                         fine... OK?

               The children nod and agree, keeping strong for their
               teachers. Brandon looks over to Sophie and puts his hand on
               her shoulder. She tries to smile back at him, but doesn't
               manage more than a smirk. She looks out toward the windows,
               uneasy.

                                                         FADE TO BLACK.



               CREDITS ROLL AS THE NEXT FEW SCENES MONTAGE



               INT. THE SCHOOL, CAFETERIA - EVENING

               The teachers safeguard the children as they all eat together
               in the cafeteria, the room is intended for a lot more than
               just 10 people. They look small huddled at the table.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, MAIN HALLWAY - NIGHT

               Ms. Robson takes the girls into the ladies toilets while Mr.
               Conners takes his group into the boys. Keeping everyone
               together.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - NIGHT

               The teachers put together some make shift beds, for the kids
               to sleep on in the office. Taking some cloth from the other
               rooms. They make sure to tuck Tommy in.

                                   TOMMY
                         Thank you.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, MAIN HALLWAY - THE NEXT DAY

               The kids all play with Ms. Robson, kicking a ball around in
               the hallway while Mr. Conners looks out of a side window.
               Watching a few of the mysterious figures walk around. They
               have blood on them and Mr. Conners is terrified. 

               At the main doors, he checks the chains are tight. When he
               looks out the window here, he can see blood and bodies on the
               ground, including some of the other kids who were killed when
               they first opened the doors. He sighs.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - EVENING

               They have pulled a TV into the room and they all watch the
               news report that a train has derailed near the edge of town
               (This shows the town from an aerial standpoint, its a small
               town of about 2000 people) 

                                   NEWS REPORTER
                             (Indistinct)
                         --Overwhelmed. First reports
                         suggest this infection may have
                         been caused by this tragic train
                         derailment which led to the loss of
                         an estimated 200 lives. The MOD has
                         issued a statement that this string
                         of violence is in fact nationwide
                         and these individuals do appear to
                         be infected with some sort of
                         disease or virus. They're calling
                         it a pandemic. Pictures are pouring
                         in from other cities which
                         highlight similar scenes of chaos.
                         In this harrowing time, remember,
                         viewers are urged to stay in doors
                         and keep away from windows.

               As the screen turns to even more images of violence and
               devastation from across the whole country, Mr. Conners nods
               to Ms. Robson to turn it off. They put on some SpongeBob. The
               kids all stare at it without one smile.

               At the back of the room, Brandon sits beside Sophie, her face
               drained of color. He tries to put his arm around her but she
               shrugs him off. She looks away.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - THE NEXT DAY

               Sophie stands before Mr. Conners. Behind them, Tommy plays
               with a ball, hitting it against the wall and catching it.

                                   SOPHIE
                         - But if they did?

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         I promise, we're safe here. We have
                         to believe that or-

               Tommy's ball bounces into the hallway.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, MAIN HALLWAY

               Tommy chases a ball down into the hallway and he can hear the
               banging, getting louder at the doors and windows. Curious, he
               approaches the noise at the window. It's just above his head
               height. Tommy gets closer and puts his hand on the window
               sill. 

               He tries to pull himself up - just as one of those things
               faces comes into view - Mr. Conners pulls him back. Back in
               the office, Sophie steps back and away.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - DAY

               Mr. Conners come in with a few cricket bats and hockey
               sticks. This draws looks from the room.

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         Just in case...

                                   LINDSEY
                         In case of what?

                                   SOPHIE
                         What do you think?

               He drops the bats and things on the floor with a clatter.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, CAFETERIA - DAY

               The cafeteria is empty and the cupboards in the kitchen
               spread out and open. Large windows in here have shapes
               beating against them. 



               INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - EVENING

               The kids now eat in the office. Mr. Conners looks out the
               window again, there is more of them people wandering around.
               Some of the bodies are gone... Still no sign of police. He
               looks grimly to Ms. Robson. She nods.

                                   SALLY (O.S.)
                         I don't know. They are taking real
                         good care of us, I guess. I miss
                         you. Why can't you come get me?
                         They told us to wait too. Yeah, I
                         saw on the TV the roads are closed.
                         But can't-Yeah.Oh, Andy's OK? Good.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - EVENING

               The kids are taking turns on the phone. Mr. Conners taps his
               watch. Sally nods.

                                   SALLY
                         OK, well, I have to go now. We're
                         taking turns. see you soon too.
                         Goodnight.

               She hangs up the phone. Mr. Conners dials for Tommy and he
               steps up to the phone, near tears.

                                   TOMMY
                         Mommy? Take me home. I don't want
                         to be here anymore.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, MAIN HALLWAY - THE NEXT DAY

               Mr. Conners takes the kids to the bathroom and tries the
               light switch - but nothing happens. He sighs.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, CAFETERIA - EVENING

               We see the doors to the refrigerator wide open, things strewn
               across the ground. No noise coming from it.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - NIGHT

               The kids all eat from a box of defrosting food by candle
               light. Ms. Robson tries the phone and shakes her head at Mr.
               Conners. He watches the kids a moment and puts his head in
               his hands.

               Sophie sits at the back of the room. Brandon takes some food
               to her and offers it. She takes it reluctantly. Still in a
               state of depression and shock.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, MAIN HALLWAY - THE NEXT DAY

               The noises at the door are even louder now. Mr. Conners
               stands looking toward the door, and then the windows. The
               ZOMBIES are now at the windows full-time, rubbing their
               bodies against the glass. He has a chance to look them over.
               They are clearly dead. He doesn't know what to do. 

                                   MS. ROBSON
                         Still the same?

               Ms. Robson stands behind him. He turns to her gravely.

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         Miss Johnson is at the door... I
                         saw her die last week.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - EVENING

               Ms. Robson recoils into the room, upset. Sean and Callum are
               fighting about something, hitting at each other and a
               Nintendo 3DS slides across the floor. Ms. Robson grabs them
               both by the collar and pulls them back. 

                                   MS. ROBSON
                         You two! Stop it now! Stop acting
                         like a couple of spoiled brats! I
                         can't take it! 

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         Calm down! Ms. Robson... Emily!
                         It's OK. Kids, listen...

               Mr. Conners stoops down and pulls the kids close. Ms. Robson
               walks off to tend to the other kids, holding back her tears
               of frustration.

                                   SEAN
                         We're sorry.

               Callum shoots a look like 'speak for yourself!'

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         It's OK. She's not mad at you.
                         We're all a bit frayed... This is
                         all going on a lot longer than we
                         expected, its just... A hard time.
                         You kids have to be brave. We have
                         to be tolerant of each other. 

                                   TOMMY
                         What's tolerant?

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         It means we keep each other
                         together, Tommy. We're all friends
                         here, right? We're all going to
                         keep each other safe. 

                                   JULIE
                         Mr. Conners, is anyone ever coming?

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         Of course they are, Julie. Of
                         course they are.
                         We just stay here for now. Can you
                         kids all be brave? For me and Ms.
                         Robson? 

                                   SEAN AND CALLUM
                         Yes, Mr. Conners...

               The kids all kind of nod in agreement. Sophie keeps to
               herself in the corner on a bed. Her face in folded arms.

                                                         FADE TO BLACK.

                                   MR. CONNERS (V.O.)
                         Everything will be fine. 

                                                             SMASH CUT:
                                                           THE SOUND OF
                                                         GLASS BREAKING



               INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - DAY

               Mr. Conners wakes and scrambles to his feet. He eases into
               the hallway. Wanting to not be noticed.  A few zombies have
               broken their way into the building and are falling in from
               the waist high broken glass, lifting themselves back up as
               they pile in on top of one another. One of them has been
               bisected by the weight of the others on it and its upper
               torso still crawls towards the survivors.

               Mr. Conners quickly closes the door and locks it. Stands back
               from it.

                                   BRANDON
                         What's happening?

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         Nothing. Go back to bed.

                                   BRANDON
                         Bullshit.

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         Watch your tone, Mr. Campbell.

                                   MS. ROBSON
                         What do we do?

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         OK. Children. They're inside the
                         building. 

               The kids start to get upset, Mr. Conners turns to the room,
               his back to the door, holds his arms out, trying to shush
               them.

                                   MR. CONNERS (CONT'D)
                         But we're safe in here. It's OK.
                         Everyone just keep calm. We're-

               A bang at the door. Everyone eyes it. Lindsey hides her face
               and Julie holds her. Very slow banging now. Trying to get in.

                                   MR. CONNERS (CONT'D)
                         No, it's still OK.

                                   MR. CONNERS (CONT'D)
                         Children, listen. This door is
                         locked. They don't have the key.
                         So, we'll be fine. It's OK. 

               The kids scream. A zombie appears in the window beside the
               door. Mr. Conners quickly pulls the shade down to hide it. It
               beats softly on the glass.

                                   MR. CONNERS (CONT'D)
                         It's OK, it's OK... They'll realize
                         they can't get in and they'll move
                         on. We just need to wait. 

               Everyone looks uneasily at each other. 



               INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - LATER

               The kids try to read books or talk to one another but the
               banging at the door is more frequent now. More outside,
               coming in. Mr. Conners and Ms. Robson shoot each other
               questioning looks. Fear, hiding it for the kids. Sophie
               watches them intently. She knows. Sally stands forward.

                                   SALLY
                         I need to go to the bathroom.

               The two adults look unsure of what to do.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER

               Sally is behind the desk, peeing into a bowl. The other kids
               look either grossed out or find it funny, but the adults keep
               them from acting up. She finishes and looks bashful.

                                   MS. ROBSON
                         It's OK, sweetie. It's nothing to
                         be embarrassed about.

               Mr. Conners takes the bowl and reaches up high, opening the
               thin-slit windows at the end of the room and pours it
               outside.

                                   SEAN
                         Throw it on them things.

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         Ha. I'll try, Sean. Anyone else?

               Reluctantly, Tommy, Julie and even Ms. Robson (bashfully)
               lift their hands.

                                   MR. CONNERS (CONT'D)
                         OK... Number one?

               Julie puts her hand down... There is a collective groan in
               the room. 



               EXT. THE SCHOOL - EVENING

               Another pot of urine is thrown out the small slat window. We
               see it land on the ground ten or so feet below. A couple of
               zombies mill around. We also see this window borders onto a
               small roof.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - NIGHT

               The banging is worse and there are small cracks forming at
               the edges of the plaster work and glass around the window. A
               chair is propped against the handle of the door now, as it
               keeps being pressed down. It's a matter of time. One way or
               another. Mr. Conners whispers to Ms. Robson. Sophie watches
               them from across the room, suspicious.

                                   MS. ROBSON
                             (Quietly)
                         I couldn't. We need to wait.

                                   MR. CONNERS
                             (Quietly)
                         You've seen what those things can
                         do. They'll tear these kids apart.

                                   MS. ROBSON
                         I couldn't live with myself.

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         We may not have to, Emily...

               He reaches into his desk and pulls out a small flask. He
               hands it to her. She nods and takes a swig. Chokes quietly.
               She looks around the room. At the kids. Some trying to read
               or play little board games with each other. Some trying to
               sleep.

                                   MS. ROBSON
                         ... When?



               INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - LATER

               By candle light, the kids are all in their beds on the floor
               and Mr. Conners has a small treat. To drown out the sound of
               the zombies, he's putting up a little radio, the batteries
               have just enough juice to let them put some music on. They
               put some soothing music on.

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         This should make it easier to go to
                         sleep, guys.

                                   LINDSEY
                         Mr. Conners... Are people really
                         coming for us?

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         Of course they are. I'm sure
                         everything is going to be fine.
                         Just go to sleep, and keep your
                         strength up. 

               The kids are all listening, uneasy. 

                                   LINDSEY
                         Really? Before those things get in
                         here?

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         Yes. Lindsey, tomorrow... Will be a
                         brighter day. I promise.

                                   LINDSEY
                         OK. Thank you... Good night Julie.

                                   JULIE
                         Good night Lindsey.

               The two girls hold each others hand a moment and turn to go
               to sleep. Ms. Robson, fights tears, but the two adults are
               unsteady from drinking. Mr. Conners presses his hand to
               Lindsey's head.

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         Go to sleep now. It's OK.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, MAIN HALLWAY - NIGHT

               The hallway is now full of zombies who are slowly piling on
               the door and window to the office and it is partly giving
               way. The sounds of the music echoing down the halls.

                                                         FADE TO BLACK.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE - LATER

               The music has stopped and beside the banging there is some
               mild rustling noises. Sophie lazily opens her eyes. The scene
               comes into focus. The teachers are smothering the children.
               She scrambles up with a start.

                                   SOPHIE
                         Brandon! Wake up!

               Brandon comes to and sees what is happening, Ms. Robson has a
               pillow over Lindsey's face. He sees red and dives forward.

                                   BRANDON
                         What th - Get off my sister!

               Brandon grabs Robson from behind and swings her around and
               off Lindsey. She falls back and hits her face against the
               desk, splitting open her cheek, knocking her out. Brandon
               pulls the pillow off of Lindsey's face and asks her if she is
               OK. She's crying and sputtering.

                                   LINDSEY
                         What's happening?!

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         You don't know what you're doing!

               Mr. Conners back hands Brandon, knocking him back. Sophie
               dives up into action and pushes Conners down with all of her
               body weight. 

               Sally and Callum all get up and get on top of him as well,
               all screaming in fright. Sean stays in bed, watching, frozen.

                                   SOPHIE
                         Sean, help me!

               Sean gets up but just stands there. Conners is on his back,
               held down. He fights to get up. Lindsey moves over to Julie
               to help her.

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         I don't want to hurt you! 

               Brandon picks something up and scrambles over to see Lindsey
               crying, holding Julie in bed - her eyes open, staring. She's
               been smothered to death. 

                                   LINDSEY
                         Julie isn't waking up! Why won't
                         she wake up?

               Everyone goes quiet a moment. There is a collective stun in
               the room.

                                   MR. CONNERS
                         Get off me! They will come in here,
                         and they will kill us all! Don't
                         you unders-

               Brandon swings a hockey stick down in a wide arc. Slamming it
               into Mr. Conner's face. With one bloody crunch, he's dead.
               The kids all stare in disbelief. 

                                   SOPHIE
                         Jesus, Brandon, what...?!

                                   BRANDON
                         I... Had to!

                                   LINDSEY (O.S.)
                         Julie, wake up, wake up Julie,
                         please. Don't go.

                                   SALLY
                         Oh my god!

                                   SEAN
                         What do we do?

               They all turn to Lindsey. Holding Julie's body. Then look to
               Brandon. Tears streak some of their faces. Sophie is just
               stunned, mouth agape. She doesn't even notice the splash of
               blood on her face. 

               Brandon pants and looks around, dazed. The banging at the
               door brings Brandon back to reality. He scans the room
               hastily. The teachers, dead? Those things at the door. The
               window...

                                   BRANDON
                         ... We... Have to leave. Now. Get
                         your backpacks... Do it! All of
                         you!

               He accentuates do it, launching the kids into motion. Sophie
               reaches under one of the beds and pulls Tommy up off the
               ground. He's been covering his face and sucking his thumb. As
               she grabs him, he squeals.

                                   SOPHIE
                         It's OK, it's me, you're OK. You're
                         OK.

               She shields his eyes and holds him close. Brandon thinks...

                                   BRANDON
                         Ah Sh... Over here. 

               Brandon reaches up and pulls himself through the thin window
               slit, barely fitting. 



               EXT. THE SCHOOL, ROOF - NIGHT

               The window borders a small roof, Brandon pulls himself onto
               it and quickly looks around. The music is barely audiable out
               here. He gets on his knees and sticks his arm through the
               window.

                                   BRANDON
                         Come on, I'll pull you up.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE

               Sophie first lifts Tommy and Brandon pulls him up and out the
               window. She holds her hands out for Sean next.



               EXT. THE SCHOOL, ROOF

               Brandon pulls Sean up. Tommy and Sean both step up from the
               small roof onto the main flat top. Next Sally... They stand
               and hold each other together. Confused.



               INT. THE SCHOOL, HEAD MASTER'S OFFICE

               Sophie pushes Callum up to Brandon, leaving her alone in the
               room. Before she can take Brandon's hand herself, Ms. Robson
               reaches over and pulls her leg. Her face covered in blood.
               Sophie kicks her off.

                                   MS. ROBSON
                         You can't leave me. Don't go.
                         Please. We took care of you.
                         Please...

               Sophie stares her down. Anger flashing across her face.



               EXT. THE SCHOOL, ROOF

               Brandon helps Sophie onto the roof and leads her up onto the
               flat top.

                                   BRANDON
                         You OK? You've got some...

               He touches his face. She realizes he means she has blood on
               her face. She wipes it off nervously, not wanting to look at
               her own hand. Brandon turns to the others.

               The kids all stand together in the dark. With no electricity,
               the city is pitch black and silent. The occasional moan and
               groan breaking the dull. 

                                   BRANDON (CONT'D)
                         Hello!

               He shouts into the night. No response.

                                   BRANDON (CONT'D)
                         Anyone, we need help, anyone?!
                         Anyone?

               No answer. On all sides, the streets are a black haze. No
               lights. No people. Just those things. They all look to each
               other, wordless, and wait. 

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