PORT OF LISBON - CH.14
Atlantis has been the subject of countless films, as has Nazi gold and oil polluting our oceans, but never have all these elements come together under one roof as a submarine movie. Aiming for a screenplay 90-110 pages max.
THE ELIZABETH SWANN TOWS HMS NEPTUNE INTO LISBON HARBOR TO PROTECT FROM MOD
There was no time to lose. Hal was keeping a look out for HMS Surefire, a Royal Navy destroyer, sent from Plymouth to intercept and destroy the nuclear powered HMS Neptune. The Captain of HMS Surefire had been told to sink the hijacked submarine in deep water, even if the 'Terramentals' perished as a result, giving the reason that they were dangerous terrorists, rather than extreme conservationists, and the vessel would only be safe on the ocean bed. The MOD said they had to stop the Terramentals passing the Astute submarine to a foreign power, such as Russia. The kill order coming indirectly from Sir Rodney Dunbar.
Meantime, John was making preparations for making the Astute reasonably stable. This includes locking the control rods into a fully closed position and turning off all valves to and from the reactor and heat exchanger. Also, closing down all electrical equipment. The wrecking crew had head-torches and other equipment stashed in backpacks.
Dan chimed in; "And keep an eye on these radiation strips. When the bars get to nine, get out of there. That is the maximum safe dosage. Okay?"
They entered the stricken vessel, passing quickly into the engine room, then the outer reactor chamber. It was easier than they thought to shut down the valves manually. The radiation level was high. Too high for humans breathing normally.
Having completed those tasks John gave the signal to go topsides. "Okay, let's split. He signaled to get out of the steel coffin.
Back on the deck, John communicated with Hal wirelessly. Thinking: "Hal bring the Swann alongside, tight, reversed onto the nose of the leviathan."
The Terramentals noted the remarkable level of control John had on the Swan and crew, with so little communication. Almost as if he could speak to the ship telepathically.
Dan was on the diving platform of the Elizabeth Swann. John Max and Red moved forward. John had thought to weld a towing hitch to the hull of the Astute, but found there was already a mooring cleat that would suffice. All they needed to do was attach a pilot rope, and get that across to the Swann. ....
The problem would be slowing the vessel down, when coming into port. They would have to let go forward, and attach aft. ...
Working in unison, the Terramentals and John Storm, shut down Neptune's reactor & systems. They rig a tow, and haul the stricken submarine into port at Lisbon, having alerted the Marine Accident Investigation Board, to the problem, warning not to trust the MOD. The news media is given this information to prevent MI6 from sinking the Neptune, to get rid of their dirty laundry.
PROPOSED STORY MAP BY CHAPTER (90-110 pages) - ORDER CAN BE CHANGED: DRAFT SCREENPLAY
CHAPTER 1. PROTESTS - Peaceful North Sea oil pollution protestors are framed and imprisoned, by a corrupt judicial system.
CHAPTER 5. BBC WORLD SERVICE - Jill Bird reports Terramentals rig attacks, world shocked at pollution cover up. Charley Temple investigates.
CHAPTER 7. RADIATION ALERT - John & Dan twig radiation from HMS Neptune possible serious reactor damage. Must warn Terramentals.
CHAPTER 8. STEALTH MODE - Storm spots Astute sub, Swann in stealth mode, detected as John warns extremists of sub radiation leakage.
CHAPTER 9. CHANGE OF COURSE - Terramentals change course, heading for the Straits of Gibraltar. Not believing radiation warning.
CHAPTER 12. REACTOR LEAK - Terramentals realise John telling truth, as radiation rector damage detection system HMS Neptune triggers.
CHAPTER 13. RESCUE TOW - John rescues Terramentals. MI6 order Neptune sinking. MOD knew reactor dangerous, want evidence gone.
CHAPTER 14. LISBON PORT - Terramentals & Storm, shut Neptune's reactor. Tow, stricken submarine to Lisbon, prevent MI6 sinking evidence.
Disillusioned eco activists are imprisoned by the British, for peacefully protesting in London about unrealistically low fines for oil spills in the North Sea, demonstrating strictly in accordance with their Article 9 and 10 Human Rights. They are targeted by fossil fuel industry fraudsters, who bribe police officials and court judges to secure a conviction, with the backing of corrupt ministers of state who have undeclared personal investments in oil drilling companies: Amoco, BP, Shell, Total. That sets in motion a train of events, where, having been framed, the ever more determined environmentalists build a mini-sub, fast enough and especially equipped, to sink or capture Astute, Aukus and US Seawolf class submarines. Having captured HMS Neptune, the Terramentals torpedo a BP owned rig, also destroying two others (Shell), with the looming threat to target all 150 plus, operating in the North Sea. The oil producers are temporarily forced to shut down production, as a result of the significant media coverage and public outrage on realization of the pollution. The UN asks John Storm to provide a geodata survey on the environmental damage.
O P E R A T I O N N E P T U N E™
In this fictional story, the characters and events are the product of the author's imagination, save for real life character who it would not be appropriate to give fictitious names.
But even so, their actions are not those of the real characters, they portray in this original story.