STEALTH MODE - CH.8
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.
HIGH SPEED NORTH ATLANTIC CHASE TO WARN EXTREMISTS OF DANGER
The Elizabeth Swann is pushed well above her theoretical limit, in chasing HMS Neptune.
"Skipper, we exceeded the maximum hull speed rating five kilometers ago. Should we perhaps dial it down?"
"Thanks Hal, but those guys are in serious danger of dying from nuclear radiation."
"John has a point," said Cleopatra. "Dan?"
"We must protect the Swann, at the same time, lives are at stake. It's a tough call."
The Elizabeth Swann was on foils, knife edge balanced, with sponsons retracted, for minimum drag, doing 35 knots, with breezes over 40 knots as the wind and currents helped. HMS Neptune was close on 25 knots submerged, rising to 30 knots as they passed the Bay of Biscay. Fortunately, John had given chase almost immediately Hal reported traces of radioactive particles in the water. ...
OUT INTO THE NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
As HMS Neptune powered south, toxic radioactive waste was leaking into the sea at an increasing rate, commensurate with the speed of the underwater ship, and the energy needed to produce the additional thrust for propulsion. They passed exited the English Channel with the Astute's steam turbines racing. This was no RIMPAC exercise.
"That sub sure can move."
"True, faster than you'd believe. Incredible. But it is a hunter killer, Dan."
"At this speed, so are we Skip."
The Swann breezed up to 45 knots briefly.
"Holy mackerel. Did you feel that?"
Just then Hal received a radio alert.
"Captain, there's a Mr Wallace on line, begging your attention."
"Wallace? I don't know any Wallace."
John made himself comfortable to take the call. "Okay. Hello, Mr Wallace. We're in the middle of something, what's this all about?"
"Mr Storm? Commander Storm?"
"Yes, and no."
"Can we treat this conversation as confidential?"
"If you tell me what it's all about." John asked Hal to check the caller out, without speaking. Hal responded, similarly. "Keep him talking Skip."
"Well, bluntly, I believe you are in pursuit of HMS Neptune. Am I right?"
"You've picked up a radiation scent?"
Hal came back off air. "He's MOD, BAE Systems. In operations, quality control. Submarines. He's for real"
"Yes William. It's one of yours.
"Oh. You know who I am."
Storm spots the Astute sub as they surface, the Swann goes into stealth mode, but is detected as John radios the extremists to warn of radiation leakage.
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.