FOUNDER

Logline: A teenage genius hijacks an untested time machine into a future where his is the most hated name in history.

FOUNDER is a feature-length screenplay by Josh Barkey. It was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2014 Page International Screenwriting Awards competition.

Please note: this excerpt has been formatted for a computer screen. So if you're reading on a cell phone or suchlike and it's all wonky... sorry. 

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FADE IN

INT. HALLWAY - NIGHT

JAYCE LOMAN (late teens) walks confidently down a long, narrow passage lined with a tangle of pipes and cables -- lit with a sickly, artificial glow.


Ventilation HUMS over it all.

We see Jayce in silhouette only, and his head is haloed with a cool-blue, electronic glow. He has a black-and-neon, vinyl backpack slung over his shoulder.


                         JAYCE
                Almost there.

A female, teenage VOICE (slightly tinny) responds.


                         VOICE
                You're welcome.

                         JAYCE
                As if. I coulda' got this far with my eyes 
                closed.

                         VOICE
                Then why didn't you?

                         JAYCE
                Because I--Hold on.

                         VOICE
                No, wai--

Jayce's halo disappears, as does the girl's voice.

Jayce ducks sideways into an alcove, his departure revealing the beam of light coming from a side passageway at the "T" intersection up ahead.

A tense, loaded silence, punctuated by the growing CLUMP, CLUMP, CLUMP of booted feet, and then a GUARD appears at the intersection.

The Guard turns, revealing a light attached to an automatic rifle -- which he shines in Jayce's direction.

Jayce FLATTENS against the wall, further into the shadows.

The Guard taps a fitted, matte-black band on his wrist, and a HOLOGRAPHIC RECTANGLE appears in the air in front of him: a hovering maze of passageways.

A light-green, BLINKING DOT marks his place at the "T"

A few other green dots move around the complex maze. All clear. The Guard clumps on.

Jayce peers out.


Our first good look at him reveals a thin, angular face with deeply-intelligent eyes.

He reaches out a hand translucently-gloved with a network of holographic, electronic-pathways, which are projected across the back of his hand from a wristband like the guard's.

Jayce twiddles his fingers.

A hearing-aid sized, matching device in his ear (called an earwig) projects a curved, translucent window in front of his face -- the source of the aforementioned halo.

Images and bits of data flash in front of him, reflecting off his bright, attentive eyes.

The one constant is a live video-image of a cute, curly-haired redhead -- whose VOICE we heard earlier.

Her USERNAME displays below her feed.

This is AERLI.

NOTE: Until otherwise indicated, all Aerli's interactions will be through Jayce's hologram -- speaking directly into his ear.


                         AERLI
                What the hell, dude?

Jayce steps fully into the hallway, and walks toward the "T" intersection.


                         JAYCE
                There was a guard.

                         Aerli
                What? Weren't you running the program
                I gave you?

Jayce twiddles his fingers again, and the same passage-maze the guard saw appears on his screen.

                         JAYCE
                I thought you were gonna ping me when they
                got close. I can't watch everything.

                         AERLI
                I could.

Jayce turns left at the "T"


                         JAYCE
                    (annoyed)
                Almost there. I'mma cut you off in
                case it echoes when I'm inside.

                         AERLI
                No. I wanna see what--

Jayce twiddles his fingers. Aerli disappears.

He steps into another alcove. On the wall: a ladder, with a security pad next to it.

The ladder leads to a HINGED GRATE on the floor.

Jayce twiddles his fingers again.

His earpiece projects a beam of light out at the pad. A floating, holographic image of a human eyeball appears at the end of the beam.

A light from the pad scans the eyeball. The grate CLICKS open.

Jayce pulls up the grate and crawls down the ladder, down into darkness.

INT. CHUTE - CONTINUOUS

Jayce climbs down, down, down, toward...

INT. LABORATORY - CONTINUOUS

The most advanced physics lab you've never been allowed to see, protected by an unbeatable security system... a system that's about to get pwned.

Activation-lights on cameras flicker off, then on. Rotating laser-arrays disappear. A panel lifts up from the roof overhead, and Jayce drops through the opening.



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Thanks for your interest! 


If you're an industry professional, feel free request the rest of this script by emailing jlbarkey at hotmail dot com.

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