Petry System Family Wision USA

presents

(a spec'script)

The Great Space Race
-of the twenty-first century-

a science fiction romantic comedy adventure, G-PG

Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry, Strategic-Director
a Wision--Sesquatercet USA production

Three billionaires launch three space shuttles in an
eccentric space-race to the moon backside, and back.

"And they're off ... way-way-way-way off!"

(a division of Lanthus Corporation)

[index][screenplay][music][sets&settings][budget][prospectus][roles][casting and crews]
[feature movie] Updating the '60's genre of daring automobile and airplane great races, with Space Shuttles ... It takes a rare breed of billionaire to shoot for the moon ... When Sheik Al Faseti's little boy discovers the all-inclusive diskette icon also saves to the hard-drive, crashing the country's security computer, the stern oily-smirker billionaire Sheik launches the gauntlet, challenging the funning computer mogul-nerd Billiard T. Flops; and the President calls on executive little-squirt tycoon Rossender Payrol, and ... Three eccentric billionaires launch three Space Shuttles in an eccentric great space-race to the moon backside and back!-- "Well, it's just not fair, Mr. President: This is no political virtual-reality race: This is the reality of virtually the entire space-race in this third new millennium! ... Voo-doo astronomics ... Black wire connects black, Blue wire to blue, Cordovan ... Who dropped the shoelace? ... Don't quit now: We've still got the finish-line on the radar! ... We are pleased to announce that your destination has been reconnected. Please, hang up and try again!"
This movie may be done in regular HDDV-3DDV, or for theatric effect shot on-location (eg. outer-space) in electronic ultra-resolution large-format HDD-IMAX (70mm-eqv. 1.78, e-cinerama 2.67, or e-imax 1.19) --
The movie shall be available digitally recorded widescreen 2:1 stereo'eyes'ed 4Mpx 30 fps released on 3D-HD-DVD, HDDVideo, standard 35mm film (telecined celluloid), home-theater HDTV/DVD/DTV, VCR etc. (Stereo'eyes'ed 3.5-D is viewable with white sexichrome or polarized safety-goggles; The advantage of digital is its reproducibility for the future of both broadcast and movie-house.) The initial shoot shall be direct to gigabyte hard-drive; wavelet-compressed and copy-saved to DVD+RAM;- the digitized sound and music edited in synchronized frames-fractions of a second. Image generation shall be further enhanced and assisted by state-of-the-art computer facility.
[Music specified in this screenplay is the Strategic Director's selection from hundreds of CD's of existing works by artists whose timbre and lyrics fit each onscreen activity, and is not otherwise representative of project SesQuatercet and its purposes]

Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry, independent research scientist, is the author of FUNDAMENTAL CONTROVERSES: Christian Science Class Instruction, taking-up the Holy Biblical Scripture as a synopsis of mankind's Scientific purpose on Earth, (web-published); and as well, Project NEMO advanced-topics science articles base including his 1984 discovery of presolar remnant star core Pluton. A 1973 UCSD graduate, BA, Mathematics Dept., Mr. Petry is a former crypto-Tempest digital electronics engineer with former Linkabit Corp. of San Diego, CA, in digital radio satellite communications systems for the former SAC Command Post. He has also served as Board Of Regents Appointee Lecturer in mathematics at UH Manoa, HI; and Vice President on his prior branch Church Executive Board, Eighth of San Diego; and is Founder and current Trustee-Director of The Son Dey School of Christ Science, the erstwhile project 'lambhorn'; And, since 2001, is President CEO of Lanthus Corporation and Director of its Surrogate Executive Accessions Management, and its new-market PubNatSec and pdqbanking divisions. Mr. Petry writes science docudrama, science-hypercubed, science-scenario, feature screenplays, based on satellite photography, Biblical astronomical fact, correlative scientific Scriptural exegesis, and mathematical induction, in his repertoire at Wision--Sesquatercet USA productions (registrar; division of Lanthus Corp), where he is also Strategic Director and Principal Screenwriter; He has several more works in research and development.
As profferred Adult.Basic.Educator to the Internet, Mr. Petry acts as liaison to scientific organizations primarily in the cosmo-thematical studies, mankind's common past and connected future, presenting science in an entertaining redacted format.
[Mr. Petry also maintains several websites and posts on usenet news-groups and forums in the mathematics, sciences, technologies, digital electronics and computer engineering, and USA Presidential political-campaigning]

Abstract, Sketch, Summary

"And they're off ... Way-way-way-way off!"

This is the classic erudite comic race:-- [Famous Patriarchs] return
in
The Great Space Race

TITLE: The Great Space Race (of the 21st century)

WORKING TITLE: The Great Space Race

ALT TITLE: onmousewayoff

PITCH:
IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD SPACEBALLS ARMAGEDDON in THE GREAT RACE.

BILLED AS: The Moon Is On Line 2
ALT.-BILLING: Manic Moon Daze

DIRECTOR: (tbd)

ROLES:
Bill Flops [Hot Property Adult Male] is the tall funning computer mogul-nerd
Marcia Toots [Hot Property Adult Female] is his tall bespectacled secretary
Ross Payrol [Famous Property Master Male] is the executive little-squirt tycoon
Dacy (dear) [Established Property Teen Female] is his teenager [grand] daughter
Sheik Al Faceti [Famous Property Terry-Thomas-type] is the stern neo-Arabian oil-smirker
Hammed [Choice Property Child Male] is his cute little boy
Samir Rayhan [Classic Choice Property Adult Male hunk-type] is the Sheik's Personal Secretary-Aide
4-5 Female News Reporters [Choice Property Adult Female giggly-types] are his stowaways
Cony Turtis [Famous Patriarch Tony-Curtis-type] is the race-promoting mayor of Vandenberg
Lec Jammon [Famous Patriarch Jack-Lemmon-type] is the race-promoting mayor of Canaveral
Con O'Ceanery [Famous Patriarch Sean-Connery-type] is the race-promoting mayor of Baikonur
Arabs:
10 (little) Sheiks of Al-Hamzah Dell [munchkin-types]
Russians:
4-6 Technocrats, Mayor, 9 Mayors
dinner-theater crowd
news desk female reporters, crew
Italians:
bazaar-full, clerks#1-3
4 Police Officers+Chief [handsome-spaghetti-western-caricature-types]
Americans:
news desk female reporters, crew
USA Vandenberg space launch facility:
engineers, technicians
USA Canaveral space launch facility:
engineers, technicians
RUS Baikonur space launch facility:
engineers, technicians
NASA:
5 administrators
Houston launch coordination team
Chinese:
2 Official Commerce Officials

The PLOT:

When Sheik Al Faceti's little boy Hammed downs his country's security system, the Sheik blames computer mogul Bill Flops, challenging him in a Space Shuttle-to-moon race. The news media picks-up on Alfaseti and his Personal Secretary-Aide (a romantic hunk). The President cajoles Flops' spending-buddy Ross Payrol to watch after America's honor. The Shuttles are cargoed with extra propellant for a 2-day $100-million-per-entrant subsidized round-trip: Flops renovates California's Vandenberg AFB Shuttle launch facility; Alfaseti schemes to recover costs and accommodate Russia's Baikonur Byran launch site, selling seats to more sheiks; Payrol prepares to launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral; NASA-gurus plot Earth-moon race loops with mission-recoupments. A polite cutaway to the Sheik and Aide sandskiing.

D-minus-1: Morning Before Launch: All except the Aide meet in the Reagan Airport DC lounge.

D-0: Launch Shuttles Day, Aide stows-away female news-reporters. Mayors of the 3 towns impromptu as Race-promoters barking across continents and oceans, wrangling on every modern communications convenience-device: Valencia orange juice vs Naval vs "Orangerine" (orange+tangerine).

T-0: A Perfect Simultaneous Launch, Flops after breakfast, Payrol at noon, Alfaseti after matinee dinner-theater - Payrol and Dacy do weightless late lunch in space.

G-0: Gathering in orbit nose-and-nose passing Prima-Shave signs. Alfaseti's window-washer snows Flops just before the Go, but his shuttle sputters to orbital-stop: Aide EVA's cape-over-suit, hammers, restarts - then bronco-busters dangling weightless against the rear. Flops settles-in busying himself with MegloSoft routine. Dacy snacks, plays, naps, watches....
Hours later, Aide returns drenched, tube-showers below deck, where heavenly voices discover the female stowaways, who then cook, waitress, belly dance, for the Sheiks' disco-space-party; while Flops finishes his new video-game, dines with Marcia, and has an extraordinary space-mare dream; And Payrol puts Dacy to bed.

D-plus-1: Approaching The Moon, Alfaseti passes Payrol taking pictures of Earth, but lagging lengths behind Flops because of the extra weight, orders a closer back-side pass with boosters over the Engineer's objection to excess deceleration at Earth: They skim the moon back-side, stir-up a moon-dust storm gradually passing Flops, but graze a moon-geyser and spin-out. Payrol is last, blowing his intercom-horn ... exeunting radio-silence.

D-plus-2: Nearing Earth: Flops clips a TV satellite, rolling GovNews on Earth TV receiver-sets across China.
They pass through the Van Allen Belts during a frizzling solar ion storm....
Russia and USA launch anti-anti-ballistic-missile-missile-missiles - as there was no A-ABM-M treaty: Payrol promises his Presidential Election cheap-vote, Flops e-morphs.
All reenter Earth's atmosphere, Sheik late-but-faster spinning psychedelic neon-plasma colors surviving melted-bent by Russian design-diligence.
The famous NASA SR-71 leads them in a snaking speed-burn-off onto Florida.
Last-thought-of checkered-banner-flag jeeps race up the Kennedy Parkway to arrive ahead of the Shuttles descending behind them neck-and-neck: Flops and Alfaseti jostle landing on Runway 33, Alfaseti skiing its adjacent waterway, Payrol on the Parkway chasing Highway Patrol cruisers chasing the jeeps scattering motorists.

Police blockade the parkway beyond the runway-end access-road, a bit of police-handwaving-routine:
Banner-Jeeps, Highway Patrol, Payrol, fast-turn onto the connecting road.
Ambulances join from the north, followed by graduating law-students, Police, and public:
The banner-jeeps swerve oppositely around a seniorly female photographer, cross-wrapping her and her tripod:
All converging on said 'maypole', opposing to perfect stop, as race officials, media, sightseers arrive....
Crowds, roses, hugs, photos, measurements:-- Payrol is declared Nearest Winner, for not overly cheating.
The melody-chiming ice cream truck arrives followed by a lost-in-space-green motorist looking for Key West in the west:

THE END

THE SHEIK SCHEMED: to buy a $100M-after-subsidy shuttle ride for $200M outright by selling $200M oil to Star City for their cached gold-certificate rubles, then flood-spending $100M on race decor world-wide, dropping the suspicious market 10%, low-bid bargaining $1800M oil to 9 Russian towns for $1710M in rubles normally worth $1900M, effectually taxing $100M as his subsidy, recovering the market, publicizing his contract for a Russian space-shuttle ride, sending rubles up 10%, paying for his ride including $100M laundered gold-certificate rubles: Thus $2000M oil ultimately raking $2300M buys a $300M shuttle ride and luxuries: keeping the $2000M.


Acts Outline

  1. [act 1: saved to diskette]
  2. [act 2: threeway scheme]
  3. [act 3: shoot the moon]
  4. [act 4: homeward again]
  5. [act 5: a prize wrap-up]


Screenwriter: Raymond Kenneth Petry
Strategic Director: Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry, Director, Sesquatercet
Registrar: Wision--Sesquatercet USA (division of Lanthus Corporation USA)
Recipient: project NEMO Nuclear Emergency Management Organization
Registered Owner: Lanthus Surrogate Executive Accessions Management

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