Universal Pictures PAUL: Viral Concepts 10/22/10 SCRIPT #1 PIC: This concept positions Paul as the greatest intelligent being
the world has never heard of – mentor and guru to most brilliant and influential people of the last sixty years. Billboards and on-line banners appear featuring portrait-style images of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Steven Hawking, John Lennon, Mother Teresa, George W. Bush. Next to their faces are quotes, testifying to Paulʼs profound influence on them. “Paul Is Out of This World.” -- Steven Hawking “Iʼm Gaga For Paul.” -- Lady Gaga “Paul Inspired Me.” -- Mother Teresa “Paul Was My First Friend.” -- Mark Zuckerberg At the bottom of the billboard or banner, weʼll further build the mystery around, and interest in, Paul with the web address, www.whoispaul.com
Universal Pictures PAUL: Viral Concepts 10/22/10 SCRIPT #2 Do the people whoʼve changed the world credit Paul as in Concept #1 OR have they stolen all his ideas? Unlike Concept #1, this is one is A/V. We feature a montage of the great inventions with the famous people behind them: - Bill Gates with an early computer. - Steve Jobs holding an iPod. - Steven Hawking in front of a blackboard covered in a mind- boggling equation. - Mark Zuckerberg sitting in the Facebook offices. - Steven Spielberg with E.T. replica CARD: THE LAST 60 YEARS HAVE BROUGHT INCREDIBLE DISCOVERIES EXTRAORDINARY INVENTIONS AND POWERFUL IDEAS BUT THE MOST BRILLIANT THING THEYʼVE DONE IS STEAL ALL THE CREDIT FROM HIM PIC: PAUL: CARD: Reveal Paul. “The partyʼs over suckers.” IN 2011 MEET TITLE: PAUL
Universal Pictures PAUL: Viral Concepts 10/22/10 SCRIPT #3 PIC: Open on a high-tech device for listening to the cosmos. A jittery needle pens a jagged path across a grid. We hear faint, strange sounds registered by the needle. FOR DECADES WE HAVE PUT OUR EAR TO THE COSMOS LISTENING FOR ANY SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE PIC: Suddenly, we hear what sounds like… a burp? Then we hear it again – unmistakably a burp. THIS MARCH ONE OF THEM IS AMONG US PIC: PAUL: TITLE: PIC: PAUL: PAUL Paul back on camera – squats a little and closes his eyes for a beat. “Silent. But. Deadly.” Reveal Paul. He lets loose a long burp. “Wow. Sorry. Ate a closed pistachio.”
Universal Pictures PAUL: Viral Concepts 10/22/10 SCRIPT #4 PIC: Open of feature footage – play it deadly serious as we see lights of government helicopter coming through trees. SINCE 1941 THERE HAVE BEEN UNIDENTIFIED OBJECTS UNEXPLAINED PHENOMENA AND UNSOLVED MYSTERIES PIC: Reveal Graham and Clive staring at lights – now revealed as headlights - in disbelief Car crashes. They look into cabin. NARR: IN 2011 THE MOST CLASSIFIED SECRET EVER IS OUT PIC: PAUL: Paul standing in dark. We ADR: [sinister voice] “Take me to your leader.” [Normal voice] “No, totally messing with you. Iʼve always wanted to say that.” PAUL End on feature footage. Clive faints. Paul says he didnʼt set his fazer to “Faint.”
Universal Pictures PAUL: Viral Concepts 10/22/10 SCRIPT #5 PIC: Fade up on POV moving down a corridor in some state-ofthe-art facility. We move into an operating theater. Blinding surgical lights and trays of gleaming instruments. Through the gallery windows, stoic-faced men and women wait intensely. IN OCTOBER 2010 AFTER 50 YEARS OF SECRECY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT INVITED A SELECT GROUP OF WORLD LEADERS AND DISTINGUISHED SCIENTISTS TO AREA 51 PIC: Two government agents wheel a gurney, adjusted to a 45degree angle, into the room. On the gurney, a white sheet covers a body. A military official steps forward and addresses the gallery. “Ladies and gentlemen, behold the first ever physical specimen of an extraterrestrial.” The official pulls back the sheet to reveal itʼs just a bunch of pillows with the cartoon head of an alien drawn on the one where the head should be. A note pinned to a pillow reads “Adios suckers!!!” As the guards draw their guns, and the gallery gasps in horror, cut to SFX of emergency sirens over cards: CARD: IN 2011 HEʼS OUT THERE TITLE: PAUL
Universal Pictures PAUL: Viral Concepts 10/22/10 SCRIPT #6 PIC: A montage of preposterous and sensational headlines and pictures from the National Enquirer and whatever versions of it exists in other countries. EVERY YEAR THE GLOBAL TABLOID INDUSTRY MAKES BILLIONS OF DOLLARS PUTTING OUT COMPLETELY UNFOUNDED ACCOUNTS TOTALLY ABSURD STORIES AND WILDLY FLAGRANT LIES PIC: Transition to the headline: ALIEN KNOWN AS “PAUL” ESCAPES AREA 51, PARTIES WITH PARIS HILTON IN VEGAS PIC: PAUL: TITLE: PAUL 2011 Pull back to reveal Paul holding the paper, look up: “That next morning was rouuugh.”
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SCRIPT #7 PIC: Open on stock footage of satellite dishes, telescopes pointed toward the heavens. Transition to POV sweeping across the vast empty skies. FOR DECADES WE HAVE LOOKED TO THE STARS AND ASKED THE QUESTION IS OTHER INTELLIGENT LIFE OUT THERE? VOICE (OS): “Um, hello? Down here.” PIC: Camera searches hunts ground for source of voice:
VOICE (OS): “Over here, genius.” PIC: PAUL: PIC: TITLE: PIC: PAUL: PAUL Paul burps even louder and longer. “Oh, wow. That chalupa is not sitting well.” Camera finally locates Paul. “What up dog?” Burp.
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SCRIPT #8 PIC: This concept is another variation on the “PAUL WAS HERE” idea. Fade up on POV moving through the cosmos. Zoom in on a strange planet. GRAPHIC: PAUL WAS HERE POV warps through the galaxies, past Jupiter and Mars, zooming in on Earth. Google Maps-style push-in toward the southwest region of the United States. POV slams into earth. Light-flash transition to smoking crater in a field. On crater: GRAPHIC: PAUL WAS HERE POV from inside a car trunk as mysterious G-men slam it shut. Transition to an underground laboratory. Braces on an operating table are broken. Emergency sirens blare. GRAPHIC: PAUL WAS HERE POV moves outside, past a sign that reads “AREA 51”, toward impenetrable electrified fence, and through a hole in it. The metal edges glow red-hot and sparks jump. POV races at 50X-speed as we transition into feature footage of an unmarked car passing Graham and Cliveʼs RV, then careening off road. Then, Graham and Clive peering into cabin of overturned car. GRAPHIC: PIC: PAUL: PAUL WAS HERE Guys turn around to reveal Paul. [new dialogue] “That was the biggest rush since I crashlanded on Earth.” IN 2011 PAUL IS HERE
Universal Pictures PAUL: Viral Concepts 10/22/10 SCRIPT #9 PIC: Fake news broadcast. A female correspondent reports from in front of Comic-Con or some convention for believers in the extraterrestrial. Suddenly, conventioneers – some dressed as aliens or iconic sci-fi characters – stampede through the front doors of the building, screaming in terror. MAN #1: MAN #2: “Aaaalllieeen!” “Run for your lives!!” News camera shifts to convention hall front doors, where Paul walks out calmly. Camera falls to ground. From this point on, our only visual is the vanʼs tire from ground-level POV through a cracked lens. We only hear voices: PAUL: [to crowd, over screaming] “I thought Iʼd get a warmer reception at a sci-fi convention.” [sees camera crew] “Oh, hey! News people! You want the scoop on Area 51? Iʼm naming names!” CAMERAMAN: REPORTER: PAUL: CARD: “Holy God…” “Please donʼt probe us!” “Why does everyone assume we do that?!” IN 2011 MEET PAUL PIC: Through cracked camera: angle on tire as it peels away, then on Paul, pointing it at himself. “I think that went well.”
Universal Pictures PAUL: Viral Concepts 10/22/10 SCRIPT #10 PIC: This concept is Larry King Live. We open on the bespectacled, suspender-wearing host leaning forward toward the camera. “Good evening. Tonight is an incredibly special show... Since his existence came to light two weeks ago, the entire, and I do mean entire, world has been captivated by his story: Crash landed on planet earth in 1951. Held at Area 51 for the next 60 years, while putting his vast intellect to work on government projects as well as consulting Hollywood luminaries on some of the defining extraterrestrial films and television shows of all time. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Steven Spielberg and Steven Hawking have all come out and credited him for their success. Itʼs hard to believe he is sitting three feet from me right now… Ladies and gentlemen… Paul.” Reveal Paul across table, drinking out of a coffee mug that depicts his head. “Iʼll start right off: where did you come from?” “Wow, Larry. You ask some really probing questions… Get it? Because everyone think we abduct humans and probe them... Which we donʼt. For the record.” Larry just stares at Paul. Awkward silence. “Love the suspenders.” PAUL
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SCRIPT #11 PIC: This concept is a fake periodical called “aliennews.com” overlaid on top of the home page of major online news sites (nyt.com; latimes.com) and magazine sites (entertainmentweekly.com; wired.com). The overlays feature photos of Paul splashed everywhere accompanied by over-the-top headlines for sensational articles about the arrival of the worldʼs first and only extraterrestrial: Paul. Humorous headlines could include “60 Years at Area 51”, “Paulʼs Big Vegas Weekend” or “Al Gore: Paul Invented The Internet.” We would tailor the look and content of the aliennews.com page based on the site itʼs attached to. And of course, all articles would feature links to the Paul The Movie website.
Universal Pictures PAUL: Viral Concepts 10/22/10 SCRIPT #12 PIC: We open on the principal cast of film – Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch, Jason Bateman and Jon Heder – sitting in directorsʼ chairs behind the scenes of a film set for a junket-style interview. Itʼs a routine interview, and the actors cheerfully answer questions about film, working together. The subject turns to Paul. What was he like? The cast canʼt hold back. They agree that Paul was a nightmare to work with – a total diva given to meltdowns and tantrums if he didnʼt get exactly what he wanted when he wanted it. Suddenly, they all shut up as Paul walks onto the set. Itʼs awkward as Paul starts gushing about his own performance and what itʼs like to work with inferior actors. He takes a sip of his Starbucks, spits it out, and screams for an assistant. Camera turns to a freak-out twenty-year old standing off to the side. PAUL: “I donʼt know why this Machiatto is hot when I ASKED FOR IT SCALDING?! Paul hurls the cup off-screen, and turns back to the frozen, humiliated cast. “Iʼm a highly-evolved being with super-advanced intellect. He thought I wouldnʼt notice?!” PAUL
Universal Pictures PAUL: Viral Concepts 10/22/10 SCRIPT #13 CARD: PIC: BEFORE PAUL Montage of how boring life was before Paul – comedic videos of now silly, slow and boring things people did for entertainment and communication in the first half of the 20th century. Sock hops, watching the radio, Tiddly Winks, and other forms of old-timey preposterous entertainment. AFTER PAUL Life gets awesome and exciting – driving music cue as we see fast-paced, high-intensity montage of computers, cell phones, home gaming devices, iPods, camera phones, and pretty much everything that has made life cool in the digital age. THIS MARCH PAUL MAKING OUR PLANET AWESOME SINCE 1951 PIC: Pull back to reveal all the images weʼve seen playing in a giant mosaic. As we pull even farther back, we see Paulʼs face appear from the mosaic of thousands.