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 Racing along a cratered dirt road, and we are -


         INT. LAND CRUISER JOSTLING OVER UNEVEN TERRAIN - DAY
         Three Hooded Men guarded by East European Militia. A third
         Militia drives. Next to him is a nervous, bespectacled man.


         EXT. AIRSTRIP, EASTERN EUROPE - DAY
         An airstrip overlooking a grey city rocked by artillery
         fire. A bland CIA Operative, flanked by Special Forces Men,
         stands in front of a commuter plane. CIA Man watches the
         Land Cruiser pull up, hard. The Militia Men jump out of the
         vehicle.
         The Driver shoves the bespectacled man in front of the CIA
         Man.
          2.



                         CIA MAN
          Dr. Pavel, I'm CIA.
         Dr. Pavel nods, nervous. CIA Man hands the Driver a
         briefcase.


                         DRIVER
          He wasn't alone.
         CIA Man, confused, spots the Hooded Men. He turns to Dr.
         Pavel.


                         CIA MAN
          You don't get to bring friends.
          DR. PAVEL
                         (SHAKEN)
          They are not my friends.
                         DRIVER
          Don't worry, no charge for them.
                         CIA MAN
          Why would I want them?
                         DRIVER
          They were trying to grab your
          prize. (Smiles.) They work for the
          mercenary. The masked man.


                         CIA MAN
                         (EXCITED)
          Bane?
         The Driver nods. CIA Man turns to his Special Forces Men.


                         CIA MAN
          Get 'em on board - I'll call it in.



         EXT. SKIES OVER MOUNTAIN RANGE - DAY
         The commuter plane struggles over snow-capped mountains.


         INT. MAIN CABIN, COMMUTER PLANE - CONTINUOUS


         The three Hooded Men kneel by the cargo door, handcuffed.
         CIA Man grabs Hooded Man 1.
                         CIA MAN
          What are you doing in the middle of
          my operation?
          3.


         Hooded Man 1 says nothing. CIA Man pulls out a handgun.
          The flight plan I just filed with
          the Agency lists me, my men, and
          Dr. Pavel here. But only one of
          you.
         CIA Man opens the cargo door. Special Forces hang Hooded Man
         1 out into the howling wind - CIA Man shouts above the wind.


                         CIA MAN
          FIRST ONE TO TALK GETS TO STAY ON
          MY AIRCRAFT! (Cocks weapon.)
          SO...WHO PAID YOU TO GRAB DR.
          PAVEL?!


         Nothing. CIA Man fires out the open door and the Special
         Forces yank Hooded Man 1 back in, clubbing him quiet.
                         CIA MAN
          HE DIDN'T FLY SO GOOD! WHO WANTS TO
          TRY NEXT?!


         The Soldiers grab Hooded Man 2, hang him out the door.
                         CIA MAN
          TELL ME ABOUT BANE! WHY DOES HE
          WEAR THE MASK?!


         The prisoner says nothing. CIA Man presses the gun to the
         man's hood - he cocks the gun...nothing.
                         CIA MAN
          LOT OF LOYALTY FOR A HIRED GUN!


          THIRD PRISONER (O.S.)
          Or he's wondering why someone would
          shoot a man before throwing him out
          of an aeroplane.


         CIA Man turns to the Third Prisoner. Shuts the cargo door.
                         CIA MAN
          Wiseguy, huh? At least you can
          talk. Who are you?


                         THIRD PRISONER
          We are nothing. We are the dirt
          beneath your feet. And no one cared
          who I was until I put on the
          mask...


         CIA Man, wary, approaches the Third Prisoner - pulls off his
         hood, revealing a dark mask with a breathing apparatus. The
         eyes behind it are cold. Still. This is Bane.
          4.



                         BANE
          Who we are does not matter. What
          matters is our plan.
                         CIA MAN
                         (FASCINATED)
          If I pull this off, will you die?
                         BANE
          It would be extremely painful.


                         CIA MAN
          You're a big guy -
                         BANE
          For you.


                         CIA MAN
                         (UNNERVED)
          Was being caught part of your plan?
                         BANE
          Of course. Dr. Pavel refused our
          offer in favor of yours. We had to
          know what he told you about us.
          DR. PAVEL
          Nothing! I said nothing!


                         CIA MAN
          Why not just ask him?
                         BANE
          He would not have told us.


                         CIA MAN
          You have methods.
                         BANE
          Him, I need healthy. You present no
          such problem.
         CIA Man laughs for the Special Forces' benefit. A heavy bass
         tone is rising. The Sergeant looks out the window.



         EXT. SKIES OVER MOUNTAIN RANGE - CONTINUOUS
         The commuter plane is dwarfed by a massive transport plane
         looming over it, dangerously close...
          5.



         INT. MAIN CABIN, COMMUTER PLANE - CONTINUOUS
         The plane lurches. The noise is building.
                         SERGEANT
          Sir?


                         CIA MAN
          Well congratulations, you got
          yourselves caught. What's the next
          step of your master plan?


                         BANE
          Crashing this plane...


         EXT. MOUNTAINS - CONTINUOUS


         The ramp of the transport opens... Four men leap out on
         tethers - dropping towards the commuter plane, two each
         side...



         INT. MAIN CABIN, COMMUTER PLANE - CONTINUOUS
         The Spacial Forces react to the turbulence from the plane
         above. CIA Man looks at Bane.
                         BANE
                         (RISING)
          With no survivors.
         A Special Forces soldier spins around - an Armed Man is
         outside the window. Bang -



         EXT. SKIES OVER MOUNTAIN RANGE - CONTINUOUS
         Two men shoot through the windows, the other two attach
         grapples to the fuselage - give the thumbs up - hoists start
         to pull and the tail of the commuter plane is lifted,
         unnaturally.


         INT. COCKPIT, COMMUTER PLANE - CONTINUOUS
         The Pilots battle the controls as the plane tilts forward.
          6.



         INT. MAIN CABIN, COMMUTER PLANE - CONTINUOUS
         Like lightning, Bane has the CIA Man is his handcuffed arms,
         legs wrapped around a seat back, The entire cabin upends.
         Tumbling chaos - Soldiers falling - Bane cracks CIA Man's
         neck and drops him onto the Sergeant - they tumble down the
         plane, smashing into the cockpit door with a terminal thud.
         Dr. Pavel, strapped in, pushes against the seat in front of
         him - the plane vibrates, trying to tear itself apart.



         EXT. ATLAS MOUNTAINS - CONTINUOUS
         The men climb the tail of the smaller plane as it dangles
         helplessly above the mountains. Its wings shear off.



         INT. MAIN CABIN, COMMUTER PLANE - CONTINUOUS
         Bane breaks his handcuffs as if they were plastic, then
         opens his legs and drops down the cabin, somersaulting
         gracefully and using his arms to stop himself halfway down,
         by Dr. Pavel.


         EXT. SKIES OVER MOUNTAIN RANGE - CONTINUOUS
         The men attach explosives to the tail, then jump away,
         swinging out as the tail explodes.


         INT. MAIN CABIN, COMMUTER PLANE - CONTINUOUS
         An explosion takes off the rear door of the cabin - the
         Armed Men drop through the smoke on cables.
         A body bag is lowered into the cabin. Bane lies it on the
         seat backs next to Dr. Pavel and unzips it to reveal a body
         the same age and build as Dr. Pavel.


         Bane rips Dr. Pavel's sleeve - pulls out a length of
         surgical tubing - pushes a needle into Dr. Pavel's arm -
         runs the tube to the body's arm... Dr. Pavel watches,
         horrified, as Bane starts compressions on the body's chest,
         drawing Dr. Pavel's blood across the tube and into the
         body...


         An Armed Man pulls Hooded Man 1 up through the cabin and
         out. Bane stops Hooded Man 2.
          7.



                         BANE
          Friend. They expect one of us in
          the wreckage.
         The man nods, unhooks himself, takes Bane's arm.


                         HOODED MAN 2
          Have we started the fire?
                         BANE
                         (NODS)
          The fire rises.
         Hooded Man 2 hands Bane his line. Bane clips it around Dr.
         Pavel, takes out a knife and cuts Dr. Pavel's seat belt. Dr.
         Pavel panics, flails. Bane takes his arms. Gentle.


                         BANE
          Calm, Doctor. Now is not time for
          fear...
         Bane slides Dr. Pavel out of his seat. They hang in the
         vertical, windblown cabin. Bane takes out a detonator.


                         BANE
          That comes later.
         Bane presses the detonator - the cabin drops from around
         them, revealing the terrifying drop to the peaks below. Dr.
         Pavel screams as they are hoisted up towards the transport,
         and we -
Abbacchio

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