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16 INSERT

A CNN NEWS STORY: a live satellite feed from the deck of the Keldysh, intercut with the CNN studio.

ANNOUNCER

Treasure hunter Brock Lovett is best known for finding Spanish gold in sunken galleons in the Caribbean. Now he is using deep submergence technology to work two and a half miles down at another famous wreck... the Titanic. He is with us live via satellite from a Russian research ship in the middle of the Atlantic... hello Brock?

LOVETT

Yes, hi, Tracy. You know, Titanic is not just A shipwreck, Titanic is THE shipwreck. It's the Mount Everest of shipwrecks.

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17 INT. HOUSE / CERAMICS STUDIO

PULL BACK from the screen, showing the CNN report playing on a TV set in the living room of a small rustic house. It is full of ceramics, figurines, folk art, the walls crammed with drawings and paintings... things collected over a lifetime.

PANNING to show a glassed-in studio attached to the house. Outside it is a quiet morning in Ojai, California. In the studio, amid incredible clutter, an ANCIENT WOMAN is throwing a pot on a potter's wheel. The liquid red clay covers her hands... hands that are gnarled and age-spotted, but still surprisingly strong and supple. A woman in her early forties assists her.

LOVETT (V.O.)

I've planned this expedition for three years, and we're out here recovering some amazing things... things that will have enormous historical and educational value.

CNN REPORTER (V.O.)

But it's no secret that education is not your main purpose. You're a treasure hunter. So what is the treasure you're hunting?

LOVETT (V.O.)

I'd rather show you than tell you, and we think we're very close to doing just that.

The old woman's name is ROSE CALVERT. Her face is a wrinkled mass, her body shapeless and shrunken under a one-piece African-print dress.

But her eyes are just as bright and alive as those of a young girl.

Rose gets up and walks into the living room, wiping pottery clay from her hands with a rag. A Pomeranian dog gets up and comes in with her.

The younger woman, LIZZY CALVERT, rushes to help her.

ROSE

Turn that up please, dear.

REPORTER (V.O.)

Your expedition is at the center of a storm of controversy over salvage rights and even ethics. Many are calling you a grave robber.

TIGHT ON THE SCREEN.

LOVETT

Nobody called the recovery of the artifacts from King Tut's tomb grave robbing. I have museum-trained experts here, making sure this stuff is preserved and catalogued properly. Look at this drawing, which was found today...

The video camera pans off Brock to the drawing, in a tray of water. The image of the woman with the necklace FILLS FRAME.

LOVETT

...a piece of paper that's been underwater for 84 years... and my team are able to preserve it intact. Should this have remained unseen at the bottom of the ocean for eternity, when we can see it and enjoy it now...?

mov_scene169.jpg (8626 bytes)ROSE is galvanized by this image. Her mouth hangs open in amazement.

ROSE

I'll be God damned.

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18 EXT. KELDYSH DECK - NIGHT

CUT TO KELDYSH. The Mir subs are being launched. Mir Two is already in the water, and Lovett is getting ready to climb into Mir One when Bobby Buell runs up to him.

BUELL

There's a satellite call for you.

 

 

 

LOVETT

Bobby, we're launching. See these submersibles here, going in the water? Take a message.

BUELL

No, trust me, you want to take this call.

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19 INT. LAB DECK / KELDYSH - NIGHT

Buell hands Lovett the phone, pushing down the blinking line. The call is from Rose and we see both ends of the conversation. She is in her kitchen with a mystified Lizzy.

LOVETT

This is Brock Lovett. What can I do for you, Mrs... ?

 

BUELL

Rose Calvert.

 

LOVETT

mov_scene170.jpg (6005 bytes)... Mrs. Calvert?

 

ROSE

I was just wondering if you had found the "Heart of the Ocean" yet, Mr. Lovett.

Brock almost drops the phone. Bobby sees his shocked expression...

 

BUELL

I told you you wanted to take this call.

 

LOVETT

(to Rose)

Alright. You have my attention, Rose. Can you tell me who the woman in the picture is?

ROSE

Oh yes. The woman in the picture is me.

 

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20 EXT. OCEAN - DAY

SMASH CUT TO AN ENORMOUS SEA STALLION HELICOPTER thundering across the ocean. PAN 180 degrees as it roars past. There is no land at either horizon. The Keldysh is visible in the distance.

CLOSE ON A WINDOW of the monster helicopter. Rose's face is visible, looking out calmly.

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21 EXT. KELDYSH - DAY

 

Brock and Bodine are watching Mir 2 being swung over the side to start a dive.

BODINE

She's a goddamned liar! A nutcase. Like that... what's her name? That Anastasia babe.

BUELL

They're inbound.

 

Brock nods and the three of them head forward to meet the approaching hello.

BODINE

She says she's Rose DeWitt Bukater, right? Rose DeWitt Bukater died on the Titanic. At the age of 17. If she'd've lived, she'd be over a hundred now.

LOVETT

A hundred and one next month.

 

BODINE

Okay, so she's a very old goddamned liar. I traced her as far back as the 20's... she was working as an actress in L.A. An actress. Her name was Rose Dawson. Then she married a guy named Calvert, moved to Cedar Rapids, had two kids. Now Calvert's dead, and from what I've heard Cedar Rapids is dead.

The Sea Stallion approaches the ship, BG, forcing Brock to yell over the rotors.

LOVETT

And everybody who knows about the diamond is supposed to be dead... or on this ship. But she knows about it. And I want to hear what she has to say. Got it?

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22 EXT. KELDYSH HELIPAD

IN A THUNDERING DOWNBLAST the helicopter's wheels bounce down on the helipad.

Lovett, Buell and Bodine watch as the HELICOPTER CREW CHIEF hands out about ten suitcases, and then Rose is lowered to the deck in a wheelchair by Keldysh crewmen. Lizzy, ducking unnecessarily under the rotor, follows her out, carrying FREDDY the Pomeranian. The crew chief hands a puzzled Keldysh crewmember a goldfish bowl with several fish in it. Rose does not travel light.

HOLD ON the incongruous image of this little old lady, looking impossibly fragile amongst all the high tech gear, grungy deck crew and gigantic equipment.

BODINE

S'cuse me, I have to go check our supply of Depends.

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23 INT. ROSE'S STATEROOM / KELDYSH - DAY

Lizzy is unpacking Rose's things in the small utilitarian room. Rose is placing a number of FRAMED PHOTOS on the bureau, arranging them carefully next to the fishbowl. Brock and Bodine are in the doorway.

LOVETT

Is your stateroom alright?

 

ROSE

Yes. Very nice. Have you met my granddaughter, Lizzy? She takes care of me.

LIZZY

Yes. We met just a few minutes ago, grandma. Remember, up on deck?

ROSE

Oh, yes.

Brock glances at Bodine... oh oh. Bodine rolls his eyes. Rose finishes arranging her photographs. We get a general glimpse of them: the usual snapshots... children and grandchildren, her late husband.

ROSE

There, that's nice. I have to have my pictures when I travel. And Freddy of course.

(to the Pomeranian)

Isn't that right, sweetie.

LOVETT

Would you like anything?

 

ROSE

I should like to see my drawing.

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24 INT. LAB DECK, PRESERVATION AREA

Rose looks at the drawing in its tray of water, confronting herself across a span of 84 years. Until they can figure out the best way to preserve it, they have to keep it immersed. It sways and ripples, almost as if alive.

TIGHT ON Rose's ancient eyes, gazing at the drawing.mov_scene171.jpg (6534 bytes)

25 FLASHCUT of a man's hand, holding a conte crayon deftly creating a shoulder and the shape of her hair with two efficient lines.

26 THE WOMAN'S FACE IN THE DRAWING, dancing under the water.

27 A FLASHCUT of a man's eyes, just visible over the top of a sketching pad. They look up suddenly right into the LENS. Soft eyes, but fearlessly direct.

28 Rose smiles, remembering. Brock has the reference photo of the necklace in his hand.

LOVETT

Louis the Sixteenth wore a fabulous stone, called the Blue Diamond of the Crown, which disappeared in 1792, about the time Louis lost everything from the neck up. The theory goes that the crown diamond was chopped too... recut into a heart-like shape... and it became Le Coeur de la Mer. The Heart of the Ocean. Today it would be worth more than the Hope Diamond.

ROSE

It was a dreadful, heavy thing.

(she points at the drawing)

I only wore it this once.

 

LIZZY

You actually believe this is you, grandma?

 

ROSE

It is me, dear. Wasn't I a hot number?

 

 

LOVETT

I tracked it down through insurance records... and old claim that was settled under terms of absolute secrecy. Do you know who the claimant was, Rose?

ROSE

Someone named Hockley, I should imagine.

LOVETT

Nathan Hockley, right. Pittsburgh steel tycoon. For a diamond necklace his son Caledon Hockley bought in France for his fiancée... you... a week before he sailed on Titanic. And the claim was filed right after the sinking. So the diamond had to've gone down with the ship.

(to Lizzy)

See the date?

LIZZY

April 14, 1912.

 

LOVETT

If your grandma is who she says she is, she was wearing the diamond the day Titanic sank.

(to Rose)

And that makes you my new best friend. I will happily compensate you for anything you can tell us that will lead to its recovery.

ROSE

I don't want your money, Mr. Lovett. I know how hard it is for people who care greatly for money to give some away.

BODINE

(skeptical)

You don't want anything?

ROSE

(indicating the drawing)

You may give me this, if anything I tell you is of value.

LOVETT

Deal.

(crossing the room)

Over here are a few things we've recovered from your staterooms.

mov_scene20.jpg (36248 bytes)Laid out on a worktable are fifty or so objects, from mundane to valuable. Rose, shrunken in her chair, can barely see over the table top. With a trembling hand she lifts a tortoise shell hand mirror, inlaid with mother of pearl. She caresses it wonderingly.

ROSE

This was mine. How extraordinary! It looks the same as the last time I saw it.

She turns the mirror over and looks at her ancient face in the cracked glass.

 

ROSE

The reflection has changed a bit.

She spies something else, a silver and moonstone art-nouveau brooch.

ROSE

My mother's brooch. She wanted to go back for it. Caused quite a fuss.

Rose picks up an ornate art-nouveau HAIR COMB. A jade butterfly takes flight on the ebony handle of the comb. She turns it slowly, remembering. We can see that Rose is experiencing a rush of images and emotions that have lain dormant for eight decades as she handles the butterfly comb.

LOVETT

Are you ready to go back to Titanic?

 

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