The Ark by Lance West | Script Revolution

The Ark

When a man-made virus turns most of humanity into ravenous cannibals, a surviving scientist forms an uneasy alliance with an infected man, he once conducted experiments on, to attack a mountain stronghold containing those responsible.



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Our story begins after an unknown virus infects a small town. The inhabitants have mutated into cannibalistic wild beasts and are quarantined in the towns high school gymnasium. Brian, a young scientist working on a cure, escorts a visiting delegation of government and military officials to see Patient Twenty-One, an infected man that is responding well to an experimental treatment. During their visit, Patient Twenty-One outwits his captures and escapes, sending the delegation running for their lives. The infection spreads quickly.

One year after losing containment, Brian roams the countryside searching for survivors while fighting off the infected. Traveling back near the town where it all began, Brian watches helplessly as Patient Twenty-One and his legions of wild humans attack and devour a convoy of survivors. Alone and losing hope, Brian decides to lure Patient Twenty-One and his army to an abandoned town for one final battle. After two days of intense fighting, Brian is knocked unconscious and captured.

Brian wakes in the high school gymnasium, locked inside Patient Twenty One’s old cage. Patient Twenty-One shares a top-secret file left behind by the visiting delegation one year earlier. The file sheds light on the virus and its true origins. It was developed as a population control, and its creators are hiding in The Ark, a mountain stronghold not far from town. Brian agrees to help Patient Twenty-One gain access to the fortress, and the people inside, in exchange for his life.

After days of preparing for the attack, Brian and Patient Twenty-One begin to form an unlikely bond. Using vehicles rigged with explosives, they attack the fortress and breach the outer wall. Once inside, they are quickly captured and confronted by Judy, a government official present in the gymnasium two years earlier. Judy justifies the release of the virus before ordering their execution. Distracted by Brian and Patient Twenty-One, the guards are quickly overrun by a horde of wild humans pouring through the breach.

With the Ark captured and its inhabitant's fate sealed, Brian resumes his journey, lamenting, that he may have just participated in wiping out the last of humanity. Reaching the coast, Brian spots a group of surfers, and their sailboats anchored offshore. They have escaped the mayhem on land by living on the sea. Brian slowly approaches an armed young woman guarding the surfers from the beach.

Submitted: April 3, 2018
Last Updated: May 26, 2021

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The Writer: Lance West

My screenplays are straight-up escapism. They transport the viewer to exciting new worlds, where they get to know the characters on the fly while traversing popcorn worthy adventures. Basically, I'm trying to recreate that feeling I had as a boy watching Star Wars for the first time. That total buy-in from the opening frame till the end credits. Go to bio

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