Notes: This is something of an experiment for me, having not tried my hand at a fan fiction/script before. I'll be trying to keep the essence of the games story as well as it's fun and light hearted nature however I also plan on making some pretty big changes to the overall narrative to try and make it a bit more 'cinematic'. Anyway, hope you enjoy. Feedback is more than welcome.


BORDERLANDS

1.

A black screen. Opening titles may appear here depending on how suitable it feels in editing. A soft orchestral score underlines Marcus's speech slowly becoming darker as the introduction continues.

MARCUS [VO]

Children. Gather 'round, gather 'round.

(pause)

So… You want to hear a story, hmm? How about the story; of the vault.

2. INT. PROMETHEUS VAULT, VARIOUS LOCATIONS – DAY

Flashes of the vault supposedly found on the planet of Prometheus. These flashes represent Marcus's version of the story and do not necessarily represent the facts as they occurred. Massive stone doors slowly open to blinding sunlight. Dark blue stone walls covered with strange symbols which almost appear to glow a bright silver. Thick pillars lining what appears to be an almost endless hall, the far end fading into darkness. Meanwhile the narration continues over the top of the images.

MARCUS [VO]

They say, a vault was discovered on the nearby planet of Prometheus.

3. INT. PROMETHEUS VAULT, TREASURE ROOMS – DAY

More flashes, this time all within a single large room. Strewn across the room are ancient, alien, Eridian weapons, piles of gold; some of it shaped into coin-like shapes, some just a small nuggets.

MARCUS [VO]

Inside, they found many treasures: technology; which would advance our own one hundred years, wealth; enough to purchase entire galaxies.

4. INT. PROMETEUS VAULT, TREASURE ROOM – DAY

The flashes depict snippets of a conflict between two small groups inside of the vault. One of the groups is defeated although only one lone man remains from the other group. He walks out alone.

MARCUS [VO]

Power… … … And corruption.

5. EXT. PANDORA, DESERT FLATS – DAY

The flashes give us glimpses of Pandora although they, like all the flashes before are distorted and do not reveal much beyond rock and massive industrial mining vehicles. A twenty story high mining truck with a gigantic circular device on the front, which almost resembles a saw-blade, is glanced in at least one of the flashes. Other shots include scientists standing around talking, pick axes hitting the ground and a line of slaves walking past an armed soldier.

MARCUS [VO]

Believing that a similar vault was on our planet, they came and overturned nearly every pebble in the search for it... But they found nothing.

6. INT. PANDORA VAULT, ENTRANCE – DAY

Although this is the Pandora vault, there is no explicit information given to actually confirm this, leaving audiences to make up their own minds at this stage as to whether they want to believe that this is the Pandora vault or the one back on Prometheus. The frame is filled with one of the glowing silver symbols on a dark blue stone wall. The symbol is the upside-down V within a circle. As Marcus finishes his story the camera slowly tracks in towards the symbol.

MARCUS [VO]

And so, they left. And we went back to our lives, the vault becoming nothing more than a story we told to our children. Its very existence a myth… … … or so we thought.

7. INT. PANDORA VAULT, ENTRANCE – DAY

As the speech finishes the score swells up into a crescendo as the symbol on the wall becomes brighter to the point of detaching itself and becoming a title card, allowing the background of the frame to fade to black. The symbol moves backwards and the title of the film "Borderlands" appears on screen with the symbol becoming the "o" in the title.