Jesse, who stares enraptured, drawing toward the stage unconsciously, managing to maneuver closer and closer to...
Lestat, who commands the place with his ECHOING VOICE.
Jesse keeps moving forward, squeezing through bodies and finds herself...
Right under Lestat, who holds the place in the palm of his hand.
Lestat's dark soul seems ready to burst as he moves his voice into an even higher unworldly octave, and then...
The vampires move through the crowd,
Goth girls in the front row, weeping...
Maudy, James, Louisa and Alex off in the clouds, playing the best music of their lives.
The place has gone wild, living off its energy now, as waves of sound bounce through the valley and up into the night sky.
BACK TO SCENE
You want more?!
This one's for those who've come
All yell that
they have, but the covens know it's for them.
Lestat launches the band into a new number that makes the previous song seem like a lullaby. He eyes the coven-assassins here and there and sings straight to them.
His lyrics challenging the assassins, flaunting them with satire.
The covens need no more encouragement as they begin to move through the crowd toward the stage.
We RISE UP OVER the crowd to see a dozen assassins snaking at preternatural speed, unseen to all except us in our inhuman vantage.
INT. BACKSTAGE (TENT CITY) - NIGHT
Marius spies the covens slipping through the crowd at a strange velocity. Sizing the danger, he looks to Lestat to warn him, but...
BACK TO STAGE
Lestat knows well enough as the assassins move in.
The assassins approach closer -- Lestat assaults with relentless lyrics...
Reaching the stage, they are suddenly on it -- roadies run in and are immediately cast aside by inhuman powers.
We SPEED INTO VAMPIRE TIME as...
The assassins draw knives and lunge.
Lestat does an acrobatic leap, dodging the knives. He rips the microphone from the stand and holds it up just in time...
... as an assassin is impaled. the assassin squirms and convulses...
The crowd goes insane...
Lestat snarls at the audience as if this really were part of the performance...
The assassins attack again...
Marius, despite himself, flies over equipment and roadies up into the air, and...
He lands square in the middle of the fray...
BACK TO MORTAL TIME
The crowd cheers at the sudden appearance of the figure on stage, loving the show.
The band keeps playing.
Marius slices two of the assassins with a knife.
Lestat is struck down, his singing stopped.
watch from their rocks.
There are too many of them!
Pandora's arm firmly, enjoying the show.
BACK TO STAGE
Assassins corner Lestat and Marius -- blades reflecting the spotlight. Lestat raises his arms for the crowd.
Lestat looks to Maudy and the band.
Get out of here!
scamper off stage as the assassins fly past...
Jesse looks up at Lestat on stage. She joins the screaming crowds.
She is pulled
around by a dark figure -- it is one of the Punk Vampires from the bar. He
recognizes her, smiles. He holds her, is about to bite...
Suddenly, Mael is beside her. He wraps his arms around her... WHOOSH.
Travelling through the crowd with Mael at VAMPIRE SPEED. The sea of painted faces SLOW DOWN.
held tight in Mael's arms, stares wide-eyed...
BACK TO STAGE
The killer vampires make their final move, when...
One after the other they spontaneously combust, body after body turning hot-white to black ash and drift up into the air like strange supernatural kites.
Maudy, Alex, Louisa and James down their instruments and run -- the REVERB from their GUITARS WHISTLES into a DEAFENING PITCH.
The crowd hollers and screams, not quite believing what they saw or how it was done when...
Down in the throng, vampires also begin to combust -- hot flashes of white exploding throughout the crowd, turning into black paper dolls -- wafting up over the valley -- crumbling into fluttering puffs of soot.
Panic takes over the mass of people, running in all directions, trying to escape this mysterious fate.
stands in wonder as Marius stares up high into the darkness.
(soft, to himself)
fills with burning "kites" floating like black ghosts.
Khayman, Pandora and Armand are now moving through the crowd, looking up at the sky.
She is here...
INT. BACKSTAGE (TENT CITY) - MEANWHILE
Roger is trying to manage the building chaos backstage as the FIRE MARSHALL and several firemen follow after him.
You don't have a permit for any of
I told you I don't know anything
WALKIE-TALKIE distracts the Fire Marshall long enough to allow Roger to run.
Last time I work for a bloody
Looking up at
the sky, he stares in awe...
There is a low powerful RUMBLE...
Dark storm clouds boil and tumble above the stage...
The mortal crowd looks around, distracted from their panic, as they sense something truly awesome...
senses it too. He looks up, not knowing from which direction the attack will come...
The STAGE starts to SHUDDER and SHAKE violently...
Marius moves back towards Lestat...
PLATFORM beneath Lestat begins to BUCKLE under his feet. Fragments of WOOD
EXPLODE upwards around Lestat. Marius loses his balance and staggers
Akasha rises up through the stage. Beautiful and terrifying. Her green eyes glow as she smiles at Lestat.
Lestat is dumbstruck. Suddenly, a great force throws him towards her. He stares as he finds himself in Akasha's arms. she smiles and raises her face to the sky...
The crowd stare in awe...
Roger... the Fire Marshall... the band... everyone is frozen...
Even the Ancient Ones are stunned to see their Queen come to life...
through the crowd, with Pandora and Armand behind... but they are too late.
Akasha and Lestat shoot up into the air... SCAFFOLDS COLLAPSE in an EXPLOSION of ELECTRICAL SPARKS...
The Ancient Ones stop and stare up into the sky as...
Akasha and Lestat vanish.
EXT. SKY - EVENING
In a blur, Lestat is whisked up into the dark clouds.
EXT. HOLLYWOOD SIGN
Lestat opens his eyes and finds himself at the base of the enormous letters.
Lestat whirls around to suddenly see behind him...
Akasha in an extravagant Egyptian robe, its sheer cloth of gold draping her godly form.
Lestat is awestruck. Akasha come to life...
says nothing -- she advances with a luscious, curling smile.
Why so surprised, my love? You
called, and I have come.
awestruck. There is such an unearthly power in Akasha's voice. Everything seems
to HUM and VIBRATE with her every breath. Akasha approaches...
Never fear me, Lestat. Your
wishes have all come true.
You have yearned for a companion
to share eternity. You have cried
out to the world. I have answered
her arms. Lestat is seized by an unseen force and thrown into Akasha's arms. She
smiles as he gasps for air.
You think that little mortal girl
can satisfy you. I know you,
Lestat. I know that you crave to
have the world at your feet. Now,
I have come to give it to you.
her own lip.
Blood trickles slightly across her chin.
Lestat stares at the blood, yearns towards it, as the PULSE of her BLOOD INCREASES...
Akasha rises above him and...
Hovers over Lestat, letting a single drop of blood...
Spills into his mouth.
Lestat levitates above the ground to meet her as...
Akasha hovers higher drawing him into the sky until...
Their mouths finally meet and her blood flows freely into him.
Flashes of brilliant light strobe over them as Lestat sucks. There's a powerful RUSH of WIND that engulfs them as they spin together, detached from time and space.
The Great SPHINX CRUMBLING, Pyramids, stars streaking across the sky, all INTERCUT WITH Akasha's golden skin, her body taut and arching.
Lestat falls back in ecstasy. He shakes out his body and lets out a howl of pleasure -- feels his arms, his chest, his groin as Akasha's blood courses through his veins.
Akasha watches and waits. Finally Lestat grins boyishly through bloody teeth and wipes his lips with the back of his hand.
Can we try that again?
in that strange statue-like way then throws back her head and opens her mouth
with a deafening howl of laughter. The GROUND RUMBLES and her laughter
multiplies as it REVERBERATES LOUDER and LOUDER.
Lestat grimaces and has to cover his ears it's so painful. He steps up and puts a finger to her lips.
Give me the world.
spreads into a smile and she yanks him up into the air and off...
... into the night.
INT. MAHARET DESERT MANSION - GARDEN
Jesse wanders through the moonlit garden. Something looks different - there are forms -- statues in the shadows. Jesse's eyes widen in terror as the statues come to life: Armand, Pandora, Khayman
Why is this mortal here?
I was instructed to bring her.
out from a wall -- as if he were completely camouflaged.
By whom? Why have we been
beside Jesse, touching her curls...
She is Lestat's plaything. She
might be of use.
Jesse looks around, eyes agog, surrounded.
Leave her alone, Pandora.
Jesse spins to
see Maharet beside her. Pandora gives a sulky hiss and slips backwards.
I have tried to keep you from
She puts her
arm around Jesse.
And what is she to you?
She is of my blood.
Ancients look confused. Only Khayman remains frozen, inscrutable.
My mortal blood.
How is this possible?
INT. MAHARET DESERT MANSION - GRANDE HALL - NIGHT
Jesse watches from a distance as Maharet, Khayman, Pandora, Armand, Mael and the Druid and Marius are gathered before Maharet's "Great Family Tree."
... since my sister's death, I
have watched, I have guided and
cared for my human family,
generations beyond memory...
OVER the endless lines, the rows of names that stretch down the stone wall --
ACROSS the floor, filling room after room.
They all stare, moved...
... But this cannot be...
It is... beyond words...
back to Maharet, points.
This...! This is why we must
fight Akasha. For the sake of
your Great Family.
For the sake of all mortals. She
must be stopped, or the mortal
world will end.
fall silent as the significance of this sinks in.
But how? How can we stop her?
There might be a way. Khayman...
When she opens herself to give her
blood, she is vulnerable.
As we all are... but still, she is
Not so much more powerful than
Khayman or myself. We have her
blood in our veins.
You think you can destroy her?
We all hear her because we are all
connected. If we combine our
efforts, it might be enough.
Then so be it.
If we destroy her, if we can
destroy her, we will all die.
We have no choice.
And if it doesn't work?
Then we shall die anyway.
around, determined, challenging each of the immortals. One at a time, they nod,
understanding the sacrifice they will have to make.
And what of the brat prince?
Lestat has joined with Akasha as
his head, knowing Maharet is right.
What are you saying?
They turn to
Jesse, as if they had forgotten she could speak.
You're going to kill him.
Lestat is lost to us now.
Listen to your Auntie. These
mixed marriages never work.
chuckles until Maharet stops her with her coldest glare.
This is a stupid waste of time.
on Armand and Pandora -- there's a deep RUMBLE. They back away.
Show respect, little ones.
Jesse, if you wish to remain with
me now, you must not speak.
Jesse bows her
If Lestat has joined with her,
then there is no hope.
Beaming with a possessed look, his eyes brimming with visions.
Lestat opens his eyes and sees an island approaching. In the distance lights sparkle as an enormous plantation villa is revealed, nestled into the far shore.
EXT. AKASHA'S PLANTATION VILLA - NIGHT
Lestat and Akasha stand on a cliff-top. WIND RIPS through the trees. The steps leading back to the house are lined with torches. Everywhere, there are torches, and a million candles light the vast house.
Lestat and Akasha glide past the forest of exotic flowers... past the fountains and statues -- up the steps to the open French doors. Long white curtains billow in the sea wind.
Where are we?
We are home.
You live here?
We live everywhere and anywhere we
choose. The world is our garden.
INT. AKASHA'S PLANTATION VILLA - NIGHT
Lestat steps in through billowing curtains, stops...
There are three West Indian girls, young voluptuous, beautiful, dressed in simple working clothes and traditional head-wraps. They stare at Lestat, nervous, yet fascinated. They move towards him.
Lestat finds himself surrounded by hands, touching him, reaching beneath his shirt, pulling his clothes from his body. Lestat swoons, closes his eyes, smiles.
... their blood...
... they're mortal...
... of course. They serve the
living Goddess, and her consort...
they find you beautiful, Lestat.
You are a God in their eyes.
SERIES OF SHOTS
... golden dark hands pull clothes away from Lestat's white skin...
... breasts strain through white linen as they press themselves closer to him...
... the surface of water, scented with red rose petals. Lestat's white skin breaks the surface.
... Lestat is lowered into the bath, his skin alive with the dancing candles reflected in the water...
... the water laps gently -- strange sighs of pleasure as girls' hands caress Lestat's torso...
... their hands reach down lower and lower through the water...
... Lestat's eyes remain closed but his mouth opens...
Now it's Akasha kissing him. Lestat responds, but his eyes sneak a peak...
Akasha smiles -- takes his head in her hands -- she kisses him, pushes him back -- he tries to resist -- he can't, startled by her strength...
Akasha kisses his neck... his chest... bites...
Lestat arches in ecstasy...
Akasha rises up from his breast, blood on her lips, smiles, goes back down and drinks.
AKASHA AND LESTAT
now moved to the bed, surrounded by the fine nets...
... kissing, probing each other's bodies floating above the bed...
Akasha rolls him over -- smiles down at him -- a fang exposed... She draws her wrist across her mouth...
... a globule of blood smacks Lestat's open lips...
A thousand images in a second.
Lestat jolted as if by a million volts.
... blood smears their bodies -- they bathe in it.
CLOSE ON LESTAT
the most lascivious smile spreading over his face, even as the waves of pleasure still coarse through him, causing his mouth to twitch and tremble. He closes his eyes...
FADE TO BLACK.
opens his eyes.
He sits up alone in the canopied bed, disorientated. Akasha is nowhere to be seen. He looks around and gasps...
... the servant girls' bodies, now grey with death, lie decorated around the edge of the bath...
... the roses are now black and the water is coloured a rich deep red...
INT. PLANTATION HOUSE - HALLWAY
Lestat steps into the hallway, which is now sprinkled with dead bodies -- both servants formally dressed, and guests in white tropical evening dress...
INT. PLANTATION HOUSE - DINING HALL - CONTINUOUS ACTION
The candles have all melted, forming pools that spread across the lace cloth. Food sits uneaten on plates. Thirty dead bodies sitting around the table, some slumped onto their food, some freezing sitting up in death...
Lestat moves through the room -- a feeling of dread spreading... we FOLLOW as he MOVES INTO the...
EXT. PLANTATION HOUSE - GARDEN - CONTINUOUS ACTION
--- out the French windows onto the lawn which is now a field of dead bodies, mostly servants and villagers...
EXT. BEACH - CONTINUOUS ACTION - NIGHT
Bodies move as the surf carries them forward and backwards like driftwood.
Lestat's feet step down the wooden stairs through more bodies, and onto the sand...
We TILT UP to reveal the beach covered with dead bodies as far as the eye can see...
Behold our Kingdom.
up to see Akasha standing on the cliff above him.