Star Wars: Episode III - Page Three





Star Wars Episode III

The Path of Darkness

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INT MANDALORIAN FLAGSHIP - DAY

The image of PALPATINE communicates with Mandalore and his SECOND IN COMMAND, standing in the shadows.

PALPATINE

Bring your forces to Botham Caruz.

MANDALORE

The Jedi still have a foothold on Concord Dawn. They will not leave.

PALPATINE

They will have no choice.

MANDALORE

What of Skywalker?

PALPATINE

He will join us.

Mandalore turns to his SECOND.

MANDALORE

Give the signal.

The SECOND nods silently and exits.

MANDALORE

It shall be done. My ships will be waiting to attack.

PALPATINE

Do not be hasty, Mandalore. There is more at stake than you realize.

The image of Palpatine disappears.

MANDALORE

The same holds true for you, Emperor.

Mandalore picks up a comlink.

MANDALORE

Prepare my shuttle.

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INT CORUSCANT - SKYWALKER RESIDENCE - DAY

Anakin and Amidala enter. Amidala sits down in the first available seat. She wipes beads of sweat off her pale face.

ANAKIN

Mother?

AMIDALA

Anakin ...

ANAKIN

She's not here.

Anakin rushes through the apartment, searching for his mother.

AMIDALA

Don't leave me.

Anakin stops in front of Amidala. The door CHIMES.

A DROID, CC-04 (SEE SEE OH FOUR), stands motionless in the corridor.

SEE SEE OH FOUR

You are Anakin Skywalker.

ANAKIN

Yes. What is it?

See see oh four responds in an unrecognizable mechanical voice.

SEE SEE OH FOUR

(repeating message)

Anakin Skywalker. Come to Gromby's Tavern, on lower level three. Ask for Selba.

The Droid wobbles and then shakes uncontrollably.

ANAKIN

And if I don't?

The droid's head pops off in a shower of sparks. The body falls into the apartment. Pieces scatter as they hit the floor.

Amidala stoops and picks up an ornate jeweled hairpin, carved in the shape of a flower.

AMIDALA

Anakin, this is your mother's.

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EXT GROMBY'S CANTINA - AFTERNOON

Gromby's Cantina is on the lower levels. Unsavory characters sniff the air as Anakin and a heavily cloaked Amidala pass.

Anakin wears his lightsaber plainly visible. Whispers of "Jedi" follow after them.

AMIDALA

(quietly)

I don't like it here.

ANAKIN

We'll be quick.

Anakin opens the door for Amidala. Exotic smells and unpleasant odors assault them as they enter.

INT GROMBY'S CANTINA - CONTINUING

Peculiar aliens of every imaginable description crowd the dimly lit tavern. An Ithorian, MULLIGOTT, stands behind the bar. A vocoder box rests on its throat, partially covering an ugly scar. The vocoder box gives Mulligott a harsh, mechanical voice.

MULLIGOTT

What do you want?

ANAKIN

I'm looking for Selba.

MULLIGOTT

She's busy.

Anakin pulls his lightsaber and rests it lightly on the bar. Amidala looks around nervously.

ANAKIN

Tell her I'm here.

Mulligott gestures to one of the bouncers, a huge gray skinned Vendag.

MULLIGOTT

Follow him.

Anakin and Amidala follow the Vendag into the deeper recesses of the building. The Vendag stops outside a heavy door. He gestures to the door, then walks away.

Anakin opens the door slowly. The room is dark. He reaches out with his senses.

ANAKIN

Mother?

Anakin enters, wary of traps. Amidala takes his hand and follows him.

INT GROMBY'S CANTINA - BACK ROOM - CONTINUING

The door slams shut behind them. A lightsaber hisses on, bathing the room in reddish light.

Aurra Sing steps out from behind the door. Her lightsaber hovers just inches from Amidala's head.

AURRA SING

Toss your lightsaber over there.

ANAKIN

No.

AURRA SING

Her life is mine. I'll give it back to you if you obey.

Shmi moves into the light.

SHMI SKYWALKER

Do as she says, Annie.

Anakin tosses his lightsaber away.

Aurra Sing turns her lightsaber off and clips it to her belt. She turns on a row of low lights. She gestures to a couch.

AURRA SING

Have a seat.

ANAKIN

I'll stand.

AURRA SING

If you prefer.

Amidala takes a seat next to Shmi and Rab. Anakin watches Aurra Sing's every move. She pulls up a tall stool in the center of the room.

ANAKIN

What do you want with us?

Aurra Sing smiles, amused.

AURRA SING

I always imagined you'd be more ... all-knowing.

ANAKIN

What are you talking about?

AURRA SING

You are the Chosen One.

Aurra steps off the stool and kneels before Anakin.

AURRA SING

I am your servant.

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EXT MANDALORIAN FLAGSHIP - SAME TIME

Mandalore's shuttle blasts away from the flagship and races down toward the planet of MALASCHU'CKAR.

EXT MALASCHU'CKAR - CLONING FACILITY - CONTINUING

The shuttle touches down on the landing area of a huge cloning facility. The facility covers the entire valley.

Mandalore walks down the shuttle ramp. A senior officer, GENERAL BARABEL, greets him uneasily.

GENERAL BARABEL

Lord Mandalore, we did not expect you so soon.

MANDALORE

Are you prepared for the invasion?

GENERAL BARABEL

We will be ready according to schedule.

MANDALORE

Our time is limited. Emperor Palpatine has moved up the attack.

GENERAL BARABEL

He asks the impossible.

MANDALORE

Yes.

The SECOND IN COMMAND exits the shuttle. He pulls a Mandalorian war mask over his face to hide his features.

General Barabel chokes on his words as he sees the SECOND exit and approach him.

MANDALORE

I see you are familiar with my Second.

CUT TO:

INT JEDI TEMPLE - LIBRARY - AFTERNOON

Obi Wan Kenobi sits in meditation. A fellow Jedi Master, VIN TIRO approaches. Vin Tiro wears a traditional cover over his bald head.

Obi Wan turns his head slightly, indicating his attention to Vin Tiro.

VIN TIRO

Forgive me, Master Obi Wan, but the Council wishes to speak with you.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Very well.

Obi Wan follows Vin Tiro down the corridor and up a flight of stairs before speaking.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Did they give any indication what they wanted?

VIN TIRO

Probably the same thing they said to me. They want you on the Council.

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INT JEDI TEMPLE - COUNCIL CHAMBER - CONTINUING

Obi Wan and Vin Tiro stand in the center of the room. Only half the seats are filled. Mace Windu speaks for the group.

MACE WINDU

Master Obi Wan, we are in great need. We need you to sit on the Council.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Why me?

MACE WINDU

You have proven yourself in countless battles during this war. The Jedi Knights look to you for leadership.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Why not choose someone here on Coruscant?

Mace Windu nods to the two guards at the door, excusing them. They close the door behind them.

MACE WINDU

The Jedi are dying, Obi Wan. We need all the strong leadership we can get. If you're out there fighting, you could get killed.

OBI WAN KENOBI

So you would rather have me sit safely here than fight a war out there? Is that it?

YODA

Reckless you are. The Jedi need you.

Obi Wan closes his eyes, seeking the consoling guidance that comes from the force.

OBI WAN KENOBI

The time will come when each of us will be called on to fight.

MACE WINDU

We are aware.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Which seat is mine?

Mace Windu inclines his head to his right - the empty seat next to Yoda - Ki Adi Mundi's seat.

Obi Wan nods slowly, understanding the significance of this.

CUT TO:

INT CORUSCANT - LOWER LEVELS - STORAGE FACILITY - SAME TIME

Ki Adi Mundi is still comatose. Darthine Jez straps him upright in a carbonite freezing module.

Silmus Wombar stands at the controls.

DARTHINE JEZ

No one will ever find him. Not dead, but definitely not alive.

Silmus Wombar activates the carbonite freezing chamber. Ki Adi Mundi lowers down into the chamber. Gases spew forth, encasing him in solid carbonite. He emerges, frozen in a block.

Darthine Jez pushes the block over, onto the ground. It echoes through the empty room. She sits on top of Ki Adi's chest, looking down at his frozen face.

DARTHINE JEZ

The great Ki Adi Mundi. I had hoped for a greater challenge.

SILMUS WOMBAR

Where do you want me to put him?

Darthine absently gestures to an empty wall.

DARTHINE JEZ

Set him up there. I'll decide where to put him later.

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INT GROMBY'S CANTINA - BACK ROOM - AFTERNOON

Aurra Sing explains everything to her audience. She gestures with hands half the length they should be. Her hands are now "normal".

SHMI SKYWALKER

Annie, she didn't kill me because she wanted to see if you really were the Chosen One.

ANAKIN

She still made you a slave.

AURRA SING

Only so that I might watch you better.

AMIDALA

Why come forward now?

AURRA SING

The Jedi are dying.

AMIDALA

And that's why you have three lightsabers hanging on your belt?

AURRA SING

I have killed Jedi. I make no excuses.

ANAKIN

Answer her question.

AURRA SING

You are the one to bring balance. Only you can balance the force.

ANAKIN

And what part do you play in all of this?

AURRA SING

I want to be a jedi again.

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INT DARTH SIDIOUS CHAMBER - NIGHT

Darthine Jez enters. The Emperor sits on his throne, overlooking the Imperial Palace.

PALPATINE

What is it?

DARTHINE JEZ

Skywalker has a new ally. A woman. Aurra Sing.

Palpatine chuckles evilly.

PALPATINE

She betrayed me. She will suffer.

DARTHINE JEZ

Allow me.

PALPATINE

The time is not yet, but soon. Skywalker will betray her.

DARTHINE JEZ

You put far too much faith in Skywalker.

PALPATINE

He will learn the power of the dark side.

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INT JEDI TEMPLE - LIBRARY - NIGHT

Anakin sits alone in the library. Open tomes surround him as he delves into the history of the jedi and the House of the Sun.

Amidala enters and looks around for him.

AMIDALA

There you are.

ANAKIN

I told you I'd be here.

AMIDALA

I missed you.

Amidala sits down next to Anakin. She takes his hand. He doesn't look up from his reading.

AMIDALA

Come home.

ANAKIN

This is important.

AMIDALA

So am I.

Anakin looks up at her for the first time. She smiles hopefully. Her smile fades as she sees the intensity in his eyes.

ANAKIN

This is important.

Amidala stands, sorrowing. She nods silently and moves toward the door. She looks back at Anakin. His nose is once again buried in the book. She touches her belly. A tear springs to her eye. She exits quickly.

Behind a rack of ancient records, in the shadows, a voice emerges.

DARTHINE JEZ (O.S.)

No way to treat a woman.

Anakin looks up, sensing another presence.

ANAKIN

What do you want?

Darthine Jez saunters out of the shadows. She is dressed lavishly. Rare gems glitter on her costly apparel. Her lightsaber is nowhere to be seen.

Darthine Jez looks over Anakin's shoulder to the book he's reading.

DARTHINE JEZ

"The House of The Sun." Now why would you care about that?

ANAKIN

(sarcastically)

I'm doing a book report.

Darthine Jez sits down across from Anakin. Her streaked blond hair falls down over her shoulders. She stares unflinching at Anakin. He looks up from his book to meet her gaze.

ANAKIN

I'm married.

DARTHINE JEZ

You wouldn't know it, from the way you treat her.

ANAKIN

Go away.

DARTHINE JEZ

I know what you want.

ANAKIN

And what would that be?

DARTHINE JEZ

Knowledge. Power. You want to know if you are truly "The Son of the Sun."

Anakin stands to leave. This is hitting way too close to home.

DARTHINE JEZ

I can show you things.

ANAKIN

Like I said, I'm married.

Anakin walks toward the exit.

DARTHINE JEZ

I can show you a holocron.

That stops him.

DARTHINE JEZ

Emperor Palpatine has one.

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INT MALASCHU'CKAR - CLONING FACILITY - HOLDING TANKS -

DAY

Mandalore overlooks the huge storage facility. Tens of thousands of tanks grow clones. His Second stands next to him. All the researchers and scientists keep as far away from the two as possible.

MANDALORE

These clones will destroy the Jedi. Then we will destroy them.

The Second remains silent. He turns to look at a passing SCIENTIST. The scientist scrambles backwards and disappears around a corner.

MANDALORE

The jedi will be extinct. Palpatine will rule. And we shall be heirs to that power.

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EXT CORUSCANT - SKYWALKER RESIDENCE - MORNING

Obi Wan Kenobi approaches the apartment. Anakin exits. Amidala tries to hold him back.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Anakin, where are you going?

ANAKIN

I go where I please.

AMIDALA

Annie, don't go.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Anakin. I need to speak with you.

ANAKIN

It can wait.

OBI WAN KENOBI

The Council has proposed a plan of attack that will end this war.

ANAKIN

They are fools.

OBI WAN KENOBI

I am on the Council.

Anakin pauses and looks at Obi Wan steadfastly.

ANAKIN

You are a fool.

Anakin turns to Amidala, gives her a quick kiss, and walks away.

OBI WAN KENOBI

I'm not the only fool.

(to Amidala)

Where is he going?

AMIDALA

I don't know.

INT CORUSCANT - SKYWALKER RESIDENCE - CONTINUING

Obi Wan follows Amidala back into her apartment. Rabe prepares a small meal in the adjoining kitchen.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Did he give any indication why he was going?

Rabe sticks her head into the main room.

RABE

Oh, hello, Obi Wan. Will you be eating with us?

EXT CORUSCANT - SKYWALKER RESIDENCE - CONTINUING

In the hall, unseen by anyone, Aurra Sing walks by the apartment. She senses Obi Wan inside, but she follows after Anakin.

INT CORUSCANT - SKYWALKER RESIDENCE - CONTINUING

Obi Wan senses Aurra Sing nearby. He glances around warily. His hand drops to his lightsaber.

AMIDALA

What is it?

OBI WAN KENOBI

I think I had better stay.

RABE

I'll prepare you a plate.

OBI WAN KENOBI

Now what was Anakin doing?

AMIDALA

He only said that he was going to get something the Council wouldn't give him.

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