Moving at speeds as high as 180 miles per hour, the California
Express is a businessman's bullet train linking Los Angeles and San
Francisco. Executives who prefer not to fly, travel in luxury
between cities in less than three hours. A formal dining car,
deluxe club car (with piano bar), and first class compartments with
safes for important business documents to insure that travellers
arrive rested and relaxed for their 9am meetings.
When Mark Farrow hopped aboard the Express, he planned on
three hours of relaxation before a critical business meeting. If
he fails to negotiate this deal, his company faces bankruptcy.
Those plans change when Mark meets Laura Preminger, the bored
wife of powerful attorney Leroy Preminger. Laura invites Mark back
to her sleeper for a drink. Leroy will be playing poker in the
Club Car for the entire journey, nothing to fear. Why not?
But when Mark enters the sleeper, he finds Leroy dead and the
safe ripped wide open. Then things get worse. Much worse.
Leroy wasn't just an attorney, he was a courier for the
Mexican Mafia. The safe contained six million dollars in dirty
money... FBI Agent Buck Aldrich has been tailing Preminger, and
believes that Mark is a killer and a thief. Aldrich and his agents
begin a front to back search of the train. Mark is on the run!
Moving at 180 mph, there's no way off the train. No escape.
Police are waiting in San Francisco. With nowhere to run, and
few places to hide; Mark has less than two hours to find the real
killer while evading the FBI Agents and Leroy's VIOLENT bodyguard.
"RAILROADED" is a non-stop action thriller: "The Fugitive" on
a bullet train. A high speed adventure you don't want to miss.
"RAILROADED" screenplay by William C. Martell.
NOTE: This script is going through a page one rewrite, and will end up
THE FUGITIVE on a bullet train (in real time) with Mark and his business partner
taking a large cash payment to San Francisco - the partner is killed, the
cash is missing, and Mark is on the run... but he has no where to go!
He's trapped on the train!
For a copy of this script... E-mail me! wcmartell@ScriptSecrets.Net
Back to script menu... CLICK HERE.
I've written 19 films that were carelessly slapped onto celluloid: 3 for HBO, 2 for Showtime, 2 for USA Net, and a whole bunch of CineMax Originals (which is what happens when an HBO movie goes really, really wrong). I've been on some film festival juries, including Raindance in London (twice - once with Mike Figgis and Saffron Burrows, once with Lennie James and Edgar Wright - back to "jury duty" in October of 2009). Roger Ebert discussed my work with Gene Siskel on his 1997 "If We Picked The Winners" Oscar show. I'm quoted a few times in Bordwell's great book "The Way Hollywood tells It". My USA Net flick HARD EVIDENCE was released on video the same day as the Julia Roberts' film Something To Talk About and out-rented it in the USA. In 2007 I had two films released on DVD on the same day and both made the top 10 rentals.