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Arthur: Dawn of Destiny
In order to defeat the Dark Legion, an anxious squire follows a weary wizard through mystical ruins and struggles to adhere the lessons of manhood while nearing Excalibur
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Arthur: Dawn of Destiny (PoC)

Written by:Cameron Logan & C. Neil Davenport

EXT. THE SAVAGE FOREST – NIGHT

A drunken, middle-aged man, MILO, staggers through the forest. Carries a bottle of mead in his hand.

MILO (Singing)

All hail the king! His might is

never-ending. All hail the-

Milo stops singing. Raises his finger and BELCHES.

MILO (CONT’D)

One for the history books.

Milo continues along his way, drinking from his bottle.

MILO (CONT’D)

Now where was I? Oh, yes. “All

hail the king. His might is never-

Someone claps in the distance. Milo stops dead in his tracks. Spots someone waiting up ahead. Takes a swig of mead.

MILO (CONT’D)

“-ending.”

The stranger approaches Milo.

STRANGER

That was quite a lovely

performance.

MILO

Thank you?

The stranger pulls a large knife from his belt and begins to sharpen it with a granite rock. Milo sobers up for a split second.

MILO (CONT’D)

I don’t want any trouble, sir.

STRANGER

Didn’t anyone ever tell you it’s

not wise to drink when you have

secrets to hide?

MILO

I’ve no idea what you mean.

The stranger grins, showing his rotten teeth. Milo is disgusted.

STRANGER

Oh, I think that you do.

The stranger punches Milo to the ground. Leans down and puts the knife to Milo’s forehead.

MILO

I’ve no money, sir. I spent all on

mead.

STRANGER

I don’t need your bloody riches. I

just need you to talk.

MILO

Wait. I know a man who can fix

those teeth of yours. He’ll make

’em shine like pearls.

The stranger uses his knife to pick at his teeth. Places the blade on Milo’s throat.

STRANGER

Don’t be a trickster! You know

where the bastard son of Uther

Pendragon is hiding. I’ll give you

to the count of three to tell me

his whereabouts.

MILO

The bast- I’ve never heard of such

a thing.

STRANGER

That’s not what you said at the

tavern. I heard you spilling your

guts.

MILO

It was the mead!

STRANGER

One.

MILO

Please sir. I was just showing

off!

STRANGER

Two.

MILO

Alright! Alright. Some old wizard

brought the boy to Sir Ector. He

claims him as a son, but he’s not.

STRANGER

Where is this Sir Ector?

MILO

Please don’t hurt the boy.

STRANGER

Where is he?

MILO

Four miles south. He owns a large

estate.

The stranger smiles and pulls back his knife. Milo sighs in

relief.

STRANGER

It’s amazing what a whiff of death

can do to a man.

The stranger jabs the knife into Milo’s chest. Milo’s eyes widen.

MILO

But I gave you what you wanted.

STRANGER

You were guaranteed nothing, my

humble lad.

The stranger twists the knife.

Milo’s head drops.

STRANGER (CONT’D)

The Dark Legion sends their

appreciation.

The stranger wipes his knife on Milo’s shirt. Stands.

A bright light shines from afar.

The stranger covers his eyes.

A hooded figure in the distance holds a staff, shining like a midday’s sun.

The stranger runs.

The hooded man now stands directly in front of him. It is MERLIN.

The stranger swings at Merlin, but his knife goes through him like a ghost.

Merlin’s staff lights up brighter.

The stranger’s body stiffens. He tries to talk. Only guttural noises come out. His feet lift off the ground as his floats into mid-air.

MERLIN

If one is to act like a toad-

Merlin pounds the staff into the ground.

The stranger disappears and his clothes drop to the ground.

The light on Merlin’s staff extinguishes.

Merlin walks over to the pile of clothes. Pulls back the shirt and a frog hops out from underneath. Merlin steps on the frog and crushes it.

Merlin approaches Milo’s body. Kneels down and closes Milo’s eyelids.

MERLIN (CONT’D)

Rest easy, my old friend. May

mercy be your companion.

Merlin rises. Pulls out a compass. Turns until the needle hits south. Walks out of frame.

Rose bushes begin to grow around Milo’s body.

EXT. HILLTOP – SUNRISE

Merlin walks up and stops on a hilltop. Watches someone

from afar.

EXT. SIR ECTOR’S ESTATE – CONTINUED

In a clearing below, a little boy, ARTHUR, swings a sword-shaped branch against a tree.

SIR ECTOR shovels hay beside the boy. He notices Merlin.

SIR ECTOR

Arthur. Go inside and get washed

up.

Arthur stabs the branch into the ground and runs out of frame.

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