Producers will be at their desks (or beside their pools) this morning, barking out instructions to get the exclusives on this sensational story which is certain to be the winning picture at next year's Oscars. I see Tom Cruise as thrusting young ambitious accountant Jim Price, with Meryl Streep as the wiser and more mature Eleanor Waterhouse who teaches him all she knows about how to count ballot papers whilst Julia Roberts plays the shy but brilliant computer expert
Here's a sample of my award-winning* screenplay.
Interior. Night. An office overlooking the glittering lights of LA. Price is hunched over a thick file of papers.
Price: Papers, papers, nothing but goddam ballot papers. God, I hate the accountancy business but I have to make it, I just have to.
Cooper steals up behind, puts hand on his shoulder
Cooper: Take it easy Jim. You know you can do it. I've been working on a brilliant new program to add up the papers but it needs your touch to make it work.
Price: I thought accountancy was all glamour and going to the Vatican to audit Cardinals. I never knew it was so tough
Cooper: You gotta believe Jim.
Waterhouse prowls in looking mean.
Waterhouse: Are those papers counted yet, Jim? The Academy is waiting you know.
Cooper: He's so close Miss Waterhouse, so close. You don't know the pressure he's under.
Waterhouse: You think I never counted ballot papers? I've checked them with bullets flying overhead, I've checked them even though my parents were both dying of starvation, even when all the townsfolk begged me to stay to see off the bad guys, even when the asteroid was about to collide and I was the only person who could stop it. I've struggled against oppression and hatred to get papers checked. [music swells] I'm an accountant and I check papers, it's what I do. And before this night is out, Jim Price, you'll be doing it too!
Price: I will! I will count them.
Waterhouse: And here's how we make sure we get the right result, Jim. You put the winner into this envelope - marked 1 for coming first. You put the loser into this envelope - marked l for loser. Got it?
Cooper: It's so simple, it's beautiful. What could possibly go wrong?
* its only a matter of time