All good science fiction is not just about science and fiction. Itís about
the very real emotions that make us human and the conflicts that define
us. The Rankin Paradox is not just about time travel. Itís
about the price of obsession and regret and, more importantly, itís about
who ultimately pays that price. Dr. Charles Rankin is obsessed to find the
secret of time travel. Why is he so obsessed? What makes him driven to
discover this secret? He will find that by taking a disastrous shortcut to
his goal, he becomes the unwitting cause of his own anguish.
on a paleontology dig in the mountains of Montana in the year 2026,
paleontologist DR. ALISON REYNOLDS uncovers an enigma. Her boss asks the
critical question that starts Reynolds on her fateful search: ďMaybe weíd
better call a theoretical physicist. Ask him, how does a 21st
century timepiece find its way into a 65 million year old fossil bed?Ē
CHARLES RANKIN is the top theoretical physicist in the world. His lectures
on time theory at Southwestern State University are legendary. It is to
Dr. Rankin that Reynolds is drawn. Their subsequent discovery provides a
link that enables Rankin to make his time travel theory practical.
ever closer to Rankin as she works with him, she discovers the mystery
that motivates him to unlock the secret of time travel: Rankin blames
himself for the death of his wife and child in a car accident ten years
before. Researching the truth about the accident, Reynolds uncovers a
fatal piece of evidence. But she is too late to stop Rankin from using his
machine to go back in time to stop the accident.
machine has a fatal flaw: like all things human, there is a margin of
error. The machine brings Rankin back an hour early and 20 miles from
where he needs to be. In his race to stop the accident, Rankin hijacks a
truck and speeds to the accident scene. Driven by obsession to stop the
accident, Rankin drives the truck that kills his own wife and child.
returns to the present a broken man. In a carefully crafted plot twist,
Reynolds corrects the time discrepancy, saving Rankinís wife and child,
but at a terrible price.
working on the development of a companion feature release called Harvey
and the Time Machine. This film would follow the adventures of a legendary
motion picture effects artist who is called upon to create a time machine
set piece for a new motion picture called The Rankin Paradox.
He does his job too well. The machine actually works. Hilarious
complications result. Our film will be shot around the production of
The Rankin Paradox. To download both password protected scripts
in one file, click on the "TwoByWelty" PDF link at the above, left, or on
the script cover image at the right.