Act II

‘REAL’ TECH GIANT CEO
This is supposed to be a script? A movie script?

‘REAL’ FILM AGENT
Well, if you really want to think about it, it’s not so much.

‘REAL’ TECH GIANT CEO
Didn’t think so.

‘REAL’ FILM AGENT
I mean, not what’s written here. It’s the positions. People buy their spot and then they can take off with it.

‘REAL’ TECH GIANT CEO
And you’re supposed to make a movie out of all this?

‘REAL’ FILM AGENT
Supposedly the fractal scripting will make it all work.

‘REAL’ TECH GIANT CEO
Yeah, I don’t get that.

‘REAL’ FILM AGENT
So, people reflect their own moviemaking while they pretend they’re building the empire. And we pretend their stories are real.

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‘REAL’ TECH GIANT CEO
But they’re supposed to turn real. I thought that was the whole deal.

WRITER
Sort of.

‘REAL’ TECH GIANT CEO
What do you mean, ‘sort of’? How are we gonna take over the world if it’s just ‘sort of’?

WRITER
We take over the world in a movie, and we take over the world with a movie. What’s real only touches down in certain places.

‘REAL’ FILM AGENT
So, the risk to us is minimal, is what he’s saying.

‘REAL’ TECH GIANT CEO
I can hear what he’s saying. But taking over the world is both the risk and the upside, isn’t it?

‘REAL’ FILM AGENT
It’s just a movie. We’re just involved in movie-making.

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WRITER
This will take over the world, but as a religion. The movie makers are the priestly caste. The rulers will be whoever the stars are. And maybe people like you.

‘REAL’ TECH GIANT CEO
Good. ‘Cause I don’t want to be a priest. I’m looking to rule this shit.

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‘REAL’ FILM AGENT
You do get the movie’s not real?

‘REAL’ TECH GIANT CEO
No. Something’s turning real from this. And I wanna know if I’m gonna be in charge.

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‘REAL’ FILM AGENT
Yeah, I get that. That’s the whole story. But it’s not gonna be a political empire. I mean, you gotta listen to the writer.

‘REAL’ TECH GIANT CEO
He’s lying about what he’s made. He’s telling us its about the money, the virtual currency, and then he says merchandising, uniforms, jewelry with cameras in it. But all that’s really about making a world empire. He’s seducing us. Getting us to form up the whole planet, thinking it’s about making money. But he wants to take over the world.

‘REAL’ FILM AGENT
Well. I get that the currency could maybe do that.

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‘REAL’ TECH GIANT CEO
The currency is what it’s all about, really. But I want to know who’s gonna be in charge. Is it you?

WRITER
It’s up for grabs.

‘REAL’ FILM AGENT
You didn’t tell me that.

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WRITER
You don’t really have a clue.

‘REAL’ FILM AGENT
Yeah. I do. This might take over the world. But as a movie. And I know how to make a movie. So, I’m gonna stay in charge.

‘REAL’ TECH GIANT CEO
I think we’re playing with fire here.

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‘REAL’ FILM AGENT
So, is that it? You want to actually be in the movie? Use your real names? Are you gonna use an actor? Do you think you can do it yourself?

‘REAL’ TECH GIANT CEO
I’m just gonna let the scenes play out. Use actors. It’ll come back to us.

‘REAL’ FILM AGENT
You ever been in a movie?

‘REAL’ TECH GIANT CEO
I live my whole life in a movie.

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‘REAL’ FILM AGENT
Yeah. Well, a double plot’s not gonna work.

‘REAL’ TECH GIANT CEO
It’s not gonna be a double plot. One of us is gonna be crowned emperor. You or me. Not this guy. We’re gonna figure out, somewhere down the road, who that’s gonna be. Who’s gonna be in charge of what the content’s gonna be.

‘REAL’ FILM AGENT
It’s still gonna be a movie. We’re just gonna film a scene.

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‘REAL’ TECH GIANT CEO
Yeah. That’s why you couldn’t be see who the emperor was. I get it. It’s a movie. But it’s showing us where the world’s heading. And he’s right. It’s gonna be an empire. Nothing else will work.

WRITER
With some dimensionality.

‘REAL’ TECH GIANT CEO
Don’t give me that mystical shit. An empire’s an empire.

‘REAL’ FILM AGENT
Okay. Fine. I’m just gonna make the movie. You fuckers can argue about the rest of it.