I really had a hard time with this one. I just couldn't find an 'in' with the character at all.
We OPEN on a CLOSE UP of Ozymandias’ eye. Perfection has started to wane, wrinkles snake towards the eye, bloodshot streaks of red crackle across the eyeball.
CAPTION (OZYMANDIAS): Alexander wept when told there were an infinite number of worlds.
ZOOM OUT to shot Ozymandias, now an old man sat in a high backed throne. He wears a simple white tunic and billowing trousers. There is no decoration, pomp or ceremony about him.
The room he is in has dramatically high ceilings and windows but is devoid of any other furniture or features. Behind the throne we can see a huge set of doors that lead out to a balcony.
CAPTION (OZYMANDIAS): He wept for he had not yet conquered even one world.
CAPTION (OZYMANDIAS): He was getting ahead of himself.
CUT TO a shot looking towards the set of balcony doors from the outside. They have been pushed open and Ozymandias walks out through them towards us.
CAPTION (OZYMANDIAS): They say I am the smartest man on the planet. They say I have the future on my side.
CAPTION (OZYMANDIAS): They are right.
WIDE PANEL. CUT TO a shot looking over Ozymandias’ right shoulder gazing out at the view from the balcony.
We are very high up, Ozymandias is obviously in some kind of tower. As far as the eye can see there is nothing but the scattered remains and debris of a civilisation destroyed. Battered buildings jut from the dunes of a seemingly endless desert.
The landscape is dominated by two gigantic skyscrapers reaching towards the sky with nothing but their skeletal frames surviving.
Everything is gone.
CAPTION (OZYMANDIAS): But I will not leave this future in their hands.
CAPTION (OZYMANDIAS): I will save them from themselves, from despair.
CAPTION (OZYMANDIAS): I will save them from their frailties.
WIDE PANEL. CUT TO a shot of a young Ozymandias, somewhere in his early 20’s. He sits in a darkened bedroom, sitting bolt upright in his bed, sweat pouring off him.
CAPTION (OZYMANDIAS): But first?
CAPTION (OZYMANDIAS): First, I shall conquer my own.