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MD: Developmental Thread

Although the waiver draft is still going, I figure that some of us will be able to put out ideas for films (and now mini-series and television shows, see Rules thread) which we are going to produce for Season 3.

If anyone has any objections to the one thread format, please go ahead and give suggestions. I'm all ears.

I'll probably also put a linked list here to help people find other people's projects.


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Batman: Return of the Knight

Budget
$130 Million (the Sets in England are still standing)

Category
Inspired

Genre
Action/Drama

Runtime
2 to 2 1/2 hours

Rating
PG-13/14 AA (personally I felt Begins deserved a 14AA so I'm not sure what to put here)

Director
Christopher Nolan

Writers
Christopher Nolan
David S. Goyer

Composer
Howard Shore (The main change from Begins)

Cast
Christian Bale...Bruce Wayne/Batman
Michael Caine...Alfred Pennyworth
Gary Oldman...Lt. James Gordon
Leiv Schreiber...Asst. D.A. Harvey Dent
Paul Bettany...The Joker
Morgan Freeman...Lucius Fox
Natalie Portman...Barbara Gordon
David Suchet...Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
Cillian Murphy...Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow
Sophie Marceau...Harleen Quinzell
Colin McFarlane...Commisioner Loeb


Plot Summary (As posted Previously)
Film starts off three years after BB. The narrows have been mostly cleaned up however many untreated victims of the scarecrow still lurk around. The Joker has been incarcerted in Arkham for little over a year and as in the comics, has the psychiatrists at Arkham baffled. The super-sanity theory will be mentioned. Due to the outbreak, those being treated are being given temporary residence and as a result, there is constant shuffling of patients from cell to cell. Itcomes to pass that Crane aka the Scarecrow ends up in the same cell as the Joker.

The Joker learns from Crane certain chemical's effects on the brain, thus giving him his laughing gas (which plays a lesser role in this movie than B89). The two, combining their thoughts decide to team up and use some of Crane's former influence within Arkham, and a psychiatrist who has fallen madly in love with the Joker (Harleen Quinzel-note: she's not yet Harley Quinn) to escape from Arkham. After the breakout Crane and the Joker go to find a stash of fear toxins the Scarecrow hid before the outbreak. When they get there, the Scarecrow tries to double cross the Joker by throwing some of the fear toxin in his face, re-enacting this famous scene from the comics...

Scarecrow throws fear gas, Joker recoils in the corner screaming, Scarecrow turns to leave and suddenly hears laughter form out of the screams. Turns around to find the Joker towering over him...

"You idiot! I fear nothing! I'm beyond insane!"

The Joker proceeds to beat the crap out of Crane however stops before Crane dies as the police come in search of the two former inmates.

The Joker then finds his old group of cronies and begins to hunt down and kill off the higher ranks of Gotham's justice system. One of the scenes will involve the gassing of Commisioner Loeb. The films climax comes as the Joker, for inexplicable reasons at the time, paralyses Barbara Gordon in the same way as from the Killing Joke.

Gordon begins to break down at this point as Wayne starts devoting the most posible time and effort into finding the Joker. The film culminates in the Joker's hideout, likely an abbandonned warhouse or carnival which is booby-trapped for law enforcement individuals and Batman will ahve to find his way through for his final showdown with the Joker.

I'm thinking of introducing Gordon here ready to get his revenge on the Joker and then having Batman calm him down, thoguh I'm not really sure whether I want to do this or not so as its seems predicatble and cliched.

As for the Batman/Bruce Wayne side of things, which despite what is listed above may lead you to believe, will be the main side of this story. Wayne and Fox in this version begin to take up where Thomas Wayne left off, trying to rebuild Gotham. One of their primary contracts that they make is with a rising businessman called Oswald Cobblepot.

Meanwhile Fox and Wayne continue to manufacture some "prototypes" within the applied sciences division. alld end up not making the cut into release for Wayne Enterprises for some odd reason ( ) though I'm not sure which bat gadgets will be used for the film.

Meanwhile, Gordon has Barbara home after finishing college (or perhaps for the holidays, if I set the film during Christmas, which is a possiblity). Barbara takes an interest in Bruce which acts as the "love interest" of the movie, however this one acts differently to the coventional Batman love story and Wayne tries to side-step the relatioship as much as possible as she's younger and he doesn't want to get involved with the daughter of Gordon either way. Later, as said above, Barbara is shot and paralysed, and I might use something, like wayne rejecting a date for that night, to drive up the guilt factor.

I'm also going to use the sub plot of Cobblepot's involvement within the mafia, and his ascension to power with Falcone locked away. Batman will discover his links to the mob and as a result must find a way to break ties with him from Wayne Enterprises. Cobblepot will also be suplpying the Joker with knowledge for his killing spree and such.

Alfred and Dent will both have big roles, but I have'nt completely worked them in yet.

At the end of the movie, when the Joker is back in Arkham he will reveal his motive for the spree. I have'nt completely written out this part yet either, but it will be revenge agains the justice department for his capture and speifically against Gordon, who through a short flashback, will be replacing Batman as the man who "made" the Joker. He also notes that he just plain likes the chaos of it, in some way or another.

Note: Due to their being a previous film and so many loans being used, I'm withdrawing the film from Best Casting and Crew Selection categories.
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Grandfather Grimm

Budget
TBD

Category
Original

Genre
Drama

Runtime
TBD

Rating
PG

Director
Alfonso Cuarón

Writer
M. Night Shyamalan (Writer of Stuart Little and the up-coming Life of Pi)

Composer/Soundtrack
TBD

Cast
Brian Cox
Jodelle Ferland

Plot Summary
An old visiting his sickly grandaughter tries to tell ehr fairy tales to chear her up but can never remember the endings, and so the two make their own up together.
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Intern

Budget
TBD

Category
Original Concept

Genre
Comedy

Runtime
TBD

Rating
14-AA

Director
Mike Judge

Writer
Mike Judge

Soundtrack
Original Score by Tom Waits

Cast
James Franco

Plot Summary
A young man receives an internship at MTV only to discover the emptiness it creates.
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Little Black Box

Budget
TBD

Category
Original Concept

Genre
Drama

Runtime
1.5-2 Hours

Rating
14AA/R

Director
Cameron Crowe

Writer
Cameron Crowe

Composer/Soundtrack
Alan Silvestri

Cast
TBD

Plot Summary
A plane begins to have engine troubles on a trans-atlantic flight and is given an hour until it crashes. The film chronicles the final hour of the passengers' lives, their conversations and stories, and their struggle to accept their looming fate.
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The Cask of Amontillado

Budget
TBD

Category
Inspired

Genre
Drama, Thriller

Runtime
1.5 Hours

Rating
14-AA

Director
Terry Gilliam

Writer
Edgar Allan Poe (Short Story)
Terry Gilliam (Screenplay)

Composer/Soundtrack
TBD

Cast
Liam Neeson...The Narrator
Willem Dafoe...Joseph Fortunato
Tony Shalhoub...Giovanni Luchesi

Plot Summary
The movie, told in a non-linear style, follows through one story the revenge of The Narrator on his "friend" Luchesi, and through the other his preparation and motivation for doing so. Also note that the movie will be set in modern times, rather than the 19th century Poe story, though it does take place in Italy.
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Happy Thoughts
Pulled for the sake of HBW
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Padded Walls
Pulled due to lack of time to work on it.


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Instead of having seperate posts for each movie by each studio, can we just have a studio post with all of our ideas on that single post which we can go back and update as we work? This way we can just post a new message saying check out such and such message (or, even better, provide a link to our Studio post) and the rest of the thread can be used for comments?? Not sure how well it would work, but I think the more centralized everyone's ideas are the better, so none get lost in the jumble.

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Instead of having seperate posts for each movie by each studio, can we just have a studio post with all of our ideas on that single post which we can go back and update as we work? This way we can just post a new message saying check out such and such message (or, even better, provide a link to our Studio post) and the rest of the thread can be used for comments?? Not sure how well it would work, but I think the more centralized everyone's ideas are the better, so none get lost in the jumble.
Probably a good idea. That'll also save me the effort of linking all the projects when I can just link the post.

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First Announced Project :

Title : A Song of Ice and Fire - A Clash of Kings
Genre : Fantasy/Medieval
Category : Inspired
Running Time : 190 Minutes
Rating : R
Budget : 145 Million
Director : Peter Jackson
Writers : Fran Walsh, George R R Martin
Soundtrack : Original, John Williams
Cast:
Stannis Baratheon : Joseph Fiennes
Renly Baratheon : Colin Ferrel
Daenerys Targaryen : Catalina Sandino Moreno
Lady Catelyn Stark : Catherine Zeta-Jones
Tywin Lannister : Peter O'Toole
Queen Cersei Lannister : Annabella Sciorra
Jaime Lannister : Alan Tudyk
Jon Snow : Heath Ledger
Jeor Mormont : Derek Jacobi

Plot Summary : A comet the color of blood and flame cuts acros the sky. And from the ancient Citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a trecherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the mena nd women possessed of the coldest steel...and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.

In the land, there is the Iron Throne who's sitter is the king of all, and seven major factions, three of which are 'Wardend'...the Lannisters the Ward of the West, Starks of the North, Arryn's of the East, and the other houses of Frey, Tully, Baratheon, etc each having their own holdfast. With the death of Robert Baratheon in the first movie, the Lannisters now control the Iron Throne and all the land, as well as the West through Tywin.

In the first movie, King Robert Baratheon was slain by a boar (though under the effects of alcohol poisoned by his scheming wife, Queen Cersei), and when his Hand, Eddard Stark, began investigating, charges of treason were laid against him, and he was beheaded. Cerei's teenaged son conceived with her brother Jaime, though credited to Robert, became King, with Cersei effectively running the realm. However, Stark's son Robb has gathered his fathers' banners-at-arms and at the end of the first movie, was beginning to attack lands held by both the Lannisters on the Iron Throne in the South, and Tywin Lannister (Cersei's father), who was the Ward of the West. Starks were allied with the Freys, Arryns (Catelyn's sisters' new house) and Tullys (Catelyn's original house), the Lannister's with wildmen, with the Baratheon's unsure.

In the first movie, Daenerys Taragaryen, the sole remaning child of the king who was slain for Robert to take the throne 15 years past and was shipped away to another continent (only two known continents in the world) as an infant, had married a Dothraki (think : Natives) tribal leader, who was killed in battle. Their son was killed by the woman delivering it, right after her husband died, so when all of his 'bloodriders' left to start their own tribes since they were no longer bound, she took up arms with what few people she had left to build her own army, and reconquer the Seven Kingdoms. In this movie, she travels across the continent to build her army of slaves and volunteers and eunuchs. She was given three long-dead dragon's eggs as a wedding gift, and for an unkown reason, since she was the last of the 'House of Dragons', her touch gradually awakens them, and they hatch.

Jon Snow, ******* son of Eddard Stark before he married Catelyn, had lived with the Starks until Eddard left for King's Landing in the first movie, when he went up to the Wall and became a man of the Night's Watch. The Night's Watch was a group of people that used to be strong who gaurded the Realm by virtue of a 700-foot-high wall of anyone on the other side; wildlings and whatever else lay out there. They took vows, took no wife, absolved themselves of any previous scuffles and problems to serve on the Wall. The force is not what it once was, with most of the people there cravens, rapists, murderers, etc. Snow becomes a central figure, and on a ranging, is taken into captivity by a band of wildlings. Jeor Mormont is the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, and towards the end of the movie, leads a raid of all its strength to be done with the masses of wildlings gathering strength and forces beyond the wall.

Tywin Lannister is fighting Robb Stark throughout the movie, with the final scenes being a masses battle of all the Starks and their allies, all the Baratheons and all the Lannisters massed outside King's Landing. Ships, artillery, and a magic fire that grows with contact with water contributes to the absolute mayhem. Catelyn Stark is caught in the middle of it all, protecting, encouraing and strategizing with her son, while helping her father in his last days.

I hope this clears up the movie a bit better than the first one.

Second Announced Project :

Republic. Tv Mini-Series. Condensed outline in the next few days.

Third announced project :

Title : Cerebral
Budget : $45 Million
Category : Original
Genre : Drama
Running Time : 144 Minutes
Rating : PG-13
Director : Alan Parker
Writer : David McKenna
Composer/Soundtrack : Patrick Doyle
Cast :
Robert Newman : Jude Law
Carolyn Garett : Allison Janney
Brian Falker : Dule Hill
Monica Newman : Jewel Staite
Jerry Newman : Jack Nicholson
CIA Agent : Jean Reno

Plot Summary :

Robert Newman (Jude Law) is a Manhattan psychologist, specializing in trauma and post-traumatic stress patients. He's pretty much a loner, going to and from work on the subway, reading his magazines (New Yorker) and papers (New York Times) dilligently, keeping his Upper-East-Side apartment in impeccable and classy shape, with his cat Marbles for company. On the side, he's a mathematical wizard and enthusiast, solving equations out of university textbooks in his spare time. His age isn't given, but it's somewhere in his mid-late-30s. His neighbour and closest he has to a friend, Carolyn Garett, is always trying to take him out and have fun with him, but he almost always declines. One of his more recent patients, Brian Falker (Dule Hill), who just experienced the death of his younger sister while they were both at a nightclub and she got in a fight and was stabbed, relates to Newman that everywhere he looks, he sees a potential thief, criminal or murderer. It's starting to affect all aspects of his life, which is why he came to Newman.

Newman dwells on this particular patient as he goes about the following week or so, nothing changing about his regular pattern or whatnot. About a month after his first meeting with Falker, he gets a call from his own younger sister, Monica (Jewel Staite) in tears, as she tells him that his father was in critical condition back home in Wisconsin after suffering a stroke. Something about this news clicks into Newman's head, and he begins to suffer from increasingly acute anxiety. Whether it be elevators (he lives in a high-rise...begins taking the stairs up and down), the subway (he buys a bike so he can 'stay in control'), nightime (always is home before the sun sets, gets frantic about it when he has late patients) or central park, nearly every aspect of his previously-comfortable routine becomes a source of anxiety and fear. This comes to a turning point when he's confronted by a thief after walking home late since his bike was stolen and his patient was late. He gives the thief his wallet and sprints off to his apartment, and when he gets up there, he has a full blown panic attack. Once it subsides, he resolves to himself to create a focal point for his anxiety and fear. That focal point becomes the CIA and Secret Service, and he begins to think that agents are following him.

Over the next little while, he begins to get more paranoid throughout his home and worklife, though all his other anxiety is gone. He always has his blinds shut, at home and the office, has a radio on at medium volume so they can't hear him talk or think, doesn't answer the phone, and engulfs himself more and more in his maths and reading. He invests in a giant chalkboard that he puts up on the wall where a painting used to hang, and using his math skills, begins to track the 'patterns' of the agents. He makes a logbook and logs the descriptions, places, times and distance of the agents. One particularly gripping scene occures when he wakes up one morning and opens the kitchen cabinet to grab his shaving cream. When he closes it, the mirror reflects the agent behind him, leaning against his bathroom wall. The camera is placed behind Newman, so we see what he sees. He has a conversation with the 'agent', who reveals to him that they think he's a threat to the Soviet Union (though it no longer exists, the KGB is alive and well underground, the agent says) and that he will soon be apprehended for inspection. Newman picks up a glass and smashes it on the kitchen sink as he yells in frustration, and when he looks up the agent's gone. He hears a knocking at the door, and goes to get it. Carolyn is at the door, deathly worried for him since he hasn't been answering the phone, and asks him to go out that night to dinner. Newman agrees.

That night, as they walk home after dinner, Newman sees one lone agent turn out from an alleway ahead of them. He grabs Carolyn and pushes her up against the wall, fixed intently on the agent, yet Carolyn says no one's there. The agent dips back into the next alleyway, and Newman says it must have been his eyes acting up. They keep walking, albeit slightly faster, with Newman looking in all directions, until a few minutes later he sees several agents, one behind, one ahead and two ont he other side of the street. He begins to run, dragging Carolyn along with him, and just as the two agents from behind and in front would have reached him, he turns up the stairs into their apartment building. They run up the stairs full tilt, get up to his room where he closes and locks the door and they sit there in the dark for a second catching their breath. He tells her to talk in a quiet voice or they'll hear, and turns on a light. We're greeted with a messy living room, the chalkboard full of calculations and papers pinned up all over all the walls to continue the calculations. Newman goes into great detail explaining all his calculations, their patterns, the length of time it's been happening, their reasons, etc. Carolyn is now incredibly worried about his health, and the next day calls back to his sister in Wisconsin, asking her to take him back home for a bit to see his dad and recover himself from whatever it is that's troubling him. His sister does manage to convince him to go back to Wisconsin, where he does make what seems to be a full recovery. He heads back to New York, where everything seemingly returns to normal. Newman and Carolyn eventually form some form of romantic relationship, and he continues on with his practice.

Some time later, they are living together in his apartment, when they awaken to a knock at the door. Newman opens the door, and it's the agent (Reno), who says in a subdued voice "I want to talk to you" as he drags Newman out into the hall. There's an agent on either side of the doorframe, and they drag him out onto the street and load him into an unmarked van. Just before getting in, he manages to put up a fight and bring the two agents down and begins to fight Reno. He's on top of him and in control, their faces inches apart, when he comes to a realisation through a series of incredibly quick flashbacks : The 'agent' was the same thief who set off his anxiety, and though there weren't agents tailing him, the face he put on the agent in his bathroom was the thief who had mugged him. It is assumed that Reno got his information through his wallet, and decided to pay him a visit. Newman drops Reno to the ground and stalks shakingly up the stairs back to their apartment. He opens the door to find Carolyn sitting on the couch asking who it was at the door. The final shot shows Newman's back with Carolyn off to the left of the screen, as Newman closes the door behind him.saying "it was real."

The first half of the movie depends greatly on silence. There aren't a whole lot of lines said outside of work and the occassional interactions, and even then minimal, and it isn't really until Carolyn comes along more forcefully that dialogue begins to emerge more. The uses of shadows and darker lights are emphasized in Newman's flat, despite the modern and classy decor, and the New York at night is right out of Hollywood, with steaming sewers, a strangely empty 8th Avenue during the mugging, etc. The movie is realtively slower-paced, with several anti-climactic moments. I really hope the mood came across decent enough.

Fourth Announced Project:

Title : Marshall's Circus
Budget : 75 Million
Category : Original Concept
Genre : Drama/Twisted
Running Time : 163 Minutes
Rating : PG-13
Director : Robert Altman
Writer : David McKenna
Composer/Soundtrack : Patrick Doyle
Cast :

Liam Aiken - Francis Macker
Michael Clarke Duncan - Aidan Rich
Danny Devito - Johnnie Jenkins
Jude Law - Robbie Cane
Sam Neill - Ned Macker
Connie Neilsen - Mary Macker
Summer Glau - Angela Black
Kate Winslet - Becky Milot
Anthony Hopkins - Marshall

Plot Summary :

The Mackers, Ned and Mary with their 11-year-old son Francis, live in a poor village several miles away from the nearest town, where the factory is that provides all the jobs. Every adult male in the town and the surrounding villages works at the coal mine, creating a very bleak outlook on life. One day, on the 4-mile walk home from work, Ned notices a poster advertising the coming to the town of a circus, Marshall's Circus. Known for their stunts, musicians, dancers and complete atmosphere, the Circus' arrival is a huge occassion, and Ned promises he'll take Francis. He saves up for a month, and even then, can only afford one ticket. He buys it for Francis, and promises to wait beside a tree just outside the main entrance.

The circus itself is twisted and rather dark. There's the main ring area, rather wide and carved into a '3/4 circle' (semi-circle gone on farther at the two sides), with a stage taking up the other 1/4, with a Piano in one corner of it. At the back of the stage is a giant wall with paintings of various twisted clowns and animals on it. Behind the stage and painting is the backstage area, with changerooms, cages for a lion and tiger, monkeys, etc and all the props. The circus act itself is rather odd and off-beat, with the circus leader Jenkins stringing it all together. In between acts, there's a song played by the always-cigarette-smoking, sleeping-with-the-dancers boozehound Robbie Cane and the two dancers, Angela Black and Becky Milot. Aidan Rich is Jenkins' assistant, and the only black man with the Circus.

Towards the end of the show, with half the crowd loving it and half the crowd rather perplexed (Francis a mix of both), Jenkins brings out the lion when all hell breaks loose. The lion gets loose in the crowd and bites the head off one crowd member who was especially loud with his displeasure at the show. The crowd scrambles, and Francis gets easily lost and confused in the mayhem. Rich comes in and picks him up, saving him from getting trampled. They go out to see if Ned is outside, and he's not, so Rich takes him back in where they settle down as the circus packs up quickly. Francis gets dragged with the circus against his will, since Rich believes his dad was killed and takes him on.

Cane is a chain-smokin jerk who is always sleeping with the two dancers, fondling them, etc...Angela is a royal ***** to Francis, as she's trying to get more of Cane's attention...Becky is nice, if dismissive, to Francis, and is pretty much his only friendly face next to Aidan. Jenkins ignores Francis practically the whole time, only saying "yeah, whatever" to bringing him along. Marshall, no one ever talks to or meets except Jenkins. The various clowns, supporting actors, etc barely acknowledge Francis, though it all seems quite scary to him, which is how the film's shot.

The rest of the movie involves them travelling from city to city, various shows, etc with Francis watching and becoming more engrossed in an innocent way, gradually forgetting about what happened, though still not happy really. Towards the end of the circus part, Aidan tells Francis of 'the Paradise City', a city with millions of people, with avenues that stretch for miles, skyscrapers touching the sky, etc. It's the final show of their tour, and towards the end, some of the side actors take Francis away from his customary watching spot backstage, pushing him nearer the exits. Aidan sees this and rushes to help, shoving and punching the actors away. Marshall himself comes out and orders more of his men to rush them out, until Aidan picks up Francis and dashes for the exit. They run and run, then walk, until they're out in the country. Eventually, Francis is taken back home by Aidan, where he sees that his dad is still alive, and worried as all hell along with his mother. They treat Aidan with utter contempt, however, since he's black, and the closing shot of the movie is Aidan walking out of the garden, and up the road, going over the hill as the sun rises.

Fifth Announced Project
Title : Ward 12
Budget : 10 million
Category : Inspired
Genre : Off-beat Drama
Running Time : 111 Minutes
Rating : PG-13
Director : Bill Forsyth
Writer : David McKenna
Composer/Soundtrack : A Perfect Circle
Cast :
Flight Lieutenant Donald Mockerie - Ralph Fiennes
Nurse Marisa - Rachel Weisz
Colonel Sanders - Peter Stormare
Private Hodgins - Dule Hill
Dr. Burrow - Jack Nicholson
Dr. Frank Lee Wright - Anthony Hopkins
Donald's brother, Anthony Mockerie - Joseph Fiennes
Seargeant Floomberry Westhamwich - Sam Neill
Nurse Lauren - Denise Richards

Plot Summary : This is a movie mix...I've written short stories using lyrics from APC's songs before for school, and the Hotel California movie last year, though it wasn't my favourite, showed me it could be done on here. I hope it doesn't seem like I'm copying Phenomenon too much, but I thought this would work well as well, since it isn't as by-the-lyric as Hotel California is, mainly the general idea, that is, of a patient being convinced the nurse loves him and not the others, is implemented.

The movie is basically the song 'The Nurse Who Loved Me' by APC acted out, with creative elaboration. It's a field hospital nearing the end of WWII, and Flight Lieutenant Donald Mockerie (Fiennes I) was shot down in a dogfight just over friendly lines, so he's taken back to a field hospital. He remembers none of this, and when he's woken up, he's speaking gibberish, is deemed shocked into some form of crazy state and is put in the psychiatric ward of the field
hospital. There, though other companions come and ago, the people who stay with him is a deranged Colonel Sanders (Stormare) who is convinced the Russians are out to get him, and that he must get away from Europe as soon as possible; Private Hodgins (Hill), an infantry foot soldier who's completely colourblind, and has great fun telling everyone how he can see the world in black and white; and Seargeant Floomberry Westhamwich (Neill), a British seargeant who's convinced he's a descendant of King Henry VIII, and that he should be running the country. The two nurses, Marisa (Weisz) and Lauren (Richards), take doting care of their patients, and sometimes sit with them. There's the on-house doctor, Dr. Burrow (Nicholson), who's a bit loony himself and takes great joy in playing a Bugle Call at 5 in the morning in the ward, which works to get the
patients up so he can check them up, as well as scaring them by convincing them they all have some form of life-ending disease and have only moments to live. Finally, there's the psychiatrist, Frank Lee Wright (Hopkins) who comes in once a week to check in on the patients, and is relatively normal, as well as Donald's brother Anthony (Fiennes II), who comes in to check on his brother at odd times, in odd ways. He's a rather shaky, nervous, paranoid individual, and the other patients don't help his actions.

The room they are in is a big, white room with 6 beds, 3 on each side, with windows on one side of the room. There's a door at one end, and a sink and various medical supplies at the other. There's various rather odd paintings ont he walls, for instance, one that's all white with a small black dot in it (Stormare's bed is across from this, and he stares at the dot for hours on end, saying how it'll improve his night vision for when he's running from the Ruskies), etc.

The movie starts off with the camera slowly moving down the hallway towards the room as the hospital staff is busy walking past the camera, etc. The first little bit is a semi introduction to the characters, as we hear them talking amongst themselves, and we learn their various oddities. Donald himself is relatively normal, just lays there quietly, thinking. About 10 or 15 minutes in, we hear female voices approaching, and the two nurses come in to feed the
soldiers lunch. This is the first time Donald's seen them, and he's immediately stricken by Marisa. She looks at him and their eyes meet, he becomes 'thunderstruck', and from then on, he's convinced that she loves him, since she looked at him different than anyone else. He can barely manage to get "thank you" out as she gives him lunch, and watches her on his way out. The scene ends as the boys rib him for barely speaking. After that, we get introduced to his brother as he visits him, the doctors, etc. As the movie goes on we see him begin to reveal to his mates about how Marisa loves him, she drops hints, etc. At one point, he tells Dr. Wright about it, who acts all believing. After that, he goes out and talks to Burrow and tells him that he thinks his mind is truly lost, etc. Burrow comes in and tells Donald that Marisa has been transferred to another hospital, and that she won't be coming back, etc. In reality, she'd been given a week's leave, but Donald believed Burrow, and didn't say a single word for a week.

A week later, Marisa is back and Donald doesn't know it yet. The night before, he had had a dream that they had been able to run away together, and he woke up worse than usual. The lunchtime bell rings, and she comes in, and his heart leaps incredibly, and he starts babbling. When she gets to him, he grabs her arm and asks her to run away with him, explaining in a whisper while staring intently in her eyes that he knows that she loves him, it's obvious, etc. She tells him no in the sweetest way possible, and he's crushed, and reverts back to silence. A few weeks later, he's transferred to a real psychiatric hospital back in London. The final scene is when we see the new staff putting him in his new, solitary, room with padded walls, a bed, light on the ceiling, etc. The camera moves slowly out the room, then down the hallway slowly, in almost the same fashion as the movie started, only in reverse.

I picked up Forsyth for this movie alone. I haven't seen any of his stuff, but my dad, stepmom and step-great-uncle were having a conversation about him tonight, and some of his good stuff was rather off-beat and weird. I have to check him out, but since HBW probably wouldn't give up Tim Burton for the world, I figured he was my next best shot, especially since no one had him. If it's too much similar in concept to HC, let me know and I'll see what I can do, though I think the only similarity is basing a movie around a song.


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Human

Budget per Episode and Total Budget
Genre: fantasy/drame
Running Time per Episode: 60 minutes
Amount of Episodes: 18
Rating: M
Head Director: David Nutter
Head Writer: Chris Carter
Writing Staff: James Wong, Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan
Composer: Mark Snow
Main Cast:

Andre Brougher - Dobonukku/Doby
DB Sweeney - The Watcher

Recurring Guest Roles

Plot Summary:

The pilot begins with a hazy shot of a group of warriors walking towards the camera which moves to focus on one member of the troupe who turns to look back as we see a massive gate swing shut in the foggy distance. A small detail that can be caught is that none of the warriors have the little depression in the middle of their upper lips, each side just sort of comes together to form a ridge. Then the opening credits/theme song starts.

The pilot begins in earnest with Doby awakening on the empty floor of an empty room in an empty house. He's naked. He's confused. Lost almost. And he looks familiar. He's the warrior who turned and watched the gate close. And, of course, he has the little indentation on his upper lip now.

As the season progresses, Doby fills out his life. He doesn't fit in, not really, but he tries. He discovers a life has been set up for him. Not a job, but he has a history he doesn't remember, and enough money to really get started. He discovers his life sorting through kitchen drawers and deposit boxes and the under car seats, finding new bits and chunks of information or clues to new information seemingly everywhere. He has a few changes of clothes in his closet. He finds a manilla folder on a bench in the basement with his "past" in it.

What Doby does have is a distinct feeling of what he is. Or was. But is unsure of what he has become or why. It isn't until he bumps into a former preacher who sees what his former (though not necessarily true) nature and re-affirms Doby's intuitive thoughts about himself that he begins to feel a bit more comfortable with himself, and also begins asking serious questions about his situation and role.

He knows he is, or was, one of the Fallen. He doesn't know why he's on earth, or why he's suddenly human. He has to not only find out why he is what he is, but fit into his new surroundings. The season will stay away from many directly spiritual episodes, and will focus on Doby finding his humanity and fitting into that world, reconciling his nature with his situation and trying to decide what path he will take in his "life."

I'm still filling this thing out, and putting it together, but this is a rough sketch of what Ihave in my head. It's very reminiscent of Brimstone, an earlier Fox series, but not so action oriented and focusing more on what makes a person human, and how well our pasts may define our nature. can anyone give me an idea on budgets, though?

Sick City 2

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Animator: Hayao Miyazaki
Writer: Hayao Miyazaki
Budget: $17 million
Category: Original Concept
Genre: sci/fi, fantasy, animated
Running Time: 134 minutes
Rating: pg
Composer/Soundtrack:
Cast:

Ethan Hawke - Walter
Anna Paquin - Christina

Plot Summary:

During the monorail trip back into the wastelands, supposedly to another Sick City, Walter and Christina learn the Librarians secret. They hadn't been the first visitors from one of the Sick Cities to come to the Librarian's door step. And the Librarian had long ago gone horribly insane. It had killed all previous visitors from the various sick cities who made its way to its door, and was planning on killing them by taking them into the middle of nowhere, and slaughtering them before taking the Monorail back to the library.

As Walter and Christina dispatch of the Librarian, we learn Christina's secret. She is one of the surviving members from an expedition from another Sick City that had encountered the Librarian. That is how she knew how to operate the view screen in their cabin in the monorail and how she knew to bring up the right bits of accessible video detailing the history of the world.

She also knows where they can go in the wastelands for help. The monorail is useless without the Librarian to control it, so they must walk. Christina leads Walter to The Weepers.

The Weepers are possibly all that is left of those who lived outside the walls of a Sick City. They fill in the history that Walter and Christina hadn't had the chance to view on the monorail. The world outside of the Sick Cities had continued its normal rise and fall. Nations rose to power, fell to obscurity. People lived, people died, the race as a whole possibly prospered. But then came the war,the result of it being the wasteland they now inhabited, and the genetic mutation which plagued the Weepers. The Weepers no longer had eyes. Flesh had grown over them long ago, but the tear ducts strangely remained and continually flowed.

At the end of the movie, Christina and Walter arrive at another Sick City and we are left to wonder if they could convince humanity to wander back into the world, to regain the position they once held.

Exposure

Budget: $20 million
Category: Inspired
Genre: drama
Running Time: 104 minutes
Rating: R
Director: Sofia Coppola
Writer: Sofia Coppola
based on: Exposure by Kathryn Harrison
Composer/Soundtrack:

Cast:

Ann Rogers - Maria Bello
Edgar Rogers - Nick Nolte
Carl (Ann's husband) - Ethan Hawke
Theo (speed dealing receptionist) - Jeremy Davies
Benny (partner at Visage Video) - Giancarlo Esposito

Plot Summary:

Ann is the thirty-seven year old co-founder of Visage Video, an uber successful video company that records special events, etc. and then puts them into a movie format for people. She is in the early stages of becoming a diabetic, is a speed junkie and a chronic shoplifter. She is married to a man who works as a renovator and who has no idea how messed up she is.

She is also the daughter of a famous (perhaps infamous) photographer father who made a name for himself photographing his adolescent-young adult daughter nude and in sexual situations. A twenty-five year retrospective of her Father's work is about to go on display at the Museum of Modern Art.

As the opening of the retrospective nears, Ann's life spirals out of control. He drug habit worsens, her shoplifting becomes more prolific (and she begins getting caught), and her marriage is slowly being torn away.

Ann must find a way to reconcile herself with her past and her connection to her father, as well as dealing with the various afflictions she has allowed to fester in her life. Will she be able to turn her life around, or will she spiral out of control and crash spectacularly?

Growing up Green

Budget:
Category: original concept
Genre: drama
Running Time:
Rating: R
Director:
Writer:
Composer/Soundtrack:
Cast:

Kenneth Green - Harry Dean Stanton
Morris Green - Gene Hackman
Harlan Green - James Cromwell
Charles Green - Paul Newman
Oliver Green - DB Sweeney
Gladys Green - Charlotte Rampling
Janice Green - Sissy Spacek
Shirley Green (Ken's wife) - Francis McDormand
Lorena Green (Harlan's wife) - Lily Tomlin
Mary Collie (Charles' girlfriend) -
Abrams Green (Green patriarch) - Nick Nolte
Marie Green (Green matriarch) - Sheila Tousey
Arlene (Green) Rickman (ken's daughter) - Jodie Foster
John Rickman (ken's grandson)- Elijah Wood
James Green (ken's son)- Oliver Platt

Plot Summary:

When Ken Green's car breaks down along a desolate stretch of road and he has to go out into the pouring rain to change a tire, he is pulled into a memory from his forty-seven years before that may have formed the pivotal point of his life.

Allowing this one memory to spring back to the surface releases a flood of subsequent memories that forces Ken to re-evaluate his life and the choices he has made, along with the choices is siblings have made and the violent upbringing from whence they all arise from.

Moving from violent beatings by a neglectful, hateful father to driving tireless cars down railroad tracks and visiting burlesque houses during winter respites from construction work with his brothers, Ken re-lives his life through conversations he has with his siblings and the stories he proceeds to tell his only grandson.

Untitled William Gibson and Rockne S. O'Bannon TV Project
Budget per Episode and Total Budget:
Genre: scifi
Running Time per Episode: 60 minutes
Amount of Episodes: 20
Rating: pg13/m
Head Director:
Head Writers: Rockne S. O'Bannon, Paul Attanasio and William Gibson
Main Cast:

Jack Burroughs - Ben Browder
Albert Eliot -
Reuben Adams -
Anne Lem -
Kurt Salinger -

Recurring Guest Roles:

Molly -
Finch -
Case -

Plot Summary:

A television series based in the near distant future so-cal area, but extending along the coast. It will focus on a privately run security company that offers high-cost protection and detective services to the wealthy and elite (though not necessarily legal). It will focus on the interactions of the security personel and the conflicts brought about by their careers and personal lives. I would like to break the season up into "mini-movies" where story lines are stretched out over several episodes before being resolved and features of which can be brought up again several episodes down the line.

It will be a world based upon the writings of William Gibson, in particular Virtual Light and Neuromancer and while none of the characters from those novels will player main roles, a few of the more notable characters (Molly, Finch, Case, Tessier-Ashpoole company, among others) will play recurring guest roles and be featured in occasional story lines.

Gulch
Budget: $50 million
Category: Original Concept
Genre: western/action
Running Time: 144 minutes
Rating: R
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Composer/Soundtrack:
Cast:
Kevin McKidd
Jason Statham
Kris Kristofferson
Karel Roden
John Travolta
Peter Weller
Christian Slater

Plot Summary:

Five bounty hunters are hired to kill a prominant landowner in the Arizona mining town of Gulch. They are professional killers and are all being paid very well to carry out the job. But they also all have very large bounties on their own heads, as does the man who hired them. As the time comes to kill their target, and to then get away and collect the rest of their pay for the job, the group unravels and begins gunning for eachother, as at least one of them has plans to not only take the pay for killing the landowner, but collecting on the bounties of all of the killers as well.


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Here's what's in store for season 3:

-A new David Fincher movie starring Russell Crowe
-A joint project with another leading studio.

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SOSHOPSAFE

Directed by: Christopher Guest
Written by: Eugene Levy and Christopher Guest

Genre: Mockumentary/Comedy

Rating: PG

Budget: $25 million

Cast:
John Turtorro - Danny, security guard, and founder and president of SOSHOPSAFE
Patrick Warburton - Assistant Director in charge of securing 3rd level terrorists targets at the Department of Homeland Security
Duane Johnson - VP Sales of SECURICOM, one of the leading security companies in the world, who has created a whole new line of products specifically for mall security. They are the chief sponsor behind the event
Brad Garrett - Former mall security guard, now working for the CIA, after he reached hero status by detecting a known terrorist while he was shopping for socks
Jon Favreau - Mall security guard, and SOSHOPSAFE New Jersey regional chapter president
Eugene Levy - Manager of the mall which Danny works at.
Samantha Bee - Danny's girlfriend
Ethan Suplee - Security guard, North Dakota SOSHOPSAFE regional chapter president
Jared Leto - The Sacremento SOSHOPSAFE regional chapter president. A young kid who's trying to become a cop, but has been unable to get in yet. He's gung ho on law enforcement, and is trying to build his resume.
Terrence Dashon Howard - Philadelphia regional chapter president.

Synopsis:
Danny is a the head security guard at the St. Louis Galleria. He takes his job very seriously. After the president's latest state of the union address, where he addresses the nation after more recent terrorist threasts cast the potential to undermine confidence in the security in America, and poses a threat to the American economy, as people fear leaving the safety of their home. There are two key elements of his address than touch a cord with Danny. The president employs all security agencies to show courage and leadership. He also tells Americans to go shopping, like they would any other day, as to not let the terrorists win. Danny, inspired by the president's words, feels its up to him to answer the call, as he is on the front lines. It's up to him to organize mall security guards across the country.

So, he goes to work in creating an association for mall security guards called SOSHOPSAFE (Security Officers Securing HOmeland Public Shopping Areas From Evil), and organizes their first ever conference. The movie covers the trials and turbulations that Danny has in organizing a conference for his peers, such as trying to get enough delegates from across America, getting keynote speakers from the various government agencies, having security companies demonstrate their products at the booths and coming up with appropriate seminar topics.

Some of the seminar topics will include:
-Stopping Terrorists From Shoplifing America's Freedom
-Being Pro-active: How to use the Patriot Act to our advantage
-Red Wire, Blue Wire: How to diffuse a bomb with a pocket knife
-How to evacuate a major shopping centre in 90 seconds flat
-The good of the many outweighs the good of the one - When to sacrifice yourself for the good of your country

Some of the products that will be on display:
-The Profiler - a sophisticated security camera that can examine and process facial features in order to identify people of Middle Eastern descent.
-The Purchase Tracker - A software package that identifies when a "flagged" item has been purchased from any store in the mall. Potential items to flag include "Flying for dummies", large quantities of chemical fertilizers, box-cutters, etc.
-Riot control gear that allows for ad space for stores
-Various sophisticated tracking equipment, and automated weapons for the security guards

Notes:
The movie will follow Guest's patented mockumentary style. The camera follows Danny as he tries to put this thing together for the first half, and then follows the events of the conference itself in the second half. The characters are the real focus, as the plot just serves as a backdrop. Like other similar films, the real joy will be watching the actors do a great job of improvising, and coming up with off-the-wall backstories on their characters. There will be more than a few digs at the current U.S. administration on security, but nothing too deep. The characters will be wacky, and it will be shown as people that are a little off the deep end. It does make a statement about overzealous security concerns and the absurd importance of shopping during times of crisis in the American economy, but it is first and foremost a comedy.

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Conspiracy

TV Series

Director: Stephen Hopkins

Writer:
Dan Brown
Robert Cochran
Joel Surnow

Overview:
This is a television series, in the style of 24, where each episode will be an hour of real time, with the season being 24 episodes long.

Cast:
Guy Pearce - Dr. Thomas Porter
Katherine Isabelle - Isabelle Douglas
David Hewlett - Daniel Rosenbaum
Michael Caine - Nigel Douglas
Xander Berkely - Fred Williams, head of the research team
Miguel Sandoval - A Venezuelen Oil Executive
Josh Charles - Pearson, former military operative, now a hired killer.

Number of Episodes: 24

Cost: $3.5 million per episode. A whopping $84 million cost for the season. Very high for a television series. A second season will see the costs rise, but Pearce is the central character, and the only one that is guaranteed to return season to season, and he's the only one that could demand a major pay raise. Dan Brown is the other "name" attached to this project, and his pay check would also be signficant. Much of the cost is due ot the high production values involved in such a show. As a comparison, the first season of 24 cost $35 million.

Filming locations would take place in Europe, another major expense. Again, risky, but I am trying to follow the Dan Brown template, and I think it's a necessary expense.

Synopsis:
-Guy Pearce is a Princeton professor, Dr. Thomas Porter, specializing in popular consipiracy theories in modern civilization. He is not so much a believer in these consipiracies, but instead, examines the social context, and examines how these theories develop. His general outlook is that most of these theories are usually fabricated, and are likely the outcome of exaggerations, with a few solid facts between, and usually imaginitive thinking by theorists to fill in the blanks. His focus is on the societal influences that shape these issues, rather trying to expose them as real conspiracies.
-The time period has him returning back to the U.S. after spending time researching in the Middle East about the long standing theory of alternate fuel technology being suppressed, and many of the factors going into it. He comes back a little disappointed, as he found many doors closed to him, not allowing to really come to conclusive findings.
-Michael Caine will play an old friend of Dr. Porter's father, Dr. Peter Thomas. The plot will be that they met up accidently while he is passing through Belgium, on a bit of a mini-holiday on return from his trip to the Middle East.
-When Caine and Pearce's character's meet, Caine is very vague as to what he's working on. He says that he's busy now, but they should meet up in a couple of hours, to join him when he's scheduled to meet his daughter Isabelle (Katerine Isabelle) for dinner. Caine's character looks extremely paranoid while they speak, making Porter suspicious that he has something he wants to tell him.
-Michael Caine will play an environmental scientist, working on an alternate fuel source with a group of other leading minds on the subject. Even he isn't fully aware of who he is working for. He reports to a Dr. Fred Williams (Xander Berkely), who manages the whole group. He is not allowed to reveal who they all work for, but all of them are well paid. The issue of who they are all working for is kept secret by Williams. The worry is, that other alternate fuel projects have been sabotaged in the past by parties interested in maintaining the worlds dependency on oil.
-The time period of the first season will be on the eve of a major environmental symposium. The plot will deal with the intended announcement of this new fuel technology.
-Caine's character will die off in the first or second episode, before he goes to meet Isabelle's and Pearce's character, at the hands of the assassin.
-There will be a hired killer, who murders Caine's character, Pearson (Josh Charles), and goes after the two protagonists. He will have a former U.S. military background, but has since become a contract killer. He is not a large man, but is athletic. His right hand is permanantly disabled though, although his arm is fully functioning. He also has signficant scars on the right side of his face.
-While Isabelle and Porter are waiting for Caine's arrival, they start discussing that he seemed to want to tell them something. Isabelle seems like she knows something, but doesn't reveal everything. They receive a call that her father is dead.
-As the plot moves forward, and more is learned about the research (from Isabelle, a graduate student in her father's field, as they come across the research of the other dead scientists).
-Porter's knowledge of the mystique of the conspiracy theory is the driving force behind figuring out who is involved, and untangling the web. Isabelle's role is to piece together the science, trying to figure out some of the potential conwequences of the research, mainly, it's potential use as a destructive weapon, creating more suspicion on the intentions behind these murders.

Other Major Characters:
-David Hewlett will play another scientist on the team, who is at risk of being killed, but is also suspected of being behind the killing. The team of scientists is made up of 5 people (Hewlett, Caine, Berkely, and 2 other generic characters that are killed off 2nd and 3rd). Porter gets to him before the killer, however, escaping death from the killer raises his involvement in the scheme.
-Miguel Sandoval will play a Venezuelan oil company president that Porter is familiar with, and, who is unexpectedly seen at the symposium. Doubt is raised on his involvement in the suppression of this new technology, as he stands to make big gains from the continued production of oil.
-The U.S. Secretary of State (Bruce Gray) will be participating in the Symposium, which raises doubt on America's potential involvement.
-There will be a character who will be leading the criminal investigation into Michael Caine's death, who is not very receptive to the theories that Porter and Isabelle put forward, leading them to investigate on their own. Once they start appearing at the sites of the murder, suspicion is cast on them, forcing them to operate without the co-operation of the police. Doubt is raised as to whether he is working for the bad guys.
-The American ambassador to Belgium (Stephen Tobolowsky), who Porter and Isabelle go to for help, isn't fully co-operative. He appears to know more than he lets on.

General Notes:
-This is a rather risky project for me. The decision to do this, came from my enjoyment of 24. When you break that show down, it can be far-fetched, but it's so fast paced, that it's a treat to watch. I've also read all of Dan Brown's books, and all of them shared a lot of similarities in structure to 24. They all took place in about a 24 hour period. They all had a lot of twists and turns, that sometimes require leaps in logic, but always kept you guessing. I figure it was an easy transition to a TV series like this for Dan Brown, better than going down the film route, where plot inconsistencies would become more glaring. Still, it represented a huge challenge. One thing you need to give credit to Dan Brown for, is that he's a great researcher, something that I can't really match. I've come up with a plotline, but I can't really delve into the details like he can. As a result, I wasn't able to map out a whole season's plotline, just introduce the main elements. Trying to map it out that far in advance would have been much too difficult for me.
-Since the focus is on a completely different character than someone like Jack Bauer, I figure I could use the 24 template, with the same production staff, yet not be too similar in style to 24. I hate franchised television shows (i.e. all the cSI's and Law and Orders), and feel that all they do is dilute the original project. This shouldn't have that problem hopefully, as I think this show would really stand well on its own.
-I've outline the plot for the first season. I don't know if I'll be able to run multiple seasons of this or not (either due to it being popular enough in this game, or having enough creative juice to deliver another season).
-After I came up with this project, I was doing some research, and found out that the producers of 24 actually looked into purchasing the rights to the Da Vinci Code when it first came out (before it became a massive best seller) to use as the plot line for season 3 of 24. When the book started taking off, it was clear that it was too big for the show, and the producer, Joel Silver, actually secured the film rights for it, and is behind the 2006 release. I guess I wasn't the only person to see the similarities between the two.

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BFG

Director: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

Writer: Andrew Stanton

Composer: TBD

Rating:: G

Runtime: 95 minutes

Genre: Computer Animated/Family/Comedy

Cast:

Morgan Freeman
Dennis Haysbert
Brad Garrett
Patrick Warburton
Dennis Quaid

Synopsis:
A young girl discovers the secret world of giants, and becomes acquanted with the Big Friendly Giant (Morgan Freeman), or the BFG for short. Together, they work to stop the other evil giants (Dennis Haysbert, Partick Warburton and Brad Garret) from eating children across the world. They enlist the help of the President of the U.S. to help stop them (Dennis Quaid).

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Mr. Abuse

Director: Harold Ramis

Composer: Danny Elfman

Writer: Harold Ramis

Cast:
Ewan McGregor - "Dorkus" David Orkus
Amanda Peet - Sarah
Jon Stewart - Rick
Steve Buscemi - Bill Bibley
Ajay Naidu - Dilip Panchar
Alexandra Wentworth - David's Ex-girlfriend, Anne
Eugene Levy

Synopsis:
David Orkus, or Dorkus to most people, always been a bit of a loser. He has never been able to really stand up for himself. He's accustomed himself to take the constant insults and rage thrown at him. It bothers him, but he's never really been able to do anything about it, so he just rolls along. He receives it from his boss (Levy) and co-workers (Stewart, Colbert) working for, his girlfriend (Silverman) and even his friends. Life's not great, but he manages. That is, until he gets laid-off from his job, thanks to being set-up by his co-worker Rick (Stewart). He comes home, to find his that his girlfriend has kicked him out of his apartment.

Having to pick up the pieces, David looks for work where he can, but without too much luck. He ends up working for Dilip Panchar, in his convenience store. Dilip is an odd man, and an enthusiastic business person. He talks constantly of all of his big ideas, and how he will be rich one day. However, he also continues to abuse poor David. After a few such incidents, Panchar remarks how good David is at taking abuse. He comes up with a business idea, called Mr. Abuse, where people can yell and take out their frustrations on him. They distrubte flyers, and run the business from out of the store, and the business starts to become a success.

One client that starts coming to him is Sarah Gill, at the urging of one of her friends. She stuck in a bad relationship with a guy who treats her badly, and it's not in her nature to take it out on anyone. It turns out, the guy is former co-worker Rick Johnson (stewart), who is unaware of the whole thing.

Meanwhile the business continues to succeed, spawning a local copycat business operated by Bill Bibly (Steve Buscemi). A loser in his own right, his competitive advantage is to offer a full service package where bodily contact is allowed. (Note: This side plot is more of an excuse to throw Buscemi in a cameo, and get some cheap laughs off Buscemi getting knocked around. It's not really integral to the plot).

Meanwhile, Mr. Abuse continues to grow, and becomes successful. The sessions with Sarah become more personal in nature, and a bond is quickly formed by the two, giving him one person in his life who treats him well. He continues with the business. One day, Rick, walking down the street with Sarah, see a flyer for Mr. Abuse right outside of Dilip's store (whose the listed contact person). Turns out that he's been much angrier now that he doesn't have David to push around anymore, and when he finds out that his favourite whipping boy is available for some verbal abuse, he decides to partake for old times sake. David refuses, standing up for himself for the first time. Rick starts yelling at him and abusing him, and David kindly reminds him that he doesn't have to take that. Sarah and Dilip both stand to his defence, another first for him. Rick, pissed off, takes a swing at him, misses, and David clocks him cold. When he comes to, Bill Bibly is there hands him a card, telling him if he ever wants to be able to beat someone up, to give him a call.

They decide to close up shop on Mr. Abuse though, as David really doesn't want to continue with this business. Dilip throws his arm over his shoulder and tells him, don't worry, he's got a thousand more ideas.

Cut to a scene a year later, with David and Dilip both in suits in a bank. The bank manager is telling them the proceeds of the sale of their latest business (insert some wacky product idea in here). He asks them what their going to do with their money. They say they have some investment opportunities that they're looking into. Cut to another scene, where we see both guys in David's old company, with his old co-workers and boss carrying their stuff out in boxes. Sarah comes in getting David to make some decisions regarding their wedding. Life is good for our heroes. Roll credits.

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The Incumbent

Director: Alexander Payne

Writer: Aaron Sorkin

Composer: W.G. Snuffy Walden

Budget: $30 million

Category: Original

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Runtime: 115 minutes

Cast:
Macauly Culkin - Jason Forsythe
Christopher Lee - Donald McAllister
Scarlett Johansson - Denise McAllister
Dennis Quaid - Brian Edwards
Joan Cusack - Rebecca Forsythe

Synopsis:

Jason is in his last year of high school, a few months away from graduation. He lives in a moderate sized town (never specified, but a few hundred thousand people). One day, in Mr. Edwards' (Quaid) civics class, a guest speaker is brought in, Donald McAllister. The long-standing, 77
year old city councillor for their school's district. He's held the seat an astonishing 52 years. He's an institution all to himself. However, Jason is not so enanamoured with him. Like most people, Jason isn't particularly excited by local politics, but a recent curfew by-law for youth has had him recently upset.

During the speaking session, the two get into a debate on the matter. Frustrated, McAllister replies that, his track record speaks for itself, and the fact that he keeps on getting elected, and in recent years, going unoppossed in most elections, means that people like the job that he's doing.

This sparks Jason to run for councillor. The rest of the movie pits these two very opposite people in an election against each other. In the middle is Denise, Donald's granddaughter, and a classmate of Jason. There is a spark between Jason and Denise, and their is a strong bond between Denise and Donald, his only grandchild, and one of the reasons he was convinced to go along with the curfew by-law, as he often worries for her safety.

Also in the middle is Mr. Edwards. Jason has been one of his best students. Part of this is due to the lack of father figure in his life, as his father died when he was young, and has been raised by his mother on her own. Edwards is also close to McAllister, being a longstanding friend of his fathers.

As the movie progresses, the two principals gain an appreciation for each other. Jason, often getting in over his head, and begins to appreciate the importance of experience. McAllister sees the youthful enthusiasm of Forsythe, that he's lost for his job in recent years. The race gets very tight, with the two ending up very close in the polls leading up to the election, however, both are having doubts as to whether they really want the position.

The movie concludes with Forsythe dropping out of the race near the end. He realizes that he's young, and has his whole life ahead of him. He plans to go to college, and try to become a teacher. Him and Denise decide to pursue their own paths at this stage of their lives, as she decides to go away for school.

McAllister, decides that he doesn't want the position either. He's ready for retirement, realizing that his time has past. His retirement creates a by-election, where he asks Edwards to take the seat, where he wins over several other candidates. Him and Rebecca start a relationship as well. The movie ends off with Jason working part-time for Mr. Edwards in his office. Donald McAllister pops in every once in a while to provide his support.

Notes:
-This movie doesn't really offer much in the way of suprises or plot twists. It's a pretty straight forward story. It would really come down to execution, and whether you think the people involved could make it interesting.
-It's the film crew that I hope would draw people in. Payne's excellent at mining subtle humour, and Sorkin would hopefully provide a trademark sharply written script, with memorable lines, and fast pace dialogue. A big reason why I put this film together was that I wanted a showcase for a typical Sorkin film. Politics is obviously not a new arena for him, but this film focuses in on it on a much smaller scale, and not the typical White House issues he's dealt with in the West Wing or The American President.
-The cast are all respectable actors and actresses, but none should carry a high price tag. There's very few expensive set pieces to worry about, which is why I think it wouldn't really cost too much.
-The inspiration behind this film was a brief mention of story last election, with an 18 year old running against a 70-something year old. I don't even remember many of the details of the original article, but I thought such a wide age difference probably could make for some interesting contrasts.

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The Harvester

Director: David Fincher

Writer: Andrew Kevin Walker

Composer: TBD

Cast:
Russell Crowe - Harold Baxter, a former top-notch surgeon, whose life goes on a sharp decline after the death of his son.
Edward Burns - Derek Smythe, a cop on the hunt of Harold Baxter, dealing with his own issues.
Andy Garcia - Crime boss Maxwell, who hires Harold Baxter for a new portion of his crime empire.
Steve Buscemi - Danny Zacconi, one of Maxwell's top guys.
Rory Culkin - Michael Wilson, the son of Derek Smythe, although, he doesn't have much contact with his father.
Terrence Dashon Howard - Police chief, Derek's boss.

Budget: $80 million

Rated R

Genre: Crime/Drama

Source: Original material

Runtime: 130 minutes

Synopsis:
Harold Baxter was once on one of the top surgeons in Chicago. Respected by his peers, and living a very comfortable life, however, despite appearing to have a happy home life, things were never perfect for him. He was distant from his family, who he cared for, but never really made a priority in his life. His son, battling constant depression through a feeling of isolation and neglect kills himself. Things spiral out of control very quickly for Harold, as he turns to alcohol at first, and then to drugs to battle the pain. His marriage ends shortly afterwards, and his substance abuse quickly ends his medical career. His addiction has killed his former life, and we find him today, getting evicted from his run-down apartment, with only a few token items from his former life to his name. At this low point, his interest is still on finding another hit, which is the point that Maxwell enters his life with a new career opportunity.

Baxter's spiral has been closely followed by Maxwell (Andy Garcia), who is looking to launch a new line to his crime empire; black market organ harvesting. The only thing he needs, is a top notch surgeon who has nothing left to lose. Harry, almost fully at the control of his addiction, does manage one restriction, he will not become a killer. A compromise is struck, and Harry begins slicing up unconcious victims, leaving them in a bath tub next to a phone to call for help once they awaken. The victims are usually partiers who end up taking strange drinks/drugs at a party, and wake up a horrific reality. The whole operation is overseen by one of Maxwell's deputies, Danny Zaconni (Steve Buscemi), who's job is to get the victims lined up, and to oversee Baxter's work.

On his trail is a Investigator Derek Smythe (Burns), fighting some of his own demons. He has a son, Michael, from a relationship when he was only 18. He left the mother to raise the child on her own, throwing some money their way occassionally. He originally tried to maintain some relationship, but the child grew to have a great deal of hostility towards his abandoned father, and now, contact is kept at a minimum. Derek has a growing alcohol problem, due to the stresses of his job, which he takes very seriously, and the guilt over the relationship with his son, now 16 years old. Things get worse when he gets a call from the mother, who informs him that Michael's behaviour has been getting very erratic, she think he's doing drugs. He won't talk to her anymore, which is why she has gone to Derek for help, who she has never consulted for parenting matters.

Smythe carries a lot of passion for his work, but it's a double edged sword. He's very hate-filled, and his passion comes from a desire to put a stop to the criminal element. Despite learning of the complex past of Baxter, he doesn't share any sympathy for him. He receives a lot of warning from his boss (Howard), warning him to take it easy, and to not get to caught up in the case.

Back to Baxter, as his part in Maxwell's empire continues. Under the watchful eye of Zaconni , Baxter continues his work. A shell of his former self, his only concern is his next fix, and soon, he becomes nearly numb to his actions. Part of him still feels remorse, but doesn't feel strong enough to stop himself. There is some concern by Zaconni that he is becoming more erratic though, and after a couple of botched jobs, concern grows. Maxwell decides to show up for the next job, to get a first hand look, and to decide if it's worth looking for another doctor, and getting rid of Baxter.

Back to Smythe, who, in an attempt to find out what is wrong with Michael, decides to have his partner tail him, so as to remain anonymous. He tails him to a party, where he sits outside, takes some photographs to get some information on the people. He decides to run some of the plates to see if any of them belong to people with criminal records. Because real case matters are taking priority, the plates aren't run right away. When they do, it's quickly discovered that one of the cars is linked towards the Maxwell investigation. Unfortunately, it's too late, as the car has already left. A bust of the party reveals that Michael is missing, and the worst case scenario is assumed. The cops get to work, trying to figure out what known locations in the area that Maxwell is linked to, to figure out where they may have taken him

Cut to Baxter, with his latest victim in front of him, the young Michael. He is reminded of his own son, and the normally steady hands of the surgeon begin shaking. Zaconni takes notice, and reaches for his gun, feeling that a surgeon with the shakes is of no use to them, before he can though, in a sudden moment of clarity, Barrister rams the scalpel into his jugular. Maxwell goes to kill him, but is shot, as Smythe enters the scene. A stray shot is still fired off though from Maxwell's gun, and pierces the shoulder of Michael.

After Maxwell is shot, Smtyhe and partner rush in, and Smythe runs in to check on his now severely bleeding son. He tries to address the wound, but is clearly out of his element. HIs partner still has his gun aimed toward Baxter. Who moves towards Michael to try and fix the wound. Smythe grabs his gun, and warns him to not touch him. Baxter pleands to him, to let him help, and moves towards him again, and Smythe shoots him in the chest, repeatedly. He tries to revive his son, while his partner calls for help. Paramedics arrive, but are too late to do anything, and his son dies. Smythe, with the death of his son on his concious, now faces the prospect of his own downward spiral.

General Notes:-I'm hoping this film doesn't come off as too dark. I wanted to play off the urban myth of organ harvesters, but I didn't want to make it a straight-forward cop investigation flick, and had to find a way to harvester in the protagonist role, but at the same time, when you have a character who cuts people open and steals their organs, a happy ending isn't likely either. Hence the very tragic ending for everyone involved.
-I didn't want to put Pitt in the investigator role, even though, I think he'd do a great job in the role. With him in the role, I think there would be too much comparison to Se7en. Instead, I opted for Burns, which is a bit riskier, as he hasn't had too many meaty roles like this, but I think he's a solid actor, and should pull it off.


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Continuity Breakdown Feature Films
Presents:

On the Agenda for this season
-The 2nd Part of The Dark Tower
-An original thriller by Sam Mendes
-Michel Gondry's directorial debut for Continuity Breakdown
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The Eternal Warrior
Budget per Episode/Season - To Be Determined
Genre - Sci/Fi
Running Time - 60 minutes/episode
# of Episodes - TBD (12-16)
Rating - PG-13
Head Director - Vincent Ward
Head Writer - David Goyer
Main Cast
Hugh Jackman - Gilad Abrams/The Eternal Warrior
Nicholas Hoult - Geoffrey McHenry/The Geomancer
Terry O'Quinn - Neville Alcott
Alicia Witt - Jillian Alcott
Vinnie Jones - Armstrong

Reoccuring Cast
Ralf Moeller - Angelo Mortalli (5 Episodes)
Ryan Phillipe - Ivar (3 Episodes)
Shun Suguta - General Cheng (2 Episodes)
David Carradine - Buck McHenry (2 Episodes)
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje- Khanit/The First Geomancer(2 Episodes)
Michael Wincott - Young Buck McHenry (2 Episodes)
Giovanni Ribisi - Young Nevile Alcott (2 Episodes)


Plot Summary
Gilad Abrams is a mercenary for hire. Gilad is not immortal, but he was born before recorded history and is very difficult to kill. In 2400 BC, Gilad met Khanit, the first Geomancer. A Geomancer is an individual who has been choosen by the Earth to be it's voice. Geomancer's can communicate with all things in nature, more specifically nature talks to the Geomancer.

Since the dawn of time, the Geomancer's have been told about an event that would destroy the world. A battle that, if not averted end in the destruction of all living things. In those 4000 years, Gilad has been preparing himself for this battle, determined to stop it at any cost.

Episode 1.1
Opening
Gilad Abrams (Hugh Jackman) enters a laboratory, face bloodied
and cut, shot 3 times in his left arm which
is hanging limp at his side. In the room is
an operating table with a body covered by a
sheet, a few machines all of which are
flatlined and an elderly man, a scientist.
He raises his gun at the surprised looking
scientist and pulls the trigger.

click.

The Scientist laughs.

Gil screams and charges at the Scientist,
throwing his gun at him. One of the machine
stops its incessant whine and begins to blip.
The gun is caught by a very large man, whose
skin is unnaturally white. The man drops the
gun and grabs Gilad by the throat, choking
him, a menacing grin crosses the tall man's
face.

Gilad is able to whisper through the
chokehold he is enduring,

"Angelo...no...don't."

The albino man throws him hard against a
concrete wall across the room, leaving an
impact crater on the wall as Gilad slumps to
the floor, unconcious.

The Scientist laughs as we get Gil's point of
view as he fades to black.

2 Months Ago
-Outside, cemetary in the rain.

A small group of people are surrounding a coffin, which has yet to be lowered in the ground. Standing beside Gilad is Neville Alcott (O'Quinn), Jillian Alcott (Witt) and the deceased's brother, wife and son.

The man being buried today is Buck McHenry (Carradine). Buck was the Geomancer.
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Well, the first announced project of Season 3 is up. I don't have the rights yet, but thats just a formality.
It looks good. I still prefer Crispin Glover as the Joker, but Bettany could pull it off I'm sure.

I like what you have in store for season 3. Little Black Box looks really interesting. I've been thinking about making a small film like that, but I couldn't think of a good hook. I think you've hit gold with that.

Also, from the look of things, I think we'll see some good TV and mini-series projects.

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Presents...

40 Whacks With A Wet Noodle

Based On
Real Events

Director
Roman Polanski

Writer
Brian Helgeland

Cast
Winona Ryder…Lizzie Borden
James Caan…George Robinson
Johnny Depp…William Moody
Jeremy Irons…Hosea Knowlton
Kiefer Sutherland…Andrew Jennings
Mark Ruffalo…John Morse
Dennis Hopper…Andrew Borden
Annette Bening…Abby Borden
Helena Bonham Carter…Emma Borden
Rosamund Pike…Bridget Sullivan
Rene Russo…Adelaide Churchill
Linda Fiorentino…Alice Russell
Donald Sutherland…Dr. Seabury Bowen

Music
James Horner

Budget
TBA

Genres
Drama, Mystery

Length
134 minutes

Rating
PG-13

Synopsis
Work In Progress


Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Second Movie!

Based On
Mystery Science Theater 3000 TV show & Plan 9 From Outer Space movie

Director
Jim Mallon

Writer
Joel Hodgson

Cast
Joel Hodgson…Joel Robinson
Trace Beaulieu…Crow T. Robot/Dr. Clayton Forrester
Kevin Murphy…Tom Servo
Jim Mallon…Gypsy

Music
Joel Hodgson

Budget
$1 million

Genres
Comedy, Sci-Fi

Length
90 minutes

Rating
PG

Synopsis
A marriage of two things that were meant for each other from the beginning, but, for some reason, never realized. ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space,’ Ed Wood’s magnum opus, often considered the worst movie of all time was never given the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment. Until now. The “original” MST3k cast returns to give ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ the treatment it so rightly deserves.
There really isn’t much to be said about this besides it’s a glorified MST3k episode, just like the first movie with a movie that was so obvious to make fun of that it never was made fun of. Limited release.

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Presents it's first developmental release...

Untitled Clint Eastwood Project



Genre: Drama

Rating: R

Length: Approx. 120 min.

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writer (s):

Budget: $ Million

Cast:
Robert Downey Jr.
Diane Lane
John Glover
and...
Clint Eastwood

...more to be added


Synopsis:

-Back Story-
Michael and Rick were severely and brutally abused as children, to the point of near death, by the Rick’s biological father, their mother’s second marriage. This left both of them with deep emotional scars as they have grown older, more so on Rick, as Michael left as soon as he was old enough.
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Michael has finally put it all together. He has a nice apartment in an upscale part of New York, he has a successful career, as a lawyer, he has put a few youthful indiscretions past him. He is actually engaged to be married, his first real relationship. Where he once felt weak, he now feels powerful.

Unbeknownst to him, Rick, who he hasn’t spoken to in years lives not too far away, and is falling apart. He is emotionally erratic, and that has gotten him in trouble with the law, in fact, he is suspected in several current investigations, ranging from arson to attempted murder. He knows what he does is wrong, but it is the only way he knows how to deal with problems. He is considering taking his own life.

One day, their lives cross paths. It’s not a happy reunion, there are a lot of unresolved issues to be worked through, which are, eventually. Michael is disappointed at the life Rick leads, Rick blames his older brother for abandoning him when he was younger, leading him down a bad road. They’re deep down hostilities for each other culminates in a full out fight, where each of them gain a respect and understanding of each other.

They begin to make up for lost time. They begin to get closer, as brothers should, just as Michael’s success is skyrocketing, he is now one of the most sought after and highly paid attorneys in all of New York. Rick is improving too, he is seeing a therapist and beginning to put the pieces of his life back together.

Unfortunately for them, Michael’s success is big news, and it comes to the attention of their former tormentor and father, who was had a run of bad luck. He re-enters their lives determined to control and torture them into to giving him a cut. He still has a hold on Rick, who is stunned speechless upon his return.

The brothers now have the resolve to do whatever it takes to get this menace out of their lives for good. Will they succeed? Will he still have the same control he once had? How far will they go, to attempt to get him out of their lives?



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1. A legal drama / suspense about death row.

2. A high powered businessman and a homeless man lives are suddenly connected. Each gain a respect and understanding of the way the other lives.

3. A psychological thriller involving amnesia

4. A drama/thriller looking into the lives of 6 people, tied together by fate/destiny, whether they want to be or not.

5. A horror project involving the supernatural, or what seems like the supernatural.

6. Possible TV projects: a) A comedy that's half live action, half animation. b) a new hour drama from the maker of Lost and Alias. c) a new drama from the creator of The Practice, Ally McBeal and Boston Legal


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It looks good. I still prefer Crispin Glover as the Joker, but Bettany could pull it off I'm sure.

I like what you have in store for season 3. Little Black Box looks really interesting. I've been thinking about making a small film like that, but I couldn't think of a good hook. I think you've hit gold with that.

Also, from the look of things, I think we'll see some good TV and mini-series projects.
Glover was under consideration however he doesn't have the manic energy I want, but instead a calm and cool feeling to him. I have yet to see Gangster No. 1 but from reviews and the trailers and even snippets of his other films, Bettany's got it when he wants to show it, and can do cold, calculating evil to a T.

I'm glad Little Black Box is looking good so far because it was a recent development which I was unsure of how it would be received.

I also had another project, however I felt with Begins this season, I'd limit myself to using loans for just the single movie, and the project requires someone who can only be obtained through loan.

Edit: Damn, I had one that was really similar to one that Phenomenon is doing and forgot about it. Shame.

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Well most of the formal proposals for my projects have been put together, I'll expand on them after my trip and maybe I'll even manage to squeeze in a few more.

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I have decided that everything season 2 except for Happy Gilmore 2 will be totally forgotten about, and to complement that, Car RamRod Productions is no more. The new name is...

We're Not In Kansas Anymore Studios

Here is what I have so far for this season:

-An action/drama about a major figure in history, and hopefully this isn't too big of spoiler, but it will mark the WNIKA debut of our major offseason acquisition, Tom Cruise
-A comedy about four childhood friends who have troubles adjusting to the real world
-A drama about an older baseball player adjusting to a new team and his struggles to come back
-A TV series about an NHL hockey team(yeah, I know, another hockey project, but this is something I've wanted to do for a long time, and almost created a "TV Studio" Draft just to do this series)

And, for my first processed idea, something that the rest of you may not have interest in, but since when have I cared about your guys' interests? lol Well, here it is:


Archie


Budget per Episode
TBD

Total Budget
TBD

Genre
Teen Comedy

Runtime per Episode
30 Minutes

Amount of Episodes
15

Rating
14+

Head Director
Don Barnhart

Head Writers
Terry Turner
Bonnie Turner

Main Cast
Archie Andrews...Shawn Ashmore
Forsythe "Jughead" Jones...Adam Brody
Reggie Mantle...Eric Christian Olsen
Veronica Lodge...Mila Kunis
Betty Cooper...Hillary Duff
Mr.Weatherbee...Larry Miller

Main Guest Characters
Dilton Doiley...Ryan Pinkston
Chuck Clayton...Nathan Stephenson
Moose Mason...Elden Henson
Midge Jones...TBD
Nancy Jackson...Genelle Williams
Professor Flutesnoot...Gene Wilder
Mrs.Grundy...Katey Sagal
Cheryl Blossom...TBD
Coach Clayton...Christopher Michael

Plot Summary
The lives of the teens of Riverdale High, and the things the go through as the near the end of their tenure in High School. Focused mainly on Archie Andrews(TBD), his best friend, Jughead Jones(Brody), his rival, Reggie Mantle(Olsen), the two girls that take up the rest of his life, Veronica Lodge(Kunis), and Betty Cooper(Duff), and his battles with Riverdale High Principal, Mr.Weatherbee(Miller).

Some characters also in supporting roles are Moose Mason(Henson) and his girlfriend Midge(TBD), Chuck Clayton(Stephenson) and his girlfriend Nancy(Williams), and of course, some of the teaching staff in Mrs.Grundy(Sagal), Professor Flutesnoot(Wilder), and Coach Clayton(Michael). You also can't forget about the lovely Cheryl Blossom(TBD).

Notes
Well, this is another project I've always wanted to do, and I think that it may have some success. Alot of my cast is older than high school students, but we all know Brody can play a high-school student, Kunis probably can, Olsen didn't fool me only two years ago playing one, Ashmore's brother played a high school guy a year ago, so I'm sure he can sell it, and Duff is of age. Personally, I think Ashmore is the perfect Archie Andrews, and hopefully some of you guys agree. Duff is really the only part of the casting so far that worries me, as she talks like a ditz, and Betty is no ditz, but I'm thinking that she can play the role of the plain girl, as seen in one of her movies(A Cinderella Story, I think). Wilder is a bit old, but I saw a replay of him on Conan a month or so ago, and he looked fine, so I'm hoping he'd be in good shape to do such a role. His writing is also a bonus. I've got quite a few people in mind for the "TBD" parts, so hopefully, if I can get them, I'll open Season 3 with a success of some sort. This is something the Archie Comics people have never been able to really do well, and I'm hoping some star casting could really make something alot of Archie fans want a reality.

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Budget
$60 million

Category
Original

Genre
Drama

Runtime
102 minutes

Rating
PG-13

Director
Ron Howard

Writer
TBD

Cast
Frank Walker...Emilio Estevez
Jonnie LaBarbarosa..Adam Sandler
Alan McHughes...Bernie Mac
Eddie Scott...Will Smith
Jeremy Grant...Joshua Jackson
Cindy Walker...Katey Sagal
Maria Walker...Hillary Duff
James O'Neill...Don Johnson
Peter James...Steven Pasquale
Rex Thomas...Scott Caan

Plot Summary
Frank Walker(Estevez) is one of the New York Yankees' greatest pitchers ever, but as he gets older, he's becoming less and less effective as a starter. The Yankees were in prime shape to contend for the World Series, something Frank amazingly hasn't won yet. But, James O'Neill(Johnson), the Yankees manager, decides they don't want Walker anymore, and rather than allowing him to retire as a Yankee, they release him to free agency.

Frank goes home to his family, Cindy(Sagal) and Maria(Duff), and while it's the most time they've spent with their husband and father in the summer, his struggles begin to effect them in a negative way. Then, one day, Los Angeles Dodgers young star Jeremy Grant(Jackson) goes down with a broken hand, and Dodgers manager Alan McHughes(Mac) pays Frank a visit. As they're the only team calling, Frank decides to sign on with them, which is both a relief and a pain to his family, as they won't have him stressing them out, but he's leaving again.

Frank meets new teammates, including someone who sees him as his idol in Peter James(Pasquale), Dodgers star slugger Eddie Scott(Smith), and his new catcher, Jonnie LaBarbarosa(Sandler). They all welcome him well, but Jeremy does not, and constantly reminds Frank that once he's healthy, he's gone, and that he's nothing but a has-been.

Frank starts to struggle as a Dodger, but Jonnie, who's become his new best friend in LA, helps him out, and slowly by surely, Frank starts to do well again. Jeremy is given a clean bill of health, but they decide to keep Frank around, and add him to the starting rotation. As Frank begins to lead the Dodgers to the top of the NL, he begins to become somewhat of a hero in LA, and even Jeremy begins to like him.

But, near the end of August, Cindy calls Frank and tells him that Maria is beginning to get into marijuana, and wants him to come home for a while. Frank, not wanting to ruin his good streak, and not thinking it's anything too serious, stays instead, much to the dismay of Cindy.

October rolls around, and the Dodgers are still in the thick of things. Will Frank lead the Dodgers to a much-deserved World Series win, or will they be derailed by another team?

Notes
This is my first movie project of Season 3, and I'm hoping it's recepted well. Estevez isn't a star-quality actor, but IMO, he'd do well in this role. I know I have a few comedic actors(Sandler, Mac) in here, but Bernie Mac pretty much is for some comedic relief, and he doesn't do a bad acting job. Sandler, on the other hand, is someone I know can act, whether it be in a comedy or a drama. For the doubters out there, watch Spanglish. Howard might not be the best director for a film like this, but I liked what he did with Cinderella Man, and that's how I want this to be like. I'll probably also bring in some writers who've done baseball movies, like Field of Dreams, for this.

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In The Prime Of Our Lives

Budget
$50 million

Category
Original Concept

Genre
Dramatic Comedy(A comedy, but with a fair bit of drama in it)

Runtime
75 minutes

Rating
R

Director
Steven Brill

Writers
TBD

Cast
Sean William Scott...Jordan Davis
Jason Lee...Damon Scott
Mark-Paul Gosselar...Dustin Rowand
Tiffani-Amber Thiessen...Sheri Richards
Fred Willard...Walter Henderson
Deidrich Bader...Jimmy Miller

Plot Summary
Jordan Davis(Scott), Damon Scott(Lee), and Dustin Rowand(Gosselar) have been best friends since they were in grade school in Denver, Colorado. Now, out of college and in the work force, they find out that the real world is tougher than they though. Jordan is unable to find a decent job that he likes, Damon has a good job, but is whipped by his girlfriend Sheri Richards(Thiessen), and Dustin is constantly doing things for his boss Walter Henderson(Willard). Jordan, frustrated with the work force, convinces his friends to go on a road trip with him, saying the title line, "we're in the prime of our lives".

They go on a road trip to Las Vegas, and Jordan is having the time of his life, but the same can't be said for his friends. Damon constantly thinks about his girlfriend, and spends alot of the day talking to her. Dustin also spends alot of time doing work, making sure he won't be fired.

Having a little much too fun, Jordan gets caught up in casinos, and by the time the night is done, all the money the three have in the world is forty dollars. Now, with Damon needing to see his girlfriend, and Dustin needing to go back to work, they must make their way back to Denver before they're in serious trouble. But Jordan, not wanting to go back to his crummy life, makes it harder on them. Will they make it back to Denver without any repercussions, or will their road trip be costly to Damon and Dustin?

Notes
Well, my studio is way too comedy orientated, so I had to have some comedy in season 3. I know I've put Scott and Lee together two consecutive seasons, but like I said, I'm trying to forget almost everything about season 2, especially Beer Factor, so I'll do it again. Mark-Paul Gosselar and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen also make their YNIKA debuts, and both are actors that I am fans of, so hopefully they'll make it work. I also love Fred Willard, and think that he was just an awesome pickup for my studio. Steven Brill is one of my favorite directors, and I think he can do well in this role. Now to go out and get some writers, and I think I'm set.


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I've got a soft spot for Archie, which is a part of my childhood. Project looks good. I'll have to see how it fully plays out, and if it's a teen drama, it's probably not a show that I'm going to watch religously, but I'll probably end up checking it out a couple of times, to bring back the memories. Kinda like how I've seen a few odd episodes of Degressi, The Next Generation

Your slate for next season looks promising. I think introdocuing TV series this season is working out great so far.

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I like it a lot. To be honest, when you drafted Hillary Duff I was shocked and a bit appalled but it makes a lot more sense now. May I suggest Terry and Bonny Turner to front the writing and directing? I think they'd be a great fit and they are two of my personal favourite sit-com writers.

I do however feel there's a better fit for Jughead out there than Brody, though I'm not sure who. Ashmore and Miller (especially Miller) are dead on though.

Edit: I note the Teen Drama thing and it worries me a bit though I'm rpetty sure you're just going for a "That 70's Show" sort of project where the comedy comes first and foremost and is followed by a good, flowing, back story.


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I like it a lot. To be honest, when you drafted Hillary Duff I was shocked and a bit appalled but it makes a lot more sense now. May I suggest Terry and Bonny Turner to front the writing and directing? I think they'd be a great fit and they are two of my personal favourite sit-com writers.

I do however feel there's a better fit for Jughead out there than Brody, though I'm not sure who. Ashmore and Miller (especially Miller) are dead on though.

Edit: I note the Teen Drama thing and it worries me a bit though I'm rpetty sure you're just going for a "That 70's Show" sort of project where the comedy comes first and foremost and is followed by a good, flowing, back story.
Yeah, it'll be alot like The 70's Show, and alot like Saved by the Bell too. I don't know why I included drama, maybe because it'll have a little Degrassi in there too, but it'll be mainly a comedy. Terry and Bonnie Turner are definetely going to be people I'm aiming at for the writing.

I agree about Jughead/Brody, but I also don't know who it is, and I've just decided to use him. I had a tough time figuring out who to get as Mr.Weatherbee, and Miller was my first choice, but I initially wanted someone older, but I think he'll do great.

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