Today, Corey from the blog Monday Night Films is pitching his movie in continuation of our month long blogathon (Check the schedule) following the Hollywood Fantasy Draft we conducted recently. Please share your thoughts and any insights you have in the comments and don’t forget to rate the pitch at the bottom!
- Andrew Robinson’s “Untitled Joss Whedon Project“
- Anna’s “Truth and Lies”
- Novroz’s “Sunset Mystery“
- Kai’s “The Time Jumper“
- Peter’s “Untitled Hallstrӧm Project“
- Marc’s “Once Upon a Time in Z-West“
- Ruth’s “Hearts Want“
- Castor’s “Hλlf Life“
- Heather “Ambassador 51“
- Travis’ “Facedown Angels“
- Andrew K. “Putting it Together“
- Ripley’s “Untitled Project“
- Joel’s “Jagged Alliance“
- Next: Dan on Monday
Rendezvous of Strangers
Logline: Two separate gangs each plan to rob the same train.
Gang Number One:
Jeff Bridges – Roger Farnsward. The leader of his gang. He is the brains behind the operation, although his arrogance leads to the unravelling of his plan, as well as his eventual downfall.
Frances McDormand – Marie “Mama” Farnsward. Roger’s wife, and the only character who attempts to restore order and make a deal with the other gang. However, her efforts are wasted and she is the first to go when a rival gang member throws Mama from the train.
Steve Buscemi - William Donovan. Roger’s right-hand man. He is timid and unsure, and he hesitates at a critical moment when he has an oppurtunity to secure the money for his team. He fails, and is subsequently shot and killed.
Gang Number Two:
Casey Affleck – Samuel Edwards. Smooth-talking yet deceitful. He recruits Claire to pretend to be his wife, but has no intentions of sharing the money with her.
Scarlett Johansson – Claire Larson. Discovered by Samuel at a brothel and convinced by him to help with the robbery. When she learns of his plan to keep the money for himself, she turns against him and ends up being the one responsible for his death.
Passengers on the train:
Alison Lohman – Sophie Daniels. Has a sapphire ring on her finger which is of great interest to each gang, but ends up being killed when she refuses to part with it.
Paul Dano – Arthur Vandalay. Tries to be the hero, which leads to the death of one gang member, but also to his own demise.
Tom Waits – Vagabond. Finds a way onto the train and lays low throughout the entire ordeal.
1930′s Missoula, Montana
The beginning of the story follows each gang as they plan out the details of their attempted robbery. After the characters have all been introduced and the plans are revealed to us, they all board the train and wait for it to depart so they can begin the heist, each unaware that there is another gang with the same intentions. As each gang begins the process of carrying out their respective plans, it doesn’t take long before they all realize what is going on. A battle for control of the train ensues, which in turn leads to chaos. One-by-one members from each gang, as well as the other passengers on the train, go down until there is only one remaining survivor…..The Vagabond. After it’s all said and done, he ends up with the money from the robbery.
Obviously, the Coen Brothers will be able to add their own touch, which would include some dark humor, character depth, and brilliant camera work. This story is slightly different from the projects they’ve done in the past, but I think they’ve proven many times that they can turn any kind of story into a great film.