Today, Joel Burman from the blog Deny Everything 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“
- Next: Corey on Sunday
I have been participating in a Hollywood fantasy draft at Anomalous Material and now we are pairing up our fictional casts and directors with an idea for a script. My idea is a computer game adaptation of a really underrated turn-based rpg strategy game, Jagged Alliance. It has been released several times but I’m going for a adaptation of the original game (1994). Here’s the intro:
Zerkalo presents in cooperation with Jerry Bruckheimer films:
A Jon Turtletaub film
Written and Produced by Joel Burman
Log-line: Whenever there’s injustice in the world someone must be there and take out the trash!
Genre: Ensemble action a la The Expendables and The A-Team.
Jagged Alliance takes place on the fictional south Atlantic island of Metavira, a former nuclear testing site. The nuclear tests altered some trees on the island, and several years later it was discovered by a scientist, Brenda Richards (Julie Benz), that those trees, known as Fallow trees, produce unique sap that prove to be a medical marvel.
Her sister and co-partner, Lucy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), realized how profitable this sap would be and managed to convince Jack Richards (Patrick Stewart), the leader of the scientific mission and Brenda and Lucy’s father, that it would be beneficial to have two independent science teams, and consequently established a new base on the other side of the island. Lucy immediately began to recruit people and gradually took over the island by force.
When the film begins, Jack has traveled to the US to assemble a team of mercenaries to liberate Metavira. He tries to get Mike (Tim Robbins) who is the top ranking guy on A.I.M’s rooster as team leader but he is not available and suggest Gus Tarballs.
Gus Tarballs (Stephen Lang) – Team Leader and Heavy Weapons Expert
Dr. Cynthia Fox (Amy Adams) – Doctor
Rudy “Lynx” Roberts (Jason Isaacs) – Stealth and Night Ops.
Louisa “Buzz” Garneau (Lena Olin) – Sniper
Speck (Wayne Knight) – Mechanic and Explosives Expert
When the team is assembled it becomes clear that Jack has made a mistake picking Lynx and Buzz since they have a history together as former lovers but now are on each others NO-list. Gus manages to get them on board and there is also some drama about Cynthia being more distracting than useful due to her looks, as usual Gus solves it and they go to Metavira.
When arriving on their helicopter is shot down while the main town is being scorched by Lucinda’s troops who are led by Magic (Sam Worthington). The group is cornered directly after fleeing from the burning helicopter wreck. The sequence ends with Lucy kidnaping Brenda and Magic killing off Gus in a hand to hand fight.
This is of course the all time low for the group who have lost their direction without Gus and Lynx and Buzz getting on each others throats again. When its at its worst Cynthia and Speck are able to get the group together through the help of an orphan child and they decide to go after Lucinda. Buzz and Lynx still not on being on speaking terms. Jack stays behind with his grandchildren.
I won’t go into more details on the plot but it will be built on boss battles, character development and of course Lynx and Buzz hooking up again. We even get a cameo appearance by Mike (Tim Robbins) who avenges Gus.
Dr. Cynthia Fox - Cynthia is a great doctor and social person who often is judged by her stunning appearance. She is not trained for combat but is the one who develops the most throughout the film and defeats Lucinda.
Lynx: Lynx is a master of stealth operations. He will be prominent when sneaking around and taking out guards in the final assault on Lucindas mansion. The chemistry with him and Buzz is important factor.
Buzz: Buzz is an extremely aggressive character and will play a key role in the final assault on the mansion by picking of guards with her sniper rifle when covering Lynx.
Speck:Speck is the MacGyver of the group being able to pick locks, modify weapons and set up explosives and booby traps.
Gus Tarballs - Gus is the most experienced of all the mercenaries and it will be obvious that he is the single most important member of the team since he is the one who can unite them as a group. There fore I really want to set him up as the main character in the beginning so we get some shock value when he is killed off early.
Lucy: Lucy is the main baddie of the film and being shown as a really violent person. It will be planted before the hostile takeover showing her kicking her sparring partner out of the ring when exercising through some Kick-Boxing.
Earl “Magic” Walker:Magic is the closest hence man to Lucy and he is a ruthless killer who doesn’t mind using cheapshots or attacking weaker opponents.
Mike: Mike is the most expensive and skilled mercenary on A.I.Ms rooster and when he finds out that Gus has been killed on Metavira he heads there to kill Magic.