Today, Red 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!
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- Fitz’s “Untitled Project“
- Michael’s “The Adventure“
- Next: Castor on Thursday
Payback in Spades
Directer: Steven Soderbergh
Screenplay written by: Red Georges
Basic Idea: After his wife is brutally murdered in a bank heist, a federal agent must chase down a couple world renowned criminals, who are making their way across America.
Cast (using actors names to minimize confusion):
Robert Downey Jr. – A former drug addict turned Federal Agent, Robert is one of the best at what he does, and that’s hunting down and capturing federal criminals. Having worked his way up the ladder at the Agency, he is the go-to guy when it comes to heists of any kind. He is married to his best friend Laura, one of the few people who has stuck with him his entire life, even when he was at an all-time low before the Agency. Without her, he is nothing.
Laura Linney- Robert’s wife. A very trusting and “people” person, Laura works at the local bank.
Tom Hardy- An Englishman who has made a career out of robbing banks and armored cars. He spends all of his time devoted to this, traveling the world, getting a high off stealing from different places, and soon wants to make his way to America to make his name there as well.
Marion Cotillard- Tom’s girlfriend, who actually met Tom during one of his bank heists. After robbing a few banks in France, Marion witnessed first hand the excitement of a bank robbery, and instantly falls in love. Taken back by the fact that she was able to find him post-heist, something government agencies can’t do, he takes her by his side and create a formidable duo, often mocking historical couples like Bonnie and Clyde.
Michael Fassbender- Robert’s partner at the Agency. A partner of his a very long time, the Agency is thinking about moving Michael elsewhere to lead his own team, thinking that his leadership skills are too much to be just a right hand man.
Jon Favreau- Yet another Agent, who would be Michael’s partner once he gets his own team.
Eddie Marsan- Tom and Marion’s right hand man, although he rarely comes with them on the actual heists. He helps plan the attacks, and then if the job is too big for just two people, he gets to come along and play as well.
Gary Oldman- Agency director, who has worried for some time now that Tom and Marion would make their way across the Atlantic. He’s confident that they can catch them, but is somewhat intimidated by their rumored ruthless style of doing things.
Andy Serkis- A former classmate of Robert, and unlike Robert, hasn’t been able to escape the life of drugs.
The opening of the film would be a split screen, which each half focusing in on the lower half of two women. They are followed during their morning rituals, seemingly very similar in how they get ready for work. We then follow them each to a different bank, with the camera zooming out as more time goes on. It becomes clear that the women on the left (Laura) is there for work as she greets customers and helps them. On the right side, we see the other woman (Marion) patiently waiting in line as if she is just another person in line. But then she begins to rob the bank, with another man (Tom) on the other side of the bank ready to help out. They make their way out of the bank as the screen fades to the title page.
With the split screen gone, we see Tom and Marion make their way back to their hotel room with their heist money, celebrating yet another successful bank robbery. We get to know why these two are in love and are a perfect match for each other, as they both get an extreme high from the heists, with the money and jewels merely icing on the cake. They soon board a plane, with plans of finally making their way to America, one of the last frontiers that they’ve had the chance to steal from. We then find Robert coming home, with Laura just finishing up dinner. As they sit and eat at the dinner table with Laura talking about a couple rude customers that came into work that day, the television in the background features the story of Tom and Marion’s bank robbery across seas. Robert takes notice, but already knows plenty about them, but doesn’t think anything of it.
The next day we follow both Robert and Laura during their work day, most of the screen time devoted to Robert to help develop his work environment. Tom and Marion then burst into the bank that Laura works at, demanding that everybody cooperate. As Tom is robbing the vault, Marion is in the common area keeping an eye on everyone else. Laura then walks in screen from the restroom unaware of what’s going on, in turn surprising Marion, causing Marion to accidentally fire her weapon, which kills Laura instantly. They rush out of the bank and out of town, leaving nothing to chance with someone murdered during the robbery. Robert is first notified of the robbery as he is put in charge of finding whoever done it, but then finds out that his wife was also murdered during the heist. Taken back and outraged, he vows that he will stop at nothing until he finds and punishes Tom and Marion, who don’t exactly hide who they are during their robberies, another part of their sick joke.
Tom and Marion continue to make their way across the country, robbing banks and stores at will, with a third man (Eddie) feeding them information on where to hit up next. With each one, Marion seems to be getting even more and more obsessed about them, and becomes more violent with each heist to reach a higher high. Robert and Michael are hot on their tails, though, following them right down the interstates, often coming close to finally catching them. But while it appears Robert is focused on catching the couple, he is also torn apart inside by losing his best friend and wife, to the point that he has begun to turn back to drugs to cope with things. We see him scoring drugs from an unnamed former classmate (Serkis), who despite being happy about be able to do business, wonders why Robert is once again heading down this road.
Just as Robert believes he is about to catch up to Tom and Marion, the Agency director (Oldman) suspends Robert after he pisses hot. It’s a tough decision for Oldman because Tom and Marion are causing a ruckus, but has no other choice. This however, isn’t going to stop Robert, as he is still hell-bent on finding the people who murdered his wife. Michael and Jon then take over the case, and they give clear warnings to Robert not to take anything into his own hands. He ignores this of course, and begins to devote every second to hunt down Tom and Marion, who have now robbed over 10 banks across the country. As that number begins to increase, Tom begins to wonder if maybe it’s time to get out of the game while they are ahead. They’ve accomplished their goals in basically robbing the world of a lifetime of wealth, and wonders if it’s worth the risk anymore, especially with how reckless Marion has become and Robert hot on their tails. Marion, however, doesn’t want to stop, and becomes upset at Tom for even thinking of giving in. She thinks Robert is a joke and isn’t a threat.
Tom begins to believe that the next heist will be the last, whether Marion wants it to be or not. What he doesn’t know is that the Agency has finally caught up to them, and know about their next bank heist. And if the Agency knows something, Robert certainly does. Robert, drugged up and out for blood, begins to think of ways to catch Tom and Marion without allowing the Agency to get to them first. The bank robbery starts off as planned, but Tom and Marion soon find out that Robert is in there with them and has his gun pointed at Marion. Marion, sensing that maybe Tom gave away their position, shoots Tom out of anger, yelling that she’ll never stop. The agency is finally breaks in at the sound of gun-fire, but are shocked to find Robert there with his weapon pointed at Marion, thinking that he has already shot Tom, and begin yelling for him to lay his weapon down. Just as Marion raises her weapon to fire at Robert, he shoots her before she able to get a shot off. However, at the same time, Robert is shot down by the agents on scene, not knowing the full situation. The movie fades away as cops and ambulances hit the sit and begin the clean-up process at the bank, which left our protagonist and villains lying dead on the floor.