Joe Rogan and Friends the Animated Series

Today I will be pitching Joe Rogan and Friends The Animated Series. The idea is simply Joe Rogan and all his friends in high school.

I would have it take place in some fictitious city since they’re not all from the same place. I would also make it so they’re all similar in age.

I also wouldn’t necessarily have them all hangout with each other right away. Part of the charm of the series is to show them meeting and becoming friends.

Lastly, I would like this to be a period piece set in the 80s or 90s so there’s no cellphones or internet.

With some of my pitches, I recognize they are highly improbable, but with this one, I could actually see it being made. If you know the characters, you know they all seem perfectly suited to be animated characters. If you don’t know the characters, you may not be on board with this pitch.

The way I envision the series playing out is each season will be one school year. So the first episode will be a first day of school and the last episode will be the last day of school. All the important moments through the school year will take place such as Halloween, Christmas special, spring break, school dance, etc.

I’ll outline all the characters and with that discuss a some potential episodes. So without further ado, here is my Joe Rogan and Friends pitch.

Bert Kreisher

Bert has a lovable, life of the party, personality. He has a high-pitched laugh which sounds like he’s wheezing for breath. In one episode he hooks up with these Russian exchange students and they rob milk from the cafeteria, which is a nod to his famous Machine story. In another episode he tries out for track and field and wins unexpectedly, surprising even himself. He discovers something about himself. He claims to have a Mickey Mantle gene that almost gives him super powers. This will feature prominently throughout the series.

Tony Hinchcliffe

I think it would be cool if Tony was a grade or two younger and not necessarily friends with the rest of the people. He’s this smarmy guy who nobody really likes. He’s a smart-ass, wise-cracking prankster that roasts people and gets on their nerves. He’s also into WWE. In one episode, The Ultimate Warrior comes to their school and gives a talk and Tony is really happy. During the Halloween episode he dresses up as a golden pony for Halloween and the nickname sticks.

Eddie Bravo

Eddie is this conspiracy theory guy that questions authority and all the information he’s being taught in class. He thinks the school principal and some of the teachers are shape-shifting aliens and he’s hellbent on proving it to everyone. In one episode, he links up with Brian Redban, who’s this videographer guy. Together they set out to capture these shape-shifters on camera.

He shares some classes with Joe Rogan and they soon become friends, talking martial arts and conspiracy theories.  Later in life Eddie becomes a master jui jitsu specialist, but in the 8th grade he’s not yet that way so it would be cool to see his first exposure to it. Eddie and Joe debate on which martial arts style is the most effective. One day, Eddie shows up with UFC 1 and they watch it. Eddie becomes obsessed with Royce Gracie and starts training jui jitsu.

Chris D’Elia

Chris is this tall, lanky guy with long hair. He’s sarcastic, silly, and makes fun of everything. He comes up with really witty things to say and acts too cool for school. In one episode, he has a crush on the popular girl and wants to ask her to the dance. But she’s dating this big hulking football player who picks on Chris. One day, Chris makes fun of a jock and humiliates him publicly and gets the girl.

Joe Rogan

Is an artist and into comics. He likes the conspiracy stuff too, but is getting picked on. His family life is shit. After getting beat up, we see Joe walk by a martial arts studio and hear a guy kicking a heavy bag. He gets into taekwon do and hangs out at pool hall with an older kid named Joey Diaz.

Joey Diaz

The way I see it, Joey doesn’t go to their school. He’s a little older than the other kids. He’s a street guy from the neighbourhood and pops by every couple episodes. He gets into trouble, but has a heart of gold. Maybe he meets Joe Rogan at a pool hall and beats up a bully for him. He’s wise and takes Joe Rogan under his wing. He has a short temper and yells a lot. In one episode, he kidnaps a guy and robs him, which is a nod to a true life story.

Tom Segura

Candidly, I don’t know enough about Tom Segura. But as I see it, he’s this really dry deadpan guy. He’s friends with Bert and they are always trying to one-up each other with hilarious bets and pranks. In one episode, they stage a massive fat shaming competition to see who can lose the most weight, which actually happened in real life, so I think nodding to that would be cool.

Brian Redban

Brian is the tech guy who’s also a bit of a pervert. He’s always scheming of ways to film the girls changing in the locker rooms. He also does drugs and is a bit of a loner who’s always trying to fit in. He’s in many classes with Joe Rogan, but the two aren’t exactly friends. Brian says the most ridiculous “oh Brian” things and makes Joe shake his head often. Later in the season he tries to put together a death squad super group, but nobody is really that into it.

Brian hosts the death squad radio show for the school and also does the morning announcements. This way you could bring in special guests on the show such as a young Kevin Smith, Big Jay Oakerson, Christina P, Dana white, etc.

One episode you could have Christina P come to school for a field hockey match and Tom falls in love with her.

Theo Von

Theo comes in the season later, he moves to the school from the south. The way he talks is different, he has this mullet, and the stories he tells are really hilarious, but nobody can relate to him so he’s a bit of a misfit. For the Halloween episode, he goes as the Rat King.

Brendan Schaub

Brendan is a jock who’s also into fashion. He’s much bigger, but just wants to be the same size as everyone else. He’s always trying to squeeze into clothing that is too small for him. He secretly taking sewing classes and coming up with ideas. On the Halloween episode, we could have him dress up as a French robot, which is based on a true story.

Bryan Callen

He’s a rich preppy kid who talks about traveling the world and drinking fine wine. He tries really hard to be appear worldly and enlightened. He’s also obsessed with trying to become big, following the jocks around and asking them how much they can bench. That’s when he meets Brendan Schaub. He takes taekwon do as well and competes in the Master Kim national tournament, which nobody has ever heard of. This is where he meets Joe Rogan. As the story goes, the tournament was just a local tournament at Master Kim’s dojo, but Bryan tells everyone he is a national champion and brings a trophy to school.

Ari Shaffir

He has a short fuse and refuses to play by the rules. He’s constantly getting mad at kids misallocating funds from the school store. Everything according to Ari is stupid and futile. He’s the naysayer of the group. One episode, Joey Diaz comes to school and gives Ari, Redban, Eddie, and Joe a heroic doze of mushrooms and they time travels to the future, which is based on a true story. They see themselves as adults on the JRE podcast and doing standup. When they return, they forget everything they saw.

Each episode is more or less stand alone, focusing on one of the above people, but it will also have an overarching storyline that takes them through a school year. You could have a guest speaker like a WWE wrestler come to the school and give a talk, a snow day where everyone is trapped in school, a class trip where everyone goes to a farm to learn about animals, and so on.

So there it is, my Joe Rogan and Friends Animated TV Series pitch. Let me know in the comments if you like the idea and can think of characters or cool episodes you would love to see.

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Iron Fist Season 3 | Movie Pitch Monday


It was a sad day when I found out my beloved Iron Fist had been cancelled. I had suggested the show to a couple friends, and they all didn’t like it. If I recall correctly, podcaster Marc Bernardin also expressed his dissatisfaction with it. Personally, I didn’t share those same opinions. So since we’re not going to see Iron Fist season 3, I went ahead and created my own.

Just to recap where we left off in season 2:

  • The Meachums are at odds with each other
  • Danny and Ward are homies
  • Danny is dating and living with Colleen in Colleen’s dojo
  • Danny is working as a delivery driver (for some reason)
  • Through this lady Mary Walker, who was hired by Joy Meachum, they trick Danny and they transfer his powers into Davos, aka the Steel Serpent
  • Davos hooks up with a local street gang and enacts his own form of street justice. Davos is straight up, murdering people who oppose him
  • Danny attempts to get his powers back
  • In the end, Danny suggests Colleen become the Iron Fist
  • Together, Danny and Colleen defeat Davos, and Colleen becomes Iron Fist
  • In the ps scene, we see Ward and Danny in Asia talking to some gangster-looking fellows. It has been made months since defeating Davos and Danny appears to have his powers back

So that’s where we left off.

I also want to take a look at some of the weaknesses of the series and why it may have been cancelled. My hopes is that addressing those weaknesses in season 3, it would bring more viewers.

I won’t get into all the issues with the show, but I will site what I believe are three main, fixable, issues:

  1. Danny is not a superhero in the traditional sense. He’s reactive instead of active. What I mean by that is, what does he want beyond foiling the villain? He wants to clean up the city, but he doesn’t really seem all that proactive in doing so. So I think for a lot of people, his character falls a little flat
  2. Lacking villains. While we saw the Hand and Davos, the pacing of the show meant that we didn’t see him face them regularly
  3. We hear about Kun Lun, but never really get to see it

So without further ado, here is my Iron Fist season 3 pitch.

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In the opening episode, I would continue the storyline with Danny and Ward in Asia, in the slums of Japan. They’re tracking down some evil doers who they believe are responsible for the death of Danny’s parents.

Back home, Colleen has this new power, but she does’t exactly know what to do with it. She has sort of lost her way and in an effort to regain purpose and meaning in her life, she reverts to the only thing she knows, which is to reopen her Dojo and train a squad of disciples. She’s no longer in contact with the Danny and feeling a bit sad about that.

Her history comes to light as her family crest keeps popping up. First we saw it on a box, then the back of an Iron Fist medallion. There is a reason for all this and I would explore that.

One day this cryptic letter shows up with her family crest on it. She hops on a plane and flies to Japan, where she tracks down the origins of this letter. Here, we learn about her backstory and her connection to a legendary family. She finds this old shop that has an ancient Samurai sword with special abilities, similar to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. She takes the sword and people are after her for it.

Through some means, which I haven’t figured out yet, she and Danny go to Kung Lun without Ward. Now, Kun Lun is a magical place where people have incredible powers and those secrets must be kept safe and protected. Good thing there are two Iron Fists. Danny and Colleen attempt to rebuild it to its former glory. They’re sweeping up and stacking bricks, bringing in a new squad of disciples, training them and whatnot.

Danny takes her on a tour and explains some stuff to her and we see a lot of flashbacks. Basically this entire season takes place in Kun Lun.

The rest of the season

One day, this badass dude shows up with all his ninjas and they attempt to steal some sacred scrolls that bestow immortality, invisibility, or some other powers to them. There’s a big fight and some stuff happens. We see Colleen wield her glowing sword and she’s really coming into her own as a superhero.

One of their students is coerced into stealing the secrets and they fall into the hands of the bad guy, whose plan it is to destroy Danny and Colleen, go back to New York, and take over. They cannot let this happen. But, they are severely outnumbered.

In the end, Danny and Colleen make the decision to go back to New York, teach some of the sacred secrets to their students. Nothing crazy, but powers nonetheless. There’s a big battle, and in the end, good triumphs over evil.

Season 4 could be all about these kids being too irresponsible to handle the powers and Colleen and Danny have to defeat them and take them back using some ceremony.

There it is, broad strokes for an Iron Fist season 3. I didn’t really talk about the Meachums, but they would be in there as well. Check out my video where I go into a little more detail. If you like these pitches, be sure to check out some of my other ones, like, and subscribe. See you next Monday! #MoviePitchMonday

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Wu Tang TV Series Pitch | Movie Pitch Monday


When I found out there was going to be a Wu Tang TV series, I was super excited. I immediately wanted to try my hand at pitching what I think would make a great series. For some background, I’m a massive Wu Tang fan — I have every album, including the solo projects of each member, I’ve read The Wu Manual, The Tao of Wu, I’ve listened to every interview and freestyle I could find, especially from the RZA, and I even still have my original 36 Chamber cassette.

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What makes this series so interesting, not necessarily my version, but just speaking in general, is that there is so much history about Wu Tang that a two-hour movie really won’t do it justice. As you will see with my pitch, I really take my time diving into the backstory to create a compelling narrative. Some of the stuff is true, and some isn’t, which I will disclose.

Obviously, if the actual members were involved with this series, it would be way better than anything I come up with since they have first-hand knowledge and can inject some really amazing behind-the scenes stories. For my pitch, I won’t focus so much on the specific details, although I will introduce some of that stuff. I’m more painting with broad strokes here and really want to focus on what I think would be a cool arc, structure, and pacing. I would be interested to see how close I get to the actual TV series, which at the time of this writing, is not out yet, not even a trailer.

So without further ado, here is my Wu Tang pitch.

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First episode, opening scene, we see New York City, early 90s. I would have some dope rap playing in the background while I do establishing shots of New York during that time period. We see graffiti, breakdancing, the smoke coming through the manholes, brothers in the hood with the baggy clothes and gold chains. The old Benzos with rims.

The music would grow louder as we focus on a studio session. We see a young RZA, aka Rakeem, in the studio tweaking the dials of the audio equipment while his cousin GZA laying down some bars in the booth. Rakeem and GZA were signed artists at that time — RZA released an album under the name Prince Rakeem and GZA released Words from the Genius.

Although they were signed artists, Rakeem and GZA were struggling musicians. They were barely scraping by and had some illegal side hustles to make ends meet.

So they’re in the studio, there’s girls, they’re partying a little bit, and GZA comes out of the booth. He’s feeling off. He sits down and has a conversation with Rakeem.

Rakeem is like, “Yo, bong bong, what it does what it do?” He’s speaking that RZA slang that we know and love.

GZA is upset because he thinks the direction the label wants him to go is wack. He’s like, “Yo, I want to drop that fire.”

Rakeem is like, “Word is bond, kid.”

GZA begins talking about supreme science and divine mathematics, really dropping that knowledge on him. Rakeem is loving every minute of it, relating it to numerology and some other esoteric concepts.

The next scene, they’re in a movie theatre watching a Kung-Fu flick. They’re both super into it. After the movie, Rakeem and GZA go to a record shop and they seem to know everyone. They are signed artists and well respected. People are giving them daps, but they aren’t exactly famous. So they’re digging through the crates and they find some Kung Fu records.

“Yo, this is that joint we just saw, yo.”

Rakeem is really excited and grabs a stack of vinyl.

They take the train back to Rakeem’s crib and he begins sampling a lot of those Kung-Fu sounds that we know from his albums — “Shaolin shadow boxing, and the Wu Tang sword style. I’d like to try you’re Wu Tang style, let’s begin then.”

As the day goes on, people start showing up at Rakeem’s crib. Many of them we don’t know. One is ODB. He’s drunk and acting crazy. He gets on a table with his shirt off and starts singing and rapping, swaying back and forth and slurring his speech.

Someone says, “Yo, your man is bugging.”

Rakeem is like, “You know what, it’s actually kind of hot.”

The party continues and Rakeem is in his room making beats. There’s a lot of drinking 40s and smoking blunts.

Then someone comes into Rakeem’s room, a gangster who is in trouble. Here, I want to establish that Rakeem is someone people go to. He is a bridge that connects people. He drops some wisdom like, “A samurai should make every decision inside of seven breaths.”

Later that night, Rakeem and GZA perform on stage at a local club and the crowd is wil’ing out. It’s not the radio stuff, it’s more rugged and hard.

At the end of the episode, they’re chilling in the club and they are introduced to Ghostface. They are told that he is a dope emcee. He goes up next and raps, and as the episode comes to a close, the camera is focused on Rakeem standing in the crowd observing Ghostface’s lyrics and swagger. It appears as though wheels are turning in his head. He’s formulating an idea.

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The next episode, I would focus on a new cast of characters. I would focus on Ghostface and Raekwon. They’re not signed artists, they are street hustlers, robbing people and selling drugs.

I would have Rakeem going on these long walks, just contemplating life. In his book Tao of Wu, he talks about going on these long walks. I used to do that and put it in my book The Art of the Hustle. I later read that RZA did that too, which I thought was cool. I would focus on RZA making music with ODB, helping ODB see the vision of a better tomorrow. I would show RZA’s baby momma struggles.

In the end of the episode, I would introduce another character like I did with Ghost. Then in the next episode, we follow another set of guys and learn about their storyline.

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In the next episode, I would show another set of guys — let’s say Method Man and Inspectah Deck. We learn about some of their hopes and dreams. See what they are up to.

We seem them come together at Rakeem’s house, because Rakeem always had people over at his house. It wasn’t always a party, sometimes they would get high and watch Kung Fu movies and play video games. Each of the guys would call out, “Yo, that’s me!” “I’m that guy.” — they would essentially be living through these people.

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By episode four, Rakeem gets into a bit of trouble, his girl gets pregnant, some people try to shoot him, and he catches a case. In the Tao of Wu he tells a story about giving a girl a ride home in his sister’s car and the girl he was with, her boyfriend pulls up next to them at a red light. The boyfriend gets out and smashes up the car, they speed away and lay low.

After a couple of hours, RZA creeps into that girls block and drops her off. But she lives on a dead-end street and those guys are waiting for him. It’s an ambush. There’s a shootout and Rakeem gets arrested for manslaughter or second degree murder, I can’t remember.

Later the case gets dropped, but Rakeem realizes that staying in these projects, trouble has a way of finding him. He needs to make a move and get out.

Again, we see him talking to GZA, maybe playing chess, and going on these long walks. Rakeem starts to piece together a plan. He invites all these emcees back to his crib to make music together. The whole crew is there, Meth, Ghost, Deck, Rae… They’re all trying to out rap each other, speaking slang, reading comics and coming up with nicknames. It’s really dope stuff.

There’s another scene from the book that I would put in where RZA was with Raekwon at 160 Park Hill Avenue and they see Method Man, they called him over and just as he’s crossing the road, gunshots ring out. This dude Poppy was shot and killed right in front of them and RZA basically saved Method Man’s life. If it wasn’t for them calling him over, “Yo, Shaquan!” (nickname for Method Man), Meth would have been in the wrong place at the wrong time and potentially got killed.

Near the end of the season, Rakeem now calls himself the RZA — Ruler Zig-Zag-Zig Allah, Bobby Digital, the Abbott, RZA-recta. All the other members have solidified their names and rap personas. RZA sees what each of them brings to the table.

Season 1 Finale

In the season finale, RZA gathers eight unique emcees, sits them down and is like, “Yo, I have a plan. I’m driving this bus. If you commit to me for five years, I promise you we’ll be number one in this rap game. You can’t ask me where we’re going, you can’t ask me to drive, don’t question my authority, I have to run this like a dictatorship, yo.”

RZA gets them to all sign contracts to RZA’s production company and on that night, the plan is officially in motion.

I would then show them rapping and making beats, putting finishing touches on records like Protect ya Neck. They’re all really proud of it, and are like, “Yo, when this shit drops it’s going to be fire.”

I would end the season there.

Season 2

In season two, I would have Protect ya Neck on the radio, them starting to gain a little buzz in the streets. They’re screen printing shirts, putting up flyers, doing little concerts around town. They’re still very much underground. RZA is busy making beasts and directing everyone, meanwhile shopping the group around to different labels and negotiating an unprecedented record contract, allowing the group to sign to one label, but the option for each member to branch off and do solo projects and still use the Wu Tang moniker.

The arch in season two would basically be the making of 36 Chambers, the release, and them blowing up.

Season 3

They are now a global sensation. They’re making music videos, performing in big venues, magazine covers… They’re taking the world by storm and it’s crazy. We see real money start to come in and focus on that dynamic, how that changes them.

We could also focus on Method Man begin working on his on project Tical and RZA pulling him aside and telling him this is all part of my master plan, bong bong.

With so much history and characters, the saga could continue. Each season, shine the light on a new member, some of their internal squabbles.

Anyway, there it is, that’s my Wu Tang TV series pitch. Please let me know in the comments if you liked it or if you can think of ways to make it better. If you like these pitches, please subscribe to me on YouTube and my blog, and check out some other ones, below!

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Return of The Mask | Movie Pitch Monday

Recently, I read the original Mask comic and it got me inspired to pitch a Mask sequel. Now, I understand there is a Mask sequel called Son of The Mask, but I haven’t seen it, nor have I seen the Mask cartoon, so admittedly, I don’t know much about The Mask other than the Jim Carrey movie, and issue 1 of the comic.

My pitch is set in modern day, so it has been nearly 25 years since the 1994 Jim Carrey movie. The opening scene we see an underground, black-market auction with several items up for bid — weapons, stolen art, trade secrets, etc. The auctioneer is some pompous-looking guy on a little stage, surrounded by different groups that are keeping their distance from each other.

There are four main groups:

  • The Russians
  • The Chinese
  • The African-Americans
  • Caucasian Americans

“The next item up for bid bestows god-like powers to the wearer,” the auctioneer states. “This item has been in a private collection for over two decades, but its origins date back even further.”

As the auctioneer continues, the camera pans around to the Mask of Loki that we all know from the first movie. This is also where I can insert some exposition about the mask and its powers.

“The origins of the Mask are unknown,” the man says, “but it is believed to be created between the 4th and 5th century by the Norse god Loki. Some historians describe Loki as a night god, which is fitting since the Mask only works at night. Let’s open up the bidding at ten million dollars, do I have ten million?”

The men from the different groups begin bidding like crazy. Little do they know, the cops have the place surrounded and before the bidding ends, they burst through the doors and storm the place.

One of the Chinese guys grabs the mask, puts it on, and starts to attack his enemies. They fire back and it turns into an all-out fire fight with everyone ducking for cover.

The cops hold back and wait for the violence to play out. Their thinking is like, if these guys want to kill each other, maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

The Chinese guy eventually escapes and takes off in a fleet of Mercedes. The police give chase along with the other groups, and now they’re racing through the city. The Russians, the Americans, everyone is chasing after this convoy of vehicles.

The Chinese can hardly contain himself, he’s drunk with power. He climbs out the car, which mind you is swerving in and out of traffic. He’s now on the roof of the car. He leaps off like he’s in the frigging Matrix, landing on one of the cop cars. It smashes. He then bounces from vehicle to vehicle, caving in the hoods of all the enemies vehicles, causing them to flip end over and and spin out of control. There’s a massive pile-up. People are firing at the guy in the Mask, but the bullets do nothing.

My friends, I remind you, this is the opening scene of the movie!

So the Mask eventually gets away.

Everyone’s pissed. The cops arrest some of the gangsters and haul them off to jail so it’s not a complete waste. This becomes the biggest news story around the world. People recorded all this footage with their cellphones and it’s blowing up on social media.

Here, we follow the lead cop. He’s never been in such a high profile case before. Camera crews are showing up at his house, wanting to interview him. He goes inside and just wants to escape. He has a teenage daughter, who hangs around some friends. They’re over at the house and they’ve been following the story online. They’re into comics and fantasy, and have done a little bit of research about the mask. They explain to the dad what they know about it.

Act Two

The police are trying their best to apprehend the mask and are going after all the usual suspects. It’s all hands on deck. They’re receiving pressure from the public to put a stop to this chaos so everyone is working double shifts.

Now, the other storyline we’re following is the African-Americans. One of the guys who got arrested was Chris Warner – a nineteen year old kid who is from a rough part of town and does what he has to do to survive. He got caught up in the gang life early and doesn’t want to see his little brother get caught up in it.

Chris has a little brother who’s 15 — Let’s call him Devin. Devin is sad that his brother Chris got arrested because that’s his hero. The dad is gone and Chris has really been the only stable male figure in Devin’s life. Now that he’s locked up, he’s pissed.

Devin and his friends come up with a plan to roll up on the Chinese gangsters and steal the Mask and use it to break his brother out of jail. So that’s what he does. He and his homies squad up and kidnap the Chinese guy’s daughter. They hold her ransom until her dad hands over the mask.

The Chinese guy loves his daughter is forced hand over the mask.

The African-American gangsters go back and forth, each using the mask. They run amok, causing lots of crime, revenge, and property damage. But before they can do that, the sun comes up, the powers of the mask are nullified. This is when the Russians show up and take the mask. Then all hell breaks loose.

The Russian guy is the worst. He’s doing some really bad things and there’s all these interconnected storylines.

Then, from seemingly out of nowhere, a new dude shows up to town, wearing a red mask. Nobody knows who it is. He smashes the Russian guy, takes out the Chinese guys, and crushes the Americans. This guy is badass. But just like the green mask, the power subsides when the sun comes up.

The city is freaking out and nobody knows how to stop this guy.

Act Three

Nobody knows where the green mask is. Turns out, Devin has it. He picked it up when the Russian guy was defeated by the red mask. He snatched it off of him and ran. Now, he wants to make a deal with the lead cop to let his brother out. The cop takes that deal and they meet in a public place. The cop, the brother, and the little brother. He hands over the mask, which is wrapped in a cloth. The brother is free to go.

Now, nobody knows the cop has the mask. After he gets it, he goes up to the jail to pay someone a visit. As the cop shows up to prison, I would have some reveal and it’s none other than Jim Carrey — Stanley Ipkiss himself. They have a little chat and the cop asks him about any long-term effects with wearing the mask. Stanley seems normal and this satisfies the cop.

Later that night, the cop is at home, in his room, and he’s staring at the mask. He becomes overcome with curiosity and puts on the mask. He bounces around the house and backyard, scares the neighbour’s cat, and causes a lot of commotion.

The kids show up and the dad restrains himself. He takes the mask off and apologizes for his behaviour. The kids are like, “Can I try it?” The dad says, no. They are like, “Please!” He says, “Okay, but only for a second.”

The daughter is the first to try on the mask and it takes control of her. She’s too young. She runs away with it. The dad and all the friends chase after her. Just as he’s about to apprehend her, the red mask villain shows up again. The dad is really worried because this red mask character is going to kill his daughter.

But then, the skies part and the Guardians of the Galaxy show up. Here, we learn about the backstory of the two masks and how one is good and one is evil. They were both forged from wood made with Groot’s face. Groot is pissed, he’s all, “I am Groot” and he takes the mask back.

The red mask has gone around town causing havoc. There’s an epic fight between the Guardians and the red mask. After a crazy battle, the sun comes up and red mask gets away, we never learn their identity.

Star-Lord and the gang say some parting words before they take off. The cops have the green mask and are not letting it out of their site. The main cop is about to take his daughter and her friends home when another cops walks up and informs him that the prison was one of the places the red mask hit and some of the inmates escaped.

In the closing scene, we see a man’s feet walking down a sidewalk. He’s wearing a new suit. As camera pans up, it’s Jim Carrey aka Stanley Ipkiss. He’s looking dead into the camera and smiles. Then the camera pans over to a car. He gets in and says to the driver, “It’s good to see you again. Did you get my mask?”

The camera pans over to reveal none other than Cameron Diaz — she’s had the red mask the entire time! She says, “Not yet, but we will.”

Credits.

What I like about this pitch is that the mask changes hands so many times, and each time we get a new version. We saw a little bit of that in the Jim Carrey movie, but I would do more of that.

Anyway, there is my Mask pitch, let me know in the comments if you like it.

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Avatar 2 Movie Pitch | Movie Pitch Monday

Avatar 2 is supposedly coming in December 2020, so I thought it would be fun to put out a pitch of what I would do in the sequel.

Now, this was surprisingly difficult because what made Avatar so great wasn’t necessarily the plot. It had more to do with the following three elements:

  1. The 3D — which was revolutionary at the time
  2. The visuals — it was filled with rich colours and imagery
  3. The world — the philosophy or message behind how the natives interacted with nature

While it did have a powerful, heartbreaking story, it wasn’t all that intricate or even original. I read somewhere that Avatar was essentially Dances with Wolves meets Pocahontas.

So I definitely had a challenge ahead of me while attempting to make an interesting and engaging pitch, using nothing but my words. In this pitch, you will not see the 3D or the bright colours, or the spectacular world, so bear with me.

To recap what happened in the first movie:

  • Humans, part of the Resources Development Administration (RDA) go to Pandora, a densely forested planet inhabited by a native tribe called the Na’vi, looking for valuable mineral called unobtanium
  • They discover the richest deposit of unobtanium under a giant tree called Hometree, where the Na’vi live
  • Jake Sully is sent to infiltrate the Na’vi and convince them to leave Hometree so that the humans can mine the unobtanium
  • Jake Sully grows sympathetic to the Na’vi and changes his allegiance
  • Parker Selfridge, head of RDA orders the Hometree to be destroyed
  • There’s a battle and many of the Na’vi are killed
  • With the exceptions of Jake, Norm and a few others scientists, all humans are expelled from Pandora and are sent back to Earth
  • Jake is permanently transferred into his avatar with the aid of the Tree of Souls

That’s where we’re at. So without further Ado, here’s my Avatar 2 pitch.

Act One

After toppling the Hometree, The Resources Development Administration (RDA) flee Pandora with the unobtainium and has taken it back to Earth. So I would open the movie on Earth. It’s a futuristic world, but it’s in a state of disrepair. As the original story goes, much of Earth’s natural resources have been depleted, which has led to a severe energy crisis.

The unobtanium is being studied and they find it is wildly unstable. There’s an episode of the X-Files where these boys have some sort of power that accelerates the growth of anything they touch, so when they put their hands on a doorknob, for instance, all the bacteria on the doorknob grows like crazy. So the unobtanium does this and the room that it’s in is growing all this weird fungus and bacteria and is threatening the world. If this thing escapes quarantine, it could completely take over the planet, which they assume will turn Earth’s atmosphere poisonous to humans as it has done to Pandora.

We cut to our first look of Pandora and it doesn’t look as we remember it. With the Hometree dead and all the unobtainium stolen, the planet is dying. Destroying the Hometree has damaged the biological neural network of the planet and they desperately need to get it back. Plants and animals are dying, and the Na’vi are unable to procreate so if they don’t act fast, they will face extinction.

We said that Jake, Norm and a few others scientists have remained on Pandora. In fact, Jake is permanently transferred into his avatar so he has really taken a leadership role within the tribe and wants to figure out how to fix this problem that he feels somewhat responsible for (guilty by association).

Jake is hanging out with Neytiri who has become pregnant with his child. Let’s say the baby was conceived before the tree was destroyed. After it was destroyed, nothing could become pregnant. The life of her unborn baby also hangs in the balance since it needs nature to nurture it (see what I did there!).

Neytiri and others explain to him that the unobtainium is vital to the planet’s survival and without it, everything will perish. To keep the unobtainium stable, it needs to be buried under a Hometree. That’s why the Hometree is so large, because it feeds directly off this life enhancing mineral.

Jake has come to learn of another tree of life on the moon planet, but it’s being guarded by an aquatic tribe of Na’vi. Here we get some backstory of the two tribes and how they’ve been at war for centuries. If only they could acquire another Hometree seed, then they could in theory, plant a new tree and hope will be restored. However, the forest Na’vi can’t exactly go up to the water Na’vi and ask for a seed from their tree. They are sworn enemies!

As mentioned, Sam feels responsible and guilty for what has happened to his new people and he vows to make right. He also has a baby on the way and considers Pandora home, so it is vital for he and his family’s future to get that seed.

While Neytiri stays at home, pregnant, Sam convinces some of the other Na’vi to go with him. They don’t steal and don’t want to risk going to the aquatic Na’vi’s turf, but they agree to show Sam the way to this underwater civilization. Sam convinces one of his fellow human scientists, Dave, to go with him.

The plan is that once they have the seed, they can plant it under the small amount of remaining unobtanium they have, which they are guarding with their lives, and hopefully a new Hometree will flourish and the planet will be saved. We also need to establish that the seeds must come from this other tree because otherwise they would just get one from their own tree. Maybe the forest people have the male part of the seed and the water people have the female part, and you need both. Something like that.

Act Two

Back on Earth, the humans figure that to keep the unobtanium in balance and in harmony with nature, they need a Hometree. This means they need to make another trip back to Pandora and steal a seed.

Now, we said that Sam is permanently transformed into a Na’vi, but some of the other scientists are still using Avatars. They can unplug and chill in the base in their human form. Here, we learn a little about Dave’s backstory — he has a wife, who’s also a scientist on the ship. She has developed cancer and is in dire need of treatment. Turns out, the unobtanium can cure her. The main RDA guy cuts a deal with Dave to obtain the seed, rendezvous with them at some location, and save his wife. Dave takes that deal unbeknownst to Sam.

So Sam and Dave, perhaps some others, go to this underwater place and attempt to steal a seed from the last remaining Hometree on the planet. Here we see a lot of really cool visuals that we haven’t seen before since it’s underwater. I’m talking new animals, new plants, crazy colours, etc.

The mission is really risky and as it turns out, the aquatic Na’vi discover the forest Na’vi’s plan and are after them. There’s a really suspenseful chase and in the end, Sam gets captured, but not before giving the seed to Dave. He think he can trust him so he’s like, “Take this to Eytukan,” (Neytiri’s father and clan leader).

Dave comes up and tells the tribe that Sam failed and they did not get the seed. He said that he was captured and most likely killed. Several of the Na’vi clan ignore the risks and stage a rescue attempt for Sam, who may or may not be dead. Since the Na’vi are not violent by nature, their plan is to meet with the aquatic leaders and negotiate a deal to get Sam back. There’s actually something of value they have that the aquatic tribe doesn’t, and they are willing to trade it for Sam.

Here we learn more backstory of the Tree of Souls, which is of extreme spiritual significance and allows the Na’vi and humans to connect with it and be at one with nature. There have been many battles fought over this tree and the forest Na’vi have been the guardians of it since the beginning of time. Now, for the first time, they are willing to share it with this aquatic tribe, not only for Sam, but also for the Hometree seed.

One of the other human scientists, let’s call her Paula, learns about Dave’s deal with the RDA and that he double crossed everyone. So they argue and fight. Dave gets knocked out, and is detained in a holding facility while Paula brings the seed to the Na’vi tribe.

Act Three

The planet is dying and the Na’vi need to plant the seed asap. Plants and animals are dying, birds are falling from the sky, and the Na’vi are feeling weak. Sam and Neytir’s baby is also at risk with each passing minute. Just as the seed is en route, the RDA folks show up, and unplug Paula from her from her avatar. They then go out to retrieve the seed.

Jump back to the negotiation, it goes well and the water people accept the forest people’s trade. They agree to give Sam back in return for the Tree of Souls seed. Sam returns and figures out that Dave double crossed him. They go back to the ship to stop Dave and save Paula, who they assume is in danger

Just before the humans leave the planet, the Na’vi arrive just in time to stop them. There’s another epic battle between humans and Na’vi and again there are many casualties. This time, however, the underwater tribe comes up and lends a hand since they too need unobtainium and want to show an act of solidarity with the forest Na’vi.

With the help of the aquatic Na’vi, the humans are defeated and detained. The Na’vi are becoming weak suddenly. They need the seed to be planted and the unobtainium put back. In a suspenseful race against the clock, the Na’vi along with Jake and Paula take the unobtainium from the ship and put in back in the ground. They also plant the new Hometree seed, which they recently acquired. They do a ceremony and something crazy happens. Maybe the sky parts and it rains or something cool, I’m not sure what, but it should be visually stunning and unclear to Sam and us as the audience what is happening. But later we learn that this a good thing. It means the planet will be saved.

We show a scene of the RDA humans captured somehow and Dave reunited with his wife. Maybe he’s forgiven, I’m not sure.

In the end, Neytiri gives birth and we see a cute little Na’vi baby.

The end.

Perhaps movie three can be all about the new baby growing up and discovering s/he has powers, or that this teenager Na’vi falls in love with one of the aquatic Na’vi so we can continue that story line.

So there it is, my Avatar 2 pitch. Let me know in the comments if you liked it. If you like these pitches, check out more of them below!

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Nightwing TV Series | Movie Pitch Monday

In today’s video, I’m going to be pitching a Nightwing TV series. Now, I know there is a Teen Titans TV series coming, which I didn’t know about prior to preparing for this pitch. I just watched the trailer an hour ago and my concept is much different. I want the tone of my series to be similar to Iron Fist. I have a guy in mind to play Nightwing called Charles Melton that could be good for this role, depending on how well he can fight.

The story takes place post Robin, maybe two years later. Batman and Dick — by the way, Dick Grayson’s initials are DG so maybe we’ll agree to call him Diggy or something — any way, he had a fallout because Batman was at war and wanted Diggy’s total devotion. Diggy was busy with college and messing around with Teen Titans and Bruce had enough of him, essentially firing him as Robin. This part comes up in the comics so I would follow that story line.

So Diggy leaves, doesn’t accept any help from Bruce, and has a bit of a chip on his shoulder. He makes his way on his own and becomes fully independent, continuing his studies, finding an apartment, etc. He finds work and eventually opens up his own martial arts academy.

Act One

Opening scene, we see Diggy teaching kids at his studio. Remember, he’s an expert gymnast, weapons specialist, and martial arts expert. He isn’t Nightwing yet. One of his students asks him if he’s ever been in a real fight where he’s had to use his skills. He says, “Yes, plenty of times. In a combat scenario, I can teach you what works and what doesn’t work. Most of the stuff you see on TV and movies doesn’t work, but remember, we learn these skills to master confidence and discipline, not to beat people up. We are the good guys, not the bullies. We use it if we have to… and hopefully we never have to.”

After class, Diggy pulls one of the kids aside and asks him why his brother hasn’t been coming to class. The kid says some lie, which Diggy picks up on. He then offers to walk the kid home. The kid lives in a rough part of town, as does Diggy. They get close to the house and the boy stops, and says “Oh, I … uh, I forgot something back at the studio. I need to go back to get it.”

Again, Diggy knows the kid is lying and senses fear in him. He looks up ahead and sees a group of gang bangers hanging around outside his building.

Diggy crouches low and says, “We cannot live in fear. It’s okay, they won’t harm you.” He then takes the kid by the shoulder and escorts him up to his apartment. When he gets there, the house is chaotic. The mum is cooking in the kitchen and screaming at the brother to set the table.

Diggy notices the brother has a black eye. Diggy greets the mother and talks to the brother. He asks, “What happened?”

The kid replies, “It was nothing. Just a misunderstanding at school.”

He goes, “Did those guys downstairs do this to you?”

The kid looks up and nods.

Diggy stands up and is pissed. The brother tries to warn him. He’s like, “Wait, those guys are bad news, you don’t want to mess with them.”

Diggy storms outside and confronts the dudes, there’s like five of them, and they look sketchy — neck tattoos, gold chains, most likely strapped. Diggy says, “Which one of you low-lifes touched my brother?”

They all get up and confront him, they’re like, “Yo, homey, you better check yourself.”

“Maybe you didn’t hear me — which one of you losers touched my brother?”

They all surround him and pull out knives and brass knuckles. This is when Diggy notices a familiar tattoo on one of the guy’s neck. Diggy doesn’t back down — he pulls out two batons from his back and says, “Who wants to go first?”

The gang bangers are looking at this guy like he’s crazy and decide they don’t feel like getting into it with him at the moment.

“These are my brothers,” he says, “You mess with them, you mess with me. And, trust me, you don’t want to mess with me.”

The gang bangers walk away and Diggy turns to the two brothers and says, “You let me know if they come after you again, okay?”

Act Two

Later that night, Diggy pulls up to the club with an all-black motor cycle. He gets a drink and starts talking to some hot girl. Those gang bangers show up, all sporting the same tattoos, and Diggy is observing them. The girl starts dancing with him and kissing him, but part of his attention is focused on the table of street thugs.

I’d cut to a sex montage back at the girl’s apartment. When the scene catches up, the girl is passed out in bed and he’s putting a shirt on and slipping out the fire escape window. He gets on his bike and speeds away back to his apartment.

When he gets back to his crib, he stays up for another two hours listening to the audio that he recorded from the club. He put a bug at the table and that’s one of the ways he’s been spying on these guys.

He has a two-bedroom apartment and one of the rooms is dedicated to crime fighting. That’s where he has all his gear and weapons. So he’s sitting in this room late at night under the glow of a computer screen, and as the camera pans out, it shows he has been mapping out a whole network of criminal activity. There’s cork boards with faces and string connecting people, news clippings, crime reports, etc.

Although he hasn’t been Robin in two years, and isn’t Nightwing yet, he has been staying up to date with what’s been happening in Gotham.

Act Three

The next scene, we see him back in his dojo, teaching a class, and the homies show up. They’re looking to hurt him and even humiliate him in the process. It’s five on one and they surround him. Some of his senior students step up to get his back, and Diggy tells them to stand down and he will handle it. “I need the practice.”

They all attack and we see a spectacular ballet of violence as Diggy handles these guys while hardly breaking a sweat. They all scramble to their feet and take off.

Out of the corner of his eye, Diggy sees Bruce Wayne standing off to the side. They haven’t seen each other in two years and there’s still some resentment and tension there. Diggy says to his class, “Okay, everyone, pair up and practice the lesson we just drilled.”

Jon Hamm wants said he wants to be Batman, well guess what, Jon Hamm. You’re Batman, get in there! I think it would be cool to have Bruce Wayne in the entire season, but not as Batman, just as Bruce Wayne.

So Diggy walks up and sees Bruce with a cane. Diggy makes a comment about the cane and Bruce says, “I fell off a roof. I’ll be out for a while. I came here to tell you that the city needs you.”

Bruce is getting older and wants Diggy to take over as Batman, which is what he thinks he wanted. But Diggy never wanted to be Batman, he just wanted to be his equal.

“Right now my focus is on helping these kids,” Diggy says.

“What you’re doing is noble. I respect that. But there are forces at play that need to be brought to justice.”

“It’s good to see you Bruce, but if you don’t mind, I have a class I need to get back to.”

On his way out, Bruce says, “You should come by the manor some time.”

Diggy says, “Maybe I will.”

So that is the end of season one episode one. We saw a little bit of Diggy’s character, we saw some bravery, some espionage, a spectacular fight scene, his life style, and Bruce Wayne! I think that would be the perfect teaser to open up the series.

Season one is all about Diggy transforming into Nightwing, which doesn’t happen until like episode four or five. We learn about his backstory with his parents, the Flying Graysons. Maybe we show a little flashback of Bruce taking care of him, training him, and teaching him lessons. We see some Batman and Robin stuff, even them just hanging around the Batcave in their costumes.

The basic premise is Diggy finding a connection between the Red Hood gang and the death of his parents and being really determined to bring them to justice. We see him hooking up with girls, using his super intellect, and showing off some amazing acrobatics and fighting skills.

Midway through the season we get this amazing scene where he goes to Wayne manor and says, “I want back in… but on my own terms. I need gear, a new suit, intelligence, weapons, a mobile.”

Bruce says, “Welcome back, Robin.”

Then Diggy goes, “No, I no longer want to be your side kick. I want to be your equal. You taught me everything I know and I am forever indebted to you. But it’s time this Robin flies away from the nest and becomes his own man.”

“You have a name yet?”

“You’ll will know it soon.”

He then goes to Batman’s chief mechanic and costume maker, Harold to get a new suit. Then it’s on.

In the season finale, Nightwing fights the leader of the Red Hood gang, aptly called Red Hood, and it goes back and forth. Then some of Red Hood’s homies jump in and it’s unfair. Just when he thinks he’s outnumbered, Batman shows up and they fight side by side once again.

The leader gets away, but many of the other gang members get arrested and Nightwing prevents a large drug shipment from coming in. Batman takes off, allowing Nightwing to get all the shine. That’s Nightwing’s big coming out party. Gotham now celebrates him.

In season two, I wouldn’t necessarily bring in any of Batman’s villains like Joker, Bain, Penguin, etc. I would just make up new ones. Maybe some of the neighbourhood kids who were his students become involved in gang activity and he has to deal with that. Meanwhile he’s getting closer and closer to learning the truth about his parents.

So there it is, my Nightwing TV series pitch. I hope you like it. Let me know in the comments if there’s anything I missed that you’d like to see. Also, check out some of my other pitches.

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Sly MOVIE PITCH | MOVIE PITCH MONDAY

Welcome back to another episode of Movie Pitch Monday — a show where I pitch fun movie ideas. For those who don’t know who I am, my name is Edward Mullen, author of The Art of the Hustle series, the Prodigy series, and some other books.

In today’s video, I’ll be pitching a movie called Sly — a biopic about Sylvester Stallone. I grew up watching Stallone movies and he has a really inspirational life story that I think would be great to see in film.

Now, unlike many of my other pitches where I do whatever I want with the characters, this one is a bit different. Since these events are based on an actual person, they are less about my ideas and creativity and more about pacing and structure. Although I did help myself to make up any parts I didn’t know.

Of course, I did a bit of research prior to making this pitch and I came across some really powerful videos, one of Tony Robbins telling a story of how Sylvester Stallone went from being a broke, down-and-out, struggling actor / screenwriter to becoming Rocky. There is also a video series with Stallone telling that same story. There are some differing facts between the two stories so when in doubt, I went with Stallone’s version. I encourage you to check them out.

The beautiful thing about this movie concept is that it’s in some ways a Rocky movie. It’s about Sly, but Rocky is his alter ego. They are basically one and the same. It’s an underdog story about an underdog story.

So without further ado, here is my movie pitch for Sly.

Act One

This movie is a period piece set in New York City during the 1970s so it’s gritty, it’s got that 70s feel to it — old cars, old clothes, etc. The opening scene, we meet a young Sly Stallone, 24 or 25, played by none other than Noah Centineo.

He exits his apartment building early in the morning, like 5 or 6 in the morning, the sun is just coming up and we can see his breath in the brisk morning air. He’s bundled up, wearing a beanie on his head, a hoodie, and a thick jacket. When he steps outside, he pulls his collar up, blows hot air into his hands before rubbing them together, and then stuffs his hands into his pockets. He then walks several blocks to the subway.

As he rides the train, he keeps to himself, but occasionally glances around the other passengers. He sees a pregnant lady and gets up and offers her his seat.

So in the opening sequence, I really want to establish four things right off the bat:

  1. He’s from a lower income neighbourhood
  2. It’s early in the morning so he’s hustling
  3. He’s observant about the world
  4. He’s friendly despite the way he looks

These are things that will later define him. So he takes the train to downtown Manhattan and goes to an audition. They take one look at him and then say, “Sorry, pal. This role isn’t right for you. Next!” They don’t even let him read. “He begs them to audition. He says, I know all my lines, please.” Again, they said, “Next!” and Sly walks out of the office feeling defeat.

Sly continues to be persistent and meets with agents, but they all tell him the same thing. The nice ones politely decline. The mean ones tell him all the reasons why he’ll never make it as an actor. One of them says, “The only job I could get you is unloading a delivery truck with my uncle,” as he laughs in his face and slams the door on him.

In his pursuit to become an actor, he had received over 1500 “nos” and was thrown out of every agent’s office multiple times. Nevertheless, he was determined. He continues to go back.

He goes to open audition casting calls, and in one case, he gets to play a thug in a movie. In the scene, he essentially gets beat up for 20 seconds, but otherwise has no dialogue.

Every morning he leaves and tries to make something happen and then comes home late at night exhausted, but his spirit is not broken. He’s hopeful and optimistic. He thinks his big break is coming. He tells his wife about his day on set and he’s smiling and exited, but she’s not reciprocating those feelings. She asks him how much the gig paid and when he tells her, she gets on his case about finding a real job. There’s a stack of mail of unpaid bills. He then says, “Why is it so cold in here?” She replies, “They cut the heat off today.” He’s like, “That’s okay, we can keep each other warm.”

We then see Sly visit his mother. I really want to establish this relationship in the movie where he can pore his heart out to her and she can be that pillar of encouragement he needs. She reminds him of a story about how he’s always been a fighter. When the doctors delivered him, they used two pairs of forceps to pull him out and they were so forceful that they severed a nerve and caused paralysis in parts of his face. So even though he looks a little different and speaks a little different, that hasn’t stopped him. It’s given him drive and contributed to making him into the man he was.

His mum also talks about the time his parents got divorced when he was 9 and how that was a lot for him to deal with, but he made it through. She says, “I knew you were special from the moment you were born. I believe in you, you can do anything.”

He then visits his dad, with whom he has a good relationship with. Through my research, I know his dad was a hairdresser and I have no idea their father / son dynamics, but for the movie, let’s make him work as a low-level clerk, stocking shelves in a grocery store. Sly comes in unexpected and says, “Hi pops, working hard.” They have some banter and he gets some advice about not caring what people think and working hard.

So the next scene we see Sly and his wife really struggling and getting at each other. His wife is screaming at him to get a job, but the reason he doesn’t is because he knows that if he were to get a job, he’d end up like his father — working some humdrum job and he will eventually lose his hunger and his dream would gradually disappear. He knows the only way he will be successful is if he has no other options. He wants it to be a sink or swim situation. He wants to keep that hunger as he feels that gives him an advantage over his competition.

Now, his wife doesn’t understand this at all, and they get into these vicious fights. They are broke, have no money, and have no options.

One day Sly goes to the New York Public Library, not to read anything, but to stay warm. As he’s hanging out, he happens to sit down in a chair and see a book that someone left behind.

He looks down at this book and it was book of poems by Edgar Allen Poe. He starts reading it and becomes obsessed. He later reads everything about Edgar Allen Poe and learns a very valuable lesson. One of the lessons he took from Poe was to get outside of himself and think about other people. He also considers becoming a writer.

Sly tries his hand at writing some screenplays, but nothing really worthwhile comes out.

At this point, he has less than 50 dollars to his name, but he finally sells a script — a movie called Paradise Alley. He sells it for 100 dollars, but back then that was good money for him and more importantly, he had restored his hope that it will lead to more projects. But over time, it didn’t lead to anything.

Finally, he reaches a point where he was so broke that he sells his wife’s jewelry. This upsets her so much that she hated his guts and that was pretty much the end of their relationship. She moves out and goes to live with her family.

Now Sly is all alone, he has no heat, no food, and no money. The last thing he has is his dog, the love of his dog, for which he would receive unconditional love.

He was so broke that they couldn’t even afford to feed his dog. So with no other options and a heavy heart, he walks his dog to a liquor store and stands outside trying to sell his dog to strangers. This is truly the lowest point in his life, but he’s desperate. It’s either sell the dog, or start robbing people. He finally finds someone to buy his dog, and sells him for 50 dollars.

There’s a really sad goodbye and as the man is walking away, Sly is telling the man to scratch him behind the ears because he really likes that. The dog is looking back and yelping and Sly walks away and just cries.

When he comes home, Sly is there in an empty apartment in a rundown neighbourhood, alone. There’s no food in the house and it’s cold. He goes to bed with his beanie and jacket on.

He gets a few odd acting gigs to pay the bills, but he eventually gets evicted from his apartment and becomes homeless for several days. We see him reach a new low, living on the streets, hungry, and trying to make something happen.

Two weeks later, he’s watching a fight between Mohammed Ali vs Chuck Wepnar on March 24, 1975. Wepnar was a white guy that was getting beaten pretty badly by Ali, but no matter the beating Ali put on him, he kept on coming. In one of the later rounds, Wepnar ducks a punch and lands a shot to Ali’s body and drops the champ.

That’s when Sly gets an idea.

As soon as the fight ends, he begins writing furiously on a legal pad. He writes for 3 days straight and could hardly sleep. By the end, his hands were shaking, but he had a finished a script called Rocky. The idea for the character was inspired in part by Chuck Wepnar, but also by himself. Rocky is a guy with rugged and tough looks, and people judge for it, but he was actually a sweetheart. Sly was Rocky. Life continued to kick him in the dick, but he would always get back up.

With the script finished, he shops it around, but again experienced nothing but rejection. Hardly anyone would read it, and those who did rejected on the premise that it was too predictable, stupid, or too sappy.

People commented on the way he looks, which is dopey, and also the way he talks, which is unusual to say the least. They were like, “Go do something else. You’ll never work in TV or film. It will never happen.”

Sly knew his whole life, ever since he was very young that he wanted to be in the movie business. He wanted to create art not only for people to escape, but also to inspire people.

For three weeks he would sleep in the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City. That’s where he saw yet another ad for an open casting call.

Act Two

While on this casting call, he does his audition and on the way out, he happens to mention to one of the producers that he does a little bit of writing as well. They spoke briefly and the producer says, “Bring it around sometime.”

We see more scenes with him talking to his mum about the script, his visits his wife and she informs him that she’s pregnant. She had no way of getting a hold of him. At this point, he has 160 bucks to his name. He visits his dad and updates him on what’s been happening.

The next day, Sly meets the producers from open casting and brings them the Rocky script. They eventually read it and believe in the script. They call him in and offer him 25,000 dollars. He was ecstatic, but says, “There’s just one thing,” and they say, “Oh yeah, what’s that?” He says, “I have to star in it. I have to play Rocky.” They immediately lost interest and say no.

At this point, Sly has managed poverty very well. He had it down to a science. He knew he didn’t really need much to live on and if he sold the script and it did well, he would jump off a building or leap in front of a bus. He would be very upset if he wasn’t the lead in the movie.

So he decided to roll the dice and walk away from the offer.

The producers call him back and make him another offer, this time, $100,000. Sly then says, “I need to be the lead.” They say, “No way!” They weren’t prepared to put some funny looking no-name actor as the lead. That would be throwing money away. They were looking for a star.

So again, he walks away. They called him back a third time, then a four time, then a fifth and a sixth time. Each time the offer was substantially more. It started off as $25,000, then went to $100,000, then $150,000, $175,000, $250,000, $330,000.

On the last visit, they say, “Okay, no more playing around. This will be our final offer — $360,000 for the script. Take it or leave it.” Sly thinks for a moment, considers how much money they are offering him, and says, “Only if I can play Rocky.” The producers looked at him like he was crazy, but they weren’t budging. They were firm on their offer. Sly then says, “If that’s what you believe, then you don’t get my script,” and he left.

A few weeks later they call him back into their office and they finally compromise a deal where bother parties could get what they want. They offer him $35,000 and make him the lead in the movie. This way, they could at least mitigate the risk. If the movie flopped, they would likely recoup the initial investment since they didn’t spend a bunch of money on him.

Sly accepts the offer of $35,000, which was still a lot of money in the mid-seventies, especially when he had less than 100 dollars. Instead of celebrating, the first thing he does is go back to the liquor store and wait for the guy who bought his dog. He figures the man is bound to show up eventually. So he waits at the liquor store for three full days until one day, the man who bought his dog shows up.

When Sly sees the man, he says, “Sir, remember me, I sold you my dog a month and a half ago.”

The guy was like, “I remember you. I love the dog.”

Sly says, “Look, I was broke, I was starving, he was my best friend. I’m sure you love him too, but I have to have him back. Please, I beg of you. I’ll pay you 100 dollars for the dog. I know you only bought him for 25 so let me have him back, I’ll give you $100.”

“The man says, absolutely not, no way. He’s my dog now, you can’t buy him back.”

Sly then says, “500 dollars for the dog.”

Again, the guy says, “No way. He then says, $1,000 dollars.”

The guy then says, “No amount of money on Earth will make me sell this dog to you.”

Sly was persistent and eventually gets his dog back, which ends up costing him $3,000 and giving the guy a part in Rocky.

It’s a really happy moment in the movie. Sly is crying and the dog is jumping around with joy. Later, Sly ends up putting the dog in the movie.

Act Three

In the third act we see them putting together the movie from casting to shooting, and all the physical demands of playing the character.

In one scene, we see a man come in and audition for Apollo Creed. He stands opposite of Sylvester Stallone and proceeds to slap him around a bit. He also says to the producer and the casting director, “I would have been better in the scene had I worked with a real actor.”

He unknowingly insults Sylvester Stallone. Then the casting director says, “Actually, that is the guy who will play Rocky. He wrote the movie as well.”

Then Apollo Creed says, “Well, maybe he’ll get better.”

Sylvester then says, “Hire this man.” It was the exact attitude they were looking for in an antagonist.

On the first day on set, Sly walks out of his trailer for the first time of time on the cold streets of Philadelphia, and he knows this is the moment of truth. The director asks him, “Sylvester, are you ready?” and he replies, “No, but Rocky is.”

So we see a lot of really great iconic scenes from the movie from running through the streets of Philadelphia, punching the slabs of meat, running up the steps, and fighting Apollo. We see some really great behind-the-scenes footage.


We see a lot of early mornings, some great moments with his dog, living in a tiny apartment, talking to his pregnant wife and parents over the phone.

The movie takes month to film and there’s a wrap party. It’s a really great moment, but too soon to celebrate. None of them have seen the final cut of the movie and have no idea how audiences will respond to it.

When the movie is done, there’s a private screening with nine hundred members of the Director’s Guild and industry insiders. Sly brings his mother and his wife and they sit in the theatre and watch the movie with everyone for the first time. It plays terribly. The laughs don’t come when they expect and the fight scenes lack energy and excitement.

In the end, everyone just gets up and leaves. Sly is not only embarrassed, but devastated. He sits there was his wife and mum and waits for everyone to file out. They are the last to leave.

As they exit, there are three flights of stairs. They walked down the first, the second, and by the time they round the last set of stairs, all 900 people are there celebrating the film. They look up at Rocky and start clapping. In that moment, Sly completely comes apart, he’s elated and beings to cry tears of joy. He leans over to his mum as says, “How could you doubt me, mum? I’m shocked.”

Credits.

As the music plays, I would have text on the screen that says the following:

Rocky opened on November 21, 1976 (New York City) and December 3, 1976 (United States).

It was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay nominations for Stallone. The film went on to win the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Film Editing.

The movie cost a million dollars to make and ended up grossing over 225 million dollars.

I would then do a post-credit scene where Sly is sitting in his agent’s office, maybe they’re smoking cigars, and the agent is really excited with the success of the film and with all the offers coming in. The agent then asks, “Sly, what do you want?”

Sly says, “I want to be an action star.”

The agent flips through a stack of scripts and slides one across the desk. “A script just came in this morning that you may be interested in. It’s based on a novel by David Morrell, perhaps you’ve heard of it.

Sly picks up the script and reads the title page, and says, “First Blood.”

I would make reference to Arnold Schwarzenegger, something like, “I think they’re talking to this other guy, some bodybuilder from Austria with a name nobody can pronounce, but I think you’d be perfect for this role.”

In the last frames we see Sly reading the script and then says the name, “Rambo”, I like the sound of that.

Credits.

So there it is, my Sylvester Stallone biopic called Sly. Let me know in the comments below if you liked the pitch. Please like the video and subscribe to my channel, and I will see you next time.

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