Ready Player Two Movie Pitch | #MOVIEPITCHMONDAY #MPM

James Halliday, creator of the Oasis promised to bequeath the Oasis to whichever player solves his obscure riddles. In the end of the first movie, *spoilers*, Wade Watts aka Parzival does just this.

To make a powerful sequel that people will love, we first must understand what made Ready Player One interesting and exciting, and then give them more of those things. So I’ve identified three things that people loved in the first movie:

  1. Nostalgia for 80s and 90s pop culture references — one review I read called it a trash heap of cultural nostalgia
  2. The Oasis — a virtual-reality world where anything is possible, you can be anyone and do anything
  3. Gunting — hunting for pop-culture Easter eggs

I feel a sequel would have to incorporate each of these elements as well.

Act One

The movie opens with Wade and friends in some adventure in the Oasis. They’ve created a private world where nobody else can enter, and they can basically do anything. One guy is on a yacht with a bunch of bikini clad women, another is deep sea diving, another is flying around like a bird, and then we have Parzival and Artemis hiking in some rainforest and they come up to this waterfall with a rainbow. This is a completely made up world in the Oasis, so there are no bugs and they have complete privacy.

As they approach this waterfall, Artemis is completely blown away by the beauty. Parzival created this moment and it’s truly a work of art. In the middle of a meadow filled with flowers is a picnic. They sit down, enjoy the view, have some food, and talk about the future. It’s a really romantic setting.

But then, out of the corner of his eye, Parzival sees a black cat, which is weird because he created this world, and he didn’t put any black cats in it. Then, he sees it again. Artemis sees the confusion on Parzival’s face and looks over, but doesn’t see anything.

“What is it?” she asks.

“I think I saw a black cat. It walked by twice.” he says.

“Glitch in the Matrix!” Artemis says.

“I’m familiar with the movie, but why is it here?”

Parzival stands up and follows the cat through the tall grass. Artemis follows. They eventually come upon an impossibly high, terror-inducing cliff. It’s so high they can’t even see the bottom. It’s above the clouds. Again, another thing he did not put in this world.

Artemis is standing with Parzival and asks, “Where did the cat go?”

“I think it went over the cliff.”

Then she says, “There’s only one way to find out” and then dives off the cliff.

Parzival shouts after her, but within seconds she disappears in the clouds. He then looks around, summons some courage, and jumps over himself. He begins to free fall and the wind is racing passed him so fast that he has to squint. His hair is blowing every which way and his clothes are flapping.

As he punches through the clouds, he ends up in a room. It’s Halliday’s room as a child.

Artemis is there as well and they are both looking at each other with confusion. In walks Halliday. He greets them and says, “I have a game for you if you choose to accept.”

Artemis asks, “Is it two player?”

Halliday smiles and answers ‘yes’.

Halliday explains that this game is unlike any other. It’s about temptation. He says a few more words that are cryptic and don’t mean much to them to them at the time, but will make more sense as the game progresses.

Halliday gives them their first clue and they are off to the races.

Now, as they are going through the game, they discover a portal that takes them to another part of the Oasis, a secret world if you will. Thinking this is part of the game, they willfully enter said portal and get trapped there. They respawn but when they go back into the Oasis, they begin to experience other glitches along with many others as well.

As it turns out, the bad guy from the first movie is hell bent on destroying the Oasis and has unleashed a virus into the Oasis, which is causing all sorts of problems. And wouldn’t you know, they have their own Oasis, which they are promising people an unparalleled experience, all for a monthly subscription fee of 3.99, which is an early bird price. If you are late to join, the fee becomes substantially more like 59.99 per month.

Frustrated with the Oasis, and curious about this new world, many people opt to join this new world and take advantage of the deal.

The fact that people are jumping ship doesn’t necessarily matter to Parzival, it doesn’t threaten him in any way. The Oasis for him is not a business so he doesn’t care what people choose to do, whether they login or not, or join some competitor’s virtual world. What he cares about is getting rid of this virus. But every time Parzival and Artemis go into the Oasis, they get jammed up or it glitches, so they end up spending a lot of time in the real world and hardly login at all.

Act Two

Their entire squad is chilling in some basement somewhere with posters on the wall, a mini fridge, an old school video game console. They’re bored and not really sure what to do with themselves.

One thing that Parzival keeps replaying in his head is the message from Halliday. He must have gone over it a thousand times in his head, studying each line and each word of the cryptic message. But Parzival knows that things aren’t always as they seem. While he was spending so much time with the message, he was overlooking something that was staring him right in the face — Halliday’s room. Something was off about it.

Unable to visit the virtual room, Parzival packs up the car and takes Artemis and the gang to Halliday’s actual house, the one he grew up in as a kid. The gain entry and the room is still set up exactly as depicted in the virtual world. They almost expect Halliday to walk through the door at any moment.

Upon studying the room, Parzival discovers a clue that puts the cryptic message into context. Using this clue from the real world, they enter the Oasis, and go to a world and see Halliday standing there with a prize — $10,000,000. There’s a huge celebration, I’m talking fireworks and streamers, and Halliday congratulates him. Halliday then extends a tablet in front of Parzival and says, “As soon as you choose to accept this, ten million dollars will be deposited into your account in the real world.”

Parzival is beyond excited as are his friends. Everyone is standing there smiling and are so happy for him. As he is about to press the accept button, Artemis says, “Wait! Remember what Halliday said, this is a game unlike any other. It’s about temptation.”

This gets Parzival thinking. His friends are looking at him like he’s crazy, but he looks at Artemis and knows what the right thing to do is. He chooses to decline the transfer of money. Then he waits. Halliday retracts the tablet with a smile and says, “Congratulations on passing level one, welcome to level two.” Then gives him another clue.

So the movie continues to be this Easter egg hunt filled with 80s and 90s cultural references; however, unlike the first movie, the clues exist in the real world, which then tell the players where to go in the Oasis. It’s basically like Da Vinci Code and National Treasure meets the Matrix. The reason the clues are in the real world is to protect the prize from AI or virus that cannot go there, only humans can.

With the virus inside the Oasis running rampant, it’s a real race against the clock. As they race to find these clues, more and more of the Oasis is being destroyed by the minute.

Each round is like a level and at the end, there’s a prize designed to tempt them to leave the game. The next level is only revealed upon completing the previous level and rejecting the prize.

The first is money, but there are four other levels.

  1. Money
  2. Power
  3. Freedom
  4. Love
  5. ???

Act Three

After rejecting all four, they wonder what could possibly be next. They receive their final clue by Holliday and he says something cryptic that again doesn’t mean to them at the time.

One of Parzival’s friends asks, “What’s better than money, power, freedom, and love?”

“What about fame?” someone suggests.

“Legacy?”

“Life?”

Then it hits him. “The thing that is better than all those other things is time. It’s the one resource that you cannot get more of so how the hell is Halliday going to grant me more time?”

Following a hunch, Parzival and his squad go to Holliday’s place of birth, which reveals a clue that takes them to a secret underground facility once owned by Halliday. Inside they find a system of high-tech looking machines that they’re not sure what they do.

It then occurs to Parzival that this whole thing started at the cliff by taking a leap of faith. He realizes what the last clue means.

“The only way Halliday can grant me more time is by making me immortal, and in what way can you guys think Halliday can make me live forever?”

In unison, they say, “By uploading your mind into the Oasis.”

“But that will mean…” someone says, drawing the obvious conclusion.

“I’m taking a leap of faith,” Parzival says. “With this machine, you can upload my consciousness into the Oasis and I can live forever. Of course, my physical body will die, but I think that’s what Halliday did. Halliday isn’t dead, he just exists in another, non-physical form.”

“Why now?” someone asks. “Why not do it when you’re 80 so you get to enjoy both?”

“If I don’t do it now and fight this virus, then there may not be an Oasis when I’m 80. Also, we spend most of our lives inside the Oasis as is. We only unplug to feed and maintain ourselves. There is some physical pleasure, but that can be had with the Oasis.”

“I’m coming too,” Artemis says.

There are some tears, some hugs, and then both Parzival and Artemis upload themselves into the Oasis. Their dead bodies still hooked up to the machine. Once inside, they meet Halliday himself and the rest of their friends plug in.

Parzival says, “See, this isn’t goodbye, it’s the start of something new.”

Credits.

So the implication here is that they destroy the virus, restore the Oasis to its former glory, and live happily ever after.

Now, if you really want to get crazy, you could do a third movie that has them trapped inside the Oasis by some super intelligent AI, and the squad has to extract their minds from the Oasis and put them back into the real world. Of course, their bodies are decomposed and gone by now, so their minds are uploaded inside robots.

When they get into the real world, their friends are in their 80s and the world is completely different. Time has moved much differently for them than it has in the real world. This new world could be unfavourable to AI and robots and they find themselves on the wrong side of a human vs machine war. At the helm is that bad guy from movie one and two.

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Miles Morales MOVIE PITCH | #MOVIEPITCHMONDAY #MPM

Let’s suppose for a moment that Marvel allowed me to write a book for them where I could do anything I wanted, use any character, and come up with any story line. I did a similar pitch with Superman in a previous video which you can check out after.

I heard from Kevin Smith on a podcast once that when directing an episode of Flash in my hometown of Vancouver, he was told that the show aims to hit three elements in every episode: heart, humour, and heroics (spectacle). So I will use this same formula as well in my Spidey story.

Act One

The story begins with Miles doing typical high school stuff. He’s been Spider Man for less than a year, he trains martial arts, he has a girl that he likes, he hates school, he hangs around with Ganke, and we see a bit of his home life. On occasion he fights the occasional criminal, which causes him to duck out of dates and miss school projects. This creates a lot of problems in his life.

With graduation in sight, his parents ask him what are his plans for the future. His dad is a cop and suggests that perhaps Miles look into that as an option, so he’s leaving pamphlets on his pillow and whatnot. It seems as though it’s a hot topic since Ganke, his girl, councilors, everyone is talking about it their future. Truth be told, Miles hadn’t really given it much thought. He had been so consumed with other matters in the present, that the future seemed too distant to worry about.

After being bombarded with these conversations seemingly everywhere he went, he begins to shift his focus and wonder what his life will be like beyond being Spider Man. Will he attend college? Will he have a career? A family? He wonders how being Spider Man fits in with his long term life goals? This just adds to his already stressful life.

Coveting a new Jordan shoe release, Miles links up with a shady character named Dax Price who sells sneakers and other highly sought after streetwear brands. Anything you need, Dax is the guy. He can get anything. Ordinarily, he wouldn’t hang around Dax, but he wants the sneakers so he does what he has to do. Dax takes Miles’ money and meets up with his underground connection for all things illicit. Miles watches from a distance and follows the vehicle to a warehouse.

Donning the Spidey costume, Miles climbs in through a skylight and eves drops on a conversation with a guy with a Russian accent. Aleksei Sytsevich is the man’s name. Miles has never heard of him, but he seems like he’s in charge of the entire operation, and he seems like a bad guy. Likely involved in some illegal operations.

As Miles sneaks out the window, Aleksei catches a glimpse of him out of the corner of his eye. He doesn’t care much for people spying on him. Who knows what he heard or what kind of trouble he’s going to cause Aleksei. So Aleksei sends some goons after Miles.

Now, for those who don’t know, Aleksei Sytsevich is the Rhino. And for those who remember Batman the animated series, there was one episode that breathed new life into Mr. Freeze, which was previously a very one dimensional villain. But in the Heart of Ice episode, they told this really sad backstory and made the character a little more rounded. I would love to do that with Rhino.

For me, there are two problems with Rhino:

  1. He’s dumb, and I don’t like dumb characters. I know there’s a story line Marvel did once which gave Rhino super intellect, so I would go back to that
  2. Logistics. If Rhino is always in this hulking 10-foot tall rhinoceroses suit, then that’s a little weird, right? Living in New York City would be a nightmare. First of all, summers would be brutal. That heat. Also, how would he get around? Could you imagine him riding the subway or taking an Uber, it would be ridiculous. And does he go out and get groceries or go to the bank ever?

So I would tell the Rhino backstory, saying that he’s a result of Russian scientists, which gave him these abilities of super strength and super intellect. I would also give him the ability to become Rhino at will so most of the time he’s just a regular guy like Bruce Banner and the Hulk. He somehow has a way to turn his Rhino suit on and off. I would also do the traditional suit, not the battle armoured mech suit with guns and whatnot that we saw in Spider Man Homecoming.

Now we have a really strong, intelligent Rhino, that can change into beast mode at will. I would also set up the backstory, talking about his wife and kid, him being an immigrant, running a number of crime rings in the city, etc. This of course doesn’t sit too well with the Kingpin aka Wilson Fisk.

Act Two

Picking up with Miles, Rhino’s men are after him. They don’t know his identity, but have concluded that he is a kid and have narrowed it down to a neighbourhood and a school that he likely attends.

One day, these bad men show up to Miles’ school and start causing trouble, looking for Spider Man. They’re shooting up the place saying things like, “If Spider Man doesn’t show up, we’re going to start killing kids.” The school is on lock down and Miles is told to remain put with the rest of the class, which is barricaded in a room and hiding under the desks. He can’t exactly run out of the room at the same time Spider Man shows up, that would be super obvious.

So the men are going room to room, threatening everyone, holding them hostage, attempting to lure Spider Man out. Eventually cops show up, including Miles’ father, an FBI hostage negotiator, the SWAT team… you name it.

At this point in the story, we haven’t seen the Rhino, nobody has. Next thing you know, there’s a rumble as the ground shakes. The cops are all confused and on guard. Then from around the corner, comes Rhino, hulked out and charging at full speed. He puts his head down and smashes into one of the cop cars. Nobody as any idea what this thing is. The cop car goes flying through the air and smashes into another set of cop cars. There’s an FBI command post and Rhino plows into that, knocking it over. The cops scatter and take cover. They begin to fire at this enormous beast, but the bullets are bouncing off of him.

“Hold your fire!” the police captain shouts.

Many of the kids and teachers in the school are pressed up against the window, looking at the action. They too can’t believe what they’re seeing. How can this be happening right outside their school? Miles sees his father and really wants to run into the action and make sure he’s okay. Ganke sees Miles about to bust and decides to create a diversion to help his pal.

He says, “Come on everyone, now is our chance to escape.” Then he exists the classroom. Half the kids remain where they are, but the other half, including Miles, run out of the room.

And wouldn’t you know, Spider Man shows up. He swings into action and plants two feet square into Rhino’s chest, sending him flying. His enormous frame sails through the air and crashes down on the pavement and skids to a stop. He then takes care of the other goons with ease, wrapping them up in webbing and leaving them hanging upside down.

By now, Rhino returns to his feet and the cops have backed off. They know their weapons are useless and don’t want to risk a stray bullet hitting a bystander. Rhino and Spidey square off and it goes back and forth. This is a really intense fight and everyone has their cellphones out recording. There’s even a live broadcast streaming the action around the world. Rhino smashes Spidey and is really giving him trouble.

At a certain point, Miles uses his invisibility suit and becomes invisible. When Rhino is confused, Miles uses this as an opportunity to crawl to safety. Rhino decides to leave and runs a few blocks, turns a corner, and then returns to a normal man, allowing him to blend in with the crowd and escape.

Miles is now back at home, in bed, resting. Ganke is on the computer watching the footage and celebrating Miles’ victory, reliving certain moments.

“That wasn’t a victory, Ganke,” Miles says.

We see more of Miles’ home life with his parents and his father talking about what he’s seen that day and thinks that perhaps a career in law enforcement is not such a good idea for his son. It’s dangerous, you work long hours, the pay stinks, and you see things you cannot unsee. He wants a better future for Miles.

By now, Rhino is the talk of the town. He’s on the cover of every newspaper, magazine, news story, and social media. People are wondering who he is, what he is, where he came from, etc. The police arrested the two goons, but they’re not talking.

Kingpin is obviously feeling some kind of way about this new guy in town, getting attention and seemingly running New York. Through his connects, it doesn’t take long before Kingpin and his squad go looking for Rhino and his squad.

Meanwhile, Rhino is pissed. He’s been humiliated as the battle between him and Spidey is showing up everywhere on social media and news outlets. Gifs are being created of Spidey kicking him in the chest and tossing him around. The people of New York love Spider Man and don’t seem to be sharing any posts where Rhino gets the upper hand on him.

Rhino realizes that he had underestimated Spider Man and needs to figure out an easier way to deal with him. He recruits three guys to deal with this situation: Shocker, Kraven the Hunter, and Mysterio… some of the members of what will later become the Sinister Six. But I wouldn’t do any cheesy costumes from Shocker, Kraven, and Mysterio, I would redo the costumes and make them look more realistic.

Act Three

Tension between the two rival gangs escalates and it quickly becomes an all out war between these two juggernaut forces, which is making global headlines. Miles soon realizes the magnitude of what he’s caught up in. People are getting murdered, including innocent bystanders, there’s massive amounts of property damage, and Miles doesn’t really know how to get involved, or how to help. This warfare requires intelligence to know all the players and moving pieces, and Miles isn’t a detective. He more or less shows up to a scene of a crime and arrives just in time, but these crimes and mafia-style hits are sporadic, and mostly discreet. Once you find out about it, it’s too late.

In one scenario, in an exchange gone bad, a homeless man comes across a trunk full of money totaling $500,000. He does what you would expect and starts going on a crazy spending spree, buying cars, staying at the fanciest hotels, ordering glutenous amounts of room service, etc. This naturally attracts media attention, including the guys whose money it is. Spider Man needs to protect him so he goes to the man and offers him protection so we see a bit of that subplot.

In another scenario, a little boy gets caught in the crossfire and dies. Miles visits the mum and younger brother to see what he can do, if anything. He offers his condolences, but the weight of the situation is weighing heavily on him. Even Miles’ dad gets injured on the job for which he requires medical treatment and an overnight stay in the hospital.

Now it’s personal.

Spider Man is clearly in over his head. After all, he’s just a kid and there’s one of him. While this war is between Kingpin’s squad and Rhino’s squad, Spider Man is actively being hunted — one of which is Kraven the Hunter!

The melee continues and it’s now night time. Spider Man is hunted down on the streets of Queens and is facing off against Shocker, Mysterio, and Kraven. It goes back and forth, and we see some spectacular fighting and heroics.

Then, to make matters worse, a black SUV pulls up and Aleksei Sytsevich steps out. Everyone is taking a little bit of a breather from fighting. There are some words exchanged and it appears as though Spider Man has his hands full. Even if the cops show up, what are they going to do? Nothing. He is screwed. His only real solution here is to go invisible and run, but of course, he can’t do that, he’s Spider Man!

So he’s bloodied and bruised, his suit is torn, and he settles in for round two. Aleksei makes a comment about it being four against one and how unfair that is. Then shrugs as he turns into the Rhino.

Then, from the sky, the clouds part, and Iron Man shows up, saying “What’s up, kid. I thought you could use a hand.” Then in walks Bruce Banner, looking like a regular guy before hulking out and his clothes being ripped apart. So now it’s four against three, and hulk and Rhino are flexing hard at each other. There’s a brief pause before both sides charge at each other. Hulk smashes Rhino with ease, and swats Kraven into a building. Iron Man blasts the Shocker and Spider Man swings into action, taking out Mysterio. It’s an epic battle and both sides are having their moments.

Then, an all black SUV pulls up. Then six more, all filled with guys. We see a panel with the point of view from under one of the vehicles. Out steps a man, we see the man’s shoe step into frame, it’s a nice shoe. Next panel, we see Kingpin himself. All his men exit their vehicles. They look badass and are ready for a fight. Kingpin then cuts the power to the block and everything goings black. In the confusion, a shot is fired, Rhino goes down, and Kingpin is there holding a rifle and a smug look. He says, “This’ll make a nice trophy on my wall.” Meanwhile, Rhino has been sedated, he’s shrinking back down to his normal self. He’s out cold being dragged into the back of Kingpin’s SUV. Everyone gets back into their vehicles and takes off, including Mysterio, Kraven, and Shocker.

Hulk goes back into Bruce Banner, and Iron Man’s mask goes up. They exchange some encouraging words to Spider Man saying, “You fought well, you are brave, know that you are never alone. If you need help next time, call us.”

We then see Miles talking to Ganke about his future and how he’s still undecided about what he wants to do as a career, but whatever it is, it cannot get in the way of being Spider Man. He knows now more than ever that he has great power and a great responsibility. His girl FaceTimes him and is giving him shit for not picking up his phone. She’s all like, “Where the hell were you?” He’s all like, “It’s been a crazy day.” Miles’ mum is on him about homework, his dad is on him about taking out the trash, and we see a panel of Miles’ room from the exterior of the building.

In the closing scene, we’re in some discreet warehouse somewhere, Aleksei is tied to a chair, he’s been beaten to a pulp, his family is off to the side at gunpoint, illuminated by a beam of light. Around Aleksei’s neck is a spiked collar so if he becomes Rhino, the spikes will dig into his neck and kill him. Then Kingpin walks into frame, his face painted in light, creating dope shadows, and he says to Aleksei, “You work for me now.”

The end.

So reiterating what I stated earlier, I was going for humour, heart, and heroics. I didn’t really get into the humour part, but there would definitely be some moments. Let me know in the comments below what you thought, and check out some of my other movie pitches.

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??Mystery?? Movie Pitch | #MoviePitchMonday #MPM

Welcome back to another addition of Movie Pitch Monday, this is a YouTube series I started recently where I pitch hypothetical movies. So far I’ve focused on IP I don’t own. These movies don’t have to be plausible or likely to happen, they just need to be fun and entertaining in their own right.

For this week, I’ll admit, the movie I’m pitching isn’t likely to happen. For the moment, I’ll bury the lead so you won’t find out what movie I’m pitching until later.

The movie follows a 35-year-old man, divorced with no kids, who works for his father’s company. Through nepotism he has risen through the ranks and is now a senior VP. While the youngest VP in the company and doing quite well for himself, he is battling some demons. In his personal life, he’s a bit of a recluse and has a substance abuse issue that he uses to mask some childhood trauma. He underwent a series of traumatic experiences as a kid and is working through some post-traumatic stress disorder for which he also seeks therapy to deal with.

In the opening scene, we see this young man speaking with his therapist about his issues, among them are social anxiety, feelings of not belonging, and neglect, particularly from his family. He is a bit of a black sheep in the family and always feels he is overlooked.

He has a family dinner he must attend and is feeling uneasy about going, so he self-medicates. When he arrives, the house is chaotic as usual since they have a big family. Aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, and sisters… everyone is talking over each other and he heads to the kitchen to make himself a drink. Despite his success, he’s a middle child and his older siblings still treat him like he’s 10 years old, and his younger siblings don’t really relate to him so they mostly ignore him.

His mother is warm and caring toward him, but her attention is always divided especially around the holidays with all the aunts and uncles and their kids buzzing around. All his father seems to want to talk about is work and they have a tumultuous relationship. Although he’s surrounded by family, he feels alone.

After being ignored for most of the night, he decides he’s had enough. He ducks out and takes a cab back to his swanky penthouse suite in downtown Chicago, where he continues to drink and wallow in his self-pity.

Feeling the vibes, he puts on some Christmas music and begins to dance around the living room. He looks at an ornament hanging on his tree and smiles as that brings back one of a few fond memories from his childhood.

Unbeknownst to our hero, two buglers enter his apartment and wait for their moment to strike. When he least expects it, the burglars lunge for him, but he sees their reflection in one of the ornaments and dives out of the way before they nab him. There’s a scramble, some punches are thrown, but our man manages to break away and make a run toward a private elevator. Just before the door closes, he gets a good look at the burglars’ faces.

The elevator takes him to the underground parking facility, where he stumbles to his car — an Audi R8. He’s been drinking, but he’s sure he can sober up enough to drive.

His car hits the streets and our man thinks he’s safe. He reaches for his phone to call the police, but realizes it’s not with him. In the rear view mirror, he sees a vehicle fast approaching. A chase ensues and he’s weaving in and out of traffic as he races down the icy streets. He looses control and crashes into a pole. Our man is unconscious, slumped over in the front seat with a deflated air bag falling into his lap.

The next thing we see is two men rip open the car door, hank our man out, put a bag over his head, and throw him into the back of their SUV. As our hero comes to, he sees the all-too-familiar faces of Marv and Harry — the Wet Bandits themselves! In the backseat, our boy Maculay Culkin, reprising his role as Kevin McCallister, is reliving his worst nightmare.

Yes, I’m talking about Home Alone — a genre mashed modern-day holiday thriller staring Maculay Culkin.

The Wet Bandits no longer resort to petty crimes and home burglaries, they have elevated their game to take on more cyber crimes, stealing from large corporation, money laundering and the like. And wouldn’t you know, our boy Kevin works as a senior exec at one of the largest data security firms in the country. The Wet Bandits are holding him at gunpoint, forcing him to hack into one of the companies that his firm protects and steal trade secrets, for which they intend to sell.

Kevin is escorted into McCallister Industries where he needs to figure out how to outsmart these criminals. He does some typical Home Alone hijinks, but updated for the time and the genre. It’s no more paint cans and spiders, it’s more tech-based trap doors, elusive and evasive movements, security systems, etc. So he’s setting off sprinklers and causing alarms to blare, crawling through air ducts, etc. Think Die Hard meets Home Alone.

Anyway, in the end, Kevin escapes, foils the Wet Bandits and their henchmen, and drives back to his parent’s house — the house we know and love from the first movie. The house is still chaotic and Kevin is just in time for dinner. He sits down at the table and one of his siblings asks him to pass the salt. They haven’t even realized he was gone or what he just went through. Maybe his knuckles are all bruised and scraped up and someone comments about it. He casually says he slipped on some ice, but nobody even seems to care. The camera pans out to a chatty family all reaching over each other, greedily scooping food onto their plates. Fade to black. Credits.

So there it is, my holiday thriller Home Alone. Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed this pitch or how we can make it better. Also, be sure to check out some of my other pitches!

A Quieter Place | My A Quiet Place Sequel Movie Pitch #MoviePitchMonday #MPM


A Quiet Place sequel is coming, I can almost guarantee it. So in this #MoviePitchMonday, I’m going to be pitching A Quieter Place — a sequel to A Quiet Place.

As I see it, there are three likely sequels you could do.

First, have the same family carry on without the husband. They find another group, form a tribe and start to rebuild.

The second likely concept is to focus on an entirely new family, new story line, in some other part of the world. Society is rebuilding, maybe they find an egg sack and more of these monsters come out to play.

The third scenario is to do a prequel to A Quiet Place, and tell the story leading up to A Quiet Place. This way we can have Emily Blunt and John Krasinski back in the franchise. We see their lives before this event and show how everything goes haywire.

I really like all three, especially the prequel idea; however, for today’s pitch, I’ll be pitching a version of the first scenario, but one where John Krasinski can reprise his role in the franchise.

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Now, to really make the sequel hit with fans, I think we need to understand what made the first movie a success. Great acting aside, A Quiet Place was successful because it was something audiences hadn’t seen before — it was a horrifying monster thriller where people couldn’t speak, so there was a lot of tension and suspense.

You need to show people something they’ve never seen before. So if you come back with John, Emily and the kids with the same monsters and where nobody can talk, I don’t think that plays well. It’ll basically be the same movie, except this time, we’ve seen it, it’s no longer a new concept. So I think we need to advance to story line with new monsters and new goals.


So for my movie pitch, there’s a small glimmer of hope that I’m clinging to for this to work — in the first movie, technically we don’t see John die. His death is only implied. What if when the monster was about to get him, he fell into a pit, an abandoned well of some sort. He fell 30 feet, hit his head and knocked himself out, and broke his leg. He’s laying down there unconscious and in bad shape.

Act One

The movie opens with the mum holding the shotgun. Her and the kids are safe and she is an emotional wreck. She heads outside to look for her husband, but he appears to be gone. She realizes that this house is no place for them to stay.

She sees a helicopter fly over the house and off into the hills. It’s making a lot of noise and there are no monsters anywhere. She further confirms this by setting off a flare or some kind of diversion to see if anything comes out. Nothing does. It appears the coast is clear.

John cannot cry for help, because he doesn’t want to make a sound and risk more of those creatures coming for his family, so he remains in the pit and they don’t even realize it.

Emily packs up the kids and some supplies, and heads out. She has her shotgun and the look of a stone-cold killer. She lost her partner and she is having serious doubts whether or not she can do this on her own. But she needs to be strong, her kids need her.

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Along the way, she encounters some trials and tribulations. She’s in full-on protective momma-bear mode. Anything that appears to be a threat, she is quick with the gun. She does encounter some other humans, but they look sketchy and she tells them to kick rocks.

With a new born and two kids, it’s a lot to ask for her to take care of everyone, including herself. The weight is crippling her. Even with John, it was a difficult situation, but now on her own, she’s barely holding it together. She needs to set up camp, find food, take care of first aid, maintain morale, etc. She’s the hunter / gather, the provider, the protector, all in one.

We flash back to John and he is bleeding badly. Through sheer will to survive, he somehow climbs his way out of this impossibly deep pit, with a broken leg mind you, and makes it to the surface. He’s covered in dirt and blood, and is exhausted. At the top, he collapses and still doesn’t want to make a sound. Eventually, he makes his way to the house and down into the basement. He’s not too sure what happened, but fears the worst. He remains at the house and creates a makeshift cast for his leg by placing two sticks on either side and wrapping it up. He also has some crutches so he can be a little more mobile.

The crutches make a lot of noise, but nothing appears to come after him. Following a hunch, he goes outside and finds a clue that suggests that maybe his family is still alive. Perhaps if he hurries, he can catch up with them.

Maybe in his sorrow, we see flashbacks of a time when these monsters weren’t around. We see their home life, happy moments, backyard barbeques with the neighbours, etc. He sees his wife’s adoring smile and their new born baby (first child) and it brings him to tears.

Cut to the mum, her kids are asleep, she’s starving and has a nasty cut on her foot that is not getting any better. The rusty nail she stepped on has caused a nasty infection, and she’s been on her feet all day. In a moment of solitude, she breaks down and starts to cry. Perhaps we could cut to more flashbacks of a time before all this mess happened.

Just when all hope is lost, she sees another helicopter and it gives her hope. It’s the glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel that she needed to guide her way and restore her spirits. The helicopter appears to be military and she thinks perhaps just beyond the mountain, there is salvation. In the morning, she carries on.

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Her and the kids struggle up the mountain, but they eventually make it. Just as her vision can see over the mountain, she sees a makeshift military base. A smile comes across her face as hope is restored. She wipes away a tear of joy.

Everyone’s spirits are high and she rallies her troop to march on. As she’s heading down the hill, she stops. The base explodes in a giant ball of hellfire. We see her expression change to a look of horror. She watches on in disbelief and wants to scream out, but doesn’t. She needs to maintain a brave face for her kids.

Meanwhile, John has troubles of his own. His leg isn’t making things any easier, but at least he’s comfortable in the house. He gives it a few days to see if perhaps his family returns and his leg heels a bit. When they don’t return, he begins to venture off in hopes of finding more clues, or at least other survivors.

Act Two

As he begins to move, he’s making a lot of noise. His crutches are scrapping along the ground, he’s stepping on sticks, and kicking pine cones. The monsters don’t come out, which feels good. He lets out a scream and carries on. Then, all of the sudden, these little eggs in the ground hatch and these creatures come out. They look like the babies of the monsters from the first movie. They’re little crawly things, and they are fast. They are after him and he does his best to fight them off, swinging his crutches, but ultimately making a run for it.

He hobbles to the bridge where his son died and dives over the railing just in time before these little critters get him. The water is cold and he is struggling to maintain buoyancy. He can’t exactly swim given his condition and his gear just weighs him down. Eventually, the river takes him a few miles down stream and once in calmer waters, he can crawl ashore.

The mum also experiences these little critters and blasts them until she runs out of ammo. Her and the kids pick up pace until they eventually stumble upon some survivors. She reluctantly approaches, but out of desperation and exhaustion, agrees to join them. They feed them, take care of the mum’s foot, pull a splinter from the daughter’s hand. They are being really kind and hospitable. Around the campfire, they share their stories and experiences. They discuss theories and talk about the little critters.

“I think they can sense our vibration. That’s why we’re safe in thesr mountains. It’s solid rock here.”

There is one guy at camp who is eyeing Emily. He is really warm and takes care of her and her kids. He expresses romantic interest in her, and although she just lost her husband, she’s in survival mode and recognizes that moving on and having another partner is best for her and her kids. So she’s open to it.

Cut to John, he’s soaked and looks miserable as all hell, but finds his way to another abandoned farm house. After a quick search, he discovers a motorcycle in the garage. He stays at the house, gets cleaned up, checks his leg, and gets some food in his stomach. His leg looks like shit and he decides to stay at the house for a few days and rest up. When he eventually leaves, he takes the bike and starts cruising toward the mountains. Based on a map he discovered at the house, there should be a small town a few kilometers away.

As he’s ride, more of these creatures begin to hatch, emerging from the ground and chasing him. They are everywhere and it seems like the bike cannot move fast enough. He’s riding along and eventually hits a concrete highway. Once on the road, the critters stop chasing him. He figures it must be the vibrations that are causing them to know his location. Now that he’s on the highway, he can travel without detection and allow his leg to get some rest.

He rides until the sun is about to set. In the distance he sees some smoke from a small fire. He heads in that direction, and when he arrives, he finds his wife and kids with another man. He calls out to them and they completely lose it. They are so overjoyed, they’re crying, and hug him. It’s a really wonderful moment. The new guy introduces himself as well as the others. John doesn’t really trust them and convinces the family to leave in the morning.

“How do we defeat these things?” the mum asks.

“I have a plan.”

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Act Three

With the family together again, they go to the town and maybe I would introduce another flashback here to foreshadow what’s about to come. I would show what he did as a profession in his previous life. Whatever that profession was, such as a seismologist or a mechanic or something, he basically needs to use those skills to lure the creatures into one spot, have a large machine vibrate and draw them all out where he can torch them.

It seems to be going well, but some of the critters are getting big and they are too much to take on. They abandon their place and move to plan B. In a harrowing race, they make it to a dock where there’s a boat. The creatures are nipping at their feet and in the nick of time, the last member of the family dives into the boat and they are safe. As they are drifting out to sea, they look back and see the critters at the edge of the water.

In the final scene of the movie, the family is together, safe, and happy. Then, they hear a rumble and the clouds part. Above them is a giant alien craft that flies overhead and then cut to black. Credits.

So the implication here is that there is an advanced alien race wanting to inhabit Earth. They sent these beasts down to wipe out all living things. Now that nearly all the humans are dead, they can move in. If you really want to get crazy, you could do a third installment of this franchise and turn it into a trilogy, although I would just leave it at two movies. But what do I know?

So there it is, there’s my pitch for A Quieter Place — A Quiet Place sequel staring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. Let me know if the comments below if you like my pitch of if you have any ideas for how to make it better, I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Back to the Future 4 Movie Pitch | #MoviePitchMonday #MPM

Back to the Future 4 – the movie that never happened. From what I can tell, it looks like there won’t be a Back to the Future IV movie, so I guess I’ll have to make one up.

I love time travel movies and was the perfect age for when this series came out. I own the DVD box set and have watch each movie over a dozen times.

In today’s post, I’ll be pitching a long-awaited, highly anticipated, Back to the Future 4.

To recap, Back to the Future III took place in the 1800s, Doc Brown was stuck there and Marty went to save him. There was some car trouble and Doc rigged up a train to get them back to the future.

In a harrowing, last ditch decision, Doc chooses to be with his love, Clara. In the closing scenes of the movie, the train comes back to the future with Doc and Clara and two young boys, Jules and Verne.

My movie pitch will follow Jules and Verne as they have now grown up. The tone of the movie will also be different than the trilogy. I don’t want wacky and silly, I would like to take it more seriously like a legit sci-fi movie like Elysium, Arrival, and so on.

Act One

In the beginning of the movie, we meet two brothers, Jules and Verne — 24 and 25. They’re from a wealthy family. Both are really smart and accomplished in their own rights. One of the brothers works as a professor at a university and the other runs a tech company. They live in different parts of the country and don’t really speak all that much.

We see a bit of their lives, the professor is lecturing some history lesson from the 1800s, which is something he would know very well since he lived it from movie 3. The other brother is discussing some futuristic technology they’re inventing. As the camera pans around, we see them with a prototype of the hoverboards we saw in movie 2.

One of the brothers is recently single, he and his girl split because he’s never around. Her biggest complaint is that he’s too consumed with work. So he’s sad about that. The other brother is lonely and lacking adventure in his life.

The brothers meet in Hill Valley on the anniversary of their father’s death. They fly into town on separate flights, and meet at the cemetery. One of the brothers is already there, maybe it had been raining earlier so the ground is wet. The one brother is standing by Doc’s grave, wearing a long khaki trench. The other brother walks up, flowers in hand, lays them to rest on the gave site. The camera pans up and we see the tombstone that says Doc Brown, date of birth and death, and some meaningful message. Not sure what that would be, but some Easter egg for super fans or just one of his catch phrases like, “Great, Scott!”

Next, we see them drive up to the house where they grew up to take a look. In the garage, under a dusty tarp is the famous DeLorean. It’s in pretty rough shape. The Flux Capacitor and other important elements have been removed.

They sit in the vehicle, play with the buttons and reminisce about some of their adventures together. Remember the time we did this and that? They wish they could do it again. “If you could go anywhere, where would you go?” The two brothers ruminate about all the possibilities along with the merits and demerits of each choice.

Unfortunately, they don’t have plutonium nor the crucial technology. Their father never taught them how the tech works as they were too young so the secrets of time travel have died with their father.

They discuss what they should do with the house, and after some deliberation, they decide to sell it. For the next few days, they begin going through the house, packing things up and selling the rest. They discover many treasures from Doc’s travels, and it’s really neat to see all the keepsakes.

They arrange a garage sale and this guy comes up, hat low, and asks, “How much for the DeLorean?” Looks up, boom, Michael J. Fox — Marty McFly himself!

Later, they’re all in the house eating takeout and reconnecting with each other. Telling stories about dad and adventures they went on. Marty then asks, “What are you guys doing with all his stuff from his private workshop?”

The two brothers look at each with confusion, and ask, “What private workshop?”

Marty says, follow me, as he gets up, pulls a lever and reveals a secret workshop. This workshop is amazing. Lots of cool things to look at. Among the items is a dusty book. One of the brothers picks it up, blows off the dust and begins to flip through the pages. The book describes in detail how to time travel, how the Flux Capacitor works, and some other strange-looking calculations. With these schematics, they could probably rebuild the Flux Capacitor. All they need is plutonium.

Note: I should have mentioned this in the video, but I didn’t want the Flux Capacitor to run on garbage, I think that would ruin the tone I’m going for. Also, since they are rebuilding the Flux Capacitor using Doc’s notebook, it would likely be version 1, which ran on plutonium. I’m not married to the plutonium idea, we can change 🙂

“I can probably get us some plutonium,” the professor says.

“Are you being serious?”

“Of course, I’m a tenured professor at one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world.”

“We shouldn’t mess with time travel, we all know how that can work out.”

“How about we create a set of rules?”

“Rules? Like what?”

“We only visit the future. That way we don’t disrupt the timeline.”

“Okay, what else?”

“We bring nothing back, including information.”

“You want to go back to the future?”

“Maybe one last time.”

“In this?” (looking at Delorean).

“No, of course not… in this.” (pulls curtain back to reveal BMW i8.

“Since plutonium is hard to acquire, perhaps we can figure out how to travel without it.”

I’ll tell you what, why don’t you spend the rest of you life figuring out how to do that. Meanwhile, I’ll use plutonium to travel into the future and meet a future version of you, who by that time will have dedicated your whole life to solving this issue. Then, once you figure it out, you can tell me how to get back.”

“Very funny.”

The tech brother is busy at work, recreating the Flux Capacitor, it’s really difficult, and he’s struggling. He then says, “You know what, we have better technology than dad did. I can probably make this thing a lot better. It’ll still require plutonium, but it’s be much more efficient, so we don’t need as much.”

The professor acquires plutonium and they rig up the i8. They set the date and time they agreed upon and are set to arrive inconspicuously 25 years into the future at 3:00 a.m.

“You sure you don’t want to join us?” one of the brothers asks Marty.

“Thanks, but I’ll sit this one out. Godspeed!”

The i8 takes off and boom, they go into the future.

Act Two

When they arrive, much to their surprise, there’s a parade celebrating their arrival. People are clapping and taking pictures. There’s a sign that says, ‘Welcome, Time Travelers!’

“How the hell did they know we were going to arrive?”

“Let’s worry about that later, we need to get out of here and stash this car somewhere.” (Maybe they stash the car in Marty’s garage. Again they talk to Marty, or maybe his wife.

People are after them, wanting their technology, but the car had tinted windows so as far as they know, nobody knows who they are. They can just blend in and walk around and nobody will be the wiser.

One thing that is puzzling to them is where are their future selves?

They look into it and there appears to be no record after date they left. It just says two brothers mysteriously vanish one day and never came back.

“We need to find out what happened to us.”

“I have a theory,” one of the brothers says. “I think something happens with us, or our car. I don’t think we ever make it back. My guess is that we’re killed in this time. That would explain why we don’t exist in history.”

“What about the parade, how the hell did they know we’d come here at this exact time?”

“I’m not sure. Perhaps there’s another time traveller.”

I’m sure we can figure out who the other time traveller is.”

“How?”

“Who’s the richest and most lucky person in the world?” This line is of course a nod to Biff in movie 2.

“You know what, I don’t have a good feeling about this. We should leave, this is dangerous, lets get out of here.”

“Okay, I’m with you, but check this out… we actually have no more plutonium. We’re sort of trapped.”

“What? Are you being serious?”

“The good news is that we have nothing to go back to. Your gal left you and we have no other family or friends. I just have a boring job teaching history. I’d much rather be apart of history that teach it.”

At this point in the movie, their identities have become compromised and they are on the run. They also need to fix the Flux Capacitor.

“Please tell me you brought dad’s book?”

“No, of course not. It’s valuable. I didn’t want to lose it, but don’t worry, I put it somewhere safe.” Pulls out a key and says, “I put it in a safety deposit box.”

They go get the book and one brother says to the other, “You’re a genius!”

Then, from out of nowhere, they hear an all-too-familiar voice that says, “No, you’re the son of a genius.” Boom, enter Doc Brown!

“Let me guess, you’ve run out of plutonium?”

“Dad! What are you doing here?” Doc gives some explanation then says, “I know how you can get back without plutonium. You have my book? Check this out. Takes the book, flips it around, and applies a black light to it to reveal some hidden message.” I was working on something that didn’t exist back then, but now, technology has advanced. I think I can recreate this without requiring plutonium.

As Doc fixes the capacitor, Jules walks around town. Everything is very futuristic looking. I might even show some new futuristic Nikes and holographic sharks as a nod to movie 2.

Temptation gets the best of him and he seeks out his future girlfriend. They’re not together of course, she’s with a new man, and they have a five-year-old daughter. As Jules observes from a distance, he sees the man not being nice. He is forced to get involved. He interacts with the woman and the kid, and both are really sweet to him. Jules is wearing a disguise, but she studies his face intently.

“I’m sorry, do I know you from somewhere?”

“Who me? No.”

Takes off his hat. “Oh my god, you are a spitting image of this guy I used to date in my 20s.”

“Yeah, that’s crazy.”

Maybe she sees some identifying mark, or a watch she bought him, and is like, “Holy shit, it’s you, but how?”

Act Three

So Doc has fixed the car and Jules is hanging out with his ex. She’s much older, but the connection is still there. She tells him that she has stage 4 cancer and has been given a few months to live. The problem is that she has to leave behind this little girl, who by now Jules has grown attached to. “The girl is actually used from your sperm,” she said. “This guy that I’m with, he’s a bad guy, and in fact, I can’t be sure that he will take care of little Jamie.”

“Dang, that is a predicament. I’ll tell you what, what if I were to take Jamie back to my time. I mean, it’s not her timeline, but she’s five, she’ll never know the difference. That’s what happened with me, I was born in the 1800s and was taken from my time. I could do this for Jamie and give her a good life. After all, I’m her father, right?”

“Yes, of course. Oh my god, you would do that? That would be so wonderful.”

So Jules is facing a moral conundrum. He knows that he does not get back with his ex because if he were to go back, it would alter the timeline and Jamie would never be born, and that would be a shame. “How can I be responsible for killing this sweet child?”

Jules goes back to dad and brother and tells them this situation.

“You can’t think about it like that,” they say. “Perhaps by you not being with her, you are preventing other kids from being born. Or you go back and different sperm makes entirely different kid. We knew this would happen when we started. We should have never done this.”

“Look, I need to bring this kid back.”

“Out of the question.”

“What are you talking about, you did precisely this thing in the 1800s!”

“Yes, but that was different.”

“How?”

“For one, you were my kid.”

“Jamie is my kid.”

“It wasn’t safe.”

“It’s not safe here.”

“You absolutely cannot do that.”

“Alright, whatever.” Storms off.

Jules hops in the car and takes off. He reaches 88 mph and in a flash, disappears. A second later, the car returns all smashed up. I’m talking bullet holes and dents, scraped paint and smashed out windows. Jules steps out looking like all hell — dirty clothes are torn, beard, long hair, scar on his face…

“What the hell happened to you?”

“I went to the future… and I can tell you, the future for this child is not good.”

“How long were you gone for?”

“Two years.”

“Two years! Great, Scott!”

“How incredibly irresponsible of you!”

So the dad and brother and reaming him out and Jules is like, “I’m sorry, I did what I had to do.”

“People are after them, and they have no choice but to pile in the car and take off. They race around town and find a stretch where they can get up to 88 mph. Doc, Jules, and Verne blast back to their present day and pull up to Marty as he’s still standing there on the street. Marty and Doc reunite and it’s a glorious moment. Doc then pats his pockets and asks, “Guys, have you seen my notebook?”

Just then, Jules pops the trunk and out walks little Jamie. Everyone is extremely disappointed in him and tell him that he has to bring her back.

“It’s not happening, no way!”

In the final scene of the movie, life has returned to normal. Jules is back in New York, or where ever he’s from, and walks up the steps to where his ex lives. He introduces her to Jamie, who’s a spitting image of her mum, and the mum immediately embraces the child. There are tears and hugs as the mum takes them both inside.

Jules notices a pack a cigarettes on the table and asks, “You smoke? Since when?”

The mum says, “I’ve been really stressed out lately. I started a few months ago after the break up. They help me calm down.”

Jules picks them up and says, “You know these things are toxic.” Then crushes them in his hands. This scene implies that he will save her from her cancer.

In the last scene, Jules says, “You know what, I’m sorry I haven’t been there for you when you needed me the most, and I’m sorry that I’ve made the last few months so difficult for you. Why don’t we all take a family vacation.”

Boom — credits!

So this implies that he will take them time travelling.

Now, when Jules went to the future and saw the destruction, I never show it or explain it. In the post movie credits scene, it shows Jules and Verne talking and Verne asks Jules, “So are you going to tell me what you saw?”

Jules goes, we made a rule to not bring anything back from the future, including information. And I already broke one of those rules. Let’s just say, we need to focus on more important things than history lessons and hoverboards.”

Boom — credits!

This sets up amazing sequel to relaunch the franchise. We could show them working with Doc and Marty to save the future from impending doom, or whatever Jules saw in the future. But also, perhaps Doc left behind his notebook from the future and someone else found it. They will recreate the time travel device and they need to stop that person from running amok.

So there it is, there’s my Back to the Future IV movie pitch. Let me know in the comments if you like it or ways we could make it better!

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The Passion of Socrates | #MOVIEPITCHMONDAY #MPM

Intro to Socrates

If you’re reading this, then you likely know who Socrates is, in which case feel free to skip this section. But for those who need a refresher, I’ll give a brief overview of who he was.

Socrates was a Greek philosopher born in 470 BC, and lived until 399 BC. He was hugely influential in western thought and western philosophy, but we actually know very little of his life. Most of what we know is from his students, Plato being the most prolific.

Socrates was the son of an Athenian stone mason and sculptor, and his mother was a midwife. We don’t know much about his early life, but based on his parents, we can infer that he did not come from a family of means or connections. He likely received a standard education and learned his father’s craft, working as a stone mason prior to devoting his life to philosophy and mentoring students.

There are differing accounts of how Socrates supported himself as a philosopher. Xenophon and Aristophanes claim Socrates received payment for teaching; however, Plato makes reference to Socrates refusing payment. It was likely that Socrates lived a simple life and perhaps accepted little payment from his friends in exchange for tutoring them and their children.

Socrates had a wife, Xanthippe, and three children. Again, we don’t know much about his family life other than a reference by Xenophon stating Xanthippe was “undesirable.” Xenophon further makes note of Socrates’ wife being unhappy with Socrates being a philosopher and would complain that he wasn’t supporting his family financially nor emotionally. By his own admission, Socrates had little to do with his sons’ upbringing and expressed greater interest in philosophizing and mentoring young Athen boys.

So with that context in mind, here’s my pitch for a Socrates movie.

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Act One

I wouldn’t do a sequel, I would tell his entire life story in a two hour movie. We don’t need to see his birth, I don’t think that’s a particularly interesting way to start a story so instead I would open with Socrates as a young boy, around 10 or 11. I don’t exactly know what school looks like back then in ancient Greece, but I imagine a classroom setting of sorts. In the opening scene, Socrates is challenging the teacher. It’s clear that he’s way smarter than everyone else, including his teacher, and naturally his teacher doesn’t appreciate being challenged. Socrates gets into trouble and his teacher speaks with his parents, for which he received little scolding.

At home, Socrates asks, “Momma, why don’t the boys at school like me?”

His mother replies, “It’s because you are different, my dear Socrates.”

“Different?” he asks. “Different how?”

“You’ve been given a gift,” she replies. “You may not understand it now, but one day you will. You are going to do great things in this world, my son. The people of Athens will remember your name.”

“How do you know?” Socrates begins to question further.

“Call it a mother’s intuition,” she says.

“What does intuition mean?”

“It’s hard to describe. It’s like a feeling.”

Then, Socrates’ father says, “Come on, Phaenarete (Socrates’ mother’s name). Don’t encourage the boy. Socrates, you ask too many questions.”

“But how will I come to know things if I don’t ask questions?”

“You go to school,” his father replies.

“But school doesn’t teach me what I want to know, and the teachers punish me for having a curiosity.”

“Come on, wash up for dinner,” his mother finally says, putting the conversation to rest.

So from early on, we see this Socratic method take shape. Socrates is a seeker of knowledge and wisdom, and has a method in which he likes to extract truth in a way that allows him to make sense of the world.

At night, Socrates is reading books by candlelight, works by great thinkers that came before him such as Pythagoras, Hericlitus, Homer, etc. We see him studying and making notes.

Cut to school, Socrates is being teased about his looks. He tries to talk to a girl, but she doesn’t give him the time of day. Other kids see his failure and make fun of Socrates. Instead of fighting these bullies, Socrates uses his words to humiliate them in front of everyone and really make them look foolish. For this, he gets beat up.

Later, we see Socrates challenge these bullies again, perhaps sticking up for a buddy. This really shows his courage and tenacity. We need to fall in love with this character from very early on and understand what makes him tick.

I would then flash forward to when Socrates is an old man, being tried in court. I would do it like the Social Network, in which they splice in courtroom scenes throughout the movie. I don’t really think having an entire third act be about the trial, conviction, and death would be all that interesting, so that’s why I would break it up at critical junctions in his life. So as he transitions from boyhood to adolescence, and from adolescence to manhood, there would be flash forward scenes of the trial for which the movie is ultimately leading up to.

Each time we flash forward to the trial, it’ll show a pivotal moment from his life and sort of where that behaviour comes from. So the first time, we’ll see him pissing people off, and making a mockery of the court much mimics his behaviour in his early childhood. In another scene, he would be challenging Miletus much like he challenged his teachers and parents.

Act Two

As a teenager, we’re seeing the political climate of Athens change. Socrates forgoes monetary gain to chase whimsies and philosophize. He enjoys his leisure time and we really see him laying the groundwork of what would become his philosophy. Again I’d have some scene showing his courage and intelligence, perhaps his defiance for authority, as he mentors youth. His father isn’t happy with him, but his mother is supportive. Again, we see Socrates reading books, educating himself.

While the other boys are playing and hanging out with girls, Socrates is going around town and speaking with anyone willing to engaging with him.

Athenian law required all able bodied males between the ages of 18 and 60 to be on call for war duty. According to Plato, Socrates was a part of the armored infantry and fought in three battles — the Peloponnesian war, the Battle of Delium, and the battle of Amphipolis. I would have a scene where Socrates initially refuses to fight, but reluctantly dons a shield, long spear and face mask and serves as a soldier on the front lines.

Socrates was known for his courage in battle and fearlessness so I would show him being a badass, perhaps with bulky muscles, throwing his weight around. We know that he saved the life of Alcibiades, a popular Athenian general, so perhaps I would show that. Socrates was known not to fear death, which is similar to his refusal to retreat from his legal troubles during and after his trial.

During Socrates’s life, Athens was going through a dramatic transition and unsuitability after suffering a humiliating defeat by Sparta in the Peloponnesian War. I would show people struggling to find place in the world, fixating on wealth and physical beauty. Socrates vehemently denounced these values and emphasized a great appreciation for the intellect. While many Athenians admired Socrates’s for his wisdom and humourous way he made prominent people look foolish, many grew tired of him because he would embarrass people and challenge their values in uncertain times.

At this point in the movie we see Socrates do Socrates things. He continues to go around town and debate with people. Because he makes prominent figures look foolish, this makes him a hero in the eyes of young Athenian boys, who follow Socrates around and learn from him. Socrates is happy for the company and teachers these boys what he can. Here, we are introduced to a bright student named Plato, who he sees being picked on.

“My real name is Aristocles, son of Ariston,” Plato says. “But people call me Plato because of my broad head.”

“People used to tease me about my appearance too,” Socrates says to comfort him.

Socrates sees himself in this young boy and takes him under his wing.

I’d then splice in another trial scene of him being accused of corrupting the youth.

The next scene, Socrates is a young adulthood, he has a wife and three small kids. His wife is getting mad at him for not working, his kids have tumultuous relationship with their father because he is stubborn taking jobs for free.

“I refuse to charge for teaching philosophy,” he says.

He links up with Plato and really becomes the philosopher we know and love. I would show some famous dialogues such as the Euthyphro, Symposium, Gorgias, Meno, The Republic. In one dialogue, I can’t remember the name, he battles the sophist, which is one of my favourites. I won’t go into those dialogues here, but I encourage you to read those.

Plato’s parents are displeased with their son hanging out with Socrates and forbid him to hang around him. “I don’t want you to be hanging around that Socrates fellow,” his father says.

“It’s okay, papa. He’s teaching me.”

“The only thing he is teaching you is how to defying the city’s values, and there’s no place for defiance, especially in these times. He’s corrupting your mind.”

Then I would have Plato sitting in his room, writing feverishly in his notebook. He hears Socrates voice in his head and he’s doing his best to write down everything he said.

Of course Plato continues to meet Socrates, who at this point has quite the following. However, he feels he’s no closer to discovering truth. He asks seemingly banal questions with obvious answers and forces people to draw conclusions. As it turns out, nobody really knows anything, which frustrates Socrates as he feels he’s ignorant and wants to understand the world.

Socrates pays a visit to the oracle of Delphi where he asks, “Who is the wisest man. Tell me so I can approach them and learn from them.”

The oracle says, “Socrates, you are the wisest man.”

“Me!” Socrates says. “How can I be the wisest man, I’m ignorant. I know that I know nothing!”

The oracle then says, “That’s just it, Socrates. You are ignorant, but at least you are aware of your ignorance. That puts you ahead of the others. They are ignorant, but they are unaware of their ignorance.”

Act Three

In the third act, I would show Socrates getting arrested, and it being a big deal. The trial is the talk of the town. People all around hear about it and flock to the courthouse to witness this event. We pick up the trial as Miletus makes his opening speech. Socrates has a chance to respond. We then take a break and show Miletus talking to his council about the trial, perhaps showing some conspiring or bribery, some general underhandedness. Meanwhile, Socrates has chosen to represent himself. This is a debate like any other, so he feels comfortable defending his actions against the charges — corrupting the youth, not believing in the city’s gods, and impiety.

Throughout the whole trial, we see Plato in the back, taking notes. Idolizing Socrates. He leaves the courtroom and again we hear Socrates’ voice in his head. Plato is capturing everything he sees and hears, which will later become Plato’s Apology.

We then see the final closing speeches and then the verdict — 501 Athenians cast their votes and it doesn’t go Socrates’ way. They convict him of all accounts, but it’s close. I believe like 51% / 49%. They then vote on what shall be his punishment — exile, life in prison, or the death penalty. Again we see both speeches, and this time Socrates is really arrogant and reminding people how annoying and smug he is. The vote comes in and they unanimously vote to execute him.

Socrates is now in jail, which is outlined in Plato’s dialogue called the Crito. We see Crito plead with Socrates to save his own life, which I won’t go into, but I talk about in more detail in my video. The, I would do the fateful death scene, which I also go into more detail in my video.

It would be sad, our hero was defeated unnecessarily for bogus charges. I would show that sadness, the crying wife and kids, the friends, the disciples, the people of Athens who knew him. I would show a city in mourning. I would pan out, focus on a setting sun, then fade to black. Credits.

Shortly into the credits, I would have a post credits scene: we see a young Plato, scribbling in his notebook. The narration of Socrates is not dead, it lives strong within him. You can hear the voice of Socrates says, “You can kill me, but Philosophy will live on.” Cut to black.

I said there wouldn’t be a sequel, but I lied! It’ll be a trilogy. The sequel will show Plato mentoring Aristotle, and then the third movie after that will be Aristotle mentoring a young Alexander the great. If you really wanted to get crazy, I would then do a new Alexander the Great movie.

There it is, that would be my Socrates movie, my homage if you will to some of the great thinkers.

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My Favourite Quotes on Writing


There are a million quotes about writing on the internet so coming up with a short list was hard. Quotes are great because they put beliefs into words or capture it in a perfect way. They can also be inspirational to hear successful authors talk about the craft and shed light about their process.

In preparation of this post, I read several hundred quotes as well as used some that I’ve heard over the years to bring you my top 10 favourite quotes about writing.


“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.”
— C. J. Cherryh


“Sorry I wrote such a long letter, I didn’t have time to write a shorter one.”

— Blaise Pascal


“The first draft of anything is shit.”

— Ernest Hemingway


“If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die.”

— Mik Everett


“What no wife of a writer can ever understand, no matter if she lives with him for twenty years, is that a writer is working when he’s staring out the window.

— Burton Rascoe


“Use one exclamation point per year.”

— Professor Irvine


“Write while the heat is in you. … The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.”

— Henry David Thoreau


“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”

— Thomas Jefferson


“Don’t get married to any piece of writing.”

— unknown


“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.”

— Barbara Kingsolver


“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

— E. L. Doctorow


“Good is the enemy of great. Don’t write to just finish something. Take your time to make it great.”

— Jim Collins


“I write to discover what I know.”

— Flannery O’Connor


“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us get up and go to work.”

— Stephen King

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