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Rounders 2 | Movie Pitch Monday

Welcome to another episode of Movie Pitch Monday — a show where I pitch hypothetical movie ideas. If you don’t know who I am, I’m Edward Mullen, I’m an author, blogger, and YouTuber.

In the past, I have done pitches for Avatar 2, Back to the Future 4, Ready Player 2, A Quieter Place, and dozens of others.

In today’s movie pitch, I want to pitch a sequel to one of my favourite movies — Rounders, staring Matt Damon, Edward Norton, and John Malkovich.

I’ll briefly recap the first movie so that we’re all on the same page.

  • Mike McDermott (Matt Damon), law student, living in NY
  • To pay for law school and his bills, he goes around to different tables around town and plays no limit Texas Hold’em
  • In the beginning of the movie, he’s cocky and plays Teddy KGB (John Malkovich) in which he loses all his money, three stacks of high society aka 30 grand
  • He takes a regular job and focuses on his studies, he has made a commitment to his girlfriend, to not play poker again
  • His friend Worm (Edward Norton) gets out of prison and uses him name to rack up debt
  • They both get in over their heads and need to come up with the money quick
  • Matt Damon’s girlfriend finds out that he’s playing poker again and leaves him without question
  • Mike and Worm go to every game in town, including some outside of town
  • They lie, cheat, and collude to give themselves every advantage
  • Worm gets greedy and uses poor judgement
  • Eventually Worm is caught bottom dealing by a bunch of off-duty police officers and they beat Mike and Worm up
  • With no other options, Matt Damon goes to his Prof and borrows the money to pay back Teddy KGB
  • But instead of using the money to pay him back, he uses it to play poker with Teddy KGB
  • Mike spots Teddy’s tell and wins back his debt as well as enough to pay back the Prof, and the 30 grand he original lost at the beginning of the movie
  • In the end, Mike goes to Las Vegas to play in the World Series of Poker

Okay so that’s where we left off. My movie pitch takes place in present day, 20 years after the first.  We follow the story of Jason (Miles Teller), a young kid who has saved up some money, like four or five thousand dollars, and has moved to Las Vegas with dreams of competing in the World Series of Poker. He has won a number of online tournaments and has done quite well, but it has always been his dream to play with the big boys in Vegas.

Act One

The opening of the movie, I would do a montage of Vegas, upbeat music playing, cards being dealt, dealers raking chips, large stacks of chips being accumulated, and poker pros sitting around until early hours, playing hands.

When we first meet Jason, he has just arrived to Las Vegas for the first time. He walks down the Vegas strip and into a grand entrance of one of the casinos and has his back toward us. He is in awe of the grandiose opulence of the hotel / casino. He’s only ever seen it in movies. The camera pans around and we see a look of awe and excitement on his face.

He enters the casino timidly, and just checks out the scene a bit. He finds a table that doesn’t look that intimidating and takes a seat. He pulls out a wad of cash and gets dealt in.

He folds a lot at first, plays a few hands, takes a small win. An hour later, he gets a little more comfortable and begins to get on a roll. At the end of a long night, he looks exhausted and is up like four or five thousand dollars.

He walks out of the casino, gets a hotel room, and crashes for the night.

The next day, he returns to the Casino and someone recognizes him from the day before. They tell him they were watching him play and invite him to sit at the high-limit table, minimum buy in 10,000. The kid doesn’t have enough money, but agrees to go and watch. When he goes there, he sees some of the pros he’s seen on television like Daniel Ngreanu, Phil Ivey, Phil Helmuth, etc.

After an hour or so, he gets the itch and really wants to play. The guy who invited him to play says that he will bankroll him and they will split the winnings. Jason agrees and takes a seat. He’s up and down and back up again. He has over 100,000, which seems like a lot, but not at this table.

The bankroller tells him to fold and exit the game, but just then he’s dealt pocket Aces. As the hand continues to play out, Jason pushes all-in for one last time to hopefully double his money.

He eventually gets a bad beat and loses it all in one hand, including his earnings from the night before. He now has no money and is completely crushed. He feels sick to his stomach.

The guy who bankrolled him is furious and begins to yell at Jason, but security is quick to step in.

The next scene, we see Jason in a uniform, cleaning backyard pools and he looks miserable. He earns enough to pay his bills and play a couple hands at the low limit tables, but the excitement is missing. He’s tasted the big leagues so going back to the kids’ tables is tough.

One day, Jason is called to a big mansion. He arrived at a gate, gets buzzed in, drives up the winding driveway and gets let in by the maid. He’s carrying his gear through this lavish house, and he’s gawking at all the dope art on the wall, the furniture, the staircase, the entire place is the kind of house you only see in movies. He walks through the house and into the back to the pool area. There’s a guy talking on the phone with his back to the camera.

He turns around and we see that it’s Matt Damon. Now, Matt Damon’s character Mike McDermott is a legend in poker. He’s won a bunch of major tournaments, appeared on TV, has endorsement deals, amassed a fortune, and he’s even in talks of turning his life into a movie.

Mike turns around and sees the kid staring at him and he tells the person whom he was speaking to on the phone that he will call him back.

“You’re Mike McDermott,” the kid manages to say, with his mouth agape.

“Last time I checked. How are you?” Mike responds. He’s really nice and is used to fans. He can tell the kid is star stuck and wants to create a good impression.

Jason then proceeds to tell him how much he respects him and begins recalling famous hands that Mike played to win the World Series of Poker similar to how Mike did in Rounders with Johnny Chan.

Jason proceeds to tell him about himself and his poker accolades. He tells him about losing his money and Mike tells him to stay away from that guy. He’s a shark and a hustler.

Jason offers a deal, he will clean his pool for free anytime he wants, pick up his dry cleaning, drive him to the airport, “anything you need, give me a call.” He gives Mike his business card and Mike says, “for now, just clean the pool.”

Jason cleans the pool and goes on about his day. Later in the week, Jason receives a call from Mike saying that some pump in the pool is broken and Jason drops everything and goes to Mike’s house. Jason’s employer receives a complaint that Jason left one job midday through and went to another job. Jason explains that Mike is a very important customer, but his employer isn’t having it and fires Jason.

Jason shows up at Mike’s house unannounced and is standing outside the gate. Mike buzzes him in and learns that his company fired him.

Mike feels bad and apologizes. He offers to call the company and get his job reinstated. Jason refuses and says, what I really want to do is play poker. Can you teach me?

Mike feels a little guilty about getting him fired and agrees to take him on.

They go around and play games much like we saw in Rounders. Mike shows this kid a life he could only dream of — girls, pool parties, private clubs. Jason is living at the Mike’s house and they have become friends.

We are also led to believe that Mike is teaching Jason how to play and soon Jason is at the high-limit table, playing big hands, despite Mike’s warning to stay away.

Act Two

Of course, Jason doesn’t listen and ends up losing all his bankroll, over 100k. He goes to Mike for a loan and Mike refuses to loan him any money. He says, what about that time when your professor loaned you money. How is this different.

Mike goes, “What did you say?”

“Your professor loaned you money so you could play Teddy KGB. But instead of paying back your debt, you took a bet on yourself and won back your debt, enough to pay back the professor, and keep 30k.”

“How do you know about that?”

The kid goes, “I read about it online.”

“No, you didn’t because I didn’t tell that to anyone. Only three people in this world know where I got the money, me, the Professor, and…” just as he says that, Edward Norton, Worm himself shows up with his sinister, up-to-no-good grin.

“Mikey McDermott. How the hell are you buddy? You know, I have to say, you’ve changed. I was a little disappointed that you weren’t waiting for me when I got out of prison this time.”

Mike is speechless. He’s not sure what’s going on. Worm comes up and puts his arm around Jason and says, I see you’ve met my boy.

“Jason’s you son?”

“Look at us, isn’t the resemblance uncanny?”

“Worm is your dad?” Mike says with a look of betrayal. “Why didn’t you tell me? What angle are you two working?

“Mike, trust me, we’re not working an angles.”

“I found out you two were hanging out and I told him not to tell you because I knew you would think I’m working an angle. See I told you he would think that. You know, you’re so predictable, Mike.”

“I think you two should leave.”

“Oh come on Mike, we’ll leave, but come with us. Let’s grab some beers and catch up. What do you say, Mikey?”

Mike agrees and they all go down to a bar and shoot the shit. They tell a lot of amazing stories, some from the first movie, and others from their lives post Rounders that we didn’t get to see such as Mike coming to Vegas and winning tournaments to becoming a celebrity.

Worm talks about his life and some of his wins and losses.

Then Worm asks if Mike is going to play in the World Series of Poker.

Mike says no, he retired from competition.

Worm and Jason talk him into it.

As Jason goes to the restroom, he gets punched in the stomach, dragged outside, burlap sack over his head, and tossed in the back of a van.

The next thing he knows, he’s being marched out in the middle of the desert, bag ripped off him, gun to his head. It’s the guy from the beginning of the movie. He wants his hundred grand that Jason lost.

Jason explains that he cannot come up with the money, but he plans to play in the WSOP and if he wins, he will pay him back, even though he feels that he doesn’t really owe him.

The bankroller takes off, leaving Jason out in the desert. He is eventually picked up by someone and taken back into the city. He decides not to tell Mike or Worm about this event.

Act Three

In the final act, the World Series of Poker is underway. I think it would be cool to do a lot of celebrity cameos from Dan Bilzerian to Ben Affleck, and all the current pros like Daniel Ngraneau and Phil Ivey. Even Teddy KGB makes a cameo and says a few lines to Mike.

We’re seeing a lot of really great poker action and Mike and Worm end up at the same table. Nobody knows that they know each other and they’re doing a lot of tricks from back in the day. Worm ends up intentionally dumping all his chips to Mike as a way to redeem himself for some past mistakes he made.

Mike is now the chip leader and he makes it to the final table with Jason. It’s heads up and Jason makes a move on Mike, but Mike is a vet. He outplays Jason, takes him out and becomes the World Series of Poker champion. Jason takes the second place prize, which is 200,000 grand. He sees the bankroller, but decides instead to leave town without paying him.

In the post-credits scene, Teddy KGB shows up and asks Mike if he wants to play some cards.

So there it is, my Rounders 2 pitch. Let me know in the comments what you think of the pitch. If you liked it, please hit the like button, if you want to see more pitches like this, please subscribe to my channel. Thanks so much for watching, I will see you next time.

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My X Files Pitch | Movie Pitch Monday

Welcome to another episode of Movie Pitch Monday, this is a show where I pitch hypothetical movies. For those who don’t know who I am, I’m Edward Mullen, I’m an author — most notably The Art of the Hustle and the Prodigy series, but I’ve written a bunch of other ones as well. I’m also the host this show.

In today’s pitch, I’m going to be pitching an episode of the X Files, a show I love and grew up watching. When I was younger, a lot of the stuff kind of went over my head and I wasn’t really paying attention and I didn’t really understand the show as much as I thought I did. Now going back and rewatching some of the episodes, I really appreciate the show so much more. The beauty of the show and the brilliant writing is something to marvel. Some fantastic episodes are the Season 2 finale (episode 25) and then Season 3 episodes 1 and 2. That mini story arc is fantastic, it’s classic X Files episodes, which are filmed in my hometown, I mean it’s my hometown now, which is Vancouver, but I didn’t grow up in Vancouver so I didn’t make the connection. Now when I watch it, I see Vancouver in every shot, which is really cool.

So few days ago, I came across this news story about this little village called Lake Anjikuni. The story described an event that happened sometime in the past and is about this little village mysteriously vanishing. It was discovered by this fur trapper named Joe Labelle who arrived one day to find the village completely deserted. According to Labelle, all the weapons and the food where still there, fur jackets where hung up, incomplete tasks where abandoned midway. There was an open fire with a pot of food cooking. All the dogs were still there. So where did everybody go? It was very unusual to say the least.

When I read this story, it captured my imagination and I thought it would be really cool to do an X Files episode based on it. I did a little bit of a research and this has actually come up a few other times where villages or towns mysteriously vanish. You can Google it if you are interested.

So I think it would be cool if Mulder and Scully show up to this village in Alaska in the middle of winter. They receive a report from a sheriff of a neighbouring town, this town has mysteriously vanished. I’d put in a lot the same things as we saw with the Lake Anjikuni story such as there’s a fire cooking, weapons and gear left behind, the dogs still chained up, and the people just disappeared without a trace. It’s a real head-scratcher as to where these people went.

As Mulder and Scully begin their investigation, they go around to talk to some of the neighbouring towns people just to get a vibe on the situation. They hear stories of strange lights in the sky, unusual weather phenomenon, legends of sky people coming down to visit, abductions, and cattle mutilations. Mulder suspects that it could be aliens, but Scully’s not buying it. She thinks it’s just folklore deriving from ancient times. They didn’t necessarily have the means to explain a lot of natural phenomenon such as thunder and lightning and Aurora Borealis so they would make up stories that have been passed down for centuries. In the absence of scientific explanation this is where legends and mythology come from. Also, this tribe has been relatively preserved for hundreds or thousands of years, being isolated in a rural part of Alaska. They were not near any sort of civilization so it stands to reason that they would pass along these kinds of legends and folklore, and it just spread. But that’s all it is, according to Scully.

Mulder is like, “You know what, I think there may be some truth to some of these stories.”

They then receive a call from the sheriff and he’s like, “Hey, I have something here for you you. You’d better get down here.”

So Scully and Mulder do down to the sheriff’s office and he’s like, “You should see this. See that kid over there.” Scully and Mulder look over at some teenager sitting there. “He’s from the tribe that disappeared. He just turned up.” They are like, “That’s incredible, let’s talk to him.”

The problem is, he’s not talking to anyone. This kid is naturally distrusting of outsiders and since Mulder and Scully are from the FBI, he’ not talking.

They take their eye of the kid for one second and he somehow disappears.

Mulder and Scully then get an expert tracker, someone who’s good at looking at foot prints, broken twigs and branches, using dogs to track scent, they go back to the village and begin to track this kid.

They go all through the woods and it’s getting dark. It’s cold and sketchy, and they have to spend the night outside. They think they might die, but they work together, build a fire and make it to the morning. They’re still following the tracks and it leads them to this monolithic structure that looks old. Some kind of ancient ruins, almost like Stonehenge.

They’re looking at this ancient site and are like, what the hell is this, how did it get here?

They begin checking out the site further and find a cave dwelling with these big like monolithic stone pillars, which is over a 1000 year old. They take out their flashlights and see all these intricately carved stones and cave paintings. They appear to tell a story of visitors coming from the sky and interacting in some way. Perhaps giving them technology, showing them how to cut the stones and whatnot.

Then there’s another image that’s not really sitting right with Mulder. As he’s analyzing it, the tracker yells out to them. He’s like, “Hey, the kid is outside, let’s get him.”

So Mulder and Scully quickly abandon the cave and begin to chase after the kid. They eventually capture him and his dog. They’re like, “Look man, we’re not here to hurt you, we just want to talk. What happened with your village, did you see anything? How did these stone pillars get made, and what’s with these paintings that appear to show aliens visiting?”

The kid eventually talks, he’s like, “Look, I’m a hunter so I went out to try and procure meat and some other sources of food for my village. As I was coming back, I saw men take my people.”

Mulder is like, “What do you mean by men?”

The kid is like, “You know, men wearing black suits, they had vehicles.”

Mulder then asks, “Were they aliens?”

The kid responds, “No, not aliens, but I have seen some stuff.”

“What have you seen?”

“Strange lights. Cattle disappearing.”

“What do those paintings mean? Are those aliens?”

The kid is like, “I dunno, they were here when we got here. From our ancient ancestors.”

What about these large stones, how did you guys move those?”

The kid shrugs and says, “No clue.”

So they make their way back to the village where these people disappeared and they’re starting to analyze the ground a bit more carefully. They find boot prints and tire treads. It appears as though this kid’s story is checking out — some covert government agents came to this village and took everyone. But why? It doesn’t make any sense and things are just not adding up.

They’re now back at their hotel, some kind of crappy, dingy motel in middle of nowhere, and they are perplexed. Mulder recalls the strange image he saw in the cave and says, “At the time, I didn’t really get a good look at it, but now thinking back, it kind of looked as though aliens interbreed with humans, or maybe genetically modified humans.

This is actually a theory that to Zechariah Sitchin put forth in his Earth Chronicle books, which I won’t go into. So Mulder is bringing up some of that stuff and is like, “All around the world these kind of stories appear from South America, to India, and Egypt.” He’s dropping some facts to support his claim that alien visitors came to Earth at some point in the past and either interbred with humans, or genetically modified humans, or gave us knowledge, or advanced technology, or played some role in the evolution of human beings.

“If the images depicted on the cave walls are true, that some kind of sky people, as they call them, came to Earth and genetically modified them, then we should be able to prove it with a sample of that kid’s blood. This is probably why the village was taken. Someone discovered the cave, figured out what we figured out, and took them to study them. That kid may be the proof we need that aliens exist and they came to Earth.”

Now, Scully is a medical doctor, a scientist, and is of a rational mind. She says, “Even if we analyze the kid’s blood and it shows some sort of anomaly that is incongruent with modern humans and biology, it doesn’t mean that their DNA has been altered or mixed with alien DNA. This tribe of people has been living in relative isolation for thousands of years. It’s very possible that they could have evolved completely different and their genetic make up or code is different in a significant way to humans and that doesn’t necessarily mean alien intervention. It could just mean that they perhaps took a different path, or used selective breeding, or whatever the case may be.

They get a sample of the kid’s blood and send it off to their lab back in DC, and they are awaiting the results.

Back at the village, these rogue militants return. They capture the kid and want to wipe this tribe from existence. So they are swarming and take the kid. Mulder and Scully are sitting back from afar, watching this whole thing go down.

They put the kid in the back of a truck and take off. As the convoy of vehicles are driving off, the SUV that the kid is in, lifts up off the ground and slams down. The wheels fold out to the sides and doors come off. The kid bolts out into the forest with his dog.

Mulder and Scully are left dumbfounded. They are like, “What the hell was that?”

They eventually leave and fly back to their headquarters in Washington DC. In the end, they get the blood results back and it does show like some weird anomaly that modern medicine or biology can’t explain. Mulder is convinced that the boy is a human / alien hybrid. He’s like, “Yo, we saw some crazy stuff out there. How do you explain the cave paintings, the monoliths, the stone carvings, the levitation?”

The episode wraps up and they never hear from the kid again. But they know he’s out there.

So there it is, my pitch for the X Files. If you like the pitch, please hit the like button if you want to see more pitches like this, please subscribe to my channel and leave a comment for me if you want to give me any suggestions for a future movie pitches. Thanks so much for watching and I will see you next time.

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The Marvelous Ones TV Series | Movie Pitch Monday

Much like Mad Men, I would like to do a TV series about Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, set in the 50s and 60s, at Marvel, creating some of the most iconic characters we know and love today.

For those don’t know, Stan Lee was born Stanley Lieber in Manhattan New York, December 28th 1922.

With the help of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and others, which I’ll mention, went on to create Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Spider Man, Iron Man, Thor, Dare Devil, Dr. Strange, and many others.

The challenge with creating this TV series is the timeline. Many of these important events happened over decades, so I would need a little creative freedom with the timeline in order to tell a compelling narrative in a condensed amount of time.

The last thing I’ll say before we get into the pitch is that I want to try something that’s never been done before. I would like to incorporate comic book animation into the show. So I was thinking about every once and a while, I wouldn’t want to overdo it, I would have comic book animation crawl across the screen almost like we’re seeing the world through Stan’s eyes. As the animation moves across the frame, everything it touches turns to comic book art — the street signs, buildings, people, etc. and then back again.

So, for instance, if he’s walking down the street and sees a man in suit holding a briefcase, as the animation crawls, the man turns into a warrior with armour and a battle axe, then back to a man in a suit. This is almost like the muse hitting him, this moment of inspiration.

We could have one scene where his boss is yelling at him, and then the boss turns into J. Jonah Jameson. We could then show a slight smirk on Stan’s face and have him jot some notes down in his notebook. I think that would be really cool to see.

Anyway, without further, here is my pitch for The Marvelous Ones.

S01E01

Okay, so season one episode one I would open with a panning shot of New York city with a text overlay appearing in the lower third that says, New York City, 1941. It’s the tail end of the great depression, so I would show a little montage of what the city and people look like at that time. I would have old timey newspapers, cars, clothes, dock workers, etc.

That would be my establishing shot.

I would then go to a Manhattan apartment building, inside one of the small two bedroom units. The camera would pan around Stan’s room, around his bookshelf are classics like Mark Twain, Sherlock Holmes, and Superman. Perhaps there are little army men figurines and a movie poster hanging on the wall.

The camera pans around to a young, 18 year old Stan Lee standing in front of the mirror, slick hair and fumbling with his tie. In his frustration, he goes to his father, who is eating breakfast at the kitchen table, reading a newspaper. His father tells him to go to his mother. His mother helps him with the tie and gives him some inspirational message about how talented he is and how he will do great. Stan has a younger brother who’s nine years younger than he is, so his mother is about to take him to school and wishes Stan good luck at his first day of work.

Since this is a period piece, I need to establish the social, economical, and political climate of the time, as the world was heading into World War II. Stan’s father was a dress cutter and worked in Manhattan where they lived, so he and Stan leave the apartment together and walk to the subway station. His father gives him some parting words — be kind to everyone and whatever you do, never leave before your boss.

Now, Stan Lee had a distant relative named Martin Goodman, who founded a small publishing press called Timely Comics. That’s how Stan was able to get a junior level position there running errands and doing odd jobs.

When he arrives at the office, he gets a tour and meets the team, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. Stan gets brought into Goodman’s office and is explained a brief history of comics.

“Do you know where comic books came from?” Goodman asks.

Stan shakes his head.

Goodman then proceeds to tell him that in 1933 this cat named MC Gains started running comic strips in newspapers, which were popular among readers. On the weekends, he would look to make more money when there wasn’t a newspaper and reprint all the daily comic strips from the week into comic books.

1938 Superman came out and was widely popular among kids and teenagers. Two years later, Timely comics was formed and artists Jack Kirby and Joe Simon worked at Timely and created Captain America, which was also a popular book.

So Stan gets to work and he’s learning the business. He’s in meetings, taking notes, and doing basic stuff. He works a full day and well into the night and is the last to leave.

When he gets home, there’s a plate of food waiting for him, he eats it, and goes to bed.

To speed up time, I would show a montage of him working all day like a dog, coming home late, exhausted, and repeating. During the montage, I would show him trying to offer his opinions and suggestions, but nobody is willing to listen. He’s relegated to proofreading and erasing pencils from the finished pages.

So he comes home and complains to his father who tells him that this is just part of life, nobody cares about your ideas. You have to pay your dues.

For episode one, I’d probably end it there. Nothing crazy, no cliffhangers, but really just an introduction into Stan’s life.

I won’t go through every episode in detail, but I’ll paint with broad strokes.

The Rest of Season One

Episode two, we see a young Stan Lee finally getting some copywriting experience.

In this episode, we see some issues arise at Timely Comics. After 10 issues of Captain America, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon leave over a dispute about financials.

Goodman didn’t really respect comics and thought that anyone could write them, so he puts 19-year-old Stan in charge of writing Captain America.

Comic books is considered low status at the time and Stan is so embarrassed that he uses a pen name “Stan Lee” instead of Stanley Lieber so that nobody would associate his real name with comics when he someday writes the great American novel.

This went on from 1941 to 1942 so in order to speed up the timeline, I’d probably do another montage. Every time we jump ahead, I would put the year as an overlay at the bottom.

As Stan continues to plug away, he gets enlisted in the army, holding the title of playwright. World War II was 1939 to 1945, so after the war, he returns to writing comics.

Stan returns from the war and falls into the only thing he has really ever known, which is writing comics. He writes whatever comics are trending — war stories, romance, horror, monster, humour, whatever is the trend at the moment, that’s what he writes.

By this time, he has found an apartment of his own, and perhaps I would take some creative liberties and have him roommate with Jack Kirby. Somewhere in Queens perhaps.

We’d see him write comics, visit with his parents, hang out back at the apartment, go to movies, and go to parties. According to Stan, comics at that time was an industry that lacked prestige. Whenever he would go to social events, he would be embarrassed to tell people what he did because they were considered to be for kids.

On one particular party, he meets a young actress / writer named Joan. However, he actually went there to meet someone else, a blind date if you will. But when Joan opens the door, he sees her and says, “I think I’m going to fall in love with you.” Stan tells her that as a kid he always drew faces, and more specifically idealized faces. When he meets Joan, he was astonished that she was the face of this girl he had been drawing all these years.

So they get together and there’s some drama there because she was married at the time. I would flush that out in the show.

They eventually marry in 1947 and apparently Stan proposes to her only two weeks after they meet. And when they get married, she had only been divorced for an hour prior. In fact the same judge who divorced her, marries her.

We’re now near the end of the season and Stan has been working in comics at this point for over half his life and always thought he would quit at some point.

By 1954, comics were violent, full of monsters and crime, and parents were upset. A senate subcommittee for juvenile delinquency meet to discuss if comics are appropriate for children. I would play out this drama and show the creation of a self-regulatory committee established called the Comics Code Authority, which stripped away all the violence and gore from the books. By the late 50s, the only comics that remained were safe and boring. Nobody was more bored and uninspired than Stan Lee.

Goodman thought comics were for children and didn’t want there to be vocabulary that was above what children would understand, which really frustrated Stan. He was in a slump, growing dissatisfied of his job and felt as though he couldn’t continue like this.

So one day he wife Joan says to him, “Why don’t you create characters that you like? You’ll get it out of your system and if you get fired, not a big deal, because you were going to quit anyway.”

In the season finale, I would have Stan and his roommate Jack Kirby create the Fantastic Four. The year 1961.

Season Two

Now, in season two, this is really the start of Marvel comics. This is where the show really picks up. I basically needed to get all that season one stuff out of the way and I thought about omitting it and starting the story while he’s already established at Marvel, but I chose to show these early beginnings to allow the audience to grow with this character.

Timely turns into Marvel comics on the back of Fantastic Four, which is a huge smash. Stan and Kirby ride this wave and come up with their next idea — Incredible Hulk, which is first published in May 1962.

Stan says to Jack, “I need you to draw me a monster, but a good monster, a good-looking monster that audiences can sympathize with.” As he said it out loud, he realized how stupid it sounded, but nevertheless, Jack delivered as usual.

The Incredible Hulk animated show came out in 1966 and Hulk and Fantastic Four were hugely popular. It attracted top tier talent like John Buscema, John Romita, Steve Ditko, and even his younger brother Larry Lieber.

They came up with the Marvel Method, which is where Stan would discuss the story without a script or formal guidelines, and the artists would draw it. Using this system, Stan was able to create many books very quickly.

From 1961 to 1962, Marvel’s sales exploded from 7 million to 13 million copies sold. Season two would be all about this journey. Then in the season finale of season two, I would have Stan pitch an idea for another superhero.

He says to Jack, “You something that’s always bothered me. I hate the idea of a teenager sidekick. Why can’t the teenager be the hero? He should be like us, from where we live in Queens.”

We essentially see him come up with the idea of Spider-Man and as he’s describing the idea, Kirby is sketchy what would later become Amazing Fantasy 15, which was published in August 1962.

Season two would be about the comic book wars with DC, creating new superheroes such as Thor, Dr. Strange, Iron Man, Dare Devil, Ant Man, and others. As Marvel grows in popularity, they have more licenses, more money, and move to a bigger office. I think it would be really cool to document that journey.

Of course, if this thing ever did get made into a TV show, the people involved would be able to fill in a lot of the gaps that I missed. There’s probably a ton of cool stories that fans would love to know, a peek behind the curtain if you will.

So that’s about as far as I got. Let me know if you like this concept or if you can think of ways to make it better, leave me a comment.

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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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