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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 02:21 PM

Poll: I Have This Great Idea for a Thriller...

It's even got a title: "Relocation"

Plot synopsis:
A fairly conservative, mainstream small town in a somewhat-rural area of a pretty conservative state becomes the epicenter of an environmental and economic disaster caused by corporate indifference, greed, and malfeasance--a disaster that (due to deteriorating and inadequately-maintained infrastructure) could easily happen again, anywhere. The corporate Oligarchs and their helots in the government agree to "cover up" the horrific extent of the disaster, because if the nation became aware of it, they might face pressure to expend vast sums to renew the infrastructure and <gasp!> possibly demands for regulatory oversight and restrictions.

Assuming that the comparatively small conservative population of the area can have their silence bought with a "relocation plan" that would be cheaper than actually properly mitigating the disaster, compensating the victims, and implementing upgrades and safety procedures to prevent future similar incidents, the Oligarchs dispatch a team of weasels to implement the plan, clamping down a media blackout, enlisting local law enforcement, etc.

At first, all goes smoothly. Many local residents take the deal, agreeing not to talk to the media, not to publish anything (images included) connected with the disaster, and to take their families and a modest quantity of salvageable possessions, plus a seemingly "generous" check and "relocation assistance" in a wide variety of scattered locales throughout the rest of the country.

But some don't. And a few in particular, including a small cast of quirky, feisty individualists of mixed age, ethnicity, personality, and social backgrounds, decide to fight back.


I seriously think I could sell this as a mini-series. Maybe even a film script.

Also, I have NO IDEA what made me think of this. None, whatsoever. It's a totally wacky, wild, blue-sky story full of unrealistic conspiracy-type weirdness. I don't normally think like this, not at all.

Maybe I need a new tinfoil hat.

Whatcha think?

Could it sell?

Amicrazee?

interestedly,

Bright


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It's a gasser! I'd read it in a NY minute! Quit yer day job, write it, and get RICH!
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Might work if you could rush it into print in the next coupla weeks. After that, not so much.
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Good idea, but's been done. No one reads stuff like this anymore. Yawn.
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Maybe you are nuts. This is so wild and far-out no one would believe it. Why waste your time?
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You're definitely nuts. They'll kill you. Self-delete this post and go into hiding, NOW!
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Reply Poll: I Have This Great Idea for a Thriller... (Original post)
TygrBright Apr 2013 OP
ZombieHorde Apr 2013 #1
TygrBright Apr 2013 #2
protect our future Apr 2013 #4
TygrBright Apr 2013 #5
protect our future Apr 2013 #11
winter is coming Apr 2013 #15
TygrBright Apr 2013 #17
protect our future Apr 2013 #18
HappyMe Apr 2013 #9
JaneyVee Apr 2013 #7
ZombieHorde Apr 2013 #10
protect our future Apr 2013 #16
protect our future Apr 2013 #3
protect our future Apr 2013 #6
wandy Apr 2013 #8
reflection Apr 2013 #12
olddots Apr 2013 #13
TygrBright Apr 2013 #14
snooper2 Apr 2013 #19
TygrBright Apr 2013 #20

Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 02:29 PM

1. The idea is great, but I am not certian where the zombies come in.

Does the disaster cause a zombie plague?

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Response to ZombieHorde (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 02:35 PM

2. Brilliant! You're gonna get co-credit on the screenplay.

Of COURSE it causes a zombie plague! That's just the "hook" needed to make it Prime Time!

And we'll have to work in a bit where some of the corporate weasels are actually zombies, maybe from a prior disaster/cover-up. A little zombie-on-zombie action.

enthusiastically,
Bright

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 02:48 PM

4. Oh pleeeeze no zombies. I don't wanna

hurt your feelings, ZombieHorde, because I think you are cool, but I am so tired of zombies!

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Response to protect our future (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 02:55 PM

5. awww, c'mon... Everybody loves a good zombie story, right?

OK, if the "zombie" thing is past its sell-by date, how about some kind of were-phenomenon? Exposure to the toxic whatthefuckever gives people weird semi-super-powers but makes them hideously deformed? Maybe, turns them into....

DONALD TRUMP LOOKALIKES!?!? (for the guyz) or ANNE COULTER LOOKALIKES!?!?! (for the galz) or... hey, maybe a few galz end up with the Trump mutation? or...

OK, never mind. Not going there.

eyewww... I don't do straight horror fic.

Back to the drawing board.

We're wavering between "Tremors"-like tongue-in-cheek pseudo-horror with a satirical, social-commentary subtext, and "China Syndrome" political thriller-esque with a slight tinge of Robin Cook medico-horror.

Anyone else have a preference?

jauntily,
Bright

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:03 PM

11. OMG I am LOLing so much it hurts beginning

with your original new term "toxic whatthefuckever" and getting worse as I read further.

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:10 PM

15. So there's going to be no sex, right?

'Cause if people turn into Trump and Coulter look-alikes, I don't want to see anybody doing the nasty.

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Response to winter is coming (Reply #15)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:13 PM

17. Heavens, no! Think of the children...!

But lots and lots of graphic, brilliantly-crafted dismemberment, disembowelment, catastrophic injury, etc.

No one minds that. It's perfectly "decent."

prudishly,
Bright

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Response to winter is coming (Reply #15)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:19 PM

18. Spittttttooi !


I gotta drag myself away from this thread and away from DU or I'll get very little else accomplished today.

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Response to protect our future (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:02 PM

9. But the zombies would keep it interesting.



Maybe even provide a little comic relief.

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Response to ZombieHorde (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 02:59 PM

7. Is there really much of a difference between zombies and conservatives?

 

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #7)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:03 PM

10. I love seeing zombies on TV, but not conservatives.

Zombies are more honest. Zombies don't care what I do in the bedroom. Zombies don't discriminate, though someone did post a hilarious video of racist zombies that were afraid of black people.

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Response to ZombieHorde (Reply #10)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:12 PM

16. Good points!

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 02:42 PM

3. You definitely have me interested

but I had to vote "other" because none of the choices seemed to quite fit. Love the title. The plot reminded me a little of The Stand (the first part of it) plus Red Dawn (the original). Yes, people love this stuff right now! I say go for it and have enough confidence in yourself to know you will succeed.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 02:56 PM

6. You will, of course, furnish me with an

autographed first edition copy of the book.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:00 PM

8. BP would sue you for copyright infringment. nt.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:04 PM

12. Where are the choices

* Robb is a dingbat, and

* I like polls

?

I can't in good conscience answer a poll without these options.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:04 PM

13. The plot arc has to come at 48% of the length of script .

 

We'll go with 4 target audience endings before we decide what season it gets pushed for .Marketing will decide on product placement and back end profits for talent and banking.

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Response to olddots (Reply #13)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:07 PM

14. You have clearly done this before. We'll assign you a consulting fee...

...to help prep us for the pitch meeting.

extravagantly,
Bright

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:21 PM

19. how are you going to cut in scenes of people talking/complaining/writing back and forth

 

on a message board without the audience falling asleep?

LOL

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #19)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 03:52 PM

20. Shouldn't be hard. We'll :ahem: "borrow" from the film "Facebook" and use...

...some creative optical effects and stills design.

This is do-able!

Lots of split-screen, with one half showing "what it really looks like" and the other half showing what the weasels and their masters want people to think it looks like.

Could break some creative ground here, maybe even attract real SFX/design talent!

improvisationally,
Bright

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