NEWS FLASH ... 20 JULY 2017 ... RUSSIANS HIJACK MARS
MISSION ... CLAIM RED PLANET IN NAME OF OLD SOVIET EMPIRE!
Original Movie Screenplay by Tom Wakefield
The Soviets are back. But if you've been reading the news lately you know
they were never really gone. They were just waiting for the perfect
Russians murder their American counterparts on the first manned mission to
Mars and claim the Red Planet in the name of the old Soviet Empire.
Project Type: Feature Film
Genre: Action/Science Fiction
3 acts, 120 pages
Status: Completed, Seeking Sale
WGA Registration #: 765887
"I hereby claim the planet
Mars in the name of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Untouchable
from American aggression and subterfuge, we will build a new empire, with
the pure doctrines of communism and the pure Russian blood of my fellow
cosmonauts. One day we will return to reclaim the land, Mother Russia,
that was stolen from us. The Soviet Empire lives again on the Red Planet."
- Colonel Vladimir Trotsky, July 20, 2017
the year 2017 an ambitious joint U.S./Russian space mission arrives in
orbit around the Red Planet to land the first humans on Mars. The
Russians, however, have a secret plan.
Under the charge of their ultranationalist leader, the Russians murder
their American counterparts and claim Mars in the name of the old Soviet
Empire. One hundred years later, the grandson of the coup leader initiates
a sinister plan to reclaim Earth.
Earth's only hope is a U.S. Marine Force Recon Team, led by Naval Academy
grad Lt. Jack Evans, that must escort a beautiful Russian scientist to the
Red Planet on a daring and desperate mission. Evans had always dreamed of
a heroic and adventurous life, but this mission may be more than he or
anyone else bargained for.
High in concept,
RED PLANET has a unique story, a well-developed future world scenario,
strong characterization, original action, and a Chess-like plot with a
high-tech Chess game ending.
I already know
what you're thinking -- a movie poster with Mars and the Soviet Hammer and
Sickle -- and a video game, book, technical manual, and more. RED PLANET
is a franchise concept.
Sullivan, a Hollywood insider, says this screenplay is "very well written
and executed" and "given the strength of the script would have a high
chance of being a finalist in the Nichols competition."
now and then a movie concept comes along that is highly original and high
in concept, and the screenplay literally writes itself. RED PLANET
is such a concept. When you hear the logline for RED PLANET, you
immediately see the movie. RED PLANET is everything a successful movie
Provocative and big
An event movie (4th of July opening)
A fresh and marketable concept
but with familiar elements*
Bible, by David Trottier
"It's the twenty-second century, yet
mankind still can't get it right. Whatever brand of religion, politics, or economics man
tries, it always ends in failure. Look at the world today. Ethnic strife, religious and
racial hatred, civil wars, insurrections. Technology has only given man new and more
efficient ways to kill his fellow man."
- Svetlana Ulnovich, November 12, 2117
Hollywood Lit Sales Talks Red Planet
Planet's premise is fresh and pitchable with its Tom Clancy meets sci-fi
RED PLANET has a lot
going for it, including the opening hijack sequence. You always want to
start a story with an attention grabber, and this is it. It also quickly
establishes the premise.
Kudos should also go to
the structure, which is tripwire tight. It also generates plenty of
rising tension. The First Act crisply sets-up the mission, the Second Act
sends the team to Mars only to be double-crossed, while the Third ends
with a major land battle and the Earth itself threatened with extinction.
The action writing is
lively and visual, carrying us along on a wave of excitement as Evans and
his commandos get into one scrape after another. You can almost feel the
adrenaline during the Jet-Pack duel, while the bone-crunching battle
between the SCAMPS and the Soviet forces is a major highlight. Better
yet, the action set-pieces are quite inventive, especially the final Chess
Game where the commandos become game pieces themselves.
The story doesn't skimp
on the twists, either. The triple-cross of Svetlana leads the story
in new and intriguing directions, and the secret space station is a
nice, unexpected touch.
"Hi, Tom. My name
is K. Taylor. I'm not an agent or anything but I just wanted to let
you know that your synopsis posted on the LitSales board is by far the
most intriguing I've seen so far. If it were a movie, I'd be the first in
line to see it. And that's no b_llshi_t. I wish you the best of luck in
finding a buyer."
"Worried about the landing? There's nothing to it.
How'd the Briefing Officer explain it? Oh yeah, I remember. Your individual pods will
enter the Martian atmosphere at seven kilometers a second and decelerate to a soft landing
using a heat shield, a parachute, and actively guided propulsion to reduce vertical
- Corporal Vincent Petit, USMC Sniper