The weakest thing about this script was the title, and it came from a Metallica song.
Fortunately, titles can be changed, especially if it helps bring in an audience. I think, out of all my scripts, this one would be the easiest to sell because I have the least attachment to it. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a cool script, and a cool message beneath all the death and destruction. But I could see this being made cheap, especially with special effects getting cheaper, and being turned into an on-going series of sequels that eventually stray so far from the original idea that has no resemblance to the original.
But if I get a bit of the cash from each of those sequels, I’m good with that! lol
What follow is the taglines, logline, pitch and personal notes on my third script.
Through the Never
Tagline 1: “Fear the Future.”
Tagline 2: “They never feared the future. Now, they do.”
Tagline 3: “He never thought he’d have revenge. Now he will.”
Logline: In the high security wing of a medical campus, a seemingly close-knit group of six students are hunted by a mysterious killer who seems to know more about them and their future then they do.
Pitch: Through the Never is a moralistic sci-fi thiller that looks at the classic concept of what is good and evil. As six bright and affable, medical students are on the eve of revealing a possible medical break-though, they are stalked through the corridors of their high-tech, high security campus by a seemingly unstoppable killer. In the course of night, truths are revealed about the “friends” and their motivation, as is the purpose of the killer. In the end, it’s how one perceives good or evil that will decide which side is right or wrong.
Personal Note: With Through the Never, I wanted to do my version of the Terminator. This seemingly unstoppable force going after unknowing victims. But that’s where the similarities end. I also wanted to question the notions of good and evil and what is perceived as such. Both sides are painted with defined colors at first. But as the story progresses, those colors bleed and become grey. In these times, the line between good and evil, or on a global/politicial scale, freedom fighter or terrorist all depends on who you are and where you came from. I think that is the basic theme of this script.
Through the Never Copyrighted © 2001 Mark James MacKinnon