Wolf

Adair Sanders adairsanders@gmail.com 1267420004411

ACTION CRIME DRAMA SUSPENSE/THRILLER MYSTERY

2000s

Adair Sanders

Logline

No one really retires from wet work". He'd heard it a hundred times - when he was recruited by the Agency, when he left the covert life, even from fellow agents. But Wolf Johannsen never thought the warning would apply to him.

Genre

Action,Crime,Drama,Suspense/Thriller,Mystery

Short Summary

Wolf Johannsen's last assignment for the C.I.A. was a nasty piece of work by the name of Gyuri Vargha. The kill is confirmed by a source in the Rome. Five years later, Gyuri Vargha, or a man calling himself Gyuri Vargha, reappears. Wolf is called out of retirement to investigate.


Vargha learns who Wolf is and where he now lives. Using multiple aliases and leaving a trail of dead bodies in his wake, Vargha plots his revenge and travels to the States, targeting Allison Parker, Wolf's lover, as bait.

Setting

Rome, Paris, London and Ft. Charles, Alabama

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence,Nudity, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Wolf Johannsen

Age: 45'ish

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Complex,Sexy,Confident,Decisive,Skillful,Educated,Honorable,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Allison Parker

Age: 39

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Confident,Sexy,Decisive,Engaging,Honorable,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Gyuri Vargha

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Villainous,Narcisstic,Complex,Criminal,Secretive

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

Wolf's last assignment for the C.I.A. was a nasty piece of work by the name of Gyuri Vargha. The kill is confirmed by a source in the Rome, Italy M.E.'s office, and the case is closed. But all is not as it seems. Five years later, Gyuri Vargha, or a man calling himself Gyuri Vargha, reappears. Reaching out to old contacts, Vargha identifies a deep cover agent, Rebecca Molinere, who he believes can reveal the identity of his would-be assassin. By torturing Rebecca, and killing an unwitting civilian who might give the alarm, Vargha learns who Wolf is and where he now lives. Using multiple aliases and leaving a trail of dead bodies in his wake, Vargha plots his revenge and travels to the States, targeting Allison Parker, Wolf's lover, as bait. Wolf, the book, is the fifth story in the Allison Parker Mystery Series. As with many of the preceding books in the series, familiar characters appear as the Feds and local law enforcement learn about Rebecca Molinere's murder and Wolf’s connection to Vargha. F.B.I. agent Jake Cleveland, tech wizard Pete Pantsari, ex-Seal Bennett Shealey and of course P.I. Frank Martin and Sheriff Toby Trowbridge join forces to set a trap for Vargha in the event he makes it to Ft. Charles, Alabama where Wolf now resides. TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult content, fast-paced thriller, multiple plot lines. Appeals to men and women. ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND: The Allison Parker Mystery Series, of which Wolf is a part, is set in the imaginary town of Ft. Charles, Alabam

About The Author

Adair Sanders, nee’ Anne Clarke Sanders, spent the first thirty-plus years of her professional career as a trial attorney, beginning her legal career in the mid ‘70’s at a time when women lawyers were few and far between. In one of her early interviews during her post-law school job search, a partner in a prominent Knoxville, Tennessee firm asked her if she planned to have children, and later, when she was a practicing attorney, a Federal judge told her women attorneys had no place in his court room. But, times did gradually change and Sanders embarked on an interesting and varied legal career as a trial attorney in both private and government practice – prosecuting coal miners in the “hollars” of Eastern Kentucky as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, interviewing bank felons in a maximum security prison as an F.D.I.C. attorney, and then spending her last twenty years of practice defending businesses in Mississippi state courts where the term “jackpot justice” aptly described what local juries thought trial verdicts should provide. Oh the stories she can tell. Along the way Sanders became the first female member of the oldest men’s dining club in Knoxville, Tennessee, became the first female partner in Mississippi’s oldest law firm, was named one of the top business women in the state of Mississippi, and elected into one of the earliest classes of Leadership Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi. And she had a family, too. By the time she was in her mid-50’s burnout had made itself present in her life. So, with the retirement of her husband, a judge, Sanders decided to leave the legal world behind and to try her hand at writing, adopting the pen name “Adair Sanders”. Her first book, Biologically Bankrupt, a 2012 finalist in the CIPA EVVY Awards, provides a ruthlessly honest personal look at the far reaching effects of generational dysfunction in Sanders’ family of origin. A sometimes painful read, in the end Biologically Bankrupt is a story about love, choices and redemption. In 2014, Sanders published the first book in the Allison Parker Mystery series. As Sick As Our Secrets, introduces a colorful list of characters in a thrilling and engaging mystery fraught with sex, blackmail and murder. The next four years saw the publication four more books in the series: What Comes Around; Ashes to Ashes; Suffer the Children and Wolf. In 2018 Sanders published Out of the Ashes, A Collection of Essays, and in the fall of 2020 the sixth book in the mystery series, The Games We Play was added. Also in 2020, Sanders adapted the fifth book in the series, Wolf, into a screenplay. Reviews of her books have been stellar. Currently residing in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her husband Mike and their dogs Baxter and Izzy, Sanders’ latest project is a screenplay adaptation of What Comes Around and work on a seventh book in the Allison Parker Mystery series.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Hard Copy Available

No

WGA Number

1332436

Genre

ACTION, DRAMA

Brief

Wolf looked forward to a calmer retired lifestyle as a hit man in the CIA; finally having the time to get close to someone special. However, his last hit, Gyuri Vargha comes back from the dead and threatens everything that Wolf has now learned to hold dear. Now that Wolf has something to lose, he must risk everything in order to save the woman he loves and get back in the game to settle things once and for all.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

SCRIPT

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: FAIR

Premise: FAIR

Structure: FAIR

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes for the most part the profile reflect to story. The development pitch perhaps focuses too much on the roles of minor characters when it could further elaborate on the themes of Wolf that differentiate it from other spy action films instead. The logline is also missing a quotation mark as it is unclear if the saying is a sentence or emphasizing "wet work" alone.

Draw of Story

The hook is that Wolf is a retired agent that has something to lose and his former life is what threatens to take away his newfound dreams. The hook is pretty clear from the start as Wolf is recruited early on with a phone call to verify Gyuri Vargha in Europe.

Possible Drawbacks

The dialogue can lack subtext at certain points and there are characters and conversations included within certain scenes that do not further the character development nor plot such as Beth's prying and the sheriff talking about Beth when Wolf went to the station to discuss business. By adding more variation to the dialogue, the characters will be more individual in their speech patterns and the intrigue of the spy thriller will increase due the room left open for misdirection.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is the Wolf already killed Gyuri Vargha but Gyuri Vargha is back and out to seek revenge of Wolf. Wolf now has a life that can be threatened unlike his former days as an top agent without stakes or distractions.

Fanbase Potential

This is an easy to follow action movie with a standard plot so perhaps could have a medium audience to large audience depending on the casting.

Awards Potential

Given that this is an action film it is unlikely to gain serious awards consideration, but could perhaps do okay in popular awards circuits and commercial success.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

SKYFALL, ALIAS, THE AMERICANS, JOHN WICK, OTHER JAMES BOND FILMS, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

What’s New About the Story

The introduction to Gyuri Vargha and his subplot with Rebecca is an interesting format choice as it brings about the rare world of art espionage as opposed to just murders and hits. Having Gyuri Vargha excel at one sort of crime such as art or serial killing would help streamline his impact as an antagonist and there'd be no delay in pacing within the main conflict.

Lead Characters

Wolf is an accepting and adaptable guy with a loyalty and care that can sometimes get him in trouble. Allison is a perky and committed person both to her kids and her job.

Uniqueness of Story

The action film is very reminiscent of other spy dramas in that Wolf has to rescue the person who is most important to him. By creating stakes beyond life or death or sticking to a different single world of crime, Wolf might have a more memorable impact.

Possible Formats

Film

Analyst Recommendation

WORK IN PROGRESS

Justification

The plot is a bit easy to predict and the characters outside of the romantic duo don't have their own inner conflicts which makes them feel flat. Pacing within scenes can get sidetracked towards conversations about relationship dynamics rather than the main task to stop Gyuri Vargha.

Tips for Improvement

Giving Allison more dimensions besides being a mother and romantic interest might help show her individuality off more. There is no tension in Gyuri Vargha and Wolf finding one another so perhaps making it more separated in their reunion could restore some of this uncertainty.

Logline

No one really retires from wet work". He'd heard it a hundred times - when he was recruited by the Agency, when he left the covert life, even from fellow agents. But Wolf Johannsen never thought the warning would apply to him.

Short Summary

Wolf Johannsen's last assignment for the C.I.A. was a nasty piece of work by the name of Gyuri Vargha. The kill is confirmed by a source in the Rome. Five years later, Gyuri Vargha, or a man calling himself Gyuri Vargha, reappears. Wolf is called out of retirement to investigate.


Vargha learns who Wolf is and where he now lives. Using multiple aliases and leaving a trail of dead bodies in his wake, Vargha plots his revenge and travels to the States, targeting Allison Parker, Wolf's lover, as bait.

FEEDBACK

Wolf's last assignment for the C.I.A. was a nasty piece of work by the name of Gyuri Vargha. The kill is confirmed by a source in the Rome, Italy M.E.'s office, and the case is closed. But all is not as it seems. Five years later, Gyuri Vargha, or a man calling himself Gyuri Vargha, reappears. Reaching out to old contacts, Vargha identifies a deep cover agent, Rebecca Molinere, who he believes can reveal the identity of his would-be assassin. By torturing Rebecca, and killing an unwitting civilian who might give the alarm, Vargha learns who Wolf is and where he now lives. Using multiple aliases and leaving a trail of dead bodies in his wake, Vargha plots his revenge and travels to the States, targeting Allison Parker, Wolf's lover, as bait. Wolf, the book, is the fifth story in the Allison Parker Mystery Series. As with many of the preceding books in the series, familiar characters appear as the Feds and local law enforcement learn about Rebecca Molinere's murder and Wolf’s connection to Vargha. F.B.I. agent Jake Cleveland, tech wizard Pete Pantsari, ex-Seal Bennett Shealey and of course P.I. Frank Martin and Sheriff Toby Trowbridge join forces to set a trap for Vargha in the event he makes it to Ft. Charles, Alabama where Wolf now resides. TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult content, fast-paced thriller, multiple plot lines. Appeals to men and women. ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND: The Allison Parker Mystery Series, of which Wolf is a part, is set in the imaginary town of Ft. Charles, Alabam

About The Author

Adair Sanders, nee’ Anne Clarke Sanders, spent the first thirty-plus years of her professional career as a trial attorney, beginning her legal career in the mid ‘70’s at a time when women lawyers were few and far between. In one of her early interviews during her post-law school job search, a partner in a prominent Knoxville, Tennessee firm asked her if she planned to have children, and later, when she was a practicing attorney, a Federal judge told her women attorneys had no place in his court room. But, times did gradually change and Sanders embarked on an interesting and varied legal career as a trial attorney in both private and government practice – prosecuting coal miners in the “hollars” of Eastern Kentucky as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, interviewing bank felons in a maximum security prison as an F.D.I.C. attorney, and then spending her last twenty years of practice defending businesses in Mississippi state courts where the term “jackpot justice” aptly described what local juries thought trial verdicts should provide. Oh the stories she can tell. Along the way Sanders became the first female member of the oldest men’s dining club in Knoxville, Tennessee, became the first female partner in Mississippi’s oldest law firm, was named one of the top business women in the state of Mississippi, and elected into one of the earliest classes of Leadership Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi. And she had a family, too. By the time she was in her mid-50’s burnout had made itself present in her life. So, with the retirement of her husband, a judge, Sanders decided to leave the legal world behind and to try her hand at writing, adopting the pen name “Adair Sanders”. Her first book, Biologically Bankrupt, a 2012 finalist in the CIPA EVVY Awards, provides a ruthlessly honest personal look at the far reaching effects of generational dysfunction in Sanders’ family of origin. A sometimes painful read, in the end Biologically Bankrupt is a story about love, choices and redemption. In 2014, Sanders published the first book in the Allison Parker Mystery series. As Sick As Our Secrets, introduces a colorful list of characters in a thrilling and engaging mystery fraught with sex, blackmail and murder. The next four years saw the publication four more books in the series: What Comes Around; Ashes to Ashes; Suffer the Children and Wolf. In 2018 Sanders published Out of the Ashes, A Collection of Essays, and in the fall of 2020 the sixth book in the mystery series, The Games We Play was added. Also in 2020, Sanders adapted the fifth book in the series, Wolf, into a screenplay. Reviews of her books have been stellar. Currently residing in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her husband Mike and their dogs Baxter and Izzy, Sanders’ latest project is a screenplay adaptation of What Comes Around and work on a seventh book in the Allison Parker Mystery series.

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence,Nudity, Language/Profanity

Characters

Main Character

Name: Wolf Johannsen

Age: 45'ish

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Complex,Sexy,Confident,Decisive,Skillful,Educated,Honorable,Strong Moral Code

Character 1

Name: Allison Parker

Age: 39

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Confident,Sexy,Decisive,Engaging,Honorable,Strong Moral Code

Character 2

Name: Gyuri Vargha

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Villainous,Narcisstic,Complex,Criminal,Secretive