SAME TIME, YESTERYEAR - The Ballad of Sylvia & Mickey
ACTION ADVENTURE FANTASY FAMILY FOLKTALE ROMANCE
1940s & '50s
C. D. Lawson
A family friendly, fantasy romance about a dying woman who gets a second chance to travel back in time to Halloween 1959 and save the life of her true love, the soul of his killer and their hometown from eternal extinction. This timeless tale is ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’ meets ‘The Wonder Years’.
Sylvia is a world renowned actress and dying. On the night of her final stage performance her childhood true love ,Mickey, appears and leads her back in time where she will get the chance to right the wrongs of the past by navigating her thirteen year old body with her sixty three year old mind.
Believing she has failed to save Mickey a second time, she salvages this loss by saving the soul of their arch enemy. Just when she is resigned to spend an eternity in the alternate wasteland of Hickory Springs, Mickey arrives to her surprise. The two now have a future that is unwritten.
Hickory Springs, the Jewel of Americana, at the crossroads of Route 66 and the Majestic Iron Railroad
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth
Plot - Other Elements
Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions
Mature Audience Themes
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Main Character Details
Name: Sylvia Woods
Age: 13 year old body with a 63 year old mind
Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Clumsy,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Desperate,Faithful,Heroic,Flexible,Honorable,Patriotic,Blunt,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Romantic,Secretive,Strong Moral Code
Additional Character Details
Name: Mickey Calhoun
Age: 13 years old
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Clumsy,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Romantic,Funny,Skillful,Outspoken,Selfless,Patriotic,Masculine,Underdog
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Complex,Underdog,Skillful,Outspoken,Aggressive,Confident,Crazy,Criminal,Insecure,Lone Wolf,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Sarcastic,Blunt,Villainous
Additional Character Details
Name: Iron Rose
Age: 18 years old
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Charming,Clumsy,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Unapologetic,Romantic,Funny,Skillful,Outspoken,Selfless,Underdog
SAME TIME, YESTERYEAR is a technicolor ten-hour fantasy epic that helps fill the void of heartfelt, inspiring, family friendly entertainment much like "Stranger Things" has accomplished. Set in 1959 our story is a sweeping cinemascope saga steeped in adventure, nostalgia and romance. From the grand spectacle of Doc Brown’s time traveling train in Back to the Future III…Dorothy opening the door from a sepia drenched Kansas to the colored bounty of Oz…the musical vibrations from a fire breathing hot rod in Grease…the escape from today to yesteryear in a small town named Mayberry…Kevin and Winnie’s first kiss in The Wonder Years… Our journey begins at the junction of Route 66 and the Majestic Iron Railroad. You will discover a tunnel that leads to an oasis known as Hickory Springs, The Jewel of Americana. This is a land of drive-ins and soda shops. The jukebox and the chrome. Leather and grease. The innocence of young love amidst the backdrop of a bygone era… …and Miss Sylvia Woods is going home. She will travel through that tunnel and go back fifty years in time for a second chance to change her future and save the life of her first, her only true love…Mickey Calhoun. We believe that audiences are craving an escape to a world that makes sense. We encourage you to visit our website where you will find our Film/Television Look Book along with other entertaining elements that make this world come to life. Be Boss...Stay Gold C. D. Lawson www.cdlawson.com
Sylvia has cancer and is looking back at her life. She thinks back about her first love , Mickey, who died in a fire while being trapped in the trunk of a car. She is offered the chance to go back into her 13 year old body to save Mickey. While she changes the events to leading up to Mickey in the trunk, he ends up there anyways and Sylvia fights to save him.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: GOOD
Accuracy of Book Profile
The book profile does not accurately reflect the book. Sylvia goes back to save her first love but not the soul of his killer or their hometown from eternal extinction. The bad guy needed to be defeated and there was no threat to the town.
Draw of Story
The story has the voice of a bold woman at the end of her life. She has a flare for the dramatic and a love for old movies and pop culture. She is funny and lively even as she is facing the end.
The characters seem too young for the story. Sylvia goes back to her 13 year old body to save 13 year old Mickey. There are some playful and tender moments with them that are more suited for people in their late teens or early 20's. The story would feel more appropriate with characters at least 16 years old.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is that Sylvia is given the chance to change her future by saving a friend from the past. She is a 63 year old woman sent back to her 13 year old self to save her first love from a horrible death. This movie would be an interesting watch, seeing Sylvia get that second chance and wondering if she will accomplish her goal.
This could have a large fanbase. It is a story that would appeal to a wide audience. It could be categorized as a family film. There are a lot of sentimental moments and it ends with the good guys winning. Sylvia saves Mickey and they live life together.
This does not have awards potential. This is not a gripping story with compelling characters. It is entertaining but doesn't break any molds.
Similar Films/TV Series
ABOUT TIME, BACK TO THE FUTURE, EDGE OF TOMORROW, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE'S PAST
What’s New About the Story
Sylvia travels back into her younger self with all the knowledge of her 63 year old self. That perspective hasn't been done very much, especially with that age gap and maturity level. It is not done in a comedic way but a thoughtful, reflective way.
The lead character is a lively lady with a sassy personality. There aren't many characters like that as leads and in stories such as this.
Uniqueness of Story
This is an average film that is still entertaining considering it is not very original. It could be more unique if how she was able to go back in time were explored more. This is not science fiction, but leads more towards fantasy with explaining the reason she gets the second chance.
Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, Film - Indie, TV Series - Streaming
This is a consider because it is a well thought out, well written story. The characters are interesting if a little 2 dimensional. Time traveling back into one's younger self hasn't been done much before. There is a strong female lead who saves the guy instead of the damsel in distress scenario. It also deals with themes of reaching one's dreams, life's realities and living the life you want.