Return of the Deranged -- Revised
ACTION DETECTIVE DRAMA CRIME MYSTERY SUSPENSE/THRILLER ROMANCE POLITICAL RELIGIOUS
Dan Zane Smith
The Empowered, a secret organization seeking to control the world, seduces away brilliant teenagers with highly advanced computer skills. Parents hire private investigators to find their daughter. The detectives discover the Empowered's compound in the mountains and get captured. They escape.
The Empowered uses genetically modified organisms, GMO’s, to drive small farmers out of business and take over the lion’s share of producing food for the world. Brilliant teenagers disappear. Parents of one of the teenagers hire private investigators to find the missing person.
The detective firm obtains leads regarding the missing teenager, Lilly, and narrows the search to a compound in the mountains. The Empowered runs the facility, employs the missing teenagers, and captures Jim Shark and Matthew Brown. They escape after two attempts. Lilly is kidnapped and then saved.
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest,Rebellion Against 'The One'
Plot - Other Elements
Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Twist
Mature Audience Themes
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Main Character Details
Name: Matthew Brown
Key Traits: Charming,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Modest,Obedient,Religious,Selfless,Skillful,Romantic,Strong Moral Code,Patriotic,Funny
Additional Character Details
Name: Gerald Montana
Age: Early 40s
Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Criminal,Decisive,Engaging,Gracious,Greedy,Educated,Leader,Masculine,Villainous,Narcisstic,Power Hungry,Skillful,Secretive,Manipulative,Unapologetic
Additional Character Details
Name: Lilly Anderson
Key Traits: Aspiring,Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Desperate,Empathetic,Insecure,Naive,Underdog,Modest,Obedient,Sexy,Sarcastic,Seductive,Secretive
Additional Character Details
Name: Jim Shark
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Heartthrob,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Masculine,Modest,Sexy,Patriotic,Religious,Selfless,Skillful,Funny,Romantic,Sarcastic,Seductive,Sophisticated
A secret organization is trying to take over the world. A faction of the organization, The Empowered, is using genetically modified organisms, GMO’s, to drive small farmers out of business and take over the lion’s share of producing food for the world. A couple of very bright teenagers disappear. A recently retired detective forms a private investigative firm and obtains a contract to work for Gerald Montana, a higher up in the Empowered. The parents of one of the teenagers that disappeared hire the firm to find the missing person. Leading characters include Matthew Brown, who has no use of his right upper extremity and only partial use of his left, a former branch manager with the state, Jim Shark, a former coworker, and Tanner Bronson, a convict. Intermixed with this conspiracy and detective drama is a love story combined with forgiveness and redemption.
ACTION, SUSPENSE, THRILLER, DRAMA
A young girl goes missing and the case goes unsolved for years. When the girls parents come into some money, they pay for an investigation into their daughters disappearance. A network of kidnapping is revealed from a nefarious organization promising a new life if you join them.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: GOOD
Accuracy of Book Profile
The book profile accurately reflects the book.
Draw of Story
The story starts with the disappearance of Lily and her parents becoming suspects. The case is never solved and she is never found. The beginning sets up a lot of questions to be answered which will keep the audience's interest.
The book goes off on tangents. A couple of people are kidnapped and kept prisoner. There is a rich man possibly killing people and a detective trying to solve the case. There is enough story surrounding Lilly's disappearance and her parents paying to open the investigation that the moving parts are unnecessary.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is that a young girl has been kidnapped , but she is labeled as a runaway. Many years later, she resurfaces working for an organization that promised money, power and a beautiful life. I would watch the movie to see the story of what happens to Lilly.
This could have a large fanbase as a mystery crime story. There may be too many storylines competing with each other. Building on the story of Lilly going missing is enough.
This does not have awards potential. It is a murder mystery type of story. It would have mass audience appeal but is not exploring new frontiers on any subject. The character development is standard.
Similar Films/TV Series
PRISONERS, THE LOVELY BONES
What’s New About the Story
The story is unique because it is not a simply a person killing or kidnapping. There is an organization claiming they can give you power and wealth if you join them. There is a lure.
The lead characters do not stand out. They are tools to push the story forward but are not particularly memorable or distinct.
Uniqueness of Story
This is an average story with some interesting elements. To improve the story, there could be more character development. This is more plot focused.
Film - Streaming, Film - Indie, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming
This story is a consider because it has some interesting plot twists. The organization that is luring people with the promise of money and power is similar to Scientology. It would be timely to create a film that exposes a cult like group. The focus to transition to that and use the kidnapping as a backdrop.