The Correctors

Daniel Dias

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GENRE

SCI-FI ACTION THRILLER SATIRE COMEDY

    Core Theme

    TIME TRAVEL AND TRUST

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    MR. ROBOT, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, PERSON OF INTEREST, EARLY EDITION

    CHARACTER LIST

    • SEAN MATTHEWS: 34. LEAD. SARCASTIC AND HARD WORKING. AMBITIOUS. QUICK THINKER.

    • AMANDA MATTHEWS: 32. SEAN'S WITTY WIFE.

    • LEA: 6. SEAN'S PRECOCIOUS DAUGHTER.

    • DAVID MILLS: 50. THE BOSS OF SEAN'S COMPANY.

    • ERIC: 32. SEAN'S FRIEND AND COWORKER.

    Logline

    In the near future, people known as correctors can “correct” upcoming events by altering circumstances in the present - all with the guidance of a simple app. When Sean Matthews dares to go against it and ends up saving lives, he becomes a hero to the public — but fated to be “corrected” himself.

    Genre

    Action,Adventure,Fantasy,Sci-fi,Suspense/Thriller,Satire,Comedy

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    A large, contemporary city

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Starting Description

    Following an app that gives directions aimed at "correcting" events that have yet to take place, Sean Matthews averts a historical car race accident - saving the pilot's life, unbeknownst to anyone else.

    Ending Description

    Sean stops a bomb, unknowingly planted by a Corrector following that very same app, from going off in the middle of a street festival. He's hailed as a public hero, but becomes a target for Correct.

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    Plot - Other Elements

    Philosophical Questions,Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Rebellion Against 'The One',Overcoming Monster/Villain

    Main Character Details

    Name: Sean Matthews

    Age: 34

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Naive,Funny,Sarcastic,Unapologetic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Amanda Matthews

    Age: 32

    Gender: Female

    Role: Emotional

    Key Traits: Badass,Aspiring,Charming,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging

    Additional Character Details

    Name: David Mills

    Age: 50

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Badass,Charming,Complex,Engaging,Educated,Leader

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    Brief

    Screenplay, series pilot. In the near future, people working for a time travel company called "Correct" can fix upcoming events by altering circumstances in the present -- all through the guidance of a phone app. Sean Matthews is one of these "correctors" and, with every mission he completes, he gets closer to traveling through time himself. As he reaches a new level, the tasks are more complex, and the motives of his company are less clear -- who decides what’s best for the future, anyway?

    What We Liked

    - Great story about time travel, in that it's not strictly about time travel -- it's about morality, corporatization, ethics, media influence, loyalty, trust, and so much more;
    - It boasts plenty of imagination and plays out a fantasy that many dream of - what if we could go into the future and correct tragic events by predicting them?
    - Sean is a strong protagonist, and we’re rooting for him all the way through the script;
    - Dialogue is natural and conversational so that it flows with good comedic timing and pacing;
    - The pilot sets up a world that effortlessly creates engines for future episodes.

    Synopsis

    Sean Matthews keeps his eyes on the app on his phone, and follows its every direction as he moves through the crowd of people at the race track. The app tells him to change clothing, what to say, and where to step, all so he can get to the pit stop on a track and covertly switch out a car part. Afterwards, he watches as news clips of a tragic, upcoming car crash on the race disappear from his phone -- he averted the accident by following the directions. This mark's Sean's 500th job for ""Correct,"" a company that mastered time travel in the future, and employs ""correctors"" in the present to fix circumstances based on their knowledge of upcoming events. Correct is a controversial company with a secretive CEO -- David Mills, who is currently speaking at a Congressional hearing. He tells Congress that they'll just have to trust him and the company, as they can’t disclose actual information from the future per a treaty signed in 2936. Sean catches snippets of this conference on TV at home. He lives in a small apartment with his wife, Amanda, and their daughter, 6-year-old Lea. Sean assures Amanda that things will get better as he rises up in the ranks. His 500th job has just made him go up a level, which means new job perks and responsibilities. A few more, he becomes a time traveler himself.

    Sean gets called in for a mandatory company meeting. On the way there, however, Sean notices another man who appears to be on a mission for the company -- except this man stole a violin. Sean follows him and gets the violin back, but is still confused. Sean's friend and coworker, Eric, tells Sean that it was probably someone using the app to steal items. Later, Sean sees the violin thief at the meeting, strangely getting taken away by security -- but before Sean can say anything, he gets a new assignment. It's immediately different -- he realizes the company drugged a driver so that he could take the driver's place. Shady. He's driving a famous woman who's a candidate for governor, and soon he notices that he's in a car chase. He follows the app's instructions, despite his passenger's distress, and takes her to a garage, where a body double awaits. Afterwards, he waits for the news articles on his phone to show him what happened, but instead they all show up as ""Classified."" What?

    His next assignment is much shorter, but he notices something suspicious after it's completed. He realizes another woman is on a mission for Correct and notices a bomb underneath her car, in the middle of a festival. Sean gets the bomb a safe distance away before it detonates. The people at the festival praise him as a hero for saving them all, but he gets a notification on his app. He's made a mistake. CEO Mills is alerted remotely of the ""incident,"" and can only respond with a shocked ""again?""

    About The Author

    Daniel Dias is a director and writer, having developed both scripted and unscripted shows and formats for Sony, Viacom, Turner, NBC Universal, and Fox, amongst others.