The Golden Knights God

Edward Saint-Ivan

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GENRE

CRIME

    Core Theme

    INEQUALITY, CORRUPTION

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    PATERNO

    CHARACTER LIST

    • TIGOR LUGOSI: INTELLECTUAL, JUST, LEAD

    • RICHARD SAINT-GERMAIN: WEALTHY, FOOTBALL STAR, HONOR STUDENT, ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

    • ANN DELAGE: SYMPATHETIC, OF HAITIAN DESCENT, ALLEGED VICTIM OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

    • VIENNA: RICH, RESOURCEFUL, LUGOSI’S WIFE

    • CHAIR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT: RICH, OPPORTUNISTIC, LUGOSI’S BOSS

    Logline

    While joining the faculty of a big state university in central Florida and moving into a model town built by Disney, Tibor Lugosi stumbles into conflicts that reflect the tyranny of big money football over the American dream.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Celebration Fl., Orlando, Fl.

    Based on a True Story

    Yes

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Edward Saint-Ivan

    Year Published: 2019

    Starting Description

    While Lugosi is fighting the administration of a state university over preferential treatment for athletes, a hometown hero and football star is accused of sexual assault by an outsider from a Haitian ghetto.

    Ending Description

    Public pressure gets the accused rapist acquitted and the protagonist wins a lawsuit against a big university but the hometown hero can't live with himself and commits suicide.

    Group Specific

    Crime buffs

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Tragedy

    Main Character Details

    Name: Richard Saint-Germain

    Age: 22

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Complex,Modest,Narcisstic,Skillful,Underdog

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Tibor Lugosi

    Age: 24

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Charming,Confident,Outspoken

    Additional Character Details

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    Development Pitch

    A new born baby was found in the trash at a shopping center and adopted by rich people in Disney's model town Celebration. He was named Richard and grew up to be a star football player, hometown hero, and honor student. While basking in the light from winning the first Heisman Trophy in the history of his school, he gets accused of sexual assault by an unpleasant outsider from a Haitian ghetto. The sub-plot is based on actual events. An academic gets fired for exposing preferential treatment at his college which is the same one mentioned earlier.

    Brief

    When a professor uncovers a big money scheme in the athletic department of a big university, the scandal is eclipsed by the star football player being accused of sexual assault by a transfer student.

    What We Liked

    - This is very topical premise. It fosters important conversation and commentary on the state of athletics in university life, the inequality of wealth in America, privilege and the Me Too Movement.
    - Creating a feature length adaptation about corruption and privilege in university sports and wealthy communities would be an appropriate use of this story.
    - The story could be adapted into part of a documentary or docu-drama style television show about the corruption in university athletics and privilege enjoyed by the players.
    - Key points: Based in fact; Raises awareness of corruption; Questions ethics; Strong conflict; Social relevance.

    Synopsis

    Tibor Lugosi, the son of Hungarian immigrants, is highly educated and employed at the University of Central Florida as an advisor and administrator. He and his wife Vienna, who is independently wealthy as well as being a world class ping pong player, move into the affluent Disney created town of Celebration, Florida.

    Lugosi finds that athletes at the university are being funneled through a specific major of public administration. He leads the charge to expose the scam and have the major abolished at the school. As the investigation unfolds, another more serious scandal pushes it out of the way.

    The star football player and honor student, Richard Saint-Germain, is accused of sexual assault. He is the adopted son of a wealthy Celebration family. He has been highly educated from the beginning and his accuser is a poor Haitian junior college transfer named Ann Delage. Richard is a sympathetic figure in town and he receives much community support.

    Able to hire the best and most famous legal team available, Richard has a clear advantage over Ann. He makes a good impression during the trial in his suit and tie while Ann is covered in tattoos and disparaged for her appearance. Though Richard has the upper hand, Reverend Al Sharpton speaks on Ann’s behalf.

    Meanwhile, Lugosi appeals to his boss, the chair of the political science department, about the athletic scam. His concerns are brushed off and he is quickly removed from his post. Lugosi files a first amendment lawsuit against the university with the United States District Court. He ultimately settles the lawsuit, quits university life and opens a Hungarian restaurant.

    Richard is soon acquitted in the sexual assault case. Lugosi suggests that Disney paid to get Richard acquitted so as not to bring shame upon the community of Celebration. Despite getting good press, Richard takes his own life, confessing to the assault in his suicide note.

    About The Author

    Edward Saint-Ivan has an undergraduate degree in Criminology, and a Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University.