The Chip a 21st century hero with super abilities

George Jack

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GENRE

SCI-FI ACTION YOUNG ADULT ADVENTURE

    Core Theme

    SUCCEEDING DESPITE DISABILITIES AND LEARNING TO LOVE ONE'S SELF.

    TIME PERIOD

    2000s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    MARVEL FILMS, BATMAN FILMS, SPIDER-MAN FILMS

    CHARACTER LIST

    STANLEY: LEAD. CHILD TO TEENAGER. SWEET, KIND-HEARTED, DETERMINED, HEROIC.

    JEFF: 40S. UNCLE/MENTOR.

    DR. WARREN: 40S. NEMESIS.

    JAMES: 40S. FATHER.

    JANE: 40S. MOTHER.

    Logline

    Dangerous chemicals found in plastic, a society plagued by terrorism and the hunt for an innocent boy intensifies

    Target Audiences

    Age: 13-17,18-34

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    New York City

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Page publishing

    Year Published: 2017

    Starting Description

    Stanley Ross ingested trace elements of chemicals that was used to make plastic baby bottle. The ingestion of these chemicals brought about some extraordinary characteristics. Stanley developed an acute sensitivity to sound, light and everyday noises like ringing phones, trains or even doorbells

    Ending Description

    A chip was implanted in his brain to correct his disorder. However, it transformed him into a 21st century hero able to connect to and manipulate any computer, electronics system or wireless technology anywhere the world and stop hackers, terrorist and villains.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    978-1-63568-904-4

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain,Quest

    Main Character Details

    Name: Stanley Ross

    Age: 20

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Masculine,Honorable,Underdog,Selfless,Aspiring,Faithful,Empathetic,Engaging

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Donald Warren

    Age: 60

    Gender: Male

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Badass,Villainous,Criminal,Educated,Leader,Manipulative,Aggressive

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Jeffery Ross

    Age: 55

    Gender: Male

    Role: mentor

    Key Traits: Complex,Engaging,Funny,Unapologetic,Gracious,Outspoken,Educated

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Claudia Torres

    Age: 23

    Gender: Female

    Role: logical

    Key Traits: Empathetic,Engaging,Outspoken,Gracious,Sophisticated,Charming

    Development Pitch

    After his parents untimely death at age thirteen a well respected university research doctor named Donald Warren convince the state to place Stanley in his custody. The right state officials were in Warren’s pocket and Stanley’s only living relative- Jeffery Ross, a former associate of Warren but now a paraplegic the deal was done. Frightened, confused and yet intrigued, Stanley meets Dr. Warren and enters into a whole new world- A world in which he became the subject of lab testing, at the same time, however he finds one benefit amid the horror: the chip implants he was given allowed him control over his acute sensitivity. However, Warren’s real purpose was to turn Stanley into a human computer that could hack into security, banking and military networks with out detection. Stanley is no ordinary young man and he manages the impossible and escapes and finds the only person who can right the wrongs that were done to him: Uncle Jeff his very own mad scientist whom all along had the true specification of the chip but hid it from Dr. Warren after he learned about his evil intentions. Now with the real chip implanted Stanley has being tranformed - He is the CHIP, and is able to connect to and manipulate any computer, electronics system or wireless technology anywhere the world and stop hackers, terrorist and villains. However, Dr. Warren a man who will stop at nothing to regain what he believes is rightfully his- Stanley- hired a team to track him down. The hunt was on.

    Genre

    ACTION, COMEDY, THRILLER

    Brief

    Baby Stanley Ross ingests toxic chemicals and grows up incredibly muscular and extremely sensitive to light and sound. At 13, Stanley is kidnapped and held prisoner until one day he escapes and, with the help of his uncle Jeff and the microchip Jeff created, Stanley learns to control his abilities and becomes a superhero.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: GOOD

    Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: FAIR

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The main plot premise is a hero's journey before it is about overcoming a villain. The developmental pitch is not a pitch but a summary of the story.

    Draw of Story

    The story is well written in clear and concise language. Although superhero stories have been done to death by now, THE CHIP presents a somewhat original take on it through protagonist Stanley who is extremely sensitive to light and sound, overwhelmed by stimulation, and unable to fit in with the other children, who bully him relentlessly. Although these conditions are due to Stanley ingesting toxic chemicals as a baby, they mirror the experiences of autistic children in the real world, and Stanley's journey from overwhelmed child to superhero young adult feels inspiring and fresh in this context. Enhancing this message of success despite disability is the next most notable character, Stanley's uncle, who is paralyzed in a wheelchair yet is a genius whose work is crucial to Stanley's growth. Coloring all this in is a fun and thrillingly zany plot with a comical villain you love to hate.

    Possible Drawbacks

    The main issue with this story is that it is essentially the origin story of the superhero Stanley will become as an adult, without ever showing us this superhero in action. For example, the book spends half its length letting us get to know Stanley's parents only to kill them off casually, making Jeff Stanley's guardian--the kind of backstory element that could be communicated in a simple flashback or line of dialogue. In this way, the entire story feels like backstory setting up the real story, and an adaptation of this book would require much original story to be written. However, the seeds that are in this story are original enough, with a sufficiently inspiring message, to potentially interest producers despite a saturated superhero-story marketplace.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    THE CHIP presents an original take on the superhero concept through protagonist Stanley, a muscular child extremely sensitive to light and sound, overwhelmed by stimulation, and unable to fit in with the other children, who bully him relentlessly. Although these conditions are due to Stanley ingesting toxic chemicals as a baby, they mirror the experiences of autistic children in the real world, and Stanley's journey from overwhelmed child to superhero young adult feels inspiring and fresh. Enhancing this message of success despite disability is the next most notable character, Stanley's uncle, who is paralyzed in a wheelchair yet is a genius whose work is crucial to Stanley's growth. With its inspiring message and hopeful theme, an adaptation of THE CHIP would interest the many millions of superhero-film fans and could become the feel-good flick of the summer.

    Fanbase Potential

    Yes, any successful superhero film has the potential for the biggest fanbases in film: the Marvel and other superhero-film fanbases. If adapted to be as universal as possible, THE CHIP could resonate with children, teenagers, families, and adult superhero-film fans.

    Awards Potential

    The film's message of succeeding despite disabilities and its cast of disabled characters could make it a contender for awards if the adaptation focuses sufficiently on these aspects.

    Envisioned Budget

    LARGE BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    ALL THE MARVEL FILMS, BATMAN FILMS, SPIDER-MAN FILMS, AND ALL OTHER SUPERHERO FILMS.

    What’s New About the Story

    Original about this story is its message of success despite disabilities and its cast of disabled characters. It is also more science-fiction-heavy than most superhero films, which is a positive attribute. This story could be made more original by adding in a third disabled character as well as a diverse cast of people of color, and by focusing more on Stanley's inner growth from insecure outcast to confident superhero rather than relying solely on its villain's antics to drive the plot.

    Lead Characters

    Their abilities to overcome difficulties and disabilities that many people may not overcome; their optimism--and belief in a better world--and loving relationships toward one another. At times, their senses of humor often stand out as well.

    Uniqueness of Story

    This is almost a rare gem. It's refreshing to see a story in which disabled characters and disabilities are given center stage. What holds this story back is the author's decision to make it a long-winded origin tale of pure backstory rather than a story introducing us to the superhero this child protagonist would later become. The science-fiction aspects of this story, while interesting, often feel contrived and without sufficient explanation, and an adaptation of this story should provide a more authentic feel to this aspect. The story also misses an opportunity to make its cast of characters more diverse.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    It can be a “recommend” by following the aforementioned adjustments.

    Brief

    13-year-old Stanley Ross never fit in with the other kids. Strangely muscular, extremely sensitive to light and sound, and with impossible abilities, Stanley is kidnapped and experimented upon, soon realizing that he must escape so he can become a superhero and save the world.

    What We Liked

    Standing out in the saturated superhero-film marketplace, THE CHIP presents a fresh and original take on the genre through protagonist Stanley, a young boy extremely sensitive to light and sound, overwhelmed by stimulation, and unable to fit in with the other children who bully him relentlessly--experiences that mirror those of autistic children in the real world. Stanley's journey from overwhelmed child at the mercy of his superhuman abilities to heroic young adult in control of his powers and using them for good is inspiring and sure to please the many millions of superhero-film fans. Enhancing this message of success despite disability is the next most notable character, Stanley's uncle, who is paralyzed in a wheelchair yet is a genius whose work is crucial to Stanley's growth. The quick, good-natured humor of the story colors each scene and is similar to the humor found in popular superhero films such as those of the Marvel franchise. With its inspiring message and hopeful themes, fun and thrillingly zany plot, and a comical villain viewers will love to hate, an adaptation of THE CHIP would be a big hit with the many millions of superhero-film fans and could become the feel-good flick of the summer.

    Film: As a superhero origin story, THE CHIP is ripe for adaptation using the extremely successful blueprint followed by such superhero origin films as SPIDER-MAN, BATMAN BEGINS, WOLVERINE: ORIGINS, ANT-MAN, and DEADPOOL. With its strong character arc in protagonist Stanley who grows from a bullied young boy at the mercy of his abilities to a heroic young man in control of his powers and determined to use them for good, THE CHIP provides the perfect structure from which to base an adaptation, while also providing a strong and comical villain viewers will love to hate, great supporting characters, an inspiring message and hopeful themes, and ample subplots.

    TV: As THE CHIP is an origin story, a TV-series adaptation offers plenty of space to develop protagonist Stanley's arc from troubled child at the mercy of his abilities to heroic young adult in control of his powers, determined to use them for good. THE CHIP focuses more on its protagonist's inner development than most superhero stories, and a TV-series adaptation would allow for this growth to be explored gradually episode by episode. In the background of this story, the world is increasingly becoming a hopeless place of war and fear, and a TV series adaptation would provide the length and structure required to adequately explore various subplots and characters, which would flesh out the story world episode by episode and season by season, providing a potentially infinite number of villains and conflicts to explore. In this way, a TV adaptation of THE CHIP would be very similar to the highly popular 10-season SMALLVILLE, one of the most successful TV series of the 21st century.

    Key points: Inspiring message and themes; great sense of humor; fun mix of sci-fi, action, and superheroism; zany, comical villain viewers will love to hate; fast-paced plot and strong structure.

    Synopsis

    New York, 1971: JANE and JAMES ROSS, a young couple dressed in their best clothes, hold hands on the steps of the courthouse. James asks if Jane is sure, as she is giving up so much. Jane is impatient, says she’s gaining more than she is losing. James: “But everything you have back in England...” Jane: “I have nothing back in England.” James had never thought Jane’s grandmother would go so far as disowning Jane if she married James, but Jane’s grandmother is furious that Jane would turn her back on the family by not marrying her match. Flashback to the stag party. James’s brother JEFF is a genius scientist, aloof and strange. James tells Jeff he is spending too much time in the lab. Jeff claims he is on to something huge that will change life as they know it. Jeff has an obsessive glint in his eye. Back to scene: James and Jane get married.

    1988: After years of trying unsuccessfully and giving up hope, Jane becomes pregnant. Nine months later STANLEY is {was} born. James and Jeff go to a bar. Jeff has flown in from California for something work-related and they celebrate the baby. Jeff is wearing mismatched shoes, dark bags under his eyes, tired and erratic. Jeff summarizes his work to James: He is making a Brain-Computer Interface—computer implants that replace damaged parts of the brain. They have a debate on the ethics of robotic parts in humans, James thinking it unethical and unwise, possibly even despite the advantages, such as healing people of anything. Jeff is drinking whiskeys quickly; James is concerned. James asks Jeff to come say goodbye to Jane but he declines. James tells him to eat more, get out more, lay off the lab obsession.

    For the Rosses the first few months with baby Stanley are bliss. The family share a lovely Christmas together. James expresses to Jane his concern about Jeff: He has not heard from Jeff once since Stanley’s birth. James calls the university where Jeff works. DR. WARREN answers, glad he called: No one there has seen Jeff since just before Thanksgiving, when Jeff flew to New York to meet someone and vanished. Dr. Warren suggests that Jeff has intentionally disappeared, says Jeff was working on unsanctioned projects the findings of which are nonetheless property of the university. At the university, Dr. Warren slams down the phone, furious. A large man in a lab coat is with him. Dr. Warren, in a rage, berates the man and his “gang of thugs.” The man promises to find Jeff. Dr. Warren: “Do whatever it takes.”

    Jeff {James} and Jane are in bed when the phone rings. It’s a man, torn up, notifying James that Jeff has been injured in an explosion, possibly with his legs broken, and is now is {in the} hospital. The man cannot give his name nor can he stay with Jeff, and urges James to hurry to the hospital immediately. At the hospital, Jeff is listed as a John Doe. He is in surgery. A police officer explains that Jeff had been performing strange experiments in a makeshift laboratory in an abandoned warehouse, which exploded. Jeff will be placed under arrest—if he survives. Later, James enters Jeff’s room where Jeff is hooked up to dozens of machines and paralyzed from the waist down. Jeff is upset because he was “so close.” But at least now Dr. Warren and his “mind control posse” won’t get his hands on the chip and the data, which were destroyed.

    9 months later: Jeff has moved in with James and Jane. He is paralyzed in a wheelchair. Dr. Warren knocks on their door. He demands his property back from Jeff, who denies having it: Everything destroyed in the blaze. Dr. Warren threatens to have Jeff sent to prison in the wheelchair. Jeff tells him that what he wants to do is wrong, and that he is an evil man. Dr. Warren tries to gaslight Jeff {Jane} and James into thinking that Jeff is paranoid and delusional. Jeff’s attorney enters and promptly deescalates the situation, Jane following behind (she had called him). Dr. Warren and the attorney leave. Jeff starts drinking. James and Jane are clearly uncomfortable about this. Jeff jokes that they should give Stanley some Scotch, annoying Jane. Jeff laughs: “Am I a sane person imitating a mad scientist or a mad scientist who sometimes passes for sane?” That night, after Jeff has fallen asleep, James and Jane discuss their worry over Jeff’s erratic behavior. James believes Jeff is lost because, in Jeff’s own words, Jeff’s work was his life and now he’s got nothing. James and Jane, asleep in bed, are awoken by Stanley’s screams. They run into his room. He’s standing in his crib crying. Jane picks him up. James wonders what a one-year-old could possibly be dreaming about to make him so upset. Jane says Stanley feels things deeply. James wonders if Stanely had heard the whistle of the train, though it was so distant and subtle.

    The next morning, James and Jeff drink coffee in the kitchen. Jeff says, “There’s something wrong with Stanley.” James says he knows. Neither of them knows what is wrong with him. James offers the basement as a space for Jeff to create a lab, but makes him swear to stop drinking and to be safe down there—no explosions. A newspaper report claims that the FDA issued a warning about dangers present in a certain brand of baby bottle—the same brand Stanley happens to drink from. Jane says that Stanley seems to have grown rather muscular overnight. She is playing it cool but is clearly worried. Unknown to the adults, an alarm clock in the neighbor’s house goes off, and Stanley begins screaming.

    James and Jane take Stanley to the doctor, explaining they believe he is sensitive to certain sounds and strangely muscular. The doctor cannot explain Stanley’s muscle mass. Stanley seems fine with sounds until the doctor has the telephone called as a test. Stanley responds by screaming and placing his hands over his ears. The doctor refers them to a specialist, tells them to prepare for a long road ahead.

    Two years pass. Stanley has developed rapidly. He can tell intricate stories and has an ability to know what people are doing, such as what the neighbor is eating for dinner and that this neighbor feeds his dog some of his dinner. After two years of doctors and specialists being of no help, Jeff knows one person they can try, a bioengineer, DR. MARK SCHROEDER.

    James, Jane and Stanley go to see Dr. Schroeder. He concludes that Stanley’s baby food mixed with a chemical found in the plastic bottle, essentially re-engineering him. No other babies have experienced this because of a mutation in Stanley’s myostatin gene, which Stanley was born with. He thinks it may even be an example of biochemical terrorism. Stanley can’t be cured, not without something drastic that could alter his very mind.

    In the basement lab Jeff is secretly building a new chip in the hopes it will help Stanley. Jeff also works at James’s store. One day Dr. Warren enters the store. He tells Jeff that he no longer needs him; he has the specs for the chip. Dr. Warren’s thugs had tracked down Jeff’s ex-partner, extracted the information from Jeff’s partner, then murdered him. He then threatens the murders of Jeff, James, Jane and Stanley should Jeff ever speak of this. But Jeff secretly knows that Dr. Warren does not have all the information he needs to build the chip; Jeff had intentionally hidden a vital part of the plans from his partner.

    Ten years later, Jeff is working hard on creating an enhanced version of the chip. Stanley is 13. He has no friends and can’t enjoy anything in life as all the stimulation is agonizing for him. His peers, and often figures of authority, frequently refer to him, either directly or are overheard by him, as a “freak.” The other kids bully him. But Stanley remains fundamentally kind and sweet, and the family remain {s} close. They sit in the kitchen together every night at 3 A.M. as it is the only time Stanley can talk more freely without so much fear of pain. They all treasure these nights.

    One day Jeff approaches James to tell him that he is almost finished something {finished with something} that might help Stanley: the chip. James is shocked that Jeff has been working on a chip. Jeff tells him that Dr. Warren got his hands on the plans for the previous chip. Jeff just needs a little more time. James is taking Stanley {Jane} to a new neuroscientist at a medical conference regardless. James and Jane drive to the medical conference. On the way in the car a nervous Jane is upset they might be late so they took the train. They discuss how hard it has been, but that they have no regrets and love each other very much. A subway train explosion due to a terrorist bomb occurs in the city, killing James and Jane.

    James and Jane are buried and a funeral takes place. Social Services quickly gets involved, showing up when Stanley is at school, believing a disabled man in a wheelchair is unfit to take care of a boy with “special needs.” Jeff furiously rejects their belief. Outside Stanley’s school four men in suits kidnap Stanley into a black SUV. Jeff calls Social Services, who admit to taking Stanley but claim to have all the legal paperwork, claiming Stanley is a warden of the state now. Stanley {Jeff} breaks down crying, believing he failed James and Stanley {Jane}. He starts drinking.

    Stanley is alone in a prison cell-like room but without any bars. He can’t hear anything except the silence of the room—peaceful for him. Dr. Warren, the evil mastermind behind the kidnapping, enters, says he has no intention to hurt Stanley. Tells Stanley he is in a soundproof room, and that he will be able to help Stanley. He leaves, and Stanley catches a glimpse of many guards and security systems outside.

    Six years later, Stanley is still locked up and the world is at war. Society is increasingly falling apart. Terrorists are attacking every nation in the free world. Despite warnings from peers, a group of scientists uses a special machine to recreate the event they believe created the universe. At first it works, to their thrilled shock, but suddenly it ceases to function and there is no trace it ever had worked. Dr. Warren has implanted chips into Stanley’s brain over these six years, which allows Stanley to control his abilities. However, the chips stop short of giving him his full strength. Dr. Warren is attempting to perfect the chip before putting Stanley to use. Stanley is concentrating in his room, probing with his mind into space, at the same time the scientists are conducting their experiment, and Stanley sees a portal open up and half-formed human bodies falling into it that only he can see.

    A muscular 63-year-old man named DR. IAN POWELL, who is a prisoner, sits in front of a tribunal of FBI agents for review after being locked up for 20 years by the U.S. government. With contempt, one of the FBI agents tells Dr. Powell that no one in the agency believes he is innocent, except for the new director—a woman. The FBI agent begins to explain that this is why women shouldn’t be in powerful positions when a woman enters the room and shuts him down: FBI DIRECTOR LUCINDA BEVINS. Bevins has Dr. Powell released from the handcuffs. She apologizes to him on behalf of the Unites {United} States government and tells him he’s free to go, with a bank account in his name with a sizeable {sizable} deposit. in his name. When Dr. Powell leaves, Lucinda tells the agents that they did a good job pretending to hate her. They successfully tricked Dr. Powell, who Lucinda describes as an exceptionally dangerous psychopath and narcissist. They plan to use Dr. Powell to lead them to terrorists.

    Stanley is 19 years old now, huge and muscular and still a prisoner. At midnight this night, he pretends to be sick, as if the chip is causing him great discomfort. He lies on the floor holding his head and screaming. The guards outside rush him to the medical wing. When the doctors disconnect the chip—rendering their controls over the chip useless but not deactivating the chip itself—Stanley attacks them, opens the cells to free all the other prisoners being experimented upon, and escapes the building.

    Dr. Warren is furious when he finds out what happened. He demands to know where Stanley is but his scientists don’t know, the chip no longer picking up a signal. Dr. Warren asks the Chief of Police to track Stanley down, who says he knows four mercenary agents looking for work. He asks why Dr. Warren wants Stanley so bad: because Stanley will be his “concierge along the information superhighway” of the internet.

    Stanley jumps onto a moving train with ease and rides along by hanging on. He grins, thrilled to be out in the world and using his abilities—to be free. Stanley arrives at Jeff’s house and Jeff opens the door. They hug and cry. They rush to Jeff’s lab where Jeff keeps the chip he finally finished—the upgraded chip that will last much longer. They switch the chips, Stanley flooded with agonizing sounds and images during the switch. Stanley tells Dr. Warren about the vision he had of the half-formed bodies falling into the portal.

    One morning, Stanley goes for a walk in the town and enters a grocery store to grab some food. He’s really happy to be out in the world like a normal person. Suddenly a man grabs a woman in the store and holds a knife to her throat, demanding money from everyone, or he’ll kill her. Stanley attacks the robber and saves the girl, who calls him a hero. But he gets his first-ever wound in the process as blood slides down his bicep. Stanley knows Dr. Warren will search for him, noticing the security cameras, he wipes them blank using his new found powers. At home, Stanley explains what happened. He can’t sit idly by while so many people in the world are suffering injustices. He wants to help people. He asks Jeff to design him an armored suit. “Like a genuine superhero,” Jeff says, then asks what he wants to be called. “How about The Chip?” Stanley says.

    About The Author

    George Jack is the owner of a delivery-service company and an avid fan of science-fiction for as long as he can remember. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.