eDream

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SUSPENSE/THRILLER SCI-FI ACTION CRIME DETECTIVE

Contemporary

James Duffy

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Logline

eDream is the newest tech phenomenon, allowing users to choose the setting, story, and people within their lucid dreams. But euphoria turns to nightmare when a company insider working for a terrorist regime plans to turn eDream into a weapon of mass destruction.

Genre

Suspense/Thriller,Sci-fi,Action,Crime,Detective

Short Summary

Tech genius Bob Cole develops cutting-edge lucid dreaming software to allow him to reunite with his dead son in his dreams each night. He and girlfriend Nina Russo, a TV science reporter, develop the program into the massively successful eDream device.


A terrorist regime exploits the growing public addiction to dreaming and sends a deadly high voltage pulse into the headsets of millions of users. After a massive battle, Nina and the FBI succeed in sending an "in-dream" warning that saves millions of dreamers.

Setting

Washington DC & Northern Virginia

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Nina Russo

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Confident,Decisive,Outspoken,Skillful,Strong Moral Code,Charming,Engaging,Educated,Underdog,Heroic,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Bob Cole

Age: 38

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring,Complex,Confident,Faithful,Gracious,Educated,Leader,Modest,Skillful,Secretive,Visionary

Additional Character Details

Name: Scott Williams

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Faithful,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Masculine,Blunt,Outspoken,Skillful,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Jonas Darwood

Age: 58

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Criminal,Decisive,Desperate,Greedy,Narcisstic,Blunt,Power Hungry,Skillful,Visionary,Secretive,Unapologetic

Development Pitch

What if you could choose the setting, story, and people within your dreams each night? Science reporter Nina Russo is excited about the possibilities, especially after her lover Bob Cole, eDream’s developer, asks her to try it out. But once the program hits the streets, there’s an unexpected backlash. Nina sees signs of mass public addiction developing. To make matters worse, Bob discovers a deadly virus embedded in his software code. Within an hour of the discovery, he’s dead. A company insider working for a North Korean terrorist regime plans to turn eDream into a weapon of mass destruction. After an attempt on Nina’s life and that of FBI agent Scott Williams, who shares her fears, the two must work together to stop the code from activating and slaughtering millions of innocent dreamers in their beds through a high voltage pulse sent to their headsets. With the clock ticking, they learn through aggressive detective work that the code was planted by Jonas Darwood, a trusted member of the eDream team who aligned with the terrorists to grow his own company. After a battle at Darwood’s headquarters, Nina and Scott are able to transmit an “in-dream” warning that saves millions. A film or TV adaptation of this story will allow for some extraordinary visuals in the users’ “dream worlds.” A viral marketing campaign can also be launched where eDream can be promoted as a new dimension in home entertainment... is it a movie or is it a real dream-generating device?

About The Author

James Duffy is the author of two historical adventure novels, Sand of the Arena and The Fight For Rome, both from McBooks Press. In addition to writing novels, Jim is a TV documentary director/writer and stage show/radio producer. He has written and produced the multimedia touring shows This Is The ‘60s and This Is The ‘70s, blending documentary filmmaking with live musical performance. He is also the creator, writer, and producer of the This Is The ‘60s syndicated radio series. He began writing professionally in 1974 as a producer/copywriter for the CBS affiliate in Miami. He and his family live in South Carolina.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,13-17

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Kindle Press

Year Published: 2015

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

B00QXUN5RQ

Genre

DRAMA, THRILLER, ACTION

Brief

Bob is a scientist who designs a machine that will let people control their dreams. They can explore their wildest dreams and spend time with people they have loved and lost. The program is a massive hit but the company wants to use to to destroy a large portion of the population. Nina , a reporter, tries to stop the second version from being released to the public.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

SECOND PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: EXCELLENT

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the book profile accurately reflects the book.

Draw of Story

The story starts with a sad moment where Bob tries to save his son from drowning. There are many science fiction stories where the catalyst for the experiments are a personal loss.

Possible Drawbacks

The book is very predictable. A new fantastic technology is created and someone wants to use it for devious purposes. It seems like a wonderful product but the population becomes addicted to it. To avoid this, the plot would have to have a different focus. The antagonist could be from inside the dreamscape.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Bob has created a way for people to enter and control their dreams, but it is dangerous to the users if the technology falls into the wrong hands. I would watch this movie for the sci-fi elements and the perspective of humans desire to fulfill their dreams.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase if the story were made more unique. Being able to control your dream world or live out your fantasies has been done before. There needs to be elements of the story that are different then a major company trying to use the technology against the users.

Awards Potential

This does not have awards potential. It is not breaking new ground in the sci-fi genre and does not boast extraordinary visual effects.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

THE MATRIX, TOTAL RECALL

What’s New About the Story

The story is somewhat original with the technology. The eDream allows you to be fully aware of your dreams during REM sleep. Then it allows you to connect with family and friends even those who are deceased. Outside of the technology, the story is similar to many others.

Lead Characters

The lead character is a strong female journalist who isn't afraid to speak her mind or stand up for what is right. Bob is a brilliant scientist who suffered from a horrible loss and throws himself into his work. Neither character is unique, but they are developed enough for the roles they play in the story.

Uniqueness of Story

This is a an average science fiction film. It is still entertaining for the mainstream audiences but does not bring anything new to the table. It could be improved by breaking the formula with the antagonist.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, TV Series - Network, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

The story is well written and entertaining. It does not introduce new ideas but is solid compared to other similar stories.