ACTION APOCALYPTIC CRIME DETECTIVE MYSTERY POLITICAL SCI-FI WAR
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In the Britain of a few tomorrows time, physical perfection is commonplace and self improvement has become an extinct expression: all the qualities men and women could aspire to can be purchased prior to birth. GENUS is a time of genetic selection and enrichment - life chances come on a sliding scale according to wealth. For some there is no money or choice, and an underclass has evolved; London's King's Cross, or The Kross as it is now known, has become a ghetto for the Unimproved. In The Kross, the natural, the dated, the cheap and the dull, live a brittle and unenviable existence. But unrest is growing; tension is mounting and a murderer is abroad in these dark quarters... Acclaimed author Jonathan Trigell's third novel is a breathtaking tour de force, exploring a dystopia of the not-too-distant-a future which will leave readers wondering not 'what if', as the original audience of Huxley's Brave New World did, but 'when'.
Action, Apocalyptic, Crime, Detective, Mystery, Political, Sci-Fi, War
In a near-future London, genetic enhancement has become common-place, and those against or unable to afford the technology are fast becoming an underclass. In the semi-ghetto of 'The Kross' a disabled artist finds a body. We learn about this intriguing dystopian world, as the investigation begins.
What appeared to be a series of murders, which linked all the central characters, unravels, through a series of twists, into a governmental level conspiracy to create a terror threat as an excuse to repress the underclass and ultimately impose a genetic apartheid.
A future London, with echoes of the hedonistic Montmartre of 'fin de siecle' Paris.
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Rebellion Against 'The One'
Plot - Other Elements
Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions, Twist
Mature Audience Themes
Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity, Nudity, Substance Abuse
Main Character Details
Name: Gunt - Detective Günther Charles Bonnet
Key Traits: Aggressive, Confident, Crazy, Criminal, Desperate, Narcissistic, Sexy, Badass, Blunt, Complex, Heartthrob, Masculine, Lone Wolf, Perseverance, Unapologetic, Beautiful, Decisive, Secretive, Underdog, Villainous,Confident,Crazy,Narcisstic,Desperate,Sexy,Badass,Blunt,Complex,Masculine,Heartthrob,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic,Decisive,Underdog,Secretive,Villainous
Additional Character Details
Name: Holman Prometheus
Key Traits: Clumsy, Sarcastic, Underdog, Visionary, Educated, Engaging, Insecure, Modest,Sarcastic,Underdog,Visionary,Educated,Engaging,Modest,Insecure
Additional Character Details
Name: Adele Nicole
Key Traits: Religious, Seductive, Sexy, Sophisticated, Beautiful, Charming, Complex, Decisive, Empathetic, Engaging, Gracious, Heartthrob,Seductive,Sexy,Sophisticated,Charming,Decisive,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Gracious,Heartthrob
Additional Character Details
Name: Quigley Regan
Key Traits: Badass, Criminal, Lone Wolf, Strong Moral Code, Villainous, Aspiring, Desperate, Honorable, Masculine,Lone Wolf,Strong Moral Code,Aspiring,Villainous,Desperate,Honorable,Masculine
GENUS is THE HANDMAID’S TALE meets BLADERUNNER meets GATTACA, with the zest of MOULIN ROUGE. Formerly in-production, below is part of the producer's statement. Rights to Genus are now re-avalailable. The adaptation of GENUS would be, above all, a thrilling, character-driven cautionary tale set in a very bleak and dangerous future. A visionary, gripping and exciting piece of cinema and feel the time is right for this high concept sci-fi thriller to be made. We were immediately drawn in to the novel through Trigell’s captivating vision of the storyworld. Details such as Gretchen’s pet spider and the age-varying identical Regan brothers leapt effortlessly off the page. The depiction of the deteriorated Kross and a very different blisteringly hot London within a post religious war UK society where science and commerce have run amuck struck up images we’ve never seen on-screen before. The stark and visually detailed contrast between the haves and have nots, in this case the improved and the unimproved, at once distant as they are eerily familiar. The second element that made us feel this story needs to be adapted for the screen is character. Holman and Gunt are enormously compelling, deeply flawed yet completely empathetic characters with whom we navigate through this harsh world. Their trajectories are clear and focused yet full of surprise. The entire cast of characters, their stories intricately, yet so seamlessly, woven together, are crying out to be dramatized.
ACTION, SUSPENSE, THRILLER, DRAMA, RELIGION, POLITICS, FANTASY
A new world order arises in a future where wealthy humans can customize their offspring with physical beauty, heightened mental acuity and perfect health. Those who cannot afford such genetic wealth are scorned, relegated to third class status and mockingly called "the Unimproved". Genus examines this future through the eyes of several different and diverse characters as they battle chaos and tyranny.
Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT
Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT
Accuracy of Book Profile
Yes, it does reflect the book.
Draw of Story
The premise of a dystopian future where the rich can choose something close to genetic perfection for their children intrigued me.
No. It moved at a good pace. Maybe it could've used a wee bit more dialogue.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
I found it entertaining to watch what happens when the poor become even more marginalized through genetic engineering. What would that future look like? Who would prevail - the genetically perfect or mother nature?
There is an audience for dystopian sci-fi.
It's not that kind of film but I could see a good editor or cinematographer win awards for this type of movie.
Similar Films/TV Series
CHILDREN OF MEN, GATTACA, FAHRENHEIT 411
What’s New About the Story
It's pretty good the way it is. More dialogue with "future slang" could make it fresher.
The characters each fit a particular and unique archetype, sort of like in a graphic novel.
Uniqueness of Story
This is actually a decent sci-fi story. The premise, while not entirely original, doesn't seem stale. Again, I would have liked more dialogue but that's about it.
Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming
Sci-Fi, when done right, always generates a cultural "buzz" that helps in that films marketing efforts. Unlike horror, it's pretty easy to attract A-list actors and directors to good sci-fi. This story is a pretty decent take on relevant social issues through science fiction.