Bonanzaville

Michael Schaffer cougarsixx77@gmail.com 4412264513690

SUSPENSE/THRILLER

2000s

Mike Schaffer

Logline

Red, a product of the foster care system of America, gets a letter from his long-lost father asking to meet him in a little town called ‘Bonanzaville’. Little does Red know, his father omnipotently rules over an army of hardened criminals that put on a twisted version of the game show Survivor.

Genre

Suspense/Thriller

Short Summary

Red is abandoned as a child and grows up in the foster system. 25 years later Red receives a letter from his natural father asking to meet him. Red travels to meet his father but gets swept up in his father's twisted survivor game show and must find a way to escape.


Red has been tortured for days by his father and his band of criminals but escapes only to return to exact his revenge on his father and find out the real reason his father wanted him to come to this land of evil.

Setting

New York

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Frederick John Bonaduce (Red)

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Underdog,Insecure,Desperate,Uneducated,Modest,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Ben Cartwright

Age: 75

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Crazy,Criminal,Greedy,Leader,Manipulative,Sarcastic,Power Hungry,Narcisstic,Villainous

Additional Character Details

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Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

“Bonanzaville” is a “Survivor Thriller” written along the lines of films such as “The Hunger Games” and “The Maze Runner.” The story is about a young man named Red, who grew up in the foster system in rural West Virginia. Red is experiencing financial and work difficulties when he receives an invitation from his natural father wanting to meet him in a town called Bonanzaville that is located in the Catskill Mountains. Red travels to meet him only to find out that his father, who now goes by the name Cartwright, is dying but is also extremely wealthy and powerful. Unbeknownst to Red, Cartwright rules over the town of Bonanzaville with his army of thugs and uses games based on the Survivor reality show to determine who is worthy enough to join him and his band of criminals. Red stands to inherit all of Cartwright’s money and power after his death but must agree to continue the Survivor games as part of the deal. Red is then tricked into competing in the games and must try to figure out why his father has forced him into these games of physical and mental torture. Red finally escapes and vows never to return to this evil town but he eventually does decide to come back and help others that are being held captive with the main goal of avenging his father for having forced him to have lived like an animal the past three days and to get the answers he has always wanted to know.

About The Author

Retired Military Veteran whose scripts have placed in the Annual Scriptapalooza contests the past couple of years.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Male Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Hard Copy Available

No

WGA Number

Information not completed

Logline

Red, a product of the foster care system of America, gets a letter from his long-lost father asking to meet him in a little town called ‘Bonanzaville’. Little does Red know, his father omnipotently rules over an army of hardened criminals that put on a twisted version of the game show Survivor.

Short Summary

Red is abandoned as a child and grows up in the foster system. 25 years later Red receives a letter from his natural father asking to meet him. Red travels to meet his father but gets swept up in his father's twisted survivor game show and must find a way to escape.


Red has been tortured for days by his father and his band of criminals but escapes only to return to exact his revenge on his father and find out the real reason his father wanted him to come to this land of evil.

FEEDBACK

“Bonanzaville” is a “Survivor Thriller” written along the lines of films such as “The Hunger Games” and “The Maze Runner.” The story is about a young man named Red, who grew up in the foster system in rural West Virginia. Red is experiencing financial and work difficulties when he receives an invitation from his natural father wanting to meet him in a town called Bonanzaville that is located in the Catskill Mountains. Red travels to meet him only to find out that his father, who now goes by the name Cartwright, is dying but is also extremely wealthy and powerful. Unbeknownst to Red, Cartwright rules over the town of Bonanzaville with his army of thugs and uses games based on the Survivor reality show to determine who is worthy enough to join him and his band of criminals. Red stands to inherit all of Cartwright’s money and power after his death but must agree to continue the Survivor games as part of the deal. Red is then tricked into competing in the games and must try to figure out why his father has forced him into these games of physical and mental torture. Red finally escapes and vows never to return to this evil town but he eventually does decide to come back and help others that are being held captive with the main goal of avenging his father for having forced him to have lived like an animal the past three days and to get the answers he has always wanted to know.

About The Author

Retired Military Veteran whose scripts have placed in the Annual Scriptapalooza contests the past couple of years.

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity

Characters

Main Character

Name: Frederick John Bonaduce (Red)

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Underdog,Insecure,Desperate,Uneducated,Modest,Lone Wolf

Character 1

Name: Ben Cartwright

Age: 75

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Crazy,Criminal,Greedy,Leader,Manipulative,Sarcastic,Power Hungry,Narcisstic,Villainous