The Luciferian Candidate
ACTION ADVENTURE APOCALYPTIC CRIME DRAMA EROTICA FANTASY MYSTERY POLITICAL SCI-FI SUSPENSE/THRILLER ROMANCE
Stephen Hawley Martin
Former lovers, now presidential campaign operatives on opposite sides of the political and ideological aisle, must work together in an effort to thwart an evil enemy that is on track to take over and rule the United States and ultimately the world.
We see a brutal murder committed and learn that the victim is the campaign manager for the progressive candidate. By chance, former lovers on opposite sides of the political aisle come together at the location where the body was discovered. She is beautiful. He is a handsome womanizer. Sparks fly.
The demon is exorcised from the possessed candidate and her opponent wins. It appears all is well until the winning candidate gives her acceptance speech. It becomes clear the demon has now possessed her, creating a dark moment. As the story ends, the hero makes arrangements for another exorcism.
Washington, D.C., France, and Monaco
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest,Voyage and Return
Plot - Other Elements
Mature Audience Themes
Main Character Details
Name: Matt Warner
Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Heroic,Heartthrob,Leader,Masculine,Sexy,Patriotic,Visionary,Seductive,Sophisticated
Additional Character Details
Name: Millicent Bardoe
Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Educated,Honorable,Modest,Sexy,Romantic,Sophisticated,Naive
Additional Character Details
Name: Anwar Hassassad
Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Criminal,Decisive,Greedy,Leader,Masculine,Villainous,Narcisstic,Power Hungry,Sarcastic,Unapologetic
Additional Character Details
Name: Aline de Comeau
Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Sexy,Selfless,Visionary,Sarcastic,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code
I have written a script based on my recent novel that I believe can stand alone as a film, be the first of a trilogy, or it could be a pilot for a TV series. Although I have written a couple of award-winning novels, I am not a veteran screenwriter, and so I hope my formatting of the screenplay meets expectations. Please go easy on any errors in that regard. Thank you.
ACTION, SUSPENSE, THRILLER, DRAMA, POLITICS
A presidential race is at the top of the headlines while a nefarious organization rises to interfere. One of the candidates campaign managers is murdered and now the hunt is on to who is behind it. Matt and Milly get caught up in scheme as they try to stop the bad guys. They believe they have stopped the head of organization but when the new president is elected, it seems that they haven't won the war.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT
Accuracy of Book Profile
Yes, the script profile accurately reflects the script.
Draw of Story
The opening scene is of the campaign manager being murdered and his head severed. The hook is not clear from the start but is uncovered slowly as the story progresses. It is a thriller so it should not be clear from the start.
The story has some plot holes and would benefit from being longer. It also takes an unusual turn when antagonist is revealed to be the Devil and the presidential is being possessed by a demon. The female character, Milly, is sold into sex slavery and raped during the story. It is hardly addressed and is unrealistic that she would be rescued by Matt after such a horrible situation and almost immediately have sex with him before she is recaptured. Rape should not be taken lightly.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is that the presidential candidate seems to be controlled by an outside organization that Milly and Matt try to uncover before the election. This story parallels some current events with interesting twist.
This could have a large fan base because it does tie in recent political events. The turn off for many audiences would be the demon possession and the Devil being the antagonist.
This would not have awards potential. It follows the same formula as many political suspense dramas. There are many unrealistic moments that the audience would be unimpressed with. It needs something fresher to draw the audience and be different from any other story.
Similar Films/TV Series
JACK RYAN, WHITE HOUSE DOWN
What’s New About the Story
The story is unique with its supernatural elements. The organization that the main characters are trying to uncover is headed by the Devil and he has possessed the presidential candidate with one of his demons. It could be more unique if the female characters was able to contribute to the plot other than being a sex slave and rape victim. Especially since Matt doesn't start off with having any skill set that enables him to do half of what he does in the story.
The lead characters do not stand out. Matt is a typical white male who ends up saving the day with the help of his female side kick, Milly. Milly is prey to what happens to many female characters in action films where they are a vehicle for the hero to rescue.
Uniqueness of Story
This is an average political thriller that has some unique elements. However, the unique elements might be too unrealistic to be believable.
Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio
WORK IN PROGRESS
This story has a good basis but falls victim to many outdated troupes. The male hero, the female that he needs to be rescued, a bad guy are all overly done troupes.
Tips for Improvement
There needs to be a fresh take on this. The main hero could be female, the person rescued could be male and the bad guy could be the Devil but with more mystery and not the standard idea of what the devil is.