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I had a lot of fun reading the ironic loglines in last week’s Three or Out post. So much so that, today, I’d like to expand on that. A good ironic premise stands out so much from other ideas, that the more you can practice these puppies, the better chance you’ll have at constructing a “must-read” script. Remember how down I was on dramas yesterday? Well, if you add irony do your dramatic premise, it instantly becomes a hundred times more readable.

Unfortunately, irony isn’t an easy concept to grasp. Alanis Morisette wrote an entire song about irony only to later find out that her definition of it was wrong. Famous literary theorist J.A. Cuddon says that irony “eludes definition.” There’s even a website dedicated specifically to whether things are ironic or not. You can submit an ironic observation and people vote on its irony quotient.

Indeed, when I looked up definitions online, I found dozens, if not hundreds, of varying takes on the elusive trope. However, when in doubt, go back to the good old English Oxford Dictionary. And while it’s not a perfect definition for our purposes, it’s pretty strong: “A condition of affairs or events of a character opposite to what was, or might naturally be, expected.

A few examples:

1) A suicide prevention hotline worker eagerly prepares for his own suicide.
2) A lowly janitor is the only person at MIT to solve an impossible math equation.
3) The world’s first unsinkable ship sinks on its maiden voyage.
4) A lawyer who cannot lie for a day.
5) A priest becomes the city’s most ruthless criminal.

I think you sense what’s coming. That’s right. Whoever comes up with the best ironic logline gets an automatic entry into the Scriptshadow 250. It doesn’t have to be the premise you enter the contest with, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt. Although the final decision will be up to me, please up-vote your favorite premises to move the best ideas to the top. Good luck and have fun!

To learn more about The Scriptshadow 250 Contest, go here.

***AND THE WINNER IS: “NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED” FROM RIPLEYY!***
A trip to Eastern Europe goes horribly wrong for a group of PETA employees when they find themselves being hunted down by blood-thirsty animals

***SECOND PLACE: “BORDER PATROL” BY FRANCIS B!***
A tough and remorseless US Border Patrol Agent is kidnapped by a lower class Mexican family and forced to lead them safely on the other side of the Rio Grande.

Both writers get AUTOMATIC BIDS into the Scriptshadow 250. Good job, guys!

  • Ange Neale

    Hi gang,
    it’s been a while but I drop in from time to time to see who’s about and what’s happening. This little contest appealed, so here goes… Oh, and it’ll help if you learn this little tidbit: the most commonly-performed cosmetic surgery op in the Middle East is hymen restoration. Go figure.

    An Islamic State suicide bomber blows himself up on the promise of a harem only to get to Heaven and be told virgins are now rationed. The al Qaeda boys got in first and the cupboard’s bare.

    So now instead of 72 virgins, he’s only getting one, but her hymen can be restored 72 times.

    Cheers, folks!

    • S.C.

      Good luck with that one!

    • pmlove

      Hi Ange – good to hear from you, I was wondering what happened. Any update on Cloud Factory?

      • Ange Neale

        Hey Peter,
        Lovely to see you’re still about! What’re you working on at the moment? I suspect you’re very much more productive than me.

        I know now why so few people attempt Ph.D.s and fewer still complete – it’s a bit life-consuming and time for reading for pleasure is now a rarity. Hoping to make it a joint degree and get over your way in 2016 for a year at U.Edinburgh. Bunch of people I want to meet all over UK.

  • drifting in space

    A screenwriting blogger who doesn’t write screenplays.

    • carsonreeves1

      zing!

      • drifting in space

        It was pretty low brow but I couldn’t help myself. You know we all appreciate what you do for our community.

    • NajlaAnn

      Lol!

    • klmn

      This one gets my vote.

    • BSBurton

      Are you speaking from experience? Lol :p

      • drifting in space

        double zing!

  • Gregory Mandarano

    Give and Take: When a nationally renowned marriage counselor finds out her husband is cheating on her, she murders his mistress and frames him for it. But when two of her patients, a hopeless couple on the verge of divorce, discover the truth about their counselor, they find their own marriage renewed through the shared experience of blackmailing her.

    • carsonreeves1

      It’s a little bulky but pretty good! :)

      • Gregory Mandarano

        What do you expect in one minute?

    • S.C.

      “A marriage counselor with a 100% success rate kills her cheating husband’s mistress to protect her reputation, but is blackmailed by two of her clients, who threaten to reveal her secret unless she can fix their troubled marriage.”

      It’s about 13 words too long though. But the concept is terrific, real actor bait!

    • Randy Williams

      The second half of the logine is really the bomb.

  • Zackary Hill

    Dr. Jekyll & Anti-Spiderman

    To catch a serial killer newspapers are calling “The Exterminator”, an agoraphobic forensic scientist suffering from a number of crippling phobias develops a serum that makes him fearless, but when taken, it turns him into his worst nightmare — a giant spider.

    • S.C.

      A superhero who’s afraid of his superpowers – love it!

  • https://vimeo.com/99599957 chris bryant

    An LAPD officer who wants to be a gangster rapper.

    • S.C.

      L.A.P. Diddy!

      Brilliant!

      • Gregory Mandarano

        Nice title!

    • Randy Williams

      Pimp Badge

  • ChadStuart

    Sadly, I learned in my grammar class back in college that words can be redefined by popular usage. Language is malleable and at the will of the masses. If enough people understand the meaning of a word to be one thing – even if they’re wrong – than the definition of that word becomes that thing.

    So, in effect, if enough people understand the meaning of the word “irony” to be the way Alanis Morrisette defined it in her song, than that becomes one of the meanings of that word.

    In other words, stupid people can change the meaning of words.

    With that said, I think her definition of irony works perfectly fine for the purpose of coming up with an ironic logline. A guy who wins the lottery only to find out he has cancer and will die soon is ironic enough for Hollywood. Even if it’s not really ironic at all.

    • BellBlaq

      I learned in my grammar class back in college that words can be redefined by popular usage. Language is malleable and at the will of the masses. If enough people understand the meaning of a word to be one thing – even if they’re wrong – than the definition of that word becomes that thing.

      Hence why there is literally no longer a word that means “literally.”
      *heavy sigh*

      • ChadStuart

        You literally hit the nail on the head. Oh, wait…

  • Sean Ryan

    Love Hurts: A ruthless divorce attorney finds his world turn upside down when he falls in love with his latest client who unfortunately happens to be his first wife.

    • S.C.

      Solid!

  • Midnight Luck

    The best definition of IRONIC I have ever heard comes from REALLY BITES (1994) spoken by Ethan Hawke (Troy Dyer) to Winona Ryder (Lelaina Pierce),
    Pierce was asked one final question by a prospective boss at a newspaper job she was applying for:
    “Define Irony”
    She Later asks her friend if he can define it:

    Lelaina: Can you define “irony”?
    Troy Dyer: It’s when the actual meaning is the complete opposite from the literal meaning.

    I do think that is by far the closest I’ve come across.

    • S.C.

  • https://twitter.com/deanmaxbrooks deanb

    This is taken from a character in a sitcom I’m writing:

    An official in a totalitarian government tasked with burning all books deemed immoral by the State, struggles to write an erotic novel, while keeping his activities secret from his superiors.

    • Ange Neale

      Ooh, very ‘1984’ and ‘Fahrenheit 451′ – like that!

    • Randy Williams

      Voting this one up. Maybe make it more visual by making it movies and not books?
      How to hush a climax.

      • S.C.

        Deleting e-books? Burning Kindles?

    • lesbiancannibal

      Have you seen The Lives of Others or at the other end of the scale Equilibrium?

      Similar theme.

  • bl2d

    After a small town banker, with the world’s worst gambling problem, loses the town’s money in a poker game; he submits his plan for getting their money back by building a casino.

    • Gregory Mandarano

      One thing your logline has going for it: HIGH STAKES.

      • bl2d

        Yeah I was just picturing a scene with him in a vault with and all that money.

        • Gregory Mandarano

          more ironic would be him and some buddies accidentally locked in a vault over night,and they play poker on a table made of money, using food as chips, so the winner gets to eat.

          • Ange Neale

            Get ‘em really hungry and make it a long weekend?

    • S.C.

      Does the town KNOW he has a gambling problem and lost all their money? It might be more ironic if they didn’t.

      • bl2d

        I guess they find out when they try to withdrawal.

    • IgorWasTaken

      OK, but that’s basically the story of every place (after Vegas) that’s legalized casinos.

  • hickeyyy

    I guess I’ll share mine. Not sure if it fits, but why not?

    In a Southern dry county, two local brewing brothers craft a beer using parts of a crashed asteroid. A small group of alcoholics try to stay alive when the drinkers start mutating into vicious monsters that wreak havoc on the small town.

    • Gregory Mandarano

      Make it take place in the mid-west,and your title can be DRY NOON

      • hickeyyy

        I really like that title, though I’m very partial to mine: Black Hole Blue.

        (It’s a comedy, and the idiot brewing brothers can’t tell the difference between an asteroid and a black hole.)

        • jeaux

          Even though you’re partial to your title, you needed to state the meaning of it whereas to a reader, or at least me, Black Hole Blue means nothing to me, certainly not making the leap to the meaning you stated. Just trying to help here, not trying to dog your title.

          • hickeyyy

            No, I understand! Appreciate the honesty.

    • S.C.

      The alcoholics have to stay sober while fighting the mutating townsfolk. That’s ironic.

      Three things: needs a clever title; who are the protagonists, the brewers or the alcoholics?; and three, you need to explain why the non-mutants can’t just run away.

      Otherwise, I like it, I like it a lot.

      • hickeyyy

        Thanks! That’s what I was going for.

        Title: Black Hole Blue. (It’s a comedy, and the idiot brewing brothers can’t tell the difference between an asteroid and a black hole.)

        Protagonists; One brewer (the other is turned into a mutant) and a couple of alcoholics that fight for sobriety, because if they drink the beer, they turn.

        Why they can’t run: This is the absolute biggest downfall I’m having. Right now I am working on a scene where our group of protagonists decide whether they should stay and hope for help, run away, or try to kill off the mutants and save the town. They decide to save the town.

        • S.C.

          Yes, rescuing non-mutants would give the protags a reason to stay. Good!

          • hickeyyy

            I think it works out for a reason to stay. I’m only like 30 pages in so far.

    • Mike.H

      Writer’s pen name would be: Samuel Adams.

    • Poe_Serling

      Hey hickeyy-

      I’m digging the potential in your logline. I definitely could see it working the same creative vein as the sci/fi-comedy-horror film Slither.

      Just a quick thought on attacking the story from a different angle:

      >>What if the crashed asteroid caused all the locals to turn into zombies a la The Night of the Living Dead… and the ONLY reason the brewing brothers didn’t turn was because of some kind of immunity derived from drinking their homemade brew that contained the asteroid dust.

      Now you have a legit reason that the protags just cant’ run away – they find themselves surrounded by a whole town of the living dead.

      • hickeyyy

        That’s definitely an interesting take, Poe. I’ll have to consider that. Thanks for the idea. I might consider some rewriting of the plot.

        • Poe_Serling

          It’s just another idea to mull over. Good luck with it!

    • gonzorama

      It’s a different plot, but it reminded me of this:

  • S.C.

    Not only ironic, but tragically all too commonplace – firefighters do sometimes set fires so they can put them out an be proclaimed a hero. Great!

    • Gregory Mandarano

      When a blogger asks for writers to submit the only copies of their manuscripts for a contest, instead of picking a winner, he makes a public spectacle of burning them all.
      Title: Hot Spec
      Written by: Arson Reeves

      • Ange Neale

        LMAO, Gregory.

      • S.C.

        If people keep bashing him, it’ll be Carson Peeved.

        He can take it.

  • ripleyy

    TITLE: “No Animals Were Harmed”

    LOGLINE:
    “A trip to Eastern Europe goes horribly wrong for a group of PETA employees when they find themselves being hunted down by blood-thirsty animals who’ve been experimented on”

    GENRE: Dark Comedy

    • Ange Neale

      No humans were harmed during the making of this dark comedy. (But some people wish they had been?)

      • ripleyy

        Only poorly rendered CGI animals.

    • S.C.

      I’D RATHER BE DEAD THAN WEAR FUR….

      …. THEN DIE!

      • brenkilco

        CHINCHILLING

    • IgorWasTaken

      Good, but the “experimented on” part doesn’t work for me. It detracts from the irony. I want the animals to be everyday animals.

      Or what if they had been sick animals who were cured when a new, intended-for-humans drug was tested on them. And it’s a plant-derived drug – from a GMO plant.

      • S.C.

        https://animalliberationpressoffice.org/NAALPO/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/minkNA.jpg

        Minks. They’ve been liberated. Now they’re hungry.

        • IgorWasTaken

          One of the funniest true stories of all time.

      • ripleyy

        Changed it. I prefer the animal part and not the experimented part.

        • IgorWasTaken

          I guess in a dark comedy it wouldn’t have enough plausibility, but it’d be fantastic if they were being hunted down by panda bears.

          • ripleyy

            To be honest it’s based on an idea I already have. In it, pandas, elephants – every animal you can think of is after them. Carson never mentioned it had to be unwritten, so… the sky’s the limits, really.

          • IgorWasTaken

            No. No blanks. For PETA, it’s live ammunition.

          • ripleyy

            Rocket launchers. Also, PETA = “Please Eat Tender Animals”?

          • Caivu

            Tasty Animals

          • ripleyy

            You win. Damn you.

    • Randy Williams

      I support PETA so I’m not voting for this one, but I can see its’ charm.

    • Joshua Ritchie

      I love this one!! haha

      • carsonreeves1

        I like this one too.

    • drifting in space

      I’m voting for this one. Not nearly enough blood-thirsty animal films out there.

      • Andrew Parker

        CBS might fill that void shortly with Zoo. Kinda looks like a summer burnoff show though.

    • brittany

      Congrats on the win, ripleyy!!!

  • LOUHARPER

    A reformed serial killer of children kidnaps his girlfriend to stop her aborting their unborn son.

  • Caivu

    After a failed contract killing, a hitman is marked for death by the friends and family of his intended victim.

    • S.C.

      Do you know, I’ve seen a lot of ironic hitman stories, but this is genuinely original!

      • Caivu

        Thank you! I guess I know what I’m going to write next.

  • Jay

    An Olympic hopeful swimmer, tipped to win more medals than Michael Phelps, develops a severe fear of water on the eve of the Olympic Games, after a Great White Shark cage dive goes disastrously wrong.

    • S.C.

      That’s really good, Jay! One thing it needs – a solution. Does the swimmer work with a psychologist or does he try to conquer his fear with the help of a shark expert?

  • http://vimeo.com/adamwparker Adam W. Parker

    Title: Sunshine Pact

    Logline: A cowardly geezer travels to fulfill an online suicide pact made with a group of misfits – one of which, to their surprise, happens to be a little girl.

    Here’s a picture. I’m submitting it next Wednesday to AOW. Not really for the 250 just took this opportunity to share. :-D

    • Randy Williams

      I like the concept, I like the picture. I’m crying already.

    • ABHews

      I kinda hope this is a comedy; but then again….

      • http://vimeo.com/adamwparker Adam W. Parker

        It’s a Dramedy. (using this site’s genres)

        • ABHews

          I dig it, I’m a believer that nothing is as funny as sadness.

  • carsonreeves1

    I like this one!

  • Andrew Parker

    EXECUTIVE ORDER: A retired Secret Service agent must kill the president when he suspects him of being one of the first victims of a zombie-like pandemic.

    • S.C.

      IN THE LINE OF FIRE meets THEY LIVE. I love Secret Service stories and this is a great one. Super ironic!

      One thing: the title. How about ZOMBIE ONE? He’s the first zombie and, you know, Marine One, Air Force One?

      • Caivu

        Wouldn’t Zombie One be the zombie that the President happens to be aboard?

        • S.C.

          Maybe. Any other title suggestions? I think it’s a great idea, just need a better title. Something to do with Secret Service, President and Zombies.

          ZOMBIE-IN-CHIEF?

          • Caivu

            Maybe the title could be some word that sounds like a plausible Secret Service codeword for a President? Something that sounds medical in some way, maybe, to reflect the agent “curing” the outbreak?

          • S.C.

            FIRST ZOMBIE (because he’s the president AND he’s the first zombie).

          • Nicholas J

            Bravo.

          • Andrew Parker

            How about PRESIDENT’S DAY?

            In this incarnation, he would be a current Secret Service agent. He’s the only one that knows the President has been an early infictee. The President has plans to fly all over the country the next day for campaign stops, risking turning this into a nationwide pandemic. So the Secret Service agent has only 24 hours to kill him.

            Oh, and all of this takes place on Arbor Day.

          • Kosta K

            I can see the “S” scratched off on the poster and replaced with a “Z”!

    • Nicholas J

      I really like this one, but not sure how you could get a full movie out of it.

    • Randy Williams

      One of the better ones so far in the “irony” department, I think. I’m with Nicholas, however. How to get a full movie out of it? I think Andrew has some great ideas. The threat of the president exposing others, the ticking clock.

      • S.C.

        Act One: Secret Service agent retires, but is told the president is a zombie about to infect the world.

        Act Two (a): Agent gets a sample of the president’s blood (which confirms he’s a zombie) but ends up on the run.

        Act Two (b): Agent escapes, discovers that the president is due to fly out on a world tour.

        Act Three: Agent kills the president but is shot himself; turns out, the VICE-president was the real first zombie.

        Problem is the lack of zombies and zombie action. Maybe if there are already zombie attacks around the world and the president became infected after attending a G7 meeting abroad?

        Agent travels overseas (to infected area) to get special zombie-killing bullets to kill the president.

        Ending is the agent breaking into Camp David and assassinating the president.

        • Nicholas J

          Problem is the lack of zombies and zombie action.

          The goal, stakes, and urgency of him having to kill patient zero before the virus spreads are great, but unfortunately, that also takes the fun of zombies out of the equation completely, which really hurts this concept.

          Isn’t that ironic.

  • Randy Williams

    Something I’ve been working on, but as a stage, country-western flavored musical, but most probably I’ll attempt as a screenplay, in time.

    Title: TIN HEART SCOUT

    Logline: In a future tale of time travel and redemption, a planetary gold prospector with a heart valve replaced by pure gold realizes the planet of the woman he has fallen in love with is where he died in the past and was never found, leaving that golden valve to spur a mad gold rush that eventually destroyed its inhabitants.

    Good luck to all!

  • brenkilco

    LYCHOLOGY: A werewolf believing his transformations are partially psychological begins treatment with the eminent therapist Dr. Henry Jekyll. Terror and hilarity ensue.

    • S.C.

      So is Jekyll trying to make him more of a werewolf or is actually trying to help him?

      Either way, it’s a great twist on the Jekyll story!

      • brenkilco

        As Jekyll I guess he would be helping the guy treat his illness. And as Hyde he’d be telling the werewolf all kinds of new age bullshit. if you want to be happy you need to give yourself permission to be you. Actually might be sort of funny.

        • S.C.

          That’s what I thought. It’s a great idea!

          (There’s a lot of great ideas here today!).

  • S.C.

    419
    The FBI arrest a Nigerian con artist and coerce him into helping them scam a Mafia kingpin out of his ill-gotten gains.

    • Randy Williams

      A cool concept. I think people would like to see a face behind these “Nigerian” email and other cons.

      • IgorWasTaken

        I have just such a script. And he gets his.

        • S.C.

          It’s a rich, rich world for a story. I don’t know if mine is the best one, but there are so many stories to get from these guys.

          “Nigerian con artists become the target of an assassin when they steal money from a Russian mobster.”

      • Andrew Parker

        You should definitely read Help Me Spread Goodness then. It would be an indie, but high up on my best unproduced screenplay list.

        http://scriptshadow.net/help-me-spread-goodness/

    • pmlove

      What about something like:

      A Nigerian prince’s fortune gets stuck in a Swiss bank after an admin error, leaving him reliant on the generosity of others to make the trip to authorise the release of the funds in person.

      • S.C.

        Much, much better. That’s funny!

      • romer6

        Oh, my, thanks for the laughs. This is the real deal right here.

  • Kosta K

    This is gonna be my first real stab at comedy and probably my next screenplay…

    THE NATURAL
    A self-conscious, overweight cop must go undercover to take down a notorious Mexican crimelord who is hiding out in a nudist colony.

    • S.C.

      Totally original and I can see the opportunity for comedy. Ironic too. Superb!

    • Nicholas J

      Funny, but you’re either gonna have to film everyone from the waist up the entire movie, or you’re gonna have a comedy with an NC-17 rating. I don’t see a way you can make it work.

      • S.C.

        From the writer of THE EXORCIST:

        • Nicholas J

          Works there, but I think that would turn the movie into an extended Austin Powers gag rather fast.

          • S.C.

            I agree in part, but it would show the writer’s talent if he COULD sustain the joke throughout. Also, it would only have to be about 30% of the script set in the nudist camp. More of it could be about the fat cop trying to lose weight. Might be worth a try.

          • Kosta K

            I think it would have more of an “accept yourself” type of message. I don’t want to step on any fat toes :

      • IgorWasTaken

        Or, how funny would it be to film it entirely from the the waist down?

    • Citizen M

      Your overweight cop is a wussy detective.

      LIMP DICK

      • S.C.

        Touche!

    • cjob3

      A bit like EXIT TO EDEN starring *shudder* Rosie O’Donell

  • LostAndConfused

    A dog lover finds a lost dog on the streets and is determined to find the dog’s owner. The problem? The dog is unfriendly to everyone besides its owner, especially the dog lover.

  • Citizen M

    LAST MEAL
    A man and a woman are stranded on a desert island. They are cannibals.

    • S.C.

      Sort of a cannibal version of HELL IN THE PACIFIC.

      They come to a compromise – he’ll eat her arm if she can eat his penis.

    • IgorWasTaken

      EAT ME
      A man and a woman, both gracious-to-a-fault, are stranded on a desert island. They are vegetarians.

  • LostAndConfused

    A real estate agent and mother of one who’s been squatting in a house she hasn’t been able to sell must now make a sale in order to have enough money to move to an apartment near her child’s school.

    • Scott Strybos

      I think you need more stakes. And the house they are squatting in should be the house she has to sell, the only house she has to sell.

      A real estate agent must sell the house she and her daughter have been squatting in since being evicted from their apartment two months prior before the client fires her and her abusive ex-husband finds out they are homeless and gains full-custody.

      Also, I don’t know if there is a lot of irony here. Homeless real estate agent. Needs to sell the house they are squatting in… maybe.

      • LostAndConfused

        Yeah, that’s what I meant, she has to sell the house she’s living in.

        As for stakes, yeah I realized there isn’t enough in the logline. I thought of all of these crazy ideas of how buyers would drop in on her last minute and she has to rearrange the house from all the clutter she’s created. And the one big stake is that her school found out that she was using a fake address. Although I wasn’t sure how to incorporate that into the logline without making it seem clunky, so I thought it’d be better if I left it off as it was.

        • Randy Williams

          I like this idea for a TV drama series.

  • Felip Serra

    What the hell, right?

    “PRIVATE IDENTITY” — A reclusive billionaire hires a private detective to find his estranged son who has disappeared. Complications arise when the private detective discovers that the son hasn’t just disappeared — But he’s CONSTANTLY disappearing (from the internet, from photos, from people’s memory, etc…)

    [Want some additional irony? This was today’s horoscope: “That brilliant idea of yours doesn’t go over as winningly as you hoped, but you’re on the right track. Rework your presentation and try again.”]

    • S.C.

      Idea’s a bit confusing, which I suppose is part of the mystery appeal, but I think it needs to be a LITTLE clearer, and one sentence.

      “A reclusive billionaire hires a private detective to find his estranged son, but starts to think that the young man may be a figment of his client’s imagination.”

      Not sure that’s exactly your idea, but I understand it a bit more. Anyone else?

      • Felip Serra

        Attempt #2:

        “A small time private detective must find a billionaire’s son who is quickly disappearing from existence.”

        • Randy Williams

          I liked the emphasis on “constantly” disappearing. Like the opposite of a celebrity who is constantly appearing in media. His son is constantly being missed.
          How many of us are constantly being missed?

          • Felip Serra

            The “constant” part of it is that as the detective goes further in the case the less he has to go on. The missing son is in a photo one day, and absent from it the next, like he was erased. Some one else is living in his apartment; his friends don’t remember him etc.

            The final irony is when, at the end, the missing son reappears but no one knows who the hell he is. The whole thing has a Kaufman-esqe vibe I admit and it frankly scares me a little. But who knows…

          • Randy Williams

            I was thinking more, that the detective is faced with situations where people are constantly expecting the missing son but he doesn’t show up. Like he was here 15 minutes ago and said he was bringing me coffee and now he’s not, and the detective then goes to the coffee shop and the clerk said the son paid for the coffee and then never showed up to collect it and it goes on and on and the detective has to piece together what is going on.

    • brenkilco

      A missing persons investigation with an interdimensional twist. Sounds potentially interesting but you need to clarify what’s going on for the logline.

  • ABHews

    Don’t say NO to Nancy

    Nancy Regan, must turns to the streets when she finds the only way to ease her husbands unabating pain is with Marijuana.

    • S.C.

      YES!

    • Randy Williams

      Voting this one up! Love it.
      Mr. Gorbachev, light up my joint!

    • Andrew Parker

      Great visual of her trying to go undercover in black hoodie & sweatpants, but unable to part with her trademark sunglasses.

    • ABHews

      I guess it could be called “Just say yes”.

      Nancy admits she was wrong and tries to turn the tide when she finds the only way to ease her husbands unabating pain is with Marijuana.

      • ABHews

        Nah, I think I like it better as an action comedy, the idea of Nancy Regan fist fighting gang members over a bag of weed makes me smile. Though she seems really nice.

    • IgorWasTaken

       
      Nice concept, but I don’t see the movie. So instead, what if –

      … but then she finds out her psychic must get high to do her readings.
       

      • ABHews

        I can’t express how much I love it.

        • IgorWasTaken

          Cool. You could actually go through the ups and downs of Reagan’s eight years and then weave in the psychic either having weed, not having weed, having bad/good weed. And use that to explain Reagan’s prescient and otherwise decisions.

          And use actual footage of Reagan at press conferences. IOW, get someone to play Nancy, but otherwise never show Ron except in that stock footage.

          • ABHews

            All while she waging the war on drugs…I must say this is turning out rather splendidly.

          • IgorWasTaken

            War on drugs. War for drugs. Tomato, tomahto.

          • ABHews

            War on drugs. War, on drugs.

          • IgorWasTaken

            Yes!

          • IgorWasTaken

            Show Nancy at a state dinner for the President of Pakistan, and under the table he passes her a brick of hash.

        • IgorWasTaken

          If you decide not to write it, or want a co-writer, lemme know. It’s my name here, then – at yahoo.

  • S.C.

    Very contemporary and ironic. I think most writers would hate to be trapped in the worlds they create!

  • S.C.

    Like that!

    • BMCHB

      Ha. This is the winner for me.

      ‘Brains’, ‘Zombies’, ‘Peace’ and ‘War’ are the only words ZOTUS says…and yet/still he sorts the world’s problems out.

      And THEN this retired guy tries to kill him. For good reasons allegedly…

      I get the sniff of a hit movie from this.

      It’s batshit crazy BUT it’s a hit..

      Write it, Andrew Parker. Write it soon.

  • MWire

    After being bitten by a radioactive spider, a popular screenwriting blogger finds his blogging skills increased by 500% but his tastes now lean toward recent Adam Sandler movies.

    • Nicholas J

      Change it to a radioactive Adam Sandler and I’m in.

      • Marija ZombiGirl

        “Bitten by a radioactive Adam Sandler” ?

    • http://insideechenrysbrain.typepad.com/inside_the_brain_of_ec_he/ E.C. Henry

      AWESOME! Very funny, thanks for the post, it got me to laugh.

    • Magga

      Batman is bitten by a radioactive spider and gets superpowers

  • Alex Palmer

    Baggage: An awkward teen is overjoyed when he gets shipwrecked on an desert island in the company of the ‘girl of his dreams’, but it turns out there are two more survivors: the boy’s overbearing parents.

    • S.C.

      That’s a really strong idea, Alex! Can’t fault it.

      • Alex Palmer

        Thanks

      • brenkilco

        Strong idea. Just not ironic.

        • S.C.

          More like unfortunate, perhaps. Hey, brenkilco, do you think this is ironic or unfortunate?

          • brenkilco

            This one may not get past tragic coincidence. But the one where the dead gangster finds himself in a place where his every wish is instantly granted, becomes terminally bored and realizes that he’s actually in hell, that was ironic

        • Alex Palmer

          Perhaps you’re right. My thoughts were that considering “being stuck on a desert island with a hot girl” is an archetypal adolescent fantasy (and one shared by my protag) it would be funny to see it fulfilled monkey paw style. I thought the idea of his fantasy manifesting as ‘hell’ qualifies as irony.

    • Scott Strybos

      I think the island needs a smoke monster to amp up the conflict.

    • Alex Palmer

      A script I’m actually thinking of submitting for SS250:
      Super-Slav
      Comedy/Satire
      When superhero unions strike about immigrants taking their jobs, a minister promotes her controversial reform of the industry by turning an inexperienced migrant into the nation’s ‘flagpole’ superhero.

      • S.C.

        I think that’s pretty good, yeah. Maybe make it more specific about who the minister is and who the superhero is, so:

        “When America’s superheroes go on strike over having to save the world 24/7, the Minister for Superhero decides to make a foreigner the new defender of the American Way – only trouble is, Super-Slav can’t quite control his x-ray vision.”

        I mean, that’s not it, but you need to throw in a few jokes like that to sell it as a comedy.

    • Linkthis83

      (nice to see you again)

  • S.C.

    LITTLE BLUE PILL

    I AM NOT A LEGEND

  • MrMcGuffin

    A vegan who does cross fit can’t decide which to bring up first to every person they meet.

    • BellBlaq

      LOLOLOLOL!

    • drifting in space

      Every fucking day at my office. LOL!

  • S.C.

    See me after class!

  • pmlove

    Adapted from a reddit post (credit where it’s due).

    THE MIDAS TOUCH

    A man on the verge of poverty discovers he has the Midas touch, but sends the value of gold plummeting making him the target of a corporate assassin.

    • S.C.

      Perfect!

    • IgorWasTaken

      There’s an old movie akin to this, with Alec Guiness, “The Man in the White Suit”.

      Here’s the trailer:

    • Howie428

      Good, but for me the actual story of King Midas is more ironic and tragic than this.

  • Caivu

    Series
    Genre: Comedy
    Logline: After being arrested for trespassing on the property of a popular medium, a skeptical tabloid videographer accepts a deal to avoid jail: she’ll film the medium’s new ghost-hunting show.

    • S.C.

      Can’t upvote it as a guest so I’ll just say, yeah, it’s good!

      • IgorWasTaken

        Get a friggin’ account.

  • MWire

    Maybe throw in a wedding day and some rain?

  • IgorWasTaken

    I kinda like it, but I don’t quite understand the “misanthropic” tie-in.

    Because it’s a board game and so he has to play it with other people? But then, how does he get trapped “in” it? And is he an electronic game designed but this is a board game?

    • S.C.

      I THINK it’s that he’s created this dystopian world because he’s such a moody git, then he ends up stuck in it and he doesn’t like it. Ironic?

    • NoHo

      Good point – I guess it’s more that he’s a shut-in than a misanthrope.

      As for the game design, I was picturing a guy who designs turn-based games, so he’s literally battling the monsters he created.

  • jw

    Maybe the biggest irony of all is that all of the situations in Alanis’ song are NOT considered IRONIC by definition, they are considered coincidental.

    • S.C.

  • brenkilco

    An alcoholic iceberg. Alternate title On The Rocks.

    He’s adrift but there’s a lot more to him that what shows.

  • IgorWasTaken

    Now THAT is my kinda premise!

    But, ugh! The execution (of the script)… That’s tough.

  • S.C.

    So he has to commit some petty crime to get himself locked up? Hmmmm, might work.

  • S.C.

    Biopics AND communist art, both so big right now. Stop posting and WRITE THIS!

  • Randy Williams

    Hits the ironic button but a familiar log line to me. Would need something else to set it apart from ones I’ve read.

    • S.C.

      “While attending Wizard Con, a misanthropic game designer ignores suggestions from a fan that his latest game is unwinnable, only to be cursed to live inside the dystopian, dice-throwing world he has created and battle the monsters he has made unbeatable.”

      Not brilliant, but I think it helps to add a bit of specificity.

      • Randy Williams

        Yep

  • Francis B.

    A tough and remorseless US Border Patrol Agent is kidnapped by a lower class Mexican family and forced to lead them safely on the other side of the Rio Grande.

    • carsonreeves1

      That’s pretty good!

    • IgorWasTaken

      I like this as a logline, but I don’t think it’s “ironic”. Like, “A committed virgin is forced to have sex” isn’t ironic.

  • S.C.

    Nice try but a bit too similar to PASSENGERS.

    How about:

    “After a malfunction, a husband and wife on the first manned mission out of the Solar System find there’s only room for one of them in the cryofreezer, and when the man awakes from his sleep, he finds his wife has become an old woman and he no longer fancies her.”

    Actually, it got a bit comical towards the end. Or to keep the clone idea.

    “A man awakes after a hundred years in cryrostasis to find the only other human onboard dead, leaving him with only a clone for company.”

    You get the idea.

  • Shawn Davis

    Okay–

    Here goes.

    Logline–

    An abortion clinic Doctor must save the life of a client’s unborn child after he’s told in a dream that the baby will hold the cure for cancer.

    Shawn…..><

    • S.C.

      Excellent! He has to talk the client out of having an abortion he advocates. It’s dark, but it’s ironic.

  • IgorWasTaken

    FUCK THE DOUCHEBAG WHO TOOK MY DILDO
    After the town’s mayor, as part of his anti-smut campaign, requires the confiscation and destruction of all dildos, he’s besieged by the all the town’s women when it’s discovered he’s the only guy in town who has what it takes to get them off.

  • klmn

    I’ll just rewrite my entry from last Thursday’s logline challenge.

    A writing guru starts a contest to find a good amateur script that
    follows his rules, while selecting scripts to read that follow none of
    them. The stakes? If he fails, he commits suicide by stuffing wild cats into his pants adult diapers. (The kittens done growed up).

    • Citizen M

      Starring Claude Balls.

  • Randy Williams

    When does this come out? I’m there.

  • ASAbrams

    I think a dance-off would make better use of our abilities as writers…

    But, anways–why not?

    Logline #1: Twins discover that not only are they not twins, they aren’t even related when they independently get tested to see if they can be potential kidney donors for their ailing mother.

    Logline #2: A married couple goes through a divorce to rekindle their love.

    Logline #3: A one-hundred-year old woman struggles to raise her first, naturally birthed child.

    Logline #4: A model struggles to reconcile with her estranged family as she prepares for face-disfiguring surgery to remove a bone cancer in her jaw.

    Logline #5: A woman, recovering from a head wound received in a seemingly random drive-by at her home, begins to suspect one of her family and friends as the culprit but cannot remember their possible motives because of the resulting amnesia she develops.

    I guess that was a fun exercise. Back to writing… Good luck to those who are doing this seriously.

    • Howie428

      For me, most of these fit in the Alanis Morrisette definition of irony. The one about the model who’s about to lose her beauty is compelling.

  • John Bradley

    A man about to rob a bank inadvertently becomes a hero when he stops a bank employee from committing a mass workplace shooting.

    • The IOS

      That’s pretty great and would make a great condensed thriller. Like Iniside Man or John Q (both incidentally starring Denzel)

      • John Bradley

        Maybe he is a serial bank robber and all the attention from his heroics could bring him down.

  • IgorWasTaken

    SORRY ABOUT THAT
    Guilt ridden, and determined to find psychic peace, the iceberg that sank the mighty Titanic goes about inventing global warming.

  • brenkilco

    That Apes ending, sans the iconic last shot( you think we’re on another planet but we’re really on earth or you think we’re on earth but we’re really on another planet) had been used by Serling at least a couple of times in T Z episodes

    • Poe_Serling

      Over the ensuing years more than a few people have taken credit for the iconic Statue of Liberty scene from POTA.

      >>Storyboarder Don Peters
      >>Producer Arthur Jacobs
      >>Director Blake Edwards (attached to direct the film at one time)
      >>Rod Serling
      >>Etc.

      From Serling interview:

      Serling: “The book’s ending is what I wanted to use in the film, as much as I loved the idea of the Statue of Liberty. I always believed that was my idea.”

      Interviewer Dale Winogura added: “I’m beginning to think, from all the interviews I’ve done, that the end of the picture was a combination of about four or five people thinking exactly the same thing at about the same time?”

      Serling: “That’s very possible. Visually, it’s an exciting idea because a fragment can be taken from it, and still withhold what it is. That’s the beauty of the Statue of Liberty.”

      From an interview two years later, he took credit for it again and added:

      “In collaboration with Jacobs. Yes, it was a wild cinematic scene.”

  • S.C.

    Bowl Full of Jelly

    After suffering a near-fatal heart attack, jolly old Saint Nick resolves to go on a diet, but the new slimline Santa Claus proves less than popular with both kids and his corporate sponsors.

    • IgorWasTaken

      This has some very real possibilities. A Melissa McCarthy sort of movie – a comedy with real pathos. But those may be the toughest to pull off well.

      On the upside, I can see a producer buying this even if it’s done just half-well.

      Pondering this for a moment, I see it being extra tough to come up with a good ending. Seems to me, you can’t end it with everyone accepts skinny Santa. Or he decides to regain the weight. Tough.

    • Howie428

      I read a script that had this (and some other stuff) happen in it recently. Could make sense anyway though.
      I’m trying to think of any character that has appeared more often in screenplays that I’ve read than Santa… It feels like there should be one, but at the moment Santa’s the clear winner.

      • S.C.

        Sherlock Holmes is the most filmed character of all time, according to Guinness. Dracula is second. Napoleon is the most filmed historical character, and Lincoln the most filmed president.

        Anecdotally, I’d say the characters you’re most likely to see in a script are cops, federal agents, hitmen and vampires.

  • Mr. Blonde

    Title: Meat.

    Eight years after an Army incident turns an entire island community into zombies, the lone survivor is rescued by the military, but he finds that he cannot function amongst the living and yearns to go back to the land of the dead.

  • Felip Serra

    Title: THE SWORD OF DAMOCLES

    “On the eve of nuclear war, a group of scientists race against the clock to invent a machine that can stop time.”

    • S.C.

      Again, not super-ironic but a terrific idea. EDGE OF TOMORROW meets CLOCKSTOPPERS!

      Maybe the irony could be that they stop time just as the nuclear bombs are about to fall, forcing them to stop time forever.

      Directed by Wes Craven.

      • Felip Serra

        Oh. I remember this. It MESSED me up as a kid…

        I guess the irony was that they’re racing against the clock… To stop time. Ha ha. Trying to be clever…

        And thanks for the feedback today Scott. If I have an Achilles Heal its loglines. Every bit helps :)

        • S.C.

          That IS ironic. Thanks, Felip!

  • ThomasBrownen

    Ooh…. Fun! How about:

    TITLE: THE CRUMBLIN’ KREMLIN
    GENRE: Comedy
    LOGLINE: An American spy working undercover in Russia is mistakenly treated as an international leader when the spy’s look-alike becomes the Russian President.

  • Stephjones

    Period. Full Stop.

    Three older women, who think they have superpowers during PMS, plot for world dominion using menstrual synchrony on the eve of menopause onset.

    Yep. That’ll get them in the theaters.

    • Scott Strybos

      Older women AND menstruation. Save something for the sequel.

      • Stephjones

        They’ll recruit an army of transgenders who really do have superpowers.

  • S_P_1

    UN-American

    The US government commits all its resources to investigate FIFA. Meanwhile 50 people are shot in Chicago over the Memorial Day Weekend.

    • IgorWasTaken

      … But then things change when it’s discovered that one of those 50 was a banker.

  • slithersloth

    “MENTAL”

    In order to unravel a far-reaching government conspiracy, a struggling young journalist must go to the one man who has it already figured out: A paranoid schizophrenic.

  • yogurtgenie

    With financial ruin looming upon him, a self-help guru with a reality-altering chemical dependency must negotiate on live TV with his own deeply troubled teenage son who has forced the local high school on lockdown.

    Vanilla Sky meets Network

  • Marky Marksonson

    A blind hawk, an abstinent rabbit and an anorexic pig club together to rescue their fish who can’t swim friend from an ironic animal freak show circus only to become the show’s star exhibits.

  • Marky Marksonson

    Two irons go into battle to decide which of them is the most irony, the steam or the pig, only to discover that neither of them is made of iron, but when Alanis Morisette arrives etc etc

  • Citizen M

    LIGHTS OUT alt. LOADSHEDDING

    A populist politician promises cheap electricity to all, but fails to build power stations to meet the increased demand. He asks the private sector to build power stations, but they say electricity prices are too low to justify the investment. So he must build power stations himself, but he has fired all the old guard who have the skills to build power stations…

    Oh wait, that’s today’s newspaper here in South Africa.

    • S_P_1

      Marie Antoinette version.

      Let them use sunshine.

  • huckabees

    TOO LAZY TO LIVE
    When an engineer creates the world’s laziest A.I. so that any
    world-ruling ambitions are off the table, his fine-tuning goes so awry that
    the slacker A.I. summons his final energy to destroy earth in
    order to end all effort for good. :)

  • Steve Lam

    TITLE: Left is Right

    Logline: After witnessing a mob hit, an ultra-conservative, homophobic Texas minister and his family are placed under federal protection and relocated to the Castro Disctrict in San Francisco.

    • S.C.

      Wicked funny! And I like the title. If you like writing comedy, I’d write this story now. If the execution is good, it will sell.

    • Howie428

      Sounds like fun to me.

    • IgorWasTaken

      Yeh, this can work. But a big caution I see in scripts like this: They have to be written by someone who actually knows the location and its people – so here, you gotta know the Castro. If you only know the place second-hand, that’s a problem.

      • Steve Lam

        Thanks for the comment! I actually live in the San Francisco Bay Area, so it’s definitely familiar territory for me.

        • IgorWasTaken

          Good. OK, so basically you’re taking the the big final/escape scene from the Bird Cage and making it into a full movie.

          I can see it. But wow, it’s a fine line between campy fun and just plain campy. And, do the parents discover along the way that one of their kids is gay?

          To take a lead from Carson, there are a lot of obvious choices here. Can you find good non-obvious ones.

          • Steve Lam

            Haven’t worked out all the details, but it’s definitely a story with big character arcing — on the minister’s part. And yes, it’s going to be a comedy, but not going to to be campy. Maybe you can think of the humor to be more akin to Jason Reitman-like humor.

          • IgorWasTaken

            Wow. OK, great target, but seems extra hard to hit.

            I do see this problem: In a comedy like that, can you get the audience to believe that a family like this would be moved to the Castro?

          • Steve Lam

            It’s why I had the witness protection angle in there. It’s not their choice. You basically have the FBI and US Marshals Service making you go. And to compound the conflict, this “God-fearing” law-abiding prudish family will definitely not skirt the law, but will find initial ways to get around it “legally.”

          • IgorWasTaken

            Yeh, I know they have no choice. But the plausibility issue is still there. Anyway, at least to me, the logline says “broad comedy”, so it’d be interesting to see how you do a logline that doesn’t.

            Why does it say “broad comedy” to me? Because it’s not just the feds moving them to a gay neioghborhood. The feds move them to THE ICONIC/FLAMBOYANT gay neighborhood of America.

  • ABHews

    A mute park ranger is forced to carry his lame talking Mule to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to warn campers about the recently opened flood gates.

  • cjob3

    OT: Anyone have a copy of PIXELS I could look at?
    cjob3 AT hotmail

    • S.C.

      sent!!!

  • S_P_1

    This has potential. Low budget high concept.

  • John Bradley

    A man, intent on cheating on his wife, responds to a Craigslist Casual Encounters ad. When he gets to the agreed upon hotel, his unsuspecting wife answers the door.

    • Poe_Serling

      Here’s your theme song:

      Sorry, klmn. ;-)

      • Levres de Sang

        I thought that logline sounded familiar! :)

      • John Bradley

        Haha I didn’t make the connection, but now that you mention it….

    • Scott Chamberlain

      Do you like pina colada?

  • Scott Strybos

    To prevent the 2015 Pan Am Games from coming to his city and turning his already irksome commute home from work into a gridlocked-nightmare…

    I don’t have an ending, ironic or otherwise, to this logline. Little help, please.

    • S.C.

      … an employee of Coca Cola sets about putting performance-enhancing drugs in every drink in the Athelete’s Village hoping the even will be cancelled. Instead, incredible new records of speed, height and endurance are set.

      https://kenanmalik.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/bob-beamon.jpg

    • IgorWasTaken

       
      … he concocts a plan to prove his city isn’t really in America.
       

      • S.C.

        It’s Alaska, but on the border of Canada. Juneau?

        • IgorWasTaken

          And they find the land grant deed in a safe, along with Obama’s Nigerian birth certificate.

          Anyway, your idea could work. It turns out the Russian and Canadian surveyors who did the original maps back when we bought the place were drunk off their asses at the time, so those maps have been wrong all this time.

          But wait… Isn’t Canada actually in America? Yes.

          So maybe instead, it turns out in the purchase from Russian, Russia didn’t actually convey that one small part of Alaska.

          Yeh, but there are no rush-hour traffic jams in Juneau.

    • IgorWasTaken

      … he concocts a plan to secede from America.

  • colenicks

    In order to save heaven, the Pope sends a group of a murders, thieves and rapists into Purgatory to rescue a single soul.

  • S.C.

    It’s not super-ironic, but I like the first idea best. Love me some mech!

  • S.C.

    THE BLOND WATCHMAKER
    SELFISH JEAN
    ATHEIST OR ATHEISN’T
    THE MYSTICAL SKEPTIC

    • Caivu

      The Rod(ney) Delusion

  • fragglewriter

    An abused social worker and married lover plot to murder the other’s spouse but plans go awry.

  • John Bradley

    “Shia Labeouf, in disguise, takes a performing arts class at California State University, only finishes with a C+.”

  • Howie428

    I took a run through a bunch of loglines to see if focusing on the irony of the story helped with the logline. The following are what I ended up with…

    — A Native American teen, who’s sure his dad’s personal religion can’t be true, has to learn to have faith to save a group of teenagers from the emerging destructive gods.

    — Rookie interrogators in a police state are so bad at investigating a plot against the government that they end up joining it.

    — A raging woman, who’s confined to an asylum and tormented by visions of death, is the only person who can defeat a howling Banshee.

    — A company woman, who insists that her son eat an I.Q. enhancing wonder drug, discovers the cannibalistic source of the drug and battles against the corporate giant that’s feeding us to ourselves.

    — An uncaring astronaut on a secret mission to the outer solar system learns the value of life after his act of sabotage kills a crew member.

    — After dying under falling lights and hiding for seventy years, the ghost of a golden age Hollywood actress must step back into the spotlight if she’s to free her studio from the tyranny of the ghost of the original owner.

    — A timid ghost, who’s scared of being scary, has to learn the value of fear if he’s to frighten people and preserve the spirit of Halloween.

    — Newlyweds who believe marriage is easy find it tough when they’re forced to live on the same street as all their exes.

    — A pastor who has lost his faith becomes obsessed with the religious cult that he believes has hidden his daughter from him.

    — A teen goes on a dangerous mission into space to search for the greatest treasure ever known, an asteroid of solid gold, but craves revenge, not money.

    — A nurse, who thinks people can play God over nature, initiates surgery and has to confront nature head on to get a transplant heart across a chaotic city as a hurricane makes landfall.

    Overall, this was a fun exercise. Some obviously work better in this format than others. It seems to be a good way to focus in on a compelling aspect of a story.

    • S.C.

      It’s a good exercise for generating loglines; a writer needs lots of loglines so they can choose the best.

      On a personal level, I like the dead actress one, but that’s just me.

      • Howie428

        It’s funny that you pick that one. It’s based on a script of mine that I like, and my wife really likes, but it’s an eccentric genre mix story of the kind that only insiders get to make. Perhaps I should try it out now that female led stories are more likely to get considered.

  • ABHews

    Jack Nicholson in….Second coming:

    The ageing pope gets a sign from God that he must seduce and have sex with ten different women in 4 days to bring about the second coming.

  • The IOS

    I would love to know what you guys think of this logline. Actually wrote a script on it not too long ago.

    LOGLINE:
    A lonely, brilliant scientist clones himself in order to have some kind of companion that can understand him and match him intellectually, but the clone ends up resenting the fact that he is poor imitation of the real thing and dedicates his life to becoming the one and only version of himself.

    • Scott Strybos

      I like the concept. But you will have to be careful with execution. The audience/reader, if the story is written well, will start to identify with the lonely scientist at the beginning of Act One, will assume that he is the protagonist. From the logline, the impression I get is that you quickly abandon the lonely scientist and focus entirely on a new protagonist, the clone.

      • The IOS

        I answered that in another comment.

    • wlubake

      It’s a marketable concept. Focus more on the thriller aspect and less on the touchy-feely side of things in your logline, though.

      I had a similar logline a while back, at least conceptually. Never wrote the script.

      Title: The Other Phillip
      Logline: 30 years after the world exploded in controversy following the first (and last) successful human cloning, the clone escapes captivity and will stop at nothing to gain a normal life – the life of the man from which he was cloned.

      It needs work, but I just jotted it down as an idea to go back to. I actually think there’s a good chance a movie like this exists, though I’ve never seen it.

      • The IOS

        The idea is that the scientist is the protagonist, and SHOULD be empathized with. The clone learns of his limitations and starts to hate the scientist and attempt to destroy his world, making him the antagonist.

    • kenglo

      THIS – is the ONE….

      Better be a thriller though, like wlubake says….

      The clone is the antagonist right…? Right?

      Awesome….

      But is it close in theme/story to EX-MACHINA?

    • romer6

      This idea sounds really cool. How about the clone ends up being more intelligent than the original scientist? I mean, the copy feeling underwhelmed is somewhat expected. But if the original starts regreting the clone you have both conflict AND irony.

      • The IOS

        The idea is that the clone is like captain america. He is in peak physical form and is young while the scientist is old. But his mind, thoughts, and actions mimic those of the scientist. Which is why he is always bound by what he can do rather than what he wants to do for himself.

  • BellBlaq

    Title: Feelin’ Myself
    Genre: Comedy
    Logline: A lonely psychologist falls for one of his patients, unaware she’s actually his own schizophrenic delusion.

    • S.C.

      Sounds like my ideal woman! Perfect logline, Bell.

      • BellBlaq

        Thanks, Scott!

  • Tyler Givens

    The script I’m currently working on:

    A celebrity stalker must save his favorite actress from her psychotic ex boyfriend.

    • S.C.

      I’m always interested in the two “villains” idea – here we have the obsessive, but at least he’s better than the violent psychotic.

      Love this idea!

      • Tyler Givens

        Thanks guys! I’ve been working on this story for quite a while.

    • hickeyyy

      This is an awesome premise. Nice work, Tyler.

    • romer6

      Yep, this is good stuff. :)

    • BSBurton

      I vote for Tyler’s idea. I think it has legs. Fresh and creative !!

    • Scott Strybos

      The logline has me plotting my own story, my own sequence of events. Which is a good sign that you have a great idea. (My ending would be a real downer.)

    • Acarl

      Eerily identical to a great spec I read last month. I think it’s optioned.

      • Tyler Givens

        Do you have this script?

        • Acarl

          I’d printed it and may still have the Pdf on my laptop. I’ll check when I’m home later.

          • Tyler Givens

            If you have it please send it to me! Thank you! tlrgivens@gmail.com

            Anyway I seriously doubt our scripts have much in common. And the concept? Well, it’s a no-brainer. You can go million ways from here.

          • Acarl

            Exactly. I’ve been spooked by hearing of a similar premise to mine in the past and then after reading the other I laughed at my paranoia .

          • Tyler Givens

            Yes! Every writer has a very personal and unique vision of every story. That’s the beauty of this craft.

          • Acarl

            i had myself so worked up one eve over it that I plotted how I would track down and eliminate the other writer… I mean I knew this writer who did that

          • Tyler Givens

            LOL That’s a story for a good thriller!

  • hackofalltrade

    High on Life: Due to some odd circumstances, a disgraced prosecutor learns that every pharmacy in the country holds a prescription for medical marijuana in his name.

  • pmlove

    FIRST: DO HARM

    After her secret tests of a radical new vaccine go wrong, a doctor is forced to go on a killing rampage to stop it becoming a pandemic.

    • TomG

      Wow, this is a movie! I hope it’s also a script.

      • pmlove

        No more than a shlocky idea barely an hour old, I’m afraid. I just liked the title.

  • wlubake

    Title: Killing Chloe

    Genre: Dark Inidie Comedy (so marketable)

    Logline: When an animal rights activist learns her ailing billionaire mother intends to leave the family fortune to her pet dog, putting the future of the family foundation at risk, she must eliminate the dog before her mother’s death to ensure her inheritance and the foundation’s survival.

    • romer6

      Love it!

    • Scott Strybos

      I think it would be really easy to kill one little dog. You might not have enough material for a full screenplay.

      What if ailing billionaire mother is leaving her fortune to an animal preserve, the same animal preserve your animal-rights-activist-protagonist works for. Maybe even founded. So your girl has to destroy the animal sanctuary she has devoted her life to. (She would of course donate some of the money to them, but all of it?!)

      If you were married to the animal murdering, she could kill a few of the animals in hopes the place gets shut down.

      • wlubake

        Maybe too easy:

      • wlubake

        There are a few obstacles I’d built up: (1) it can’t look like foul play, obviously, (2) the dog lives in the mom’s huge gated/walled estate, and (3) the dog has a full time caretaker.

        The full time caretaker actually becomes the villain, rather than the dog.

        It’s kind of been too silly to take seriously. However there is a fun opening scene drafted. Our anti-heroine is being recognized for spearheading the effort to save the African Blackfooted Cat. Blake Snyder would be proud.

  • hickeyyy

    Number 2 is my favorite of the 4!

    You could play with the idea that the critic suddenly is trying to direct a bunch of actors and crew that he’s shit on in his past reviews. All of them are intent on making the movie terrible for him to watch him fail.

  • Stephjones

    Oh, Boy.

    A storm survivor, addicted to weather forecasts, is advised by her psychiatrist to give up the weather channel during an El Niño year.

  • BellBlaq

    Title: Divorce Court(ing)
    Genre: Comedy
    Logline: After internet cheating destroys his marriage, a man falls for a mysterious divorcee online—his incognito ex-wife.

  • ABHews

    When a computer system prevents all crime, horny superheros turn into villains in an attempt to bring down the system that made them useless.

  • wlubake

    I know I’ve thrown this one out there before, but this is probably the last one I have working with some level of irony:

    Title: Guardian Angel

    Genre: Horror/Thriller

    Logline: A woman protected her whole life by what she believes to be her guardian angel must unravel the secrets behind her protector when it starts hurting the people closest to her.

  • dawriter67

    (comedy) When a wealthy Jewish man is buried in an Catholic cemetery in Ireland, he comes back from the dead and forces a grave digger to carry him to Tipperary, USA before he decomposes and his soul ends up in hell (Sheol)

    • IgorWasTaken

      SHIVA ME TIMBERS

  • S.C.

    THE LUNATICS

    The makers of a low-budget Asylum-esque exploitationer that ends up outgrossing the summer blockbuster it rips off come under pressure when it comes to making their next film.

    http://cdn.unleashthefanboy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/arim.jpg?4dbf7b

  • Bacon Statham

    INCENDIARY

    ”A vengeful arsonist must help the Russian President’s son – and the man who killed his wife – escape from a renegade special forces unit in the United Nations building, before a deadly blaze he started catches up to them.”

  • BellBlaq

    Title: Biological Weapon
    Genre: Thriller
    Logline: Blaming them for his homicidal tendencies, a serial killer murders his parents, only to then be targeted by the pair of assassins who gave him up for adoption.

    • Bacon Statham

      I like that. One of the best one’s I’ve seen so far.

      • BellBlaq

        Thanks!

    • Scott Strybos

      ‘Murdering his parents’ then ‘being targeted by the assassins who game him up for adoption’ seems unrelated and disjointed. He doesn’t need to murder his parents for his true assassin parents to come and try and kill him…. Unless that is why they target him(?)

      • BellBlaq

        So you’re looking for a reason that connects the actions?
        Mmm…

        They’re assassins who target serial killers.

        • Scott Strybos

          Right, but if he was already a serial killer, then he would’ve already been on their radar, unless killing his adoptive parents is what put him on their radar.

          If you can remove him murdering his adoptive parents from the story and his real parents would still come to kill him, then him murdering his adoptive parents isn’t necessary for your story to work.

          They should be connected; it is only after he kills his adoptive parents that his real serial killing assassin parents come after him.

          • BellBlaq

            He was already on their radar, they just hadn’t gotten him yet.

            Him murdering his adoptive parents is necessary because it speaks to his motivation. He blames genetics for his behavior, but he doesn’t know he’s adopted. The elements are connected in that the people he would/should have killed are coming to kill him and he has no idea of either reality.

  • lesbiancannibal

    As a journalist, I prefer a slightly tighter definition of irony, it being an action that has a consequence that is the direct opposite of its intention.

    So, an example would be, there’s a bee in your room minding its own business but you’re worried you’ll be stung so try to bat it out of a window. It gets annoyed, and stings you.

    With that in mind, how about a creature feature:

    TITLE: Attack of the Killer Bees

    A scientist experimenting on bees, to find a cure for the anaphylactic shock that killed his daughter, accidentally creates a mutant strain of super bees as big a rottweilers – which threaten to kill the rest of his family.

    • S.C.

      I love a bee-movie! Seriously, I do.

    • Scott Strybos

      Oh, beee-have.

      • lesbiancannibal

        come one, surely: Oh, beee-hive

  • charliesb

    Wasn’t going to enter, but then sometimes the universe drops a movie in your lap.

    TITLE : NO COP OUTS
    When a suicidal man’s girlfriend calls for help, the cops fatally shoot him.

    PREMISE :
    When a Florida man tells his girlfriend he’s planning to kill himself, she calls the St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office for help. Little does she know that the two deputies who respond to the call, will enter the bedroom and shoot him in the chest and abdomen.

    It even already has a tagline.

    “Most people respect the badge. Everyone respects the gun.”

    http://gawker.com/suicidal-mans-girlfriend-calls-for-help-cops-fatally-s-1707513688

  • Sean Ryan

    Love Hurts : A ruthless divorce attorney finds his world turn upside down when he falls in
    love with his latest client who unfortunately happens to be his first wife.

    • wlubake

      A little similar to Intolerable Cruelty.

  • Francis B.

    An eclectic group of patients suffering from various anxiety disorders on their way to a peaceful mental health retreat get more than they bargained for when a mix-up at the airport sends them in a FARC-occupied territory in the middle of the Colombian jungle.

  • romer6

    This is an actual script I´ve been working on for the last five years or so.

    Title: PRETEND IT IS REAL
    Genre: Comedy
    A group of actors seeking a break in show business is lured to execute a bank robbery believing it is a scene from a once celebrated and now down on his luck director’s next big budget movie.

    • S.C.

      Like that a lot!

      In the words of James R. Webb: “FINISH!!!”

      Best piece of writing advice ever.

      http://www.elisbergindustries.com/blog/email-interview16

      • romer6

        Thanks for the encouragement, S.C.! It is a tricky idea, I´m having trouble in the second act, but I´ll finish it eventually. :)

    • wlubake

      Want to know how to put this idea over the top? Make it found footage.

  • Levres de Sang

    Actually, today’s post felt spookily ironic being that I’d been thinking earlier about the logline for one of my languishing projects. Or maybe the real irony is that I’m just as deluded as my main characters…!? :/

    Title: From the Convalescence of Christianne Zelman
    Genre: European Melodrama

    Logline: A psychiatrist in the Austrian Tyrol finds himself romantically involved with a woman experiencing “Fatherland fantasies”, but falls foul of an anti-fascist organisation.

    • Howie428

      The concept in this sounds fine, and obviously you’re going for a high-brow movie. That being said, I’d suggest dumbing down the logline and perhaps title because as it stands even your target audience would probably be put off.
      Since I’m pretty dumb, I’ll take a shot at the TV guide version… “A psychiatrist falls for a patient who craves life in Nazi Germany and finds himself hunted down by anti-Nazi investigators.”

      • Levres de Sang

        Appreciate your thoughts, Howie! I am actually working on this script so I’ll definitely keep them in mind. And I guess the subject matter is fairly highbrow, so even more reason to simplify my presentation of the idea. Thanks again.

  • S.C.

    While trying to escape the police, a terrorist grabs the worst hostage possible – a woman who was going to commit suicide anyway.

    Mmmmm. Needs working on.

    • romer6

      Suicidals always make interesting characters. Risky, but interesting. I like this idea as the hostage becomes a liability more than an insurance. I can instantly see the comedy. This is definitely a movie! :)

      • Scott Strybos

        I have to disagree. I think suicidals make the least interesting characters. Suicidal characters aren’t dark and disturbed; they are whiny and passive. If you are going to kill yourself just do it; that you are suicidal doesn’t make you interesting enough for me to devote 2hrs of my life to you. Suicidal characters also provide no stakes to the plot because their lives are nothing so who cares if they don’t have it anymore. (If any real people are suicidal, obviously, don’t just kill yourself, please seek help. I was talking only to the fictitious characters on the message board.)

        • romer6

          Yes, I understand your point of view. You are right. But I think there may be some complex layers to such characters.And you probably won´t (or shouldn´t) introduce a suicidal character if the potential for his or her death won´t play a great part in the story.

      • S.C.

        Maybe. It needs a more specific scenario, like they’re in a plane and the only reason the terrorist isn’t shot out of the sky is because he has a hostage.

        Mmmm.

        What if the hostage wasn’t suicidal so much as gravely ill, then the terrorists have to keep her alive otherwise they’ll be wiped out by special forces (I suspect that scenario has happened before in real life!).

    • wlubake

      Kinda like the Tim Robbins/Martin Lawrence vehicle “Nothing to Lose”

  • Caivu

    A vengeful man’s attempt to murder his ex backfires spectacularly, leaving the two of them the last surviving humans on the planet.

    • S.C.

      So like, he meant to shoot her but ended up exterminating mankind?

      Shit, that’s bad luck!

      Actually, this sort of idea is great, the bad guy whose plan backfires. I think there was an old story about a man who’s tied up by robbers and left in the basement of a house he was going to blow up, so he’s trapped with his bomb. Those kind of stories are great.

      • Caivu

        “So like, he meant to shoot her but ended up exterminating mankind?”

        I was thinking something along the lines of The White Plague: the guy’s some kind of bioengineer and creates a virus that ends up getting out of control, and his ex somehow gets the antidote. I dunno.

        • Scott Strybos

          His ex could just be one of the .000001% who are naturally immune. Now THAT’S IRONY! (I think.)

          • S.C.

            There was an ancient Roman who drank poison regularly to make himself immune to being drugged. Later he tried to commit suicide, but poison had no effect, so he asked a servant to stab him!

          • wlubake

            Was his name Wesley?

  • romer6

    This doens´t make sense, a zombie that dies? You´ve gone too far! Unless it was in a plane crash…

  • romer6

    “Who I Am Under the Surface”

    Maybe he could fall for an island, but it is a tropical island, so he will melt…

  • BellBlaq

    LOLOLOLOL

  • Magga

    When a method actor finishes a biopic, he’s unable to get out of character and find himself again

    • drifting in space

      Tropic Thunder.

      • Magga

        Damn. OK, how about this:
        A method actor gets to play his hero in a biopic, but his research leads him to believe this American treasure is guilty of several murders

        • drifting in space

          I like it.

    • Caivu

      Shadow of the Vampire… ish?

  • Magga

    JUNKIE PRESIDENT
    When a newly elected President reveals himself to be a hard-partying drug-addict, his values-oriented staff must hide and accommodate his lifestyle to prevent the war-mongering vice president from taking over

  • Caivu

    This one’s my big project, something I’ve been working on for a while. Might as well test it out now.

    Title: Recount
    Genre: Thriller/Horror
    Logline: A sheriff must reassemble her fractured memory of a fatal accident in order to find a county prosecutor who vanishes a week before Election Day.

    • Magga

      I think the log line is a little unspecific, which doesn’t mean the story is. Was the sheriff in the accident or just a witness, is it a case she worked on, did she get amnesia or did it happen so long ago that she can’t remember the details? Who died? If you clue me in to how the prosecutor is related to the car crash I’m interested, hooking things up to elections always gets me curious

      • Caivu

        Good points!
        Lets see…

        A week before Election Day, a county prosecutor’s son drowns in an auto accident involving the local sheriff, who is left with no memory of the event and a suspect in the boy’s death. When the prosecutor vanishes days later, the sheriff must reassemble her fractured memory to clear her name and save a life.

        My biggest issue with the logline for this is making it specific enough without giving too much away, while also keeping it wieldy.

        • Magga

          Like it much better. If (assuming it’s actually in the story) you link the consequences back to the election (if not, drop the election from the log line) it gives it a more complete vibe

          • Caivu

            This is a really helpful suggestion to help me focus the story more. Thank you.
            Right now the election is more of a stakes issue; a “solve the case before this important event” thing. The plot will affect the election, but it’s not necessarily a central thing right now, and it probably should be, or at least more so than it is.

  • Casper Chris

    Alanis Morisette wrote an entire song about irony, only to later find out that her definition of it was wrong.

    How ironic.

  • The IOS

    Ok i have one more. I’m asking this more for your input since it was SO helpful with my last logline, but Tell me what you think of this?

    TITLE: Minus Mysteries
    GENRE: Action/Thriller
    LOGLINE:
    Three, now adult, child stars buy a dvd that contains footage of a Congressman’s assassination. As a result, they come into conflict with a a couple of hitmen who happen to be big fans of their kids show.

  • gonzorama

    How about a true-life bio: “While being stones off his ass everyday, Elvis Presley
    gets Nixon’s blessing to spearhead the Presidential war on drugs.”

    • IgorWasTaken

      While being stones off his ass everyday

      Well said.

  • gonzorama

    It turns into a real jerk when it gets drunk. Title: Ice Hole

  • august4

    The mosst giphted righter on the planit suks at grammer and Kan’t spel worth shitt!!!!

    LOL!!

    An inner city, would-be Shakespeare must harness his abilities with the help of an albino, drug addicted, ex-marine serial killer from a rival project who owns the neighborhood’s only Speak & Spell.

  • Magga

    UNITED STATES
    The Democratic and Republican candidates for President get off on insulting each other and fall in love. Screwball comedy

  • Magga

    A serious news reporter accidentally eats a hash brownie before going on the air. The audience loves it, and he gets the opportunity to investigate whatever important stories he pleases as long as he’s always tripping balls

  • BoSoxBoy

    An African-American civil rights lawyer is assigned to defend a Skinhead charged with murder.

    • wlubake

      So this has some potential. In modern times, I might go with a gay lawyer defending the right-wing preacher charged with murder. Also, for clarification, I don’t see how a civil rights lawyer is assigned to defend a Skinhead. A public defender might be, but not a civil rights lawyer.

      • BoSoxBoy

        Private sector awyers who sign up to do pro bono work are assigned cases by the court – they don’t get to choose.

  • Howie428

    Welcome to the rodeo. That Nice Little Hitler idea is an attention grabber. Lots of nature versus nurture issues to play with there.

  • Magga

    Memphis’ Finest is good, just make the timeframe a lot shorter than two years for purposes of pacing

  • Poe_Serling

    OT: To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Jaws…

    Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment are planning to screen the film nationwide on Sunday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 24.

    List of theaters and more details here:

    http://www.fathomevents.com/event/jaws-second-showing/more-info/details

    What a great way to officially kick off the Summer of 2015!!

  • Caivu

    What year would Hitler be cloned in NLH?

  • Caivu

    That brings up interesting questions regarding why the military (US I’m assuming) wants a Hitler clone. That’s good! It’s interesting.

  • RW

    The designer of the POTUS’ hack proof smart limo breaks into the system and takes him hostage.

    • S.C.

      That’s more like it!

  • Zapotage

    A man with Tourette’s becomes a first grade teacher.

  • Bluedust

    Title: I’m With Jesus
    Comedy
    Using a stolen piece of the Shroud of Turin, a devout young scientist clones Jesus, only to discover he’s a raging party boy.

  • Danny

    An addiction therapist desperate to pay back an old gambling debt recruits his Alcoholics Anonymous group to enter a $50,000 bar crawl competition.

    BAR CRAWL (Comedy)

  • wlubake

    A very ironic scenario that is about to play itself out in real life would make for a very funny comedy:

    Title: First Man
    Genre: Comedy
    Logline: The former leader of the free world struggles to handle his new job: First Man of the United States.

    The idea of a former president picking out the White House china while his wife calls the shots – that’s funny. Not because he’s a guy, but because he used to be freaking president. How does he not “accidentally” slip into important meetings and try to get involved?

    • klmn

      While the mainstream media might like that, I think the people should have a chance to vote before the coronation.

      • wlubake

        Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’m not rooting for this. Just reading tea leaves. How about this “may be about to play itself out in real life…”

        • klmn

          Much better.

  • Shawn Davis

    Thanks man!!!

  • Jack F.

    Title: The A Word
    Genre: Drama
    Logline: Weeks before the general election, a pro-life VP candidate’s teen daughter gets knocked up.

  • Jack F.

    Title: Hindenburg
    Genre: Thriller
    Logline: A man picks the wrong day to start smoking.

  • Randall Alexander

    A high-ranking Skinhead living in Chicago who was recently given a second chance from a life-saving liver transplant, must violently turn on his cohorts when he discovers that the donor was the young son of the African-American Mayor who is a target for assassination by his fellow Skinheads.

    • GoIrish

      would it work better if he is still in need of the transplant (or are we falling into the realm of ludicrous scenarios)?

  • Malibo Jackk

    Two cases from real life —
    First a little background. The company I worked for had a secretary that was so bad that they didn’t know what to do with her. So they gave her to me.
    A.) Here’s the irony: She was a troubled woman who had the good fortune of marrying a man who had his own agency — and made a comfortable living selling insurance. (Ok, you can probably guess the rest. If not, the answer is below.)

    B.) Another business I worked for brought in an efficiency company to study our operations and suggest solutions. (Naturally, the only one who didn’t know what the report would say was our boss, the real problem. And yes, he quickly dismissed the report.) But afterwards, I sat down to talk with the guy that prepared the report. And here’s the irony in what he had to say… (Give yourself an extra 2 points if you figured this one.)

    Answers:
    A.) He died suddenly — leaving her broke — without insurance.
    B.) He talked about how bad his boss was — and how their own company was mishandled.

  • DannyY90

    This is one I’m working on at the moment. I’m currently a few rough drafts in. I’m also writing/will be directing a short film version (slightly different) of this.

    Working Title: Prodigy
    Logline: A sheltered, genetically enhanced track athlete struggles to run free from her manipulative father when her pursuit of a life outside of sports clashes with his desire for her to be a champion.

    Hope you like it! Any feedback would be much appreciated!

  • Buddy

    So that’s it, no screenwriting article this week ?!

  • shewrites

    TITLE: BIG BAD BET (completed)

    A cunning insurance agent insures a million dollar wedding against cold feet to help his ailing father/boss retire only to discover that the bride-to-be was a no-show at her previous two weddings.

    • S.C.

      Like it!

      • shewrites

        Thanks, S.C.!

  • S.C.

    Everyone loves a challenge!

  • shewrites

    TITLE: SHE WANTS TO HAVE MY BABIES
    (completed)
    Logline: When his fiancée breaks their no-baby pact, a chef pulls out all the stops to
    change her mind and then the tables turn.

    • Buddy

      sorry, I don’t get where’s the irony here…

      • shewrites

        Fair enough. To explain, first he’ll do anything to discourage her, then when she changes her mind, he’ll do anything to get her pregnant. It sounds callous but it’s not really:-)

  • shewrites

    Love the Great Grabowski!

  • HRV

    Now that would be a good one to figure out.

  • Nathan

    ENGAGE: A love-struck android has to stop the A.I Revolution before it ruins his wedding.

    SUBURBAN IDENTITY: A ruthless CIA assassin wakes with no memory of the last twenty years, only to discover he may in fact be a mild-mannered accountant.

    SWINGING: A conservative couple, waiting until they’re married to have sex, have to infiltrate a Swingers group in order to find their missing friend.

    GET ME THE HELL OUT: An evil spirit, trapped in the body of a living Saint and losing power quickly, needs to find a real exorcist amongst a world of fakes.
    A LOGISTICAL NIGHTMARE: Atheists find themselves in hell.

    • Magga

      I like the swingers thing. Sorry for going slightly O.T. but it raises the eternal question, one that I think should be the focus of an article, because it always sort of stumps me: why don’t they go to the police? There are so many of these stories that would work as long as you could avoid a subplot of incompetent/corrupt police in order for the actions to make sense

      • Malibo Jackk

        For the same reason that people hire private investigators.
        Police will often tell you that their hands are tied. Or that they have to follow procedure. Or that they will file a report.
        Unfortunately, criminals have rights.

        (Once had a gun stolen and found out it was sold to a drug dealer.
        Didn’t like the idea of my gun being used to shoot someone. Could have filed a report. Decided instead to go into a bad, black neighborhood, confront the dealer, and take the gun out of his hand. One of the craziest things I’ve done.)

        • Fish Tank Festival

          And you included “bad, black neighborhood” because…?

          • Malibo Jackk

            Hey Fish
            Thanks for asking.
            Because I’m white. And not all black neighborhoods are bad.

          • Fish Tank Festival

            Well, you still get props for going and taking your stolen gun back. A risky move in a Hispanic, Asian, and even White hood.

        • Magga

          You personal story is a fantastic starting point for a script. The police certainly wouldn’t care, just tell you you’re out of the woods as far as any crimes committed with your gun, and then you have an active protagonist with a very simple goal and a way to explore whatever neighborhood you went into. Of course you add more twists to it, but I’d watch that movie in a second

    • Scott Strybos

      The A.I. one started off interesting but lost me when you got to the wedding. But there could be a great story about an artificial intelligence trying to stop an A.I. revolution, who tries to wipe out A.I. because he knows how dangerous his existence, A.I., is.

      • Nathan

        Yeah it works as a sci-fi thriller too. The comedy version was like Meet The Parents meets Rise Of The Machines. A match made in heaven ;)

  • Malibo Jackk

    RUSSIAN MONEY

    When a Moscow tax office mysteriously approves and funds a fraudulent tax refund of 230 million overnight on Christmas eve, an accountant who tries to expose the fraud is jailed and tortured — by the same people who stole the money. (Based on actual events.)

  • Scott Strybos

    So his victim is now in his hitman body, planning his murder, or is he in both simultaneously?

  • IgorWasTaken

    While roaming the floor of a concert of his favorite band, Iron Maiden, Iron Man runs into his arch-nemesis – A giant magnet.

  • Mr. Blonde

    Lawmen.
    Genre: Docu-Dramedy.

    Logline: In the week leading up to the election of a new sheriff, a small, southern township is torn apart by the two candidates, a fast-talking blue state Detective and a black Lieutenant who claims to be the resurrection of Adolf Hitler.

  • IgorWasTaken

    Carson, as always, it’s your show, but “Border Patrol” isn’t ironic because what the agent does is by force. IOW, unless you’re Alanis Morisette, it’s no more ironic than —

    NO MEANS NO
    A hot college guy who’s taken a chastity pledge is gang-banged by a sorority.
     

    • IgorWasTaken

      And yet, IIRC, the rules for this contest do say: “All decisions of the Judge are final.”

    • Mr. Blonde

      So what if it’s by force? Liar, Liar was by force, too. Jim Carrey didn’t want to lie, but he even said it, “I’m not allowed to say anything dishonest until 8:15 tonight.” Are you saying that wasn’t an ironic idea?

      • IgorWasTaken

        That’s a great question.

        The “force” in “Liar, Liar” was in response to his lies. He keeps lying to his son, his son wishes that his dad can’t lie for a day – so Carrey is hoisted by his own petard.

        And (as I recall), his kid’s wish was so that Carrey wouldn’t lie to him (and maybe also to his mom). Then, what happens in court is a simple byproduct of that. In any event, what causes Carrey’s problem is set in motion by Carrey’s own acts.

  • brittany

    Hahaha! Oh, man, that’s a good one.

  • Caivu

    I want to read this just for the action lines describing each scene, specifically to see how many variations of the phrase “There are no knives anywhere” there would be.

  • Laura D.

    When a straight-laced criminal psychologist is framed for her friends murder she must illicit the help of her most ruthless client to clear her name.

  • IgorWasTaken

    OK, well now you’re putting a sense of payback in it, it seems, as you now describe the agent as racist, rather than simply a guy who stringently enforces the law. And yes, payback is part of irony.

    But irony requires the person to have done something that puts the ironic events in motion. Otherwise it’s just “rain on your wedding day.”

    And as for doing “something that goes against his beliefs or his most intimate convictions” – as I posted elsewhere here, it’s not ironic if a committed virgin is gang-banged.

  • romer6

    Actually, the director needs money to finish what he thinks will be his “come back” movie. Since it’s been years since his last success, he can’t get financing anywhere.

  • HRV

    Care to share? websleuth@hotmail.com