A world-class scientist is abducted by six people he brought back to life….and transformed into invincible warriors.
Get to know the writer:
1. What is your screenplay about?
The founder of the world’s leading biotech company steals DNA from six people who have died. He grows them from mere cells into adult human beings in a matter of months. But they escape from his control and create their own society. They evolve into invincible warriors known as The Reborn who want immortality…and revenge against their creator.
They are opposed by the Techno Crimes Unit, a multi-national military force. The leader of the TCU and the scientist who created the Reborn have been friends for years. But they each have their own dark secrets to deal with that will push them into a war.
2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?
This is hardcore science fiction. It is set in 2030 Silicon Valley and follows the traditions of Frankenstein and Blade Runner.
3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?
The Reborn has incredible visuals, particularly when the warriors are created in the laboratory, escape and go on a rampage. It also deals with the elemental forces: life, death and the possibility of rebirth.
The Reborn are interesting villains. Some are fanatical while others question what they are doing. They break into a museum, read a poem called Saisei (The Reborn) written by a Japanese poet eight hundred years ago. They believe it defines their destiny.
The high-tech gadgets in this movie are something everyone would want in their garage. Much faster and flashier than a Tesla.
4. How would you describe this script in two words?
5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?
A tie between Blade Runner and Forest Gump. An odd combination, I know, but I see something new every time I watch them.
6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?
Months and months. At some point I lost count of all the rewrites and restructuring. But it was necessary and made the screenplay that much better.
7. How many stories have you written?
Six feature screenplays, two TV series and ten short films.
8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
A tie between “Gimme Shelter” and “Rainy Night In Georgia.”
9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?
There are a lot of elements to this film. I had to figure out how to show the savagery of The Reborn and their individual personalities, the camaraderie of the Techno Crimes Unit soldiers who fight against them, and the romance between the leader of the TCU and a scientist who works for the biotech company where the Reborn were created. The influence of other cultures (particularly Asian) had to be introduced, as well as 2030 technology.
This is probably the first science fiction film you’ll see where the male/femaie leads are both biracial. At the end, one character has to decide whether or not to bring another character back to life who has been murdered by the Reborn…or obey the laws of nature and let them go.
10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
The outdoors, hiking, kayaking in British Columbia, Belgian beer, college football. The team I follow most is Stanford University, where I was an employee for five years.
Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson
Camera Operator: Mary Cox