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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby Azrael001 » Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:37 am UTC

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby axilog14 » Sat Oct 17, 2009 3:53 pm UTC

BlackSails wrote:That sounds like fringe crossed with the office.

Funny, I thought it was more like Doctor Horrible crossed with Big Bang Theory.

Had two new show concept ideas... one of them is a musical. (Damn you Glee and High School Musical!)

Lame Show Idea One:
Spoiler:
Writer's Block: The Musical
Exactly what it says on the tin. Imagine Rent, only replace HIV/AIDS with writer's block. It has its own set of character "stereotypes": the garden-variety designated hero intent on producing the Great American Novel, the idealistic love Interest with an embarrassing talent for romance stories, the obnoxious Libby-type with an even more embarrassing talent for Mary Sues (her character development at the end culminates in her writing a self-deprecating self-parody that's actually good), the hot know-it-all postmodernist chick, the genre fiction geek disillusioned by the Sci-Fi Ghetto, and his inspirational little sister with a terminal illness who writes a tearjerker poem that everybody sings at the end (at this point I'm just pulling random character concepts out of my ass. Heck you can even throw in the hardened sports coach has-been bestseller author who tries to pass off his bitter past as his lesson to the characters on how to succeed in the game of life write worth a damn).

Features such classic hit tunes as:
"Define: Literature"
"Metaphor"
"Seneca Was A Punk"
"Show, Don't Tell"
"Screw The New York Times"
"Word Count", segueing into "Page Length"
"Do I Look Like Ayn Rand To You?"
"Gush"
"God, Give My Brother A Hit"
"Famous Last Words"
and the Tony-Award winning song "You're The Only Critic I'll Ever Need" (because the Award bait has to be the cheesy love ballad)

I felt like such a dork after typing up that one.

Less-lame Show Idea Two:
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A Night At The Palms (needs a better title)
A scathing commentary on the decadence of the contemporary "clubbing" scene, told from the perspective of part-time bartender Matt Elgar. Only Matt's dialog is written in such a gender-ambiguous way that Matt can be portrayed either by a male or a female actor without any change to the script. You can even have Matt inexplicably switching actors/genders within the course of the show depending on the scene, to "represent" how the ups and downs of the club scene can affect Matt psychologically. Then when some spoiled/bored rich kid starts hitting on (then predictably falling for) Matt, depending on what gender he/she is at the moment the play becomes a commentary on heterosexual/homosexual relationships.
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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby podbaydoor » Fri Oct 23, 2009 4:35 pm UTC

I re-read Idhan's idea for the LifeLine organ harvesting deal...I like it a lot. But I think it would work better in a written medium - novel or short story. And then, later, adapted to movie or miniseries. :P
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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby Brother Maynard » Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:06 pm UTC

Here's a concept that's probably unfeasible in the world of television: rotating cast.

Meaning: I kinda wish I could see a show (ideally 5 Minutes in the Future sci-fi) where there's this global catastrophe that shifts the entire reality of the world or something. Or even this new paradigm for the world is set, like with people discovering their own superpowers (i.e., how I wish Heroes had gone). Thing is, each season is an independent arc. There are no holdover characters. There are no series-long main characters. Each season is essentially a mini-series that plays out after the big catalytic event has happened.

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby Philwelch » Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:54 pm UTC

I had a similar idea, where you'd have some type of adventure show where they went on dangerous adventures, and the characters actually died at a realistic rate, so that you'd have continual replacements but the same basic premise. Kind of like what they did with Law and Order except with a higher churn rate.
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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby eviloatmeal » Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:04 pm UTC

A full-length screenplay in which the climax happens within the first scene, the rest of the movie containing nothing at all save for the daily activities of the characters. Somewhat Linklater-esque, perhaps. I am of course thinking about Slacker.

The idea is obviously more parts practical joke than plot, but it could easily be turned into a sci-fi for those of us who were always more interested in what happened inside the flux-capacitor or what type of projectiles the Galactica uses than the actual drama and action. :lol:

Or perhaps the plot would be the classic heist movie in a Star Trek meets Equilibrium sort of setting, where we get to go through every process and planning stage of the bank robbery, with detailed explanations of technique and technology.
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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby Squid Tamer » Fri Nov 06, 2009 4:38 am UTC

I want to watch a tv-show/read a book set in roughly 2020 (Portrayed realistically, of course). Technology has been progressing as expected, until the series starts. There's a major technological development. Within a few episodes, there's another. And another.

The world is fast approaching Technological Singularity. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity ).
Matter creation, teleportation, mind uploading, gravity control, infinitely powerful computers, etc. being developed all within a few episodes of each other, each just as game-breaking as the last, and each speeding up the development of the next.
The world is in shock. There are religious riots when people realize that you can create an entire living person with the matter creators. Companies and countries are trying to stop it all from destroying them, making wars and militias. A whole living army can be created from a single template, and then teleported to a remote floating fortress, suspended with anti-gravity and built in less than a week using matter-creators. People are scared. There's nothing you can do to stop the advance of technology anymore.

Now that's my perfect series.

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby Idhan » Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:47 pm UTC

Holocene Park

Long after humans, and many other animals and planets of the holocene era have gone extinct, a future civilization 60 million years in the future or so (bird people? Aliens? Squidmen? Whatever.) manages to extract our DNA from old pieces of tissue. They set up a theme park, featuring prehistoric, resurrected species as attractions, like humans, elephants, tulips, glyptodonts, dolphins, etc (maybe a few species that existed tens of millions of years before the future civilization, but millions of years after humans went extinct).

The show centers around some humans, who have developed basic language abilities and a mischievous curiosity by the time the show starts.

Basically, Jurassic Park from the velociraptor perspective, I suppose, with humans and other familiar animals of today replacing dinosaurs, and futuristic beings replacing humans.

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby BlackSails » Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:39 am UTC

Another neat idea I had would be a show focusing on Romulus and the founding of Rome. If the series is real popular, eventually you get into the Republic era after Tarquinius.

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby GenericKen » Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:29 am UTC

Squid Tamer wrote:...
A whole living army can be created from a single template, and then teleported to a remote floating fortress, suspended with anti-gravity and built in less than a week using matter-creators. People are scared. There's nothing you can do to stop the advance of technology anymore.

Now that's my perfect series.


Why create living armies when we have armadas of sleepless flying drones capable of killing anyone anywhere? There's no reason why you'd have to set this show in the future.

Originally, I was hoping that this is what Fringe would turn out to be. Alas, it did not.

EDIT> Scratch that, I was actually originally hoping that this was what the new Bionic Woman would turn out to be. Alas, holy-CRAP it did not.

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby spupy » Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:17 pm UTC

GenericKen wrote:
Squid Tamer wrote:...
A whole living army can be created from a single template, and then teleported to a remote floating fortress, suspended with anti-gravity and built in less than a week using matter-creators. People are scared. There's nothing you can do to stop the advance of technology anymore.

Now that's my perfect series.


Why create living armies when we have armadas of sleepless flying drones capable of killing anyone anywhere? There's no reason why you'd have to set this show in the future.

Originally, I was hoping that this is what Fringe would turn out to be. Alas, it did not..


When I was watching Fringe I got freaked out because Massive Dynamic reminded me very much of one of my old show scenarios. It was about a mysterious company that appears out of nowhere with massive assets. They start selling the most out-of-this-time super-technology stuff like it is cars or houses. And no one can see their employees or operations. Like it is something automated not from this dimension.
The heroes deal with the consequences of introducing the super-technology in our primitive world, and finding out what the objective of the company is. Although I have no idea what the last one is. :|
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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby GenericKen » Wed Dec 09, 2009 7:53 am UTC

spupy wrote:When I was watching Fringe I got freaked out because Massive Dynamic reminded me very much of one of my old show scenarios. It was about a mysterious company that appears out of nowhere with massive assets. They start selling the most out-of-this-time super-technology stuff like it is cars or houses. And no one can see their employees or operations. Like it is something automated not from this dimension.
The heroes deal with the consequences of introducing the super-technology in our primitive world, and finding out what the objective of the company is. Although I have no idea what the last one is. :|


$5 says that the writers for Fringe don't either.


And I feel compelled to reiterate how bad Bionic Woman was. It was so bad, I'm angry right now thinking about it. Argh.

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby schrodingersdog » Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:11 am UTC

A holocaust sitcom,anyone?

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby podbaydoor » Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:56 am UTC

I actually started trying to write out the dialogue for such a show in my head, complete with laugh track. I think I need to go meditate on my moral bankruptcy now.
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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby schrodingersdog » Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:10 am UTC

podbaydoor wrote:I actually started trying to write out the dialogue for such a show in my head, complete with laugh track. I think I need to go meditate on my moral bankruptcy now.


It could be called "What's in the Attic?".In my head a young Jewish mother smothers her baby to death to avoid the SS catching her.The punchline is that they get her anyway. :) I'm messed up.

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby aleflamedyud » Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:49 am UTC

schrodingersdog wrote:A holocaust sitcom,anyone?

I never thought I would ever see such a twisted imagination. You are a god among men.

Anyway, my latest idea basically amounts to something like "At least half of all Fox action shows" meets "The Office": a sci-fi sitcom about the middle-managers, paper-pushers, engineers, IT folks, and mooks (hey, that's a five-man band right there) who work for some gratuitously evil mad-science company. The show episodically chronicles the hoops they have to jump through and catastrophes they have to avert to keep up the appearance that the BIG EVIL CORPORATION doesn't mess up as much as normal companies or have normal internal struggles. The company doesn't so much do one evil thing as every thing: high-tech weapons, slaves, giant monsters, mind control, robots, high-tech vehicles, apocalyptic diseases (including zombies), boy bands, child pornography, pollutant chemicals, subliminal advertising, TPS reports, hired murder, drugs, political propaganda or indoctrination materials, and a full cover-up service for making sure none of your purchases results in bad publicity for yourself or the company. You name it, it's evil, they'll sell it to you, and at some point it goes across the desk of our main characters.

The pilot: the hitmen ("Assassins, damnit, we've got badges and dress in black!" ;-)) go on strike for better health insurance (these sorts of companies are always American, for some reason) as upper management lays on pressure to threaten investigative journalists looking to unmask the firm.
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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby Eloth » Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:20 pm UTC

How about a fantasy-alternate history show:

In a 13th century where the Sassanid Persians remain, propped up by the power of their fire-weilding magi and the Byzantines control the last of the legendary Roman steam powered battle mechs, a new threat emerges in the east. (spoiler alert: its the Mongols).


The history would be fairly close to real life, except for the continues existence of the Byzantines and Persians, and many fantastic elements would exist in historically plausible places and would have had throughout history, for example,the zurvanite magi in Persia are actually pyromancers, the Romans had steam powered technology, in China the Qin dynasty was founded with the help of war dragons, the phahraos of Ancient Egypt rule on as undead, the Mongols ride giant dromaeosaurs into battle instead of horses and that sort of thing.

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby artifex » Wed Dec 30, 2009 6:32 am UTC

Squid Tamer wrote:I want to watch a tv-show/read a book set in roughly 2020 (Portrayed realistically, of course). Technology has been progressing as expected, until the series starts. There's a major technological development. Within a few episodes, there's another. And another.

The world is fast approaching Technological Singularity. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity ).
Matter creation, teleportation, mind uploading, gravity control, infinitely powerful computers, etc. being developed all within a few episodes of each other, each just as game-breaking as the last, and each speeding up the development of the next.
The world is in shock. There are religious riots when people realize that you can create an entire living person with the matter creators. Companies and countries are trying to stop it all from destroying them, making wars and militias. A whole living army can be created from a single template, and then teleported to a remote floating fortress, suspended with anti-gravity and built in less than a week using matter-creators. People are scared. There's nothing you can do to stop the advance of technology anymore.

Now that's my perfect series.


Ah, for me, an ideal post-singularity TV show would be all about the surreal wonder of the trope. There would be bizarre transhumans who design new bodies for themselves every day; dangerous refugee camps where everyone lives in incredible luxury; companies and governments and settlements that continue to function without any sentient members; AI-generated memes so potent that history and science are becoming less and less certain. The cities would be overgrown with bio-engineered wilderness, and space would be the domain of incomprehensible post-human consciousnesses.

The main characters would be something like explorers- possibly voluntary exiles from an ultra-isolated Amish town that accepts technology up to the late 20th century, sent to see the outside world firsthand and identify threats to the community. Their perspective would be very similar to modern people, and they'd have to decide how much of their identity and humanity to give up in order to survive. Also, there would definitely be an uplifted crow and a resurrected clone of Jorge Louis Borges.

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby Idhan » Wed Dec 30, 2009 7:53 pm UTC

On the Holocaust Sitcom idea, I had an idea: one member of the Jewish family is a virulent racist (mostly against Roma; he'd have been a great Nazi if he only hadn't been Jewish). One time, while they're in hiding, the family has to share accommodations with a Roma couple. The racist Jewish guy can't find his pocket watch, and is convinced that "the goddamn gypsy ganef stole it." He ends up beating the guy up in the street, attracting the attention of a local cop, from a local police department that, due to bureaucratic inertia and such, has not been really Nazified. After detaining them both, they press charges on the Jewish guy for assault, and let the Roma go free as an innocent victim, after cleaning up a few minor cuts and bruises from the assault. The Roma is promptly found by an SS patrol while on his way back to the hideout and sent to the camps, while the Jewish guy spends a few weeks in jail or something. (The pocket watch, of course, was just under a dresser or something).

Eloth wrote:The history would be fairly close to real life, except for the continues existence of the Byzantines and Persians, and many fantastic elements would exist in historically plausible places and would have had throughout history, for example,the zurvanite magi in Persia are actually pyromancers, the Romans had steam powered technology, in China the Qin dynasty was founded with the help of war dragons, the phahraos of Ancient Egypt rule on as undead, the Mongols ride giant dromaeosaurs into battle instead of horses and that sort of thing.


Well, the Sassanids were gone by the 13th century in our timeline, but the Byzantines weren't quite yet...

Anyway, I'm curious as to what happened to Mohammed and Islam. Personally, if I wanted to expunge Mohammed from history without simply declaring he didn't exist by fiat, I'd have Mecca be part of the Roman Empire (maybe Roman steampunk tech allows the equivalent of the Suez canal to be built early, allowing access to the Red Sea, making control of the Arabian Red Sea coast more viable and more strategically important?). Have Mohammed become the local bishop, as a zealous but unorthodox Christian (basically espousing something between Islam in our timeline and Christianity). Then have him declared a heretic and executed or exiled, and Islam goes down in history as Suppressed Byzantine Christian Heresy #394,831, somewhere between Monophysitism and Iconoclasm, without much impact on subsequent history.

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby Eloth » Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:58 pm UTC

Idhan wrote:Well, the Sassanids were gone by the 13th century in our timeline, but the Byzantines weren't quite yet...

Anyway, I'm curious as to what happened to Mohammed and Islam. Personally, if I wanted to expunge Mohammed from history without simply declaring he didn't exist by fiat, I'd have Mecca be part of the Roman Empire (maybe Roman steampunk tech allows the equivalent of the Suez canal to be built early, allowing access to the Red Sea, making control of the Arabian Red Sea coast more viable and more strategically important?). Have Mohammed become the local bishop, as a zealous but unorthodox Christian (basically espousing something between Islam in our timeline and Christianity). Then have him declared a heretic and executed or exiled, and Islam goes down in history as Suppressed Byzantine Christian Heresy #394,831, somewhere between Monophysitism and Iconoclasm, without much impact on subsequent history.


I imagined that Islam was founded in much the same manner as in real history, however during the early 7th century, their expansion into the middle east was stopped relatively quickly due to the Persian magi and Byzantine steampunk. I see Islam mainly into North Africa and Spain as it was in actul history, leaving the byzantine and Persian empires mostly intact in the 13th century.

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby Idhan » Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:25 pm UTC

TV Series concept: Jonah Fisher

Jonah Fisher, the protagonist of the series, is the archetypal sleazy televangelist. Just about two steps short of real sociopathy, he's an Adderall-popping swindler who tells his audiences that if they make "love gifts" to his ministry, prosperity will return to them ten-fold. By day, he denounces promiscuity, homosexuality, Darwinism, permissive parenting, and all the rest. By night, he trawls the streets for rent-boys and other pliable young men looking for anonymous sex. (Yes, he starts as a bit of a stereotype -- I'm thinking he might develop a bit more later into the series.)

Then, in the pilot episode of the series, Jonah Fisher hears the voice of God. God has chosen him as His prophet. (Yes, for the purposes of this series, we're saying that God exists -- not just in Jonah's mind, but objectively in the universe of this series whether people are aware of it or not.) Jonah, who was secretly an atheist, first thinks he has developed some sort of neurological illness, but extensive testing reveals nothing of the sort. Finally, he is forced to accept that he has, in fact, been chosen as God's prophet. (Why him, when he is, in spite of his pastoral background, actually terribly unqualified to be a true messenger of God? That's an enduring and inexplicable mystery.)

When God first appears, it looks like God is going to be a good influence on Jonah, giving him something to live for besides self-indulgence, but later it seems that you can't really say what God's doing with Jonah -- it seems like one day he might be telling him to teach people the value of humility and mercy, and the next day he wants Jonah to condemn entire cities to death by fire and brimstone, and is crueler toward those He regards as disobedient than even Jonah can accept.

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby sje46 » Thu Jul 01, 2010 2:24 am UTC

schrodingersdog wrote:A holocaust sitcom,anyone?

They made a Hitler sitcom. Adolf and Eva lived next door to a Jewish couple.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heil_Honey_I'm_Home!

Oh look, it's on Youtube.

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Postby H.E.L.e.N. » Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:20 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Warren Ellis to write the script, Quentin Tarantino to direct.


The only thing I'm sure would happen in this movie is at *least* one scene of somebody getting their skull bashed into a bloody, bloody mess. Most likely with awesome background music.

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Postby Zohar » Thu Jul 01, 2010 1:31 pm UTC

And if Ellis gets his way it will be followed by a graphic sex scene of someone skull fucking the remains.
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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

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tin wrote:Myself and a friend have a running joke about creating Miami Lobster - an animated 70's cop show based around the sexy exploits of a crime fightin', jive talkin' lobster in a Miami harbour. After sitting in on my friend's jamming session, we've have decided on the theme tune which involves copious amounts of wah wah pedal abuse. Oh, and we decided that Miami Lobster will have a handlebar moustache.

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby ConMan » Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:05 am UTC

I had an idea for a kids' TV show, probably animated, with a setting that crossed between the "real" world and a fantasy land (slightly similar to Digimon, I guess). The main idea was going to be that the characters defied a lot of stereotypes - so the ditzy blonde is actually the only one who pays attention in math class, and so forth.
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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby headprogrammingczar » Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:14 pm UTC

I want to see a political thriller as a TV series, and have it run backwards similar to Memento, jumping at the end of each episode instead of every few minutes. I think a smart writing staff could do great things with the concept.
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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby Idhan » Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:02 pm UTC

ConMan wrote:I had an idea for a kids' TV show, probably animated, with a setting that crossed between the "real" world and a fantasy land (slightly similar to Digimon, I guess). The main idea was going to be that the characters defied a lot of stereotypes - so the ditzy blonde is actually the only one who pays attention in math class, and so forth.


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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby sje46 » Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:19 am UTC

ConMan wrote:I had an idea for a kids' TV show, probably animated, with a setting that crossed between the "real" world and a fantasy land (slightly similar to Digimon, I guess). The main idea was going to be that the characters defied a lot of stereotypes - so the ditzy blonde is actually the only one who pays attention in math class, and so forth.

But that's still defining them by the stereotypes. What's the point of it? Is it for humor, or is it to make a point? Because if it's to make a point, it would be too preachy and will take you out of the show. You are, in a way, giving credence to the stereotypes, and will seem too Basically Decent and calculated. If you're going for humor, that kind of humor is just too...lazy, unless you write it very well. It'll be funnier to have everyone purposely go against the stereotype, and have it be true (good examples of this being Token (South Park) actually being good at bass, and the new black employee turning out to be the convict in The Office (US)). And if it's to make a point, then, well, just make the characters as realistic as possible. Make some follow the stereotypes, make some not, and have the characters understand that there are trends that are true for a reason. Black people do commit more crimes, for social reasons. Men are leaders more often. Asians are generally more studious, for cultural reasons. Rich folk are more often snobby.

In order to educate children about this, you actually have to deal with reality, rather than inventing a fantasy world where everything is perfect.
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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby Wnderer » Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:21 am UTC

My 'I Dream of Jeannie' movie. Jeannie's bottle is stolen by Major Nelson's evil twin J. R. Ewing who has Jeannie turn him into a rich oil baron. Major Nelson gets help from a magic ring with only one wish to try to save Jeannie but he is shot. Instead of using the wish to save himself he uses his wish to save Jeannie by hiding the bottle in Baghdad. J.R. then uses his oil wealth to get himself elected President and invades Iraq to look for the bottle which he tells the army is a weapon of mass destruction ...

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby Idhan » Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:56 am UTC

"Dinosaur Comics" as a Noah Baumbach-ish "screwball drama," along the lines of Greenberg.

T-Rex is in his late-20s. He's pretty smart and witty, but he hasn't really known what to do with his life since he graduated from college. Utahraptor and Dromiceiomimus are both moving on with their lives, with jobs, adult responsibilities, relationships with other men (er... other male dinos), etc. T-Rex just philosophizes and stomps on stuff. He tries to maintain the appearance of the brash confidence he had in his early 20s, but it's becoming an increasingly hollow façade.

The movie continues, and nothing is really resolved; T-Rex is feeling increasingly isolated and left behind as other people Go Places in their lives and he really doesn't. Utahraptor and Dromiceiomimus try to be supportive, but also feel increasingly frustrated and angry with T-Rex. Then, at the end of the movie, the KT extinction occurs, and everyone dies. Or possibly there's a fake-out that the KT extinction will occur (astronomers see a big asteroid on collision course or something) and it doesn't actually happen (it turns out to be a miss), leading to a more "nothing ever changes" ending.

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby cephalopod9 » Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:36 am UTC

Would that be animated clip art, or another kind of animation? Or live action people with unique names?
Either way, the strip would be a real challenge to adapt, I don't know if I see North agreeing to it. Then again, there've been yonkoma comics made into anime.

Something I would like to see: Cartoon Voice-off.
Voice actors with a lot of characters compete in some events. I don't know what they would compete for or how the show would be structured (maybe just a one time event, on another game show even). They could have a couple animated clips contestants try and sync their voices to, some cold readings, and how many characters can you do in a minute.
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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby Belial » Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:37 pm UTC

I want Medical and Police Procedurals. In space.

Like, take a space station like Babylon 5 or Deep Space 9, or else a really big and populated ship, and then...don't really develop the characters of the command staff very much. But flesh out the entirety of either the sickbay personnel, or the security team. And then run the show like "Law and Order", "CSI", "ER", or "House MD". But in space. Possibly with aliens.

B5 and DS9 had episodes like this, but since they each only had one really fleshed out and developed medical character, and one security character, the potential was limited.
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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby Zohar » Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:54 am UTC

I assume you read Top Ten, which is police in a super hero world. You could try watching Planetes which is an anime about garbage disposal workers in space.
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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby Woopate » Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:21 am UTC

The story opens to a guy in a highly procedural, blue collar crap job. He does his business, and hangs out with his buddies. Things in reality don't add up, and blue-collar-man slowly discovers he can supernaturally control his environment. Realization slowly dawns on him that his tedious, blue collar job, is a dreamworld, and that he is in fact a sentient AI responsible for some of humanity's most important tasks, which he symbolically perceives as his crappy job due to "anti-rebellion protocols" in order to prevent uprising. blue-collar-man does what anyone in a horrible, tedious, unrewarding job who discovers he's been lied the entire time does. He quits.

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby Mazuku » Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:00 am UTC

:idea: I would love to see this spinoff of Murder She Wrote. :idea:

The protagonist of the story has this wild theory, s/he believes that Jessica Fletcher is in fact one of the most devious serial-killers who has ever lived who is somehow able to manipulate people into murdering people so she can solve these crimes and boost her ego.

The series will have the protagonist find circumstantial evidence pointing to Ms Fletcher being a serial-killers on a regular basis but no hard evidence to convict her of these horrible crimes.

The question the show asks is: Is Ms Fletcher a serial-killer or just simply (un)lucky enough to be around so many murders?
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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby Idhan » Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:01 am UTC

cephalopod9 wrote:Would that be animated clip art, or another kind of animation? Or live action people with unique names?


I'm picturing animation. Beyond that, not sure.

cephalopod9 wrote:Either way, the strip would be a real challenge to adapt, I don't know if I see North agreeing to it. Then again, there've been yonkoma comics made into anime.


Well, this thread is called "outlandish TV/movie concepts."

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Re: Your outlandish TV/movie concepts?

Postby Idhan » Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:58 pm UTC

One thing I find disappointing about both the Scheherazade and Turandot is that at the end, the "happy ending" is "sure, Shahryar and Turandot were mass murderers who killed hundreds of people for no reason better than personal fancy, but they eventually meet the right girl/guy, fall in love, and stop their mass-murdering ways." Great. No need to atone for all of the evil you've done, no need to abdicate your throne just stop doing any fresh crimes are all is forgiven.

Anyway, the solution I'd like to see is to have Shahryar and Turandot married to each other, rather than ending up married to people who are a lot better than either of them deserve. I picture it as a sitcom. Calaf and Sheherazade could be the clever servants who are actually able to stop Shahryar and Turandot from executing each other before the end of the pilot episode.


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