For 10 years this man has been having accurate visions of events seven days into the future. Last night he saw his own murder at the hands of a woman he doesn't know.
The hook about this is a man seeing his own murderer so I think perhaps best to start with that as an inciting incident. The first sentence in this logline feels redundant because the “…I see the future…, …I see dead people…, …I see murders…” super natural element is well established as a trope in film and TV. Also the exact nature of the mechanism by which the man sees the future is unrelated to the plot at hand of him stopping the killer.
Here is my try:
After a clairvoyant is given a vision of his own murder he has a week to find and stop the killer.
Better to add in some character descriptions for the antagonist and MC but none are in the current draft of the logline and as the above example is very lean there is plenty of room to add words.
Hope this helps.
Seems to be a similar existential dilemma as faced the protagonist in the “Minority Report” except, of course, it is not the protagonist who has the pre-vision.
What has the protagonist been doing for 10 years about his pre-visions?
Now, that his pre-vision is all about him, what must he do differently?
The concept I had. Was that he had been having these since he was a child. He was never able to alter the event. However, he was able to manipulate everything else to take advantage of the event he saw. Lets say a car accident, so he takes out income protection insurance.
He knows this is coming, what can he do? Minority report… dam. Didn’t even cross my mind. Can’t have the character run. Tom does some great running.
Reminds me of the question asked in bootstrap-yourself-to-a-better-life seminars: if you KNEW with an absolute certainly the day of your death (10 years from today, 30 days, one week) , how would you live your life differently than you are right now?
Which is to suggest that if he believes he can’t prevent what he has pre-visioned, then the dramatic question would seem to be: how best to live the last 604,800 seconds of his life?
I think it’s an interesting premise to explore and if you decide to explore it I hope you won’t cheat on the premise: no last second reprieve, no deus ex machina. He’s absolutely will die at the end of the movie.
And if he tries to escape his destiny, like Oedipus, the harder he tries to make it not happen, the more he makes it certain and inevitable that it will happen.