RE: When a suicidal FBI agent is assigned to infiltrate a prison drug ring, his life is saved by two lifers and a bond forms, however, his new friendships soon thwart his mission.
30 words. A bit long. Lets consider this a working logline as I’m playing with the idea.
Admittedly – nothing very specific just yet so I might need to do a rough outline or something. I’m testing the concept – see if it excites anyone.
INTENTION: infiltrate and take down dangerous drug ring. (Admittedly, I don’t use “dangerous” or “take down” in the logline. Hopefully that’s innate.)
OBSTACLE: these two lifers whose lives are on the line – once they get entangled.
STAKES: hopefully – it’s clear it is life or death.
ARC: suicidal to appreciating life.
Some notes on this:
1. The Sophie’s choice/dilemma should be innate. His duty and loyalty and mission (which should be corrupt) versus this new family/loyalty/unlikely friendships he finds in prison.
2. I think that loyalty is tested and the hero must make a decision when his superior orders him to make his friend into patsies in a cover-up – an idea.
3. I figured the lifers would be murderers and this should make us question whether one is allowed a second chance or whether someone can redeem themselves.
4. I considered making the protagonist a cop but I want his superiors to have somewhat corrupt, “means-to-an-end” ethics. The protagonist’s corrupt superior (who is also taking orders, just a worker bee) urges that these lifers/new friends are expendable to his mission.
5. Only in prison does this suicidal agent find a reason to live and begin to appreciate life.
6. “Suicidal” – I’m not sure whether to include. I hope it suggests his arc from suicidal to appreciates life.
7. Lastly – the corrupt superior is not necessarily a bad guy. He too, is taking orders I think. A worker bee. Making those difficult decisions.
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION meets THE DEPARTED, anyone?