a terminally ill man sets out to take revenge on people from his past. But to his frustration they are dying before he can get to them.


Summitry Posted on September 17, 2015 in Comedy.
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To take revenge on those responsible for his illness, a dying man must find a cure before they all die from the same thing.


Logliner Answered on September 17, 2015.
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What’s the genre? It could be better as a dark comedy.

I miss a clear inciting incident. Maybe the illness?

And what kind of conflit could fuel the story?

When a small burocrate is diagnosed of a deadly brain cancer, he sets out to take revenge on people from his past only to find they’re all already dead.

Mentor Answered on September 17, 2015.
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Yep dark comedy.

Summitry Answered on September 17, 2015.
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Some people (my brother included) say that there is freedom to cancer. Having a reduced future frees you to do what you want. This guy is an up tight person who snaps and let’s go. It is a comedy. I have a series of ideas I am yet to string together.

Summitry Answered on September 17, 2015.
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Maybe he must save them in order to find a cure, that would add some irony.

Penpusher Answered on September 24, 2015.
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A terminally ill man embarks on a tirade of revenge on people from his past, but must overcome his frustration, when he discovers they are dying before he can get to them.

Samurai Answered on September 24, 2015.
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I have to say, the premise made me chuckle. But the log line is mostly all setup, or at least the first 30 minutes. He’s dying, he decides to get revenge, but his targets are dying first. Then what?

Samurai Answered on September 25, 2015.
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I think it’s a promising premise.  But  one problem is that after 2 or 3 beats where he discovers he’s too late  — the people on his shit list die before he can do the job himself — the running joke will get stale.   Maybe it can be sustained for the 1st half of the 2nd Act – but through the entire 2nd Act?  I dunno. 

Wouldn’t he realize the pattern  by the midpoint?  And then what?  It seems to me that’s where the really interesting story begins.   (But I don’t know what it could be after the running joke gets old because I don’t know what your theme is.)

“Overcoming his frustration” — well, yes, of course.  But his frustration is merely a symptom of deeper malady:  his inability to forgive and forget.   That’s the “lesson learned” phase of the story.  But the “lesson learned” usually pertains to the subjective need of the protagonist.  While a logline is about the objective goal. 

So what this logline proposes is a character pursuing the wrong objective goal.  Which is okay,  depending on our theme, which I don’t know.

I know I’m sending mixed signals, here.  Because I have a mixed reaction.  As I said, I think it’s promising, but I as I don’t know the thematic target you’re aiming for, I, for one, remain ambivalent.

Singularity Answered on October 2, 2015.
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This feels solid to me.  I smiled when I read it.  It’s clearly a dark comedy.  I get that, being terminally ill, he can now do all the things to his enemies he’s always wanted to.    And the terrible frustration he must feel that once he works up this courage (or gets this freedom) to get his revenge everyone already dying.

Feels like the title should have some kind of twist on time running out.  Because of course all the people he hates are dying before he can get to them so now he has to race to get his revenge before everybody’s dead.  “Senior Circuit”, “Racing the Reaper”, “Past Due”.

So maybe that’s all that needs tweeking. You really want to hammer home the irony of a man with weeks to live having more life in him then those he wants to kill.

Samurai Answered on June 6, 2016.
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This sounds like it could be a good dark comedy. “On his past” I just wanna know why, is it childhood, are they ex co workers, ex lovers?

Good work tho i got it on the first read.

Penpusher Answered on July 26, 2018.
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