Investigating a robbery at the State University of New York an FBI agent discovers the item taken was a sample from the Shroud of Turin. This leads him to a conflict with a well funded murderous group of fanatics determined to clone Jesus.
A story question – do you plan on skimming the real life situation of the Shroud of Turin having been debunked as fake, or will you be doing the ‘this is the “REAL” Shroud of Turin” thing.
As bad as The Da Vinci Code was, knowing that the story behind the novel has long been known as fraudulent, kind of made it worse.
I’m just interested in how you’re approaching your thing…
Well the State University New York was allowed to take a sample from the back of the shroud in the late 80’s. The project was called STURP (Shroud of Turin University Research Project).
The only fact I am taking from their research is that they detected blood. That’s where the story begins for me. It looks at how far people will go for what they believe.
Okay, and I like the basic concept. But I am curious as to why the zealots determined to clone the “prince of peace” are described as “murderous”? What do they want to do with their shake-and-bake Savior? It seems to me that ordinary religious zealotry would suffice as a motivation.
Nor can I another FBI agent in a standard issue, pursue-and-catch-before-the-clock-runs-out scenario.
The zealots don’t have to be “attractive”. The “Goodfellas” are not “attractive”. But they are interesting. Anton Chigurh, the psychopath in “No Country for Old Men”, is not “attractive”. But he is compelling.
The characters are undoubtedly compelling but the real-life equivalents of Anton Chigurh or the Mafia are not hogging news headlines around the globe. Religious fanaticism of any kind has been a sore point for millions of people in recent times. So, making the antagonists Christian zealots is safe and smart and may attract producers and audiences who love metaphysical imagery – millions – judging by the success of the movies made from Dan Brown’s books.
Also, Police procedurals are a sub-genre of the Thriller and as such are staple diet for movie lovers.
I originally drafted this as a Novel about 5 years ago and therefore the story has multiple storylines. I was thinking the FBI guy was a good way of letting the audience discover facts as he did. The Zealots believe they are bringing Jesus back as Jesus put in place the technology that would lead to cloning. Hence they are doing God’s work.
They operate under the cover of IVF clinics which fund them and give them access to some of the tech they need.
We filmed a scene from it. We did it for the Rode Film Competition. It’s on YouTube if you want to see it. Search for “blood brother” and my name Craig Griffiths.
Thanks for the help. If I sell it free drinks are on there way.
After watching the YouTub video it occurred to me that a more compelling story might be: what happens if the cloning were to succeed. What kind of modern day Messiah — or not — would he be? A modern day “Life of Brian” or?
Look at the film franchise created from the premise of cloning extinct dinosaurs. Take it to the next step, the next level.
Suggested working title: Born Again.