When a washed up plumber gets abducted by an automated alien spaceship, he must use his particular set of skills to save himself and the planet. (FOR MEETUP)
Sounds like a good idea for a scifi comedy.
The MC description is really good it plays on a double meaning and hints at comedy at a very early stage.
This is a comedy right?
Only thing I would add as a change would be to specify a single goal; either save his own life or the planet. Preferably make him need to save the planet and make it clear that its earth at that.
Also better to specify a sentient being as the antagonist as appose to a machine this gives him an antagonistic relationship with contrasting motivations as appose to a struggle against a programing code. Unlike A Space Odyssey or The Terminator I don’t think this story will be dealing with existentialism, the meaning and value of life.
Great comments. It is more like a tongue in cheek thriller than straight out comedy. I originally described him as a downtrodden plumber, but found it amusing to refer to him as “washed up”. Maybe it’s setting the wrong tone.
His primary goal is to save himself, but in doing so he would also save the planet. It felt a little light with just himself. I might have to work on a way to make it sound more dangerous. Which also relates to your last comment. There is no Alien or sentient being. It is simply a craft of advanced technology. I don’t want to imply there’s something there that’s not, but I also want to up the danger and the stakes.
I also included a wink at a certain popular thriller franchise, again tongue in cheek, but also to give it that thriller taste. But I don’t think it’s working.
I like it a lot! But I can’t think of it as a thriller. There can be some thrills but your logline promise a certain amount of irony and comedy. It’s not just the “washed up”, it’s the plumber: I can’t take it as a full serious hero. To set a thriller tone you should pick a pipeline engeneer, a miner, a sewer worker… Why not change the tone of the movie into an action/comedy?