When stuck in a Groundhog Day 7-day cycle after an explosion on the ISS, a career-obsessed astronaut must figure out the cause of the blast and why he keeps coming back.
If I understand correctly, the astronaut was blown out into space, fell through some kind of wormhole and came back to Earth a week before he left. Is this a closed time-like loop in which the events will be infinitely repeated until the astronaut can break out of the loop? If that is the case, then the astronaut’s goal is to break out of the loop. (If he is a family man, then his motivation to break out of the loop is his desire to watch his children grow up.)
If the astronaut is not caught in a loop and this is a one off event, then how does he distinguish what happened from a bad dream?
I really really like this! Please write it!
Wish I could say I got the Groundhog Day angle from the logline – well done yqwertz.
As DPG often says, lead with your sizzle – Groundhog Day meets Gravity, or Groundhog Day in outer space…
As the trope is so well known by now, you can leverage Harold Ramis’ legacy in your logline. Also, the specifics of how and where he wakes up are less relevant in the logline.
When stuck in a Groundhog Day cycle after an explosion on the ISS, a career obsessed astronaut must choose between his family and his job to break the loop.
I do like it… as in… what the hell happened? Who reset reality? It’s a good setup. With groundhog day, there’s some hand-wavy magic that makes the character “figure out” how to stop the loop. And I see you confirmed that it IS a loop. That “Happy Death Day” movie is also like this. Also, this book I read recently, Multitude (by Dean Cole), which actually had some crazy physics-based explanation to explain the loop. But personally, I’d find it refreshing and interesting if it wasn’t “some magical loop”, and there’s a story behind why he got “saved” and why. Maybe that opens up a plotline rather than the loop being the entire plot. Just a thought. Still, there’s no clear goal, just the mystery… if it is a loop, you can say:
After repeatedly dying on the same spacewalk and each time ending up safe back on earth one week earlier, an astronaut must figure out what is causing the phenomenon and how to break free of it.
I am having a hard time imagining what is going on, what the plot is, what the stakes are: he survived — what is there for him (and the audience) to worry about?
So when he wakes up, there is no one around, no support team, no medics to explain to him what happened? Where is he? In a hospital or…?
And I don’t see how his being career driven or a family man is germane to his dramatic predicament (whatever that predicament is).
Does the premise of the story lie more in science or more in fantasy? IOW: like the astronaut in “The Martian”, is he trapped in an astrophysical predicament and he must “science the shit out of it” to escape the infinite loop (science). Or like the weatherman in “Groundhog Day”, does he become inexplicably trapped in the infinite loop because of a character flaw and there’s no way out until he unintentionally stumbles upon the “lesson learned” (fantasy)?
Okay. However, there are clear stakes — global stakes — from the git-go in “Interstellar”: the survival of humanity. What are the stakes, personal and global, in this scenario? What does he stand to suffer, to lose if he can’t break out of the infinite loop? (I mean, it occurs to me that one option is that he could be having an anti-Groundhog Day experience in that the week he keeps looping through is the best week of his life.)