When terrorists cease control of the North Pole and take Santa hostage on Christmas Eve, the government sends in an elite task force to rescue him.
A couple of questions:
First off: Which government and why? Lots of countries around the world celebrate Christmas and all of those would have a stake in making sure their children gets their presents. The North Pole is after all not part of any national territory, as far as I know. Maybe more than one government sends elite task forces and they don’t get along when they reach the North Pole and everything turns into one big cluster f**k? … And then they might discover that they actually work together since they all have a common goal… maybe in time for Act III…
Secondly: Why can’t an Elf, or even Santa himself go all John McClane on the terrorists? “Now I have a machine gun, Ho-ho-ho!” to quote the original “Die Hard,” which after all took place at Christmas.
Hello, I don’t understand “cease control”- the terrorist doesn’t control the north pole anymore?
I would say “When terrorists take Santa hostage on Christmas Eve, the government sends in an elite task force to rescue him”. I don’t have problems with ‘the gouvernment’: it will be the gouvernment of the production of the movie, or the US that is always there when the world need to be saved, or it can be a task force with people form many countries. Anyway it is not really important to mention the gouvernement, I think the elite task force is what matters.
“When terrorists take Santa hostage on Christmas Eve, an elite task force is sent to the north pole to rescue him”
By ‘…cease control…’ I take it you mean ‘seize control…’ ? Not to be a grammar nazi, but that stuff’s important when you only have under thirty words to imply your writing chops.
I remember this one from awhile back, and I think I was on the same page back then as Richiev is now… And from memory it was an idea you were playing with?
Also — I think there is a genre/ audience issue. IMO, the implied violence clashes with the overall theme of the movie, in that it’s a Xmas movie with the central stakes character is someone whom must adults do not believe in. The movie ‘Elf’ comes to mind as a movie that gets away with it, and ‘Scrooged’ as well — but they were comedies — a genre where adult humor can be intermixed with stuff for kids…I can’t see a straight out action flick getting away with it. I could be wrong…
Best of luck.
It’s tricky, but I don’t think it’s impossible. It would just have to be handled very delicately. Just look at “Doctor Who,” which is by the producer’s own definition a kid’s show. Each year they have a special episode on Christmas Day – the new show at least – and the 2014 X-mas special was a quite scary story taking place at a research station at the North Pole, featuring Santa played by Nick Frost, and aliens and nightmares. It had shots of sticky glistening aliens that reminded me of similar shots from the Alien franchise, which could be a bit on the scary side for a kids show. But I think they were able to get away with it.
I agree with Tony Edward.
Alas, in these troubling times, the word “terrorists” is automatically associated with Islamic extremists. And there is no way this concept will sell to a mainstream studio or audience with that kind of association.
So I’m assuming the terrorists are not Islamic extremists. So what kind of terrorists are they? Who would want to take Santa hostage? What’s their motivation, their cause, their agenda?
Doctor Who is vastly different as it has over 40 years of a franchise behind it with several generations of audiences comprising its huge fan base. If it has an episode that is less kid friendly there is more than enough adults happy to watch and vis a versa.
(I’m a Doctor Who fan, your on to me…)
Where as this will be a once off release that needs to be applicable to either kids or adults and the logline suggests a problematic cross over.