Blow Up the World Cup

Screenplay by Alan Nafzger

I dreamed the premise of Blow Up the World Cup while watching the United States play Germany about an hour ago. In the pregame TV coverage, they showed a short clip of four American fans who had dressed up at Washington, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and I’m not sure who the fourth member of the group was. And they showed many fans who were dressed as super-heroes, aviators and explorers.

This story and film pitch is about the pageantry of the World Cup, cultural icons and international cooperation.

Version One – Literally “Explode the World Cup”
Groups of fans attending the 2018 World Cup in Russia discover a plot to disrupt the final football match. Japanese, Russian, American and Argentinean futbol fans travel to the various football matches dressed a cultural icons. They notice aliens trying to blend in and making dry runs at and around the preliminary matches. They see and over hear certain things that don’t make sense. However, they can’t put things together until the groups consult with each other. This is a mystery-action-comedy. The Japanese see ¼ of the clues. The Argentinean group sees ¼ of the warning signs. The Americans see ¼ of the hints and the Russian’s see ¼ of the evidence.

At various airports, train stations and stadiums they manage to bump into each other. So, there will be 16 characters each with some skill or insight to contribute. Almost all the characters have dual language skills, so through various combinations of translations the message can be communicated.

The premise of the film is that they can’t put the clues together until they talk with each other. Communication, culture and sports rivalry hamper their effort and the audience will be left wondering can they work together well enough to avert a disaster.

Version Two – “Blow Up the World Cup”
Radically expand version one. Fan’s from every nation have unique costumes that they use to recognize each other and then share information. Realistically for a feature length film about half of the following will fill the movie — Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Australia, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, USA, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay.

For example, Pancho Villa might say, “Hey there is Gandhi, he was on the train from Moscow to Kaliningrad, maybe he saw something. Lets go ask him.”

What each character has in common with each other is they are dressed as a nation hero. They are easily recognizable and approachable. For example, the French character is Charles De Gaulle. The English character is Henry VIII. Greece has Socrates. However one country breaks this rule; Japan’s character is Goku from Dragon Ball or perhaps some child’s toy.

It wouldn’t bother me a bit if we included Marilyn Monroe, Cleopatra and Joan of Arc. On the condition that it looks like the US, Egypt and France qualifies.

Version Three – “WW III at the World Cup”
In version two four Americans and four Russians, dressed in national hero outfits, must work together to thwart a terrorist disaster. The American group dress like Teddy Roosevelt, Abe Lincoln, George Washington and Franklin Roosevelt. The Russians, to celebrate the football games, dress like Peter the Great, Lenin, Gagarin and Solzhenitsyn. They can’t help recognize each other in train stations and airports. They notice odd things, clues and hints of calamity. Then in a spirit of cooperation they avert problems.

List of 2018 World Cup Host Cities
Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad Kazan, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Saint Petersburg, Volgograd.

Marketing
Language is a great sales device. If we make a movie with 14 different languages, we can have 14 releases. We are going to have 14 movie posters all designed to make the film look like it is home grown. This might be the largest international grossing film in history.

Also, international football has never been more popular. With a release to coincide with the 2018 world cup, this will make maximum use of the phenomenon. If I were the producer I would release it two weeks before the matches begin in 2018.

Bad Guys
We have limited options…

Since the screenplay has a “world” theme, the bad guys must be from another world.

Similar to the extra-terrestrials like in The World’s End (2013).

No single nationality can be the anti-heroes. The obvious theme of the movie is — “it’s this world community vs. those outside the world community”. No Muslim terrorist and no Russian separatists.

Our only option are space aliens – it will be our world vs. their world.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Lets make this movie “a knock down drag out, turn out the lights and call the law” Earth verses the boring and oppressive “other” planet and only football fans can band together defeat them. Futbol has never been more popular. Let’s make some money!

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