Screenplay by Alan Nafzger
Action Adventure Screenplay
PREMISE: When the COVID-19 virus strikes Russia, the government sets up containment camps. Native American businessman, Adam “Nighthorse” Anoatubby, only has the flu but is thrown into a reopened Soviet-era gulag deep in the heart of Siberia. Escape is the only option.
PLOT SUMMARY: COVID-19.pdf
WGA & COPYRIGHT DATE: 3/10/20
SCREENPLAY: AVAILABLE on 3/21/20
Tobit (feature length screenplay)
Adaptation of the Book of Tobit by Alan Nafzger
BACKGROUND: Tobit is a book of the Old Testament but has only had a “silent era” film adaption; however, today there are 600 million Catholics and 250 million Orthodox Christians who are familiar with the story. But it is also a Jewish story. I’ve set the story in Amsterdam in the days just before the Nazi invasion.
PREMISE: Each of Sarah’s seven successive husbands have been killed by a demon before the marriages are consummated. Sarah is the daughter of one of Tobit’s distant relatives in London. Eight weddings and seven demonic murders. Concurrent with Sarah’s story is that of Tobit. Tobit is an observant Dutch Jew. He lives correctly, giving alms and burying the dead. In spite of his good works, Tobit is struck blind. When Tobit and Sarah pray to God for deliverance, God sends the angel Raphael to deal with the demon. Tobit regains his sight, and Sarah marries Tobit’s son Tobias. The story closes with Tobit’s thanksgiving and an account of his death.
WGA & COPYRIGHT DATE: 2/20/19
Unsolicited Material (feature length screenplay)
Drama by Alan Nafzger
PREMISE: An old and unaccomplished African American screenwriter goes to extreme lengths to assure this Hispanic protege’s work is read.
SCREENPLAY: Unsolicited Material
WGA & COPYRIGHT DATE: 8/10/16
Verity’s Surfing Movie
Surfing Drama by Alan Nafzger
PREMISE: A New England professor, is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and retires to southern California with the idea she’ll write one last story. As she struggles to remember her dead son and husband, she’s adopted by a tribe of young surfers. They, of course, help her remember. And she helps them deal with a tragedy, which is something from her life that she can’t forget.
SCREENPLAY: Verity’s Surfing Movie
WGA & COPYRIGHT DATE: 6/30/17
A Year in Russia Without Women
Romantic Dramady by Alan Nafzger
Magical Realism: a literary and film genre or style associated especially with Latin America that incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction
PREMISE: Magically, suddenly, and without explanation, all 72 million Russian women disappear. They are discovered in Texas. Of course this causes a great deal of chaos. Political chaos, it almost causes a war. Economic chaos, everyone knows the women in Russia do all the work. Romantic chaos. It gives the women who have a reason to leave their husbands a perfect opportunity. Men without women go crazy, but the men examine their tortured relationships. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”
NOTE: I did the math and it would take 32 years for Aeroflot (using all their planes) to return 72 million women. So it takes a while. Anyway in the end the Russian president sends the air force and navy to pick the women up.
So in the end it all works out. But the characters grow and the men correct their bad behaviors. There are eight women in an ensemble piece. Seven Russian men. All types, rich poor, all with different problems, serial infidelity, alcoholism, criminal behavior, gluttony, sloth, etc.
It is The Last Man on Earth (US) mets Love Actually (UK).
All the women return but one, who finds love in Texas. Happy romance in the end.
My young niece asked me about the “weird magic” and I told her sometimes to get to the truth you must turn the world upside down. People’s emotions and true nature are too guarded in a normal situation. In a normal situation, everything is “said” to be fine between men and women, but put people in a bazaar situation and the truth emerges.
SCREENPLAY: A Year in Russia Without Women
WGA & COPYRIGHT DATE: 1/03/20
The Truth about the Chupacabra
Comedy by Alan Nafzger
PREMISE: Two university professors discover that the Chupacabra aren’t mangy coyotes but are extremely shy extra-terrestrials.
SCREENPLAY: The Truth About the Chupacabra
WGA & COPYRIGHT DATE: 12/10/19
Roosevelt Public Library (Television Series)
Science Fiction Drama
PREMISE: After a decade of legal human cloning, celebrity clones (politicians, film stars, television and sport persoanalities) are housed in the old Roosevelt Hotel. A new Roosevelt has been build across the street. The clones house in the Roosevelt Public Library are able to be checked out like books. Los Angelinos are able to borrow clones to help solve various problems.
Episode One: The clone of Barack Obama is used to solve a crime that only an astute politician could. (69 pages)
Episode Two: Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, and Texas Battle are borrowed from the library to rescue a rooster from a cockfighting ring. (74 pages)
Episode Three: Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are loaned out to the parent of a young girl who has been kidnapped and used as a sex slave by a hedge-fund manager. (71 pages)
SERIES SUMMARY: Roosevelt Public Library (pitch)
FUTURE EPISODES: Roosevelt Public Library (episodes)Paragraph
WGA & COPYRIGHT DATE: 10/13/19
TELEPLAYS: Roosevelt Public Library