LA confidential - draft

Executive Summary

Pass/Consider/Recommend/Highly Recommend


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Genres: The, list, of, genres, for, the, movie, is:, Crime, Drama, Film, Noir, Mystery, Romance, Action, Thriller

Setting: 1960s, Mississippi

Overview: The screenplay shows strong character development, thematic depth, and emotional impact. However, there are opportunities to enhance originality, pacing, and resolution for a more impactful narrative.

Themes: Corruption and Power, Justice and Morality, Betrayal and Loyalty, Appearance vs Reality, Consequences and Redemption

Conflict and Stakes: John's struggle to clear his name after being falsely accused of a crime, with his family's reputation and his own life at stake

Overall Mood: The overall mood of the screenplay is one of tension and suspense, with moments of hope and resilience amidst the adversity faced by the characters.

Mood/Tone at Key Scenes:

  • Scene 1: The opening scene, which depicts John's arrest, sets the tone for the film with its sense of urgency and injustice.
  • Scene 7: The scene in which Cassie confronts the racist sheriff highlights the emotional toll that the events are taking on the characters.
  • Scene 12: The courtroom scene, which forms the climax of the film, is filled with tension and suspense as John's fate hangs in the balance.

Standout Features:

  • Unique Hook: A compelling and thought-provoking exploration of racial injustice and the American justice system.
  • Plot Twist : The revelation that the real perpetrator of the crime is someone close to John, adding an unexpected layer of complexity to the story.
  • Distinctive Setting : The film's setting in the racially charged Mississippi of the 1960s provides a rich and evocative backdrop for the story.

Comparable Scripts:

  • Chinatown
  • L.A. Confidential
  • The Big Sleep
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Double Indemnity
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Godfather
  • The Departed
  • The Untouchables
  • Boardwalk Empire
Market Analysis

Budget Estimate:$20-30 million

Target Audience Demographics: Adults aged 25-54, fans of drama and legal thrillers

Marketability: It has the potential to attract a wide audience and generate buzz due to its timely and relevant subject matter, strong performances, and gripping storyline.

While it may not have the broadest appeal, its unique blend of genres and exploration of compelling themes with a diverse cast could resonate with a niche audience.

Although it may face competition from other similar films, its compelling characters and gripping storyline, as well as its relevance to current social issues, could make it a strong contender in the marketplace.

Profit Potential: High, due to strong appeal to a wide adult audience and potential for award nominations

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Writer's Voice

Summary:The writer's voice is characterized by fast-paced, snappy dialogue, gritty descriptions, and moments of dark humor. The narrative is concise and efficient, with a focus on action and tension. The writer's voice contributes to the screenplay by creating a sense of urgency and suspense, as well as exploring moral complexities and the corrupt underbelly of Los Angeles. The dialogue and narrative direction reveal character motivations, convey the mood of the time period, and highlight the power dynamics between the characters. The writer's voice adds depth to the screenplay by delving into themes of justice, power, and redemption.

Best representation: Scene 5 - Police Brutality. This scene is the best representation because it showcases the writer's snappy dialogue and subtle humor. The scene is filled with witty banter between the characters, highlighting their personalities and motivations. The fast-paced dialogue adds a sense of urgency and keeps the audience engaged. Additionally, the scene's subtle undercurrents of humor contribute to the overall tone and mood of the script.

Memorable Lines:

  • Jack: Rollo Tomasi... (Scene 34)
  • Bud: There are no rules! (Scene 37)
  • Bud: You fucked him. (Scene 36)
  • Sid Hudgeons: Patchett got me to photograph a cop fucking this gorgeous cunt Lynn, looks just like Veronicaaa -- (Scene 35)
  • Lynn: Some men get the world. Others get ex-hookers and a trip to Arizona. (Scene 43)
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