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By Anton Diether.

A twisted sci-fi road comedy with heart, a la “Little Miss Sunshine” with aliens, an interspecies romance and a spoof on classic sci-fi films and the American Southwest’s UFO subculture. JIMMY, a Venice Beach boardwalk hustler, discovers beautiful alien JARA and her two intergalactic circus performers stranded on Earth. He cons them into his “family” of misfit street performers and takes them to Las Vegas. Along the way, sweet-tempered aliens touch jaded human hearts. Ultimately Jimmy must save Jara and her E.T.’s from a ruthless Las Vegas casino kingpin, with the help of Nevada UFO buffs.

Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 09/29/2009; Updated: 05/10/2019)

By Anton Diether.

Romantic war adventure set against the backdrop of World War II China. Two mismatched fugitives of war, a jaded American newsman and a strong-willed Jewish refugee girl, escape Japanese-occupied Shanghai to reach Free China. They evolve into unlikely heroes among the Chinese, one as a mercenary destroying lives, the other as a Red Cross miracle worker saving lives. Their stormy relationship ultimately brings them together to save Shanghai's Jewish refugees from Nazi extermination.

Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 09/03/2009; Updated: 05/05/2019)

By Anton Diether.

Character-driven psychological horror thriller set in a suburban house, with a disturbed female lead and a shocking twist ending, inspired by Henry James' "Turn of the Screw". Two children seem to be haunted by the ghost of their dead mother's secret lover, as seen through the eyes of a young, troubled woman hired as a nanny while their father leaves town on business. Their suburban house evolves into a nightmare world of psychological evil that seems to emanate from the back-yard pool. Hook: is there a ghost in the house, or is the nanny imagining it and going mad?

Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 09/03/2009; Updated: 05/05/2019)

By Anton Diether.

A disgraced security expert who lost his family wanders the Caribbean islands on his boat as a criminal fixer for the underworld, until he's given a job as head of security at an isolated luxury resort on Olympus Island. He discovers an underground medical clinic, a cover for a criminal operation making illegal designer babies for wealthy guests. He's forced to escape the island, protecting the lives of two women and and an unborn child -- his own.

Format: TV Pilot

(Posted: 05/05/2019; Updated: 09/10/2019)

By Anton Diether.

Fictionalized autobiographical dark comedy about a UFO fanatic turned screenwriter on a rollercoaster ride of Hollywood success, failure and a nightmarish marriage that nearly destroys his career. The existential journey of an "alien" stranded on earth, from his teenage years raised by lesbians in the 50's to his adult struggles to survive in the film industry of the 70's through the 90's, to his globetrotting adventures as a miniseries writer from London to Morocco. All based on true events. Names have been changed to protect the guilty.

Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 03/18/2017; Updated: 05/10/2019)

By Anton Diether.

Adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novella of an eccentric steamship captain, his ambitious first mate, their motley crew and 200 Chinese passengers caught in the typhoon of the century, set in the South China Seas of 1901. A morality tale of family separation, racism and survival to the extreme during a perilous sea journey as terrifying as "A Perfect Storm", evolving into an epic struggle of hearts and minds that defines the best and worst in men.

Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 08/28/2016; Updated: 05/10/2019)

By Anton Diether.

The Institute, a holistic healing retreat run by a charismatic doctor, claims a high success rate of recovery from addictions and mental illness with mind-altering drug therapy. A young woman hired on the staff of the Institute’s “Village” on a remote coastal island, begins to suspect something sinister going on. She investigates the doctor's cryptic medical practices, with chilling results. The more she uncovers, the more she imperils her life and her sanity. A New Age horror-thriller series, inspired by “The Stepford Wives”, the 1966 film “Seconds” and the true crime case of Dr. Linda Hazzard, the medical madwoman of Starvation Heights.

Format: TV Pilot

(Posted: 10/05/2014; Updated: 05/10/2019)

By Anton Diether.

A Texas police dispatcher adverse to guns and violence suspects his runaway teenage daughter has been kidnapped by human traffickers. He transfers as a cop to El Paso’s vice squad on a relentless mission to find her. The series follows a religious man’s journey into the heart of darkness, the world of “sexually oriented businesses”, and his sinister evolution into a criminal mind, in the style of Breaking Bad.

Format: TV Pilot

(Posted: 10/05/2014; Updated: 05/10/2019)

By Anton Diether.

Karate Kid meets West Side Story. An interracial teen romance is caught between two gangs of skateboarders and BMX racers in a park turf war. An Indonesian kickboxer and the white sister of the skateboard leader fall in love against her brother’s wishes. When the turf war turns violent, he has to rescue her brother from a dangerous drug ring. A martial-arts action drama of teen love, rage and betrayal.

Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 09/07/2013; Updated: 05/10/2019)

By Anton Diether.

"The Dirty Dozen" meets "Black Hawk Down" in Mexico. Seven post-stressed war vets are hired by Mexican businessmen and a billionaire mercenary contractor to rescue a Sierra Madre town overrun by warring drug cartels. High-tech merc warfare, twisted heroism and ironic plot twists climax in a battle that inspires the locals to take up arms against the cartels, giving birth to a new Mexican revolution.

Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 01/03/2013; Updated: 05/10/2019)

By Anton Diether.

A reinvention of the medieval French fairy tale as a horror romance for adults, in which Belle and the Beast are transformed by love in more complex ways than in the Cocteau or Disney versions. The Beast is a moody, noble savage with magical powers who loves all beauty but despises his own ugliness. Once a handsome heartbreaker, he's cursed with a beastly body, imprisoned in an enchanted castle until the day a woman swears her love to him. Belle is a loner with an idealized sense of romance outside the real world, until she becomes the prisoner/guest of the Beast. Her fear and pity of him turns to friendship and finally to love.

Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 10/14/2011; Updated: 05/10/2019)

By Anton Diether.

Horror comedy in the 80's retro style of "Gremlins". Two young, naive newlyweds move into a Victorian house that's in serious need of supernatural pest control. The new bride discovers and befriends a E.T.-type creature who may be a monster but is the key to an ancient mystery that may save their marriage...if they don't kill each other first.

Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 08/11/2011; Updated: 05/10/2019)

By Anton Diether.

A dysfunctional father and daughter vacationing in Bali, conflicted over a pending divorce, are sole survivors of a plane crash at sea and try to swim to the nearest coast, fighting both natural and human elements of danger. Alternate version for a different location: British Columbia, Canada.

Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 01/03/2011; Updated: 05/10/2019)

By Anton Diether.

Action thriller set in a European ski resort. An American cat burglar with a recent fear of heights pulls off one last rooftop heist and steals a mysterious package. Crossing the Alps to deliver them to a mysterious banker, he's stalked by a clever female assassin. He evades her, using an innocent ski instructor and her students as a ruse, and boards a cable car. The assassin boards with them, when the lift is derailed in mid-air -- a skyhanger with unexpected twists.

Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 09/04/2009; Updated: 05/10/2019)

By Anton Diether.

High-seas survival adventure in a lifeboat, based on a true story and a controversial naval murder trial. As a disabled cruise ship is evacuated, one of its lifeboats is hopelessly lost at sea -- in the path of an oncoming storm. A junior officer, acting as captain, faces a moral dilemma when he realizes there are too many people in the boat to survive the storm: he must play God and decide who goes overboard to die, in order to save the majority of passengers.

Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 09/04/2009; Updated: 05/10/2019)

By Anton Diether.

Ghost dramedy with family values, a la "Ghost" meets "Parenthood". An acclaimed news cameraman who's been neglecting his family for his career dies suddenly under mystical circumstances and returns home as a ghost to haunt his 12-year-old son a week before his 13th birthday. He only has a short time to teach his son life lessons and to learn how to be, and to redeem himself as, a once-absentee dad.

Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 09/04/2009; Updated: 05/05/2019)

By Anton Diether.

Updated take on "Key Largo", character-driven underdog actioner for a male star. A maverick ex-convict drifter and habitual thief, alienated from society and prone to violence, bonds with the pacifist woman owner of a Louisiana monkey sanctuary. When animal smugglers invade her wildlife preserve, the ex-con is forced into a confrontation that finally redeems his lost humanity.

Format: Screenplay

(Posted: 09/04/2009; Updated: 05/05/2019)