Best Action/Adventure Screenplays

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WHITE DEVIL OF SHANGHAI

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. Script Excerpt

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TYPHOON

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. Script Excerpt

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KICKER

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. Script Excerpt

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NARCOVILLE

"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. Script Excerpt

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SWIM FOR YOUR LIVES

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. Script Excerpt

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SKYHANGER

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. Script Excerpt

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LOST AT SEA

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. Script Excerpt

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WILD CARGO

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. Script Excerpt

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