Arthur Pen by Ralph Shorter | Script Revolution

Arthur Pen

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Bullies chase young Arthur Pen through a time warp where Merlin the Magician assures the incredulous boy he is King Arthur Pendragon of Round Table fame.
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ARTHUR PEN (13), an unhappy, displaced student from England finds himself in a drab Las Vegas middle school, and immediately makes an enemy of the class bully, LEVON (14). He trips up the bully harassing a younger boy, and flees on his bike. Levon and his friends give chase.

Arthur flies over a huge jump in a dry riverbed through a time whorl, and tumbles down a grassy slope in medieval England. The thugs lose him when the helix slams shut.

Arthur rolls to a stop before MERLIN THE MAGICIAN (60s), who tells the disbelieving lad he is, in fact, King Arthur Pendragon.

Merlin and EGON (40s), an obnoxious dwarf, teach Arthur the arts of personal conduct and weapons handling, after which, Arthur draws Excalibur from an anvil in front of a large crowd, and leads everyone on a rollicking odyssey to Camelot where he must defend the castle from pidgin German speaking VANDAL HORDES.

Upon arrival, the invaders litter the beaches with fast food cartons and drink containers (what else would you expect from Vandals?).

Arthur learns on the job how to be a king and how to handle the ruffians who chased him through the time warp.

His mentors from the past follow him to the present to watch over their “little king.”

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The Writer: Ralph Shorter

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Ralph Douglas Shorter ~ Screenwriter Resumé

About the Screenwriter:

I'm fairly well-rounded, educated (public, high school and college), and was advised many times to be a writer, so, of course, I became a designer for nuclear plants, turning mechanical, electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic schematics into working drawings for trades people (you can't tell the young anything).

After working as such for five years, I realized I was at the top of my pay scale in the industry so I moved on to construction of the nuclear plants, Pickering Nuclear Power Plant, Bruce A & B Generating Stations, as well as shutdown work at... Go to bio

Law Firm: Atkins & Company

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