Burner: A Killing in Palm Springs by Bob Canning | Script Revolution

Burner: A Killing in Palm Springs

A troubled Black detective pursues an opioid-dependent hitman who killed the wrong woman, while the victim’s mother was the intended target, and her vengeful father hired the killer to get rid of his hated ex-wife!



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Three bullets to the victim’s face and hitman Joe McKay is gone. Client Marty Masur, a ruthless businessman, eagerly waits by his burner phone to hear that his hated ex-wife, Lenore, is dead.
Black Police Detective Raynelle Goodpaster investigates while dealing with health and marital issues, and the perceived discrimination of her seemingly unsupportive white police chief.
A shocking discovery! The victim was Marty’s beloved daughter not Lenore. Unhinged, he sets out to kill Joe, while Raynelle vows to the grieving Lenore that she will capture her daughter’s killer.
Joe’s fatal error causes a crisis of conscience but he takes on another hit with callous indifference, by sending an arrogant human smuggler 150 feet off a San Bernardino cliff in his prized classic car!
A perfect trap and a perfect murder. Marty tricks Joe by luring him onto the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway where, at 8500 feet above Coachella Valley, a gun fight breaks out, and Marty is wounded. Joe escapes and Marty winds up in the ICU where a vengeful Lenore visits him, and deviously ends his life. When she flees, she is killed by a big rig in a spectacular crash at the feet of the smiling 26-foot tall “Forever Marilyn” [Monroe] statue!
The end of the road. After a harrowing car chase, Joe and Raynelle come face to face when his car breaks down. Unable to kill another woman, Joe tries to turn the gun on himself, only to be talked out of suicide by Raynelle, and she arrests him. A newfound self-awareness helps Raynelle face her personal crises in a more positive and healing way.

All Accolades & Coverage: 

BURNER: A Killing in Palm Springs, a WriteMovies Competition winner, is “Flat-out amazing and it legitimately blew me away,” said Matt Dy, Austin Film Festival. TSL Notes and Stage 32 coverage both gave it a high RECOMMEND, calling it, respectively, “A complete page-turner… dark, unique [and] fantastic!” and “Very strong right out of the gate. This project has good commercial prospects… as an indie, an HBO show or [for] streaming.”

Submitted: August 20, 2020
Last Updated: August 26, 2020

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The Writer: Bob Canning

Bob is a published, 2-time international award-winning playwright, and has won or placed in several screenplay competitions. His first direct-to-video sex comedy went Platinum in sales and begat two sequels. His latest screenplay, BURNER: A Killing in Palm Springs, received two high RECOMMENDS, and was a winner in the WriteMovies Screenplay Competition, and is currently being promoted by WriteMovies and Stage 32. He is seeking representation. (An hour after joining and writing this bio, I got a notice that BURNER was named a Semi-Finalist in the Fade-In Competition.) Go to bio
Lawyer: Stephen F. Breimer

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