Fatal Draft by Oscar Moreno | Script Revolution

Fatal Draft

A young writer suspected of murder must clear her name and uncover the identity of the killer who is hunting down her colleagues and friends.

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Right off the road in the Mojave Desert, a mysterious figure murders Sterling Watson in a diner bathroom. On the road, JUDY MONARREZ and her best friend Rachel are headed to a small island off the California coast so Judy can go to a diverse writer’s retreat, as part of a talent incubator. Once there, she meets the program’s leader MARISSA SANCHEZ and her assistant BARRY, and fellow writers ABDUL, THAD, NICK and LINDSAY. They mention that there’s been online harassment against them from internet troll games. FALCO, Judy’s manager, calls her, informing her that her latest script has been turned down by producers. She tells her she’d like to do something different but Falco micromanages her career.

DETECTIVE HANSEN, Marissa’s ex-husband arrives to tell them about Sterling’s murder. Everyone is shocked, especially Lindsay who was in a long distance relationship with Abdul. As the shock wears off, Nick and Judy start flirting with each other. Marissa orders delivery for breakfast, receiving it from delivery boy LANCE, which turns out to poison Thad. Hansen begins to suspect that the killer might be someone in the writers’ group. Soon another body hits the floor: Barry. Rachel discovers that Judy left her phone behind. The killer goes after Lindsay and Judy realizes this, trying to stop him, but she’s too late. But her presence there, only amplifies Detective Hansen’s suspicions of her, along with her reluctance to fulfill her background check.

Hansen decides to detain and interrogate Judy but she refuses to talk without a lawyer. The killer attacks Marissa. Hansen comes for her protection but he’s killed as well. Nick turns out to be an accomplice of the killer who is no other than Lance, the delivery boy. Judy tries to escape from them, but finds herself in their clutches as they reveal they were killing her colleagues and friends as a statement against white, male artists being replaced.

Rachel arrives, noticing Marissa’s and Hansen’s bodies. She takes the latter’s gun and goes to Judy’s rescue, both of them confronting the killers until they’re dead. Weeks later, Judy is out of the hospital and returning home with Rachel. She gets a phone call from Falco asking her to sell the life rights to her story, but she refuses. After she hangs up, she gets another call from an unknown voice, threatening to haunt her as revenge for Nick and the Script Killer. “Bring it on,” she tells him before hanging up.

Submitted: August 29, 2019
Last Updated: March 14, 2021

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The Writer: Oscar Moreno

I'm an optioned bilingual Mexican writer and filmmaker from the U.S./Mexico border. My life here has taken me from witnessing the horrors of violence to the joy of seeing its survivors lead happy lives, and experiencing what it's like to be a musician and to soak up the moments of love and weirdness you can find here. My passion for storytelling has stemmed from filmmaking and impacted different aspects of my life. I’m mainly focused on writing and making the kinds of gritty and mesmerizing thrillers, horror movies and sci-fi that I’d stay up watching late at night as a teenager. But I also love powerful drama and believe all of these flavors can be combined and provide an exciting... Go to bio

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