Firestorm by Clayton Emery | Script Revolution


France, 1944, the City of Miracles... Amid fighting so fierce even angels and demons join in, a pacifist sergeant, a girl playing at war, and a disgraced major uncover Hitler's plot to destroy all Europe.



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France, 1944, the City of Miracles... A company of GIs come to liberate the city, but are scattered by artillery to suffer strange and terrifying encounters... An American sergeant - a pacifist turned warrior - worries about his men but forges ahead on his mission. He's to meet the French Resistance. But it's a schoolgirl playing at war, who soon sees her family massacred. Their meeting leads to heartthrobs and heartbreak. While the Nazis circle to bottle them in...

"Firestorm" is "Lost meets Supernatural in World War 2". In twenty-six searing episodes American GIs, Germans of all stripes, and the French Resistance skirmish through the ancient city to find the fabled center. Gypsies, civilians, exorcists, ghosts, and others - all broken souls seeking redemption - join the fight as it seesaws back and forth. Converging toward the legendary's city center, everyone eventually learns the dark secret hidden in the catacombs might unleash catastrophe on Europe. It's up to one American sergeant, a failed pacifist, to decide if the city can be saved, or must be consumed in a firestorm - even as an angel(?) soars upward to do battle with Satan's minions(?).

Structurally, every episode contains the A Plot) a strategic objective to be fought over and capture, often with some supernatural intervention, the B Plot) focus on one broken soul's back story as it mirrors the A Plot, and C Plot) the overarching mystery of what lies under the catacombs, and how the many mythical elements will combine to defeat it. So like "Lost", as broken souls stumble through mysteries. Like "The Wire" with deep character backgrounds of the Americans, French, and Germans (dutiful and evil). So like "Supernatural" as mythic monsters and human monsters wreak havoc and must be tamed. So like "Saving Private Ryan" with painfully young people thrust into nitty-gritty war and agonizing decisions.

Submitted: July 23, 2018
Last Updated: January 11, 2019

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The Writer: Clayton Emery

Professional writer and technical writer for 30 years. Wrote 20+ Dungeons & Dragons novels, Robin Hood retelling, and numerous mystery shorts that appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Martin Greenberg anthologiies, Mammoth collections, and elsewhere. Technical writer for software, industry, nuclear, and federal government including the FAA and DHS. One screenwriting credit, "The Republic", filmed with Sean Young and Marc Singer, but never finished. See my Wikipedia, Amazon, or IMDB pages. Go to bio

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