Junior High Genie by Audrey Hackett | Script Revolution

Junior High Genie

A preteen girl's life becomes increasingly complicated when she unleashes an adolescent, hard-to-manage genie, who can't leave until he grants her three wishes—and realizes he may not want to leave at all.

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Junior High Genie is a present-day family comedy half-hour TV show that incorporates the charm and consequences of magic with the reality of middle-school. Set in an American small town, Genie pays homage to the hijinks of I Dream of Jeannie and the friendships and family fun reminiscent of Wizards of Waverly Place.

In the pilot, skater-girl Ava discovers a mysterious bracelet in her mother’s thrift store and after she rubs a smudge off the large jewel, accidentally summons teenage genie JAVED, who’s been trapped inside since the 80s. Thinking he is a thief, Ava kicks him in the head for the best and worst genie master introduction ever.

At first scared, but then excited, Ava isn’t sure how to keep Javed a secret from her mother or her two bffs. Unbeknownst to Javed or Ava, evil Jinn Ramir sensed Javed’s reemergence into the world and tracked him down to the antique store. During school the next day, Ava accidently wished ill will on her nemesis, Crystal. Unwilling to use up one of her wishes, she convinced Javed not to grant it. Later, her friends Saanvi and Tyler unexpectedly show up at her house and Ava is forced to confide in them. After their discussion of what she should wish for, they conspire to keep Javed and his true identity a secret.

Ramir finds Baji chilling on a beach and orders him to retrieve Javed before he tells his new master the three wishes rule is a lie. Baji reluctantly leaves paradise and appears in small town America outside of the antique store. Inside, he is focused on finding the bracelet but is unprepared for the revelation that Javed’s new master is a preteen girl.
As the series continues, Ava’s life becomes more complicated than it was before when she only had to worry about Crystal besting her in science class or missing her father who’s been away for months on an archaeological dig in Peru. Things intensify as Ava competes against Crystal’s team with the hopes of securing a slot at the state science fair, all without the interference of Javed's magic.

As Ava and her team prepare their science project, Javed embraces life as a modern middle-school teen, with hijinks running the gamut from flying skateboards to dates for the school dance. Javed manages to keep the three wishes rule a secret hoping that as long as Ava refuses to make her three wishes, he can enjoy being a teenager. That is if he can also placate Baji and not anger Ramir who wants him hidden away for eternity.

Ava and her friends will realize that with great power, comes great responsibility – but also great danger – and there are others who seek out the power of the genie and are willing to do anything for it. And as she and Javed become closer, she worries about the repercussions of using up her wishes. Javed begins to wonder if his situation is reversible and if he could be human again.

A hilarious ride full of fun, friendship and fantasy, JUNIOR HIGH GENIE is sure to appeal to a diverse young audience. JUNIOR HIGH GENIE has the elements needed to attract viewers of similar live-action magic infused shows such as Just Add Magic, Dwight In Shining Armor, and Sabrina The Teenage Witch.

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No BullScript Consulting (Danny Manus)
Endorsed by KIDS FIRST! Film Festival 2020
Semifinalist - 2020 Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Screenplay Competition
Top 50 quarterfinalist - 2019 Write/LA Screenwriting Competition

Submitted: May 4, 2021
Last Updated: November 9, 2021

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The Writer: Audrey Hackett

Following an accomplished career as a photographer, photo editor, and marketer, Audrey Hackett has reinvented herself to pursue her passion. A lifelong movie and children’s book aficionado, Audrey’s true calling is writing content for a young audience. To acquire the education required by her dream job, she attended screenwriting seminars, studied the hero’s journey, and earned an MFA in Children’s Literature. She then elevated her writing skills by completing both a six-month and four-month screenwriting mentorship with a professional script consultant. Confirming her natural talent, Audrey’s first TV pilot, JUNIOR HIGH GENIE, placed as a semifinalist in the 2020 Creative Screenwriting... Go to bio

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