Once Upon a Time in Old New Mexico by Deenur _ | Script Revolution

Once Upon a Time in Old New Mexico

African-American cowboy Bartholomew Johnson, is fascinated and wary when a stranger offers him a “can’t miss” six-shooter. Now Bat must decide if his gun defines him, or if identity is determined in a higher purpose.



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"Once Upon a Time in Old New Mexico" is a Faith-based Western and written along the lines of films like "The Fastest Gun Alive" and "High Noon."

Bartholomew Johnson is homesteading in 1880's New Mexico with his wife and daughters, when a bad storm hits the area. The weather strands a stranger in the area, and Bat allows him to stay the night in his barn. As thanks, the stranger gives Bat a beautiful pistol. Bat discovers that the pistol is eerily accurate, and he ends up saving the county sheriff from an assassination attempt. Bat finds that his new efficiency with his pistol allows him some respect and notoriety, but not all good. In a series of confrontations with local gunslingers, thieves, and rustlers, Bat develops a fast-draw gunslinger reputation. He struggles with who society has branded him as, who he has been all his life, who he is now, and who he wants to be.

Bat realizes his new reputation is endangering his family, and with deadly outlaws closing in on him, Bat has to decide if he is going to send his wife and girls away to protect them, and spend his life running, or stand his ground and kill again.

I believe the underlying principles of identity, purpose, personal value, fear, redemption and faith in "Once Upon a Time in Old New Mexico" will appeal to a wide audience.

About me: In addition to completing 13 screenplays (with 3 receiving a contract), I have written three novels (one for which I received a contract), and numerous short works (two with a contract).

Best regards,
Deenur G

Submitted: September 3, 2016
Last Updated: May 13, 2023

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Screenwriter, author, all around good guy. Passionate about strong plotting and characterization. I see way too many character violations for the sake of moving the plot along. If the writing is strong and thoughtful, it will move the reader/viewer along, engaging them, pulling them in, and making them fans. My work has been read and vetted by B-movie film legend Bill Rebane, actor Joseph C. Phillips, and producer Jeff Faehnle. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm11122306/ Go to bio

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