Pod People by Cheryl Boyles | Script Revolution

Pod People



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An abrasive pop star tortured by a secret past finds love, forgiveness, and healing through the humanness of a little girl hunted by the U.S.'s corporate-corrupted government for exploitable alien technology spliced into her DNA.

New Year's Eve, 2020, finds a brash and cynical mega-pop star preparing for another world tour. Masked by clouds, a UFO over the Ball Drop in Times Square releases twelve luminous, colored pods that float into the revelers — one yellow pod going astray. On the pop star's penthouse balcony, something begins to hatch, not the least, her decades-old tormenting secret.

Left in the sun at a clandestine government facility, another pod hatches, this one blue and containing a man in need of medical attention. Kidnapping the blue pod-man from the hospital, alien-theorist heroes step in and hide him away in an alternative government underground. But energy conglomerate, Raydawn Oil, with the help of corrupt government officials, takes the ten remaining pods into custody and hides them away for their own use.

Raydawn soon finds that a microchip has been added to the DNA of each of the ten people hatched from the pods — a technology the energy conglomerate intends to patent if they can classify their discovery and determine its functionality before the U.S.'s anti-corruption woman president-elect is sworn in. Finding that they need all twelve pod people to unlock the DNA mystery, Raydawn, in a race against the clock, goes public with its intense manhunt for the blue pod-man, and the yellow pod-person whose mysterious identity is being fiercely protected by a handful of the most unlikely of suspects.

As the cat-and-mouse game with global stakes ratchets up, so do international tensions and breakout world-wide protest demonstrations. Meanwhile back in Manhattan, our newly empowered pop star has no intention of letting what she once so cruelly lost be torn from her again.

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2017 Finish Line Script Competition - Selected for Festival

Submitted: July 20, 2019
Last Updated: March 28, 2020
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The Writer: Cheryl Boyles

Long before I could print my name, I was "writing" dialogue. As a child, I did a lot of pretending and talking to myself, but this thrilling process of creating conversation involved editing — the alpha and omega literary love of my life. The first screenplay I ever read was for the 70s film, "Billy Jack," because the paperback version was literally the movie script. As a 13-year-old kid, this alien style of writing spoke to me on somehow familiar terms, and I said to myself, "I could do that." I married young to escape an abusive household and turned to reading the classics while raising babies because college was out of the question. The thing I loved most about reading was the way I was... Go to bio

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