The Gepetto Protocol by JR Jordan Baines | Script Revolution

The Gepetto Protocol



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To stay in the real world after their last creator dies, an actionfigure, fashiondoll, superhero, animegirl, and crashdummy—now flesh and blood—must find new believers or be forgotten forever, and get help at a comiccon.

Colonel Max "Shredder" Schroeder is a soldier's soldier, a man of action and military savvy. He awakes in a field after his last mission with one thing on his mind: his next mission. According to the voice in his head (or chest), his new team is made up of Bobbie, Widow, Suzuka, and Crash. He sets out to find them.

What Max finds is a purple Jeep—with a tall, lovely fashion doll of a woman named Bobbie and her traveling companions, edgy Widow and Japanese schoolgirl Suzuka. It isn't until two miles down the highway that Max learns his new team is a "bunch of skirts." But transportation beats walking, so off the four go.

Until they run over a pedestrian. Bobbie blames the Jeep, Max blames Bobbie; but Crash, their new Jeep-mate, seems okay with being run over at 55 miles per hour. It's not the first time. Crash settles in with his new acquaintances and learns they're either lost or uncaring about where the Jeep seems to take them. All he can really discern is that Suzuka is searching for her brother.

Five hundred miles, one name change, a biker bar fight, and one unpaid motel night settled with a wounded ego later, Bobbie's Jeep of odds and ends friends enters the outer Chicago area and heads for the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. Seemingly drawn to the event (largely due to Suzuka's pleading with Max, now driving), the group arrives.

And fit right in with the cosplayers.

It's here that James Nevins and his kids, Cammie and Jimmy, discover Max and company.

And it's here that battle-worn Max, stunning beauty Bobbie, svelte diva Widow, Suzuka-chan, and prototype crash dummy Crash/Gears learn the truth about their new lives. James is the grandson of Steven Lan, action figure Max Schroeder's creator, and Max has the dog tags to prove it. James is shocked to see them.

Equally shocking is that none of them are real. Each is a failed pop culture concept dreamed up by Steven Lan and his creative friends in the late 1960s. Max was supposed to be the next military action hero, Bobbie the next fashion doll rage, Widow an urban comic super-heroine, Suzuka the first American anime, and Crash-now-Gears a high school safe-driving spokesdummy ploy.

None of them are real, and none of them made it off the storyboards and sketchbooks.

They have, however, enacted the Gepetto Protocol, James tells Max and company.

And they have ten days—now three days—to keep their new real world lives or be lost forever.

*Live action.

- Theme: Pop Culture v Real World. What happens when the magic runs out?

- Touches on every artist/creator's dreams of creating a pop culture icon.

- Audience: Family, plus comic book, manga, superhero, action figure & fashion doll fans; universal believing in dreams. High Concept.

- Cast: Ensemble: Action figure, fashion doll, superheroine, anime girl, AI.

- An easily expanded concept/tie-ins: Max’s war stories; Bobbie’s fashion studio/dress-up; Widow’s webcomic; Gear’s Pony Run stories; Suzuka’s time-traveling adventures.

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From the BlackList: "“The Gepetto Protocol” has an interesting concept with definite potential. The script has a lot of fun with its eclectic cast of characters and the way they interact... The script’s biggest hook is in its premise, which could grab some
attention in the vein of “Toy Story” or “Wreck it Ralph”."

Submitted: November 13, 2016
Last Updated: August 31, 2019
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The Writer: JR Jordan Baines

Freelance writer, ghostwriter, and editor, including adaptations and localization work (Chinese bestseller authors in police crime/thriller and science fiction; one police crime novel I edited for English readers has been made into a film in China; another screenplay I edited [English version] had the final Chinese version win the Golden Bear award at a Berlin International Film Festival. Details upon request). I have also rewritten scripts from producer notes, and adapted screenplays to novels. Earlier versions of screenplays and novel manuscripts I've worked on have reached the semi-finals and quarter-finals at the 1995, 1996, and 1997 Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition... Go to bio

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