The Stonecarver by Rob Barkan | Script Revolution

The Stonecarver

Deep under Manhattan a vision-haunted Native American tunnel worker and his sandhog crew unearth an ancient time-warping pyramid that threatens to destroy the city.



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A vision-haunted Native American tunnel worker joins a Columbia geology professor and his beautiful assistant to discover the terrifying secret of an ancient Atlantean pyramid buried deep under Murray Hill, Manhattan. They are caught in the clash of an artifact-coveting construction tycoon and a hardened Homeland Security agent as time runs out for the entire planet. This riveting adventure is filled with dazzling vistas of New York altered in a spectacular way by the pyramid's unpredictable surges of power. The screenplay can be easily adapted as a TV series or mini-series.

A fascinating, riveting opening scene that pits Colonial Dutch soldiers in 17th century Manhattan against a sailback dinosaur in classic Spielberg style. As we are thrust into present day New York we are left with the mystery of how the creature got there. Could it be the mysterious pyramid the soldiers discovered at the top of Murray Hill, emanating an uncontrollable time-warping energy field? Homeland Security Agent Howard Barrow faces a crucial decision. Shut down the pyramid's power or nuke midtown Manhattan to destroy it. But Native-American tunnel worker Johnny Two Rocks is there to complicate Barrow's mission, offering a way to control the ancient stone power station he is strangely linked to. Will the spirit ways of Johnny's tribe save Manhattan and the planet, or will Barrow's hardnosed military approach melt New York City into slag? Throw in a construction tycoon and his hired mercenaries hell-bent on stealing the pyramid's artifacts...a beautiful geologist's assistant...and dazzling vistas of New York altered in a spectacular way by the pyramid's unpredictable surges of power.

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Carson Reeves Top 5, ScriptShadow's Friday Showdown. (as Quiescent)

Submitted: November 19, 2016
Last Updated: June 17, 2020

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The Writer: Rob Barkan

Rob has been writing horror, fantasy and science fiction since the age of seven. He has placed several short tales in small press and online magazines like Lovecraft's Weird Mysteries, Dark Planet and Strange Fire. A more extensive collection appeared on his award-winning Deathlife Gravesite. He has taken a deep plunge into screenplay writing for the past few years, totally enjoying mastering the art of visual writing. He recently scripted segments for a Hollywood director's horror anthology project, showing a great ability working under time pressure to make required changes. His short scripts have received favorable reviews at Shootin' The Shorts. Rob's screenplays have been utilized as a... Go to bio

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