Wait Till Next Year by Paul Knauer | Script Revolution

Wait Till Next Year

A small-town broadcaster hoping to avoid life in his father's septic business attempts to lift the downtrodden town and his career prospects by calling the winless high school basketball team to a mythical championship.

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Wait Till Next Year is a Disney-style family sports comedy set in 1992.

Based in part on my years as a small-town play-by-play guy, this script weaves a few of my favorite experiences into a much larger and definitely-not-true tale about the role of hope in pursuit of dreams and everyday life.

The story centers on Edward Flanders, a young broadcaster with big dreams. Unfortunately for Edward, his dreams are not his father's. While he's set up for a perfectly good life working at his father's septic repair company, he'd rather take over for the retiring local basketball play-by-play legend. After Edward's father bails him out of a costly situation at the radio station, Edward and his father negotiate a deal for Edward's future: he has until the end of the year to make the broadcasting career work. After that, it's a lifetime commitment to the septic company.

To get the dream job, Edward needs a killer audition tape -- a goal made more difficult by the fact that he burned all of his highlight tapes in a fit of depression/anger.

In pursuit of new highlights for his tape, Edward takes a radio job in a neighboring small town -- the only job he can get. What he doesn't know: the local high school team is horrible. There are no highlights to call.

Edward's need for highlights (and money to pay his bills) leads to a string of questionable decisions -- and a large deception that eventually costs him his job. His recovery from that lie and the town's comedic reaction to it make for a fun-filled, fast-paced ending filled with heart, and the answer to the question: Does Edward really want what he thinks he does?

Wait Till Next Year is fun, it's filled with heart and it's unpredictable (if you haven't read the logline). I can honestly promise, it's sure to be unlike any sports script you've ever read.

Submitted: May 7, 2021
Last Updated: January 20, 2022

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The Writer: Paul Knauer

I’m an optioned screenwriter working out of the Kansas City area. My main focus is thrillers and slightly absurdist comedy with heart. But, I believe becoming a better writer requires pushing personal boundaries, so you’ll notice a thorough mix of genres in my portfolio. Born and raised in St. Louis, I’ve lived in multiple small towns around Missouri, and now Kansas. My projects often center on life in the Midwest -- highlighting the heart of the hard-working Midwest soul. My first script, a sitcom pilot titled OH, BROTHER!, placed second in the 2012 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition and was subsequently optioned. My thriller, 60 FEET UNDER, recently received a rating of GREENLIGHT from... Go to bio

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