SKULDUGGERY

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TITLE – SKULDUGGERY

GENRE – FAMILY ADVENTURE

PITCH – THE GOONIES with a Cajun twist

LOGLINE – An orphaned Cajun boy and his summertime friends must outwit a merciless Voodoo Queen in order to survive and unearth a legendary Pirate’s treasure.

BUDGET – Under 10MIL

PROSPECTS

“The Goonies” with a Cajun twist, “Skulduggery” is a fun and often heartwarming family adventure. The fantastic Louisiana setting, richly utilized and integrated, is memorable and a draw in itself. Considering the general family happiness achieved here, this script should quickly find a home at one of the more well-regarded production companies. The Treasure Hunter Squad is an endearing team, and perhaps there are more adventures to be had this Summer. There may be franchise possibilities here.” – Blacklist Evaluation

“This is an exciting premise that captures our imaginations, with a true sense of danger and stakes, and we are all game for the ride. Even though this is intended to be a film for young viewers, older kids and adults are hungry for real drama, and will delight in this tale of youthful adventure. We are constantly worrying that our characters are in over their heads, that they might fall into a trap they can’t escape from. Looking at classic adventure films like ET or THE GOONIES, the writer has managed to invoke similar emotional elements, yet the script maintains a safe distance and does not feel derivative. There’s lighthearted fun and broad appeal, and the script should quickly find its way past the gatekeepers and into the hands of those who should make it.” – Blacklist Evaluation

“SKULDUGGERY features a refreshing take on the childhood adventure theme with fun characters and a wonderfully unique setting. The script has the makings to be a thoroughly entertaining family adventure film with some important messages as well. Though the the traditional theatrical market for family focused projects is quite narrow and only a few projects find their way to success, SKULDUGGERY has a fine chance at finding this success. However if SKULDUGGERY can’t find a place in the theatrical market it is equally well-suited for a VOD or streaming space.” – Blacklist Evaluation

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STRENGTHS

“SKULDUGGERY is a high-spirited and heartfelt family adventure with a fantastic setting well-realized and an endlessly endearing cast of characters. The Treasure Hunter Squad, as they come to call themselves, are a plucky and likable team that take this grand quest far beyond a bit of treehouse make-believe. Johnny is a complex and compelling hero. He has seen tragedy in his own life, but finds adventure, love, and hope with these new friends, and we’re right there with them. The script has a particular skill of blending credible danger with childlike purity, for an enchanting and compelling effect that is the stuff of great fantasy. The scene where Abby tames the fearsome Gris-Gris The Alligator with marshmallows is a charming example. From the mysterious bayou to the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana itself is practically a character, jumping off the page and playing an integral role in the nature of the adventure.”

– Blacklist Evaluation

“There’s such a lively sense of youthful adventure in this script: the writer has beautifully captured what it’s like to be young and full of wonder. The setting is evocative and vivid, filled with all sorts of dangers and delights. It’s the perfect location for a childhood adventure.”

– Blacklist Evaluation

“Overall, this is an enjoyable, swashbuckling, swampy adventure that will transport audiences to a different place without ever leaving our planet. Its positive message of inclusion, the wonders of childhood, and a life free of technology makes it a property worth considering at any production company looking to tell stories about kids in the American South.”

– Blacklist Evaluation

“Beyond the intrigue of decoding pirate maps and the youthful thrill of discovery, I responded to the thematic resolve that ‘family is the greatest treasure of all.’”

– Script Consultant

“The Louisiana Bayou is expertly described and captures the summertime glow of family films of the past. Perhaps the most interesting device in this script is the decoding of the treasure map, which adds a fun element for both the viewer and characters.”

– Blacklist Evaluation