Various stolen ideas have paved the way for a screenplay I’m tentatively calling “OrsonSharktopus vs. HydraHeston” and it’s exactly what you think it is.
OrsonSharktopus is a mythical beast, not only because a shark with the tentacles of an octopus and the head of Orson Welles is not (yet) a physical possibility, but also because “OrsonSharktopus vs. HydraHeston” will play out as the sequel to an as-yet-unwritten screenplay.
That’s right: I’m skipping the original (just “OrsonSharktopus”) and going straight for the match-up between a seemingly equal yet wildly different creature.
HydraHeston is basically a seven-headed sea monster, and each head is Charlton Heston. Advantages to having seven different heads of Charlton Heston include multiple beard/mustache/baby face configurations and fourteen rifle-scope-keen eyeballs. OrsonSharktopus has only two eyes and one mustache, but it does have eight bitchin’ tentacles.
The dialogue’s going to have to be as hard-boiled as I can make it. Style will play an important role. As will wooden acting, if I have anything to say about it.
I cooked up a basic synopsis while doing laundry this weekend. Here is what I wrote down:
Setting: beach town
- Idyllic, except when something goes wrong
- People are completely ill-equipped to deal with adversity
Mayor up for reelection
- will do anything to get reelected
— Clings to power like it’s fucking air or something; massive fear of losing power.
— Cares more about election results than actual townspeople
- Wants to have election day on the beach, with a barbeque
— will produce higher turnout
— will also sort of “bribe” townspeople to vote for him
— Willing to risk lives to have elections on beach
Journalists in love
- Work together as a team
- Have to hide marriage from mayor (and everybody else) in order to continue working as a team
- Are very close to the mayor
- Man journalist is very reserved and cautious
- Lady journalist is totally balls-to-the-wall troublemaker, a la Lois Lane (but less annoying).
Scientists with a common guilty past
- Living with guilt of creating OrsonSharktopus and not destroying the monster
- Reach out to journalists when Mayor won’t return phone calls
— Mysterious note to journalists
— Meeting in dark cafe prior to showing them the lab with OrsonSharktopus
- Tell journalists about OrsonSharktopus with their promise they won’t publish findings
— Only way they were able to stop OrsonSharktopus was to freeze it in Carbonite
— Tell journalists best way to stop HydraHeston is to freeze it in Carbonite
- These two were some of the main characters in the original “OrsonSharktopus”
Old Pirate General
- Mayor uses this guy to head all military-type operations
— Retired, but gets pulled out of retirement from time to time.
— No one is really sure if he was a pirate or a general, but he certainly knows what he’s doing…
- He wears an eye patch and has lots of tattoos, including a battleship across his chest and anchors on his forearms.
HydraHeston terrorizes the town. The journalists implore the mayor to close the beach, but he refuses because of the elections. He forbids the journalists to publish any news about HydraHeston, so they instead publish an article about how the mayor won’t close the beach because of the election barebeque; they fill the article with innuendo about how the mayor is willing to risk innocent lives and is also willing to censor the newspapers. The enraged mayor gets the two journalists assigned to an out-of-town assignment, but just as they are about to board a plane, they receive a mysterious note with a meeting request and promise of info re: HydraHeston…they decide to meet the scientists and stay in town to get the full scoop on the creature.
The journalists learn from the scientists of a possible way to stop HydraHeston, a plan that worked before…when they captured and froze OrsonShaktopus in Carbonite. When the journailists present this plan to the right parties, i.e. the mayor and the pirate general, they give it a try. Unfortunately, HydraHeston is just a little too bad-ass and the plan to freeze it in Carbonite totally doesn’t work. The journalists go back to the scientists for more ideas, but all they can come up with is to release OrsonSharktopus into the water to fight HydraHeston. They debate the consequences of releasing OrsonSharktopus, but the mayor shows up and orders it to be done…far away from the beach. He charges them to find a way to draw HydraHeston out, away from the beach, where they could release OrsonSharktopus to fight it and kill it.
The plan is in motion: the scientists will take the frozen OrsonSharktopus in a boat out to a floating mass of garbage in the ocean, and the journalists will fly with the old pirate general in a chopper, throwing steaks along the way to lure the beast out. Once near the floating mass, the chopper will land (on the garbage), the scientists will row to shore (of the garbage), and once together they will detonate explosives on the boat, sinking it, allowing the Carbonite to release the monster OrsonSharktopus. Once released, the humans will all board the chopper and fly away. The only snag comes as they are luring HydraHeston; somehow, the beast takes a piece of garbage and manages to throw it at the chopper. It hits the chopper so hard, one of the journalists falls out onto the garbage. She survives the fall, but is now lost on the garbage mass. What’s worse, HydraHeston has figured out how to climb on dry land (garbage); it chases her and she evades to the best of her abilities. The scientists detonate the explosives, starting the process to release OrsonSharktopus, but there’s no telling what will happen while HydraHeston is on land…as the journalist falls off a cliff of garbage into the water, it looks like all is lost — and as HydraHeston seems about to gobble her up by leaping into the water, OrsonSharktopus catches it. There is a humongous fight scene between the two mythical beasts as the humans scramble to help the journalist and get everyone back to the chopper. They nearly get caught up in the fight as the mass of garbage gets torn apart by the titans, but they eventually make it back to the chopper and escape. Flying away, they can see that OrsonSharktopus has killed HydraHeston, but then swam away…As they get back to dry land, they tell the voting public about OrsonSharktopus and demand that the mayor be held accountable for his actions.
I’m hoping to live near the beach when we move out to California (whenever that will be). I trust any town on the beach could be considered “idyllic” and will be great for research purposes while writing this screenplay. Also, great for surfing. And terrifying, because of the threat of massive sea monster attacks.
Obviously, this is preliminary. If anybody has any thoughts on story and/or characters, please let me know. I’ll be happy to take all comments into consideration. I’m good like that.
Otherwise, it’s all systems go on a full-length screenplay.
…And by “all systems go” I mean I’ll get to it in my spare time.