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March 28, 2015

Movie Pitch — Snow Dogs 2: Snow Cats

Inspired by a screenplay by Jim Kouf and Tommy Swerdlow & Michael Goldberg and Mark Gibson & Philip Halprin, which itself took is premise from Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen

We open in Miami. Dr. Theodore “Ted”/”Teddy Bear” Brooks (Cuba Gooding Jr.) has come home for the funeral of his adoptive mother, Amelia, with wife Barb (Joanna Bacalso), two young children, and several huskies in tow. His cousin, Rupert (Sisqó), picks them up from the airport and takes them directly to the wake. Tragedy turns to levity when the dogs excitedly play with the many children of the Brooks extended family, allowing the adults to reflect on the pure innocence and joy of the next generation. Although some family members are disappointed that Ted abandoned the family that raised him, they warm up to him and his new life.

At the funeral, Ted tosses an intricate Inuit necklace, left behind by his birth mother, onto Amelia’s casket while the others toss roses and dirt. Later, at the reading of the will, Ted is shocked by a new revelation: Thunder Jack, who had married Amelia before passing away, was wrong about being his birth father. His real birth father was a Nepali sherpa who had migrated to Alaska looking for freedom and opportunity. Amelia spent her last years tracking down Ted’s real father, but she died before she found him. She bequeaths everything she found before dying.

Luckily, Rupert has parlayed his successful dental practice into a sideline business as a part-time private investigator. (He considers a dentist to be the private detective of the mouth.) Ted, Barb, and Rupert are surprised by how close Amelia came to finding the right man. She had found the man’s name, but not what had happened to him after he put Ted up for adoption. Rupert learns that the father was accused of killing a man in a barfight, so he fled the country. He tracks him back to his Nepali village, where he has lived a quiet life to this day.

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Posted by D. B. Bates on March 28, 2015 9:16 AM  | Permalink  | Print-Friendly  | Comments (0)

November 15, 2011

Debt Collection

Title: Debt Collection Genre: Action Draft: Third Length: 107 pages Logline: Ex-CIA operative Merritt Stone arrives in a small village in Nigeria to learn the identities of the men who stole his sister’s life savings. There, he discovers a much…

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October 21, 2010

Time Wasters

Title: Time Wasters Genre: Comedy/Sci-Fi Draft: Second Length: 117 pages Logline: An unemployed musician tries to make ends meet by taking a job at a fast-food restaurant. He’s quickly reassigned to the company’s research labs, where he’s assigned by a…

Posted by D. B. Bates on October 21, 2010 3:31 PM  | Permalink  | Print-Friendly  | Comments (0)

October 10, 2010

Tones of Home (Screenplay)

Title: Tones of Home (Screenplay) Genre: Romantic Comedy Draft: Third Length: 111 pages Logline: Tired of fighting the pressure from family and friends, insurance adjustor Robin Kelley has reluctantly agreed to settle down and marry her longtime boyfriend, a successful…

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May 21, 2010

Objects in Mirror

(Written with a Partner Who Prefers Anonymity) Title: Objects in Mirror Genre: Romantic Comedy Draft: Second Length: 110 pages Logline: Cynical rock journalist Meghan Larris has earned a reputation as a harsh critic and blunt interviewer, alienating many of pop…

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December 4, 2009


Title: Enraptured Genre: Comedy/Horror Draft: Fourth Length: 117 pages Logline: When a geeky high school senior fails to find a date for the prom, he joins a Satanic cult hellbent on bringing about the Rapture — getting rid of all the goody…

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November 10, 2009

Measuring Girth

Title: Measuring Girth Genre: Situation Comedy Draft: First Length: 31-page show bible, plus six scripts approximately 30-35 pages each Logline: In mid-2009, a small subsidiary of an enormous television production entity tasked a harried young executive with a challenge: bring…

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July 6, 2009


Title: Disappear Genre: Thriller Draft: Third Length: 121 pages Logline: A pair of siblings hide out in Chicago while they try to expose the government organization responsible for a military assault that killed the entire populous of their rural town….

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June 6, 2009

The Paper Man Rides On

Title: The Paper Man Rides On Genre: Comedy Draft: Third Length: 112 pages Logline: A high school student, struggling with confidence in himself, finds a mentor in an aged Paper Man, Chosen One of an ancient order of newspaper deliverymen….

Posted by D. B. Bates on June 6, 2009 3:35 PM  | Permalink  | Print-Friendly  | Comments (0)