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Expedition to Svalbard


A journalist accompanies an international team of biologists to explore the permafrost for genetic remnants of a deadly disease of the Middle Ages.


Sci-Fi (Rated PG-13)
102-page feature screenplay (also formatted as 60-minute pilots)
4-page synopsis
$10+ million budget
© 2012-2023


In a quest for Nobel prizes, publishing rights, and bio-patent riches, virus hunters the world over search for antiquity's deadly pathogens that may lie dormant in the frozen tundra. In this story, microbe-obsessed detectives push the envelope of risk as they pursue the source of one of the most lethal and mysterious outbreaks ever - something inhabitants of the day feared even more than the Black Death: The so-called "English Sweate".

Is 21st Century Man, let alone his immune system, prepared to face the consequences of this reckless archaeology?

"Svalbard" will invite a comparison to the classic monster-in-the-ice film, "The Thing", but it is really a case of "reality seeming to imitate art". Whereas that classic would probably have been as good if it were shot in the Sahara, my story can only follow what's really going on in the world: The ice is where these bugs are being dug up. Expeditions have already been mounted for the Black Death, Spanish Flu, and others.

So, perhaps "The Thing" meets "Contagion" is an appropriate analogy.

If you'd like to view this tense, realistic story, I look forward to sending it to your attention.

Major Characters/Casting Possibilities:

Journalist Sam Ward, 35 years
Grad Student Agnetha Folstadt, 30
The International Team of scientists:
Drs. Robert Moore, 50; Rajit Sharma, 45; Alberto Gonzales, 40; Rachel Foster, 55; Ben Ngamo, 40; Kenta (Ken) Kyoto, 45; Image Tech Rebecca Evans, 30 (all ages approximate; could vary to accommodate more bankable or established cast)


Accolades:

Best Feature Screenplay (Sea of Art Festival - July)


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