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The Fortune Teller of Beecroft
(Part 5 of 5)


Monsters threaten Sam and Befany at every turn, as a peculiar new resident to Beecroft Manor predicts an ominous event that could overturn everything Sam and Befany have fought for.


Young-Adult Dark Fantasy (Rated PG-13)
104-page feature screenplay (also formatted as two 60-minute episodes)
3-page synopsis
$6+ million budget
© 2016

This screenplay is the 5th in a series of (so far) five campfire-creepy coming-of-age stories in which my pre-teen heroes deal with baddies both of the human kind (bullies, dealers and bigots) and paranormal kind (magic, myth and monsters): As if poverty in a tough neighborhood isn’t bad enough!

Set somewhere between “Harry Potter” (kids 'n magic) and “Halloween” (but without the gore), this series is suitable for the tweens and up crowd and could generate gigabytes of social media. And, like many stories that feature youngsters as the pivotal characters, you can cast some serious performers in the adult roles to enhance the appeal to mature audiences.

While it is felt strongly that Beecroft is a fun “kids' series with some big scares in it”, as opposed to a “scary mature series with some kids in it”, the stories are not appropriate for VERY young children. For example, when the little old witch does her witchy thing on the bad guys, it could scare children away from their grandmother! As well, some serious issues are exposed obliquely or head-on throughout the stories: Racism, drugs, death, elder/child abuse, etc.

Locations: Primary/elementary school and retirement/nursing home - set in a poorer area of town. As a result of events at the end of Part 4, Sam and Befany do move from adjacent units 205 and 207, in their old apartment building, to nicer parts of town and into separate houses.

The “Beecroft” series so far, with dream cast suggestions (I have already reached out to some of these or their reps):

Leading characters - Sam and Befany (both 12 years of age): TBD

 Part 1.  The Hag of Beecroft  (96pp):  Lily ( Maggie Smith Glenn Close  or  Vivien Bridson )
 Part 2.  The Vampyre of Beecroft  (104pp):  Mrs. Madison ( Amy Adams Winona Ryder , or  Rose Byrne )
 Part 3.  The Rougarou of Beecroft  (102pp):  Alfred ( Bill Nighy Ian McKellen , or  Morgan Freeman )
 Part 4.  The Boogieman of Beecroft  (98pp):  The Headmaster ( Ron Perlman  or  Tom Noonan )
 Part 5. The Fortune Teller of Beecroft (104pp):  Abigale ( Angela Bassett  or  Whoopi Goldberg )

Comprehensive 5-page ratings report from KIDS FIRST! available upon request

Buy the eBook version of the full 5-part series at  Amazon  or  Kobo


Accolades:

The entire series achieved “Nominee” status (equivalent to “Finalist”) in the Swedish International Film Festival (submitted April-July), and The Vampyre of Beecroft was declared the overall Winner for July!

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