doppelganger

country_of_origin: United Kingdom
Uploaded: 05-01-2011
Length: 113 pages
Status: screenplay

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Logline: When murder gets real- fiction takes over!

A writer of a seedy private-eye t.v. series- (plagued by the appearance of his main fictional creation(only he can see/hear him)- becomes the leading suspect in a multiple murder with his fictional character his only alibi.

Synopsis: IAN is a writer of a t.v. series concerning a grubby private-eye MALCOLM.
He uses Malcolm’s character as an excuse to return to his old neighbourhood.
While there- he finds his first girlfriend-RUTH still living there. So- he observes.
We open with Ian in his old neighbourhood- listening/taping local slang- and observing the entry to an apartment block. He is mistaken for a drug-squad snoop and harassed by two youths. At home, he re-creates the scene, with Malcolm taking over Ian’s role. (As he types the slug-line into his pc- we slip into MALCOLM’S world.). We see the same incident - except Malcolm, (his fictional creation) gives the youths a hard time and squirts them with mace.

Malcolm appears to Ian one night, demanding changes to his character. Ian assumes Malcolm is a burglar– until his wife- ANNE interrupts and he realises no-one else can see or hear Malcolm.
Ian is confused- assumes he’s experiencing the onset of a mental breakdown. Malcolm derides this- threatens to strike - unless changes are made to his character.
He also questions Ian’s subliminal writing; vicariously living-off Malcolm’s exploits-having him do things Ian would love to- but hasn’t the nerve to try.
What bothers Ian most- is Malcolm’s timing. Appearing as Ian is about to have sex with Anne-
as he is outlining an idea to his producer- and as the police question him about a his involvement in a brutal murder…with Malcolm his only alibi!
Malcolm makes the most of those moments, creating humour and grief for Ian. Moreover, when Malcolm falls in love with another of Ian’s fictional characters- Ian goes haywire- ‘What do you mean,....love? I write the script! I decide these things - okay?’
Whilst Ian becomes embroiled in a triple murder- he continues writing Malcolm’s script- having him sent on an errand by a gangster- involving drugs/cash and a beautiful girl. He hopes to finally kill Malcolm off- only to realise the alternative could be much worse!
As the two stories run parallel- Ian a multiple murder suspect and Malcolm heading to his death-
Ian’s life is saved by Malcolm’s intervention- causing him to re-write his script’s ending

Plot keywords: ben the kitchen

Notes: Dopp- has also been transposed to suit the US market- dialogue/location and argot changes.


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