Submission Samples from the Action Genre

Title: The Blacklist

Logline: A ragtag bunch of criminal has-beens and wanna-bees band together to take on Philadelphia's most notorious thief.

Synopsis: Art thieves, Austin Black and Nick Elling thought that they were ready for prime time. But their first solo score ended in debacle and a lengthy prison sentence. When they learn that they were set up by their former boss - a strong-armed tactician known as The Ghost - they piece together a group of blacklisted crooks to attempt the unthinkable: highjack The Ghost's big score.

Title: Leverage

Logline: A second generation CEO ROBERT MURDOCK, allows a series of terrorist type acts to play out, in a desperate attempt to pull his corporation out of the red.

Synopsis: With a plan of redemption, three missions are planed against various commodity markets to give the struggling corporation leverage to earn income and keep shareholders happy. A diverse group of mercenaries are recruited to complete the missions. After the second mission a federal investigation is launched due to the dramatic increase in revenue and attention to the corporation. As the third domestic mission is played out, an ambush takes place from different perspectives. The pursuit is on with a vengeance to tie up loose ends. In an effort towards prosecution, some participants are eliminated, while others are rescued. The strong and skilled, survive to live another day.

Title: Maccabeus

Logline: The true story of the fight for Jewish independence under Judas Maccabeus.

Synopsis: In 160 B.C., Antiochus Epiphanes, king of the Seluecid Empire, enters Jerusalem under a flag of truce. Once inside the city, however, he unleashes his army and a massacre begins. Those not killed are enslaved. The Jewish people are once again a captive nation. Antiochus conquers Judea and makes the inhabitants throw aside their religion and customs, and makes them worship his gods and follow Greek customs. Those few who do not obey Antiochus are killed. In the village of Modin, a priest named Mattathias refuses to worship Antiochus' god, Zeus. When a general in Antiochus' army is killed attempting to force Mattathias into offering a sacrifice to Zeus, Mattathias and his five sons, now renegades, flee into the hills and start a rebellion to free Judea from Antiochus. Upon the death of Mattathias, his son, Judas Maccabeus - "The Hammerer" - becomes leader of the rebellion. He leads his army against foe after foe for one objective: freedom.

Title: Second Place Hero

Logline: A bipolar theater geek heads to school and gets thrust into a role he never expected to play: a real-life hero who must stop an eccentric mercenary from kidnapping a fellow classmate.

Synopsis: I've got an Action/Adventure/Comedy script- it currently has an 8 overall on the Black List, and was a 2013 Nicholl Semifinalist- that I'm sure you'd like to take a look at. I'll let the Black List readers speak for my script: "This is a fast-paced, funny script that is a wild ride from beginning to end. The pacing is excellent and the story really zips along. It's evocative of early Shane Black... It's a rare thing when a story can juggle humor and important story threads that come full circle. This script manages to do it... It's easy to see why Second Place Hero could be a big hit." I thank you for your time, and I hope you'll agree with the Black List reader who declared, "this needs to be seen." Have a great week. Twitter: @ScriptsByWill

Title: Whack Job

Logline: This screenplay is a breakout. It's a hip ACTION-COMEDY that combines the momentum of a Robert Rodriguez flick with the homespun characterizations of the Coen Brothers.

Synopsis: Detective John Isher is notorious for 2 things: his famous undercover disguises and his stamp of being solely responsible for the coup d'etat in Zebraville, a nightmarish island in Florida that now boils in limbo. When an overlooked stash of new wave narcotics there is brought to In-Land Police's attention, Detectives McKennon and Joia conspire to send Isher back to Zebraville. His mission: recover the drugs without a single shot fired. But when Isher's cover is blown, McKennon's only hope becomes his biggest mistake. Now Isher is pitted against a bevy of hilariously violent criminals and the elusive Mr. Nero Pedaggi -- the rightful owner of the narcotics who is expected by In-Land Police to be on the same mission. Toward the end of this action-drenched story there is a twist... And just when we think all is well in Zebraville again, a new mission is unveiled.

Title: North of Baghdad

Logline: Four Canadians travel to Iraq during the war. They accidentally uncover secrets of Saddam's WMD's and immediately become targets of various intelligence agencies and terrorists groups.

Synopsis: April 2003, bombs fall on Baghdad; four young Canadian academics (a Jew, a Christian, a Muslim and a beautiful blonde) arrive in Iraq where they start work as university teachers. The blonde receives a gift of a used laptop captured during a raid on the base of a radical Islamic group. The computer contains evidence of saddam's hidden biological weapons programs and their location. Overnight, the Canadians become targets of terrorists and various intelligence services. Knowing they are pursued, the Canadians split up and embark on three separate routes to escape Iraq, each with a CD containing the information they have discovered.

Title: Pocket Aces

Logline: Hustler Nick the Greek tries to execute an international gem heist in order to pay off the ransom for his brother who was kidnapped by a Colombian drug lord after an emerald deal goes bad.

Synopsis: NICK, a genius college dropout turned outlaw, lives in the fast lane turning scam after scam into gold. In a poker game against Colombian drug lord JORGE MENDOZA, NICK wins the right to bid on emeralds from Mendoza's mine. After Nick and his brother XENON buy $2 million worth of stones, Mendoza kidnaps XENON and demands $11 million in ransom. To get his brother back alive, Nick must devise the heist of his life. Nick carefully hires a crew including a military black-ops specialist, an electronics whiz kid, a sexy Latina rally car expert, a butch lesbian and her Asian lipstick girlfriend. Together, they attempt to steal a 20 carat pigeon blood Burma ruby from a warlord's villa in Thailand. Nick's luck finally runs out and the plan goes awry. The crew decides on a long-shot backup plan to cheat the Las Vegas World Series of Poker. With time running out, can Nick pull off the impossible scam or will they get one more shot at the 20 carat Burma ruby and save Xenon from his demise?

Title: Great Game: 21st Century

Logline: A CIA operative works with a local KGB agent in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan to fight an armed Islamic rebellion backed by Iran. A high-stakes military and intelligence services action

Synopsis: I have written an action thriller script about a high-stakes geopolitical game between the US/Israel and Iran played out in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan. I am very familiar with the current situation in the region and believe that the script reflects a real possibility. Iranians are using religious groups to incite a coup in Azerbaijan, and the US and Israel help the secular and pro-western forces in Azerbaijan fight these elements. The story revolves around three dynamic characters: Ted, a CIA operative, Eldar, his Azeri counterpart and Aysel, Ted's former girlfriend and a political activist. It is up to this trio to prevent the establishment of another Islamic republic. I believe this will be a very relevant theme for the current geopolitical situation because of Iran's nuclear ambitions and their continuous support for religious extremists, the tense relations between Russia and US , Israel-Iran animosity and the real possibility of such a scenario in Azerbaijan.

Title: X-Men: Rise from Ashes

Logline: When confusion and fear lead to anger and revenge, tremendous forces will breed a new line of defense.

Synopsis: Two years have passed since the war at Alcatraz when the X-Men discover another mutant who quickly proves to be a valuable asset. Magneto is slowly regaining his rise to power with the assistance of an ally of his own, Scrier, whose origins date back to the mid 18th century. Past mutants resurface and keep us questioning their intentions as this twist and turn of events, adrenaline rushing rollercoaster of entertainment unfolds and the X-Men saga continues, all while Mystique stealthily plots her revenge against Magneto only to be faced by Xavier's champions and Spider-Man.


Logline: A troubled undercover FBI agent looking to bust a money laundering scheme, infiltrates a violent drug gang in Chicago, only to find out his younger brother is one of the prime suspects.

Synopsis: "Young Money" takes you inside the crime world of Chicago's south side. Juicy is a crime lord and leader of the violent gang called Young Money. This million-dollar-a-week generating drug trafficking organization, also deals with money laundering. The FBI sends Special Agent Dallas Hill undercover to take down Juicy and his team. As Hill becomes part of Juicy's life and gets involved with his crew, Dallas finds out that his younger brother, Mayer, is also a member of the Young Money...which forces Dallas to make the hard choice between family or the law.