The Apprentice

Creator: Jeff Pedigo
Age rating: 17 and older
Learning to kill is murder when an inept paperboy learns the identity of New York's most wanted serial killer, and tries to convince the murderer to become his mentor.
Project collaboration: Closed
Synopsis: The serial killer known as The Sorcerer has killed twenty people since Christmas. His vanity letters to the Daily New Yorker have made MARC KUYKENDALL a star reporter. All they've made police detective SAM MORIARTY is mad. It's been months since he postponed his retirement to catch this guy. And as if that wasn't punishment enough, now he's got to put up with smug FBI agent DOUG JOHNSON and his damn junior partner. Meanwhile, CHAD just delivers the paper.

CHAD is a paperboy for the Daily New Yorker (his father pulled some strings to get him the job). He's nineteen years old and pathetically average—an antisocial misanthrope with a morbid fascination for serial killers. So when he accidentally discovers The Sorcerer's true identity (his name is STEVE), naturally he tries to convince the killer to give him a crash course in murder. Except the curriculum's not quite as satisfying as he thought it would be.

At first, Chad's satisfied simply hanging out with his idol. They watch serial killer movies together and hang out in Steve's serial killer basement and Steve wows Chad with his serial killer philosophy and wisdom. But pretty soon, Chad wants more. When Steve refuses to let him tag along on a serial killing, Chad bitterly decides to strike out on his own.

And that's exactly what he does—strike out. Chad's murder attempt doesn't go as planned. In fact, he ends up looking pretty ridiculous. So naturally, Steve ridicules him. Now, Chad's really had enough. Steve's never shown him an ounce of respect, anyway. So, he sets out to make a mockery of The Sorcerer persona. Publicly.

Bad idea.

Before long, Chad's getting shot at on his paper route, Marc is hot on The Sorcerer's trail, and Sam and the FBI aren't far behind. Act II culminates in a scuffle to the death between The Sorcerer and his apprentice in which Steve emerges the victor. Sort of. In the end, a mantle is passed, a startling secret is revealed and the good guys win.

Or do they?

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  • Script 1 - Jeff's Original Draft
    09/12/12
    Creative Notes:
    This draft of The Apprentice reflects the notes of my former agent and a producer who briefly developed the project as well as the producer handling my state's official Annual Screenwriting Competition. (I won! I won! Screenwriting software that I already had.)