Receiver

Creator: Laura Durkay
Age rating: 13 and older
Cass Marcel's slacker life is upended when she begins having terrifying visions. Her quest to discover the truth will unearth a family secret and put her in the crosshairs of a group of evil scientists bent on using her psychic abilities for their own purposes.
Synopsis: 26-year-old college dropout Cass Marcel is a slacker. Diner waitress by day, she spends her nights listening to her boyfriend's mediocre band and getting wasted as balls with her crew of slacker friends. Her life is going nowhere special, and that's the way she likes it.

All that changes when Cass collapses and has a seizure at work. While seizing, she has a mysterious vision she can't explain. ER doctors can find nothing wrong with Cass. But her creepy symptoms persist--she starts writing in her sleep, strange strings of letters and numbers that she can't decipher. Then, one night, military-style commandos of unknown origin break into her apartment building. Cass escapes in the nick of time, but now she's freaking out. Her nowhere-special life just got really weird, really fast. She decides she must turn to the one person who won't think she's delusional: her conspiracy-theory-and-UFO-obsessed older brother Marty.

Cass meets up with Marty in the small midwestern town where they grew up. She shows Marty a page of her sleep-writing. "Dad used to do that," Marty says. This is Cass's worst nightmare: their father went crazy and killed himself when they were kids.

Except maybe he wasn't crazy. Maybe there was something else going on.

Chased by powerful and mysterious enemies, with no one to believe them but each other, Cass and Marty race to unravel the mystery that destroyed their parents and now threatens to claim another generation of their family.

Latest Work

  • Script 2 - Laura's 2nd Draft
    01/27/13
    Creative Notes:
    Finally! A new draft! Lots of changes:

    - Streamlining and focusing the mythology around Cass's power: what it is and what the rules are.

    - Goodbye earthquake machine! You were always one thing too many to explain. This also means a new third act, and overall a script that's more contained and focused on the central mythology of Cass's power.

    - Also Dr. Green is a woman now. Just 'cause.

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