I’ve script doctored for friends who’ve had the material produced. Haven’t done it for years though. Much more interested in standard fiction/short story writing.
Had one pitch that got some attention, but no takers.
Nate Mada, an IT professional in Brooklyn, comes home from yet another online dating bust to discover police in his apartment. They are as surprised to see him as he is to see them. Turns out, they found his corpse shot dead in a fleabag hotel in the Bronx the night before. When Nate is taken to see the body, it looks like him, but there are significant differences. First, Nate is overweight, but the dead man is as emaciated as a heroin addict. Also, he’s covered with strange tattoos that depict nearly indecipherable and advance physics equations. They identified the body from his fingerprints, and this is the biggest mystery. Even if the dead man were a long lost identical twin, he wouldn’t share Nate’s fingerprints. Besides, Nate only had one brother, Galen, who was two years his elder, but he died when he tried to rob a pawn shop back when Nate was just a teenager.
Intrigued and disturbed, Nate goes to the hotel room where the body was discovered. There, he’s abducted by a group of men in masks. He’s knocked out and wakes up in a Manhattan penthouse where one of the men takes off his mask. This is Galen, but older, as if he never died in the botched hold-up twenty years before.
Galen tells Nate that he’s not really his brother, but he is the brother of the man who was murdered. Galen and the dead Nate are “sidewinders” They are essentially smugglers who take valuable commodities from one reality and sell it in another.
“Ever wonder what happens to stolen art that never reappears or how all of a sudden a Picasso or Rembrandt shows up no one knew about? Or when a whole box of unreleased studio sessions is found in a warehouse after some famous old rock star dies? We make those transactions possible and it makes us rich wherever we go.”
Nate thinks this sounds like a confidence scam of some kind. Galen tells him he didn’t expect him to believe him right away, so he asks him to just look out the window. Outside, Nate seed the twin towers of the World Trade Center still standing unharmed. In this reality, 9/11 never happened.
Now convinced, Nate wants to know what his alternate brother wants.
“I want to find your killer.”
Galen needs Nate to pretend to be his real brother so he can find out who killed him and why. To do this, they need to change Nate to look like his alternate and operate like a Sidewinder. In return, they’ll send him back to his world with millions in a Swiss Account.
Of course, the truth turns out to be a lot darker and more complicated when Nate finds out about the “If’s” and the “Regrets Business” his brother really runs.
That’s the basic set up though. Unfortunately it’s dark “Ex Machina” tone doesn’t mesh with the “Matrix” size budget it needs, so I’m working it toward a novel than a screenplay.