Episode 1 of the Franchise
A fear-based reality show becomes all too real when a recovering schizophrenic and six other contestants discover the deadly intentions of their charming host.
Believing they have been selected for a hot new reality show, Harper and six other strangers arrive by limousine at a large abandoned building. Their charismatic host, Jasper, welcomes them to enter "Reality Building" - a game where they must ascend, floor by floor, obstacle by obstacle, to the building's only exit through the roof. At stake: one million dollars. After seeing the first contestant executed before their eyes, Harper and the others soon realize that, in this game, elimination is permanent. As they fight to outlast the demonic terror of Jasper's fun house, their humanity is tested when they must vote off team members or suffer the verdicts of Jasper's whimsical games of chance. Their hope dwindles with their numbers, until only Harper is left to face the coldly maniacal Jasper in a savage struggle for survival.
Thrust into the immersive world of Jasper’s wicked imagination, the contestants confront mortal danger at every turn. More than that, their psychological torture is brought to a boil in the “safe-rooms” at the end of each floor, where they must choose between sacrifice and survival. For them, this is not a show, but a primal struggle fueled by unbridled fear.
Harper, a recently freed patient from the Riverside mental institution, discovers floor by floor that she possesses supernatural abilities which had been misdiagnosed as schizophrenia. She soon begins to unearth the truth – that this whole game was designed for her by Jasper, with the sole intention of awakening her powers and to free her from the shackles of humanity. Tackling themes such as identity, self-aggression, and guilt, with the witty sarcasm and humor of films like Tropic Thunder and Scream, this film reveals that you cannot accept the reality others force upon you, you must build your own.
Reality Building is a wild ride, from start to finish. With thrills and chills, it promises to deliver what every genre fan is looking for and then some. With the tongue-in-cheek wit of SCREAM with a TROPIC THUNDER-esque reality twist, the horror elements of SAW, and the pace of QUARANTINE... the action is fast and fun.
STATUS - In development with script
BUDGET - 5-10 mil
MODEL - Genre/Thriller/Horror
ASSETS - Columbus Short, Dave Scott
CREATIVE OVERVIEW - Cabin in the Woods meets Hunger Games and Shawn of the Dead
DISTRIBUTION STRATEGY - Negative Pickup with Screen Gems
FINANCIALS - Seeking equity in first position 20% premium into a 50/50 split
TIMEFRAME - 2018