Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Graeme Shimmin's 2-Minute Book Pitch for A Kill in the Morning

OK, What's your name? Grim Shaming? Is that a pseudonym? 
        No. Graeme Shimmin. It's British. 

British, huh? I think Hitchcock was the last really good Brit to show up here. Are you related? 
        Umm. No.

Did you ever meet him? I mean, being in Britain and all?
        No, there are actually quite a few people in the United Kingdom and anyway, he's dead. 

Oh. OK you have two minutes to blow me away. Convince me to throw millions at...what is it? Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park ? I always thought that a remake of that would work--you know,with the crazy makeup and all.
        No, not a kiss, a kill. It's a book and the title is "A Kill in the Morning."  

OK, OK, Go with it. Why did you pick that title?
         It's a reference to James Bond - specifically From a View to a Kill. Ian Fleming took that title from a hunting song, which goes "From a View to a Kill in the Morning"

Bond is always good. What's the logline?

       "James Bond versus the Nazis" or "Inglorious Basterds meets Thunderball." On the book, it's "Never Let Evil Out of Your Sights".

You gotta pick one and go with it. Never mind. What's the teaser pitch?

      The year is 1955 - it’s fourteen years since Churchill died and the Second World War turned into an Anglo-German Cold War. Against orders, a British agent attempts to assassinate SS leader, Reinhard Heydrich. When he reaches Germany the agent discovers Heydrich has built a superweapon and is planning to restart the war and this time subjugate the entire world. 

OK, who is this guy--this hero--and what's his change arc?       
     The hero is a reluctant assassin with vitriolic personal hatred of the Nazis. When the head of the British Service, who is his his mentor and father figure, is assassinated, the hero infiltrates Germany on a suicidal revenge mission. There he's stunned to discover that his mentor was collaborating with the Nazis. He also discovers the Nazis have built a superweapon that will enable them to restart the war, destroy Britain and subjugate the entire world. Heydrich forces him into a series of no-win dilemmas and he has to decide just how much he is prepared to sacrifice to stop the Nazis.

Whoa. Whoa. Don't give it all away. That's like dropping your panties before the money comes out. How did you come up with the idea?
        I love classic spy fiction - Ian Fleming, Len Deighton, Alistair Maclean, and A Kill in the Morning is my Tarantino-style tribute to it.

Tarantino? I like that. Last Question: I'm rich, I'm famous, and I'm fabulously good-looking. Why should I buy this book?
      It has similar action sequences to the Bond and Bourne franchises, but the plot has a sci-fi twist that makes it unique.
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We've Got A Winner! Delores, cut a check for a couple of million! Wait, you'd call it a "cheque," wouldn't you?
     For that amount of money, you can call it anything you like.

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