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SCREENPLAYS BY STEVEN R. TRAVERS
TRAVERS HAS WRITTEN 15 SCRIPTS

 

 

“THE K CONSPIRACY”

True story.  Very Important Film!!  Pharmaceutical executives' failed blackmailing of two doctors to give them patent to 1950s cancer drug Krebiozen goes bad, escalating into 30-year government conspiracy to protect Cancer Industry, denying drug's curative powers to public, as seen through eyes of single family.

 

ROCK 'N' ROLL HEAVEN

 

Field of Dreams meets The Doors.  1960s hippie, now jaded sober professor, helps woman overcome alcoholism .  When "haunted" by deceased rock stars/historical figures, fantasy, reality collide, testing his sobriety, teaching him meaning of his youth and of life.  Awesome soundtrack.  Romance blossoms.  Tour de force arc for star.

 

"21"

 

True story.  World's greatest blackjack player, banned from casinos worldwide, uses disguises and card-counting team to pull huge payday on mob operation.  Tour de force for lead.  Girl working against star becomes love interest.  Suave, likable nemesis orchestrates surprise twist.  Hollywood ending like The Sting leaves room for sequel.

 

BANDIT

(teleplay)

 

True story of old-fashioned San Francisco parole officer set in 1970s, '80s.  Develops respect through stormy relationship for pretty female partner, who teaches him patience he needs when he must negotiate his own release from parolee who holds him hostage.  Humorous, character driven, star-maker.  Action.  Competition finalist.

 

BAJA CALIFORNIA

 

Corrupt American businessman sees murder in Mexico, is chased by drug lord's who did it, experiences series of dark, quirky, Castaneda experiences, saves village girl from rape, she helps him find religious redemption.  Returns to California to undo past wrongs, resulting in surprise twist.  Surreal, great character arc, ensemble cast.

 

ONCE HE WAS AN ANGEL

 

True cautionary tale.  Bo Belinsky can't handle quick fame, abuses alcohol, destroying marriage, career.  Through sobriety finds personal redemption.  Fast music, fast cars, faster women.  Nostalgic look at 1960s Sunset Strip, baseball when it was a game. Great role, character transformation, ensemble cast.  Competition finalist.

 

A MURDEROUS CAMPAIGN

 

Jaded porn star discovers politician lover plans assassination of rival and a Presidential bid.  She becomes target, goes underground with journalist to save themselves, prevent assassination.

 

THE COOL OF THE EVENING

(stageplay)

 

White U.S.C. students and South Central blacks form easy friendships in off-campus L.A. bar.  Hilarious stories, drunken revelry and debauchery.  Life gets serious for Horace, Eric, who discover friendship tested by different societal experiences, exacerbated by 1992 riots.  Serious look at important subject matter.

 

THE HUNTER'S DREAM

 

Young African dreams he will be village King, but first must overcome evil jungle spirit to rescue Princess.  Old world magic converges with modern sensibilities; surrealistic, beautiful setting.  Hunter must choose between attractive Western woman and duties to his people.  Strong portrayal of a charismatic African.

 

WICKED

 

Undercover cop with past chases demonic killer in flamboyant, disturbing New York sex club world, drawn to killer's use of pain, sex as art form.  Plot twists (The Usual Suspects meets Tightrope) --Cop's been targeted from beginning by his lover (killer's disciple), both of whom previously killed his wife.

 

THE LOST BATTALION

 

Zulu meets Saving Private Ryan.  Patriotic, true World War I American "call to adventure", like The Wind and the Lion. Hollywood again doing war pictures.  Stars are brave leaders, Congressional Medal of Honor winners.  Battalion surrounded by Germans.  Love story, differing experiences of soldiers, gritty realism demanded by modern audiences.              

 

ON THE EDGE

 

The Karate Kid meets The Lost Boys in snow.  Gen X skateboard prodigy "fish out of water" in Colorado.  Confronted by hardcore snowboarders, falls for charismatic nemesis' girlfriend, saves Mom's job when she's framed for embezzlement, becomes a snowboard champion.  Radical X Games action, will create teen heartthrob.

 

 

 

SUMMER OF ‘62

 

Gen X shortboard pro surfers, so wrapped up in making money on the tour that they forget how much they love the sport, are transported to 1962, where they join a longboard surf club and learn lessons about life—why they love surfing, and what love and friendship really mean.

 

BLACKJACK

 

When professional gambler Ray Stockton gets too good for Vegas, nobody will let him stay, but he gets his revenge in the end when when Rounders meets The Sting.

 

BURNING SNOW

 

A city kid follows his father’s footsteps, becomes a snowboarding champion, makes enemies with a dangerous rival, and is mentored by two mountain men—and everbody is a suspect--in action-packed  who-dunnit? Colorado murder mystery.     

 

BROKEN WINGS

(treatment)

 

Vietnam fighter pilot Don Crowe crashes, the doctor’s decide to amputate his legs, but nobody—not Don, not his wife, not his commander—will authorize it, so when the m.d. decides to cut him anyway, Don wills himself not to let the anesthesia render him unconscious, in a miraculous story of love, faith and courage that ends when he recovers to fly again. 

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