Scripts & Treatment

I have copyrighted all 84 scripts of COME FLY WITH ME (former title) with the United States Copyright Office under Registration #PU 3-928-424

I have registered all 84 scripts of COME FLY WITH ME (former title) with the Writer’s Guild of America West under Registration #1963318

I have registered my revised pilot, THE GOD-KING, with the Writer’s Guild of America under Registration #1999463

The script of the pilot is available to you upon request. Just contact me with something like “Link to your Script” or similar in the subject line here: 

The script of the trailer is here.

TREATMENT

LOGLINE – The God-King arrives on earth disguised as a lumberjack and carpenter and helps people with his superpowers.  Two young men search for him at risk to their lives.

GENRE:  Procedural One-Hour TV Drama.  Think Highway to Heaven and Touched by an Angel.  Each episode is about someone different Jesus meets and helps.

TARGET AUDIENCE:  TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS. America is on the brink of a new GREAT AWAKENING. The last one was during Billy Graham’s heyday just when it seemed society could not get any worse. This one will be led by today’s teens and young adults. (Faith-based movies are just now appearing.)

FIRST-CENTURY WORLD: It has been two decades since Herod the Great died and numerous would-be’s have claimed to be the next king and failed. Now the word is out: The God-King is coming.

JESUS is the first-century’s Superman:  Superheroes are very popular. Many of today’s teens and young adults do not comprehend churchy words like savior or messiah.  Jesus is called the God-man or God-king, his miracles are called superpowers, and he reads minds. Jesus was not just a carpenter. With no lumber yards, he had to go up in the mountains and chop down his own trees.  He had to be a strong lumberjack.

Jesus has the personality of a cross between the caring and strength of Superman and the energy and instincts of Robin Williams. If he sees a crippled man on a mat on the ground, he gets down on his belly and elbows and talks to the man eye to eye. When done, Jesus says nonchalantly, “Get up now. You can walk.” He may be in conversation with a woman with no hand, then offer to shake hands with her. When she raises her arm to show her stub, her hand is back!  He can read minds so sometimes looks upward, then says, “Gotta go.”

CASTMany are under age 30. Modern vocabulary helps connect people in robes and today’s young people.

HIS 12 AIDES lend themselves to international film distribution and multicultural acceptance of today’s young people. Two are introduced in the pilot along with cameos of three others.

  • Peter (26) is a fisherman from Galilee, Palestine, so wears a rope necklace with a fish on the end and knee-length brown work tunic. (He eventually went to Turkey and Italy where they dress the same as Palestine.)
  • Andrew(23), Peter’s brother, dresses the same. (He eventually went to Turkey where they dress the same as )
  • James (28)is a fisherman from Galilee, Palestine, so wears an anchor earring and a knee-length brown work tunic. (Died in Jerusalem)
  • John(26), James’ brother, dresses the same. (He eventually went to Turkey where they dress the same as Palestine)
  • Philip’s (23) name means horse and he eventually went to Egypt as a missionary. Therefore, I made his parents are Egyptian and Arabian Horse breeders and were from Alexandria, Egypt, where half the population was Jewish.  He wears a knee-length Egyptian kilt and a neme on his head to keep the sun off his neck.
  • Nathaniel (22) is from Cana in Palestine. His original name was Bar-Ptolomew. He’d been orphaned in Egypt, supposedly the unheard-of son of  Juba II, a Berber and last Ptolomy king.  His adoptive parents take him to Palestine. There, he wears the tapestry clothing of Berbers.
  • Matthew (32)eventually went to Ethiopia as a missionary. Therefore, I made him a tall black man. He is rich, so wears a tapestry robe and tall cone-shaped tapestry headdress.
  • Big Little James (30)is Matthew’s brother, but tradition says he was an Essene, so he wears a plain tunic with a headband. He is Ethiopian and tall.
  • Thaddeus (21)is traditionally Syrian. He wears a tidy square beard and blue tunic with fringe on the bottom, red shawl with fringe, and a long sash around his head.
  • Simon the Revolutionary (19)is the “hood” of the group and is from Canaan (today’s Lebanon) known for shipbuilding. He wears a 3-tiered leather kilt, short cape, large circle earring, and a flimsy cone-shaped hat.
  • Thomas the Twin (31)is traditionally from Syria, but he went to India as a missionary, so made him a sailor.  He wears a turban, short beard, and a bright-colored sari.
  • Judas (33)is from Kerioth in Judea and was their egotistical treasurer. He wears a colored tunics and a white Roman toga.

SYNOPSIS OF PILOT

A shooting star lands on earth and disappears leaving Jesus in a royal robe and crown. Satan with yellow eyes appears and orders Jesus to go away but backs down and leaves. Jesus hangs his robe and crown on a branch, picks up a log, and walks away.

Andrew and Philip witness a riot on the highway over Caesar being king. The people want their own king.  People know the ancients said he would arrive this year, but he never did. It was just a big lie. Everyone is convinced, even if he did come, it’s too late.

In an inn, Andrew recalls to Philip his mother dying because he did nothing, says he’s going to set out alone to find him. He has heard John, the hermit priest, has seen the God-King himself and decides to find John, even if he is executed as a tritor.  Two Roman legionnaires overhear them speak of a new king and threaten to arrest them for treason out on the street. Andrew and Philip talk them out of it but are reminded they are being watched.

Andrew leaves the next morning and Philip surprises him, all packed and ready to go with him. Roman legionnaires and revolutionaries fight each other on the highway. In their caravan, they ask around day after day to see if anyone knows where John is. They go into a town and a man in a tavern sends them on a wild goose chase in the wrong direction. Finally, they realize, “We’re lost.”

More days and nights in the caravan. One night, Roman legionnaires force them out of their camp and the caravan walks all night. More desperate than ever, Andrew and Philip keep asking if anyone has seen John. Some have but people only guess where he is now. Finally, when they hear a sure thing, they become impatient. They crawl out of their tent in the middle of the night, go on the highway, and are beaten, robbed, and knocked out.

The caravan finds them. When they come to, they are shocked. Their list of criteria has been stolen. They get back on the highway. At last, in the southern province of Perea, they walk as far as the Dead Sea and Qumram. Sand and cliffs are all they see. Then they are attacked by deadly snakes.

They escape and slump down in the sand, both depressed. “We’ve wasted our efforts. Why go on? Let’s go home. Riots and killing will still be everywhere. We’ve lost.”

They turn around and head back north toward home defeated.  A Roman centurion arrests Egyptian Philip as a spy and Andrew for being his accomplice.  Nooses are put around their necks and have to keep up with the centurion’s horse. They hear a crowd and the centurion sends for reinforcements. Then he takes his horse down the hill, dragging Andrew and Philip behind him. The centurion shows John how to drown his enemies. John talks him out of letting the disciple out of the water. The centurion turns to leave and John throws well-aimed rocks at Andrew and Philip, knocking them out and hints they are his runaway slaves. The centurion leaves them with John.

Andrew and Philip become John’s helpers. Every day they direct traffic on the highway to the riverbank to hear John’s speeches while they wait for the God-King to show up. John tells them the God-King’s name is Jesus. It has no effect because half the men in Palestine are named Jesus. Or could he be Jesus Barabbas, the outlaw?

They stay with John and help him day after day, waiting for Jesus to come back from the wilderness. They meet a friend from their hometown and he joins them. When they finally see Jesus, they are shocked again. All three had known him while growing up.

John must be mistaken.

They go to Jesus’ rented room where Jesus explains things.   The friend lambasts Jesus for blasphemy punishable by death, and leaves. The remaining two argue with Jesus all night. Their heads swim. Finally, they believe the God-King really has come as promised and Jesus really is him. They bow to the floor before their king.

Jesus asks them to come along with him as he begins the greatest kingdom on earth. They object: That’s what kings are for. Jesus invites himself to go with them back north to Galilee. They go out to the street and two Roman legionnaires do not pay any attention to Jesus.  “You’re not afraid of them?” Philip asks. “Do they know you?” Andrew asks. “Someday they will.,” Jesus replies. They head out of town. “Never be afraid,” Jesus tells them. “Never be afraid

BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF THE ENTIRE SERIES – Season 1 – HEARTS AFIRE; Season 2 – DREAM MAKER; Season 3 – FOLK HERO; Season 4 – FLOOD GATES; Season 5 – PROMISE KEEPER; Season 6 – SHADOW OF DEATH; Season 7 – COME FLY WITH ME; Season 8 – STAR SONG (How it All Began)

 

UNIQUENESSES

True story is emphasized with subtitles of dates and places through the action.

Today’s young people like to participate and do things on their i-phones. The audience gets to vote on the ending of each episode.

Actors in their 20s.  Most of the primary actors will be in their twenties. After all, Jesus had just turned 30.  (See above list)

21st-century vocabulary in robes.  To help young people connect with first-century Bible-based episodes, 21st-century vocabulary is used.

B-Plots in every episode bring out an ethical point. The twelve “aides” interact in subplots in every episode.

Today’s young people have world views. The unique dress of the 12 aides will help viewers keep track of who is who (and encourage international distribution).

 

BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS

FREE SHOOTING SITE: It would be impractical to film on location because people would have to move there for eight years (if the series runs for its entire 84 episodes). Some shooting sites cost up to $1200/day. The city of Casa Grande has granted free and indefinite use of its 230-acre desert park.  For pictures, look here.

FREE FIRST-CENTURY TOWNSITE: I am working on building a first-century townsite (which can also be an ancient Indian village for other filmmakers) through a civil engineering major at Arizona State University.

FREE PUBLICITY: The city of Casa Grande wants publicity for the filming site. They will put up signs on I-10 (two miles away) and also include blurbs about the site in state and national tourist booklets. “Come see where Come Fly With Me is being made.  Bring a picnic basket.

TAX CREDITS: Arizona used to offer tax credits to the film industry.  Matthew Earl Jones, Arizona State Film Commissioner, is working with the Commerce Department and the governor to try to get it reinstated.

DISTRIBUTION: Churches are bursting at the seams in Eastern Europe. The president of Ukraine requested a Bible be given to every student and teacher in the nation in order to lower the crime rate. The same is going on in Bulgaria and elsewhere in the former atheistic Soviet Union.  In the US, is a new trend of faith-based movies.

 

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Katheryn Maddox Haddad spends an average of 300 hours researching for each biblical historical novel, including ancient historians, archaeological sites, and other original sources to ensure authenticity. With a bachelor’s degree in English, Bible and history and part of a master’s degree in Bible, including Greek, Katheryn Maddox Haddad also has a master’s degree in management and public relations.

She also draws on her broad background as social worker, foster mother, missionary to Korea, and business professor at Rochester College in Michigan to create fresh, insightful, and exciting ways to portray Bible characters.

She is author of over sixty-five books, both non-fiction and fiction.  For many years, she has been sending out every morning a daily scripture and short inspirational thought to some 30,000 people around the world.

She spends half her day writing, and the other half teaching English over the internet worldwide using the Bible as textbook.  She has taught some 6500 Muslims through World English Institute.  Students she has converted to Christianity are in hiding in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Somalia, Jordan, and Palestine.  “They are my heroes,” she declares.

She is a member of the Arizona Production Assn, Arizona Independent Film Assn., Phoenix Screen Writers Assn, Arizona Film & Media Coalition, International Christian Media Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Historical Novel Society. She is also an energetic public speaker.