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CONCEIVED (Drama / Sci-Fi)

Log Line

Series Logline: A royal-blooded wealth fund manager and her American lover freeze their eggs for future fertilization, but the eggs are secretly switched when the owner of the cryogenics lab where the eggs are frozen hatches his own plan for the offspring. This series is the story of the unraveling of the lives of three mothers whose children do not know who they really are. Little Lies Everywhere goes huge and international.

Script Info

Script Type: Television
Genre: Drama / Sci-Fi
Length: 51 pages
Est. Budget: $1M - $5M

Screenplay Synopsis

ONE HOUR DRAMA PILOT EPISODE THEME: In the battle for Soul, genes make no difference.

Conceived is a one-hour dramatic series. The first two episodes, which are completed, are structured as a seasonal Act 1, introducing the characters and establishing the conflicts.

Series Logline: A royal-blooded wealth fund manager and her American lover freeze their eggs for future fertilization, but the eggs are secretly switched when the owner of the cryogenics lab where the eggs are frozen hatches his own plan for the offspring. This series is the story of the unraveling of the lives of three mothers whose children do not know who they really are. Little Lies Everywhere goes huge and international.

In the opening scene of the Pilot, English hedge fund manager VICTORIA CROMWELL, 30's, who handles much of the royal family's wealth, discovers that the six-year-old son she has been raising in England as a royal is actually the child of BILLY OSCEOLA, 40's, the shaman of an Everglades, Florida Indian tribe and mixed-race lawyer KAYLA HITCH, 30's, Victoria's former lover. Similar to a modern-day Tarzan story, Victoria's actual six-year-old son with SIR GEORGE TOWNSEND, 30's, has been raised in the Everglades and is known as Python Pete, who, being a mathematical genius due to the genes of his actual mother and father, assists his tribe's casino by organizing their spreadsheets. On the other side of the Atlantic, Kayla's six-year-old, Edward, is a super athlete, showing off prodigious soccer skills. In addition, a third child has been raised in England by antagonist PROFESSOR MATTHEWS, 50's, England's Chief Druid and one of the world's leading gene editing specialists, who stole Victoria's frozen eggs and then switched the remaining eggs with Kayla's. He owns a cryogenics and gene-editing lab funded by Victoria where the eggs were frozen and stored. His six-year-old girl with Victoria's eggs, Dana, raised by his daughter BRYONY, 20's, is a child prodigy with the Druids and has a large social-media following as Dana the Celtic Princess.

Two strong female protagonists have opposite pedigrees. Kayla is an environmental lawyer of mixed race who is all natural, very athletic but not tech-savvy or good with money. Victoria is of royal blood and pilots her own Learjet around the world making blockchain deals. Kayla wants to halt the emergence of red tide on the beach to save the turtles and the Everglades and Victoria wants to halt the security breaches in her accounts and keep and grow the funds she manages. Although their relationship is volatile, the two become lovers. Following the dramatic opening of the Pilot in which Victoria learns of her real son in the Everglades, the story of how this all unfolded begins. Starting seven years earlier, Victoria and Kayla first meet after Victoria stars in a polo match with Sir George and the captain of her team, SANTIAO RODRIGUEZ, 40's, champion of polo and women, who owns a cloning laboratory in Buenos Aires where he has successfully cloned his championship polo ponies. The thematic question of whether bloodline determines personality, as Victoria believes, or the environment, which Kayla believes, is introduced early and often. Victoria flies Kayla to Miami to meet Sir George because she thinks that his law firm could assist Kayla in her quest to save the beaches and the Everglades. However, George's law firm represents ADOLPHO RAMIREZ, 60.s, a sugarcane grower, which makes any collaboration with Kayla impossible because the sugarcane pollution is the basis of her legal complaint.

Victoria's company, Cromwell and Associates, has their accounts hacked by a Chinese company whose founder is associated with the cloning of the first human in China in 2018, which complicates Victoria's relationship with Kayla in that she is now fully engrossed in getting her files back and keeping the entire incident secret. Instead of demanding money for ransom, the Chinese want Victoria to provide them with skin from Queen Elizabeth, meaning they want to clone the queen and raise her in China. Further complicating Kayla's relationship with Victoria is Kayla's affair with Sir George and the arrest of Billy Osceola at a protest outside the opening of a new sugar processing plant. Adolpho Rodriquez's wife, CASSANDRA, 40's, from northeast Cuba by way of Haiti, practices voodoo and places a curse on Billy and his lawyer Kayla.

Throughout the first season, the decision to have children is made, surrogate mothers chosen, difficult pregnancies overcome, Chinese hackers discovered and caught, and voodoo curses reversed. At the end of the first season the three children are born. The show has international feel, bringing the audience into the rarified air of high society with a set up providing for a rich, soapy drama. This series creates an engaging journey into a unique world of intriguing characters where multiple layers change meaning to provoke emotion and invite obsession. The story is set in a big, colorful world with many pertinent contemporary avenues to follow into the future. Creative characters offer a modern-day supernatural story with secrets, moral issues, unpredictability and the potential to be a binge-worthy experience that can last many seasons. The Series Bible has been completed and is available for review and consideration.


From screenplay contest judge's coverage of the pilot: Solid pacing and a plot that constantly keeps the reader on their toes. We get the appropriate highs and lows as the right time to build up to a satisfying conclusion. Dialogue is sharp and packed with character that makes it easy to tell who is speaking without reference to the character heading. There's a solid structure in place to keep the narrative running, and the script ends with a hook that has me wanting to read more. If I could get my hands on the next episode, that's exactly what I'd do.

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About This Screenplay

Good Coverage from a judge from the Chicago Screenplay Awards contest:

Clone stories can be a dime a dozen, but Conceived manages to stand out thanks to
some impressive character work and shakeups to the formula without sacrificing
the elements that make clones such a rich source of content. Questions of personal
autonomy, scientific morality, and technological progress are all present in this
script and It makes for a read that’s more than just a fun popcorn muncher as an audience
is forced to grapple with heady themes that
stick in the mind well after the final page.

However, it is the characters that give the script distinction largely due to an
interesting lead in Victoria. Shallow as it may sound, her profession really makes her
stand out. I can’t remember reading a character who deals with blockchains on a
daily basis. Her professionalism and knowledge of the field is apparent early on with
a lot of mathematical jargon, but so too are her struggles to connect with people.
This is a character who thinks a mile a minute, but doesn’t always pick up on social
cues. It makes for a lead that endears an audience to them with obvious competence
and intelligence while also providing a flaw for them to overcome. It amounts to a
well-rounded character, that’s really just one of a cast chockfull of well realized
personalities.

With solid pacing and a plot that constantly keeps the reader on their toes, there’s
not one specific aspect that holds the script back. We get the appropriate highs and
lows as the right time to build up to a satisfying conclusion. Dialogue is sharp and
packed with character that makes it easy to tell who is speaking without reference
to the character heading. There’s a solid structure in place to keep the narrative
running, and the script ends with a hook that has me wanting to read more. If I could
get my hands on the next episode, that’s exactly what I’d do.