Guns of Cydonia

Posted: March 6, 2014 in Braak
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Behold! Here is a new thing!

Cities on the Red Frontier is the name for a series of interlocking sci-fi/western epics set on Mars in the 27th century. This is the background material for these stories, which I am probably never going to get around to. I wrote the screenplay for the first one, Guns of Cydonia, but Bruno Heller has since announced that he’s making his OWN sci-fi-western-on-Mars, so the heck with it.

I am putting the screenplay up here and all the background material that I thought of, and giving it to you, the world. Read it, steal it, add to it, take from it, do whatever the hell you want.

The script is available at the Cities on the Red Frontier Site.

Happy birthday, everyone!

  1. John Jackson says:

    Just when did the CW start having more above average TV shows than any other network shy of the BBC and HBO? Granted, I am assuming The 100 will be as good as I hope. How can Lord of the Flies on radioactive acid be bad? But Hell, even if Hart of Dixie’s high school reunion soap opera drama of the deep South got old fairly quickly, it’s still arguably above average.

  2. braak says:

    I don’t understand the context of this comment, but the answer is probably after the sudden success of the Vampire Diaries, which is when they realized that they could do schlocky-high concept stuff and attract a bunch of smart, cheap writers just out of school for whom this kind of thing is their bread and butter.

  3. John Jackson says:

    Um, I was mostly inventing the context, as Heller’s show is supposed to be on CW. I think Arrow’s probably the best live action super/costumed hero stuff since Burton’s Batman. And while I didn’t watch much of Reign, I enjoyed it. Star-crossed is starting out pretty good. Sure, it’s all mostly melodramatic teenage romance stories, but it’s still seems like CW is airing more above average shows than any other network. So, basically, iwsyitfb…

    I’m not sure the “cheap writers just out of school” actually fits. I’ve not done the research on it, but three of the show runners for CW I know about don’t fit with this description.

  4. John Jackson says:

    Bah, I meant “isyittb”. I misquoted.

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