After her son’s inexplicable suicide, a novelist is presented with the extraordinary opportunity to re-write time to save him.
A time travel story with an African American slant, the Revisionist centers around a career-driven mother who is given a supernatural opportunity to revise her decisions after her son’s sudden suicide. Fate, however, proves difficult to alter as disaster after disaster prevents her from saving her son. Ultimately the effort not only costs her own life, but dooms her son to an eternity of attempting to “revise” their lives into a happy ending. Written for a multi-racial cast and delving into thematic issues of privilege, fate and racial identity, The Revisionist is a horror, science fiction story with a modern twist.
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On the night of her greatest career achievement, novelist Brooke Edmunds’ son Caleb kills himself. His cryptic note “TAG” offers little explanation. Brooke fears a hater is gas-lighting her when a mysterious business card introducing the Revisionists keeps showing up in strange and troubling ways. When the police are unwilling to help, Brooke decides to confront the sender at the address offered: 111 First Street.
There, she finds an abandoned real estate office—and its former owner Thomas Hinton. Thomas swears the place has been empty for months, and Brooke believes he knows nothing about her experiences. But as soon as he’s gone a light flickers on inside the empty building… and the locked door magically clicks open, inviting Brooke inside.
At first, it appears to be nothing more than a dusty, empty office… and then the walls come alive with images from Brooke’s life. Her son lives on the walls as though her home movies were being played on them. Frightening and angry, Brooke demands to know who’s there and why she is their target—with the only answer being the image of her son’s face the last time she saw him alive. Broken, she reaches for it…and the walls yield. She tumbles into blackness…
And awakes back in time, back to the very night Caleb killed himself. Brooke seizes the chance to make a new choice, regardless of the cost. Instead of leaving home alone to accept her award, they go together. Sadly, once again the evening ends in disaster: their driver swerves to avoid a drunk driver. Their car crashes and Caleb dies. Instead of grieving, however, Brooke tries to immediately return to the abandoned office. This time, the door won’t open for her. Determined, Brooke breaks in… but there’s no images, no portal, just the remains of a business… and the police coming to investigate.
No charges are made against her, but Brooke’s odd behavior prompts Brooke’s ex-husband to commit her to a mental institution. There she befriends Thomas, a man struggling to rebuild his life. When Brooke realizes that Thomas was the driver of the car that killed Caleb in this time line, she’s determined to attempt another revision in the hopes of saving them both.
This time, Brooke returns to Caleb’s happiest moment—an idyllic family beach vacation when Caleb was 12. Unfortunately, with her future-knowledge, she immediately recognizes the woman her husband calls “a friend” as the woman he divorced Brooke to marry in a prior timeline. Determined to keep her family together, Brooke embarks on a heroic effort to become the perfect wife and mother while continuing to build her career. It’s a disaster. The marriage is doomed. Surrendering to the inevitability of divorce, Brooke turns her focus to Caleb, demanding full custody and deciding to move him far away. Unfortunately, Caleb doesn’t like the new house or his new school—or Thomas, who, in this Revision is the friendly realtor helps them relocate—and whose attraction to Brooke is evident, even though he has no memory of their connections in prior timelines. As her feelings for Thomas deepen, Brooke creates a terrible fate: Thomas runs over a runaway Caleb on a dark road. With Caleb dead and the man she loves responsible, Brooke once again seeks out a revision.
But this time, the portal has its own ideas. Brooke is returned to the moment of her divorce from Caleb’s father to make a new choice.
She surprises everyone—including 12 year old Caleb—by surrendering full custody to her ex. Heart-broken, Brooke buries herself in her work… and finds herself more successful than ever. But betrayed by the mother he adores and excluded by his father’s remarriage, Caleb acts out. As he gets older, a dubious group of new friends push his behavior into the danger zone and when Caleb’s crew decide to rob Brooke’s isolated mansion, Caleb’s involvement makes it easy. Hearing intruders, a terrified Brooke arms herself with a pistol hidden for emergencies. She fires blindly… and kills her own son.
This is the worse revision of all. Brooke can’t live with what she’s done, and is desperate to revise once more. This time, however, the portal chooses again, and the cost is even steeper: she must give up her creative career.
Brooke finds herself a struggling single mom. In this timeline, Thomas is her boss—not her lover– and he fires her. Even worse, sacrificing her creativity has cost her very life force— and the slow-growing brain tumor that Brooke finally understands has been with her in every timeline– blossoms. Brooke will die in this timeline for certain. But at least Caleb is alive…
Until he’s arrested for stealing painkillers to help Brooke. Brooke makes a final choice: to sacrifice herself to give Caleb the chance to revise the timeline for both of them. She delivers Caleb a final message: “Tag”—and walks out into the ocean before the tumor can finish its work.
In the last scene an imprisoned Caleb receives a mysterious black business card introducing the Revisionists. Suddenly, his cell pops open of its own accord, and he steps into a corridor lit with images of his mother. He steps toward a memory—of the two of them on a sunny beach and when he touches it, he falls into the portal’s darkness.
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Time travel, Sci-Fi, Psychological Thriller, Mind-bender, Horror, African American/Multi-Cultural, Mother-Son
Destiny versus choice; sacrifices made for love; conflicts between career and family; conflicts between fame and love; is it better to have a short privileged life or a longer life with struggle?
Consistent with the underlying story, The Revisionist will feature a multi-racial cast.
Time travel fans; Science fiction fans; Horror fans; African American audiences; Thriller fans; Women
Genres: thriller, sci-fi, time travel, mind-bender
Budget: $13 MM
Box office: $57MM
Genres: horror, African American
Box office: $175MM
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Box office: $293MM
Genre: thriller, sci-fi, time travel, mind-bender
Budget $30 MM
Box Office: $66 MM