Almost 200 high-altitude U.S. heavy bombers raid Nazi-held oil fields in Rumania. Based on one of the most-daring -- and, most-deadly and most-controversial -- missions of World War II. Told through the story of a fictional set of brothers, the eldest haunted by a line from Dracula as he shoulders the burdens of war and brotherhood, as well as real key and ancillary participants. [Real brothers flew on the mission, by the way. And, note: In 1943, the country was spelled Rumania NOT Romania.] By a national-award winning writer and first-time script-writer who used first-hand reporting, exclusive interviews of raid participants and access to a once-SECRET U.S. post-mission report, as the basis for the telling. [This REVISED version follows evaluations of the original; evaluations that suggested the need to reformat, trim pages and better define the conflict between brothers -- all of which has been done.] Strengths of the first draft, The Black List evaluators wrote, were: 1. "The scale of the wartime aerial sequences are designed to rock a theater . . . The script's realism is further enhanced by great dialogue that rings true to the brotherhood -- and sometimes naiveté -- of military men thrust into war. The script is highly aware of how to leverage its high stakes against a compelling ensemble of heroes." 2. "The story is epic and both the mission's victories and tragedies are told compassionately and truthfully. The dialogue is natural and authentic . . . Succeeds as a war epic, humanizing a gigantic event [in] history and honoring the men who were a part of it." 3. "The utter chaos and 360-degree violence seen in [the] prolonged climactic battle is the stuff war film dreams are made of." 4. "Doesn't neglect the human side of war: how the characters respond to it, how they endure it (or don't), and how it challenges their own ideals . . . The story is anchored by a straightforward premise with a clear set of stakes -- we know what the protagonists have to [do], why they have to do it, and what stands in their way." 5. "There is a lot of intimate knowledge of war in this script . . . Ploesti is indicative of a writer who cares deeply and is personally invested in the history of this event." 6. "This is a potentially compelling, true story about duty, courage, and brotherhood, much like SAVING PRIVATE RYAN."
Almost 200 high-altitude U.S. heavy bombers raid Nazi-held oil refineries in Rumania, coming in at tree-top level, in one of the most-heralded -- and, most-controversial -- air war missions of World War II. Losses are historic. So are the number of Medal of Honor recipients. Told through the story of a fictional set of brothers, real key and ancillary figures and based on first-hand reporting by the award-winning writer, plus the use of previously SECRET U.S. post-mission debriefing files. Visually, the potential for battle scenes are unparalleled. And there even are historic noteworthy revelations, including one about a minor figure who later became an international face of religious terrorism . . . Based, obviously, on a true story. Written by an award-winning veteran journalist and acclaimed author, but first-time script-writer . . . Waiting for all my evaluations in progress to be completed before I post and share them publicly. Already gained a lot of valuable insight from the first four. And for anyone requesting a read, I've already started putting together ideas on what needs to be done to tighten and improve the story [including correcting formatting issues and scenes that will strengthen character development]. Eager to see what reactions I -- me and my script, that is -- generate from all, though am delighted with some of the positives, including these commentaries: "This is a potentially compelling, true story about duty, courage, and brotherhood, much like SAVING PRIVATE RYAN" and that "the utter chaos and 360 degree violence seen in [the] prolonged climactic battle is the stuff war film dreams are made of." Meanwhile, you can check my Amazon page at https://www.amazon.com/John-Valenti/e/B001KCGYNE/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 . . . Thanks in advance for any and all interest.