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Renko Vega and the Jennifer Nine

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Release Date: TBA

Genres: Action, Science Fiction          

Production Phase: Script Stage

Who's Making It: John Raffo (Screenwriter),

Premise: Fallen hero-turned-thief Renko Vega and his sentient spaceship the Jennifer Nine are called upon to rescue the kidnapped daughter of the President of the Earth.... More »

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

John Raffo's Renko Vega and the Jennifer Nine has been selected on this year's Black List, an annual compilation of the best written unproduced screenplays as selected by movie industry decision makers. Raffo's script made the top ten list of six Black List voters (out of 300). [Full story]

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

The ScriptShadow website has a review of Renko Vega and the Jennifer Nine as well as an interview with its screenwriter, John Raffo. Among the questioned posed to Raffo was where the origin for his story came from:

"Back around 2001, I had this idea for the character... a fallen astronaut in the future gone rogue... he's become a small time pirate, a kind of charming second-story man. And I had the idea for the space liner and bad guys would appear and he'd have to be heroic again. I didn't exactly know what to do with it but I knew I wanted it to be funny and I wasn't sure I could do it by myself so I took it to my friend, Ryan Rowe, who's much more of a comic writer than I am. Over emails and coffee we beat out a story. The Jennifer 9 was in it, the 'Nebulon' was there, the villain, the jewel, and Bill.1. We turned it into a three-page treatment and took it to Jon Shestack (who is a big sci-fi buff and a guy who I've worked with before) and he liked it and helped us a little on the story and we took it out as a pitch. We went to a couple of likely places and we got hammered. No one wanted a space movie. They weren't polite about it. So, we threw it in a drawer and it sat there for a couple of years. Until sometime in 2007 or so, I was looking for something to write and complaining and Shestack said, 'The best thing you haven't written is Renko Vega.' He went on to say, that if I wrote the first act, he could probably sell that. That was BS of course, but it sounded easy enough, so I called Ryan and he told me I was crazy and he was too busy, so I wrote the first act myself and it's pretty much is what's in the script now. Jon showed it to a couple of people, and of course they said, 'What am I supposed to do with this?' By that time I was pretty committed to the story and decided to just write the rest, despite the misgivings of almost everyone. Of course, by the time I finished it, Star Trek was in production and there were other space movies on the scene so... I don't know. There's some kind of lesson in there."

For those wishing to read the screenplay a link exists where you can download it on PDF.

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