M.A. Manuela Sasso

(Wilma Regini) Artista - Scrittrice

 

          THE FEATURE LENGTH SCREENPLAY 

TITLE: ON THE WINGS OF THE WIND

GENRE: Action / Adventure Romance

LOG-LINE: Ireland 1825. Kevin is a young Irishman with a rebellious streak, bound by the last wishes of his stepfather, who embarks on an incredible journey to look for a woman and finds himself in the midst of many adventures among pirates, shipwrecks and kidnapping. His life changes dramatically, and so do his way of thinking, his outlook on life and above all his view on love.

PITCH: 'The Crimson petal and the white' meets 'Far and Away'

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Overview

Tonally, the film should be a collision of different genres: action, adventure, romance, historical, costume dramas. The love story is the main plot focus but tensions, temptations and differences in compatibility enter into the plot forcing main characters face obstacles, physical illness and psychological restraints, that threaten to break their attainment of love. The sequences often include high energy, physical stunts and chases, with rescues, battles, fights, escapes, destructive crises (storms, shipwrecks and fires), non-stop motion, spectacular rhythm and pacing. Characters experiments with new adventures, exotic locales and unknown continents (remote islands, forests), fighting swashbucklers and pirates (ambushes, boarding, kidnapping).

Character Set-Up

KEVIN (20’s) is a young man who has had a difficult childhood which has made him grow up with an inborn hatred of women.  Kevin has a rebellious temperament, loves the high life, gambling and horses; he is rich, without scruples, fearless, arrogant, overpowering and charming; he has a long list of women, which however he despises. Orphaned at an early age, he is raised by his stepfather Michael (the rich Count of Limerick). Bound by Michael's last wishes, Kevin must to search for Jessie with whom he share the entire inheritance or he will lose everything.

MICHAEL (40’s) is a fascinating man but his clothes that seems to wrap a sturdy build actually conceal a huge secret: a lacerated body, disfigured by horrible scars. His stepfather Josh to avoid the gallows, he had him deported to an island in Africa. Called Falcon of Limerick, Michael is a man of few words dark, solitary, sullen and mysterious, hiding from everyone his violent past. He is fond of his stepson Kevin and does his best to look after his every need. One day Michael discovers that Jessie, the woman who for a lifetime he had believed to be dead and he had never stopped loving, is living in San Francisco and in spite of his precarious state of health he decides to leave for America.

JESSIE (little more than 30’s) is daughter of a Josh housekeeper and she is in love with Michael. She was able to free Michael from Josh's clutches and save him from slavery, but she was captured and for a long time everybody believed she was dead; so Michael escaped to Ireland. Actually Jessie, put in save by some natives, returned to America to smash bloodthirsty Josh and bring him to justice to pay for his horrible wickedness. She was pregnant and after few months Kathleen (Michael’s daughter) was born.

KATHLEEN (19’s) very looks like her mother Jessie. She has a very similar face except for the eyes: Kathleen is blind. She hides herself under beggar look to slip the revenge of Josh and his henchman Egan. She is in love with Kevin but she will be captured by Egan and Edelmira (his wife) who aim to take possession of the immense fortune of the Brummels. Her best hope for regaining sight is doctor Colhoun's operation.

The plot

Kevin is a young man, little more than 20 years old, who has had a difficult childhood which has made him grow up with an inborn hatred of women. At 10 years old his father dies; his mother Christin is an immoral woman who loves luxury living the high life and above all men. She remarries the rich Earl Michael E. Brummel. A year after the marriage Christin dies and leaves Kevin alone with his stepfather Michael. 

One day Michael discovers that the woman who for a lifetime he had believed to be dead and he had never stopped loving, was living in San Francisco and in spite of his precarious state of health he decides to leave for America, but dies before succeeding, thus leaving instructions in his will that Kevin must carry out his plan, or he will lose his inheritance; he must go to San Francisco to search for this woman he does not know and with whom he must share the entire inheritance. The stakes are high and the young man does not hesitate. He abandons everything and leaves for America.

This trip is full of surprises and brings Kevin face to face with an old rival of Michael; John Egan (arch enemy, despicable and pitiless) he heads a gang of bloodthirsty pirates, he is devoured by hatred and always on the lookout for revenge. Kevin discovers that the woman he has been looking for is dead but has left a daughter (who is also Michael’s daughter and heir); in his attempt to save her he crosses with Egan and meets with many misadventures and Michael’s old enemies become his enemies. As a result of his mishaps (kidnapping, shipwreck and various digressions the young man encounters love. For him this trip is not only a question of miles (across the oceans) or time (many of Michael’s old ghosts come to the surface); above all it is an itinerary which leads him through emotions, fears, passion and changes him profoundly, Kevin’s way of thinking, his outlook on life and above all, his view on love….

The TV Series (WGAE_CERTofREG_I322638)

It is a mini-serie TV who revises the feature lenght screenplay based on the novel "Sulle ali del vento - L'ultimo volo" and develops it in three episode by one hour each. 

TITLE: ON THE WINGS OF THE WIND

LOG-LINE: An Action-Adventure love story, set at the beginning of the 19 th  century, about a young Irishman with a rebellious streak, bound by the last wishes of his stepfather, who embarks on a journey to look for a woman.

PITCH: 'The Crimson petal and the white' meets 'Far and Away'

FIRST EPISODE ('The Falcon of Limerick'): In the pilot  Michael discovers that the woman who for a lifetime he had believed to be dead and he had never stopped loving, was living in San Francisco and in spite of his precarious state of health he decides to leave for America, but dies before succeeding, thus leaving instructions in his will that Kevin must carry out his plan, or he will lose his inheritance; he must go to San Francisco to search for this woman (Jessie) he does not know and with whom he must share the entire inheritance. The stakes are high and the young man does not hesitate. He abandons everything and leaves for America...

SECOND EPISODE ('Storm inside"):  In the second episode Kevin finds himself in the midst of many adventures who bring him face to face with an old rival of Michael, John Egan, who heads a gang of bloodthirsty pirates. Egan is devoured by hatred and always on the lookout for revenge. By this trip Kevin knows Kathleen. In his attempt to save her he crosses with Egan and meets with many misadventures: Michael’s old enemies become his enemies. Egan is a despicable and pitiless and the two will have no escape...

THIRD EPISODE ("The last flight"): Kevin and Kathleen manage to escape from Egan and take refuge in Watsonville where Dr. Colhoun will try to take care of Kathleen. But Egan has unleashed his henchmen everywhere: the game gets tough and the two are forced to flee again. Kevin in the midst of this incredible journey (among pirates, shipwrecks and kidnapping) discovers to be fallen in love but now the real difficulties arise, the real obstacles: happiness is too high a price.  As a result, by passing through emotions, fears, passions and falls Kevin's life changes dramatically and so do his way of thinking, his outlook on life and above all his view on love....

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