Scripts – 4
For a long time I have had this Punisher script sitting around on here. I wrote it before Daredevil season two because up until then, the only other (and best) incarnation of the character was Ray Stevenson in War Zone. I did not think we would see him appear in the MCU, so I set out to write a Punisher movie in the context of that continuity.
After Jon Bernthal’s version came and went, I could not help but imagine what a sequel to my script would look like. I did not just come up with one follow-up; I came up with three. Not matter how futile the effort, I saw a whole series that could be made in parallel to the mainstream MCU. I saw the direction a quartet of Punisher films could go and the potential for other characters that have been mistreated thanks to a certain studio and a certain director being embarrassed about liking comics (you know the one).
However, the available draft of the first movie needed a little punch up. For about a week I added some names, a scene or two, and sowed the seeds for a series that will never happen. Regardless, I still wanted to do it and since finishing my “secret black project,” I will be devoting more time to writing these scripts.
Enjoy, I hope.
Scripts – 3
This one was actually on here a long time ago. I had to take it down to submit it for the same contest as the last post. Here it is again, an adaptation of another short story entitled “Northwoman.”
Scripts – 2
Been a while since I posted a script. I wrote this one at school and submitted it for a contest last summer. Obviously it did not make it through. Anyway, it is an adaptation of the first story in the “Neon Noir” series I started and never finished, something I would like to revisit if my work schedule were not so packed. It is different than the prose story, but mostly the same.
Scripts – 1.5
It was not long ago I finished the Rough Draft for the sequel to Punisher: Martyrdom. Shortly thereafter I began work on the First Draft with 24 pages done as of now. However, I find myself at odds with my intentions. I would like to finish and share it, but I have shown my unfinished projects little to no attention in these recent months. And so, I have decided to put the Draft on ice and complete my other work. Reviews will continue, of course. I just wanted to provide some insight into what is going on.
Scripts – 1
I find it hard to relate to most people. I share interests with otaku, gamers, gun-nuts, nerds, and comic book-junkies, but whenever I am around those people, I cannot seem to fit in. However, if there is one group I can say with confidence I belong to, it is Punisher fans.
Punisher: Dark Reign #2 was the second comic I ever bought. Later I discovered MAX from Garth Ennis and the current run from Nathan Edmondson. For Halloween I painted the Punisher Skull on a balaclava and wore body armor. If you need more proof, here is a link to a character analysis I wrote not too long ago.
Like fans of anything, I am hard to please. My demand lies more in the film adaptations, excluding the one with Dolph Lundgren because I have not seen it.
The one with Thomas Jane is only remembered because of his performance. He played Frank half serious and half action hero, with one-liners delivered in a dry manner. It fit the character, but what brought it all down was the hammy slapstick, schizophrenic tone, and the 80s style antagonists that were far too serious.
Four years later, War Zone came along and did everything the Jane movie got wrong right. It had the same 80s feel with the bad guys, but nobody took their roles seriously. It created juxtaposition with the seriousness of the Punisher, played better by Ray Stevenson. What it said to me was the Punisher values his humanity, despite being a mass murderer. He is affected by what he does, unlike the villains who get off on being sociopaths.
It told me Frank Castle is a hero that does not lie to himself about what he does. He does not wear a costume because he does not want to hide the fact he is a killer. In that way, I believe he is the sanest of the Marvel Pantheon.
Unfortunately, War Zone flopped and we fans never received a follow-up. Even after the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), there has not been another Punisher movie. Rather than sit on my ass reading up on miss-calculated speculation and sensational theories, I did something I knew would never be more than fan-fiction:
I wrote a feature length script for a Punisher movie in the MCU.
After months of editing, cuts, and failed submissions, I am ready to share what I have done. I cannot attest to its quality or if it is even good, but I hope to show a Punisher film can be more than a vigilante story. I feel confident in saying I have done Frank Castle justice and those like him.
Enjoy, I hope.
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