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The Freak (4 Part Mini-Series) by NBC Universal

Plot: A mentally disturbed young man in his early to late 20's is hired by a captain in the police squadron to pursue a killer responsible for the bizarre death of three women and two teens. He is paired up with a female police officer in her late 20's to mid 30's who is mentally normal unlike the young man, who suffers the symptoms of his trauma until he realizes that he can use it to his advantage to track down the killer responsible, but each clue that the two find leads to shocking and twisted truths that will test their limits on pursuing the suspect.

TV Rating: TV-MA (Violence, Strong Language)

Influenced by: Se7en and Taken (Action Thriller movie).


Ryan Shaw - A mentally disturbed young man who is hired by Captain Roberts to help Corporal Maxwell search for the fugitive Ellison “Hutch” Sanderson. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he has seen the horrors of war while on his second military tour in Iraq and suffers from trauma after being kidnapped by a group of terrorists and witness one of his fellow comrades killed. At first, he relents on helping, but Ryan agrees afterwards when promised a chance to start a new life and a chance to erase his memories. Ryan is very serious, quiet, philosophical, but a combat-hard, no nonsense man. It is implied that Ryan Shaw was a former Lieutenant before his discharge from the military. (Another brief description - Height: Around 5' 7“ to 5' 11”, dark hair, blue eyes.) Character is inspired by: Fox Mulder from the X-Files and Captain Benjamin Willard of Apocalypse Now.

Detective Skyler Maxwell - A 28 to 30 year old detective who enlists Ryan Shaw as her partner to track down Ellison “Hutch” Sanderson. Dreaming to become a captain, Skyler started her career in the police academy, later graduating and becoming a detective. She persists on applying for high-risk missions but is declined until Skyler is able to pursue Hutch and be given the mission to track him down. When Skyler first meets Ryan, she is a little curious about his intimidating behavior, but while tracking down Hutch and going more deeper into the investigation, they slowly begin to form a strong bond. Skyler is a savvy, curious, and persistent woman. It could be implied that Skyler has secret romantic feelings for Ryan, despite being good partners. (Another brief description - Height: Around 5' 8“ to 5' 10”, Blonde or dark hair, green eyes.) Character is inspired by: Sweet Pea from Sucker Punch and Kate Morgan from 24: Die Another Day.

Ellison “Hutch” Sanderson - A 45 year old man responsible for the killings of three women and two teens after escaping from prison. While mistakenly labeled as a drug dealer, Hutch is actually a mentally deranged man from a possible criminal operation in Detroit.

Captain Roberts - 48 year old hard nosed, quick-paced detective who hires Ryan Shaw to help Skyler Maxwell capture Hutch after finding him struggling to live a normal life in NYC. Character is inspired by: J.J Jameson of Spider-Man and Jack Bauer of 24.

Director Results

Director Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. David Fincher 25% 
  2. 2. Josh Trank 25% 
  3. 3. Dan Gilroy 25% 
  4. 4. Neil Burger 25% 

Cast Results

Ryan Shaw Total Votes: 5

  1. 1. Dane DeHaan 20% 
  2. 2. Hunter Parrish 20% 
  3. 3. Adam Driver 20% 
  4. 4. Michael Cera 20% 
  5. 5. Aaron Taylor-Johnson 20% 

Skyler Maxwell Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Jaimie Alexander 50% 
  2. 2. Kate Mara 25% 
  3. 3. Amber Heard 25% 

Ellison "Hutch" Sanderson Total Votes: 5

  1. 1. David Bautista 40% 
  2. 2. Mark Strong 20% 
  3. 3. Vincent D'onofrio 20% 
  4. 4. Colin Farrell 20% 

Detective Roberts Total Votes: 5

  1. 1. Robert Downey Jr. 20% 
  2. 2. J.k. Simmons 20% 
  3. 3. Colm Feore 20% 
  4. 4. Russell Crowe 20% 
  5. 5. Jeffrey Dean Morgan 20% 


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