Imagine Casting
Imagine Casting

City of Angels by Andrew Milito & Dawson Joyce

(Just so you all know, my “schedule” of ideas will probably be: an original idea of mine, and then Terminus revised. I have the latter about 60-70% outlined, so I should have it done by the time I get through the original idea. That way, I can basically do an entire synopsis of Terminus with all of my ideas in the proposal!)

Sam Johnston has just graduated high school, and there's nothing he wants more than to celebrate his rite of passage and the next step in his life. He decides to plan a vacation to the City of Angels, a huge step up from his homely midwestern roots, with his two closest friends, Todd Bradley and Rachel Hughes. The trip soon becomes more complex than any of the three hoped. Rachel and Todd both harbor feelings for Sam, and the latter of the two is hiding his inevitable death from his two friends. All the while, the trio encounter a colorful cast of LA characters, some exploiting and some helping on their exploration of friendship, sexuality, and life itself.

(I would play the movie up as more of a drama than a dramedy, although there would be elements of comedy here and there in order to keep the tone from getting too somber.)

Other characters:
*Jacqueline - a prostitute who, after a shaky introduction, eventually befriends Todd (somewhat reminiscent of the Holden/Sunny relationship in The Catcher in the Rye).
*Silas - a drug dealer who Sam begins to visit regularly in his naivete.
*Wayne - an introverted bartender who Rachel coerces out of his shell.
*Mac - Jacqueline's pimp.

Comparison pitch: Moonlight meets Me and Earl and the Dying Girl meets Ocean Waves (the made-for-TV movie Studio Ghibli made in the 90s). Rated R for sexuality including brief nudity, drug use, and language throughout.

Director Results

Director Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Richard Linklater 100% 

Cast Results

Sam Johnston Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Thomas Mann 100% 

Todd Bradley Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Ezra Miller 100% 

Rachel Hughes Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Haley Lu Richardson 100% 

Jacqueline Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Lola Kirke 100% 

Silas Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. O'shea Jackson, Jr. 100% 

Wayne Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Elijah Wood 100% 

Mac Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. David Gyasi 100% 


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