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Details
Market November 2, 2016    Sold February 6, 2017
Actor Shailene Woodley
Director Baltasar Kormákur
Agent Tanya Cohen, Jeff Gorin, Lindsay Dunn, Matt Solo (WME)
Manager Sukee Chew (Hopscotch Pictures)
Distributor STX
Loglines
In this incredible true story of love and survival, Tami Ashcraft sails into the heart of a hurricane and embarks on a harrowing 41 day odyssey against impossible odds to save the man she loves.
The true story of a woman who was able to survive being stranded in the Pacific because love kept her going.
A desperate woman is stranded at sea by a hurricane and must find a way to survive long enough to be rescued.
A strong girl will do whatever it takes to save herself and her boyfriend after they find themselves stranded in the middle of the Pacific.
Format
Film
Hour-Long Serialized
Genres
Action, Drama, Female Protagonist, Film, Love, Man vs Nature, Marooned, Relationship, Survival, True Story
Pages
108
Rated
PG-13
Budget
High
Lead
F White 23 Attractive
Similar
Titanic, Castaway, 127 Hours, Life of Pi, Unbroken
When
Present, a few weeks
Where
San Diego harbor, Pacific Ocean, Coast of Hawaii,

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Synopsis
TAMMY (23) lays on a damaged boat in the middle of the ocean. She is out of breath and is trying to get to her fiancé RICHARD (32), who's lost somewhere at sea. It then cuts to the first time she and Richard met, as he sails into the dock on his beat-up boat. They flirt back and forth, an obviously strong attraction between the two. Back in the present, Tammy radios for help, but receives no answer. She is starting to lose hope, looking out into the sea with binoculars for ANYTHING, and then spots a life raft. In the past, Tammy is asking Richard to teach her how to sail. He goes over the first thing she needs to know, which is how to use duct tape. Immediately cutting back to the present, Tammy uses duct tape to repair her ship in order to get closer to finding Richard. In the past, Tammy and Richard are about to go sailing for the day, and then kiss for the first time. Back in the present Tammy has found Richard! Although, he's in bad shape with bad wounds in his upper body as well as a broken leg. After a...
Reader 1 Comments
OVERALL (Recommend)
“Adrift” is a true story of survival chronicling Tammy Ashcraft’s living through a Category 5 hurricane and surviving being stranded for 41 days at sea. Tasked with sailing a yacht to San Diego, Tammy loses her fiancé Richard when the storm hits, but is able to survive off of the love they had for each other. Playing with time and structure, the through line presents us with an innovative account of a lost-at-sea narrative. Dialogue is witty and engaging and pacing flows very smoothly. “Adrift” is polished in terms of formatting as well, and overall feels ready to for further development....
Reader 2 Comments
Overall (Consider)
“Adrift” centers on Tami Ashcraft, a woman who is stranded at sea after being caught in a hurricane with her lover Richard. When Richard dies at sea, she must somehow survive on her own. While this premise has interesting components, many of these compete in a way that can make it seem unfocused. The structure has an interesting quirk that turns on the protagonist’s hallucinations but its constant jumps from the past to the present can get tiring. The pacing suffers from these jumps, because one series of events is more interesting than the other. Still, the conflict mostly works and is interesting and the concept is original. Furthermore, the tone works for the survivor drama that unfolds with a sensible logic that makes the conclusion satisfying. Finally, the writing is effective despite and often conveys the technical aspects of sailing while remaining accessible....
Reader 3 Comments
OVERALL (PASS)
"Adrift" is about a strong girl named Tammy, who will do whatever it takes to save herself and her boyfriend, after they find themselves stranded in the middle of the Pacific. This is highly similar to "Titanic" in the way that it is a love story that is depicted through the mass struggle to survive. The man thing that separates this script from the Best Picture Winner would be the strength of Tammy as a female protagonist. Richard is pretty much paralyzed through all of this causing Tammy to have to do everything to save the both of them. In "Titanic," Jack saves Rose time and time again. The main reason this doesn't work overall, is due to the scene-writing not always being as original/strong as the premise itself. There are too many scenes that show the two of them just flirting back and forth with no substance as well as showing them having sex. The cross theme between life and sailing is also beat over the head....