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Details
Market October 18, 2019    Sold October 18, 2019
Producer Charles D. King, Kim Roth
Actor John Boyega
Manager Max Goldfarb, Peter McHugh, Eric Robinson (Gotham Group)
Production Macro
Studio Netflix
Per THR - "Set up at Macro, They Cloned Tyrone will mark the directorial debut of Creed 2 writer Juel Taylor, who co-wrote the script alongside Tony Rettenmaier."
Loglines
An unlikely group is thrown together by mysterious events that leads them to uncover a government conspiracy.
After stumbling on a cloned version of himself, a local drug dealer and his gang, a pimp and a prostitute, investigate a series of disturbing events that lead them to discover something bigger than they could have ever imagined happening right under their community.
A drug dealer, a prostitute, and a pimp fight to save their community and each other after they uncover a nefarious government conspiracy to prevent them from ever achieving more for themselves.
When a man wakes up alive the day after he was killed, he enlists the help of two unlikely sidekicks to figure out what happened. The group uncovers an experiment that could change their community forever.
When a drug dealer is shot dead but still somehow survives, he, along with, a pimp, drug dealer, and prostitute uncover a cloning experiment that operates right underneath their hood
Format
Genres
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Political, Addiction, Black Theme, Class, Cloning, Conspiracy, Cop/FBI/CIA, Criminal, Culture, Death, Drugs, Experiment, Friends/Friendship, Government, Guns, Home, Identity, Investigation, Money, Organized Crime, Poverty, Prostitution, Psychological Thriller, Racially Based, Secrets, Social Commentary, Survival, Suspenseful
Pages
110
Rated
R
Budget
High
Lead
M Black 28 Attractive
Similar
Get Out, Friday, Us
When
Present, a couple of weeks
Where
various locations around the Glen: Fontaine's house, motel, Got Damn Chicken, barber shop, liquor store, trap house, church, laboratory, Greyhound bus stop

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Synopsis
FONTAINE (late 20s, black) and BABY G (7, black) ride around the Glen (aka the Hood) in Fontaine’s car. Baby G points out a YOUNG DEALER (17, black) hanging out by the laundromat. Fontaine beats up the Young Dealer, who tells Fontaine that Isaac is going to get him back. Later at Fontaine’s house, BIG MOSS (20s, black, perspired) comes to give Fontaine his money from a deal. Fontaine says he’s short, and Big Moss explains he couldn’t find Slick Charles. Fontaine goes to SLICK CHARLES’ (mid-30s, black, pimp) room at the Royal Motel to get his money. Afterwards, Fontaine is shot by ISAAC (30s, black) and killed. The next day, Fontaine wakes up in his bed, fine. He goes back to Slick Charles’ room at the motel. Slick Charles is freaked he’s still alive. Slick Charles tells Fontaine that YO-YO (20s, black, prostitute) may have seen him get shot also. They go to find Yo-Yo and explain what happened. The new gang sets off to investigate. When they arrive at the trap house where they think the killers live, they find a passageway that leads to a basement. In the basement, they see a white man in a CLEANROOM...
Reader 1 Comments
OVERALL (STRONG RECOMMEND)
After being shot and killed, but waking up the next day alive, a man enlists the help of two unlikely sidekicks. Together they learn the scary truth about an underground experiment happening secretly in their community. “They Cloned Tyrone” has a very strong premise that sets up a unique concept surrounding an unlucky gang of a drug dealer, a pimp and a prostitute. The characters are well thought out and rich with details that make them each engaging and realistic. The dialogue in “They Cloned Tyrone” is very strong as well. There is a lot of dialogue that says a lot of information, but it does not feel overwritten. The conflict is very original and engaging as the gang has to continue to investigate and discover more truths about the labs and its experiments. The structure of “They Cloned Tyrone” is well done and hits each beat, creating a strong pacing that is full of mystery and suspense. Overall, “They Cloned Tyrone” is a successful, well written, engaging and impactful sci-fi, comedy, thriller film....
Reader 2 Comments
OVERALL (STRONG RECOMMEND)
When Fontaine, a no-nonsense drug dealer, is fatally shot one night after collecting on a debt, he suddenly has a lot of questions after he wakes up the next morning without a scratch. With the help of Slick Charles, the pimp who owed him money, and Yo-Yo, a prostitute who aims to build a better life for herself, Fontaine attempts to get to the bottom of his mysterious survival—but uncovers a bigger can of worms when he instead finds himself in the middle of a government conspiracy to brainwash and forcibly conform all of America. Fontaine is proud and independent, and his own stubborn sense of self makes him perfectly ill-suited to handle the identity crisis that comes from learning he is no more than a clone and a controlled pawn, a dramatic internal conflict that derives from a nefarious external one. Fontaine’s and Yo-Yo’s arcs complement each other in a way that forces them both to grow, which creates an endearing cornerstone in the near hopelessness of the overarching conflict. “They Cloned Tyrone” is a well-constructed allegory for the uncanny habit America has of profiting off Black culture while perpetuating poverty within Black communities, and it explores its premise with clever dialogue and a non-stop, thrilling pace....
Reader 3 Comments
OVERALL (STRONG RECOMMEND)
This sci-fi comedy about a Black neighborhood that is unknowingly the subject of experiments is engaging and will leave audiences thinking. The conflicts are strong as they demonstrate difficult paths and obstacles the characters must navigate. The external and internal conflicts also work together to create an important universal message about race relations in the United States. The dialogue is strong because it helps individualize the characters, provides a good balance between mystery and information, and heightens the comedic tone. Set pieces throughout also help heighten both the science fiction and comedy aspects of the tone. The sci-fi and comedy genres work together to create set pieces that are complex because while they are funny at the surface, they reveal more about the plot and racial message. The characters are strong because they are easy to align with and do not fall into tropes that are common within white narratives about Black communities. Overall, this unique narrative raises important and engaging questions....
Reader 4 Comments
OVERALL (RECOMMEND)
“They Cloned Tyrone” is a hilarious sci-fi comedy about a drug dealer, pimp, and prostitute who discover a cloning experiment that is conducted within their hood. Realizing that they are lab rats, the group investigates its operations in order to expose them. Funny, heartwarming, engaging, unique—all describe this gem of a narrative. The premise is interesting and makes a great pitch while the dialogue constantly employs rich and humorous subtext. The conflict is strong and formidable, thus cultivating tension that impedes the main characters. Fontaine—the protagonist—has a clear goal but does not have a clear flaw that hinders him, and supporting characters even overshadow him at times. There are clear major turning points, and the writing is both vivid and detailed. Unfortunately, there are many unanswered questions and confusing points; however, despite these minor issues, “They Cloned Tyrone” is a wonderful and impactful narrative that highlights America’s appropriation and exploitation of black culture and one that deserves to be made, now more than ever before....