• The Blue Afternoon That Lasted Forever
  • Daniel H. Wilson
  • No Agent Sci-Fi Set Up 2020 Thriller
  • 90.1
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Details
Market May 28, 2020    Sold May 28, 2020
Producer Andrew Form, Brad Fuller
Manager Michael Prevett, Brad Mendelsohn (Circle of Confusion)
Lawyer Marcy Morris , Adam Cooper  (Jackoway Austen Tyermanand)
Production Fully Formed Entertainment
Studio Paramount (Per Variety Several bidders were chasing the spec, including Amblin, J.J. Abrams, Sony and MGM, before Paramount eventually landed it.)
5-28-2020 - Per Variety, "Several bidders were chasing the spec, including Amblin, J.J. Abrams, Sony and MGM, before Paramount eventually landed it." Wilson adapted the script from his own short story.
Loglines
A single dad and NASA physicist discovers a black hole that will strike earth in a matter of days but no one, including his colleagues at NASA, believes him. The one person that trusts him is his 10-year-old daughter, but that bond is now being threatened by a different force.
A NASA scientist with Asperger’s and his 10-year-old daughter must convince the world of an incoming black hole anomaly on a deadly collision course with Earth
No one believes an on-the-spectrum and brilliant NASA scientist when he discovers an impending black hole that will reach Earth in a matter of days.
When a NASA physicist with autism discovers a black hole that will destroy Earth, he attempts to warn everyone. There's just one issue: only his daughter believes him.
Format
Genres
Drama, Sci-fi, Adaptation, Family, Apocalyptic, CGI, Courtroom, Daughter, Disability, Disaster, Divorce, Father, Father/Daughter, Feel Good/Uplifting, Handicapped, Heartwarming, High Concept, Mental Illness, Parenthood, Science, Space/Outer Space
Pages
109
Rated
PG-13
Budget
High
Lead
M White 36 Attractive
Similar
Armageddon, Interstellar, Gravity, Apollo 13, Marriage Story, The Social Network, These Final Hours
When
Spans over three days
Where
Houston Space Center, Neutrino Observatory, Suburban home, elematry school, outer space

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Synopsis
ERIC GESINKI (36) and his daughter MARIE (10) live together. Eric is on the autism spectrum and has a strict regime when it comes to raising Marie. He is also a NASA scientist who lives and works at the Houston Space Center.

After dropping off Marie at school, Eric goes to his job at NASA. While everyone is trying to figure out what caused the death of Orpheus-1, Eric does his own simulations and discovers a strange anomaly. He believes it to be some kind of black hole and finds out that it is on a course towards Earth. His theory is brushed off by his superiors and colleagues as crazy.

While at work, his ex-wife KATE (34) visits him. She is taking him to court for partial custody of Marie. After accidentally assaulting a co-worker, Eric is stationed at the Neutrino Observatory for cleanup duty. Eric finds peace at his new job, but is still determined to find out about the anomaly.

Eventually the anomaly reaches Mars and causes huge destruction. A huge plume of dust is blocking satellite views of the planet and NASA is reporting it as a volcanic eruption. At court, the judges agrees that Kate should be able...
Reader 1 Comments
OVERALL (STRONG RECOMMEND)
A NASA scientist with Asperger’s and his 10-year-old daughter must convince the world of an incoming black hole anomaly on a deadly collision course with Earth. The premise of “The Blue Afternoon” is inherently unique and presents the audience with important themes of letting go and accepting change. The characters are incredibly complex, deep and benefit from well-crafted external and internal conflicts. The dialogue really enhances the characterization of the protagonist, while the structure hits on all major storytelling beats effectively. “The Blue Afternoon” is written in exceptional prose that employs eye-opening visuals. “The Blue Afternoon” is a gripping tale about the durability of love in the most extreme circumstances....
Reader 2 Comments
OVERALL (RECOMMEND)
When an on-the-spectrum NASA scientist and father of a pre-teen discovers a minuscule and nearly impossible black hole heading for Earth, he is consistently dismissed and the lack of control slowly turns him to a state of panic. Meanwhile, this control is also tested with the reappearance of his long-absent ex-wife, who threatens his relationship with the only person who believes him - his daughter. “The Blue Afternoon That Lasted Forever” has a premise that speaks to an incredibly important theme while also immediately integrating conflict and intrigue into a scientific and life-threatening background. This concept is original and commendable, as it features a protagonist who faces challenges outside of the neurotypical mindset and provides a fresh perspective that encourages inclusion and empathy. Even though this has the potential to affect the tone or pacing, as reactions are a basic feature that lead the audience to relate with their own feelings, this is something that can easily be balanced with the creative choices made in production. The protagonist faces intertwining conflicts that are engrained with high stakes and exciting and surprising moments, which spark the pacing to come alive. The logic behind the sci-fi nature is sound, but there is one character who seems illogical in her presentation, which leaves an unanswered question as to her motivation and placement in the narrative going past simple convenience. The craft is heavily literary but paints a clear picture of the world (or rather, worlds) it creates, while also paying attention to the authenticity of the dialogue behind these differentiated characters....
Reader 3 Comments
OVERALL (RECOMMEND)
“The Blue Afternoon that Lasted Forever” is a heartfelt sci-fi drama about a NASA physicist named Eric with Asperger’s who must convince the entire world of a black hole on a collision course with Earth. With the catastrophe striking soon, Eric risks losing custody of his daughter—the only one that actually believes him. The premise is excellent and elicits powerful themes of change, family, mental illness, and fatherhood. Eric is a proactive protagonist whose change is both warranted and believable. The dialogue constantly employs rich subtext and accurately represents the dialect and manners of speech of someone with autism. Major beats are clear; however, the end of the world becomes the backdrop while a custody battle takes center stage, making it feel as if there are two stories in one and that one conflict is more pressing than the other. Finally, the writing is simply masterful and beautiful. Overall, “The Blue Afternoon that Lasted Forever” is a heartwarming, gorgeous, and uplifting underdog story that will make almost everyone smile and even tear up....