Someone Is Stealing My Story Ideas

Not really, but it sure seems like it. Two of them, one of which I’ll probably have to abandon.
First, I’ve got several spec scripts for a TV concept called The Samaritan. In the pilot, the tech-friendly, guilt-ridden hero solves a serial murder case conducted by four mysterious, cloaked figures who take after the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Last month, Mandate Pictures released a trailer for The Horsemen, in which Dennis Quaid “discovers a shocking connection between himself and the suspects in a serial killing spree linked to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.” The perps even leave behind similar clues (smearing quotations from Revelation on walls).
Great.
Then today it happened again. NBC just greenlit a pilot for Day One, which “chronicles the aftermath of a global event that devastates the world’s infrastructures when a small band of survivors strive to rebuild society and unravel the mysteries of why the event took place and what the future has in store.”
Which is exactly the premise behind one of my novels, The Jasper Wall.

Rough times. Altering the villains in the Samaritan pilot is annoying, but doable. The concept is different enough (the hero isn’t a detective, but a software programmer whose temporal lobe tumor allows him to momentarily see outside linear time).
But The Jasper Wall will probably have to go, which is disappointing, since I was considering choosing it for my Master’s thesis.
Back to the drawing board, as they say.
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3 thoughts on “Someone Is Stealing My Story Ideas

  1. Not having really looked at the overarching plotline for Day One, I would hope/suspect that you could still proceed with your book. There are plenty of ~post-apocalyptic stories out there of groups trying to rebuild society after the collapse of the world as we know it. The actual events are usually different enough and the character development vivid enough that even though the high level plot is similar, I don't see anything wrong with "more of the same."That is a bummer about your Horsemen idea. I've always loved the Horsemen mythos. I've seen them appear in numerous sci-fi & fantasy books & shows over time. I can't remember a larger scale story based on serial killers per se. The closest I can think of is from the Highlander TV series in which the 4 Horsemen were actually immortals and had some big plots.Don't get too down….after all, isn't it said that there are only "5 original narratives" out there?Just do what you can to differentiate what you've got. Good luck.

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  2. Thanks for the thoughts, Okie. Hopefully the specifics of Day One won’t resemble The Jasper Wall, though every word of the synopsis is a perfect match.I love the Horsemen mythos too. I think I’m substituting the Angel of Death in the Samaritan pilot. Similar archetype of judgment and wrath, I think.

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