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).
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.