Children of the

Island

 

Proposal for a 6 part TV series.

Logline:

If the children of the world do not have children of their own, the human race is doomed.

Outline:

2040.

For 20 years, the world has been in the grips of a strange virus that has affected over 7 billion people.

The virus doesn’t kill. It doesn’t even make people sick.

The virus mutates as it invades the body’s DNA and makes subtle changes.

Children born to those with the virus are barren. Females do not ovulate. Males have low or zero sperm count.

A researcher labelled it ‘chromageddon’ and the name stuck.

Two scientists from very different backgrounds think they have the answer. But their solutions are vastly different.

For one, the solution lies in a remote Aboriginal community in the western desert who continue to have children. For the other, it’s the ‘pure DNA’ of the small town of Selfoss in Iceland. Here too, the virus has not taken hold.

Can these two work together? Can they find a solution that doesn’t enrage half the earth?

The answer is taken out of their hands when a billionaire makes them an offer they can’t refuse.  A small, private island in the Bismarck Sea. A facility to house hundreds. Every medical facility money can buy and total freedom to undertake their experiments. All that is missing are the children – and he has plans to bring them to his ‘new world’. But - he has other plans as well and they’ve nothing to do with saving the world...

Ten Aboriginal children and ten children from Selfloss are taken from their families. Some are ‘bought’, some kidnapped.

In the early days, the black children and white avoid each other,  caught up in their own tribal instincts. In the early days, the two scientists trust their benefactor. All of this changes when the island’s communications are cut off and the children and scientists realise they are prisoners.

After a brief period of suspicion and rivalry, the children come together to work out a plan of escape.

Icelandic boy Jens is the brains of the group and quickly moves to become the leader. However, he finds he needs the particular skills of a young aboriginal boy who is wise to the bush and seems to be able to ‘read’ songlines others cannot hear.

Slowly, the two groups learn to combine their skills, working together against an unseen enemy.

NOTES:

No boat, no phone, no way off the island.

Their unseen captor

Events surrounding our protagonists:

The evangelical right’s hysterical ‘end of days’ protests

Extremist in the environmental movement lauding it as a way to save the earth

White supremacists and death threats

Politicians wanting a quick fix – no matter how immoral

An unethical scientists who sees an opportunity for his cloning technology. It works but comes at a high price. Only the wealthy will have ‘offspring’.

Our two geneticists face a problem – both the remote Aboriginal Community and the people of Selfoss are – to put it mildly – rather inbred.

A range of scenarios:

‘Pure Blood’ follow the two groups of children who may be all the world has left – how do they start a ‘new world’? Is it dark and self-sufficient or white and hi tech? Or something in between?

As the clock ticks down, what do towns and cities do? In just a decade or so, there won’t be enough people to run things – power plants, communications, food supply and transport will soon have to find a new way. Not to mention the vast ‘ghost towns’ that will dot the world.

The ‘cloners’ are able to ‘make babies’ who will probably be fertile – but a new industry has to be set up to ‘keep the world going’ until these children grow up.

What are the first industries to collapse due to lack of people to run them? What about automated industries? They still have to transport their goods – a new industry grows from this.’

Thoughts – I do not believe I am racist but I have greater affinity for ‘half breeds’ than the pure black or pure white…where does that leave me?

Major characters:

Patia: an aboriginal youth from a remote Aboriginal community. He is in love with a half caste (sexless) girl but is promised great wealth to ‘breed’ with a full blood.

Rik – an archaeologist working with the remote Aboriginal tribe. He comes to regret his decision to work with - 

Arthur – a geneticist working to prove the remote Aboriginal community holds the answer – while struggling to come  to grips with his own (sexless) children.

Finna and her brother Aron, teenagers from the small town of Husavik, Iceland. He has a normal sperm count. She is ovulating. They could be the answer for -

Lubio – a professor of comparative genomics in Austria. He sees no problem with a ‘pure white’  world.

Di and Jerome: ‘sexless’ children who fall in love. Their parents are rigid conservatives who can’t understand their ‘sickness’ and go to tragic lengths to impose their will.