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By Rutger Oosterhoff

GENRE: Adventure

Twin vigilante sisters track down a copycat murdering students on a college campus in Austin, Texas.


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Rutger Oosterhoff

Jerel Damon

The Introduction: What makes a hero? What does a hero’s face look like? That is the

inspiration for The Gavel. These avengers come in all shapes and sizes, whether it is

an officer of the law or a vigilante in a mask. The courage behind these people to

right wrongs, even when they are chastised, is what makes them heroic.

1. WORKING TITLE: “The Gavel”

2. FILM GENRE: Action/Adventure/Crime

3. NUTSHELL: Daredevil meets Hanna

4. LOGLINE: Twin vigilante sisters protect the streets of Austin, Texas. A copycat

frame’s them for murders and they’re forced to hunt down the culprit.

Opening scene: University of Texas campus grounds, A janitor finds a young male

student, strangled to death, in the shower room of the gymnasium. The word

“GUILTY” has been spray painted with a stencil on his forehead. A group of young

punks are assaulting a homeless man in an alley. One by one they’re knocked out by

a blinding shadow. The rescuer spray‑paints “GUILTY” on their foreheads. The

homeless man is given some money and utters, “It’s you... The Gavel.” From the lip of

the building in the alley we see another Gavel look down, there are two vigilantes,

both wearing identical black ninja outfits.

Later, back at their apartment, KATHRYN (mid‑20’s, intelligent, reserved) and

MEGAN (mid-20’s, outspoken, witty) strip off their ninja outfits, muscles and scars.

They are stressing over paying the rent, criminal’s pocket change won’t cut it. The

news reports about the series of “GUILTY” criminals subdued by The Gavel and the

first murdered committed on the University of Texas campus, “The Gavel, friend or

foe?” Megan says that their greatest advantage is, no one knows, The Gavel is TWO


To search for suspects, the twins enroll in the college late in the semester,

investigating the criminology class the murdered male student was taking. The

teacher lecturing the class is MR. HAMILL, (late- 50’s, stern, sarcastic) the subject is

“vigilantism”. He illustrates how when one person takes the law into their own

hands, the justice system will root them out as a criminal too. Megan and Mr. Hamill

get into heated discussion about vigilantism and the death of the recent student. She

and Kathryn are both dropped from the class but find leads on suspects in the

classroom. As the twins do surveillance, scratching suspects off their list they both

get flashbacks of their disturbing childhood upbringings.

Flashback: Kathryn and Megan’s eighth birthday, A SWAT team raids the house and

arrests Jake and Karen, charges of multiple murders. Their parents abducted them

at infancy and were serial killers at large for many years. Police officers take the

girls into their custody and place them in Catholic orphanage in the mountains of

Colorado ran by a wickedly cruel nun. They are repeatedly tortured along with the

other girls over the years. The twins 13th birthday, the head nun decides to make

them pure in the eyes of the Lord and arranges for them to have their virginity taken

by a priest. The twins kill both the nun and the priest and escape setting all the other

orphans free. They struggle to survive in the snowy forest until rescued by SAMUEL

(late‑40’s, burly, hermit).

He takes them in and trains them in hand to hand combat, martial arts, and how to

survive in the wilderness; as an ex‑military but opposes ever fighting again. Over

the years he raises them into young adulthood in his cottage. He feels they are ready

for the real world and if they stay longer they will be as lost as he is. The twins ask

why he looked after them in the first place, Samuel confesses it made him feel

human again. Righting his wrongs through the girls, that is why they must never kill.

He gives them words to live by, “Be the Gavel that criminals and even justice fear.”

The twins set off into civilization looking for a new identity even though legally they

are still “Missing”"......

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