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