artwork is also suitable for use in "Jimmy Watson's Magic
A proposed network TV serialization, about boy who saves his paper round
money to buy himself a robot for Christmas. Then, when assembled, it
come to life, to become his friend. ARTWORK
- Somewhat better than the huge ants in "Them," but perhaps not as good as
the CGI in Antman. Now a
exhibit in Sussex, England.
The artwork is based on an Australian Bulldog
CHAPTER 3: GOLD RUSH - Three new expeditions are launched by competing concerns, the first a Swedish venture
led by a headstrong, Bjorn
Atlas, and his navigator/geologist, Sven Johansson. The second expedition is a multinational
(Canadian, US) effort lead by Cathy Carter with 3 veteran arctic explorers. The third expedition is a private enterprise secretly
(part) funded by Chinese
Triads, through pharmaceutical company, under the leadership of Lin Po
Chang, a child genius and infamous martial arts champion
- and his two dedicated henchmen. In reality, China is pushing mineral
wealth acquisition, for commercial world dominance agenda. Having moved
on from tea exports, to copper, aluminium, vehicles, lithium for
batteries and even the attainment of ports, to smooth world trade
A race ensues where the teams vie with each other, to secure the archaeological prize that is there for the
taking, as the immediate realizable asset. Lin Po Chang, is not only a master of the martial arts
(Taekwondo & Karate) but also a keen paleontologist, who predicted the existence of variant life-forms on this continent and has more than a hunch as to the inhabitants of this tunnel complex.
startling discovery in the ice, sharp jaws protruding from a block of
Charles Wilkes’ rehabilitation reflected the changing power dynamics of the great polar game. The British and French eventually ceded the argument, and corresponding territory, to the United States as the world’s emerging polar power. During the Cold War, the United States continued to assert its leadership in Antarctic affairs, brokering the international
Antarctic Treaty of 1958 and investing in cutting-edge polar research. Much of what we know about climate change, for instance, comes from secrets revealed in drilling Antarctic ice cores, an outgrowth of America’s interest in polar science.
The Antarctic landscape changed, and not just from melting glaciers. America’s interest in Antarctica waned, and so too is its influence.
In the decade following the 2008 global recession, funding for the Office of Polar Programs, which oversees American facilities and research in Antarctica, fell by 8 percent. Plans for the long-overdue replacement of aging facilities at McMurdo Station, the United States’ Antarctic headquarters, were drawn up during the Obama administration, but a further proposed cut of more than 10 percent in the 2021 budget places those rebuilding plans in jeopardy just as work is set to begin. Without modernization of McMurdo, which in its size and sophistication has long been the envy of other nations, the perception of America’s declining interest in Antarctica will grow.
China, long relegated to spectator status in Antarctic affairs, stands to gain the most. With four Antarctic stations already, China is now in the advanced planning stages for a fifth
station - this one to be located in the heart of “downtown” Antarctica, on an island in the Ross Sea adjacent to McMurdo. The image of a rusting, outdated American station alongside a gleaming, state-of-the-art Chinese facility will communicate more clearly than a hundred polar policy papers the reality of the power transfer already under way in Antarctica, where China’s investments in icebreakers, communications hardware, and station infrastructure dwarfs that of other nations, including the United States.
The French, British, and American expeditions of the 1840s sailed south in the hope of discovering a Terra Australis laden with mineral treasures, only to find towering glaciers and deathly cold. A couple of centuries later, it’s China that is determined to reap Antarctica’s mineral riches.
As the northern ice melts, the Arctic Ocean is already the scene of international jockeying for mining rights. But as China scholar Anne-Marie Brady has documented extensively, Beijing views Antarctica as the last great terrestrial frontier on Earth, hosting great deposits of coal, natural gas, precious minerals, added to plentiful fish stocks in the surrounding ocean and even vast freshwater reserves locked up in Antarctic ice. China intends to exploit the continent fully once the current Antarctic Treaty expires in 2048. With nations hungry for new sources of oil and mineral wealth, and China laying the groundwork for industrialization of the pole, the stakes for Antarctica couldn’t be higher.
The obvious irony of this new Antarctic Gold-Rush, is that with glaciers already melting, the consequent sea-level rise threatens to inundate coastal cities across the globe. Begging the question as to why any government would make plans to exacerbate global warming by exploiting fossil fuel reserves in
Antarctica? An ice free Wilkes Land, could end with oil fields, or strip-mining in the forested Transantarctic Mountains that are currently buried in ice. It seems this is the future that Beijing is planning, even though public pronouncements from China conform to the diplomatic polar language of international collaboration. China is pursuing an international grab for control of minerals, as part of their commercial world domination.
CALL FOR JOHN STORM
- CHAPTERS (APPROX 5 MINS PER SCENE)
1: US ARKTOS 1838 EXPEDITION -
The ice melts at both poles revealing features on the land not seen for
thousands of years. A converted Frigate, the US Arktos is discovered at the South Pole locked into melting
ice, then freed.
CHAPTER 2: TUNNEL COMPLEX - Discovery of a labyrinth of tunnels beneath the ice, dated by scientists to be
many millions of years old, is leaked to Jill Bird, BBC world service,
via Sky news and Discovery Channel. Supporting John Cleves Symmes theory
CHAPTER 3: GOLD RUSH - Three expeditions launched by competing concerns, Swedish,
Multinational & Cathy
Carter, backed by the
The third funded by Chinese, Lin Po
Chang. Land grab for mineral rights and archaeological exclusivity,
prehistoric insect DNA.
U. N. CALL FOR JOHN STORM - MI6 and the
decide to send in John
Storm and the Elizabeth
Swan. Dan Hawk and
speed from the
Southern Ocean to the Weddell Sea and there to Deception Island, an extinct volcano.
5: IT'S MURDER ON THE ICE - Several fatal accidents occur in quick succession, then an egg clutch is discovered in a section of a tunnel. Chang eliminates the remaining
opposition. Then nurtures one egg through a simulated incubation.
CHAPTER 6: BOUND FOR ENGLAND - The creature is smuggled aboard Ice Patrol survey vessel 'KoolArctic' bound for England,
eats two crew members. Second mate on KoolArctic reports the chaos aboard vessel to the British Admiralty,
CHAPTER 7: BASECAMP - John's team set up camp onshore, locate the excavation site, using the
'Ark' (a DNA database) Storm uncovers disturbing new evidence to support theory that dinosaurs were not
entirely wiped out by a meteor striking the earth.
8: WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH - Confirmed, they
lived when dinosaurs ruled the earth. Dinosaurs starve in volcanic/asteroid
winter. Sectasaurs have higher
tolerance to freezing conditions, eat competition, then hibernate.
Suki Hall hypothesis merit worthy, supported scientific community.
CHAPTER 9: WORST FEARS CONFIRMED - From DNA analysis aboard
energy depleted Elizabeth
Swan, Storm estimates species grew to between 3-5 metres, warm blooded with
high tolerance to low temperatures. Team realize danger to humans, alert
& CIA to the danger.
John made Master
& Commander RN.
CHAPTER 10: -
ATLANTIC EXPRESS - Storm and crew head to England at high
speed, breaking record on hydrofoils. Sectasaur is stowaway on Atlantic
Express. Meanwhile Chang has landed in
CHAPTER 11: HAMPSHIRE - The giant prehistoric animal jumps ship,
feeds on New Forest ponies, gaining attention of Hampshire police, relayed to
MI6 and thence to John Storm.
CHAPTER 12: BUCKLERS HARD - Storm heads up the Beaulieu River to Bucklers
Hard, following pony corpses toward a wooded area near Worts Gutter (Furzey Lane). Storm
calls military for backup. Chang heads to Buckler's Hard, and Worts
CAT & MOUSE - Storm and Temple
play cat and mouse with Sectasaur - when the giant insect came up from behind over the brow of a ravine and
knocks Charley nearly unconscious. Storm strikes the creature with an axe,
causing partial shock.
CHAPTER 14: FIRST AID - Charley and John patch creature's wound with antiseptic and bandages. The
giant insect feigns immobility. Understands dialogue between John and Charley is not aggressive or threatening,
and marks these two humans down as allies.
CHAPTER 15: SECTASAUR RESCUES JOHN - John panics with axe.
Creature lashed out in reflex throwing John over a ledge. John at the mercy
The huge insect puts itself at risk to pull John up to safety. Meanwhile government troops,
Territorial Army reservists are closing in.
CHAPTER 16: PUZZLING SITUATION - John dusts himself, while magnificent insect
cleans itself. John offers hand palm up to the creature. The animal
studies with both feelers, tickling him. John's heart pounding, at risk
of amputation, enjoying leap of faith. It understands and responds to
CHAPTER 17: ALL FRIENDS - Charley joins from bracken and saw the interaction between John and the insect.
She proffers her hand, the prehistoric insect smelled her all over with its antennae. Charley giggled at the
friendly touch. Temple shot in arm by troops, insect in head. Chang witnesses
CHAPTER 18: HOSTILE FIRE - Troops fire wounding animal. John & Charley both
leap in front of insect yelling to stop firing, but Charley is shot in the arm and
screams. The giant insect moves to protect them both from the gunfire,
taking more hits and another to the head. It collapsed, feelers limp.
CHAPTER 19: ATTACK SUBSIDES - John and Charley shout as loud as they
stopping firing. They reach insect. They raised its feelers, Charley and
John take one each, and the trio embraced for a minute, its antennae
were limp - there was no reviving it - tears, anger - it was gone. J&C
in shock for a moment.
20: NO REMORSE - John & Charley anger welling up inside, tears
gave way to action. A rhinoceros soldier
is delighted at kill. "Yes," cried the soldier. "Yes," said John,
punching the trigger happy fool out. Up to that point other military thought they had saved
their lives. Chang is devastated at loss.
EPILOGUE & DEBRIEFING - John files a report with
Nations and MI6, advising of a great loss to science.
Keep watching brief for any repeats, finds, missing links, etc. Watching
brief with increased security, military conflicts. Further investigations needed. Chang vows to return to Antarctica.
scripts for 'KULO-LUNA'
MUMMY.' Other John Storm adventures (under development) include: 'OPERATION
NEPTUNE,' and TREASURE
ISLAND - BLACKBEARD'S CURSE & PIRATES GOLD. Development order is
subject to viewer polls and other third party interest.
title, using the same special effects artwork as Sectasaur™ is JIMMY
WATSON'S MAGIC DINOBOT. This is a children's Christmas story. Far
removed from high seas adventures.