As some are aware I write as a hobby, trying to make a living on it. Currently, Iím doing an open University media course. One idea thatís been floating around in my head for a television pilot in the following below. Need advice, opinions, etc. If I had to describe itís almost like New Zealandís version of The Wire also inspired by shows like Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy and The Shield. It is set in the same world as the movie Once Were Warriors, same universe, same style, cinematography, writing, etc.Title: PATCHES
(refers to the patches worn by gang members but also the "patches" worn by the Police force)Synopsis (Pilot)
An on-going war between the Rotten Basterds and Toa Bulls begin to escalate when a member of the Toa Bulls is executed in a public restaurant. The slaying done with a hatchet begins local authorities to crack down on both criminal organizations. We see the view points from the gangs and Maori community leaders as well as the Police force, including a young Pakeha constable who is involved in a relationship with a Maori woman whose brother is a member of the Toa Bulls and deeply entrenched in the gang lifestyle.
Here are the gangs that are going to be featured along the way. It's going to be set in an area that I have yet to decide upon yet.Criminal organizations/gangsDirty Rotten Basterds
(based on the Mongrel Mob)
- Bloods (feeder gang for the Dirty Rotten Basterds)
Toa Bulls Aotearoa
(based on Black Power)
Route 66 Motorcycle Club
- Crips & Darksiders (feeder gangs for the Toa Bulls)
(based on Highway 61 motorcycle club, the country's largest motorcycle club)Huntsmen
(based on the Tribesmen)
- Killer Kounty (based on the Killabeez, feeder gang for the Huntsman)
(based on New Zealand Triads)
A gang based on the Hells Angels motorcycle club (one of the first United States motorcycle clubs that was first established outside of the States)
Dirty Rotten Basterds has an entire back story to it. When the Mongrel Mob was formed, they got their name from a judge who said that they were nothing but a pack of mongrels. In my story, the judge proclaims that the men he are sentencing are nothing but "dirty rotten bastards" back in the 60's/70's so that's how the gang gets their name.
With this, I am also going to focus on the Maori community leaders, people who are trying to better their surroundings by helping the youth.
More to come.
Thought this belongs here more.