Interview with Screenwriter James Greasley (THE EMERGENCE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

James Greasley: How would the human race react if five uninhabited planets mysteriously appeared around Earth? This question is what our trio ( an ex-military officer, a researcher and a techie) are tasked to discover when hired by a private firm owned by a menacing corporate titan. After years of searching for answers, our team is finally given one, only for it to be stolen by a futuristic thief. This coupled with the mysterious planet Kal. A planet that no one has been to and survived to tell the tale, with exception of our protagonist. After our teams information is stolen, they struggle to re-coup. In the end they meet one last obstacle, one of the planets completely disappears, leaving one last question. What do we do now?

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?


3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

This screenplay was more designed to be a TV-pilot. I believe this script is a phenomenal candidate to make an extremely captivating series. The opportunity to explore many different planets leads to lots of moments for pure discovery, adventure and fun. These are also very real, relate-able characters. Following them through space and time would be nothing but an amazing journey.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Adventurous, fun.

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

That’s a tough one. It would have to come down to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Oceans eleven and an assortment of the Avengers might be making a close contender.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

This particular piece took me approximately six months to complete fully.

7. How many stories have you written?

Six total at this moment, currently outlining my seventh.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Not sure if I can answer that, I will just give you my most frequent genres: Country, old school hip-hop, and some down tempo D & B

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

What obstacles did I not face haha? Honestly I would say it would come down to a couple of things. The first one was creating characters people would actually care about. Characters people could identify with in one way or another. The second major one was world building. Creating multiple new planets to the solar system in the future, adding that all to a pilot episode without making it overwhelming or flat.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Golfing, snowboarding, movies, live music, health and wellness.

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

A disgraced and unstable former soldier becomes the leader of an unlikely trio digging for answers, when five new planets mysteriously appear around Earth.

Genre: Sci-fi, Adventure, Action.

TV Pilot.


Garrett – 10 – JUSTIN DESOUZA
Kelsey – 12 – ETHEL ABRAY


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival


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