Saber Rider & the Star Sheriffs – The Screenplay

Pitch Joss Whedon’s „The Avengers“ meets „Battlestar Galactica“ and turns into „Pacific Rim in Space“. Or in short: „Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs“ on the big screen!

Synopsis: The new Colonies are under attack. But from who?Is it King jarred or are the rumors that and old enemy has returned? Who or what is RAMROD and why is everyone after him? „Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs“ tells the story of a group of  special loners who are drawn into a war where RAMROD is their only hope for survival.

Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs

Stallion power on!

San Diego Comic Con 2012, Hilton Bayfront, at the bar after a long day of nerdgasm….what could possibly go wrong?

We were thinking about the great day we just had and discussed the sci-fi movie we decided to write. We talked about the characters, the action, the excitement and we caught ourselves referencing the same old TV show over and over again. A few drinks later we were ready to admit what we both had known about two hours ago. We knew what really wanted to do. So we scraped our generic sci-fi idea and started work on a live action version of “Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs”. 

We loved that show when we were kids and even though we know that it is a long shot we tried to write the best possible movie version we could think of.  It was our goal to write something completely different than Skyscraper and we think we succeeded.

“Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs” tells the exciting story of a group of individuals who have to work together to fight an enemy who is willing to do anything to win. The new colonies are under attack but who is responsible? Is it King Jarred with his army or has an old enemy returned to finish what he started over 25 years ago?

But there’s more. Who or what is RAMROD and why is everyone after him? Can RAMROD really tip the scale in the war?

“Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs” is an action packed and no holds barred thrill ride that tries to stay true to the original show without being a slave to its shortcomings. We focused on the original storyline from the series and made it movie worthy. The stakes are higher and the action is bigger. We are certain that fans of the series and new viewers alike can enjoy “Saber Rider”.

We received some good feedback from the Blacklist and we spent a couple of weeks rewriting and polishing the screenplay. We made some adjustments to the characters and are quite happy with the current version. The Blacklist reviewers had this to Say about “Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs”:

The world is colossal from the spaceships to the alien planets to the vision of the cities truly making the setting feel like an epic space opera. The opening immediately captures a similar scope and vibe as the opening of the original Star Wars where battleships combat all over the place. Much like STAR WARS, there is a western undertone to the story including Saber Rider and his robotic horse Steed that gives the script another fun little twist on the genre. Saber’s team is also a group of unlikely candidates who constantly seem to come into conflict with each other. Saber and Colt have an immediate distaste for the other especially with the generational gap yet they are after the same goal forcing them to work together. Fireball is another character who is led by his ego putting him at odds with the others yet his driving skillset often comes in handy. April is the final piece of the team who is the key for bringing together Ramrod. Together they somehow end up working together to save the galaxy. On the surface, story is relatively clean and simple setting up both the universal stakes and conflicts. There are some fun action sequences including an epic showdown in the third act between the battling factions.

This action-packed sci-fi comedy entertains from start to finish, delightfully building tension and suspense as SABER RIDER investigates a perpetrator and the mystery unfolds into a much bigger plan orchestrated by an enemy of the colonies. Well-laid from the outset, the writing skillfully uses kids being taught history on a school field trip to introduce the key plot points, characters and motivations that exist in the project’s world. And the project is indeed set in an incredible world- a futuristic set of colonies that has created a defense force to ward off enemies and that feels part western, part futuristic like LONE RANGER meets PACIFIC RIM. Its visuals are captivating with spaceships, racecars, a mechanical horse that fights in space and numerous other unique and eye-catching settings, props and characters. The writing does a great job of developing the script’s spectacular supporting characters. Feisty FIREBALL and renegade bounty hunter COLT add depth and dimension to the script’s world thanks to their own unique backgrounds that contrast with the personalities of the Star Sheriffs to create brilliant comedic chemistry; also, the supporting characters add complexity, intrigue and unexpected obstacles to an otherwise simple, good guy versus bad guys plot.

The current draft of “Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs” is 130 pages long.

If we sparked your interest, you can download the screenplay here. Please drop us a line and tell us what you thought.

(c) “Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs” is based on upon the animated television series produced by Studio Pierrot and World Events Productions.

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  1. Enjoyed it! Loved the original show and you guys did an awesome job of updating it but keeping the tone just right. Well done!

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