Rite of PassageDream Casting – imagining which big name stars would fill roles in a movie based on your favorite book or comic book; or based on a story, book or screenplay that you wrote – has become popular nowadays. I did it a while ago with Rite of Passage, the Steamfunk feature film I wrote based on a Blacktastic story by Milton Davis.

Rite of Passage has been produced and will premiere in Los Angeles May 8.

 

Artwork by Moises Martins.

Artwork by Moises Martins.

Milton and I have teamed up, once again, for another story of Milton’s that I have developed into a screenplay. The story, Ngolo, is a gritty, Afrikan martial arts / science fiction feature film, set in the near future. Ngolo is now officially entered into the Urban Action Script contest at the Urban Action Showcase and Expo.

The Urban Action Showcase, in partnership with Cinemax, is a multi-day, independent Action film festival, showcase, Action script and comic book competition, and Urban Action Expo, premiering minority filmmakers specifically in the Action film genre.

By focusing on the thrill and excitement of the Action genre and recognizing the need for integration in it, the Urban Action Showcase has set itself apart from other film festivals as the only one of its kind!

The Urban Action Showcase advocates minority actors, filmmakers, producers, and industry professionals of the Action film genre through workshops, panel discussion, screenings and events and they endeavor to encourage major film studios to both include and pioneer more ethnically diverse casts and projects in the Action genre. 

The Urban Action Showcase is presented by Action Scene Combat (ASC) Productions, a full service production company – founded in 2000 by the creator of the Urban Action Showcase, Demetrius Angelo – which pioneers ethnically diverse works in the Action film genre.

Below, I dream cast Ngolo. My dream casting is different, however, as I do a big budget casting and a low-budget casting. It should be noted, however, that honestly, most of the actors cast in the low-budget version would be cast in the big budget version if I had any say in the matter – they are just that good.

Logline

In the near-future, assassinations are legal, as long as they are carried out by government-sanctioned guilds of assassins, who settle disputes in boardrooms and political offices around the world. One guild – the Bloodmen – is the most skilled; the most dangerous; the most feared…until the day the hunters become the hunted.

 

Ngolo Synopsis

            When a contract for the life of Senator PATRICK STANTON – a man hell-bent on eradicating the assassin guilds – is issued and taken on by the Bloodmen, it is suspected by the Bloodmen’s Guild Professor (2nd-In-Command), STEPHEN JONES, that the master of the guild, KAMARA KEITA, accepted the contract pro-bono (an illegal practice) in order to force Senator Stanton to vote in favor of the continued existence of legal assassination and assassin guilds at the upcoming vote on the Anti-Assassination Bill.

Desiring leadership of the Bloodmen, Stephen challenges Guildmaster Kamara to combat, with the prize being command of the guild. Kamara defeats Stephen. Ashamed and envious, Stephen leaves the Bloodmen and attempts to turn the other guilds against Kamara. Instead, the other Guildmasters and Guild Professors back Kamara and even encourage him to kill Stephen for his betrayal, which Kamara refuses to do.

Stephen goes to assassin wannabes, the TIGERS and offers them a chance to become a legitimate guild if they help him bring down the Bloodmen. The leader of the Tigers, CARLOS FAIRCHILD, is reluctant at first, but Stephen convinces him that, under Guildmaster Kamara’s leadership, the Bloodmen have become corrupt and they must be stopped before they cause the eradication of legal assassination and all the guilds. Carlos joins forces with Stephen and hands over leadership of the Tigers – and a few street gangs he has influence over – to the former Bloodman.

The Bloodmen throw their annual Founders’ Day celebration. All of the Guildmasters and Guild Professors from around the world attend. Kamara awaits the arrival of his son, MALCOLM and Malcolm’s fiancée, JAMELA RASHON, both top Bloodmen assassins.

Jamela is en route from an assignment in San Diego and Malcolm is en route from a job in Japan. While on his way to the Bloodmen’s guild house, Malcolm is ambushed by the Tigers. At the same time, the guild house is attacked by an army of Tigers and thugs, led by Stephen.

Jamela comes upon the house as it is being attacked.

And then…

To find out what happens next, you’ll just have to wait for the movie.

Yep…I’m leaving you hanging…but not for long.

Stay tuned.

Now, onto the dream casting!

Jamela Rashon: One of the best assassins in the Bloodmen guild. Witty, rebellious and confident. Loyal to the guild and her loved ones. She wants to do a lot of jobs, retire and marry her fiancé, Malcolm. A cold-blooded killer, but loving, out-going and charismatic.

Big Budget:Nicole Beharie

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Low Budget:Yakini Horn

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Malcolm Keita: Son of Guildmaster Kamara Keita. Skilled, efficient and upholds the traditions and culture of the Bloodmen. Honorable, loyal to his father and the guild. In love with Jamela, but puts the needs of the guild above his desire for love and happiness with her.

Big Budget: Mehcad Brooks

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Low Budget: Osceola Thaxton

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Stephen Jones: Guild Professor (2nd-In-Command) of the Bloodmen. Third-generation Bloodman. Secretly feels that he is better fit to lead the Bloodmen because of he is a legacy. Arrogant and self-serving. Highly skilled assassin, but relies more on his intelligence, cunning and charisma than his martial skills.

Big Budget: Anthony Mackie

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Low Budget: Aaron Israel

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Kamara Keita: Guildmaster of the Bloodmen. Comes from a line of African warriors and martial arts masters that stretches back to a time when the pyramids were still young. Loves the guild and views all Bloodmen as family. Honorable, intelligent, wise and level-headed. Most respected of all the Guildmasters.

Big Budget: Lateef Crowder Dos Santos

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Low Budget: Khalil Maasi

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Carlos Fairchild: Bloodman wannabe. Leader of the Tigers, unofficial guild. Skilled martial artist and executive protection specialist. Charismatic and a good diplomat. Loyal to Stephen. Wants to be an assassin – particularly a Bloodman – above all else.

Big Budget: John Boyega

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Low Budget: Sangomurewa Adeyeye

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Patrick Stanton: Senator; becomes President of the U.S. Tough as nails, fearless, enjoys a good fight. Seeks to eradicate all Assassin Guilds.

Big Budget: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Low Budget: Cory Jaccino

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David Colby: Secret Service Agent and head of Stanton’s security; Experienced and intelligent, but out of his league when dealing with the Assassin Guilds.

Big Budget: Bradley Cooper

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Low Budget: Matteo Miller-Nicolato

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Sarah: Field Director of The Inside, a shadowy, secret society. Cunning, intelligent and cold-blooded. Will do anything to further the goals of The Inside and is willing to destroy anyone, or anything that stands in her way.

Big Budget: Annette Bening

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Low Budget: Mellie Miller

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Jenny Running-Fox: Shaman. Secretly an interrogator for The Inside. Outwardly, a kind, loving, witty woman married to a cruel and verbally abusive man. Really a sadist, who enjoys using torture to extract information.

Big Budget: Ashley Callingbull

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Low Budget: Ashley Callingbull (yep…the same person as the “Big Budget” actress)

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Diana Stanton: Senator / President Stanton’s wife. She is a brass knuckle-wearing, cigar smoking, beer chugging, and card-carrying militia member. The only girl of six siblings, Diana grew up fighting and rough-housing. Her daddy owned a hunting supply shop and was the local president of the NRA, so she grew up hunting with guns and bows and fishing.

Big Budget: Suzy Nakamura (this is a close upper elementary school friend of mine, turned Hollywood actress)

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Low Budget: Narisa Suzuki

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The Mail Man (Cameo): The Mail Man is the dreaded Contract Server for the Bloodmen. Even to the Bloodmen he is a mystery. It is said he has been a Bloodman since the guild’s inception, but does not seem to age beyond 40 years. Only the Bloodmen Guildmasters know his true identity. It is not even known if he died during the attack on the guilds by Stephen and the Tigers.

Big Budget: Don Cheadle

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Low Budget: Baba Taji Nanji

 

 

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About Balogun

Balogun is the author of the bestselling Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within and screenwriter / producer / director of the films, A Single Link and Rite of Passage: Initiation. He is one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk – a philosophy or style of writing that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and / or steampunk fiction – and writes about it, the craft of writing, Sword & Soul and Steampunk in general, at http://chroniclesofharriet.com/. He is author of three novels – the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the Urban Science Fiction saga, Redeemer; and the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika and contributing co-editor of two anthologies: Ki: Khanga: The Anthology and Steamfunk. At present, Balogun is directing and fight choreographing the Steamfunk feature film, Rite of Passage, which he wrote based on the short story, Rite of Passage, by author Milton Davis. He is one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk –a philosophy or style of writing that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and / or steampunk fiction – and writes about it, the craft of writing, Sword & Soul and Steampunk in general, at http://chroniclesofharriet.com/. He is author of three novels – the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the science fiction gangster saga, Redeemer; and the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika. He is also co-creator of the soon-to-be-released role-playing game, Ki-Khanga™: The Sword & Soul RPG. Balogun is Master Instructor of the Afrikan Martial Arts Institute and Technical Director of Martial Ministries of America, a non-profit organization that serves at-risk youth. He is also a traditional African priest, actor and conflict resolution specialist, who works and lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, his seven daughters and his son.

4 responses »

  1. Fujimoto says:

    A very interesting idea for a film. Good luck with it!

  2. […] Milton and I first met several years ago to discuss developing his story Ngolo into a feature film, I told Milton that he will find that I operate from a position of power, not […]

  3. […] Ngolo – an Afrikan martial arts / action / Science Fiction feature film set in the near future – will go into production in 2015 and Redeemer – an Afrikan martial arts / action / Science Fiction television series set in the near future – will go into production in 2017. […]

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