Mike has written several movie scripts that are in various stages of development. More information on these will be forth-coming as well as any updates on their progress towards filming!
- Lowell Park
- GOTCH: An American Hero
- Tarzan and the Trail of Death
AN AMERICAN HERO
Young Frank travels to Alaska and wrestles in the rough-and-tough mining camps, whipping the best of the Yukon. He returns to his family farm and convinces his mother that wrestling is what he is cut out for…not farming. His family is in danger of losing the farm and he pours out $30,000 in earnings onto the kitchen table, stunning his mother and father. She reluctantly begins to give in.
By virtue of his many victories and good nature, Frank becomes a hero in Humboldt. He also develops the toehold, which quickly becomes the most feared maneuver in all of wrestling history. With the move, Frank can break a foe’s ankle or leg. Other wrestlers are terrified of the Gotch toehold.
While walking down the street one day, a young girl approaches him while selling church raffle tickets. Frank is so smitten with Gladys Oestrich that he tells his friend, Elmer, that he will marry her some day.
Frank takes off in pursuit of the American title, held by a very tough man named Tom Jenkins. Older and bigger than Frank, he teaches Frank how to wrestle really rough. He beats Frank up pretty good the first time, and Frank returns to Humboldt with a new humility….and a new determination. In the rematch, he whips Jenkins soundly to become American champion.
Frank then sets his gaze directly on the Russian Lion, who is not interested in meeting him. But Burns and Frank’s manager, Emil Klank, talk the Lion into coming to America for a colossal match.
Frank begins to court Gladys and she serves as an inspiration to him during his training. He wrestles Hackenschmidt in Chicago (back to the opening scenes) …and defeats him by totally exhausting him with his aggressive style. The little town of Humboldt goes wild late at night with bon fires and church bells ringing. Gladys and her family are down on the town square celebrating and bursting with pride.
Frank returns home as the heavyweight champion of the world. He and Gladys are married. He becomes the toast of America. He tours the country, beating foe after foe after foe. He is the king, the best ever…
….but in Europe, Hackenschmidt is telling the press that Gotch wrestled dirty. Bad blood grows between them. Gotch is angry and trains very hard. Finally, after three years, they have a tremendous rematch in Chicago’s Comiskey Park. Over 30,000 fans show up. The night before the match, 2,000 fans gather underneath Gotch’s hotel room and shout his name.
In the single most important wrestling match ever, Frank demolishes Hackenschmidt. He and Gladys seem on top of the world. They have a baby son and he loves life in his little hometown. And then Frank is struck by a mysterious illness. Within a short amount of time, the great Frank Gotch dies…at the age of 39. The entire sports world is stunned.
The script shows what it was like living in America in the early 1900s and how grand a sport professional wrestling was, once upon a time. Frank Gotch and Gladys are very likeable characters, ones that the American public will take to heart and care about.
This is a story about dreaming big and chasing the dream….winning…..And being a true American hero in the early 1900s. It has nostalgia, family values, romance and heartbreak at the very end. It is all based on fact with very little deviation from “the way it was.”
AN UNFORGETTABLE JOURNY INTO THE VERY HEART OF AMERICAN HISTORY
Imagine having the opportunity to travel back in time to any place you desire.
That is the situation facing beautiful college student Jennifer Brix in Lowell Park. A graduate student at the University of Iowa, Jenny saves the life of an aged professor. As a reward, he tells Jenny he will send her anywhere in time she wishes to go.
Though she does not believe him, Jenny goes along with the plan because she does not want to hurt his feelings. She selects the summer of 1932, when Ronald Reagan is spending his seventh summer as a lifeguard at Lowell Park. It is a beautiful area just two miles north of Dixon, Illinois, the small town where young Dutch Reagan grew to manhood.
But the time machine malfunctions…and Jennifer winds up in Lowell Park in 1832 instead. Leaving the time machine, she steps gingerly into a new world, still unaware that she has really traveled in time. She hears a wild shout — and turns to see three Indians racing towards her. She runs away…straight into the arms of a tall, lanky stranger who is heading up a group of Illinois militia of volunteers from New Salem.
Jenny has just met Abe Lincoln, 23-year-old captain who served in the Black Hawk Wars in the very same area which was to later become Lowell Park!
Stunned by the developments, Jenny can hardly believe what is happening to her, until she is captured by Chief Black Hawk. Abe and his ragtag troops rush to the rescue, but Jenny is suddenly whisked away to 1932 — and finds herself watching a large group of young, happy kids swimming in the Rock River.
When a young boy screams out in terror, caught in the swift-flowing river, everyone freezes…. until a handsome 22-year-old Adonis in a black suit races past Jenny and dives headlong into the swirling waters. Dutch Reagan saved 77 lives during his seven years as a lifeguard in Lowell Park, and Jenny is now seeing one of those rescues firsthand.
Jenny becomes caught up in a wholesome, romantic adventure as 1932 Dixon comes to life. She develops a crush on the young Ronald Reagan, and he returns the favor. But she was warned she can only stay in the time warp for a small amount of time before it is impossible to return to the present. Jenny is faced with a staggering dilemma…does she stay in 1932 with young Dutch Reagan or return to 1990 America?
Lowell Park is a fanciful, nostalgic story based on historical fact. Both Abe Lincoln and Ronald Reagan actually did spend time in Lowell Park just 100 years apart.
Today, Lowell Park is a beautiful location untouched by time. The minute you descend down into it, you can visualize Ronald Reagan riding through the park as a 22-year-old on his way to his beloved summer job. In the eight years he was President, Mr. Reagan spoke fondly and wistfully of the time he spent in Lowell Park. The site is available for a movie to be shot there.
Lowell Park was written to be a warm, sentimental tale in the fashion of “Field of Dreams,” with a strong educational element to it, as well. There are several major plot twists…. including one near the end that will shock and delight the audience!