The Story: Robbie is a talented young archivist (with a degree in Library & Information Science) working in Los Angeles. He’s hired by Davis, a novelist and family man who’s writing a reimagined book about Camelot, set in the present day and for a Young Adult readership. His publishers already like the novel-in progress so much that they’ve asked Davis to turn it into a series of books; and they believe the odds are good for a movie franchise as well.
While doing research for Davis at a rare Victorian manuscript library, Robbie discovers an unknown 19th-century poem that re-works a famous ballad about Camelot into a tragic/romantic same-sex coming-of-age tale. A graphic illustrator in his off-hours, Robbie decides to bring the poem back to life in the form of a holographic experience, made from spectacular 3D images and visual effects to attract the eyeballs of teenagers and young adults. But his new (and conservative) boss feels differently about it. Davis believes that Robbie will steal his thunder if he publishes online the bombshell of a same-sex romance involving Lancelot before he, Davis, can publish in print his very much boy/girl Lancelot-themed novel. Davis is convinced that Robbie would become a media star in the current cultural climate and in so doing would wipe out interest in Davis’s own, old-school Camelot project that he’s been working on for years. The two men fall out, and the battle between them is on …
Structurally speaking, the story begins in 2018 in sunny Los Angeles and interweaves a reimagining of a strand of the Camelot mythology in which Lancelot, the greatest knight of the
Round Table, grapples with his own truth when he falls in love with a handsome young man locked in a tower under a mysterious curse. (A re-orienting of all those medieval fables about beautiful young women locked in towers.)
Back in 2018, where most of the story takes place, we see how this alternate Camelot mythology inspires a modern nine-year-old boy (who happens to be Davis’s own son) in a way that gay kids have rarely been inspired: with archetypal heroes from the past to read about and dream about and model themselves on—who happen to be gay too.
A highly plotted story designed to speak to broad audiences, “Out Of The Tower” will be delivered in the vehicle of a movie that’s built first and foremost to entertain—with a series of emotional punches culminating in a scene of a parent’s enlightenment and love for his child that means to leave not a dry eye in the house.