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The Fight (Mes Combat) in the Meadows

Status: Development
Length: 90+ minutes
Set for Production in Fall of 2018: Looking for Packaging and  Co-Production Partners (Original Screenplay Daniel Landes and Kenneth Segura Knoll- Bokeem Woodbine attached to play Jack Johnson)
Territory: World 


City leaders convince heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson to defend his title in Las Vegas, New Mexico against “Fireman” Jim Flynn. A city in search of fame and fortune, a fighter in search of respect and honor.

(To request .pdf version of the treatment and/or script email Kenneth Segura Knoll – knoll@southwestonline.com)


In 1975, on the streets of Las Vegas, New Mexico, Elnora Pace is crossing the street when she is struck down by a drunk driver.  Frank Silva, a writer for the Las Vegas Daily, remembers Elnora fondly as a kind woman who read stories to him and his sister at the local library when he was a young boy. Frank arranges to interview Ada Glendenning, a retired librarian and Elnora’s roommate, in an effort to pay tribute to Elnora Pace.

During the course of the interview, Frank discovers that Ada befriended the abused Elnora shortly before heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson arrived in Las Vegas to fight “Fireman” Jim Flynn.   Suddenly captivated by Ada’s memory of the fight and all of the events that led up to it, Frank listens carefully as Ada shares the story of her friendship with ten year old Elnora and Elnora’s fascination with a black boxer.


The city leaders of Las Vegas in an effort to expand the reputation of Las Vegas, New Mexico meet with Jack Johnson’s manager and promoter, Zackaery Curley.  Headed by the mayor, Byler Pidger, the town agrees to put up the money to host a fight between Jack Johnson and Jim Jeffries to be held on July 4th, 1912.

When Jack Johnson and his entourage arrive in Las Vegas, he is met by a curious mixture of respect and racial prejudice. While both Johnson and Flynn establish their training camps, the town librarian, Ada Glendenning and young Elnora Pace develop an interest in the bigger than life heavy weight champion. When Elnora and Ada visit Johnson’s camp to watch him train, Jack notices Elnora and strikes up a friendship with her.

One day Johnson invites Elnora to go for a joy ride with him in an expensive car that he had shipped in from back east. During a conversation with Elnora, he reveals to her the racial prejudice he had to endure as a boy growing up in Texas.  Johnson also comes to find out that Elnora has undergone a lot of suffering herself at the hands of her abusive father, Rubar Pace. Just before Johnson and Elnora go their separate ways, Johnson surprises Elnora when he gives her a ticket to his upcoming fight.

When Ada Glendenning pays Johnson an unexpected visit, she reaffirms to Johnson that Elnora is indeed being abused by her drunken father.  A day before the Johnson-Flynn fight, Rubar Pace suddenly disappears.  Rumors quickly surface regarding Johnson having something to do with Rubar Pace’s disappearance.

On July 4th, the long awaited fight between Johnson and Flynn ends abruptly in the 9th round when the local sheriff stops the fight because Flynn refuses  to stop head butting Johnson.   Suspicion arises when it is revealed that many of the town leaders have laid down bets that the fight would not last 10 rounds.

Shortly after Frank Silva ends his interview with Ada, she decides to go through Elnora’s belongings and discovers the boxing ticket to the Johnson-Flynn fight that Elnora had saved for sixty years.

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1-Hang the Innocent final


Status: Development
Length: 360 min.
Set for Production in Fall of 2017: Looking for Packaging and  Co-Production Partners (Original Screenplay Daniel Landes – Development Producer Kenneth Segura Knoll)
Territory: World 


Before becoming Montana’s legendary sheriff, Henry Plummer journeys West in search of a lost brother, gold and love.  His quest is waylaid however by accusations from vigilantes who claim he is playing both sides of the law by leading a gang calling themselves “The Innocents”.

(To request .pdf version of the treatment and/or script email Kenneth Segura Knoll – knoll@southwestonline.com)

The Story

In 1842, off the coast of Louisiana, twelve year old Samuel Plummer and his nine year old brother Henry happen on two cattle rustlers (Warren Spivey and Alex Slade) who are in the process of stealing their pa’s cattle.  The two drifters tie the boys to a tree, but young Henry escapes.   Henry finds his pa and tells him what has happened.  When Pa Plummer confronts the thieves, Warren Spivey shoots and kills the boys’ father.  Later the culprits torture Samuel with a branding iron and ride away with Samuel as Henry helplessly watches nearby.

Ten years pass and despite his mother’s concerns, nineteen year old Henry sets out in search of his lost brother and the gold that Samuel talked about finding out West.  Aboard the ship, The Illinois, which is headed for California, Henry meets up with Jack Cleveland who shares Henry’s dream of striking it rich.  Jack quickly becomes Henry’s partner and friend.

After years of limited success in the gold fields, Henry and Jack give up mining and agree to serve as sheriff and deputy of Bannack, a mining town in Idaho Territory.  Henry’s good looks, his clever sense of humor and his reputation for being fast on the draw quickly make him popular with local residents.  All the while, Henry continues to look for his brother.

Not far away, Henry’s older brother is still with Warren Spivey.  Samuel has taken the name Alex Slade after Spivey killed the original Alex who was no longer any use to him.  Warren and the new Alex steal gold, hold up banks, and quickly become the two of the most wanted men in the Idaho Territory.

While Henry adjusts to the duties of being sheriff of Bannack, he gets involved with a married woman named Lucy Vedder, whose abusive husband treats her like she is his own personal slave.  As the affair progresses, Lucy’s husband, John Vedder becomes more and more suspicious.

In an attempt to track down Alex Slade, Henry and Jack travel to Ft. Benton.  Having no luck finding Slade, they are about to start for home when they meet a missionary and his family who are headed for Bannack as well.  Henry and Jack agree to accompany the Vail family and Mrs. Vail’s sister, Electa Bryan.

Henry and Jack both fall for Electa, who is a beautiful and strong willed woman.   Jack tells Henry he’s “claiming” her as his own.  The competition begins because Henry is smitten by Electa as well.  When Henry and Jack return to Bannack, Henry is in the process of telling Lucy that he has fallen in love with Electa when John Vedder finds them alone in a livery stable.  John attacks Henry with a pitchfork and Henry is forced to kill him.  News of the incident reaches the Sacramento Union and they send two reporters, Michael Hanson and Charles Munson to cover the unusual story of a sheriff on trial for murder.  The trial takes place and the judge sentences Henry to serve ten years in San Quentin prison.

While Henry is in prison, his brother travels to Sacramento in order to become a Pony Express rider.  Alex breaks his arm during one of his rides and ends up staying with the Buckland family.  While Alex recovers, Sandra, the daughter of the Buckland Station manager, falls in love with him.  Just as Alex is about to leave, the Paiute Indians go on the warpath and kill Sandra’s mother and kidnap Sandra.  Alex succeeds in rescuing Sandra but then heads back to Idaho Territory to “find himself.”

After serving six months in San Quentin, Henry’s friends are successful in getting him pardoned by the territorial governor.  Henry returns to Bannack, where Jack is now sheriff.   Jack warns Henry that Electa is his and that Henry needs to stay away from her.  Ignoring Jack, Henry pursues Electa. They quickly fall in love and get married on the banks of Grasshopper Creek.  Jack’s resentment  of Henry escalates  and he begins to drink heavily.  Finally, the town fires Jack and offers Henry the chance to be sheriff again.

Henry, who earlier promised Electa that he would start a new life with her, yields to the temptation to be sheriff and accepts the job.  Robberies and violent crime increase as Henry attempts to maintain law and order fail.  Soon rumors spread that Henry is secretly the leader of a blood thirsty gang called “The Innocents”.   Meanwhile, through a series of unusual events, Henry uses his wit and his status as sheriff to save his brother who is about to be hanged in a nearby town.

Back in Bannack, Henry and Jack’s relationship continues to deteriorate.  Drunk and angry, Jack puts a gun to Henry’s head and threatens to expose Henry’s true identity as the leader of “The Innocents”.  Henry shoots Jack in the foot and puts Jack in jail.  In a cell next to Alex Slade, Jack finally figures out that Alex Slade is actually Henry’s brother, Samuel.  After Jack is released from jail, he waits for Henry to leave and releases Alex Slade from jail as well.  Jack’s plan is that the town authorities will believe that Henry purposely let Samuel escape in order to save him from being hanged.

Meanwhile, a number of vigilantes have established themselves as an organization that is hell bent on confronting the lawlessness that has descended on Bannack and the surrounding territory.  Acting as both judge and jury, the vigilantes track down and hang members of “The Innocents” that Jack has identified.  Despite some doubt as to whether Henry is an “Innocent”, the vigilantes arrest him and accuse him of being the leader of the gang.  The vigilantes quickly hang Henry.  However, Henry cheats death when he collaborates with the town’s undertaker and fakes his own hanging.  Henry secretly leaves town and begins his search to find his brother before the vigilantes can track him down.

In the climactic scene, Henry arrives just after the vigilantes have captured his brother.  Just as they are about to hang Alex, Henry empties his gun at them.  Henry’s brother is able to escape, but Henry is not so lucky.   Alex watches helplessly as the vigilantes now prepare to hang Henry.  Jack spots Alex in the distance and prepares to shoot him.  When Henry tells Jack that Alex Slade is actually his brother, Samuel, Jack aims his rifle to shoot Alex anyway.  Henry pulls a derringer from his pocket and kills Jack.   Alex watches from the top of a hill as the vigilantes hang Henry.