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Spirits of the Western Wild

Written by

David Schaub & Roger Vizard

This mystical saga follows a young adventure seeker named Luther McCleron on a westward journey to learn more about his Grandfather, a gold prospector from Copper Creek Canyon.  A series of fateful missteps take Luther far from his destination to a disheveled little town under the tyranny of a crooked sheriff named Big Willie. 

Luther just wants to get back to Copper Creek Canyon, but a legendary ghost named Monty thwarts his plans.  He is a cantankerous ghost who refuses to believe he’s dead.  Mysteriously, Luther is the only one who can see him, so Monty conspires to use Luther as his pawn to take out his vengeance on Big Willie.

 

A clash between Luther and Monty triggers a catastrophic string of events that land Luther in jail.  Monty offers to break Luther out, on the condition that he helps him get to the bottom of this “ghost nonsense.”  Luther agrees, and they seek refuge in the desert - away from Willie, where tensions escalate between the two of them.  Luther’s only objective is to get back to Copper Creek Canyon, but Monty has no intention of letting him go -- with an intuitive hunch that he needs to keep Luther close at hand, for some reason that he can't quite put his finger on... just yet.

A mysterious book of premonitions, along with an ominous crow and ancient indian named Kickapoo drive the mystical tone of this world -- conjuring spiritual forces from the ancestors to help steer Luther on his journey through this western twilight zone.

At the midpoint we discover it was Willie who “filled Monty full of holes,” and to top it off… Monty discovers that he is supposed to be Luther’s guardian angel (as if being a ghost weren’t bad enough...).  And that's why Luther has been able to connect and engage with him.

Monty has no interest in his new role as an angel.  Instead, he puts Luther in more danger by dressing him up as himself atop a wild bull that he launches into town in hopes of scaring Willie away.  But the plan backfires, and the bull disappears into the desert with Luther.  Ashamed by what he’s done, Monty is finally forced to come to terms with his own selfishness and vows to do the right thing if he’s lucky enough to find Luther alive (as a good guardian angel should, after all).

Out in the wild, Luther manages to wrangle the bull through lessons taught by Monty during their time together.  Since Luther is no longer held hostage by Monty, he is free to get back to Copper Creek Canyon.  But he has a change of heart and decides to go back to help Monty get rid of Willie instead.  Both have grown sympathetic to the other’s needs.  They reunite at camp, and it’s here that Kickapoo's magic culminates in Monty's dusty old bones attaching themselves to his invisible limbs.  Suddenly, Monty has a physical form and able to team as a real partner with Luther.

They storm the town, and the “haunting” drives Willie out of his mind.  We learn that Willie came to plunder the gold rumored to be hidden here - and we discover that it was actually Luther’s Grandfather who settled in this unlikely town with all that gold.  By unwittingly delivering Luther to his rightful destination, Monty is finally free to "move into the light.”

 

All the loose ends resolve in a satisfying story of redemption, friendship and loyalty while exploring the mysterious nature of fate and destiny.  Was all of this a coincidence?  Or are we guided by mysterious “ spirits on the wind ”  that nudge and steer us along our path to assure that we arrive safely at our intended destination in the end?

Copyright © 2019 David Schaub and Roger Vizard

Beats from screenplay:

SPIRITS OF THE WESTERN WILD

Copyright © 2019 David Schaub and Roger Vizard

Copyright © 2019  David Schaub 

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