Musical - Pre-Production 2016

Wesley Haynes, a previously convicted narcotics dealer, now clean, is accused of shooting the Sheriff and his deputy.

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Musical, Crime, Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Writer(s)
    • John A. ANDREWS
    • Producer(s)
    • John ANDREWS (A L I Pictures), Steven ISTOCK (California Pictures)
    • Synopsis
    • The Harder they Come meets Hustle and Flow with The Verdict and Witness

      What if an ex-convicted drug dealer, now clean, was put on trial for shooting the corrupt Sheriff who helped to land him in prison?

      Teaser: Wesley Haynes, a potential rising star launches out into the deep to find his fame and fortune. Battling the waves of adversity he finds himself trapped in the tidal waves of hypocrisy and bigotry, masterminded by the infamous Sheriff John Brown.

      • Way before reggae music triumphed at its peak. A college professor and Mandeville native, Sebastian Haynes, born way before the civil rights revolution, met and married his trophy bride Megan Williams. Years later they gave birth to their first and only son Wesley Haynes. In their eyes, he was not only their little bundle of joy but their prince little Wes.

      • As Wesley’s voice deepened, his parents invested sleepless nights browsing the web for a law school he could attend. Even so, he saw things differently and spent most of his time “spitting lyrics” ad strumming his pre-owned non-amplified guitar. His talent caught on like a spark in dry brush and like a magnet he attracted some haters including one Sheriff John Brown, a Pre-Madonna cop who dubbed himself “The Sheriff.”

      • This top brass cop in Mandeville not only laid numerous traps for the artist but prided himself for manufacturing the ones he did. One Friday night, Wesley fell into one while driving home from a rehearsal. Not only was he accused with eluding Brown on a high-speed chase, Brown claimed his jalopy was rancid with marijuana fumes. Wesley spent one unforgettable night in jail. Those charges were later dropped and he walked away “scot free.”

      ACT II
      • Wesley looking for greener pastures moved east to Kingston. Later he was joined by his girlfriend and backup singer Britney Evans, along with his 3 band members. Haynes and Britney struggled to survive in the big city. Nevertheless, their music evolved.

      • Sheriff Brown learned that Wesley had “hit the jackpot.” With a vendetta still intact he stayed on the artist’s trail. News surfaced that a ship went adrift into Port Antonio loaded with chronic weed, John Brown joined an elite investigative team which brought Wesley to justice. As a result, the artist was sentenced to 10 years in prison for narcotics trafficking. On the grounds of good behavior, Wesley was released after 5 years.

      • Sheriff Brown and his deputy continually pursued the singer. One night their lives were snuffed out during a stakeout in his neighborhood.

      ACT III
      • Wesley Haynes became the prime suspect. Even though, neither the timeline nor vehicle involved was able to link him to the crime. His gun did because the fatal bullets bore a resemblance.

      • After much discussion about the venue for the trial, the prosecution picked Miami instead of Jamaica. Resulting in simmering uprisings.

      • Wesley’s fate now placed in the hands of Judge Monica Finley and a 12 member jury. Meanwhile, their young son was constantly jeered and laughed at in school. As the trial lengthened his music spiraled. Friends stood by him through it all.

      • One day while testifying on his behalf, his best friend and confidant Milton Rogers is gunned down, ending the trial in a courtroom dilemma and an uncanny twist. Wesley Haynes goes on to win the Grammys.