After reading about unusual autopsy findings of a recently deceased senator, President Jeremy Lewis opens an investigation into what is soon revealed to be an apparent foiled attempt to infiltrate the administration at the highest level through the use of medical and technological capabilities far beyond what is known to exist. President Lewis then enlists his childhood best friend and tech-savvy entrepreneur, Ian Richards, to assist him in the endeavor.
This same death arouses the suspicions of Ross Blanchard, a relentless reporter for The New York Times, who avails himself of equally sophisticated technology in his own investigation. The intelligence community and Blanchard ultimately cooperate, culminating in a daring raid on a clandestine laboratory in the most unlikely of locations. But is this really the end of it?
Double Crossed recounts the intersection of cutting-edge military technology, genetics, and neurophysiology as it gradually exposes a plot of startling complexity and ambition.
The Double Crossed screenplay was a quarterfinalist in the 2021 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship.
"Sir Walter Scott famously wrote, 'Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.' Take some family history and politics, add cutting-edge military technology, mix in state-of-the-art genetics, top it off with next generation neurophysiology, and you have the ingredients for an elaborate deception. The untangling of the web of deception in Double Crossed presented an opportunity to incorporate elements of history, medicine, technology, and politics, all of which are longstanding interests of mine. The challenge was doing it gradually enough to sustain the reader's interest without giving away so much that it spoiled a surprise. We live in an age when no undertaking seems off limits, whether it be as simple as traditional spy craft, as overt as military intervention, or as sophisticated as cyberespionage and ransomware. Although we do not currently possess the technology needed to pull off something as audacious and complex as what occurs in Double Crossed, that day is rapidly approaching."
-- FFM, 2021