Christopher Nolan Sued by Donald Duck?

We’ve all seen “Inception” the astounding, mind bending film by Christopher Nolan. Many critics have waxed euphoric over the brilliant and unique storyline; “A team of crooks use a special machine to break into a billionaire’s dreams and steal his secrets”. It’s like nothing we’ve ever heard of, Right? Maybe not.

Below we’ve taken a bit of creative license to imagine how that pitch meeting may have gone.

“A” list Director: You have to envision it. A billionaire corporate genius has the key to vast secret stashed deep inside his brain. We sneak in a specially designed machine while he’s asleep; one with amazing, almost magical properties that allow a crack team of crooks to not just enter his mind but actually enter his dreams. Once they’re inside, they trick him into revealing his incredible secret.

Big Time Executive Producer: That’s wild! That’s the most spectacular, original idea I’ve ever heard. We can plop down a bazillion bucks on the budget, get some top names, create astounding FX and make a killing at the box office. Since it’s a dream, we can have them jump to anywhere in time and space. We can have them moving between different realities. No one will know who’s dreaming and who’s in control.

“A list Director”: Exactly!

Big Time Executive Producer: But wait, if they’re in his dreams there’s really no real threat. I mean, it’s a dream, there’s no “ticking clock” to get the blood boiling. Even if they die, they don’t really die. They can stay as long as they want and just wait for the rich guy to spill the beans.

“A” list Director: I’ve got that covered. He’s gonna wake up at dawn. If he wakes up with the crooks still inside his brain, they’ll be trapped there forever… like eternity in a moment.

Big Time Executive Producer: “Eternity in a moment?”. I don’t know. It’s a little shaky. What if Donald won’t do it?

“A” List Director: Donald… Donald who? Look, we’ll just through a bunch of money at him. Once we tell him the about the special FXs, how we’ll make the whole universe flexible and movable and every scene will be like a nightmare, he’ll just go nuts for it.

Executive Producer: Hmmm it’s still missing something. How’s about; “when you fall, you wake up”. This way they have to stay on their feet the whole time.

“A” List Director: Now you’re cooking with gas. That’s a freaking brilliant, original idea.

Big Time Executive Producer: How did you every come up with this mind bending, original concept?

“A” List Director”: I dunno. It just came to me… in a dream.

Sound familiar. It should. Anyone who read Donald Duck comics recently (2002) probably came across this plot before in the story titled: “The Dream of a Lifetime” concept, written and drawn by the truly amazing Don Rosa. He’s the skinny.

Synopsis: Uncle Scrooge McDuck (a wealthy billionaire duck) falls asleep dreaming of his money. The notorious Beagle Boys, steal an invention that allows them to enter Uncle Scrooge’s dreams in order to break into his vault. Donald comes to the rescue, but not before entering the dream, leaping from location to location, falling down (to wake up) and going back in to save the day before Uncle Scrooge wakes and Donald is trapped in his dreams for eternity.

This writer isn’t saying a word, but for all those who’d like to read the entire story, “The Dream of a Lifetime” can make draw their own conclusions.


Mike Palmisciano

ScreenPens, Ltd.