Ghost Riot


An animated comedy pilot

A willfully-oblivious Detroit cop, determined to play it safe until retirement, has an awakening after a manipulative mayor pits the police against the supernatural population of the city. 

"It's a tale about xenophobia,

featuring an honest cop, a

crooked mayor, plenty of monsters and one very good dog."

Officer JOHN BOONE (40s) isn’t here to kick ass or take names. He just wants to clock in and fly under the radar. Every shift is nothing more than another step towards making that sweet, sweet police pension. 


Boone shoots blanks, and so he and his wife, LINDA (40s) adopted JUDY (5), with eyes towards enjoying their little family against the peaceful backdrop of retirement. Then Linda died unexpectedly, leaving Boone a single father who’s petrified of the unknown. Now, all that’s important to him is that he makes it home, safe and sound, in order to tuck his Judy into bed. Once he makes pension, he can sail off into the sunset. In the meantime, no need to rock the boat.


Then the boat gets rocked, hard, when Boone’s reckless partner, ACE FREEMANTLE (50s), is killed in the line of duty. Worse yet, all signs point to a supernatural culprit. The fiery and charismatic MAYOR KAHN (50s) puts the city on high alert -- it’s monsters who are to blame for the murder of a decorated officer, for the tanking economy, and for the extreme shortage of morale. Now, the city of Detroit has seen some hard times, but never monsters. Naturally, everybody’s on edge. 


Don't believe in ghosts? Well then you're in respectable company because neither does John Boone. He's as pragmatic as he is stubborn, but Lt. Pole has just put him on the job and damn it, now he has to investigate.


Accompanied by his new partner, a dog named RICHTER (3), Boone begrudgingly begins his investigation. Within long he begins to unearth an elaborate monstrous underworld: the Ghost Mafia, a network of sewer trolls, werewolves who keep leaving large, man-dog-sized dumps on the lawns of the well-to-do and a Machiavellian vampire who's infiltrated local politics. 


It's these monsters, claims Mayor Kahn, that are the source of all the city's problems. It's these monsters that we must all band together and fight. But as Boone continues to wade through the reality of the situation, he finds that the issues are not so black and white. With every step forward, he puts himself in more danger. Will he turn back to safety, or forge ahead into the unknown with the hopes of creating a better future for his daughter?