Ringer is a sci-fi noir set in a world in where aliens shape shifters (called "Ringers") who can take on any human form, have been banned from earth except in special free trade zones.
The Ringers are banned because they are able to take on any human form they come in contact with, and the resultant widespread fear about them doing every unsavory thing from tricking lovers into trysts to usurping presidents.
Many illegals, known as "jumpers", leap into the bay as ships approach trade docks located in all the big shipping cities. These jumpers, if not caught, slip away into human society in search of a better life. They shape-shift into human form and adopt human identities, trying to blend in as best they can. Some lead secret, normal lives, while others join dangerous criminal gangs.
The criminal gangs peddle a drug which gives humans the temporary ability to shapeshift, further threatening the nativists and driving a greater wedge between the two species.
A series of alien murders committed by human nativists, and a series of human murders committed by this intergalactic drug ring, forces an alien cop to break the rules and become a "jumper" -- and take on the persona of a corrupt nativist cop -- in order to infiltrate this web of intrigue and bring down the syndicates behind this crime wave before human-alien tensions escalate past the point of no return.
Along the way he will uncover an incredible secret -- one that will change the fate of both species
We have a test short in active development, and are seeking funding for both the short (including in-kind donations of material and time) and the subsequent feature / series pilot.
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