DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

DRAMA

THRILLER

Bottled

SYNOPSIS

Jane is sick of her dead-end life in the suburbs and desperate for a change. Her old schoolmate Natalie made it out, working in Japan as a fashion model. Now, as Natalie comes back to town on business, Jane sees a way for her friend to do her a favor… whether she likes it or not.

 

Created by Chris Gooch.

Jane wants things to be okay. She wants to move out of her parents’ house. She wants to sign a lease on a cool place with her boyfriend Ben. She wants to have the money to do all that. But mostly she wants her narcissistic ex-best friend, Natalie, to get what’s coming to her. Luckily, she has a plan to make all of those things happen at once.

At home, her parents are constantly at each other’s throat. Her mother oozes bitterness from her pores over being left alone all the time–and at being expected to pretend she doesn’t know about her husband’s affair. Her father barely bothers to hide his infidelity but seethes at any accusations leveled his way. Jane just wants to get out of their house, to move in with Ben, and to live a carefree life.

Ben and Jane go to see a house with a room for rent, Jane thinks it’s perfect. They’d get to live with a real-life writer–how Bohemian! But Ben isn’t so sold on it–the roof leaks, the room is small, and the rent is expensive. And after they learn how much it will be to start the lease–between the first two months’ rent and a deposit–it almost seems impossible. But still, Jane is determined.

Meanwhile, Natalie has just returned from Tokyo, where she’s been working as a model. Jane’s best friend in college, Natalie is beautiful, wealthy, and worldly – especially compared to Jane. But she is also self-absorbed and vain–and Ben and Jane hate her. Yet Jane can’t seem to say no to her, Natalie brings Jane along to an “industry” party, full of good-looking, skinny people–models, photographers, agents–and Natalie immediately abandons her so a friend can introduce her to a bigwig. Bored and humiliated, Jane contemplates her escape route when she gets a text asking her to come take care of Natalie, who is blackout drunk and throwing up in the bathroom.

Natalie makes it back to the hotel with the help of a resentful Jane and along the way tells Jane a secret that she never would have wanted to hear–that years ago, when Jane and Ben were fighting, Ben and Natalie hooked up. They had kept it a secret for so long, and Natalie just wanted to get it out in the open. It couldn’t possibly matter anymore–not when Ben and Jane had been together for so long, right?

Natalie wakes up in her hotel room with no memory of the night before. She finds a condom on her bedside table and a text on her phone from an unknown number–and it becomes clear that the sender has unsavory motives. She receives a photo of herself, naked and covered in vomit, passed out on her bathroom floor–and a demand for $5,000, a ransom for the photo to keep it from being uploaded to the internet–where it could ruin her career. Now she must either find the blackmailer–or pony up the money to keep the compromising photo a secret.

Relationships are torn apart by jealousy, secrets, and lies and the follies of youth, when the only thing holding people together is the fear of being alone–and the only thing separating them is the fear of being vulnerable.