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  1. stevew

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    Looking to write another piece on a Dallas continuation. Would appreciate feedback.

    Idea is to focus on John Ross and Chris as the original did with JR and Bobby but instead of Caine v. Abel they are Joshua and Caleb, charged to lead the next generation into the promise land, each with their own approach and often conflicting, their first enemy Jericho Wendell.

    Between 2014 and the present: John Ross finished JRs masterpiece. Carlos DelSol used John Ross's trust from Jock to loan Bobby and Sue Ellen the money to buy control of Ewing Global. John Ross called in the loan there by taking control of Ewing Global. He then arranged to merge it with Ryland Transport as Harris went back to prison and John Ross helped Judith get elected to the US Senate. West Star then sold him the Ewing Oil name (as they had bought it from Sue Ellen and Bobby when JR ran the company after the 2nd movie) and John Ross recreated Ewing Oil, owning it 100% on his own. He put Chris's technolgy on the back burner and builds one of the worlds great oil and gas pure play independents. He worked out deals with West Star for refining and used his CIA contacts to create the paramilitary company Branch Water to protect rigs around the world.

    Furthermore, he took direct management of the South Fork Ranch when Bobby left (see below). He also set up the JRE Enterprises to manage all his investments, selling them the diversified investments of the old Barns Global and adding to them).

    JRs West Star is revealed to be in a trustfund and is shared equally by John Ross, James Beaumont, Justin Harper (Callys son with JR) and Jessica Wentworth (JRs daughter with Katherine Wentworth) and all JRs grandchildren - all possible future characters along with untold secrets. John Ross oversees the trust fund, which gives John Ross a seat on West Star's board.

    Pamela became the President of JRE Enterprises with an office in Dallas where she takes up the day to day running of the business while John Ross sees to the day to day running of Ewing Oil.

    The last part of JRs masterpiece sets up the Ewing Family Foundation with Sue Ellen and John Ross donating their share of the South Fork mineral rights to it. Bobby and Gary agree to donate their share. Bobby and John Ross also agree to donate the ranch's land to the foundation for safe keeping with the cattle operation getting a $1 a year lease. In exchange for protecting the ranch Bobby sells his 1/2 of the house to John Ross. They still share the cattle business and Bobby gets the cottage out back. Sue Ellen sees to the day to day running of the foundation.

    Chris recovers for years from the explosion. Bobby gets a letter from JR that Pam is alive and sets off to find her. Ann moves to Virgina with Emma.

    The movie: Chris moves into Bobby's cottage outback of South Fork. A family and friends barbecue welcomes him home (opposit of Pam's welcome in '78). John Ross lives in the big house with Pamela and his kids: Jack (John Ross Ewing IV) and other toddlers as well as Sue Ellen who moved in to help with her grandchildren. Bobby shows up in the middle of his search for Pam to welcome Chris home. There's talk of the annual rodeo next week. Old family friend Amy Anderson (Punk and Mavis's granddaughter, member of the DOA and tireless charity worker) shows up with her cousin Jericho Wendell (Chairman of the super major CalcoHarwood Corporation). Every guest star they can get from the original and names of the seen and unseen next generation show up to establish this as Dallas, talk about the intervening years, show off the exterior of South Fork as well as the return of the original interior and give snippets of what's to come.

    Morning breakfast by the pool with John Ross, Pamela, Sue Ellen and the kids as Chris joins them with Amy. Eye brows are raised. She's in the same outfit as last night. John Ross reads in the WSJ that CalcoHarwood has made a big to acquire West Star in a hostil take over. The first fight should be with outsiders. After insulting Jericho for showing up to his house and not saying anything and Amy defending her cousin John Ross goes off to work to over see some cattle arriving that morning. And they off to the races.
     
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    The story:

    1) John Ross fights Jericho Wendell (based on John Kennedy) over this new merger. It's revealed that JR used his position at West Star to go after Jeremy Wendell and use company records to bankrupt and in prison him, where he died, setting up a new feud between the Ewings and the Wendells. Jericho's mother, Beth (based on Rose Kennedy) is the Anderson's daughter, Jeremey's second wife, and a good friend of Sue Ellen's, both in the DOA. All the Ewings unite to stop Wendell and find out how evil he's willing to go. Jericho courts the much younger nephew Jessica Wentworth (based on Lee Radzill) to get at JRs trust. Jessica also sewed Pamela for Kathrtine's money years ago and won. The two are anything but friendly. Opportunity for Katherine Wentworth to guest star. If Cliff was a bungling fool, Jericho is a calculating strategist.

    2) Chris marries Amy (based on Jacqueline Kennedy) to get at her shares in the new company along with buying shares of his own from the money his mother left him. His strategy is to defeat Wendell first and then go after John Ross to get back control of his patents from Ewing Oil - he's in the long game. Amy is a pawn in this game, a former girlfriend to John Ross and Jericho's beloved cousin. Amy Anderson's father, Marv, is Beth's brother and sweet on Sue Ellen after three failed marriages (based on Black Jack Bouiver). He sides with his nephew in business and Sue Ellen in private, attempting to court her.

    3) Pamela finds Chris trying to play her to divide and conquer as a means to get at John Ross. Having fought a long, hard battle to create a real marriage she will be tested as to her resolve. It's revealed that John Ross sent the Arab Prince she was supposed to have had an affair with back to his country knowing he'd be put to death for being gay and that Elena has been raising his son in Mexico. John Ross proves his love for his wife and keeps his family together, telling Chris he's more a brother then a cousin so he's family, but that won't stop him from kicking his ass over the county line. Regardless the 3 Ewings unite against Jericho Wendell with Amy Anderson and Jessica Wentworth caught in the middle.
     
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    The 3 main interior rooms at South Fork.
     

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    Another idea: should the main cast have more ethnic diversity than I outlined above?
     
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    Is this idea what eventually turned into your Dallas 2018 story?

    You know I like the idea of Katherine being the mother to JR's daughter better than Holly Harwood.
     
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    Yes - and wait and see with Katherine. She's not over yet.
     
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    Cool, thanks for clearing this up for me. :)
     

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