THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE UNIVERSE
A re-incarnation mystery.
Based on the series of Best-Selling books, The Disappearance of the Universe, Your Immortal
Reality, and the upcoming book, Love Has Forgotten No One, by Gary Renard, due out Fall 2013
The Disappearance of the Universe has sold over 1 million copies in the United States,and more than 1 million additional copies internationally.
It is published in 21 languages around the world. This number increases annually, as the books sell more copies each year than the previous year.
Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists.
The Disappearance of the Universe (D.U.) is the edgy, part comedy/part historical dramatic episodic story of Gary, a former successful guitar player and now struggling day trader who retreats to the Maine countryside in despair over a recent bankruptcy and pending lawsuit. As Gary approaches his breaking point, two mysterious strangers appear in his living room to give him an assignment: To reveal to the masses the shocking truth about past lives, religion, sex, death, relationships, and a radical kind of forgiveness that will help save an entire world in jeopardy. During this journey, he will travel to many lifetimes, including the lifetimes of Y’suah and St. Thomas, and to Chicago, 100 years in the future. The Disappearance of The Universe has merged the sci-‐fi feel of Lost and Quantum Leap with the dark and hilarious elements of Six Feet Under.
WHY IS THIS AN EXPERIENCE, AND NOT JUST A TELEVISION SHOW?
This series moves between three primary settings, including Gary’s past and future in his current lifetime, highlighting the years 1980 through 2017. Most everyone in Gary’s life appears in the other settings as their past and future incarnations. Character similarities, visual effects and story-‐telling elements leave clues to the characters’ multiple identities. Their past and present-‐life stories give way to each other. Episodes will typically visit two to four lifetimes in order to contrast the characters experience. For example, in Gary’s current lifetime, he and Therese have an attraction for one another, where in their previous lifetimes, they were both men with no sexual attraction to one another. This device helps to demonstrate that genders often change, and all lifetimes are concurrent—truly happening simultaneously—rather than as it appears in Gary’s perceived experience, which is that lifetimes happen one after another in linear time. All of the episodes follow the rules of a non-‐dualistic thought system that is demonstrated (and to some extent, explained) in the episodes themselves.
Poland Spring, Maine -‐ early 1990s
GARY (mid 30s, a David Duchovny /Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting type). Gary is an attractive, smart-‐ass/musician, but under that persona is a profound side; a deep wisdom waiting to find expression. Even though he is not into conventional religion and doesn’t go to Church, he has become interested in spiritual principles. He never went to college but he’s as street smart as a person can get. Despite becoming a well-known musician, his depression and personal problems mount, causing him to uproot his life in Boston to rural Maine, bringing with him his wife Karen, and his dog Nupey.
KAREN (mid 30s). Gary’s wife Karen is never happy (a young Francis McDormand type.) She complains about everything that happens, good or bad, and this leaves Gary looking for a way out of his marriage, which parallels his desire to find a way out of his current life. Her perspective is typically concrete and limited—not at all philosophical.
THERESE (early 30s) Gary’s fixation and flirtation. Beautiful, but understated, Therese works at a small local store that sells such a wide variety of things that Gary has occasion to go there weekly, knowing Therese will be there. Therese is Gary’s comic foil; sharp witted, infinitely creative, prone on occasion to neurotic episodes that seem to contradict her general affability, and a woman who gets lots of ideas at once, many of them hilarious.
ARTEN & PURSAH Two ascended masters who appear to Gary in the flesh. Arten is a handsome man with Greek features and Pursah is an almost unfathomably beautiful woman (an Aaishwarya Rai type) who appears to be perhaps a mixture of European and East Indian parentage. Both are quick witted, likeable and deeply appreciative of Gary, but “all business” just the same, as their aim is to ensure that Gary learns the lessons they have chosen him to one day teach to the world.
Pursah reveals that in a previous incarnation, she and Arten were two of the original disciples of Y’suah. She also reveals that her final incarnation will take place in the future, which blows Gary’s mind. She’s appearing to Gary the way she will look in that final incarnation and explains the holographic nature of time. Arten explains that he and Pursah have appeared before Gary to reveal nothing less than the secrets of the Universe.
Nazareth, 2000 years ago
THOMAS (31) Thomas is known as “Didymus,” which means twin. He looks enough like Y’suah (Jesus) that they are sometimes mistaken for each other. Sometimes they even fool people by temporarily switching identites. Thomas is married to an Arab woman, Isaah, which is culturally taboo, and they have to keep their marriage low profile. Because Thomas can read and write, which is rare at the time, Y’suah asks him to be his scribe and to write down some of the important sayings and parables that Y’suah speaks. Thomas is intellectual but kind; good looking but shy. He understands Y’suah’s teachings on a deeper level than most people. His friendship with Y’suah is strong and faithful. (Thomas is Gary in the Maine incarnation.)
ISAAH (25) Isaah is Thomas’ wife and an Arab. This makes her union with Thomas something that is not socially acceptable to most people. They are a “Romeo and Juliet” couple. Isaah loves to belly dance for her man, which is both sexy and artistic. Although their lives may be threatened by their coupling, Isaah and Thomas cannot resist one another. (Isaah is Therese in the Maine incarnation.)
Y’SUAH (25) Y’suah (emphasis on the second syllable) was born in Nazareth 2000 years ago, who is rumored to be God’s only begotten son, although Y’suah himself has never said that. He’s married to a beautiful woman named Mary Magdalene. Y’suah is an enlightened wisdom teacher who guides others to achieve salvation. Y’suah appears at most times to be a normal kind of a guy. He has friends, tells jokes, drinks wine, goes to wedding celebrations, and likes to laugh. On the other hand, when he speaks of God and enlightenment he’s a genius, which dazzles his listeners. Y’suah is a great and profound teacher who can move a crowd to tears. He also has a secret; a daunting but important lesson he’s chosen to give to humanity. (Y’shuah does not appear in any other incarnations.
MARY (27) Mary Magdalene is Y’suah’s wife. She’s also a great wisdom teacher with a big following of her own, mostly female. Mary is beautiful, but not in a model’s way, perhaps having a nose or mouth slightly too large to make her classically beautiful, but interesting and sensual enough to be stunning as the camera lingers on her. She’s as modest as her culture demands her to be, but she’s sexy and hers’ and Y’suah’s love is an inspiration to all of their friends and followers, except for some of the disciples who are jealous of their relationship.
THADDAEUS (35) Thaddaeus is a close friend of Thomas and Y’suah. He’s a Cantor and loves to sing. People come from miles around to hear his songs. He is the “super star” of his time. Thaddeus is torn between his desire to worship God through celibacy and the attraction he feels toward men and, to a lesser extent, the women who constantly tempt him with the pleasure of their company. This leads to conflict in his mind and in his life—will he stay celibate, or give way to earthly pleasure? Thaddaeus is a reluctant teacher at times because he feels that his own internal conflict makes him unworthy of being a Rabbi. Plus Jewish law at the time prohibits homosexuality, punishable by death.
Cahokia, 1000 years ago – (Beginning in Season Two):
THE GREAT SUN He is the enlightened reincarnation of the Buddha, and is living his final lifetime. This is overtly stated by Arten and Pursah at some point, but not until it is demonstrated by his wisdom, actions and way of being. The people believe he is a God who came down from the sun to mediate between the sky and the earth.
WHITE TREE The Great Sun’s friend and is a fur trader who travels most of the continent, or so through a swamp that is now Chicago and connect the Mississippi River with the St. Laurence and travel all the way through Canada to the Atlantic (White Tree is Gary in the Maine incarnation).
AWENTIA (which means “Fawn”) is White Tree’s wife. The two of them are exceptionally close and have four children (Awentia is Therese in the Maine incarnation). She is iconic and powerful in her own right. She takes care of many, and is incredibly beautiful.
CHOSOVI (which means “Bluebird”) is White Tree’s 7-year-old son. He is wise beyond his years, and is constantly challenging White Tree to keep up with his curiosities. We learn so much from our children.
KAJIKA (which means “Walks Without Sound”) is a trained wolf and constant companion of White Tree’s (Kajika is Nupey in this incarnation).
POLAND SPRING, MAINE it’s a cold place, but a forest lover’s paradise. In the fall the sound of gunshots signals the beginning of hunting season. Gary lives with Karen and Nupey in a rented, single family home in the countryside. There are no neighbors within hundreds of yards and it’s very quiet and peaceful. This is where Gary lives when Arten and Pursah first appear to him. Poland Spring is a tough place, and the people are as cold as the weather. Contributing to their mood, one of the biggest ice storms in history hits Maine while Gary is living there, making Maine itself almost function as another character in the story, such is the power it has over the lives of its inhabitants.
NAZARETH, JERUSALEM & THE SURROUNDING AREA, 2000 years ago. This is where Mary, Y’suah and his disciples and followers grew up and now live. Jerusalem and Nazareth are thriving cities, both located on trade routes. Jerusalem is the religious capital of Israel, and Nazareth, where Y’suah was born, is the business capital. Both cities are full of intrigue. There are also many villages and settlements which Y’suah visits, performing miracles which astound the witnesses. His legend spreads quickly, which is helpful at first but eventually fatal. This setting will include travel to the surrounding areas. The climate is hot and dusty and this setting contrasts sharply with the Maine setting.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, about 100 years in the future. Chicago in 2109 is a microcosm for the America of the future. It is a city of contrasts. It’s a beautiful modern metropolis, but also a city with tens of thousands of homeless people. The world has managed to survive global climate change and regional nuclear wars. But the future is not necessarily secure, and a new crisis always seems to be lurking just around the corner. This is the setting of Arten and Pursah’s lifetimes, which are their final incarnations; the lifetimes in which they achieve enlightenment.
CAHOKIA, an American Indian gathering place on the Mississippi River (Beginning in Episode Two). Cahokia has a population of about 20,000 Native Americans. It’s a gathering place where people trade all kinds of items, play games, and commune with both nature and Indians from other tribes. The great rivers connect almost the entire continent by canoe. There are no horses, dogs or guns (as they were brought to America later by Europeans). There is no written language but the oral tradition is handed down from generation to generation. Cahokia is an idyllic place that is benevolently ruled by an American Indian teacher known as “The Great Sun.” They’ve built a giant, three level mound with a house on the top for the Great Sun as a sign of respect. The Indians live in small houses (not teepees). 700 years later, in the early 1770’s, a 9.0 earthquake causes the river to be literally rerouted several miles to the west. This will be shown in a flash-‐forward premonition of the Great Sun.