The Binding

Created by Andrew Mihov, The Pitch 2013

Description

When an NSA computer specialist betrays his country, his father, a retired black ops operative, is ordered by the government to find and kill him. Abraham, a black ops operative for the US Government, is called upon to track down and eliminate his son, Isaac, a computer specialist for the NSA, after Isaac leaks national defense information and classified intelligence to the British media. ‘The Binding’ is a story about the conflict of truth, morality and loyalty played out in the complicated relationship between a father and son who understand honor differently. The story revolves around the question of how far a man would be willing to go in the name of his beliefs and his country. Would he be able to sacrifice his own child in the name of something he believes in passionately? Can there be honor in the actions of two generations that seemingly contradict each other?

Biblical Connection

“Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” ~ Genesis 22:2 ‘The Binding’ is inspired by the story of Abraham who was commanded by God to sacrifice his son Isaac on Mount Moriah. The story of Abraham is fascinating because at its core it is a story of one man’s loyalty to his ideals and how far he would be willing to go for them. The story of Abraham resonates today, especially with the whistleblowing scandals which test the ideas of ‘patriotism’, ‘loyalty’ and ‘truth’, especially when they stand at the polar opposite of ‘human rights’ and ‘conscience’. We would like to see this classic story of a man’s faith and loyalty versus family played out against a modern backdrop because we feel that it strongly connects to current events in our global culture.