Lonnie Marks was the world's top marine salvage diver, with millions of
dollars worth of sunken ship treasures to his credit, until a diving accident he could
have prevented claimed the life of one of his partners.
Now Lonnie lives in seclusion, running a dive shop in Carmel, California and
staying away from the water.
When Charles Donnagio, a marine historian, approaches him with a dive job
on a Spanish Galleon sunken off the coast of Belize... The legendary San Miquel loaded
with twenty four tons of gold... Lonnie realizes that this may be his last chance to
prove that he can still do it. His last chance at a future, instead of a past.
And when one of the prizes might be Donnagio's scuba diving daughter,
Kelly, Lonnie decides to lead the expedition and assembles a dive team.
Moving across the Caribbean from Belize City, Lonnie and Kelly fight storms,
sharks, and modern day pirates armed with seaplanes and machine guns as they
search for the wreckage of the San Miquel.... the Holy Grail of sunken ships.
Leading the 'pirates' is Curt Williams, a rival salvage expert known for his
ruthless and violent pursuit of treasures. Williams is also Kelly's ex-lover...
And Lonnie's ex-childhood friend.
The stakes are high, and so is the risk. Along the way are double crosses, fist
fights, deadly sharks, underwater chases, lost ships, found romances, twists and
turns, Jet Ski chases, and a moment of truth where Lonnie Marks must decide
whether he is a diver... or just a man with a past.
"DARK SALVAGE" is high adventure in the tradition of Indiana Jones, Bond in
"Thunderball", and TV's "Sea Hunt". The deeper you dive, the darker it gets...
"THE DARK SALVAGE" a screenplay by William C. Martell
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I've written 19 films that were carelessly slapped onto celluloid: 3 for HBO, 2 for Showtime, 2 for USA Net, and a whole bunch of CineMax Originals (which is what happens when an HBO movie goes really, really wrong). I've been on some film festival juries, including Raindance in London (twice - once with Mike Figgis and Saffron Burrows, once with Lennie James and Edgar Wright - back to "jury duty" in October of 2009). Roger Ebert discussed my work with Gene Siskel on his 1997 "If We Picked The Winners" Oscar show. I'm quoted a few times in Bordwell's great book "The Way Hollywood tells It". My USA Net flick HARD EVIDENCE was released on video the same day as the Julia Roberts' film Something To Talk About and out-rented it in the USA. In 2007 I had two films released on DVD on the same day and both made the top 10 rentals.