The 2008 Black List - Most Popular Unproduced Screenplays
The Black List for 2008 has finally been unveiled, courtesy of Nikki Finke on Deadline Hollywood, and contains this year's selection of the most popular unproduced screenplays. The list is "compiled from the suggestions of over 250 film executives, each of whom contributed the names of up to ten of their favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2008 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year." Scripts needed at least four mentions to be included. Since this is pretty much something that will only interest those who are directly involved in the movie industry, we've listed the top 10 scripts, and an extra special one, and will point you towards SlashFilm for the rest.
1. The Beaver by Kyle Killen
A depressed man finds hope in a beaver puppet that he wears on his hand.
Status: Steve Carell is attached to star.
2. The Oranges by Jay Reiss and Ian Helfer
A man has a romantic relationship with the daughter of a family friend, which turns their lives upside down.
Status: Anthony Bregman is producing, Julian Farino is directing.
3. Butter by Jason Micallef
A small town becomes a center for controversy and jealousy as its annual butter carving contest begins.
Status: Jennifer Garner is attached to star.
4. Big Hole by Michael Gilio
An old cowboy goes on a mission to recover his money after a million dollar sweepstakes scam cleans out his entire bank account.
Status: Aversano Films is producing.
5. The Low Dweller by Brad Ingelsby
A man trying to assimilate into society after being released from jail discovers that someone from his past is out to settle a score.
Status: Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way is producing.
6. Fuckbuddies by Liz Meriwether
A guy and a girl struggle to have an exclusively sexual relationship as they both come to realize they want much more.
Status: Montecito Picture Company producing.
7. Winter's Discontent by Paul Fruchbom
When Herb Winter's wife of fifty years dies, the faithful but sexually frustrated widower moves into a retirement community to start living the swinging single life.
Status: Atlas Entertainment is producing.
8. Broken City by Brian Tucker
A New York private investigator gets sucked into a shady mayoral election.
Status: Mandate Pictures is producing.
9. I'm With Cancer by Will Reiser
A autobiographical comic account of one man's struggle to beat cancer.
Status: Seth Rogen is producing and is attached to star.
10. Our Brand Is Crisis by Peter Straughan
Based on the eponymous documentary. James Carville and a team of US political consultants travel to South America to help Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada (aka Goni) become President of Bolivia.
Status: Warner Brothers is producing.
And that extra special one that I said I was going to mention is a script written by a recent friend of ours, Geoff LaTulippe, who we congratulate for making it onto here. In case you forgot, we wrote about Geoff's script in November because American Teen director Nanette Burstein was hired as the director. Now with this news, I will say that I definitely can't wait to see his project come together.
19. Going the Distance by Geoff LaTulippe
A couple tries to maintain a long-distance relationship.
Status: New Line Cinema is producing.
Interestingly, we've mentioned most of these projects at some point this year, including The Beaver. I'm guessing that while the writer's strike was in full effect earlier this year, all the production companies started scooping up as many great screenplays as they could, which is why a lot of these are already picked up. However, there are a lot more on the full list that haven't been picked up yet. As we mentioned, the remainder of the list, which contains 95 more scripts, can be found in full over on SlashFilm.