The Black List 2010: The Most Popular Unproduced Screenplays
by Ethan Anderton
December 13, 2010
Awards season is in full swing with praise and endless awards given to films lucky enough to receive them, there are still stories that are stuck in development or just starting to take off. Enter The Black List 2010 (courtesy of Deadline and 24 Frames), a compilation of screenplays built from the suggestions of hundreds of film executives who contribute their ten favorite scripts "that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2010 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year." The Social Network came in at #2 last year, and look where it is now. Who knows what films from this years list will be around for awards season next year.
1: College Republicans
By Wes Jones
What it's about: Based on true events. Aspiring politician Karl Rove runs a dirty campaign for national College Republican Chairman under the guidance of Lee Atwater, his campaign manager.
Status: Anonymous Content is producing. We've heard that Shia LaBeouf might be interested in playing Karl Rove, but it looks like he was actually looking at playing Lee Atwater with Paul Dano possibly playing Rove.
By Noah Oppenheim
What it's about: Jackie Kennedy fights to define her husband’s legacy in the seven days immediately following his assassination.
Status: Darren Aronofsky directing for Fox Searchlight and Rachel Weisz is reportedly playing Jackie Kennedy.
3: All You Need is Kill
By Dante Harper
What it's about: A new recruit in a war against aliens finds himself caught in a time loop where he wakes up one day in the past after having been killed on the battlefield.
Status: Set up at Warner Bros. and Doug Liman has been mentioned as a possible director.
4: Safe House
By David Guggenheim
What it's about: A young man at a CIA-run safe house in Rio De Janeiro must help a rogue ex-agent escape assassins who want intelligence that he won't sell them.
Status: Universal Pictures to produce with Daniel Espinoza directing and Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington set to star.
By Wentworth Miller (star of "Prison Break")
What it's about: After the death of her father, a teenager must deal with a mysterious uncle who returns to spend time with the family.
Status: Fox Searchlight purchased the script and supposedly Park Chan-wook is set to direct with Carey Mulligan and Jodie Foster attached to star. Scott Free productions will produce.
By Matt Cook
What it's about: A gang of crooked cops plan a major heist that will require them to shoot a fellow officer in order to get away with it.
Status: Anonymous Content is producing.
7: Margin Call
By J.C. Chandor
What it's about: Based on true events, the final twenty-four hours of Lehman Brothers.
Status: J.C. Chandor is directing from his own script with Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci and more. The film will premiere at Sundance Film Festival in January but you can check out our first look at the financial crisis drama right here.
8: American Bullshit
By Eric Warren Singer
What it's about: The true story of Abscam, the FBI's 1980 undercover sting operation of Congress toroot out corruption which was the brainchild of the world's greatest con man.
Status: Sony Pictures has optioned the script.
By Chris Terrio
What it's about: The true story of how the CIA, with help from Hollywood, used a fake movie project tosmuggle hostages out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis.
Status: Optioned by Warner Bros.
10: The Last Son of Isaac Lemay
By reg Johnson
What it's about: An aging outlaw convinced that there is evil in his genes goes on a journey to killoff his offspring. In the process, he discovers that his last remaining son is aterrifying manifestation of his worst fears.
Status: Gore Verbinski's company producing.
You can head over to Deadline to check out the complete list with plenty more unproduced yet promising screenplays mentioned. Some of them include more projects we've already reported on like The Hunger Games, Tales from the Gangster Squad, Welcome to People, Dark Moon, Snow White and the Huntsman, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and many more. Hopefully we'll hear about more of these screenplays moving into production sooner than later, so stay tuned as Hollywood keeps churning them out. Which ones sound good?