11 items from 2013
We didn’t know it when docu-helmer Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Unknown Known) signed up for it last July, but by the looks of several industry players, he might have landed on the best screenplay of the bunch.
The annual “The Black List” unveiled its “favorite unproduced screenplays” of the year, and ranking at the top with a slim margin of a lead was Andrew Sodroski’s Holland, Michigan – a project that should begin lensing in April of next year with Naomi Watts possibly toplining. The second place top vote-getter got a lot more than a set of steak knifes this year. The out-of-nowhere, complete obscurity to huge pay day Section 6 by first time scribe Aaron Berg garnered huge interest towards the end of the year and should be jettisoned into production by the Universal folks – look for big name talent to be attached sometime in »
- Eric Lavallee
With all the mindless sequels and reboots that Hollywood has churned out over the last few years, it’s always nice when something original and well-written can break through and get a studio release. Unfortunately, many quality scripts can spend years without ever reaching the right executive to give it the green light. In an effort to make the process a little bit better, former production executive Franklin Leonard started The Black List in 2004. Today, the site announced its ninth annual list of the best unproduced scripts.
To come up with the list, nominations are received from over 250 executives. If a film gets 6 nominations, it gets a spot on the list. The more executives that nominate it, the higher on the list it is. Production for last year’s top film, Draft Day, is underway with the theatrical release scheduled for April, so there’s a pretty good chance that »
- Alexander Lowe
What’s poppin’ cool kids! Well, let me tell ya!
In my opinion, the Hottest list in Hollywood to be on, The Black List, has just announced their 2013 winners! The Black List is the best unproduced screenplays of the year, as voted on by over 250 film execs. This year 72 scripts made the cut in the 2013 edition of the yearly ranking compiled since 2004 by baller Franklin Leonard.
Congrats to all the writers that made the list! I’m especially proud of my close dear friend, Latino screenwriter Hernany Perla who made the list!
The winners are…
Mississippi Mud by Elijah Bynum
Patient Z by Michael Le
Randle Is Benign by Damien Ober
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Holland, Michigan by Andrew Sodroski
Hot Summer Nights by Elijah Bynum
Dude by Oliva Milch
Superbrat by »
- El Mayimbe
Withough further ado, the cover of #BlackList2013, designed by Glen Charbonneau. Let's get started. pic.twitter.com/5G0V1kGsXd— The Black List (@theblcklst) December 16, 2013
While Prisoners, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Spectacular Now have generated positive reviews at the box office, they also share one common distinction: They were all recognized on Franklin Leonard’s Black List, an annual compendium of the year’s most-liked un-produced screenplays as determined by the hundreds of executives in Hollywood that spend their lives reading scripts.
Leonard, 35, began the list in 2005 on a lark. As a young development executive about to leave for winter vacation, »
- Nicole Sperling
The Black List has announced their 2013 winners.
The annual lineup consists of the year’s best unproduced scripts in Hollywood as voted on by more than 250 studio execs.
Previous alumni of the list include “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Argo” and “The King’s Speech.” This years list includes 72 scripts that can be seen below.
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“The Line of Duty” by Cory Miller
“The Boy and His Tiger” by Dan Dollar
“Sweetheart” by Jack Stanley
“The Company Man” by Andrew Cypiot
“Burn Site” by Doug Simon
“Shovel Buddies” By Jason Mark Hellerman
“Capsule” by Ian Shorr
“Pure” by Kate Trefry
“Fully Wrecked” by Jake Morse and Scott Wolman
“The End of the Tour” by Donald Margulies
“Gay Kid and »
- Justin Kroll
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes multiple teaser trailers, a call of submissions for the Hollywood Horrorfest, a Fear Clinic casting update, a Q&A with Hannah Cowley from Haunting of the Innocent, and much more:
Hollywood Horrorfest Details: “From the man who brought you both The Los Angeles Animation Festival and the Boobs & Blood Film Festival, comes the first annual Hollywood Horrorfest (March 28-29, 2014).
Hhf not only showcases new films in competition, but also helps guide filmmakers through the new digital age of filmmaking – from new approaches to financing and production to how to get sales and distribution.
Screenings, awards, red carpet photo opps, industry panels and networking – Hhf has it all, and under one roof, the legendary and now Quentin Tarantino owned, New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.
“Our focus is on the filmmaker. »
- Tamika Jones
After the mega-success of The Conjuring, you can expect to see "From the Producer of The Conjuring" attached to many upcoming horror films. The trend begins today, and you'd better get used to it!
As per Variety, French studio Snd has picked up French distribution rights and international sales for The Atticus Institute, a supernatural thriller produced by Conjuring producer Peter Safran. The film is currently in post-production, and Snd plans on shopping it at the American Film Market, which kicks off November 6.
More as we learn it!
Set in 1976, The Atticus Institute revolves around a parapsychology lab which uncovered the supernatural abilities of Judith Winstead, a patient possessed with dark forces. The Atticus Institute discovery prompted the U.S. military to intervene and take control of the facility in order »
- John Squires
Chris Sparling, the writer of Buried and Atm, is making his directorial debut with the supernatural thriller The Atticus Institute. Peter Safran of The Conjuring is on producing duties and we've got a synopsis for you below. Courtesy of Twitch, the sales art to tout the film at the American Film Market.
During the late 1970s, hundreds of cases of psi-related phenomena - E.S.P., clairvoyance, psychokinesis, etc. - were studied at The Atticus Institute, a small psychology lab founded by Dr. Henry West.
After publishing numerousjournal articles highlighting the promising results of their work, Dr. West and his fellow researchers were introduced to an unusual middle-age womannamed Judith Winstead, whose supernatural abilities tested far beyond any subject they had ever before witnessed. However, it soon became clear that Judith’s abilities were different in ways they could never have anticipated.
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Producer Peter Safran made a huge splash in the horror world with The Conjuring and he's hoping to do it again with Buried writer Chris Sparling's feature directorial debut The Atticus Institute. Dr. Henry West founded The Atticus Institute in the early 1970s to test individuals expressing supernatural abilities -- E.S.P., clairvoyance, psychokinesis, etc. Despite witnessing several noteworthy cases, nothing could have prepared Dr. West and his colleagues for Judith Winstead. She outperformed every subject they had ever studied -- soon gaining the attention of the U.S. Department of Defense, who subsequently took control of the research facility. The more experiments they conducted on Judith, the clearer it became that her abilities were the manifestation of evil forces within her, prompting the government to take...
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Snd, the commercial arm of French TV net M6 has nabbed French distribution rights and international sales; and will start shopping the project – now in post — at the American Film Market.
Penned by “Buried” scribe, Chris Sparling, the 1976-set “Atticus” revolves around a parapsychology lab which uncovered the supernatural abilities of Judith Winstead, a patient possessed with dark forces. The Atticus Institute discovery prompted the U.S. military to intervene and take control of the facility in order to weaponize Winstead’s evil forces.
“Chris has mastered the documentary technique and found-footage codes. He imposed himself with demanding constraints – as he did with Buried – only to twist and play with them,” said Safran, who described the project’s universe as “captivating and oppressive.”
Pic stars Rya Kihlstedt, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Directed by David Brooks
On a late night visit to an Atm, three co-workers end up in a desperate fight for their lives when they become trapped by an unknown man.
Buried writer Chris Sparling attempts to capture lightening in a bottle for a second time with Atm, a movie that has an interesting premise, a great set-up and a terrifying villain but is let down by a weak structure, poor pacing and a disappointing conclusion.
Much like Buried, Atm is set within one location – an Atm vestibule in the middle of a carpark. After a rather lame Christmas party, David (Brian Geraghty) offers to take Emily (Alice Even) home in a last ditch attempt to date her before she leaves for her new job. They are unfortunately joined by David's "wacky" friend Corey (Josh Peck) who tags along as »
11 items from 2013
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