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
Austrian Academy Award Winning (The Counterfeiters) director Stefan Ruzowitzky, whose previous work includes the Franka Potente-starring horror Anatomy and it’s well-received sequel some three years later (two films I rather enjoyed) turns his hand to the heist movie with Deadfall.
Siblings Addison (Bana) and Liza (Wilde) are on the run from a casino heist gone wrong. When a car accident leaves their wheel man and a state trooper dead, they split up and make a run for the Canadian border in the worst of circumstances – a near whiteout blizzard. While Addison heads cross-country, creating mayhem in his wake, Liza is picked up by ex-boxer Jay (Hunnam), en-route for a Thanksgiving homecoming with his parents, June (Spacek) and retired sheriff Chet (Kristofferson). It’s there the siblings are »
- Phil Wheat
★★★☆☆ Having picked up the 2008 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar with The Counterfeiters, Austrian filmmaker Stefan Ruzowitzky now makes his English-language debut with Deadfall (2012). Penned by screenwriter Zach Dean, this neo-noir thriller heads onto DVD and Blu-ray under the radar, despite its star-studded cast. Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde play Addison and Liza, devoted siblings on the run after a successful casino heist. When a car accident leaves their driver dead, the pair decide to split up and make a run for the Canadian border in the middle of a blizzard - a stylishly-shot opening sequence that immediately gets you hooked.
Once things settle down, however, it becomes clear that the principal theme at work in Deadfall is that of dysfunctional family relationships. In addition to the Addison and Liza plot-line, Dean's screenplay also explores two other strained familial bonds, and the newcomer does a good job of intertwining the different plot threads, »
- CineVue UK
Snowbound thrillers have varied from the mesmerising Fargo to the monotonous Whiteout. It's the latter camp that Deadfall drifts into, as a hard-working cast spearheaded by Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde can't overcome an avalanche of unconvincing dialogue and poorly contrived scenarios.
The pair play fugitive siblings Addison and Liza, who go on the run after a botched casino heist. They're soon separated and the latter encounters Charlie Hunnam's jailbird boxer Jay, seducing him in order to get a ride - in more ways than one. Addison plods along to the border where he hopes to meet his sister, but Kate Mara's young law enforcer is soon on his trail, much to the chagrin of her Sheriff father (Treat Williams).
It all culminates in a series of painful coincidences that sees »
Austrian filmmaker Stefan Ruzowitzky – the director behind the Academy Award winning The Counterfeiters, returns with his first proper Hollywood film (well, that’s if you discount the rather obscure Matt LeBlanc and Eddie Izzard feature All the Queen’s Men) with his tense and riotously entertaining thriller Deadfall. A film that, although certainly flawed, has enough about it to ensure this director deserves a second opportunity in Tinseltown.
As siblings Addison (Eric Bana) and Liza (Olivia Wilde) go on the run following a blotched casino heist, the fugitives venture out into the snowy wilderness, with the aim of crossing the boarder into Canada. Upon separation following an untimely car accident, Liza meets boxer Jay (Charlie Hunnam) – who has recently been released from prison – but her attempts to seduce and manipulate him into assisting her cause, are thrown into disarray when the pair fall in love. With Addison still causing havoc elsewhere, »
- Stefan Pape
The director of The Counterfeiters botches a crime thriller about siblings botching a robbery
Stefan Ruzowitzky's 2007 film Die Fälscher, or The Counterfeiters, won him a best foreign-language Oscar, and I enjoyed (if that's the right word) the variously fascinating and macabre films such as The Inheritors (1998) and Anatomy (2000) that made his name. Deadfall is a crime thriller and not Ruzowitzky's first English-language picture, but it is sufficiently muddled, uncertain and dull to look that way. Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde play Addison and Liza, siblings with a creepy, borderline-incestuous relationship who have botched their getaway after a casino robbery and are heading separately through an icy blizzard to the Canadian border. Liza hooks up with an unhappy guy called Jay (Charlie Hunnam) heading home for a Thanksgiving reunion with his mum and dad (Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson) and experiences a strange emotional volte-face, while Addison gets into his own violent pickle. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Having picked up the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008 with The Counterfeiters, Austrian filmmaker Stefan Ruzowitzky now returns with his first ever Hollywood production, assembling an all-star cast for his crime thriller Deadfall.
Starring the likes of Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde, Ruzowitzky discusses his pride at directing such talented performers, while discussing the latter’s rather uncomfortable first day of shooting. He also speaks about the challenges posed given the weather conditions and relatively low-budget, as well his own Hollywood future.
I got it in the normal way, from my American agent and I liked this mix of horror and drama elements, and I think what we succeeded in was that during the whole script development process, not to lose the edginess of the script and it still is edgy, »
- Stefan Pape
11 items from 2013
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