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The Black List of 2010 continues with the second-half of the list showcasing the screenplays that received the most number of votes.
If you've missed the first half of the list you can find it here.
Hunger Games by Billy Ray
“Based on the book by Suzanne Collins. In an America of the future, young boys and girls are forced to participate in a televised battle to the death.”
Agent Creative Artists Agency – Todd Feldman, Brian Kend
Lionsgate. Color Force producing
“When the mother of future United States President Abraham Lincoln is murdered by a vampire, he begins a lifelong vendetta to rid the world of the heinous creatures.”
Agent William Morris Endeavor – Cliff Roberts, Jeff Gorin
Fox. Tim Burton Productions, Bazelevs Productions producing.
Are We Officially Dating? by Tom Gormican
“A dating movie told from »
- Patrick Sauriol
Early Karl Rove, post assassination state of mind of Jackie O, the Lehman brothers, the 1979 Iranian hostage situation, CIA and FBI. This year's top unproduced screenplays are either political thrillers or are equipped with behind the scene political bantering with Wes Jones' "College Republicans" topping the list. The project which details the early days of Karl Rove, mastermind strategist with gusto for the Republican party already has Shia Labeouf circling the project and Richard Linklater's name as been thrown into the mix as potential directing material. Anonymous Content who held the first place vote-getter in The Beaver a couple of years back, is producing. Here's the complete list -- we'll provide a huge update on all the titles below hopefully later in the day. 49 Votes: "College Republicans" by Wes Jones Based on true events. Aspiring politician Karl Rove runs a dirty campaign for national College Republicans chairman under the guidance of Lee Atwater, »
The Black List started in 2005 when Franklin Leonard was working for Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company. Leonard was getting drowned in sub-par spec scripts, so he sent an e-mail out to his industry contacts looking for the best unproduced scripts out there. The 2005 Black List and the 2006 Black List were undeniably important in getting a fresh batch of writers on the Hollywood scene. Since then, too many people know about the party and the studio system has learned that people are paying attention. That means that increasingly, scripts have been lobbied into the Black List. [Note: I have no actual evidence I would be able to share, disclose or show you that proves this, so file that assertion under: "Things Dave thinks and gets to write because he's squatted on that soapbox long enough to get squatter's rights."]This year: the majority of the Black List Top Ten has already been sold or optioned. I'm not sure how helpful it is to make a list of good In Production scripts. Certainly less helpful to writer's churning out material that keeps getting passed over (or people who have Not starred in Prison Break »
Every year studio executive Franklin Leonard surveys his colleagues and compiles a list of the top unproduced screenplays floating around Hollywood this year. Today brings us the sixth installment of Leonard’s “Black List”. This year over 300 folks responded, and here are the top unproduced screenplays as viewed by one guy in the film industry and his buddies, who are also in the film industry. 49 votes: “College Republicans” by Wes Jones. Aspiring politician Karl Rove leads a dirty campaign for College Republican chairman under the guidance of Lee Atwater. Anonymous Content producing. 47 votes: “Jackie” by Noah Oppenheim. Jacqueline Kennedy’s life immediately after her husband’s assassination. Darren Aronofsky directing for Fox Searchlight. 45 votes: “All You Need Is Kill” by Dante Harper. A new army recruit in a war against aliens finds himself caught in a time loop. Set up at Warner Bros. Doug Liman may direct. 43 votes: “Safe House” by David Guggenheim. »
- Brent McKnight
The Black List has been released, Franklin Leonard’s annual compilation of the “best liked” unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. The 2010 list is flavored with politics, including a comedy about a young Karl Rove and a drama about Jackie Kennedy’s days of mourning following the JFK assassination. According to the Los Angeles Times, six of the top-10 scripts have already been picked up by studios, with one, Margin Call, already slated to premiere at Sundance in January. Check out the rest of the Top 10 after the jump:
- Jeff Labrecque
The 2010 Black List has been announced. For those who don’t know, the Black List is a list of the best “unproduced” screenplays in Hollywood. I put “unproduced” in quotations because some of these screenplays are in various stages of production. For instance, College Republicans (formerly Young Republicans) has Shia Labeouf and Paul Dano circling the project while Safe House has Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds on board. J.C. Chandor’s script (which he also directed) Margin Call is the furthest along of the Top 10 as it’s already set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Hit the jump to check out the 2010 Black List Top Ten.
Here’s the 2010 Black List Top 10 (as voted by Hollywood executives) [via 24 Frames]:
- Matt Goldberg
An annual list of the best unproduced screenplays circulating in Hollywood, Franklin Leonard's Black List has become a remarkable gauge of the best of what may be coming down the line. Compiled from a poll of hundreds of development executives the list - now in its sixth year - has a pretty stellar track record when it comes to finding the best and brightest regardless of whether they be a young up and comer or an established writer. This year's list is skewed towards projects that have already been optioned or set up but regardless, here's what you should be looking for in the coming year:
The Black List has been released. The annual list is compiled with a poll of 300 (up from last year's 250) development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2010 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, the black list contains the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven't heard of yet. Note: The headline is a slightly inaccurate, because a lot of these screenplays have already been acquired (six of the top ten listed), a bunch are in production now, and some have even finished production. One of this year's top ten screenplays, J.C. Chandor's Margin Call, about the last 24 hours at now-defunct investment bank Lehman Brothers is already in the can and set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with Chandor at the helm »
- Peter Sciretta
Frank Leonard is the most popular man in Hollywood today. This fine December day marks the release of the 6th annual Black List, a ranked collection of the top un-produced screenplays in the town, compiled by Leonard. Last year the top script was The Muppet Man from Christopher Weekes about “the life and times of the late Jim Henson.” Coming in second was Aaron Sorkin‘s The Social Network script, which is a current frontrunner to sweep the Oscars. The year before was The Beaver, now starring Mel Gibson and set for a release in 2011.
The top one this year, College Republicans, has Shia Labeouf and Paul Dano attached. As for the rest of the list, I’ll be seeing Margin Call (pictured above) at Sundance 2011 and Safe House goes into production next year. We also reported on Oldboy director Park Chan-wook‘s English language debut with Carey Mulligan attached, »
- Jordan Raup
Last week, we were relieved to hear that Doug Liman's long-gestating Untitled Moon project was still on track since there hadn't been a peep in what seemed like years. Liman himself recently told us and others that the film is one of two films he is currently "aggressively pursuing" (the other is "All You Need Is Kill," which no, hasn't gone out with an offer to Ryan Gosling because it's still in development). But our big question remained, was Jake Gyllenhaal attached or had the actor's attachment intent expired? We put the question to Liman and he said Gyllenhaal was… »
The first photo of Gary Oldman as the new George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Seann William Scott in hockey comedy Goon, Jason Segal in the new film about The Muppets, and heaps of stills from The Next Three Days.
Set photos of Shia Labeouf stripping off for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Halle Berry with prosthetic giant lips shooting Truth or Dare, and new stills from Kutcher/Portman rom-com No Strings Attached.
A triptych poster for Tron Legacy along with one-sheets for The Zookeeper, Hall Pass, Rare Exports, London Boulevard, Big Momma's: Like Father, Like Son, 127 Hours, The Tourist, Somewhere, Rio and an apparent bit of promo art for Star Trek 2.
"Ryan Gosling has apparently been offered the role of »
- Garth Franklin
Another news bites breaking as we speak is that Ryan Gosling (Drive, Fracture, Blue Valentine ) has been offered the role of "Private Billy Cage" in All You Need Is Kill, the Doug Liman-directed Manga adaptation from Warner Bros. Pictures that's described as in the vein of Groundhog Day (which could be insanely awesome). Penned by Dante Harper, a new soldier is sent into battle an alien race known as Gitai only to die and find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. He learns a bit more with each reincarnation that could ultimate save the day. »
Four character posters from The Warrior's Way, several international character posters for Tron Legacy, and one-sheets for Red State and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
New Zealand's Weta shot some test footage for the upcoming "Darkchylde" comic adaptation which John Carpenter hopped onboard to direct this week. That can be viewed here.
"AMC's original series "The Walking Dead" pulled in over 5.3 total million viewers for its 10pm series premiere, making it the largest audience for any original series on the network. Its 3.6 million viewers key demo rating was the highest for any cable series premiere for 2010..." (full details)
"Sam Elliott says no-one has been in touch with him about the role of J. Jonah Jameson in the upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot. Elliott was rumoured to be a candidate last week. »
- Garth Franklin
Though we'd previously hear that director Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Jumper) was in the running to direct an adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka's time travel action novel All You Need Is Kill. However, it sounds like a project from a few years back may still be in the running as Liman's next project to follow the forthcoming release of the Valerie Plame centric CIA thriller Fair Game. The observant eyes at The Playlist spotted some new info from Liman himself in an interview with ComingSoon. The filmmaker revealed that he's also in active development on an untitled moon project that was first announced back in 2007. Though Jake Gyllenhaal was attached to the project at the time, it's probably safe to say he's fallen away from the project since then. Between 2007 and now the script has gone through many drafts from writers like Mark Bowden (who wrote the Black »
- Ethan Anderton
Way back in November of last year, we told you that Dante D.W. Harper (All You Need Is Kill) had been hired to work on the script for writer/director Tommy Wirkola‘s (Dead Snow) Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters for Paramount Pictures.
Now, speaking with Kultur (via Twitch) at the Venice International Film Festival, Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Avengers) has confirmed that he and Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) are in negotiations to star in the film as the sibling witch hunters.
Wirkola is set to helm the project which picks up the fairy-tale siblings 15 years after their traumatic gingerbread house incident, which provoked them to become witch bounty hunters. Kevin Messick (The Other Guys), Adam McKay (Channel 3 Billion), Will Ferrell (Megamind) and Chris Henchy (The Virginity Hit) are producing.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is slated to hit theaters in 2011. »
- Jason Moore
Since I've been sick, I've got a long list of items for this Mpd, so I'm going to keep it brief.
#1: Human Centipede: Full Sequence is already filming in London and word is that it will attach 12 people. I loved the first sequence (trailer, review), but to be honest, a room full of friends didn't. F' em.
#2: Black Dynamite (review + trailer) was always a planned trilogy and director Michael Jai White recently told the Mirror that he's working on the sequel which is "gonna start where Black Dynamite left off - there's lots of things we didn't get a chance to do in the first one" and that it will be a fitting sequel. While the article doesn't specify, I'm guessing "starting work" means writing the script.
Doug Liman has come aboard as presenter of The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman, a Mandarin-language film that was made for China by Fox International Productions but will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Chinese filmmaker Wuershan, the film has the kind of visual stylized martial arts action that could give it a shot to break out beyond China, where it will be released this fall. Sanford Panitch, who left New Regency to run the Fox that is generating local language films for territories that include China, Korea, Spain, India and Russia, worked with Liman when he was a New Regency exec on Mrs. and Mrs. Smith and Jumper. He showed the film to the director and Liman wanted to get involved. Liman, who'll follow Fair Game with the Japanese novel adaptation All You Need Is Kill for Warner Bros, sparked to the »
- MIKE FLEMING
Ok, it’s confirmed now, director Doug Liman, best known from titles like The Bourne Identity and Jumper is officially on board to direct All You Need Is Kill, project based on the 2004 sci-fi novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
Dante Harper is in charge for adapting the story that will follow:
“…a soldier pressed into battle against a superior alien species, gets killed in action, and relives his last day alive over and over.
Eventually, he sees things change, he becomes a better warrior and discovers hints that might be the key to altering the outcome.”
And, if you’re interested in even more details, here’s a description of Sakurazaka’s novel: “There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again…
When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. »
Back in April we told you that Warner Bros. had purchased the Dante D.W. Harper (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) scripted adaptation of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel All You Need Is Kill. The storyline of which, mixes an alien invasion with a time loop/temporal loop element similar to Groundhog Day, or the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Cause and Effect”.
Now, Variety is reporting that director Doug Liman (Fair Game. Jumper 2) has officially signed onto direct the film for Warner Bros.
There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again . . . When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, »
- Jason Moore
Doug Liman has lined up an intriguing project at Warner Brothers for his next directorial effort, entitled All You Need Is Kill. Based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka's 2004 sci-fi/action book, All You Need Is Kill features a screenplay written by Dante Harper (which sold for seven figures) that is described as Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers. The film will focus on a future war between humans and aliens called the Gatai. The main character, Keiji Kiriya, a young recruit, dies on the first day of battle, but reawakens the next morning, alive, as if nothing had happened. It's revealed that Keiji is caught in a time loop, where he returns to the same day over and over. He learns from his mistakes, living longer each in each battle experience. Eventually Keiji meets an experienced, female soldier who may (or may not) hold the key to his escaping the time loop. »
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