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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
Every year, film executive Franklin Leonard releases his list, called The Black List, of most-liked unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. This year's list was compiled from the suggestions of 290 film executives, each of whom picked up to ten of their favorite scripts. Since the list started in 2004, many screenplays ended up being turned into films. In 2005, two of the top three scripts were "Lars and the Real Girl" which was nominated for Best Original Screenplay Oscar, and "Juno" which actually won the Oscar. See The 2010 Black List below, broken up by how many votes each screenplay received. Keep in mind, some of the projects are already in the works. 49 Votes: * College Republicans (by Wes Jones): 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. 47 Votes: * Jackie (by Noah Oppenheim): Jackie Kennedy fights »
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 »
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
Darren Aronofsky's 'Jackie'; Ryan Reynolds/Denzel Washington Vehicle 'Safe House & Wentworth Miller's 'Stoker' Also Ranked In The Top Ten The annual Black List of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood has hit and the top ten is filled with a number of projects that have been gaining heat through the year. Topping things off is "College Republicans" by Wes Jones. The dramedy follows a young Karl Rove vying for the position of chief campus conservative under the guidance of one Lee Atwater, who's his campaign manager. The script is certainly a hot one and back in October Shia Labeouf and… »
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
While The Black List may be getting most of the press from entertainment news circles when it's announced in December, there's another compilation of the best new ideas and writing being offered to Hollywood movie studios and producers. It's called The Hit List (Thl), and it differs from The Black List in one fundamental way: whereas The Black List (Tbl) is a list of the top unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, several of the screenplays on that list have been purchased or are in development.
Take a look at last year's Black List (Part 1 is here, Part 2 is here) and here we are, one year later, and several of the scripts that made the 2009 list will be coming out in 2011 -- or have already been released (like The Social Network or Due Date). The Hit List is different in that it seeks to give attention to spec screenplays -- that is, »
- Patrick Sauriol
Actress Carey Mulligan continued make news after landing the coveted role of Daisy Buchanan in director Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby” and signing on to play the lead in "Stoker," the first English-language drama from acclaimed South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook. According to "Empire," Mulligan continued to show her commitment to independent fare via talks to join the cast of director Steve McQueen’s drama “Shame.” McQueen planned to reunite with his “Hunger” lead Michael Fassbender for the story of Brandon, a New York thirty-something struggling with sex addiction and seeking help from family and co-workers. »
Shame, Steve McQueen’s follow-up to Hunger, has picked up two more talented actors. According to The Irish Film & Television Network [via The Playlist], Carey Mulligan and James Badge Dale (Rubicon) have joined Michael Fassbender in the drama, which centers on Brandon (Fassbender), a Manhattan office worker with a sex addiction. The Playlist reports that a look at the script leads them to believe that Mulligan is likely to play Sissy, Brandon’s sister, although she might be playing Marianne, a co-worker of Brandon’s that he begins a relationship with. Dale is likely to be playing Brandon’s boss, David.
Iftn also reports that McQueen will be re-teaming with his Hunger cinematographer Sean Bobbit. Shame is schedule to shoot for six weeks in New York with a release in the UK scheduled for late 2011. Mulligan is currently wrapping work on Nicholas Winding Refn’s Drive and will presumably shoot Shame before moving »
- Matt Goldberg
When Caz met Baz (through Jaz)
Carey Mulligan broke down in tears in front of Karl Lagerfeld when she heard the news she'd won the part of Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's remake of The Great Gatsby. Carey received the Australian director's call - "Hello, Daisy Buchanan," he's reported to have said - as she was stepping on to yet another red carpet at a fashion awards in New York last week. She'll star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the new film, marking an astounding rise up the A-list for the young actress.
It is just over a year since her breakthrough film, An Education, played at the London film festival, at the party for which, in the Sanderson hotel, I introduced Luhrmann to Carey. Baz wasn't actually invited to the post-premiere bash but happened to be »
- Jason Solomons
Thank you, LATimes. You've brightened up my evening. This morning the newspaper dropped a story about one of my favourite directors of all time, Park Chan-Wook. The Oldboy director is in early negotiations to make his English language debut with the film Stoker. The flick was written by Wentworth Miller of Prison Break fame, and Carey Mulligan is already attached to star as a young woman whose estranged uncle comes back into her life after the death of her father. It's good to know Chan-Wook is getting back to the director's chair after the critical flop that was Thirst (but I'd really recommend checking it out!) and maybe this will introduce him to a much wider audience.
- email@example.com (Ferg)
We don’t usually like to report “maybe” stories because more often than not they never come true. But there are exceptions to our strict editorial standards… I’ll wait for the laughter to die down… and those exceptions usually involve rumors regarding people or projects that actually interest us. People like Korean director Park Chan-wook, director of Old Boy, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, and Thirst. The La Times’ movie blog, 24 Frames, is reporting that Park is in negotiations to direct Stoker for Fox Searchlight and ScottFree (Ridley and Tony Scott’s production company). The movie would be Park’s English-language debut, and is based on a script by Wentworth Miller (Prison Break). Carey Mulligan and Jodie Foster are already attached to the project, and the fine folks over at Twitch have a plot synopsis. “After India’s father mysteriously dies and her estranged uncle comes to live with her and her mother, people »
- Rob Hunter
If you haven’t seen a Park Chan-Wook film: Stop. Go on Netflix Instant. Watch Oldboy. Come back and finish the article. Good. Let us continue: the mega-talented Korean director might be finally breaking into Western filmmaking with Stoker, a film set to star Carey Mulligan and Jodie Foster, according to the La Times. Park is known for his dark, often [...] »
- Danny Djeljosevic
South Korean director Park Chan-wook, the mad genius behind the 'Vengeance Trilogy' (Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance), and most recently, the vampiric drama Thirst, is reportedly eyeing a new film that would mark his first ever English-language production. The film is Stoker, a project written by Fox's "Prison Break" star Wentworth Miller (going under the pseudonym 'Ted Foulke'). That was reported back in July. Now, according to La Times' 24 »
- George Merchan
It was a big enough surprise to learn that Prison Break's Wentworth Miller had written the script, but now comes the news that Park Chan-Wook is in talks to direct Stoker.Stoker is the story of a young woman dealing with the death of her father and the coincident return of her mysterious estranged uncle. It's got nothing to do with Bram, as far as anyone's aware. Unless the returning uncle turns out to be Dracula.The film has been coming together at Fox Searchlight since the summer, and has Carey Mulligan and Jodie Foster reportedly already attached to star. Something of a prestige project then (with all eyes on Black Swan), and a high-profile English-language debut for the director of the Vengeance Trilogy and Thirst. Sketchy plot-details aside, nobody's quite clear on the tone, with some sources claiming horror, and others a psychological thriller. With Park in the mix though, »
Park Chan-wook, director of Oldboy, may be in the process of getting to direct his first ever English-language film.
If he signs on to direct, the Korean director will be one of the few foreign language directors to make the jump to an English-language film, with major stars. The film is being titled Stoker, and is described as a dramatic thriller. It is about a young woman who after suffering the death of her father, is greeted by the presence of her very eccentric uncle. Currently Carrie Mulligan is cast as the young woman, while Jodie Foster will be co-starring. No word yet on who will be playing this "eccentric uncle" fellow--or if he's creepy...and a pedophile. Stoker is the first film written by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller and is being produced by Tony and Ridley Scott's production company.
Horror fans are of course very familiar with Park Chan-wook's work. »
- Andre Dumas
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