9 items from 2010
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 »
The Black List is an unofficial list of the most-liked scripts that studio execs read or were relevant in a year. If a script makes the Black List and is not in development already, often that will be the catalyst for a studio to snatch it up.
A handful of high profile scripts that kids may be interested in made 2010's Black List:
Snow White and the Huntsman by Evan Daughtry. Universal and Joe Roth's take on Snow White but reimagining the relationship between the teen and the wicked queen's right hand man to become more of a mentorship.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Every year, studio executive Franklin Leonard compiles the “Black List,” a collection of the best unproduced screenplays as voted on by 300 execs and high-level assistants. The 2010 list is the sixth of its kind to bring additional awareness to Hollywood’s hottest scripts.
Topping the list this year is Wes Jones’ College Republicans, a Social Network-esque story (read my script review here) about the underhanded election of Karl Rove to a National College Republican seat, managed by strategy wunderkind Lee Atwater. Shia Labeouf is attached to play Atwater and Paul Dano as Rove. Previous Black List leaders include 2008’s The Beaver, which became a long-delayed film directed by Jodie Foster and starring Mel Gibson, and 2009’s The Muppet Man, which remains on the shelf.
Top 10 of 2010 (via the La Times). The Black List is available for download on the official website. Update: the rest added below:
- Jeff Leins
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
Find out what the top unknown spec screenplays are of 2010 in the second part of The Hit List. As assembled by The Tracking Board, The Hit List is a round-up of what dozens of Hollywood agents, readers, development executives and insiders consider to be the best unsold screenplays this year. The more votes that a screenplay received from The Hit List voters, the more liked it was amongst their circle.
Did you miss the first part of The Hit List for 2010?
Two buddies journey on a spontaneous and poorly planned road trip to Mexico to rescue their best friend.
Heatseekers by George Mahaffrey (Action)
A young ex-military pilot infiltrates a gang of sky "pirates" working out of Bangkok, only to find himself taking part in an elaborate aerial tower heist using powered gliders and parachutes. »
- Patrick Sauriol
Days before The Black List reveals their most liked unproduced screenplays of 2010, The Tracking Board have released their very own version of a best of list, with a different kind of science and mandate: focus on spec scripts (update: Ttb describes it best: a spec essentially means that "no one has paid you to write it beforehand, therefore most often a writer is writing that particular script fueled by passion and a dream, with no promise for payday at the end of the day"). The Hot List process is best described here - but to give you a gist in their owns words: The Spec Market is essentially Hollywood’s roulette table. For some scripts, it is a place where they will rise to the golden gates of Bidding Wars, A-List Attachments, and Seven Figure Deals, but for others, they will disappear off into the lonely fields of Sampleville, sending »
A relatively new phenomenon to come from the popularity of comic book movies is that comic book writers and artists are suddenly getting a chance to try their hand at directing movies as well. When Robert Rodriguez invited Frank Miller to co-direct Sin City with him, he ended up being forced to resign from the Director's Guild of America. It was a nice gesture that showed how much respect Rodriguez had for the source material. Unfortunately, it also allowed Frank Miller to go off and direct The Spirit on his own, which was pretty terrible. Now it looks like Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Wanted) is currently in the process of directing his own first movie, a low budget superhero film called Miracle Park. Is this another disaster just waiting to happen? According to IGN , the movie is being described by Millar as "X-Men meets Trainspotting", and it is being shot handheld, »
9 items from 2010
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