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The Black List of 2010 - Part 1

15 December 2010 12:20 AM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

With the publication of the 2010 Black List another compilation of the year's best unproduced screenplays has arrived. This is the fifth year that The Black List has been in existence, and its purpose is to shine a spotlight on what 290 film executives think are some of the best creative executions of ideas worthy for the big screen.

To be nominated and included on The Black List a screenplay can't have been released in 2010. As well, the minimum number of votes that a screenplay needed to have to warrant inclusion on the list is five. Several of the projects listed on Tbl are in development and will be released in the next twelve months. Others might have heat but take years to reach theaters, and there are also many that will never be greenlighted.

In the words of the creators of The Black List, don't take this assembly of screenplays to »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Full 2010 Black List of Best Unproduced Screenplays

13 December 2010 5:20 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

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 »

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2010 The Black List: The Year’s Best Unproduced Screenplays

13 December 2010 8:19 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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

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The 2010 Black List Screenplays Unveiled

13 December 2010 7:56 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part One

13 December 2010 7:39 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Back for its third year (see the 2010 edition) and bigger than ever, today kicks off the first in a fifteen-part look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2011. Each 'part' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of varying length covering twenty films. Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first major releases in mid-January.

Like all cinematic lists set within a timeframe, there's some overlap. Some films here have already opened worldwide but have yet to hit the U.S., some upcoming films you'd expect to be here aren't because they're either still in development or have already announced 2012 release dates, some were on last year's list but got delayed so have been included again (but with all new analysis).

I confined my list to films that have either set 2011 release dates or had begun/completed production, and only films that have »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part One

13 December 2010 7:39 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Back for its third year (see the 2010 edition) and bigger than ever, today kicks off the first in a fifteen-part look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2011. Each 'part' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of varying length covering twenty films. Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first major releases in mid-January.

Like all cinematic lists set within a timeframe, there's some overlap. Some films here have already opened worldwide but have yet to hit the U.S., some upcoming films you'd expect to be here aren't because they're either still in development or have already announced 2012 release dates, some were on last year's list but got delayed so have been included again (but with all new analysis).

I confined my list to films that have either set 2011 release dates or had begun/completed production, and only films that have »

- Garth Franklin

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The Hit List of 2010 - Part 2

12 December 2010 5:01 PM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

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?

15 Votes:

Road To Nardo by Andrew Waller, Mike Gagerman (Adventure/Comedy)

Two buddies journey on a spontaneous and poorly planned road trip to Mexico to rescue their best friend.

Columbia Pictures, Original Film and American Work producing.

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

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David Guggenheim's 'Safe House' Tops Inaugural Hit List

10 December 2010 1:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

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 »

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The Dark Side of the Moon Uncovered in New Apollo 18 Teaser Poster

24 November 2010 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Found footage flicks are the 'in-thing' at the moment. But found footage from the moon!? Well, that's not going to appear to be too unique by this time next year. Gonzalo Lopez's 'Apollo 18' is due to hit theatres next March and hot on it's heels will be 'The Fourth Kind' writer/director Olatunde Osunsanmi's 'Dark Moon'. Although no solid word on cast or plot has arrived yet for the former the Weinstein Company has gone ahead and launched a sparse new website and revealed a teasing new one-sheet. You can check out both below. The intriguing flick is produced by Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov ('Day Watch', 'Wanted', 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'). »

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Dark Moon Dropped By Warner Bros. Picked Up By Dark Castle

12 November 2010 12:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Just a couple of weeks ago, we brought you the news that Olatunde Osunsanmi (The Fourth Kind) had joined forces with producer Akiva Goldsman and Warner Bros. to write and direct a new project entitled, Dark Moon. One of the currently proposed films that will explore the concept that missions to the moon did not stop after Apollo 17, and uses found footage to make the case for a black ops mission to the moon to explore previously classified discoveries.

Warner Bros. apparently had some reservations about the film as it’s so close in concept to Timur Bekmambetov‘s recently announced film Apollo 18 which we reported on earlier, so much so that The Brothers Warner have now dropped Dark Moon. THR is now reporting that Dark Castle Entertainment is in negotiations to pick up the project and Akiva Goldsman and his production company Weed Road Productions are still attached to the film. »

- Jason Moore

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Dark Castle to the Rescue Again for Dark Moon

11 November 2010 2:00 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Having saved Vincenzo Natali’s creative feature Splice from a Dtv demise, it looks like Joel Silver’s Dark Castle Entertainment has savaged another film – this time keeping it from disappearing altogether.

The Hollywood Reporter brings news that the “found footage” project Dark Moon, which was put into turnaround by Warner Bros. when they learned of a film with a similar-sounding premise (the Timur Bekmambetov-produced Apollo 18) was being made by the Weinstein Co.

Having been brought to the attention of producer Joel SilverDark Moon is now happily back on track and will be distributed by Warner (oh the irony!).

The sci-fi thriller (which began life as a spec script by Olatunde Osunsanmi),  is set to begin filming this winter.

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- Adam Lowes

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'Found Footage' Project Shelved. No, It's Saved! Nope. Shelved. No, Saved!

10 November 2010 2:52 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Apollo, The Zone, Dark Moon. All three projects in the 'Lost and Found' section of Hollywood right now, continuing the Cloverfield trend of "I jess found sum dang dern tapes, Pa!" type movies.The Timur Bekmambetov-produced Apollo 18, a found footage movie, will be released next year. Roland Emmerich then pulled the plug on his 'found footage' movie called The Zone. Now, Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive news on a project called Dark Moon that Warner Brothers apparently put the kibosh on. Only The Weinsteins...you know what, it's just better if I let THR tell you. In mid-October, Warner Bros. picked up Dark Moon, a spec script written by Olatunde Osunsanmi, for Akiva Goldsman to produce via his Weed Road shingle. Osunsanmi was also on board to direct the movie, which is in the "found footage" genre. The genre's conceit is that the footage purports to be genuine reels, »

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Dark Moon coming from Dark Castle.

10 November 2010 2:41 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

So here’s the scoop. Last week The Weinstein Co. announced they were on board with Apollo 18, a film produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted), which is a “found footage” film about the “real” Apollo 18 trip that encountered extraterrestrial evidence. Then Roland Emmerich announces that The Zone, a “found footage” movie about alien invasion, is canceled.

Now another “found footage” alien movie, Dark Moon, may be saved from the chopping block by Dark Castle. It seems that in mid-October, Warner Bros. picked up a spec script by Olatunde Osunsammi, for Akira Goldman to produce through Weed Road. Osunsanmi was set to direct. But when Warner execs learned Sunday of Bekmambetov’s project, they got nervous. On Monday, a top Warner exec made calls to the film makers that the project was being shelved.

Enter Dark Castle’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman. The execs at Joel Silver’s Warner-based »

- Dave

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Dark Castle Saves Dark Moon from the Shelf

10 November 2010 1:09 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

With the announcement of the pulling of the plug yesterday on Roland Emmerich's found footage flick, The Zone, Warner Brothers found themselves being a little gun shy with the production of The Fourth Kind director Olatunde Osunsanmi latest cinéma-vérité opus, Dark Moon. Good thing for him that Dark Castle is looking to salvage the project from oblivion.

As per The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision Blog:

"Over the weekend, the Weinstein Co. announced that it had boarded the Timur Bekmambetov-produced Apollo and would release the low-budget sci-fi thriller in March. In the wake of that, on Tuesday, Roland Emmerich pulled the plug on The Zone, another "found footage" project that was to have started shooting next week.

Now Heat Vision has learned that yet another "found footage" project has been shelved -- but this time another company is negotiating to pick it up in turnaround. Yes, the space race is still on. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Warner Bros Drops 'Dark Moon' Film, But Dark Castle Catches It

10 November 2010 11:59 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Last month we found out about Dark Moon, a new project from Warner Bros and Akiva Goldsman that presupposes a black ops post-Apollo moon-landing mission was sent back to explore previously classified discoveries and its unintended and disturbing consequences. The project was another in the stream of "found footage" films like Cloverfield, and as we just heard about one film being canceled on account of an abundance of similar structured narratives, it's no surprise that Heat Vision reports Warner Bros. just dropped the project. However, the good news is Dark Castle (Splice, Orphan) has picked up the project in turnaround to save it from obscurity. Apparently the recently announced found footage project Apollo 18 from Timur Bekmambetov scared Warner Bros away from their own lunar centric project with a similar narrative device. Dark Moon, unlike the now shut down production of The Zone, is very similar in story and style »

- Ethan Anderton

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Roland Emmerich's 'The Zone' Canceled Due To Influx Of Found-Footage Films

10 November 2010 10:52 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

In a move that rips the hearts clean out of the chests of extraterrestrial enthusiasts and "Independence Day" fans all over the world, it appears that Roland Emmerich is not getting into "The Zone" for his next movie.

The Hollywood Reporter states that the found-footage alien movie has been canceled with one week to go before shooting was set to start. The reasons are a bit murky, though one possible explanation lies in the fact that "the found-footage trope is becoming overplayed."

Is it becoming overplayed? That depends on your tastes, really, but there's certainly no shortage of found-footage movies out there, even if Emmerich isn't getting in on the party. After the jump, check out our roundup of films from that genre.

"Apollo 18"

Announced as in development earlier this week, Timur Bekmambetov is producing this found-footage space horror movie that's decidedly nothing like "Apollo 13." The film is scheduled to »

- Josh Wigler

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Roland Emmerich drops plans for alien movie The Zone

10 November 2010 9:52 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Master of the disaster flick Roland Emmerich has scrapped plans for a low-budget alien invasion film called The Zone.

It would have been made in a 'found footage' style, like Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity, in which discovered video recordings reveal extraordinary events.

Peter Mackenzie and Brandon Scott were set to play a journalist and cameraman who witness the arrival of extraterrestrials.

But The Hollywood Reporter says Emmerich (pictured) is no longer pursuing the $5million project.

Speculation suggests the reason is that the mockumentary and alien invasion genres are becoming too crowded.

Only recently, I detailed the numerous alien films coming up (including Ridley Scott's Aliens prequel duology which, according to a tweet from visual effects designer Henry South, has now entered pre-production).

The latest entry is Apollo 18, to be produced by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov. This low-budget project, about secret missions to the moon and the discovery of alien lifeforms, »

- David Bentley

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Warner Bros. Shelves “Found Footage” Sci-Fi Dark Moon, but Dark Castle May Pick It Up

10 November 2010 8:47 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Warner Bros. has put Olatunde Osunsanmi’s “found footage” sci-fi drama Dark Moon into turnaround, and it may find a new home at Dark Castle.  For those who don’t know, the “found footage” sub-genre is where a film purports to compiled from found footage, like Cloverfield or Paranormal Activity.  Warner Bros. picked up Dark Moon in mid-October, but Heat Vision reports that the studio balked when they learned that The Weinstein Company had picked up a similar project, Apollo 18.  Both movies use the “found footage” conceit and share the premise that Nasa didn’t stop sending men into space after the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

While Warners is now no longer interested, the folks over at Dark Castle liked the script and are currently in negotiations to pick up the film.  Shooting on Dark Moon is set to begin this winter. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Found Footage Alien Pic 'Dark Moon' Dropped By Warner Bros., Picked Up By Dark Castle

10 November 2010 8:45 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

And Will End Up Being Released By Warner Bros. Anyway As an example of how fickle, fleeting and ultimately ridiculous Hollywood can get, following the plug being pulled on Roland Emmerich's low budget, found footage project "The Zone" yesterday, Warner Bros. followed suit, putting into turnaround the found footage spec script "Dark Moon" they picked up only a couple of weeks ago for six figures. The twist? They're gonna end up releasing it anyway. Joel's Silver's Dark Castle production shingle is now in negotiations to pick up the title. They will finance and produce the picture along Akiva Goldsman's Weed… »

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Battle of the Alien Found Footage Movies

10 November 2010 8:06 AM, PST | SciFiCool.com | See recent SciFiCool.com news »

There is currently three — count’em, three — movies in various stages of development in Hollywood right now that all involves two common themes: aliens and found footages. Meaning, movies that are shot/presented from the Pov of a film camera ala “Cloverfield” that someone left behind, etc. It’s a silly movie conceit, but “Cloverfield” made it very popular (of course, it also helps that you can shoot it for pretty cheap and with mostly unknown actors). We’ve reported on all three “found footage” movies here already. They are: “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov’s “Apollo 18″, about what the Apollo mission found when they went into outer space — hint, it’s aliens; “The Third Kind” director Olatunde Osunsanmi’s “Dark Moon”, about what astronauts found when they reached the moon — hint, it’s more aliens; and “2012″ director Roland Emmerich’s “The Zone”, about an alien invasion captured from the Pov »

- Nix

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