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Full 2010 Black List of Best Unproduced Screenplays

Posted: December 14th, 2010 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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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.


* 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.


* Jackie (by Noah Oppenheim): Jackie Kennedy fights to define her husband's legacy in the seven days immediately following his assassination.


* All You Need is Kill (by Dante Harper): A new recruit in a war against aliens finds himself caught in a time loop where he wakes up one day in the past after having been killed on the battlefield.


* Safe House (by David Guggenheim): A young man at a CIA-run safe house in Rio De Janeiro must help a rogue ex-agent escape assassins who want intelligence that he won't sell them.


* Stoker (by Wentworth Miller): After the death of her father, a teenager must deal with a mysterious uncle who returns to spend time with the family.


* 999 (by Matt Cook): A gang of crooked cops plan a major heist that will require them to shoot a fellow officer in order to get away with it.


* Margin (by JC Chandor): Based on true events, the final twenty-four hours of Lehman Brothers.


* American Bullshit (by Eric Warren Singer): The true story of Abscam, the FBI's 1980 undercover sting operation of Congress to root out corruption which was the brainchild of the world's greatest con man.


* Argo (by Chris Terrio): The true story of how the CIA, with help from Hollywood, used a fake movie project to smuggle hostages out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis.


* The Last Son of Isaac Lemay (by Greg Johnson): An aging outlaw convinced that there is evil in his genes goes on a journey to kill off his offspring. In the process, he discovers that his last remaining son is a terrifying manifestation of his worst fears.


* Family Getaway (by Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer): A man whose family doesn't know he's an assassin must protect them during a cross-country car chase when rival killers show up.


* Die in a Gunfight (by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari): A young New Yorker falls in love with the daughter of his father's nemesis, setting in motion a Romeo and Juliet-like forbidden romance.


* Better Living Through Chemistry (by David Posamentier and Geoff Moore): A straight-laced pharmacist's uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder.

* Gray Man (by Adam Cozad): American operative Court Gentry, also known as the Gray Man, races against time and teams of government assassins in an effort to save his family.

* Imagine (by Dan Fogelman): A musician in his sixties tries to live his life differently after reading an old letter written to him by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Of greatest importance to him: tracking down and reconnecting with his biological son, whom he has never met.


* Chronicle (by Max Landis): Three Portland teens become exposed to a mysterious substance in the woods, and, as a result, begin to develop incredible powers. They work together to hone their skills for fun until personal and family problems begin to turn them against one another.

* Gold (by Patrick Massett and John Zinman): The true story of the biggest securities exchange fraud in United States history.

* Snow White and the Huntsman (by Evan Daugherty): A re-imagining of the story of Snow White in which the huntsman sent to kill her becomes her mentor.


* Are We Officially Dating? (by Tom Gormican): A dating movie told from the male perspective about the lengths men will go through to avoid being officially in a relationship.

* Free Country (by Josh Parkinson): The owner of a tourist mining cave kills a rich boy who finds a huge ruby. Chaos ensues when he teams up with his two dysfunctional brothers to hide the body and fence the stone with the victim's hot-headed twin on the hunt for his brother.

* Gangster Squad (by Will Beall)Amidst the corruption and chaos of 1940s Los Angeles, the LAPD’s Gangster Squad works to keep the East Coast Mafia out of the city.

* Your Bridesmaid is a Bitch (by Brian Duffeld): After agreeing to groomsman duties at his sister's wedding, Noah Palmer realizes he may have made the mistake of his life after finding out that the woman who broke his heart is also part of the bridal party.


* Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (by Seth Grahame-Smith): 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.


* 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.


* Welcome to People (by Alex Kurtzman, Bob Orci, Jody Lambert): A young man whose father has recently passed away is tasked with bringing $150,000 to an alcoholic sister he never knew about and her twelve-year-old son.

* What Happened to Monday? (by Max Botkin): In a world where families are allowed only one child due to over-population, a resourceful set of identical septuplets must avoid governmental execution and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.


* The Butler (by Danny Strong): The story of African-American White House butler Eugene Allen, who served eight United States presidents from 1952 to 1986.

* The Escort (by Justin Adler): A 'flight escort' responsible for overseeing the safe transport of a spoiled, wise-ass child must find alternate means of getting the kid home to Boston after their plane is grounded.

* Fun Size (by Max Werner): A high school senior is forced to take her weirdo brother trick-or-treating but loses track of him along the way. With the help of a few classmates, she tries to find him before her mother gets home. Meanwhile, the depraved little brother is having the time of his life.


* Arsonist's Love Story (by Katie Lovejoy): A young arsonist falls for a woman in the art world that he desperately wants to be apart of.

* Looper (by Rian Johnson): In the present day, a group of hitmen are sent their victims from the future.

* Murdoch (by Jesse Armstrong): As his family gathers for his birthday party, Rupert Murdoch tries to convince his elder children to alter the family trust so that his two youngest children by his newest wife will have voting rights in the company.

* One Day (by David Nicholls): Dexter and Emma meet for the first time on college graduation day in 1988 and proceed to reunite one day a year for the next 20 years.

* Perfect Match (by Morgan Schechter and Eric Pearson): Twenty-eight year old male and female roommates who are longtime best friends and unlucky in love decide to try an internet dating service which promises to introduce them to their 'perfect match.' In the process, they discover that they're each other's perfect match.


* The 13th Man (by Enio Rigolin): An unlikely code-breaker is thrust into the role of a hero when he discovers a secret code being sent through comic books during WWII.

* Dark Moon (by Olatunde Osunsanmi): Using found footage, story explores the possibility that manned moon missions did not stop with Apollo 17.

* Hot Mess (by Jenni Ross): Four girlfriends make, and then break, a list of rules devised to get the guys of their dreams and discover their inner hot messes in the process.


* Everly (by Yale Hannon): The story of one woman's struggle for redemption as she fights to stay alive and unite with her mother and young daughter, all while staving off vicious attacks by a ruthless army of Yakuzas who have trapped her in her apartment.

* Hoff Harrington's Greatest Hits (by Dutch Southern): An aging, semi-retired hitman recalls his murderous career while trying to kill the billionaire who has put out a contract on his life.

* The Impossible (by Sergio Sanchez): After a major tsunami hits a beach resort in Yokohama, Japan, a Spanish family on vacation with young children gets separated and must find each other amidst the wreckage.

* Murder of a Cat (by Christian Magalhars and Robert Snow): A darkly comic noir about a guy trying to unravel the mystery around the murder of his pet cat.

* Oz: The Great and Powerful (by Mitchell Kapner) Based on the books of L. Frank Baum. The story of how a con artist from Kansas became the Wizard behind the curtain.

* Road to Nardo (by Mike Gagerman and Andrew Waller): Two guys drive to Mexico to rescue their best friend who is broke and without an ID.


* Abduction (by Shawn Christensen): When a teenager who has always felt distanced from his parents discovers that he was, in fact, kidnapped as a child, he is thrust into a vast conspiracy and must go on the run in order to survive.

* Can You Keep a Secret? (by Megan Martin): After a woman spills her secrets to a stranger during a turbulent plane ride, she shows up at work to discover that he is the recently returned CEO of her company.

* Cinema Verite (by David Seltzer): Based on the PBS series 'An American Family,' cameras follow a family as they go about their daily life.

* The Claim (by Damien Chazelle): A father with a criminal past must save his kidnapped daughter, even as he fights the claim of another couple who insist the girl is theirs.

* Crazy, Stupid, Love. (by Dan Fogelman): Straight-laced, forty-something Cal Weaver is living the dream – good job, nice house, great kids, and marriage to his high school sweetheart - but when Cal learns that his wife, Emily, has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his 'perfect' life quickly unravels.

* Get a Job (by Kyle Pennekamp and Scott Turpel): A comedy about a father and son struggling to find a job in the current job market.

* The Girl With Something Extra (by Terrence Michael): A young man who has been raised his entire life to believe that he is a girl comes of age as he enters high school and learns his true gender.

* How It Ends (by Brooks Mclaren): When an apocalypse strikes, a man halfway across the country from his pregnant wife goes on a dangerous and desperate journey to get back to her.

* Hyde (by Cole Haddon): An allegedly rehabilitated Dr. Jekyll is pulled out of prison to help hunt a new monster who seems to be using an improved version of the Hyde serum.

* Keep Coming Back (by Michael Gilio): When an adrenaline-junkie interventionist attempts to save a troubled woman, he nearly loses everything in the process.

* The Last Witch Hunter (by Cory Goodman): With the population of witches and warlocks on the brink of a major explosion, one witch hunter must stop them before it's too late.

* Ricky Stanicky (by Jeff Bushell): For years, three lifelong friends have used an invented character named Ricky Stanicky to get out of sticky situations. When their wives demand a meeting with Ricky, the friends hire an actor to portray him.

* Easy Money (by Noah Oppenheim): Based on the film Snabba Cash, a business school student with substantial ambition works in strategy for a New York City criminal enterprise.

* Zombie Baby (by Andy Jones): After the zombie apocalypse, a young couple unsure about whether to start a family has the decision made for them when they take in an orphaned zombie baby they don't have the heart to kill.


* ATM (by Chris Sparling): Three co-workers end up in a desperate fight for survival when they stop to use an ATM.

* Boy Scouts vs Zombies (by Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuko): A troop of Boy Scouts on their weekend camping trip must protect an island town from a zombie outbreak and save the local girl scout troop.

* The Ever After Murders (by Ian Fried): In a dark metropolis populated with characters from classical folklore, detectives Tom Thumb and Rachel Riding investigate a murder that brings them into contact with the city's most dangerous inhabitants.

* Hovercar 3D (by Blaise Hemingway): Set in the future, an ex-con street racer has to transport a whistleblower across country in a high speed hovercar with an army of authorities trying to stop them.

* Lola Versus (by Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones), A twenty-nine year old woman has to re-evaluate her life after her long time boyfriend calls off their wedding at the last minute.

* Prom (by Katie Wech): High school students prepare for their prom.

* Replay (by Jason Smilovic): Based on the Ken Grimwood novel. A man dies, wakes up in his 18-year old body, and gets to relive his life over and over. With his original memory intact, he takes the opportunity to travel down roads he passed up the first time around.

* Sidney Grimes (by Brian Helgeland): A man just out of prison seeks revenge on his former partner who got him locked up.


* Alive Alone (by Khurram Longi): A London-based suicide bomber is having a crisis of conscience as he and his cell are planning an attack in the city. His female next door neighbor, a drug addict and prostitute, has men who want to kill her after witnessing the murder of her john. These two find solace in each other as they try to survive their respective situations.

* F*cking Jane Austin (by Blake Bruns): Two friends angry at Jane Austen for creating unrealistic romantic expectations among women today get sent back in time to the nineteenth century. The only way for them to return home is for one of them to get Jane Austen to fall in love and sleep with him.

* The Flight of the Nez Perce (by E. Nicholas Mariani): The true story of Chief Joseph and his resistance to his tribe's relocation to a military settlement in Idaho during the 1800s.

* Hit and Run (by Owen Yarde): A young man discovers that the undertaker who recently hired him as his driver is actually a hit man for the mafia.

* Kitchen Sink (by Oren Uziel): A human teenager, a vampire, and a zombie must save their town from an alien invasion.

* Ness/Capone (by Grant Myers): The true story of young Elliot Ness taking down Al Capone.

* O.K.C. (by Clay Wold): An ambitious legal aide working for the Timothy McVeigh defense team tries to get to the bottom of what really happened during the Oklahoma City bombing.

* Paint (by Brit McAdams): A Bob Ross-esque PBS painting show host must fight for his career when his station brings in a rival painting host.

* Paper Airplane (by Sid Karger): After sabotaging another family vacation, a travel agent who's afraid to fly battles his irrational phobias in order to win back his wife and daughter.

* Point A (by Chris Rubeo): An unconventional romantic comedy between a thirty year old magazine writer and the subject of his newest piece, a witty, wise beyond her years teenage video blogger.

* Serene (by Chris Kyle): In 1930s North Carolina, George Pemberton, with the help of his father's money, owns and runs a logging operation in the Smoky Mountains. George meets and marries Serena, a strong-willed, scheming, ambitious woman.

Source: The Black List

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Cd_Smith0 writes:
on December 13th, 2010 at 8:29:43 PM

If they make hunger games before they have an American version of Battle Royale I will flip the f*ck out.
minkowski writes:
on December 13th, 2010 at 8:33:55 PM

Geee, the top dog on the list is a Karl Rove hatefest. I don't care for the guy myself, but the obsession with hating anyone that isn't a communist, socialist, progressive, leftist, 'liberal, or 'democrat' is really just annoying.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on December 13th, 2010 at 8:41:37 PM

The last time Hollywood was into a blacklist, Senator McCarthy was responsible for it ....

but not Jenny or Andrew.
minkowski writes:
on December 13th, 2010 at 8:44:50 PM

Although I must say, there are some intriguing ideas in the list, like Dark Moon Kitchen Sink, The Ever After Murders, Hyde, The Ever After Murders, Looper, All You need is Kill and ATM.

Of course, most of the top films involve paranoid CIA/assassin conspiracies, anti-capitalistic jaunts and liberal wet dreams, but hey...
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on December 13th, 2010 at 9:02:22 PM

* Boy Scouts vs Zombies (by Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuko): A troop of Boy Scouts on their weekend camping trip must protect an island town from a zombie outbreak and save the local girl scout troop.

Boy, those sniper rifle shooting and cardio training merit badges really came in handy, hunh ?

I guess all the Weeblos and Cubs are sacrificed as edible snacks for the zombies.

They would've gone after the Brownies, but as everyone knows .... Zombies love to eat Brownies.
BadChadB33 writes:
on December 13th, 2010 at 9:19:31 PM

whoever writes:
on December 13th, 2010 at 9:34:39 PM

College Republicans = Fail, it's only watchable to an American audience.

Kurskij writes:
on December 13th, 2010 at 9:56:18 PM

ATM (by Chris Sparling): Three co-workers end up in a desperate fight for survival when they stop to use an ATM.

What happened to cinema...
Kurskij writes:
on December 13th, 2010 at 10:01:45 PM

Snow White and the Huntsman

Your Bridesmaid is a Bitch

Welcome to People

F*cking Jane Austin

The 13th Man

The Butler

* The Escort

* Fun Size

Hot Mess

Hoff Harrington's Greatest Hits

The Girl With Something Extra

Easy Money

Oh, and my favorite: Kitchen Sink

Where's the porn industry looking?
UnNameable_One writes:
on December 13th, 2010 at 10:22:35 PM

I'm willing to bet that "Jackie" will be the first one.
coldplayesence writes:
on December 13th, 2010 at 11:23:07 PM

I tought Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was already on pre-production or something like that.
krissy-tan writes:
on December 14th, 2010 at 1:12:25 AM

Yeah I could have sworn that safe house, one day, abduction, crazy stupid love, and prom were already being made? i'm sure there's more in the list but those are the only ones that sounded familiar.
p3rfect writes:
on December 14th, 2010 at 1:15:07 AM

Some of these actually sounds interesting.

The Last Son of Isaac Lemay
All You Need is Kill
Safe House
Man in Black writes:
on December 14th, 2010 at 2:51:55 AM

If you do a google search on many of these some are in pre production or are being cast now ... sort of on topic as short stories go has anyone ever read a short story about 2 armies ( US and USSR ) story was wrote early to mid cold war era yet takes place in present day where the the countries send a battalion each of soldiers to fight to the death so not to have full out wars any longer , the war games take place every 10 years , in the end there is only one soldier that lives ( on the US side ) and he is giving free rein i mean he pays for nothing if he wants a car he takes it .... in the end he rapes and kills a girl he had crush on and the govt just pays her parents off cause he is "untouchable " . ANYBODY got a clue as to the title of this story ?
vaodsi writes:
on December 14th, 2010 at 4:01:14 AM

the last son of isaac lemay! Guy goes on a killing spree of his offspring!
bring it!
vaodsi writes:
on December 14th, 2010 at 4:01:23 AM

the last son of isaac lemay! Guy goes on a killing spree of his offspring!
bring it!
Janus writes:
on December 14th, 2010 at 3:52:54 PM

Not very accurate. The movie Abduction is already in post-production right now. It was produced by Taylor Lautners production company, he is the lead and the director is John Singleton.
Champ1432 writes:
on December 14th, 2010 at 6:54:09 PM

Yeah, some of these are already being made, as others have said, but it did actually say that in the article right before the list. Ones that I thought sounded interesting:

All You Need is Kill
Margin (Depending how they do it)
Last Son of Isaac Lemay
Dark Moon
The Ever After Murders

Ok, and also One Day... I know, I'm a pansy... leave me alone. (It could be kind of a When Harry Met Sally thing....... whatever.)

Did anyone else read Paint and immediately think "Will Ferrell"?
MoneyHayabusa writes:
on December 15th, 2010 at 10:18:02 AM

Hey holy sh*t how did Hunger Games as a book get published? That has to be copyright infringement.

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