While everyone’s drooling over the year’s brightest and best in film, it’s time to look at the movies that have yet to debut in theaters. Franklin Leonard has released the 2010 Black List, which features the best screenplays in Hollywood that haven’t been produced. Some of scripts come from well known scribes, novices, and even an actor gets in on the action. Check out the list…
1. College Republicans by Wes Jones. Aspiring politician Karl Rove runs a dirty campaign for College Republican chairman under the guidance of Lee Atwater, his campaign manager.
2. Jackie by Noah Oppenheim. Jackie Kennedy fights to define her husband’s legacy in the seven days immediately following his assassination. – Darren Aronofsky set to direct for Fox Searchlight.
3. All You Need Is Kill by Dante Harper. A new army 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. – Doug Liman rumored to direct for Warner Bros.
4. Safe House by David Guggenheim. A young man at a CIA-run safe house in Rio must help a rogue ex-agent escape assassins who want intelligence that he won’t sell them. – Already set to hit the big screen in 2012 with Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, and Tim Mcgraw.
5. 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. – From “Prison Break” star to fledgling screenwriter, Miller majored in English Literature in college. Optioned by Fox Searchlight.
6. 999 by Matt Cook. A gang of crooked cops plan a major heist that requires them to shoot a fellow officer in order to get away with it.
8. American Bull—- 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. – Being optioned by Sony.
9. 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. – Warner Bros have acquired it.
10. The Last Son of Isaac Lemay by Greg Johnson. An aging outlaw, convinced that there’s evil in his genes, goes on a journey to kill his offspring. In the process, he discovers that his last remaining son is a terrifying manifestation of his worst fears. – Will be produced by Gore Verbinski.
What do you think of the top 10 of the year. It looks like most of them have a shot at hitting the big screen in the not too distant future.
What do you think of the list?