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2010's Black List released of the best unproduced screenplays

12.13.2010

If you follow the site closely, as most of you do, you've probably heard us referring to an upcoming movie having a script from the Black List, which is a yearly compendium of the best unproduced screenplays currently circulating Hollywood.

But as we head into late December, it's time for a new round of selection from studio exec Franklin Leonard, who has just released his picks for 2010. Expect to see many of these coming to life this year.

From the LATimes, here's a brief overview of the top ten scripts:

49 votes: "College Republicans" by Wes Jones. Aspiring politician Karl Rove leads a dirty campaign for College Republican chairman under the guidance of Lee Atwater. Anonymous Content producing.

47 votes: "Jackie" by Noah Oppenheim. Jacqueline Kennedy's life immediately after her husband's assassination. Darren Aronofsky directing for Fox Searchlight.

45 votes: "All You Need Is Kill" by Dante Harper. A new army recruit in a war against aliens finds himself caught in a time loop. Set up at Warner Bros. Doug Liman may direct.

43 votes: "Safe House" by David Guggenheim. A young man at a CIA-run safe house must help a rogue ex-agent escape assassins. Universal Pictures to produce with Daniel Espinoza to direct. Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington to star.

39 votes: "Stoker" by Wentworth Miller. After the death of her father, a teenage girl must deal with a mysterious uncle. Fox Searchlight purchased the script.

32 votes: "999" by Matt Cook. A gang of crooked cops plans a major heist that requires them to shoot a fellow officer. Anonymous Content producing.

31 votes: "Margin Call" by J.C. Chandor. A fictional account of the final 24 hours of Lehman Brothers. Chandor has directed stars Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany. Film will debut at Sundance Film Festival next month.

30 votes: "American Bull----" by Eric Warren Singer. The true story of the FBI's 1980 undercover sting operation of Congress, dubbed Abscam, which was designed to root out corruption and was the brainchild of a con man. Sony Pictures has optioned the script.

28 votes: "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. Optioned by Warner Bros.

24 votes: "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. Gore Verbinski's company producing.

I'm most intrigued by an Aronofsky directed Jackie-O biopic, and I also find it interesting that Prison Break's Wentworth Miller has an entry here.

Which of these would you be amped to see in the coming year?

Extra Tidbit: THE SOCIAL NETWORK was the number two pick on the list last year.
Source: LA Times

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11:36PM on 12/14/2010
Um, huh? Why are most of this (seemingly) in production? And why is one entirely done? These are suppose to be unproduced right?
Um, huh? Why are most of this (seemingly) in production? And why is one entirely done? These are suppose to be unproduced right?
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11:46AM on 12/14/2010
Rachel Weisz would be the perfect Jackie.
Rachel Weisz would be the perfect Jackie.
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9:31PM on 12/13/2010

How many friggen zombie stories can be told?

jeez. and where are all the comedies? "Fucking Jane Austin" sounds incredible and right up my alley
jeez. and where are all the comedies? "Fucking Jane Austin" sounds incredible and right up my alley
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8:27PM on 12/13/2010
I agree with drewmanning. Although I keep hearing about this blacklist and all the great scripts that make it, a lot of times I watch one of the movies that was on the list, it sucks. Cop Out was freaking terrible and the plot was incredibly stupid. How anyone can say the script for that was good, I'll never get.

With that said, a couple of these ideas seem intriguing. It seems odd to me however that since the blacklist is for the best UNPRODUCED screenplays of the year, why are half of
I agree with drewmanning. Although I keep hearing about this blacklist and all the great scripts that make it, a lot of times I watch one of the movies that was on the list, it sucks. Cop Out was freaking terrible and the plot was incredibly stupid. How anyone can say the script for that was good, I'll never get.

With that said, a couple of these ideas seem intriguing. It seems odd to me however that since the blacklist is for the best UNPRODUCED screenplays of the year, why are half of these things already in various stages of production? Hell, some of these are already finished filming? What gives?
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10:27PM on 12/13/2010
Something smells fishy. It's like studio exces are passing onto these people the scripts that they are planning to produce anyway in order to create buzz and then by the time people vote they are already into production.
Something smells fishy. It's like studio exces are passing onto these people the scripts that they are planning to produce anyway in order to create buzz and then by the time people vote they are already into production.
7:52PM on 12/13/2010
I must be stupid, but if these are the best unproduced screenplays, why are they all in various stages of production. Did I miss something?
I must be stupid, but if these are the best unproduced screenplays, why are they all in various stages of production. Did I miss something?
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7:42PM on 12/13/2010
Wh all the green? All of these sound really lame, not to mention that the black list means nothing, Due Date and Cop Out aka A Couple of Dicks were both on there and they were terrible.
Wh all the green? All of these sound really lame, not to mention that the black list means nothing, Due Date and Cop Out aka A Couple of Dicks were both on there and they were terrible.
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5:42PM on 12/13/2010

The Last Son of Issac Lemay,

Damn you! I had an "almost" same idea where a man hunts down his offspring because he feels "they" are evil and no good for the world. Inspired by Paris Hilton :).

Actually this sounds very good and would like to see it, but the others sound rather boring.
Damn you! I had an "almost" same idea where a man hunts down his offspring because he feels "they" are evil and no good for the world. Inspired by Paris Hilton :).

Actually this sounds very good and would like to see it, but the others sound rather boring.
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5:26PM on 12/13/2010
these all sound GREAT!
much better than say...

1. The Chronicles of $ 24.5Million NEW
2. The Tourist $ 17 Million NEW
3. Tangled $ 14.6 Million $ 115.6 Million
these all sound GREAT!
much better than say...

1. The Chronicles of $ 24.5Million NEW
2. The Tourist $ 17 Million NEW
3. Tangled $ 14.6 Million $ 115.6 Million
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5:16PM on 12/13/2010
I'm stoked about Stoker :-) Last news i heard about that one was that it was to be Park Chan-Wook's english directing debut starring Carey Mulligan, so yeah, i'm definitely seeing that.

Also films Jackie and Safe House sound interesting. But one question, how come Margin Call gets to be on the list as it's now a produced script and not unproduced as the black list is supposed to be.
I'm stoked about Stoker :-) Last news i heard about that one was that it was to be Park Chan-Wook's english directing debut starring Carey Mulligan, so yeah, i'm definitely seeing that.

Also films Jackie and Safe House sound interesting. But one question, how come Margin Call gets to be on the list as it's now a produced script and not unproduced as the black list is supposed to be.
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1:44PM on 12/13/2010
Safe House, Stoker, Margin Call, and The Last Son of Isaac Lemay.
Safe House, Stoker, Margin Call, and The Last Son of Isaac Lemay.
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1:40PM on 12/13/2010
Not surprising why most of these didn't get made; most are political in nature, something that mainstream Americans just don't want to see usually.
Not surprising why most of these didn't get made; most are political in nature, something that mainstream Americans just don't want to see usually.
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1:36PM on 12/13/2010
Most of these sound pretty generic, as far as concepts go. The scripts may be incredibly well-written, and I'm sure many of these films will turn out to be great, but some of these ideas are downright boring. "A CIA operative operates within an operation to direct a directive inside a killer's mind. Optioned by Sony." Yaaawwwwn.
Most of these sound pretty generic, as far as concepts go. The scripts may be incredibly well-written, and I'm sure many of these films will turn out to be great, but some of these ideas are downright boring. "A CIA operative operates within an operation to direct a directive inside a killer's mind. Optioned by Sony." Yaaawwwwn.
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12:25PM on 12/13/2010
Honestly, they all sound pretty good. Personnally, I want to see Margin Call the most (I love Spacey and financial movies) and lucky me it's coming out in April. Also, American Bullshit sounds like one of those amazing movies in the vain of Matchstick Men if done right.
Honestly, they all sound pretty good. Personnally, I want to see Margin Call the most (I love Spacey and financial movies) and lucky me it's coming out in April. Also, American Bullshit sounds like one of those amazing movies in the vain of Matchstick Men if done right.
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12:02PM on 12/13/2010
All You Need is Kill sounds a bit like Source Code, except with aliens.

The Last Son of Isaac Lemay sounds pretty interesting.
All You Need is Kill sounds a bit like Source Code, except with aliens.

The Last Son of Isaac Lemay sounds pretty interesting.
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