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2011's Black List of the best unproduced screenplays

12.13.2011

It's always worth taking a look at the Black List every year, as chances are a few of these movies will end up being made and a lot of the time, they're actually pretty damn good after someone takes a chance on them.

This is a list of the best unproduced screenplays of the year. On last year's list are titles like SAFE HOUSE and ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, which are being developed for feature release today. Which of these movies below will we actually see come to life in a year or two?

The votes represent the "most liked" screeplays. Check out the top 10 list below. Which of these sound the most interesting to you?

1: The Imitation Game (133) by Graham Moore

What it's about: The story of British WWII cryptographer Alan Turing, who cracked the German Enigma code and later poisoned himself after being criminally prosecuted for being a homosexual.

2: When the Street Lights Go On (84) by Chris Hutton, Eddie O'Keefe

What it's about: In the early 1980s, a town suffers through the aftermath of a brutal murder of a high school girl and a teacher.

3: Chewie (59) by Evan Susser, Van Robichaux

What it's about: A satirical behind the scenes look at the making of Star Wars through the eyes of Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca.

4. The Outsider (53) by Andrew Baldwin

What it's about: In post World War II Japan, an American former prisoner-of-war rises in the yakuza.

5: Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses (43) by Matthew Aldrich

What it's about: A man goes on a three state crime spree with an accomplice, his eleven year old daughter.

6: In the Event of a Moon Disaster (33) by Mike Jones

What it's about: An alternate telling of the historic Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon that examines what might have happened if the astronauts had crash landed there.

7: Maggie (30) by John Scott 3

What it's about: As a "walking dead" virus spreads across the country, a farm family helps their eldest daughter come to terms with her infection as she slowly becomes a flesh-eating zombie.

8: The Current War (30) by Michael Mitnick

What it's about: Based on the true story of the race between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to develop a practical system of electricity and sell their respective inventions to the country and the world.

9: The End (28) by Aron Eli Coleite

What it's about: Four people – a veteran broadcaster in London, a sixteen year old girl and her boyfriend in Ann Arbor, and a devoted family man in Shanghai – each try to make peace with their lives before an interstellar event ends the world in six hours.

10: Beyond the Pale (27) by Chad Feehan

What it's about: Teenage siblings suspect they've been ripped off by the town undertaker, but what they discover is much more sinister than either imagined. 

A lot of sci-fi on there. In fact, it's almost mostly sci-fi. I can see that Alan Turing movie being a big hit. I'd be very curious to see the Apollo alternate reality one. Also, Chewie sounds fantastic.

Extra Tidbit: If you could only see one of these, which would it be?

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9:38AM on 12/13/2011
Huh? Are you implying Alan Turing is fictional? He invented algorithms and the first computers. Sci? Yup. Fi? Nope. Agree it sounds like an Oscar magnet though...
Huh? Are you implying Alan Turing is fictional? He invented algorithms and the first computers. Sci? Yup. Fi? Nope. Agree it sounds like an Oscar magnet though...
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9:05AM on 12/13/2011
The Current War definitely seems the most interesting based almost solely on the fact that we would get a cinematic portrayal of Tesla
The Current War definitely seems the most interesting based almost solely on the fact that we would get a cinematic portrayal of Tesla
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12:45PM on 12/13/2011
What about Bowie's turn in The Prestige?
What about Bowie's turn in The Prestige?
9:53AM on 12/13/2011
I agree I'm most interested in The Current War, but also The Imitation Game, and maybe Father Daughter Time. Oh, and Chewie.
I agree I'm most interested in The Current War, but also The Imitation Game, and maybe Father Daughter Time. Oh, and Chewie.
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4:07PM on 12/13/2011
I'd want to see The Outsider. The rest of them don't sound extremely interesting to me.
I'd want to see The Outsider. The rest of them don't sound extremely interesting to me.
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11:53AM on 12/13/2011
I have a particular interest in Alan Turing, so that's the one I'd most like to see. Nearly all of these sound like something I'd be interested in, though.
I have a particular interest in Alan Turing, so that's the one I'd most like to see. Nearly all of these sound like something I'd be interested in, though.
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5:04PM on 12/13/2011
I really hope when the day comes, my script won't get blacklisted.
I really hope when the day comes, my script won't get blacklisted.
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3:19PM on 12/13/2011

Maggie

Sounds like a spin-off from Walking Dead. The group comes to a farm, with the farmers oldest daughter named Maggie....
Sounds like a spin-off from Walking Dead. The group comes to a farm, with the farmers oldest daughter named Maggie....
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10:07AM on 12/13/2011
Id be most interested in the Current war for sure!
Id be most interested in the Current war for sure!
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9:51AM on 12/13/2011
These all sound rather great! It's such a shame that they have yet to be seen on film, but perhaps with the release of this list Hollywood can give them some much-deserved attention!
These all sound rather great! It's such a shame that they have yet to be seen on film, but perhaps with the release of this list Hollywood can give them some much-deserved attention!
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10:08PM on 12/13/2011

These sound good

The only one that doesnt peak my interest at all is Number 10

4,5,9,8,3,7,2,6,1,10
The only one that doesnt peak my interest at all is Number 10

4,5,9,8,3,7,2,6,1,10
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3:11PM on 12/13/2011
Most of these sounds promising. If I had to choose by a short synopsis the ones I look the most forward to is probably The Outsider and Father Daughter Time
Most of these sounds promising. If I had to choose by a short synopsis the ones I look the most forward to is probably The Outsider and Father Daughter Time
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12:52PM on 12/13/2011
these all sound great...act as a nice barometer as to where writer's heads are these days as they churn out work.
these all sound great...act as a nice barometer as to where writer's heads are these days as they churn out work.
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2:17PM on 12/13/2011

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"What it's about: The story of British WWII cryptographer Alan Turing, who cracked the German Enigma code and later poisoned himself after being criminally prosecuted for being a homosexual." Who says social conservatives haven't changed?
"What it's about: The story of British WWII cryptographer Alan Turing, who cracked the German Enigma code and later poisoned himself after being criminally prosecuted for being a homosexual." Who says social conservatives haven't changed?
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