The 2011 Black List Rankings of the 10 Best Unproduced Screenplays in Hollywood
The results are in for this years Black List! The list is comprised of the best screenplays circling Hollywood written in, or associated with, 2011 but will not begin principal photography during the calendar year. Since its beginning in 2005, the Black List, created by Universal’s Franklin Leonard, has helped establish the careers of screenwriters new to the Hollywood scene, such as Diablo Cody‘s, best known for Juno, and Nancy Oliver for Lars and the Real Girl.
This year’s list was compiled from the suggestions of over 300 film executives, ranking their suggestions as a means of determining the script with the most votes. Here’s the top ten unproduced screenplays for 2011 and the number of votes the received:
133 votes: “The Imitation Game” by Graham Moore
The story of British World War II cryptographer Alan Turing, who broke several German codes but in later life was prosecuted for being homosexual, which led to his suicide.
Agent: Creative Artists Agency — J.P. Evans, Jacqueline Sacerio
Manager:The Safran Co. — Tom Drumm
Producers: Ido Ostrowsky, Nora Grossman producing for Warner Bros.
84 votes: “When the Street Lights Go” by Chris Hutton, Eddie O’Keefe
In the early 1980s, a town suffers through the aftermath of the murder of a high school girl and a teacher.
Agency: WME — Simon Faber, Sarah Self
Manager: Tariq Merhab Management — Tariq Merhab
Producers: Imagine Entertainment
59 votes: “Chewie” by Evan Susser, Van Robichaux
A satirical, behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Stars Wars” through the eyes of Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca.
Agency: WME — Mike Esola
Manager: Industry Entertainment — Jess Rosenthal
53 votes: “The Outsider” by Andrew Baldwin
In post-World War II Japan, an American former prisoner of war rises in the yakuza.
Agency: Creative Artists Agency — Jay Baker, John Garvey
Manager: Anonymous Content — Bard Dorros, David Kanter
Producers: Linson Entertainment for Warner Bros.
43 votes: “Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses” by Matthew Aldrich
A man goes on a three-state crime spree with an accomplice, his 11-year old daughter.
Agency: Creative Artists Agency: John Garvey, Stuart Manashil
Manager: Silent R Management: Jewerl Ross
Producers: Pearl Street Productions production for Warner Bros.
33 votes: “In the Event of a Moon Disaster” by Mike Jones
An alternate telling of the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon that examines what might have happened if the astronauts had crash-landed there.
Agency: Creative Artists Agency: David Kopple, JP Evans
Manager: The Gotham Group: Lindsay Williams
30 votes: “Maggie” by John Scott 3
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.
Agency: Creative Artists Agency: Billy Hawkins, Dan Rabinow
Manager: Trevor Kaufman
Producer: Pierre-Ange Le Pogam
30 votes: “The Current War” by Michael Mitnick
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.
Agency: William Morris Endeavor — Simon Faber
Manager: Fourth Floor Productions — Jeff Silver
28 votes: “The End” by Aron Eli Coleite
Four people — a veteran broadcaster in London, a 16-year-old girl and her boyfriend in Ann Arbor, Mich., 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.
Agency: Creative Artists Agency — Matt Rosen
Producer: Warner Bros.
27 votes: “Beyond the Pale” by Chad Feehan
Based on William Gay’s novel “Twilight,” teenage siblings suspect they’ve been ripped off by the town undertaker, but what they discover is much more sinister.
Agency: Creative Artists Agency — Matt Rosen, Jacqueline Sacerio
Manager: Management 360 — Guymon Casady, Mary Lee
Producers: Feehan’s The Fort producing for Vendome Pictures
For the complete list of all 73 entries, check out the Black List’s official website here.
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