Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
Just as we’re enjoying the last of 2012’s cinematic offerings, the latest edition of the Black List has hit the web. The annual survey highlights the hottest unproduced screenplays of the year, as based on the votes of hundreds of executives.
The term “unproduced” is used rather vaguely here. Some of these scripts (like Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day and Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence) already have a director or star attached, while others are still floating around in search of the right studio or producer. The subjects and honorees range greatly as well. Nazi hunters, Hillary Clinton, the NFL, and time-traveling teens are among the subjects of this year’s winners, and the screenwriters run the gamut from industry newcomers to seasoned pros.
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The year is 2040, and the United States has collapsed caused “a mass exodus of its citizens.” Oz writer Bradford Winters is developing the concept as a television series for HBO. The show, Americatown, will tell the story of a cluster of newly arrived American immigrants who form a Chinatown-like district in a big foreign city.
Winters has been trying to see this concept through for the last decade in various incarnations in different mediums (miniseries, movie, book). Aside from it’s obvious topical elements, the concept seems like a great way to retell the immigrant story from a totally different perspective.
If I were HBO, I would get this project on the fast track. The only question is, would the budget of an HBO series be enough to create this unique near-futuristic world. The timeline of 25 to 40 years in the future puts it in a world which won’t be too “futuristic”. And telling the story in a poor immigrant district will probably cut down on futuristic elements.