Benedict Cumberbatch

Is Sherlock going to be over too soon for you? Good news for fans of its star: we might see Benedict Cumberbatch scale Blood Mountain. The actor is now attached to star in the thriller from director Sergei Bodrov (Mongol, Seventh Son) and screenwriters Jonathan W. Stokes (who wrote the original draft) and John Romano.

The film, says Variety, is about “a private military contractor whose special forces team is ambushed and killed during a covert raid, forcing him to personally escort one of the world’s most wanted terrorists over hostile terrain in order to bring him to justice. With a bounty at stake and insurgents and rival mercenaries hunting them, the two find themselves facing not only their enemies, but each other in their fight for survival.

It is set to shoot this coming April in Morocco. Rights are being sold at the European Film Market in Berlin, which is where news of Cumberbatch’s involvement broke. Normally, with a film market project, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see someone like Cumberbatch move on to different things, but this is ready to go so soon that he might be locked into it.

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Each December since 2004, studio executive Franklin Leonard has compiled the best unproduced screenplays of the year, as voted by hundreds of execs, agency guys, and high-level assistants. Titled The Black List, the compendium highlights both established screenwriters and up-and-comers, and has served as a launching pad in the past for projects like Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, and (500) Days of Summer. Last year’s list included Margin Call, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Hunger Games, and Snow White and the Huntsman.

It should be noted that the headline is somewhat misleading — some of these screenplays have already been acquired and are already in development, though according to Leonard none will have entered principal photography by December 31, 2011. Also worth pointing out is that, as in previous years, there have been rumors that some of the participants have been accused of using the Black List to promote their own clients or friends. Finally, as Leonard reminds us each time, “The Black List is not a ‘best of’ list. It is, at best, a ‘most liked’ list.”

Regardless, we can always rely on the Black List to stir up conversation among both industry insiders and outside spectators alike, so without further ado, hit the jump for the complete 2011 list.

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