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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Briefly: While Tom Cruise will next be seen in Jack Reacher (a new trailer for which hit today) he’s following that film with two big sci-fi movies: Oblivion, from Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, and the “Starship Troopers meets Groundhog Day” action film All You Need is Kill, from Doug Liman.

Now Cruise is looking at a third sci-fi film. It’s called Our Name is Adam, and is being produced by Mary Parent, the Pacific Rim producer and former MGM chair who set Cruise’s Valkyrie in motion. There’s no big storyline to reveal as yet, but the writer is T.S. Nowlin… who doens’t have any produced credits we can look to in order to guess what this might be like. So the takeaway is that one of the people consistently getting big-budget, original sci-fi properties on the screen might end up being the same guy who is the most public face of a sci-fi inspired religion. Makes sense, I guess.¬†[Variety]

Update: Deadline says Paramount is hotly pursuing this project, and hopes to have a deal for it, despite a high price, before the studio’s first-look period expires.

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