Three years after making her directorial debut with the well-received Whip ItDrew Barrymore is preparing to get behind the camera again. The actress-turned-filmmaker has just finalized a deal to helm The End, a modestly budgeted apocalypse drama for Warner Bros.

Common as end-of-the-world flicks are, this one seems to stand apart for its tone. Where most dramas of the type tend to have a sad or scary tone — y’know, because they end with everyone dying – The End will aim for an “uplifting and humanistic” feel, opting to focus on life rather than death. More details after the jump.

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What if M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening was a pretty good movie, instead of a laughably bad one? A question like that is posed by the trailer for Spanish thriller The End, directed by Jorge Torregrosa and scripted by Jorge Guerricaechevarría (The Day of the Beast,  Cell 211) and Sergio Garcia Sanchez (The Orphanage) based on the novel by David Monteagudo.

In this teaser we see a few people coming together in a world that is strangely empty. Soon, as they wander, they encounter both remnants of society, and nature unbound by man. The events look as if they might make for a good post-apocalyptic thriller. Check out the teaser below. Read More »

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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