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.

Hit the jump to read the full list.

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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.

In March, we were one of the first to post an animated action short film called Ruin. The short was directed by 2003 Student Academy Award-winner Wes Ball and set “way in the future” in a green post-apocalyptic universe. The film went viral in the days afterward, and signature shots from the short even appear in the pilot and commercials for the upcoming Bad Robot/Jon Favreau-directed series Revolution (and in my opinion, the visual effects from Ruin, look better than any of the effects created for the pilot).

It was only a matter of time before someone in Hollywood convinced Ball to adapt the property into a feature film. Earlier today 20th Century Fox made an offer to acquire the rights with McG set to produce the big screen adaptation.

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Briefly: Rupert Wyatt didn’t exactly come out of nowhere to direct Rise of the Planet of the Apes, as he already had his name on The Escapist and Subterrain. But the unlikely success of his Apes prequel definitely put him on the map for a lot of audiences. Wyatt is tapped to make another Apes movie for Fox, but he’s also making other deals.

The latest is a project called Agent 13 that, if given a green light, would have Wyatt directing Charlize Theron in a sci-fi action story scripted by T.S. Nowlin. Read More »

For the rest of 2011, let’s just assume that if any one producer starting moving forward with a new film based on a story or character that has even a vague recognizance rating, others will soon flock to the same subject. See: Snow White, Peter Pan, even Gertrude Bell. Recently we saw that Val Kilmer had been cast in an indie film about Wyatt Earp, and now Warner Bros has picked up a spec script called Wild Guns, which also concerns Earp and his companion (and former Val Kilmer role) Doc Holliday. Read More »

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Lately, the man dead set on selling space to millionaire tourists, Virgin Atlantic billionaire Richard Branson, has been getting into the movie business and he currently has his sites set on Columbus, a script by T.S. Nowlin. The 300-esque retelling of the Christopher Columbus story has McG attached to produce and direct and Branson is reportedly close to acquiring the script for his Virgin Produced film company, a joint venture with Relativity Media. They’re also in the middle of producing a Kentucky Fried Movie type comedy featuring segments with Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Uma Thurman, Gerard Butler, Julianne Moore and many, many more. Hit the jump to read more about both projects. Read More »

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