The Black List 2013

Most year-end best-of lists consist of things that have already been produced, released, and consumed. But the Black List stands apart in that it’s all about the films that haven’t come out yet. Created by Franklin Leonard and Dino Sijamic, the annual compilation shines a light on the “most liked” unproduced screenplays of each year, as voted on by hundreds of Hollywood executives.

Not all of these films will get made, let alone made well, but the Black List still serves as a good indication of what projects are being buzzed about. Last year’s list included Transcendence and RodhamDjango Unchained and Saving Mr. Banks were among the highlights the year before that. Three out of the last five Best Picture winners were Black List scripts, as were seven of the past twelve screenwriting Oscar winners. Hit the jump to read titles and descriptions for the 72 that made the cut this year.

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In Deadfall, Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde are a brother/sister team who heist a casino and then get stuck near the snowy US/Canada border as they try to make their escape. Bana goes his own way as Wilde leverages the interest of a small-town ex-boxer (Charlie Hunnam) who is en route to a holiday feast with his family (Kris Kristofferson and Sissy Spacek).

That cast is probably enough to raise a little interest in the movie, but the first trailer for Deadfall makes it look like a tense little thriller. Read More »

Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) is preparing to direct a crime thriller called KIN, and Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde (one of the few standout elements in Tron Legacy) and Charlie Hunnam are all in talks to appear. The film, written by Zach Dean, is about “two desperate sibling fugitives (Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde) on the run who subsequently collide with the holiday homecoming of a troubled ex-boxer (Hunnam).” The film is scheduled to shoot in March. [Variety]

After the break, a maybe-report on the actor’s possible involvement with Timur Bekmambetov‘s new film. Read More »

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Writing about screenplay buys can be difficult — there isn’t often a lot of detail about a story and without creative talent beyond the writer and producer, we’re often left to do little more than speculate about what the finished product might be like.

But what the hell, we’ll do it anyway. Three big script deals hit the trades in the last day: Hammer Films picked up Wake, written by Chris Borrelli, who has appeared on the Black List in the past. New writer Zach Dean sold Layover. And Stephen Schiff is writing a biopic of Albert Einstein for OddLot Entertainment. Read More »

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