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  1. ugh_doom
    December 10, 2008

    FIERCE INVALIDS HOME FROM HOT CLIMATES by Tom Robbins is one of the funniest books I've ever read! I'm very excited to see this on The Black List!

    SHERLOCK HOLMES is anticipated, obviously. I'm insterested to learn more about THE KARMA COALITION.

  2. Aqualeo
    December 10, 2008

    This list is an overload.

  3. Jud
    December 10, 2008

    I read Your Dreams Suck by Kat Dennings and it was fantastic…I got a copy of Inglorious Basterds but I kinda wanna wait to see for myself.

  4. Nish
    December 10, 2008

    Did you write the summaries for this? If so they are very hurried and lots of spelling/grammar mistakes. I know im being picky but in some cases it does really get in the way. Its just a friendly reminder not a telling off.

  5. Peter Sciretta
    December 10, 2008

    The descriptions are word for word what is written in the list itself

  6. Nish
    December 10, 2008

    Thats a bit shocking really. You would have thought a bit more care would be put into the descriptions, escpecially if this list goes out to other people in the film industry. I mean based on some of the descriptions with poor spelling/grammar I wouldn't really look at them. But then I guess if I was in thre Biz, then I would know what they were about anyway.

  7. Josh
    December 10, 2008

    "Killing Charlie Kauffman" should be on that list.

  8. Josh
    December 10, 2008

    *Kaufman

  9. steve
    December 10, 2008

    I have only read a few of these, but I must say that Karma Coalition is very good with a fantastic twist at the end

  10. Michael
    December 10, 2008

    can you post the PDF of this like you did last year, please?

  11. Stylist_Mick
    December 10, 2008

    The Beaver is without a doubt the most screwed up thing I've ever read. It's like Dr. Phil on crack. Enjoyable but disturbing nonetheless.

  12. Stylist_Mick
    December 10, 2008
  13. helicopters
    December 10, 2008

    people in the business dont have time to care about grammar…

  14. Michael
    December 10, 2008

    thanks!

  15. Steve
    December 10, 2008

    do you have The Beaver or know where i can read it?

  16. Floppy
    December 10, 2008

    I think that Once Upon a Time in Hell has a chance to be good but I can't find out much about it or the people attached to it.

  17. Benj
    December 10, 2008

    I'm fairly sure that KNIGHTS by Nick Confalone & Neal Dusedau and ROUNDTABLE by Brian K Vaughan are pretty much the exact same movie, or at the very least they have incredibly similar preferences. I think Vaughn talked about how the roundtable would consist mainly of high-up business managers and washed up celebrities. This is the first I've heard of KNIGHTS though.

  18. Benj
    December 10, 2008

    preferences=premises

  19. Nish
    December 10, 2008

    But surely poor grammar or spelling could change the plot of the script. If all you read are those short descriptions and they aren't spot on then it could mean the difference between the script being picked up on or not.

  20. fu manchu
    December 10, 2008

    there's a remake script for A Bittersweet Life wow lame, the original is a brilliant korean film

  21. WarrenMoney
    December 10, 2008

    THE MANY DEATHS OF BARNABY JAMES that's the one I'd watch.

  22. Oi Vey
    December 10, 2008

    I saw Grand THeft Auto in the list. Is that related to the game? The only reason why I question it is because they used Vegas in the synopsis, and whereas teh games usually use fictionalized versions of real life cities (IE Liberty City)

  23. AllyndDudnikov
    December 10, 2008

    I love how half the titles have nothing to do with the actual story :3

  24. Vader182
    December 10, 2008

    Shame, A Tale of Two Cities is one of my favorite books, and I think if done properly, a movie could be incredible.

  25. krackajap
    December 10, 2008

    Jonny Quest? Are you serious? How about a Venture Bros movie.

    • zzleigh
      December 11, 2008

      YES. Too bad that "Phantom Limb" one up there isn't the Phantom Limb we know.

      • krackajap
        December 12, 2008

        Yeah I noticed that also. Phantom Limb movie would mean Queen Etherea!

  26. ev
    December 10, 2008

    i saw a trailor about six months ago that was very much like ‘the phantom limb’. i cant remember who was in it but it followed the description very close. now im gonna go nuts trying to find it.

  27. Oi Vey
    December 11, 2008

    Johnny Quest could a wonderful movie, if done right.

    • Nish
      December 11, 2008

      This kind of post does annoy me a bit. Any movie would be a wonderful movie if done right. I can't think of a movie that has been wonderul and not done right.

  28. steve
    December 11, 2008

    Before the list it says
    "All reasonable effort has been made to confirm the information contained herein.
    THE BLACK
    LIST apologizes for all misspellings, misattributions, incorrect representation
    identification, and questionable “2008” affiliations."

  29. OAKside
    December 11, 2008

    Indeed! They should just go ahead and rename it: "A bunch of promising screenplays, kinda linked to 2008, that we couldn't narrow down to a proper list."

  30. _Freddie
    December 11, 2008

    I wonder what the writers of the screenplays that are on this list are thinking.. would be an interesting list to make.

  31. marz
    December 11, 2008

    lol maaan venture bros movie would be funny as hell.that sounds like something the guys behind the 40 year old virgin would do…and johny quest,i'd see that. i cant believe they named a movie ..a couple of dicks lmao!! i had to read the plot to see what it was about..and fu*k buddies ??!!! wow lol how were they gona market that! and you thought zack and miri make a porno had trouble.the beaver sounds funny to,specialy with steve carell playing in it.almost sounds like a biographical story about mr garrison and mr hat from south park.

    • cannibal kid 2
      May 6, 2009

      Kevin Smith is directing A Couple of Dicks (currently listed in production reports as "A Couple of Cops") starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan.

  32. CaptainHowdy
    December 11, 2008

    Likewise! And I'm also intrigued by UNDERAGE.

  33. stop divorce
    December 12, 2008

    I feel that 'Information is Wealth'.Thank you for sharing the Hottest Un-produced Screenplays of 2008 through your site.

  34. N T
    December 13, 2008

    Over 100 scripts on that list, and only -12- by female writers?

    Just how many female execs did they include in that poll?

  35. MaryWit
    December 15, 2008

    Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates will make an excellent film and would attract a wide audience. I'll be watching this one closely and keeping everything crossed for its great success!

  36. Byrne
    December 17, 2008

    I read a script about the blacklist – it's hilarious!
    The story is made of up of the combined plots of ALL the scripts while the writers desperately try to get their plot out of the movie. It's Scream meets Charlie Kaufmann.

  37. martin
    December 19, 2008

    Anyone know where these scripts, even a short roundup of them, would be available online? Or how one would go about obtaining copies of these?

    Im studying script writing and would love to see what actually being tossed around hollywood right now.

    Thanks in advance!

  38. jay
    December 19, 2008

    I read The Tutor. It was well-written, but a mediocre plotline and ending. Basically an unfunny teenage comedy.

  39. Stan
    December 22, 2008

    If anyone wants details on these screenplays but doesn't feel like reading them, I've been slowly working my way through the top ten scripts and posting detailed synopses and analyses on my blog, stanhasissues-dot-com

    • mikail
      December 25, 2008

      can you please email me the ten scripts? or however many you have?

    • mikail
      December 25, 2008
  40. Mark Schultz
    December 25, 2008

    Hey researchers or writers…….Dave Schultz in FOXCATCHER is spelled with a t. I'm his brother

  41. hil&son
    February 3, 2009

    HEY SCREENWRITERS from this list with screenplays for top producer pitch mtgs WANTED—or comparable—serious inquiries only–email: filmnoir2020@aol.com

  42. dav.
    April 24, 2009

    A Bittersweet Life is a remake of a South Korean flick, that shouldve been mentioned no?

  43. Jack
    May 2, 2009

    Has anyone heard of a script called "THE BLAZE BROTHERS", It's making the rounds in Hollywood and it is the best ACTION movie I have ever read! APA is repping it.

  44. nigel
    June 1, 2009

    check out Pavaline.com :)

  45. Rosie
    October 11, 2009

    I'd have passed on all but a couple of these based on the descriptions alone. Have you guys noticed that people don't know how to summarize? They try to avoid spoilers of course, but also giving too much plot away; the results are plain boring as you see above. Nothing to grab interest or to make the idea stand out.
    That said, every single one of these could be a masterpiece if well written/cast/directed, etc. Alas, too many of them I could see the attempt to follow on the footsteps of some recent success.
    For myself, I'd give these a read (the plots sound interesting enough, let's see what else is there):
    Motorcade, Bobism, Brotherhood of the Rose, Round Table, Knights, and Jonny Quest.

  46. Taylor Murphy
    October 21, 2009

    How do I get a copy of Your Dreams Suck by Kat Dennings to read?

  47. T
    October 21, 2009

    How do I get a copy of YOUR DREAMS SUCK by Kat Dennings & Geoffrey Litwak to read?

  48. Marvin3O
    April 14, 2011

    Wow… this list is very impressive! even more to see now, three years later, all those films that came out of this list. Some of them have different titles (fucking budies became No strings attached, a couple of Dicks became cop out) but mostly the same.

    Awesome!!

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