Will Ferrell Will Be a ‘Flamingo Thief’

Will Ferrell is now attached to a film that could be a sort of companion piece to his 2010 relationship dramedy Everything Must Go.
Over the weekend Ferrell was revealed to be linked to Flamingo Thief, a Michael LeSieur script that hit the 2011 Black List. The story is based on Susan Trott‘s novel of the same title about a lawyer who, after a personal tragedy, finds solace in stealing flamingo ornaments. The project is in the early stages, but it has a few big names behind it, so it may move forward fast. 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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