Posted on Monday, December 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
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 Rodham; Django 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.
There has been a bunch of television news today, so I thought I’d do a tv news wrap-up.
Bad news for Joss Whedon fans, Fox has given Dollhouse a Friday night slot, which is notoriously bad for television shows. AICN notes that at least thirteen other sci-fi shows (including Whedon’s own Firefly) were put in the Friday night time slot before they were cancelled. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles will also be moved into the Friday block. Doesn’t sound good.
Thankfully, The CW and Warner Bros Television have been forced to cancel plans for The Graysons, a Smallville-like look at Batman’s sidekick Dick Grayson in his pre-Robin days. Jeff Robinov changed his mind because “the concept doesn’t fit the current strategy for the Batman franchise”. A Variety insider says that Christopher Nolan never signed off on the concept and was uncomfortable with the show being sold based off the film franchise. Either way, I think they dodged a huge bullet. As much as Smallville now sucks, at least Superman has powers (even if he can’t “fly with a cape”). I never understood what would be the appeal of a powerless pre-Robin television series.
THR reports that Reiko Aylesworth (who played Michelle Dessler on 24) has been cast in at least four episodes of the next season of LOST. Aylesworth will play Amy, a smart and successful professional woman with a love for the outdoors, and is currently looking for the right man.
Dylan McDermott (The Practice) has been hired to star in Jerry Bruckheimer’s character-based police drama for TNT titled The Line. McDermott will play a veteran officer who “created and is running the secret unit, trying to strike a balance in his personal and professional relationships with his underlings.” [THR]
The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, Dave, Hunter, Devindra, and Adam chat with actor/comedian Paul Scheer about playing Lieutenant Buttocks in Eddie Murphy’s Meet Dave, the most controversial Human Giant sketches, and the intensity of working with Vinnie Jones on Harold Ramis’s new film, Year One.
The Line is a new online skit-series following the painful trials of two geeks, played by Joe Lo Truglio (The State) and Bill Hader (SNL), as they camp out awaiting the release of a fictional sci-fi blockbuster sequel. These morsels of comedy were practically tailor made for Slashfilm.
In this installment, Paul Scheer from MTV’s Human Giant (and tonight’s /Filmcast!) plays “The Spoiler,” an asshole who preys on sweaty ticket-holders and threatens to blow the movie. No doubt aware of his formidable (and familiar) power over Geekdom, The Spoiler lovingly channels his excess excitement into a Big Gulp from 7-11. We’ll stop there. For more episodes of Crackle.com‘s The Line, we recommend clicking here.
Discuss: Have you ever dealt with a walking Spoiler while waiting in line for a movie?