The Survivalist

I don’t know about you, but I’m already tired of the concept of a “pandemic thriller.” Sure, pandemic thrillers aren’t exactly new things, but in the wake of the nightmare year that was 2020, they’re definitely getting very old. I’m well aware that art reflects life and all that jazz, but seriously – is anyone in the mood for a “pandemic thriller” anytime soon? Hell, the pandemic we’re all dealing with isn’t even over yet, and won’t be for at least a few months – if not more. Despite, or perhaps because of all this, there’s a new pandemic thriller headed our way. It’s called The Survivalist and will star Jonathan Rhys Meyers and John Malkovich.

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The French filmmaker François Truffaut famously said that there is no such thing as an anti-war film. After all, the depiction of war on film is a depiction of action, which is inherently exciting and is therefore pro-war. You could also apply this reasoning to most stories set in the post-apocalypse – here is a fictional time of utmost misery and danger, but man, it kind of looks like fun, doesn’t it? Shows like The Walking Dead, video games like Fallout 4, and even great movies like Mad Max: Fury Road make the end of the world look exhilarating, even if the world itself is a barbaric nightmare.

What’s immediately striking about the trailer for The Survivalist is how truly, genuinely awful its world looks and how thoroughly broken its main characters appear to be. There is no romance on display in this preview, which is a breath of fresh air for the post-apocalyptic genre.

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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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