The Hottest Hollywood Projects That You Haven’t Heard of Yet


For the past six years, Franklin Leonard, a mid-level studio executive, has put together the annual Black List — a compilation of the year’s best unproduced screenplays according to him and 300 or so of his industry pals. But these aren’t just projects that will never see the light of day. A few of the films are in production now, and six of the top 10 screenplays — which we’ve posted after the jump — have already been scooped up by studios. Let us know in the comments what you think sounds the most promising; our money’s on Jackie, a film about Jacqueline Kennedy’s life in the days following her husband’s death, which is set to be directed by Darren Aronofsky.

College Republicans by Wes Jones: “Aspiring politician Karl Rove leads a dirty campaign for College Republican chairman under the guidance of Lee Atwater. Anonymous Content producing.”

Jackie by Noah Oppenheim: “Jacqueline Kennedy’s life immediately after her husband’s assassination. Darren Aronofsky directing for Fox Searchlight.”

All You Need Is Kill by Dante Harper: “A new army recruit in a war against aliens finds himself caught in a time loop. Set up at Warner Bros. Doug Liman may direct.”

Safe House by David Guggenheim: “A young man at a CIA-run safe house must help a rogue ex-agent escape assassins. Universal Pictures to produce with Daniel Espinoza to direct. Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington to star.”

Stoker by Wentworth Miller: “After the death of her father, a teenage girl must deal with a mysterious uncle. Fox Searchlight purchased the script.”

999 by Matt Cook: “A gang of crooked cops plans a major heist that requires them to shoot a fellow officer. Anonymous Content producing.”

Margin Call by J.C. Chandor: “A fictional account of the final 24 hours of Lehman Brothers. Chandor has directed stars Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany. Film will debut at Sundance Film Festival next month.”

American Bullshit by Eric Warren Singer: “The true story of the FBI’s 1980 undercover sting operation of Congress, dubbed Abscam, which was designed to root out corruption and was the brainchild of a con man. Sony Pictures has optioned the script.”

Argo by Chris Terrio: “The true story of how the CIA, with help from Hollywood, used a fake movie project to smuggle hostages out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis. Optioned by Warner Bros.”

The Last Son of Isaac Lemay by Greg Johnson: “An aging outlaw, convinced that there’s evil in his genes, goes on a journey to kill his offspring. Gore Verbinski’s company producing.”

[via LAT]