La lista delle migliori sceneggiature non prodotte a Hollywood, la Black List, è stata rivelata stanotte e contiene diversi script biografici dedicati a figure come: J.K. Rowling, John Hughes, Elon Musk, David Prowse, Rose Mary Wood la segretaria personale di Richard Nixon, Alex Haley, il rapporto tra Elaine May e Mike Nichols e molte altre.
Al primo posto troviamo Ruin di Matthew e Ryan Firpo su un ex-capitano nazista che decide di espiare i suoi crimini di guerra dando la caccia e uccidendo i membri sopravvissuti della sua ex squadra della morte delle SS, nella Germania dopo la seconda guerra mondiale. Il film verrà diretto da Justin Kurzel, nel cast Gal Gadot. L’inizio delle riprese è previsto per gli inizi del 2018.
La seconda delle 76 sceneggiature passate quest’anno è Let Her Speak, una storia biografica sulla senatrice texana Wendy Davis e la sua lotta per il diritto all’aborto, con Sandra Bullock nei panni della Davis.
Sono presenti in lista anche dei titoli già in lavorazione come Newsflash, scritto da Ben Jacoby e diretto da David Gordon Green, ambientato nel giorno dell’assassinio del presidente Kennedy. Fu il giorno in cui Walter Cronkite (interpretato da Seth Rogen) divenne il più fidato giornalista di un notiziario americano.
Kenneth Branagh dirigerà per la Fox Searchlight: Keeper of the Diary di Samuel Franco ed Evan Kilgore, che narra il viaggio di Otto Frank e di un giovane editore al Doubleday Press, per trovare una casa editrice che potesse pubblicare il diario scritto da sua figlia Anne.
La lista completa:
Matthew Firpo, Ryan Firpo
A nameless ex-Nazi captain must navigate the ruins of post-WWII Germany to atone for his crimes during the war by hunting down and killing the surviving members of his former SS death squad.
PRODUCERS: Madriver Pictures
Let Her Speak (42)
The true story of Senator Wendy Davis and her 24-hour filibuster to save 75% of abortion clinics in Texas.
PRODUCERS: Fortis Films, Escape Artists, Showkat Productions
A passenger and her cab driver reminisce about their relationships on the way from the airport to her apartment in New York.
Keeper of the Diary (32)
Samuel Franco, Evan Kilgore
Chronicles Otto Frank’s journey, with the help of a junior editor at Doubleday Press, to find a publisher for the diary his daughter Anne wrote during the Holocaust.
PRODUCER: Weimaraner Republic Pictures; FINANCIERS: Fox Searchlight
Where I End (22)
In a world where your life can be saved, uploaded to a computer, and restarted in the case of your untimely demise, a husband returns from the dead, suspecting his wife may have been involved in his death.
PRODUCER: Vertigo Entertainment
When Lightning Strikes (20)
The true story of 25-year-old Joanne Rowling as she weathers first loves, unexpected pregnancies, lost jobs, and depression on her journey to create Harry Potter.
Breaking News In Yuba County (19)
Sleep Well Tonight (18)
Behind the walls of a maximum security prison, a naive teenage inmate and a rookie correctional officer are forced into a drug-smuggling operation, while a looming conflict between rival gang members threatens to boil over.
The Great Nothing (17)
A grieving thirteen-year-old girl hires a terminally ill, acerbic philosophy professor to prevent flunking the seventh grade. What begins as a homework assignment blossoms into an unlikely friendship and a new appreciation for life that neither will forget.
PRODUCER: Untitled Entertainment
Brett Treacy, Dan Woodward
A captive boy’s lifestyle is upended when his abductor asks for his help kidnapping a second child.
When In Doubt, Seduce
The true story of the early relationship between Elaine May and Mike Nichols.
FINANCIER: Mickey Liddell
The Expansion Project (15)
A rookie Marine gets stranded on a hostile planet during humanity’s space colonization with nothing but her exo-suit that’s running out of fusion power.
PRODUCER: Safehouse Pictures; FINANCIER: Warner Bros
On November 22nd, 1963, Walter Cronkite puts everything on the line to get the story right as a president is killed, a frightened nation weeps, and television comes of age.
PRODUCER: Madhouse Entertainment, Stampede Ventures
As Alex Haley struggles to write the autobiography of Malcolm X, his editor at Playboy assigns him a new interview: George Lincoln Rockwell, head of the American Nazi Party
PRODUCER: Automatik Entertainment
Come As You Are (13)
An idealistic young woman’s life begins to unravel when her job in social media exposes her to the darkest corners of humanity, sending her on a violent mission to take down not just the web’s most vicious content, but its creators as well.
FINANCIER: Lost Lodge
The story of writer-director John Hughes, whose emotionally honest high school movies helped to define American culture in the 1980s – but who, at the very height of his success, abruptly abandoned filmmaking for reasons that have never been fully explained.
PRODUCER: Misha Green, Vertigo Entertainment; FINANCIER: Netflix
One Thousand Paper Cranes
The incredible true story of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl living in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped. Years later when she gets leukemia, she hears about the legend that if someone folds one thousand paper cranes, a wish will be granted. At the same time, aspiring writer Eleanor Coerr learns of Sadako’s story and becomes determined to bring her message of hope and peace to the world.
PRODUCER: Ian Bryce Productions
After she is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, a former assassin must carry out one last assignment in order to ensure her daughter’s future.
PRODUCER: ASAP Entertainment, Vinson Films, Weimaraner Republic Pictures; FINANCIER: Amblin Partners
Jellyfish Summer (12)
Sarah Jane Inwards
A young black girl’s family in 1960s Mississippi decides to harbor two human-looking refugees who have mysteriously fallen from the sky.
Mad, Bad, And Dangerous to Know
Based on the book trilogy Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know by Chloe J. Esposito. An underdog identical twin accidentally kills her too-perfect sister only to discover murder suits her as she becomes compulsively embroiled in the life of a mafia assassin.
PRODUCER: Michael De Luca Productions; FINANCIER: Universal Pictures
An obsessive type-A student vows to secure the valedictorian title before school ends by any means necessary, even murder.
Inspired by the work of artist John Brosio. When a man begins to lose all of the people close to him in a series of increasingly absurd natural disasters, he must find out why his world has been turned upside down.
PRODUCER: Clubhouse Pictures
When a young drug dealer is kidnapped by a man hellbent on finding his missing daughter, they must team up to get to the bottom of the mystery of the intense street drug known as Power.
PRODUCERS: Clubhouse Pictures, Grand Electric; FINANCIER: Netflix
Arc of Justice (10)
Max Borenstein, Rodney Barnes
Based on the book Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age written by Kevin Boyle. Chronicles the landmark civil rights trial of Dr. Ossian Sweet after he was charged with the murder of a white man.
Don’t Be Evil
Gabriel Diani, Etta Devine, Evan Bates
Adapted from In the Plex by Steven Levy and I’m Feeling Lucky by Douglas Edwards. Google’s Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt struggle with their corporate motto, “Don’t Be Evil,” in the face of their meteoric rise to a multibillion-dollar valuation and a major Chinese hacking incident.
PRODUCERS: See-Saw Productions
Escape From the North Pole
Paul Laudiero, Ben Baker
A young girl partners up with an elf, a Russian explorer and a reindeer to rescue Santa Claus from a band of evil elves and save the North Pole.
An inept CIA psychologist is embedded on a globe-trotting mission with the agency’s most valuable operative who suffers from an extreme case of multiple personality disorder.
Based on the The Reincarnationist Papers written by D. Eric Maikranz. The hallucinations of a schizophrenic are revealed to be memories from past lives where he obtained talents that he still has to this day.
PRODUCERS: Bellevue Productions, DiBonaventura Pictures; FINANCIER: Paramount
When a veteran hitwoman is mysteriously poisoned on her last assignment in Tokyo, she has 24 hours to track down her killer before she dies.
PRODUCERS: Clubouse Pictures, 87Eleven; FINANCIER: Netflix
Key of Genius
Daniel Persitz, Devon Kliger
The true story of Derek Paravicini, a blind, severely autistic boy who needed an incredible teacher to help realize his world-class musical ability.
Eric Beu, Greg Martin
A darkly comic crime thriller concerning three groups of people dealing with blackmail gone wrong.
The Man From Tomorrow
The true story of visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk, who after being ousted from PayPal, guides SpaceX through it turbulent early years while simultaneously building Tesla.
To combat crime in near-future Los Angeles, the FBI creates supercops based on specific genetic sequences. To their shock, their best candidate is a vulgar stripper named Moxie.
After her family is murdered, an assassin seeks revenge on the killers.
PRODUCERS: Thunder Road Pictures; FINANCIER: Lionsgate
JD Payne, Patrick McKay
When a wrongly accused man is shipped to an Australian penal colony for five years, he quickly realizes his only chance of seeing his family again is to escape the prison with a gang of colors and survive the deadly terrain that awaits on the outside.
PRODUCER: Michael De Luca Productions
In 1951, a manufacturing company stirs up curiosity when they publish a user’s manual to a time machine called Gadabout TM-1050.
Heart of the Beast
A former Navy SEAL and his retired combat dog attempt to return to civilization after a catastrophic accident deep in the Alaskan wilderness.
FINANCIER: Stay Gold Features
A writer struggling to crack her second novel starts to lose her sense of reality as the book bleeds into her life…and her life bleeds back.
PRODUCER: Free Association
Andrew Bozalis, Derek Mether
A CIA operative experienced in taking down kings and installing their replacements is brought in to take down a dictator he helped install a few years prior.
PRODUCER: Zero Gravity
The true story of Nancy Wake, the most decorated servicewoman in World War II, who led resistance fighters in a series of dangerous missions in Nazi-occupied France.
PRODUCERS: Alexandre Dauman, Anne Hathaway, Adam Shulman, Mindframe
The Other Lamb
A young female coming-of-age story set within an alternative religion.
PRODUCER: Rumble Films
This Is Jane
Based on the book The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service by Laura Kaplan. An ordinary group of women provide 11,000 safe, illegal abortions in Chicago from 1968 through 1973.
PRODUCER: Heller Highwater Productions, Le Grisbi Productions; FINANCIER: Amazon Studios
With Hitler laying waste to Europe and the United States refusing to answer the call to war, Jewish filmmaker William Wyler risks his career to make Mrs. Miniver, the most effective propaganda film of all time.
PRODUCER: Weimaraner Republic Pictures
The Boxer (8)
Justine Juel Gillmer
A young Polish man escapes from a concentration camp in which he was forced by SS agents to box other Jews, travels to America to begin a successful career as a professional boxer, and reunites with the woman he lost.
PRODUCERS: Scott Pardo, Weimaraner Republic Pictures
Jeremy Michael Cohen
The true story of the Reys, the husband and wife team who fell in love, created Curious George, and escaped the horrors of WWII in Europe together.
Based on actual reports, a horrifying look inside the Democratic National Committee hack and the Russian manipulation of the 2016 election.
PRODUCERS: Anonymous Content, Elizabeth Cantillion
A rogue cop suffers a gunshot wound in 1987 and wakes from a coma thirty years later, where he is partnered with a mildmannered progressive detective — his son.
PRODUCER: Silver Pictures
Travis Betz, Kevin Hamedani
A seemingly progressive suburban husband and wife renting their garage through AirBnB become suspicious of their Muslim guests. As they investigate their visitors, they unwittingly trigger events that will forever change the course of human history.
PRODUCERS: Lee Stobby Entertainment, Red Hour
Nicholas Jacobson-Larson, Dalton Leeb
Based on the confusing, sometimes offensive, borderline-insane memories of David Prowse, the irascible Englishman behind Darth Vader’s mask.
Call Jane (7)
Hayley Schore, Roshan Sethi
Before Roe v. Wade in 1960s Chicago, a pregnant woman becomes a member of an underground group which provides abortions in a safe environment.
PRODUCER: The Firm
Dorothy & Alice
Dorothy Gale and Alice meet in a home for those having nightmares and embark on a journey to save the imaginations of the world.
PRODUCER: Clubhouse Pictures; FINANCIER: Netflix
A disgraced father is determined to get his family to what, in four days, will be the only safe place on earth.
PRODUCER: Thunder Road Pictures
In an effort to fund their start-up, two women catfish ISIS and get more than they bargained for when the CIA recruits them as spies.
Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala (Previous draft and original idea by Sergio Casci)
A supernatural evil haunts a woman and her stepchildren in a cabin on Christmas.
PRODUCER: FilmNation, Hammer Films; FINANCIER: FilmNation
A misanthropic man notices bizarre changes in himself, his wife, and the animals inhabiting the territory around their homestead as they attempt to survive self-imposed isolation.
PRODUCER: Assemble Media
The Poison Squad
Dreux Moreland, Joey DePaolo
Based on the true story of Harvey Wiley, an eccentric chemist who conducted the first experiment on human tolerance to poison, which catalyzed a movement resulting in the founding of the Food and Drug Administration.
Michael Jordan uses a year as a baseball prospect to find himself after his father’s death.
PRODUCERS: Mad Chance Productions, Overbrook Entertainment
Rodney & Sheryl
Based on the unbelievable true story of serial killer Rodney Alcala–detectives have estimated Alcala’s body count to be north of 130 victims. Despite being in the midst of a killing spree, Alcala appeared on won a date with one of the contestants on The Dating Game.
PRODUCER: Platinum Dunes
Social Justice Warrior
Emma Fletcher, Brett Weiner
When a liberal, white, college sophomore who knows exactly how to fix society accuses her equally liberal professor of hate speech, it throws the campus and both their lives into chaos as they wage war over the right way to stop discrimination.
The Thing About Jellyfish
Molly Smith Metzler
After her best friend drowns, a seventh-grade girl is convinced the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory.
PRODUCERS: Made Up Stories, MWM
All My Life (6)
After discovering the groom has liver cancer, a couple move their wedding date up and get married before he passes away.
PRODUCER: Broken Road Productions; FINANCIER: Universal
The true story of Generoso Pope, Jr., who with the help of the New York mob turned a small, local paper into the phenomenon that is The National Enquirer, laying the foundation for tabloid journalism as we know it today.
PRODUCER: Automatik Entertainment
Craig Luck, Ivor Powell
In a post-apocalyptic world, a man spends his dying days with the robot he created to look after his dog.
PRODUCERS: ImageMovers, Misher Films; FINANCIER: Amblin Partners
The true story of the corporatization of cancer in the United States told through the eyes of a British Wall Street analyst who uncovers the corruption behind the approval of a drug intended to treat prostate cancer.
PRODUCER: Kevin Turen
The Fifth Nixon
Watergate as experienced through the eyes of President Richard Nixon’s personal secretary Rose Mary Woods.
AGENT: Tanya Cohen
PRODUCER: Groundswell Productions
Based on the short story “The Grownup” by Gillian Flynn. A con woman who pretends to read auras is hired by a wealthy woman to banish an evil spirit from her house, but it is soon clear that the fake exorcist is in over her head.
PRODUCERS: Gillian Flynn, Mike De Luca Productions; FINANCIER: Universal
A paroled ex-con agrees to help his daughter steal medical marijuana tax dollars from City Hall.
PRODUCERS: New Republic Pictures, Will Packer Productions
Health and Wellness
A sociopath obsessed with self-improvement claws her way to the top of the fitness world, leaving a trail of broken bodies in her wake.
PRODUCERS: Pascal Pictures; FINANCIER: TriStar
Hayley Schore, Roshan Sethi
The true story of the man who dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima and his unexpected journey back to ground zero.
Ryan Jennifer Jones
In a slightly futuristic/hyper-efficient Manhattan, a newly-single book editor purchases a customizable sex android to assuage her broken heart. When her toy’s closed feedback loop starts to alter her personality, she must reevaluate the merits of a perfectly compatible partner.
PRODUCER: Appian Way
A look at the criminal justice and private prison system, told from the perspectives of a new inmate, a correctional officer, and a Wall Street hotshot.
Shatara Michelle Ford
An uptight, high-achieving, black post-grad becomes (increasingly) irreverent and (slightly) destructive when she realizes that the life she’s living is not the life she wants.
The true story of two families who attempt to escape over the Berlin Wall using a hot air balloon in 1979.
PRODUCER: Sunswept Entertainment
When bad guys break into their home and kidnap their parents, siblings Kevin and Clancy are forced to confront the fact that there may be way more to their stay-at-home mom than meets the eye.
The White Devils
Leon Hendrix III
Cassius raises his sons, Malcolm and Mandela, isolated and alone in the woods. They have never met another person in their entire lives. The boys have learned to survive and protect their fragile family at all cost. When they find a mysterious wounded white girl, June, alone and lost in their woods, prejudice, lies and love set them on a collision course with the real world that puts all their lives at risk.
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