The Black List, an annual collection of Hollywood's favorite unproduced screenplays, as voted by 250 industry executives, came out today, but just because they aren't yet in production doesn't mean some of them aren't on their way to a theater near you.
While there are some screenplays on the list from new writers that no one had heard of before today, there are other screenplays that are well on their way to being made. And the Black List being a raw popularity contest, these scripts already have built-in constituencies. "As long as they haven't gone into production in this calendar year, they're eligible to be included in the list," Black List founder Franklin Leonard explained in an email. For instance, in 2005, the year the Black List began, Aaron Sorkin's Charlie Wilson's War was on the list. It was released in 2007.
Here are some of the Black List screenplays that have already made some big moves toward the big screen.
American Sniper: This screenplay by Jason Dean Hall, based on the story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, at one point had Steven Spielberg attached to direct. Though that fell through, it still has Bradley Cooper on board as a star, and Clint Eastwood was going to take up the helm.
Pan: Jason Fuchs' take on J.M. Barrie's tale, already has a release date set by Warner Bros in summer 2015. Joe Wright is directing.
The End of the Tour: Just last week it was announced—with some controversy—that Jason Segel would be playing David Foster Wallace in an adaptation of this screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies. Jesse Eisenberg and director James Ponsoldt are also on board.
Section 6: Aaron Berg's story of MI6 was one of the screenplays on the Black List that got the most mentions, it also created a "studio frenzy" back in October, according to Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter. Ultimately Universal won the bidding war.
Capsule: This sci-fi story by Ian Shorr about a man who receives messages from his future self has 20th Century Fox backing it and Matthias Hoene directing.
The Politician: Theodore Bressman and Matthew Bass apparently based their idea for this screenplay off a premise from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Sony is making this movie about a governor on the run.
Nostalgic biopics: Some other Black List screenplays that are working their way to the screen already include: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a Mr. Rogers biopic; andThe Boy and His Tiger, a Bill Watterson biopic that has been bought by Warner Bros. with Leonardo DiCaprio producing.