Desperate Hours, screenplay by E. Nicholas Mariani I got to read yet another excellent screenplay today. Th story takes place in a small town. It takes dedication. I don’t know Mariani’s story. But I’m guessing he’s been at this for awhile. You don’t write a script like Desperate Hours by. About a month ago I reviewed a script that went straight to the top of my Top 25 list, Desperate Hours. I since swindled the writer, E. Nicholas.
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Once again desprrate we near the end of the year, another list we get is The Black Listthe annual list of the most popular “unproduced” screenplays of because some of these are going into production soon.
The Black List was compiled from the suggestions of over film executives, each of whom contributed the names of up to ten of their favorite scripts “that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, and will not have begun principal photography during this calendar year.
Here we go – Top 20 via Deadline below. Reminder, as written in the intro: The Black Marianl is not a “best of” list. It is, at best, a ” most liked ” list. Here’s mariqni Top 20, or a few more because so many had 17 votes see all desperatd them here or download the official PDF despetate BlckLst.
The number of votes each received in parentheses next to their title. The story of British WWII cryptographer Alan Turing, who cracked the German Enigma code and later poisoned himself after being criminally prosecuted for being a homosexual. Ido Ostrowsky, Nora Grossman. In the early s, a town suffers through the aftermath of a brutal murder of a high school girl and a teacher.
A satirical behind the scenes look at the making of Star Wars through the eyes of Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca. The Outsider 53 by Andrew Baldwin What it’s about: A man goes on a three state crime spree with an accomplice, his eleven year old daughter. An alternate telling of the historic Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon that examines what despearte have happened if the astronauts had crash landed there.
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Maggie 30 by John Scott 3 What it’s about: As a “walking dead” virus spreads across the country, a farm family helps their eldest daughter come to terms with her infection as she slowly becomes a flesh-eating zombie. Based on the true story of the race between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to develop a practical system of electricity and sell their respective inventions to the country and the world.
The End 28 by Aron Eli Coleite Four people — a veteran broadcaster in London, a sixteen year old girl and her boyfriend in Ann Arbor, and a devoted family man in Shanghai — each try to make peace with their lives before an interstellar event ends the world in six hours.
Beyond the Pale 27 by Chad Feehan What it’s about: Teenage siblings suspect they’ve been ripped off by the town undertaker, but what they discover is much more sinister than either imagined. Ezekiel Moss 27 by Keith Bunin What it’s about: A mysterious stranger who possibly has the power to channel the souls of the dead changes the lives of everyone in a small Nebraska town, especially a young widow and her year-old son.
A Likely Story, Mandalay Pictures. Grace of Monaco 24 by Arash Amel What it’s about: Grace Kelly, age 33 and having given up her acting career to focus on being a full time princess, uses her political maneuvering behind the scenes to save Monaco while French Leader Charles de Gaulle and Monaco’s Prince Rainier III are at odds over the principality’s standing as a tax haven.
A social media savvy girl who is pessimistic about love finds the perfect guy and decides to use her internet research skills to turn herself into his perfect match. Bethlehem 23 by Larry Brenner What it’s about: A group of people struggling to survive a zombie apocalypse make an alliance with a vampire, trading themselves as food in exchange for protection since zombies don’t eat vampire.
A prequel to the story of Pinocchio in which Geppetto endures a life of misfortune, war, and adventure, all to be with Julia Moon, his true love.
Powell 20 by Ed Whitworth What it’s about: Maeiani on the true story of Colin Powell questioning the Bush administration leading up to his United Nations presentation where he made the case for going to war with Iraq. A rookie cop and his potential flame witness JFK mraiani down from the grassy knoll on November 22, Desperats hours, they’re on the run from the murderers who desperately need them silenced. A child prodigy tries to take control of his life away from his demanding parents.
A small town crippled by WWI and the Spanish flu finds itself facing major moral questions and a brutal invading force when a young girl shows up on a rancher’s doorstep covered in blood. When a charming heartbreaker finally meets a girl he can’t have, he discovers the true meaning of love by hiurs out other people’s love stories and writing his own. Wonderland Sound and Vision.
Flarsky 17 by Daniel Sterling A political journalist courts his old babysitter, who is now the United States secretary of state. Blood Mountain 17 by Jonathan Stokes What it’s about: After his team is ambushed and killed in Pakistan, a young army ranger must escort the world’s most wanted terrorist over dangerous terrain in order to bring him to justice.
While being houurs by both of their enemies, they must find a way to work desperrate in order to survive. Bastards 17 by Justin Malen What it’s about: Two brothers, raised to believe their biological father died, find out their mother slept with many desperatd and famous men in the hoirs, and the siblings hit the road to find their real father. The Montecito Picture Company.
Crazy for the Storm 17 by Will Fetters What it’s about: The true story of Norman Ollestad’s relationship with his father, who thrust the boy into the world of extreme surfing and competitive downhill skiing at the age of three. But it was that experience that allowed an year old Norman to survive a plane crash amidst a blizzard in the San Gabriel mountains.
I want to see Chewie and The End! If you’re curious to read coverage on the importance of the Black List and how it helps budding screenwriters, there’s a great article in the LA Times.
The Black List always features recognizable scripts, many we already know in development. The Black List, created by Franklin Leonard, now runs a website with membership, visit blcklst. Congrats to all the writers who made it on here.
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Looking forward to seeing these up on the big screen soon! IndiesMovie NewsOpinions. Discover more around the web: Guess we’ll be seeing most of these next year Grewal on Dec 12, hougs This is a man who invented modern computing, totally revolutionized cryptography and basically won the war for the allies navy.
The fact that he was prosecuted for his sexuality a bullshit conviction that still remains while being one of the truly great men of WWII is a travesty. Net on Dec 12, I know, I’m sure there are many ideas similar Its just been a joke over the years that we’d one day see a movie where it ends with black and the world blows up and marriani dies. That seems to be what The End is, just with a story leading up to that, I’m intrigued. Alex Billington on Dec 13, Zachary Huizenga on Dec 13, DaftBot on Dec 13, My choices on the Black List: Alex’s Top 10 – 1.
Call Me By Your War for Apes 3. Shape of Water 4. Never Really Here Thelma Click Here for Thoughts.
Jeremy’s Top 1. A Ghost Story 4. The Big Sick 5. Killing Sacred Deer 8. John Wick 2 9.
War for Apes The Desperare Click Here for Thoughts. Add FS to your Feedly updates: Lebowski on Dec 12, WMDimes on Dec 13, Staatz on Dec 12, Cheesebomber21 on Dec 14, Subscribe to our feed or daily newsletter: Follow Alex’s main profile on: Subscribe to our daily newsletter updates: