Each year, Universal executive Franklin Leonard compiles “The Black List” – a list made by film executives of their favorite screenplays read that year that aren’t currently in production. Yep, it’s a list of all the best scripts that aren’t coming to theaters. Now, sometimes the list gets enough interest that some of the scripts get made (that’s what happened to Juno), so you may see some of these, but chances are, these scripts are destined to sit in agent’s desks, never filmed.
It’s a whopper of a list, with 97 screenplays, many of which are the type of arty biopics and character dramas you guys completely avoid, so we’ve taken the liberty of going through it and listing the scripts that you guys might want to see – specifically, the horror, sci-fi and comic-related ones. (If you want to see the whole thing, Deadline’s got it here.)
Here’s hoping that someday you’ll get to be disappointed by these in the theaters.
RENKO VEGA & THE JENNIFER NINE by John Raffo
“Renko Vega, once a hero and now a rogue thief wandering the galaxy with his hyperintelligent spaceship the Jennifer 9, is forced to become a hero once again when the young daughter of the President of Earth is kidnapped.”
THE DAYS BEFORE by Chad St. John
“A man who possesses a time travel device uses it to go back in time and prevent an alien invasion”
Z FOR ZACHARIAH by Nissar Modi
“A sixteen-year-old girl named Ann Burden survives a nuclear war in a small American town…”
THE GIRL WITH THE RED RIDING HOOD by David Leslie Johnson
“A Gothic imagining of the classic fairy tale in which a young woman is confronted by a werewolf, this time with a teenage love triangle at its center.”
2 GUNS by Blake Masters
“Based on the comic book of the same name by Stephen Grant. A DEA agent and an undercover naval intelligence officer unwittingly investigate each other while stealing mob money.”
THE BLIND RAGE OF PEACOAT MILLER by Adam Penn
“A college student home for the holidays discovers that an internet porn film turns its viewer into homicidal maniacs. As the epidemic spreads, he has to save his longtime crush while struggling to control his own urges.”
JITTERS by Marc Haimes
“A dysfunctional, recession-struck family moves into a new neighborhood and is terrorized by superbugs.”
THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY by Mark Bomback
“Based on the comic book written by Gerard Way. After being raised by a brilliant scientist and a hyper-intelligent chimp, six super-powered former ‘child superheroes’ reunite to stop one of their own from leading a violin symphony that will destroy the world.”
COMIC CON by Matthew Sullivan and Michael Diliberti
“To save their beloved neighborhood comic shop, a justice league of comic geeks must plan and execute a daring heist at Comic-Con.”
THE TREES by Tyler Hisel
“Isolated and threatened, a mysterious force hidden within the trees outside the small town of Laytonville, Maryland strikes fear in the townfolk as Sheriff Paul Shields attempts to overcome the demons of his past while protecting those that he loves.”
THE UNDERLING by Dave Stoller and Ben Shiffrin
“A man slowly comes to discover his girlfriend is literally working for the devil and has to find a way to escape.”
YEAR 12 by Edward Ricourt
“Twelve years after an alien invasion leaves humankind decimated and brutally subjugated, a former soldier must smuggle deadly uranium in his bloodstream and, with help from a pair of rebels, fight his way to an air force base where the uranium can be extracted and used to fuel a nuclear missile for a counterstrike that will reverse the direction of the war.”
I want more like this!
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