The “Black List” is a list of screenplays that are considered worthy of being made into films…but haven’t been as of yet. The link below offers what is considered the best of the Black List for 2013 (told you the end of the year brings lists!):
Going through the list, there are some story descriptions that I find interesting and a whole lot that do not all that much for me. Two screenplays involving the making of Jaws? Really? Two screenplays involving Mr. Rogers?! Then there’s the way out there screenplay about Stanley Kubrick’s alleged late 1960’s recruitment in the creation of a “phony” Moon landing, in case the real one doesn’t pan out.
None of those intrigues me all that much.
On the other hand…
Geoff Tock, Greg Weidman
A man goes to space to destroy the ship that, upon going sentient, killed his wife.
Sounds like it could be interesting, though the story does seem to bear resemblance to other stories (the Berzerker books, for example) and my own personal favorite original Star Trek episode, The Doomsday Machine…
Some other potentially intriguing stories…
After suffering a devastating miscarriage a young woman and her fiance travel to Italy where she meets his family for the first time, but her grief turns to shock when the local doctor declares that she’s still pregnant. And while her fiance and his family seem delighted by the news, she begins to suspect their true motives are quiet sinister.
Sounds a little like Rosemary’s Baby, but I found the idea intriguing.
A young man’s life is turned upside down when he mysteriously begins to receive metallic capsules containing messages from his future self.
Again, sounds intriguing. Could see this premise going in lots of different directions.
Jake Morse, Scott Wolman
An R-rated talking car from the ’80s is brought back into service and teamed up with the son of his former partner, a befuddled cop looking to earn his stripes.
Perhaps one of the more original concepts in the list, the idea of having a talking car (modeled after KITT from Knight Rider, I’m guessing), be a foul mouthed character has potential. Could be a good comedy…certainly a better idea than remaking The Naked Gun films. This one has me interested.
Anyway, if you find any of the above interesting, give the full list a look.