Monday saw the release of “The Black List,” the annual listing of the most highly-regarded unproduced scripts floating around Hollywood. The list was assembled from a survey of nearly 300 film executives, who submitted their favorite scripts that they’ve seen. The criteria is that the scripts may have started filming, but cannot have finished production by the end of the year.
Here are some of the more- and less- intriguing-sounding scripts on the list:
- “Draft Day,” the most often-mentioned film on the list, was set for production earlier this year with Kevin Costner and director Ivan Reitman, but fell apart. Written by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman, the script centers on the NFL Draft, with the general manager of the Buffalo Bills playing the hero.
- “Seuss,” a biopic of legendary childrens’ book author Dr. Seuss (real name Ted Geisel), and his inspiration in writing “The Cat in the Hat.” “Seuss” was written by Eyal Podell and Jonathan Stewart.
- “McCarthy,” by Justin Kremer, speaking of the blacklist, is a sort of supervillain origin story about Sen. Joseph McCarthy, set in 1951.
- “Rodham,” by Young Il Kim, looks at a young Hillary Clinton, as a lawyer on the House Judiciary Committee during Watergate and the early days of her relationship with the future president.
- “Wunderkind,” by Patrick Aison, about “a Mossad-employed father and his CIA agent son,” teaming up to hunt an aging Nazi.
- “Americatown,” by Ben Poole, a “Red Dawn”-like thriller about a China-dominated world and an ex-cop ruling the American ghetto of Hong Kong.
- “Man of Tomorrow,” by Jeremy Slate, an alternate-history drama about America trading the city of Chicago to a gangster in exchange for killing Adolf Hitler.
The worst-sounding? I have to go with either “Cherries”- about “three fathers [who] learn of their teenage daughters’ pact to lose their virginity on prom night and band together to stop them,” which sounds like a disaster even if, as I suspect, the dads aren’t played by Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and Kevin James. Or “Hibernation,” about a prison inmate who volunteers for a “hibernation experiment” in exchange for parole. That could only work, I think, if the hero is a bear.