2013 Black List Unveiled; Scripts Include HOLLAND MICHIGAN, AMERICAN SNIPER, and PAN

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The 2013 Black List has been released.  For those unfamiliar, the “Black List” is a list of the most liked unproduced screenplays circulating around Hollywood, as voted on by over 250 film executives, and past Black List scripts include The Social Network, Saving Mr. Banks, The King’s Speech, and Slumdog Millionaire.  This year’s list includes a few films that are already in development, including Jason FuchsPan that Joe Wright is directing, and Jason Dean Hall’s American Sniper which has Bradley Cooper attached to star and at one point had Steven Spielberg directing.  Topping the list is Holland, Michigan, which will be directed by Errol Morris and stars Naomi Watts.

Hit the jump to read this year’s Black List, which is made up of 72 scripts and also includes two films about the making of Jaws, two films about Mr. Rogers, a movie about Stanley Kubrick directing the fake moon landing, and much more.

[Note: The number above the title is the number of votes the script received among the hundreds of executives who voted on the list.]

46

HOLLAND, MICHIGAN

Andrew Sodroski

When a traditional Midwestern woman suspects her husband of infidelity, an amateur investigation unravels.

 

44

SECTION 6

Aaron Berg

An exploration of Great Britain’s secret intelligence agency, Ministry Intelligence, Section 6, known more commonly as MI6.

 

39

FRISCO

Simon Stephenson

A forty-something pediatric allergist, who specializes in hazelnuts and is facing a divorce, learns lessons in living from a wise-beyond-her-years terminally ill fifteen-year-old patient when she crashes his weekend trip to a conference in San Francisco.

 

27

A MONSTER CALLS

Patrick Ness

An adolescent boy with a terminally ill single mother begins having visions of a tree monster, who tells him truths about life in the form of three stories, helping him to eventually cope with his emotions over his dying mom.

 

25

THE SPECIAL PROGRAM

Debora Cahn

The true story of Jack Goldsmith, a young attorney who took charge of the White House’s Office of Legal Counsel, then courageously took on Vice President Cheney and his powerful inner circle when he discovered they were running a number of illegal activities through their so-called “Special Program.”

 

24

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS

Elijah Bynum

A teenager’s life spirals out of control when he befriends the town’s rebel, falls in love, and gets entangled in selling drugs over one summer in Cape Cod.

 

24

SOVEREIGN

Geoff Tock, Greg Weidman

A man goes to space to destroy the ship that, upon going sentient, killed his wife.

 

22

SHOVEL BUDDIES

Jason Mark Hellerman

Over twenty four hours, four teenage friends try to complete the “Shovel List” (a will/bucket list) left for them by their best friend before he died of Leukemia.

 

20

POX AMERICANA

Frank John Hughes

In the Old West, a group of soldiers go on a mission to slaughter a peaceful tribe in retaliation for another tribe’s attack on a white settlement, only to suffer at the hands of a devastating disease.

 

20

REMINESCENCE

Lisa Joy Nolan

An “archeologist” whose technology allows you to relive your past finds himself abusing his own science to find the missing love of his life.

 

20

THE INDEPENDENT

Evan Parter

With America’s first viable independent Presidential Candidate poised for victory, an idealistic young journalist uncovers a conspiracy, which places the fate of the election, and the country, in his hands.

 

19

BEAST

Zach Dean

With the hope of starting over, a reformed criminal with an ultra-violent past returns home, but when he finds his own family leading his teenaged son down the same path of destruction, he will stop at nothing to save his child.

 

19

THE GOLDEN RECORD

Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell

The true story of how Carl Sagan fell in love while leading the wildest mission in NASA history: a golden record to encapsulate the experience of life on earth for advanced extraterrestrial life.

 

19

FAULTS

Riley Stearns

An expert on cults is hired by a mother and father to kidnap and deprogram their brainwashed daughter.  He soon begins to suspect the parents me be more destructive than the cult he’s being hired to save her from.

 

18

SWEETHEART

Jack Stanley

A young hitwoman tries to escape the business but finds herself in more danger after a high school reunion and a one night stand.

 

17

SUPERBRAT

Eric Slovin, Leo Allen

Temperamental tennis champion John McEnroe is sucked into a dangerous and ludicrous law enforcement sting during Wimbeldon in 1980.

 

16

DOGFIGHT

Nicole Riegel

A fifteen-year-old boy discovers that his kidnapped older brother has been living in a hidden, meth-producing compound and infiltrates the camp in hopes of helping his brother escape.

 

16

THE CIVILIAN

Rachel Long, Brian Pittman

After an American doctor has his identity stolen by a covert operative, he must assume the dangerous mission of the one who stole it in order to clear his name.

 

15

BURN SITE

Doug Simon

After a young teenage girl is murdered, her stepfather falls back on his dark and violent past to find her killer.

 

15

QUEEN OF HEARTS

Stephanie Shannon

Oxford instructor Charles Dodgson (Louis Carroll) tells stories to the dean’s daughter Alice and her sisters while falling in love with the dean’s wife.

 

14

BROKEN COVE

Declan O’Dwyer

After his brother is found brutally murdered, a man hellbent on revenge returns to his decrepit Irish fishing village home armed only with a mysterious list of names his brother left behind.

 

14

GAY KID AND FAT CHICK

Bo Burnham

Two high school misfits become costumed vigilantes and take out their frustrations on the students who have bullied them throughout high school.

 

13

1969: A SPACE ODYSSEY OR HOW KUBRICK LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LAND ON THE MOON

Stephany Folsom

With NASA’s Apollo program in trouble and the Soviets threatening nuclear war, a female PR operative conspires with NASA’s Public Affairs Office to stage a fake moon landing in case Armstrong and Aldren fail, the goal being to generate public excitement that will aid the U.S. in winning the Cold War.  But the op is faced with the biggest challenge of all: Filming the fake lunar landing with temperamental Stanley Kubrick.

 

13

AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE

Richard Naing, Ian Goldberg

A father/son mortician team try to uncover the cause of death on a Jane Doe.  The more they uncover, the more mysterious and terrifying their world becomes.

 

13

THE MAYOR OF SHARK CITY

Nick Creature, Michael Sweeney

When a difficult film shoot spirals hopelessly out of control into a living nightmare, an ambitious young director must face his greatest fears to turn a troubled production into the biggest movie of all time.  Set on Martha’s Vineyard during the summer of 1974, this is the untold story of the making of JAWS.

 

13

WHERE ANGELS DIE

Alexander Felix

A street-tough, white social worker in the slums of Detroit acts on a dangerous and violent personal vendetta when he protects a young girl and her mother from her recently incarcerated, AIDS-infected boyfriend after he abruptly massacres a seedy strip club in a rage.

 

12

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Alexis C. Jolly

Set in 1950s Manhattan, Fred Rogers journeys from a naïve young man working for NBC to the host of the beloved children’s PBS show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

 

12

INK AND BONE

Zak Olkewicz

When a female book editor visits the home of a horror writer so he can complete his novel, she finds that all of his creations are holding him hostage.

 

11

THE BOY AND HIS TIGER

Dan Dollar

The true story of Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin & Hobbes.

 

11

THE KILLING FLOOR

Bac Delorme, Stephen Clarke

A war veteran slaughterhouse worker and his friend discover a small fortune in heroin hidden inside a processed cow and maneuver to hold onto their find and cash out to save his grandfather’s house as the bad guys come looking for their wayward stash.

 

10

I’M PROUD OF YOU

Noah Harpster, Micah Fizerman-Blue

Based on Tim Madigan’s autobiographical novel of the same name.  A journalist looking for a story about television’s role in the Columbine tragedy interviews TV’s Mr. Rogers and, as a friendship develops between the two, he finds himself confronting his own issues at home.

 

10

SEED

Christina Hodson

After suffering a devastating miscarriage, a young woman and her fiancé 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 fiancé and his family seem delighted by the news, she begins to suspect their true motives are quite sinister.

 

10

THE COMPANY MAN

Andrew Cypiot

Based on true events.  CIA agent Edwin Wilson went behind enemy lines to secure a weapons contract and report information back to the CIA shortly after the Cold War.  He had a meteoric rise until company policies changed and he was unceremoniously fired, but he continued to operate as a man without a country and became public enemy number one in the US Attorney’s office.

 

10

THE SHARK IS NOT WORKING

Richard Cordiner

When his big break finally arrives, an idealistic young movie director, Steven Spielberg, risks failing to complete the movie JAWS when his 25-foot mechanical shark stops working.

 

9

DIABLO RUN

Shea Mirzai, Evan Mirzai

While on a road trip to Mexico, two best friends are forced to enter a thousand-mile death race with no rules.

 

9

RANDLE IS BENIGN

Damien Ober

Follows a woman in the 80s who works at an IBM-like company and is at the forefront of artificial intelligence research.  When her project (named RANDLE) hits a major milestone indicating that she may have actually achieved AI, it is unexpectedly hijacked by the agenda of the company’s mysterious CEO.  As she dives deeper into the corporate agenda, she learns that there may be a connection between her project and the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan.

 

9

TCHAIKOVSKY’S REQUIEM

Jonathan Stokes

A conductor investigates the great composer’s seemingly unnatural death and unlocks the mysteries of the man himself while preparing to debut Tchaikovsky’s final symphony.

 

9

THE CROWN

Max Hurwitz

In exchange for a lighter prison sentence, a young hacker goes undercover for the FBI in a sting operation to find and steal a super computer virus with the help of a team of unsuspecting hackers.

 

8

AMERICAN SNIPER

Jason Dean Hall

Based on Chris Kyle’s autobiography “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History”.

 

8

CAKE

Patrick Tobin

A woman who’s been suffering from chronic pain since the car accident that cost the life of her child finds the will to go on from the most unexpected places.

 

8

CAPSULE

Ian Shorr

A young man’s life is turned upside down when he mysteriously begins to receive metallic capsules containing messages from his future self.

 

8

CLARITY

Ryan Belenzon, Jeffrey Gelber

What if the world woke up tomorrow to scientific proof of the afterlife?

 

8

ELSEWHERE

Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis

After his girlfriend dies in a car accident, a man finds his true soulmate, only to wake up from a coma and learn his perfect life was just a dream—one he is determined to make real.

 

8

EXTINCTION

Spenser Cohen

A man must do everything he can to save his family from an alien invasion.

 

8

FULLY WRECKED

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.

 

HALF HEARD IN THE STILLNESS

David Weil

A young man who is inadvertently rescued after living ten years in the basement of the child predator who abducted him struggles to reunite with his family, while the detective in charge of his case investigates the link between his discovery and the recent disappearance of another local boy.

 

8

INQUEST

Josh Simon

After the death of Princess Diana, a reluctant investigator is hired to ascertain whether her death was premeditated.  And in the process, he begins to uncover a conspiracy that compromises his own safety.

 

8

LINE OF DUTY

Cory Miller

MACBETH meets THE DEPARTED in this modern retelling of Shakespeare’s play, focusing on the tragic rise and fall of NYPD Officer Sean Stewart, a heroic narcotics detective pushed to the dark side of police corruption by his scheming wife and a well-time prophecy.

 

8

REVELATION
Hernany Perla

A prison psychiatrist meets a death row inmate on the verge of his execution who claims to be the only thing stopping the end of the world.  As she begins to investigate his predictions, she finds them to be eerily accurate, and that she may be a central figure in the events to come.

 

8

SPOTLIGHT

Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy

The true-life account of the Boston Globe’s breaking of the Catholic Priest scandal in 2003.

 

8

THE LINE

Sang Kyu Kim

A corrupt border crossing agent must decide what is more important—saving his soul or inflating his bank account—when he discovers a young illegal boy who escaped a cartel hit on the border between the US and Mexico.

 

8

THE POLITICIAN

Matthew Bass, Theodore Bressman

A disgraced Governor and his underachieving accomplice go on the run from the FBI, US Marshals, and a gang of hardened drug dealers.

 

8

TIME & TEMPERATURE

Nick Santora

Based on a true story, Dale Julin (a low-level Fresno affiliate morning show host) stumbles upon the biggest story of his life—and though he has reached the midpoint of his career without ever being a “real journalist”—risks his safety and his marriage to uncover the truth that a small Atomic bomb exploded in Central Valley California during the Korean War—a secret that has been hidden for decades.

 

7

DIG

Adam Barker

After his villainous father-in-law kidnaps his daughters, SOL, a tough-as-nails mountain man, travels across the frigid Appalachian mountains seeking vengeance.

 

7

MAKE A WISH

Zach Frankel

A fourteen-year-old boy with terminal cancer has one last with—to lose his virginity—and convinces his reluctant football star Make-A-Wish partner to help him score.

 

7

MAN OF SORROW

Neville Kiser

Based on true events, the story centers on Oscar Wilde who goes from renowned playwright to losing everything personally and professionally.

 

7

NICHOLAS

Leo Sardarian

With the Roman empire on the brink of collapse, a 4th century bishop takes up arms to lead the armies of Constantine the Great into battle against the ruthless emperor, changing the face of Rome and begetting one of the greatest legends in history.

 

7

PURE O

Kate Trefry

In order to overcome violent visions brought on by OCD, a promising young writer is urged by family and friends to step outside her comfort zone to experience the excitement and vulnerability of truly living.

 

7

SEA OF TREES

Chris Sparling

An American man takes a journey into the infamous “Suicide Forest” at the foothills of Mount Fuji with the intention of taking his own life.  When he is interrupted by a Japanese man who has had second thoughts about his own suicide, and is trying to find his way out of the forest, the two begin a journey of reflection and survival.

 

7

SUGAR IN MY VEINS

Kate Trefry

A fourteen-year-old female prodigy finds companionship for the first time when she befriends a handsome older man.

 

7

THE END OF THE TOUR

Donald Margulies

Upon hearing of author David Foster Wallace’s suicide, writer David Lipsky recalls his 1996 interview with him.

 

7

THE FIXER

Bill Kennedy

A man who works in wealth management and also has his hands in a number of less than ethical enterprises begins collaborating with a Los Angeles-based drug dealer.  The dealer just so happens to have the man’s son as one of his runners in the drug-fueled LA nightlife.

 

6

BEAUTY QUEEN

Annie Neal

An unhappily married woman and her best friend go on a road trip to Las Vegas to compete in the Miss Married America competition.

 

6

BURY THE LEAD

Justin Kremer

A desperate, attention-hungry journalist concocts a story that ironically proves to be true and finds himself engulfed in a dangerous underworld of murder and mayhem.

 

6

DUDE

Olivia Milch

The story of four best girlfriends who must learn how to move forward without moving on, as they come down off the ‘high’ of high school in this ‘Fast Times-esque’ teenage comedy.

 

6

FREE BYRD

Jon Boyer

After being diagnosed with dementia, a retired 50-something stunt motorcyclist sets out to perform one last jump.

 

6

FROM HERE TO ALBION

Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani

A tragic accident in a coastal English town sets off a chain of violence when a malevolent assassin attempts to punish all involved, including a dirty cop who is intent on covering up the truth.

6

LAST MINUTE MAIDS

Leo Nichols

Two lovable losers run into trouble after they start a service cleaning up the stuff you don’t want your loved ones to find once you die.

 

6

MISSISSIPPI MUD

Elijah Bynum

In the middle of major financial problems, a down on his luck southerner’s life begins to unravel when he accidentally runs over and kills a runaway girl.

 

6

PAN

Jason Fuchs

A prequel to JM Barrie’s Peter Pan.  When an orphan is taken to the magical world of Neverland, he becomes a hero to the natives and leads a revolt against the evil pirates.

 

6

PATIENT Z

Michael Le

In a post-apocalyptic world full of zombies, a man who speaks their language questions the undead in order to find a cure for his infected wife.

 

6

THE REMAINS

Meaghan Oppenheimer

Three former childhood friends with a complicated history get back together to spread the ashes of their friend who died recently.




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  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    I’d watch a monster calls
    I did like big fish

  • Werefon

    I have some of thous. I guess need start read them.

  • me

    patient z sounds unique and interesting

    • 80sRobot

      The Zombie Whisperer

      • me

        LOL, you know if this plot turned into a comedy and was titled the zombie whisperer, I would probably check that out

  • The Flobbit

    Love all this originality! Hollywood, get on making some of these art house and independent scripts. They’re the future, not gritty blockbusters.

  • The Flobbit

    Love all this originality! Hollywood, get on making some of these art house and independent scripts. They’re the future, not gritty blockbusters.

  • Old Soldier

    Holland Michigan- Great, something else for Michiganders to NOT shut up about. Like Jeff Daniels, the Red Dawn remake (It was filmed here- ya’knowit?) and Escanaba In Da Moonlight.

  • Old Soldier

    Holland Michigan- Great, something else for Michiganders to NOT shut up about. Like Jeff Daniels, the Red Dawn remake (It was filmed here- ya’knowit?) and Escanaba In Da Moonlight.

  • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

    Seems like there’s lots of terminally ill people there. And some of these “pitches” actually sound atrocious, I can only hope that the scripts are actually as good as their inclusion in the list would seem to indicate. I’d watch that “Section 6″ though.

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  • Kevin

    A Monster Calls sounds suspiciously like the comic series I Kill Giants.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

    ‘broken cove’ sounds the exact same as Out Of The Furnace

  • http://www.facebook.com/gerard.kennelly Gerard Kennelly

    if i was in charge of casting…
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    .
    where angels die Jeremy renner
    1969 Kubrick moon landing Stanley tucci
    man of sorrow colin firth
    superbrat will Ferrell
    the remains deniro pacino duvall
    holland Michigan amy ryan
    sea of trees clint eastwood ken watanabe
    autopsy of jane doe will and jaden smith
    line of duty matthew mcconaughey
    inquest gary oldman
    spotlight Edward norton
    the line Clooney
    beauty queen meryl streep
    pure o eva green
    mississippi mud jeff bridges

  • stylus59

    The plot of ‘Section 6′ looks like it should be a documentary.

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