Franklin Leonard unveils the 2010 Black List

The Black List has been released, Franklin Leonard’s annual compilation of the “best liked” unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. The 2010 list is flavored with politics, including a comedy about a young Karl Rove and a drama about Jackie Kennedy’s days of mourning following the JFK assassination. According to the Los Angeles Times, six of the top-10 scripts have already been picked up by studios, with one, Margin Call, already slated to premiere at Sundance in January. Check out the rest of the Top 10 after the jump:

1. College Republicans by Wes Jones. Aspiring politician Karl Rove runs a dirty campaign for College Republican chairman under the guidance of Lee Atwater, his campaign manager.

2. Jackie by Noah Oppenheim. Jackie Kennedy fights to define her husband’s legacy in the seven days immediately following his assassination.

3. All You Need Is Kill by Dante Harper. A new army recruit in a war against aliens finds himself caught in a time loop where he wakes up one day in the past after having been killed on the battlefield.

4. Safe House by David Guggenheim. A young man at a CIA-run safe house in Rio must help a rogue ex-agent escape assassins who want intelligence that he won’t sell them.

5. Stoker by Wentworth Miller. After the death of her father, a teenager must deal with a mysterious uncle who returns to spend time with the family.

6. 999 by Matt Cook. A gang of crooked cops plan a major heist that requires them to shoot a fellow officer in order to get away with it.

7. Margin Call by J.C. Chandor. Based on true events, the final 24 hours of Lehman Brothers.

8. American Bull—- by Eric Warren Singer. The true story of Abscam, the FBI’s 1980 undercover sting operation of Congress to root out corruption which was the brainchild of the world’s greatest con man.

9. Argo by Chris Terrio. The true story of how the CIA, with help from Hollywood, used a fake movie project to smuggle hostages out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis.

10. The Last Son of Isaac Lemay by Greg Johnson. An aging outlaw, convinced that there’s evil in his genes, goes on a journey to kill his offspring. In the process, he discovers that his last remaining son is a terrifying manifestation of his worst fears.

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  • bruno

    these all sound like they blow anyway…

  • Henry

    Wentworth Miller of ‘Prison Break’ is a writer, too? Huh.

    • gv

      And he was a cartoonist for the Princeton paper, if I remember correctly. Not all actors are idiots. Many are very gifted people. Look at Steve Martin, just to name one.

    • KarlHall

      Yeah, that was the first thought that came to my mind. THE “Wentworth Miller?”

  • lefty

    This has to be the worst Black List to-date…

    • WTF

      totally agree.

  • MB

    From their loglines, I wouldn’t see any of these movies.

  • Clio

    I’m all over that Abscam movie.

  • ks

    Some of these sound like good premises for books

  • ellen

    Come on guys, the last one sounds interesting. So does the Wentworth Miller one.

  • Anna

    I stopped taking these lists seriously when I found out that terrible ‘friends with benefits’ movie with Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman was on one a few years ago.

    • Wes

      It’s terrible, Anna? It comes out next year. You’ve…been to the future?

      • Amanda Kiwinerd

        The script is terrible, smart ass.

      • Ian

        “that terrible ‘friends with benefits’ movie ” — Doesn’t sound like they’re referring to the screenplay….and even if she was, I would wager all I have that she hasn’t read the screenplay anyway.

    • Shiny

      Anna managed to find the only two Ashton Kutcher film fans left on planet Earth.

  • pahammer

    that last one has Nicholas Cage written all over it…

  • Stacie

    I thought these sounded alright. I especially liked #9 and 10.

  • RyRyNYC

    The article null and voids the point of this list; especially when one of the “unproduced films” is debuting in January. When 6 scripts are already PURCHASED by studios, would it not make sense to showcase scripts that HAVE YET TO BE PURCHASED, GREENLIT, OR FILMED?! I hate this list every effin’ year… and yet here I am commenting. Go figure…

    • Shiny

      Most of the 50 films on the list have already been made or are in preproduction. It’s no longer a list of “best unproduced scripts” but really just a tally of buzzy projects. “Hunger Games” is on this list too.

  • Ashley

    No mention that one of these is written by Wentworth Miller?

  • kmw

    no women??? absolutely ridiculous.

  • natalie portmenteau

    I for one would be very happy if a moratorium were to be placed on all films that contained one or more of the following plot elements: heists, a tragic death forcing people to come to terms with things and the CIA/FBI “teaming up” with someone/something else to solve a “big case”. Having said that I’m sure that there will shortly be a new film starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Natalie Portman which incorporates all these elements. Yawn.

  • KarlHall

    1) Why are there so many CIA/government agency/USAF -related scripts this year? Is government control really pissing off that many people? 5 out of 10 is a pretty big %age.

    2) It’s too early for the Lehman Brothers movie.

    3) I would catch the last one. It DEFINITELY sounds like something Nicholas Cage would do, WITH Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men-ish) and Steve Buscemi in supporting roles. Andrew Garfield could be playing the son.

    4) NO comedies this year? Good lord, what a bleak outlook on Hollywood.

    • Ikin

      College Republicans is a comedy.

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