Not THAT Kind of Black List
February 4, 2010 5:32 AM   Subscribe

Patrick Sauriol's Corona Coming Attractions, the comprehensive insider film news site of the late-'90s (resurrected in December 2008), presents the top unproduced screenplays for 2009 as selected by film professionals (Part 1 | Part 2). "Over 300 film professionals were asked to submit the titles of up to ten of their favorite screenplays. The only condition for the picks were that the projects would not be released in theaters this year." Some sound fascinating, others cringe-inducingly tired.
posted by AugieAugustus (21 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'm only up through the 6 vote category and it's already fascinating. Sequels, newcomers, cougars, handjobs, wacky circumstances, Zach Braff; this list has everything!
posted by piratebowling at 6:21 AM on February 4, 2010


on the plus side, there are no votes for scripts about sexy serial killers, pimps running for president, or teen sex comedies set in the temperance movement.
posted by Hammond Rye at 6:22 AM on February 4, 2010


Wow. What DOESN'T get made?

Also, why haven't I sold a screenplay?
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 6:27 AM on February 4, 2010


See also ScriptShadow, a blog that reviews unproduced screenplays.
posted by burnmp3s at 6:37 AM on February 4, 2010


on the plus side, there are no votes for scripts about sexy serial killers, pimps running for president, or teen sex comedies set in the temperance movement.

Now, if you combined all the these, well then ...
posted by The Whelk at 6:39 AM on February 4, 2010 [1 favorite]



Now, if you combined all the these, well then ...


Dear sir,

I present to you a copy of my screenplay, based loosely on the Life of Carrie A. Nation, famed temperance advocate of the 1900's. Only in this version, I pose the question: What if Carrie was running a brothel on the side, as sting to lure men of ill-repute and hack them to pieces with her famous ax? I hope you enjoy my thrilling screenplay, entitled: Carrie A. Mayhem.

Sincerely,

Ms. Pirate Bowling
posted by piratebowling at 6:46 AM on February 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


if anybody here can help me generate buzz for an uplifting comedy of errors involving the underground railroad, PM me.
posted by Hammond Rye at 6:55 AM on February 4, 2010


Who do you see for the lead? I think Kathy Bates is overworked these days.
posted by The Whelk at 6:57 AM on February 4, 2010


I was big fan of Coming Attractions back in the day and had not heard they were back. This is great news! Thanks!
posted by LinnTate at 7:06 AM on February 4, 2010


http://scriptshadow.blogspot.com/

An excellent read for those interested in scripts going through the Hollywood mill.
posted by artaxerxes at 7:18 AM on February 4, 2010


A friend of mine wrote Hanna (five votes) in film school back in 2004 (and made the Black List with it then too). It's had quite the roller coaster ride. Danny Boyle was attached to direct at one point. It's interesting to note that it's on the list this year under a different writer.
posted by Naberius at 7:21 AM on February 4, 2010


There's also the Brit List, which is the same thing for UK screenplays.

I actually made the 2008 Brit List with a script which I sold to Miramax called THE HERO... God only knows what's happening to it now.
posted by unSane at 7:35 AM on February 4, 2010


Wait til you see Booth! Booth! Booth! A musical biopic about the theatrical rivalry between John Wilkes Booth and Edwin Booth and their eccentric actor father, Junius. It will be sort of like a cross between "Shakespeare in Love," "East of Eden," and "Gone With the Wind" but a musical, with an assassination. Music by Elton John.
posted by thivaia at 7:42 AM on February 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


The Voices sounds, uh, odd.
posted by Cyclopsis Raptor at 7:42 AM on February 4, 2010


The Whelk: I pictured Judy Dench.
posted by piratebowling at 7:58 AM on February 4, 2010


Perfect, but the title needs to be CARRY ON MAYHEM if we include some benny-hill-esque running around.
posted by The Whelk at 8:17 AM on February 4, 2010


“A drug cartel king escapes his trial in a 200mph Gumpert Apollo, and the only thing in between him and Mexican freedom is a small town cop in a bordertown.”

“A Texas Ranger and his wife move to a frontier town to investigate the disappearance of Mexicans in the area, and soon find themselves caught in the cult of personality that rules the area.”

“A tough ex-Texas Ranger has unfinished business with the Mexican gangsters who tortured his brother to death, and when they kidnap his brother's young son, he comes after them with everything he has got.”

“After a woman sends an indignant email to her new beau, who's gone radio silent postsex, she discovers he's comatose in a Mexican hospital and races south of the border with her friends in tow to intercept the email before he recovers.”

“Based on the author’s book of the same name. A young gangster goes to work in the LAPD as a mole investigating a crime against the head of the Mexican mafia but learns more about justice than he expected from his seasoned partner.”

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posted by Iridic at 9:28 AM on February 4, 2010


Like LinnTate, I was a huge fan of Coming Attractions, and didn't realize it was back. I used to read CA and Ain't It Cool News in the 90's, and I always preferred CA's more authoritative tone and database format. I was sad to see it go while AICN thrived. I'm happy it's back - I just learned something about Green Lantern.

Now I'm all nostalgic for CA's heyday. To give you a sense of the era - this was when you were actually excited by the prospect of a new Star Wars movie. I mean, it was going to have Mark Renton from Trainspotting as a young Obi Wan Kenobi, how could it suck? Talk about a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
posted by factory123 at 11:31 AM on February 4, 2010


Is this post about Corona Coming Attractions or the Black List? Because Corona is just posting info that's available on all the other movie sites out there.
posted by roger ackroyd at 11:37 AM on February 4, 2010


CA was where I went to read the first rumors of the Lord of the Rings movies. It was the greatest place to waste several hours reading about the coolest stuff, most of it stuck in Development Hell. I remember sending it to my brother, who was relatively new to the web at the time, and it blew his mind completely.
posted by jquinby at 6:41 PM on February 4, 2010


See also ScriptShadow, a blog that reviews unproduced screenplays.

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posted by crossoverman at 8:59 PM on February 4, 2010


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