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20 Unproduced Scripts That Could Be Made Into Great Movies

07 October 2013 | Features, Other Lists | by David Zou

A good story is arguably the most important thing in movie making, while a fine script is probably the most rare thing in current Hollywood. It determines the fact that most of the American movies now are form over substance, it’s also the reason why The Black List is built.

The Black List is where moviemakers find great scripts to make and scripts find moviemakers to make them. Over 200 Black List screenplays have been made as feature films. Those films have earned over $16BN in worldwide box office, have been nominated for 148 Academy Awards, and have won 25, including Best Pictures SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and THE KING’S SPEECH and five of the last ten screenwriting Oscars.

There’s more potential in TBL, there are still many unproduced movie scripts waiting to be discovered by Hollywood producers. We have selected 20 that could be tomorrow’s big hits.


20. Manuscript by Paul Grellong


The High Concept: This one concerns three ambitious young New Yorkers who are willing to do anything to see their literary aspirations realised. Could be smart and satirical as well as tense and nerve-shredding.

Scene We’d Like To See: The three main protagonists get together to offer constructive criticism of each other’s manuscripts. Like American Psycho’s business card scene, only with more snarky grammar jibes.

Dream Director: Exam’s Stuart Hazeldine

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Brody and Armie Hammer.


19. The Curse of Medusa by J. Lee and Tom Welch


The High Concept: It’s basically an origin tale of the snake-haired Gorgon of Greek mythology. She’s had a bit of a rough time of late, appearing in lacklustre incarnations in Clash of the Titans and Percy Jackson, so it’s about time she got to be a full-on badass again.

Scene We’d Like To See: If they go with Ovid’s version of the story (in which Medusa is a beautiful woman turned into a monster by jealous Athena), we’d go for the transformation scene. If not, we’d plump for the moment her first victim turns to stone just by gazing upon her, and the effect this has on the isolated monstress.

Dream Director: Joss Whedon

Starring: Marion Cotillard


18. The Gunslinger by John Hlavin


The High Concept: A gritty, grizzly Western. An ex-Texas Ranger seeks violent retribution on the Mexican gang that tortured and killed his brother. When they take his nephew captive, he hunts them down with no mercy, while wrestling with his own demons at the same time.

Scene We’d Like To See: The ranger finds his first lead that could send him in the direction of the gang, and administers some Old West brutality in order to get some answers.

Dream Director: John Hillcoat

Starring: Josh Brolin as the vengeful ranger, and Clint Eastwood as his ageing father.


17. Clear Winter Noon by John Kolvenback


The High Concept: An elderly hit man is released from jail, and he seeks to make amends for the life he took. Likely to be a pensive slow-burner of an assassin drama, with guns unlikely to blaze in anything more than a flashback.

Scene We’d Like To See: The old guy at a loss on his exit from the slammer, shielding his eyes from the bright autumn sun, realising that the world is now a very different place.

Dream Director: Clint Eastwood

Starring: If Sean Connery couldn’t be dragged out of retirement to play an older anti-Bond struggling with a conscience, we’d happily settle for Jeff Bridges.

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  • Lionel Leutz

    mike myers is a fucking douche bag. i wish i never spent a dime on his movies. the shit i read on him made me sick.