Every year a bunch of Hollywood insiders, including studio executives, producers and agents, help determine the Black List, a catalog of the year’s best un-produced screenplays. Founded by film executive Franklin Leonard, the annual Black List is now celebrating its 10th year.
More than 225 screenplays featured on the Black List were made into feature films, including Oscar-winners such as ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘The King’s Speech’, and ‘Argo’. Both ‘Transcendence’ and ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ originated as scripts on the Black List.
This year’s Black List has quite a few intriguing sci-fi and fantasy scripts. Perhaps some of these will soon become blockbusters. Here are the sci-fi and fantasy scripts on the Black List this year, in order of ranking.
Writer: Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Logline: In near future London, a revolutionary technology has been invented that can record sounds hours after they were made. Detective Harry Orwell, inventor of this technology, is part of a pilot program where investigators record and analyze past sound waves and finds himself the prime suspect while investigating a string of brutal murders.
Title: Situation Comedy
Writer: Cat Vasko
Logline: A young woman, feeling directionless, stumbles upon a mysterious courtyard where she is transported into a sitcom-like universe, becoming a major character on this “TV show.”
Writer: Noga Landau
Logline: A woman held captive in the futuristic smart house of a serial kidnapper realizes that her only hope of escape lies in turning the house’s sentient computer against its creator.
Writer: Chris MacBride
Logline: A CIA drone coordinator battles his own psychological health while trying to decipher whether his wife has been replaced.
Writer: Scott Wascha
Logline: A genre bending action comedy about a pill popping thug who begins to develop superpowers.
Writer: David Weil
Logline: The investigation of a murder on a moon colony.
Title: Bird Box
Writer: Eric Heisserer
Logline: A woman tries to lead her children to safety after the world is invaded by monsters who turn you insane upon sight.
Title: Yellowstone Falls
Writer: Daniel Kunka
Logline: After an apocalyptic event, a mother wolf is separated from her mate and the rest of the pack, and has to protect her cubs from swarms of mutated humans.
Title: Syndrome (E)
Logline: Mark Heyman
Logline: A detective solving the case of a disturbing film with subliminal images that is killing people who come in contact with it discovers a greater evil.
Title: Possession: A Love Story
Writer: Jack Stanley
Logline: In a seemingly perfect marriage, a man discovers that he is actually wedded to a demon inhabiting another woman’s body.
Title: The Shower
Writer: Jac Schaeffer
Logline: At a baby shower for their longtime friend, the attendees suddenly find themselves in the middle of a different type of shower: meteors that release a vapor turning men into blood-hungry aliens.
Writer: Kimberly Barrante
Logline: When a missing astronaut crash lands forty years after he launched having not aged a day, his elderly twin brother helps him escape the NASA scientists hunting him. As the government closes in, neither brother is who they claim to be.
Writer: Jason Micallef
Logline: A dark, reimagining of the Willy Wonka story beginning in World War II and culminating with his takeover of the chocolate factory.
Writer: Seth W. Owen
Logline: A corporate risk management consultant is summoned to a remote research lab to determine whether or not to terminate an at-risk artificial being.
Title: Shadow Run
Writer: Joe Gazzam
Logline: A viral attack puts lives in danger, forcing a CIA agent to initiate a secret prisoner exchange of Russia’s most notorious spy for the American scientist who can create a cure.
Title: The Bringing
Writers: Brandon Murphey, Philip Murphey
Logline: A private investigator investigates a mysterious murder at a downtown Los Angeles hotel and uncovers its dark supernatural history. Based on true events.
Title: Erin’s Voice
Writer: Greg Sullivan
Logline: A deaf computer genius’ world is thrown into turmoil when he meets a troubled coffee shop waitress whose voice turns out to be the only thing he can miraculously hear.
Title: The Eden Project
Writer: Christina Hodson
Logline: When a race of genetically modified humans living secretly among us declare war on Man, the fate of the world is in the hands of a rogue “Synthetic” named Eve and a young girl who is about to discover she’s not all human.
Title: A Garden at the End of the World
Writer: Gary Graham
Logline: In a post-apocalyptic world, a recluse, trying to recreate trees to produce new life, takes in a young girl who is on the run from some bad men, including her father.
I actually want to also include the script ‘My Friend Dahmer’ on this list. It’s not science fiction or fantasy, but it’s based on an excellent graphic novel by John Backderf, which I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys graphic memoirs.
Title: My Friend Dahmer
Writer: Marc Meyers
Logline: Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by John Backderf, Jeffrey Dahmer struggles with a difficult family life as a young boy and during his teenage years he slowly transforms, edging closer to the serial killer he becomes.