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Hollywood Reporter Reveals Most Exciting Unproduced Screenplays Of 2012

Submitted by on December 18, 2012 – 11:13 amNo Comment

This week, the Hollywood Reporter released its annual “Black List” of the most buzzed-about unproduced screenplays of the year. And the top spot on this year’s influential ranking is: Draft Day, a football-themed film from Broadway golden boy Rajiv Joseph, and NYC comedy writer Scott Rothman.

Draft Day reportedly tells the based-on-truth story of Sonny Weaver, an untested Buffalo Bills GM making huge personnel decisions, as draft deadlines loom.

It sounds a lot like Moneyball but with a greater time crunch, which was probably part of the appeal. Kevin Costner has been attached to star and Ivan Reitman to direct, but Reitman has been pulled away by a Ghostbusters sequel.

Joseph was a Pulitzer drama finalist for his 2010 Broadway hit, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Rothman has been a contributor to The Huffington Post and FunnyOrDie. The two somewhat unlikely collaborators reportedly bonded over watching football and drinking before deciding to write the film together.

The accompanying Black List article notes a few trends in the selected scripts: true stories are well represented, like biopics: Rodham, about the future Hillary Clinton; a film revolving around serial killer Ted Bundy; and Seuss, about the children’s author. Also, historically-set thrillers: the true story of an Australian cop hunting abducted children, Draft Day itself, a Soviet political thriller in 1937, and a buddy cop thriller where a Mossad father and CIA son team up to hunt down a Nazi (WTF?!). This latter trend could in part be the result of the success of Argo, a former Black List entrant.

The article also notes that The Black List has become a fairly accurate predictor (perhaps an indicator and supporter) of future success:

Previous Black List scripts include two of the past four best picture Oscar winners (Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech) and five of the past 10 screenplay winners (JunoSlumdog MillionaireThe Social NetworkThe King’s Speech and The Descendants).

What do you think of this year’s hottest films that haven’t been made?

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