2014’s Black List: The Year’s Most Popular Unproduced Scripts

Posted in The Screening Room by - December 15, 2014

Towards the end of every year, the Black List is released for the year prior. For those who don’t know, the Black List was created by Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way so that producers would be informed and have a chance to read the most popular unproduced scripts of 2014. These scripts might not be the best in the industry but they are the ones with the most buzz surrounding them. Films that have graced previous lists include Juno, Argo, Django Unchained, and Slumdog Millionaire. All of those films have become massive successes including multiple Oscar nods and wins among them. This year’s list features some interesting idea, some biopics, and some ideas that I personally would love to see get made into films. Here is just a sampling (the numbers before the name indicate how many people voted for the script):

51Catherine The Great
Kristina Lauren Anderson
Sophia Augusta takes control of her life, her marriage, and her kingdom becoming Russia’s most celebrated and beloved monarch: Catherine the Great.

Adam Morrison
A look into the mania of the OJ Simpson trial, through the eyes of Simpson’s sports agent Mike Gilbert and Los Angeles Police Department Detective Mark Fuhrman.

John Patton Ford
A young, well-educated loner kills the members of his mother’s estranged family one-by-one in hopes that he will inherit the family’s vast fortune

Krysty Wilson-Cairns
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.

Chris MacBride
A CIA drone coordinator battles his own psychological health while trying to decipher whether his wife has been replaced.

17North of Reno
Banipal Ablakhad, Benhur Ablakhad
A down and out prison guard attempts to murder a recently released inmate and steal a half million dollars in hidden heist money.

16The Munchkin
Will Widger
A little person private eye investigates the disappearance of a young actress in 1930s Hollywood, leading him to uncover conspiracies involving THE WIZARD OF OZ and Metro Goldwyn Mayer brass.

13The Founder
Rob Siegel
The origin story of McDonald’s and Raymond Albert “Ray” Kroc.

10Possession: A Love Story
Jack Stanley
In a seemingly perfect marriage, a man discovers that he is actually wedded to a demon inhabiting another woman’s body.

Jason Micallef
A dark, reimagining of the Willy Wonka story beginning in World War II and culminating with his takeover of the chocolate factory.

7Boston Strangler
Chuck MacLean
In the 1960s, a determined detective puts his life and career on the line to solve the case of the Boston Strangler.

7Professor Pasghetti 
Jeff Feuerstein
A famous children’s author, with an affinity for drugs and hookers, finds himself on a journey of self-discovery with a dead stripper and her eight year old son.

6The Man in the Rockefeller Suit
David Bar Katz
The story of Clark Rockefeller, a con artist thought to be American royalty until he kidnapped his young daughter initiating a manhunt that revealed his true identity.

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Chris Stachiw is the Editor-in-Chief and co-host of the Kulturecast. He’s a native Californian with a penchant for sarcasm and a taste for the cinematic bizarre. You’ll often find him wandering the wasteland of Nebraska searching for the meaning of life and possibly another rare Pokemon.

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