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Before Hollywood Ruins Them: 17 Sci-Fi And Supernatural Scripts On The 2014 Black List

Franklin Leonard and Dino Sijamic released this year’s Black List, a ranking of the best-loved unproduced movies culled from over 500 of film executives’ favorite screenplays of the year. Since 2005, over 275 Black List scripts have been made into movies grossing over $24 billion and earning 196 Oscar nominations and 37 wins. Films that showed up on the Black List before being produced include Looper, Django Unchained, Chronicle, Juno, Lars And The Real Girl, and Argo.

As we did last year and 2012 and 2011 and 2009, we’re going to look at the sci-fi and supernatural stories that made this year’s list of 70 unproduced screenplays. The full list of 70 scripts is loaded with with Oscar bait-y family reconciliation movies and biopics, as well as post-apocalyptic fare, vampires that aren’t technically vampires, and (of course) three movies apparently about a teenage boy trying to lose his virginity, like anybody gives a sh*t.

There were some surprises on this year’s list, including a “dark reimagining of the Willy Wonka story” (LOL WUT?) and a movie called I Am Ryan Reynolds, and won’t they be embarrassed if Ryan Reynolds refuses to be in it. Maybe they can change it to John Malkovich.

This year’s list could once again be used to make the argument this has become a way to promote in-development screenplays instead of unknowns, as only 8 of the 70 scripts aren’t attached to a management company and only 4 of the writers don’t have an agent yet. (Deadline broke down which agencies came out on top here and here.) Last year, 68% of the scripts already had a producer attached. This year’s crop has fewer producers attached (31%), but there’s unfortunately less hard sci-fi this time around, it seems. Last year we celebrated that there was only one zombie movie, one alien invasion, and zero vampires on the list, and this year… well, you can see for yourself below.

This year they also went more mainstream with the Black List unveiling, with the winners being announced by celebrities on Twitter and Youtube yesterday. The announcers included Elizabeth Banks, Ty Burrell, Nathan Fillion, Rian Johnson, Rashida Jones, David Oyelowo, Daniel Radcliffe, and Patton Oswalt, who wrote a poem for the occasion. Throughout the day, they recorded messages like these:

I like how she says murder, but I reiterate my annual refusal to watch movies about teenage boys trying to get laid. Still don’t care.

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