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The 2010 Black List top 10

December 13, 2010 |  6:23 am

One day a year, Franklin Leonard transforms from midlevel studio executive mired in development meetings, script readings and note-taking into Hollywood's most important soothsayer.

The 32-year-old  is the mastermind and compiler of the Black List, a compendium of the year's best unproduced screenplays. Today marks Leonard's sixth annual metamorphosis, and when he presses "send" on his e-mail — shooting the list around Hollywood and beyond — he may again change the fates of scores of screenwriters looking to crack the big leagues.

Here's a sneak peak at the Top 10 screenplays on the list (and check back later for the full list):

49 votes: "College Republicans" by Wes Jones. Aspiring politician Karl Rove leads a dirty campaign for College Republican chairman under the guidance of Lee Atwater. Anonymous Content producing.

47 votes: "Jackie" by Noah Oppenheim. Jacqueline Kennedy's life immediately after her husband's assassination. Darren Aronofsky directing for Fox Searchlight.

45 votes: "All You Need Is Kill" by Dante Harper. A new army recruit in a war against aliens finds himself caught in a time loop. Set up at Warner Bros. Doug Liman may direct.

43 votes: "Safe House" by David Guggenheim. A young man at a CIA-run safe house must help a rogue ex-agent escape assassins. Universal Pictures to produce with Daniel Espinoza to direct. Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington to star.

39 votes: "Stoker" by Wentworth Miller. After the death of her father, a teenage girl must deal with a mysterious uncle. Fox Searchlight purchased the script.

32 votes: "999" by Matt Cook. A gang of crooked cops plans a major heist that requires them to shoot a fellow officer. Anonymous Content producing.

31 votes: "Margin Call" by J.C. Chandor. A fictional account of the final 24 hours of Lehman Brothers. Chandor has directed stars Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany. Film will debut at Sundance Film Festival next month.

30 votes: "American Bull----" by Eric Warren Singer. The true story of the FBI's 1980 undercover sting operation of Congress, dubbed Abscam, which was designed to root out corruption and was the brainchild of a con man. Sony Pictures has optioned the script.

28 votes: "Argo" by Chris Terrio. The true story of how the CIA, with help from Hollywood, used a fake movie project to smuggle hostages out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis. Optioned by Warner Bros.

24 votes: "The Last Son of Isaac Lemay" by Greg Johnson. An aging outlaw, convinced that there's evil in his genes, goes on a journey to kill his offspring. Gore Verbinski's company producing.

-- Nicole Sperling


 
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Why do you persist in putting forth the false idea that this is some genius list of scrips that Hollywood adores but will never make. The hope that they'll "crack the big leagues?" I mean, what the hell are you talking about? This stuff is bought, writers got their first checks, they're set up at major studios. This list is literally the opposite of what you think this is.

Agreed. But don't know that there is another way to quantify a script's perceived value. Popular scripts bomb all the time. In the end, taste is subjective. Even Leonard has acknowledged the flaws of blacklist inclusion criteria. Still, better than nothing. Great first step. Thx.


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