2011 Black List Features 'Django Unchained' and DiCaprio's Turing Projectby: Posted:
Looking for a hot script to buy? Check out 2011's Black List... but make sure you have at least a few million on hand.
Each year, the Black List compiles the most sought-after unproduced scripts in Hollywood, which then tend to get a whole lot of extra interest for the reason that they're on the Black List. Is it a self-fulfilling prophecy? In some cases, yes.
In other cases, not so much: for example, "Django Unchained" made the list this year, which is the new screenplay from Quentin Tarantino. It's doubtful that the film, which so far stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx, will have any trouble finding backers.
That's not the only DiCaprio project on the list, either. In fact, the top screenplay on the 2011 list is "The Imitation Game," the story of mathematician Alfred Turing who, upon being discovered to be a homosexual, poisoned himself. The movie seems like a natural follow-up for DiCaprio to "J. Edgar," which also dealt with a gay historical figure who had to keep his sexuality a secret.
Other fun entries on the list include: "Chewie," a satirical look at the making of "Star Wars" from the point of view of the actor who played Chewbacca; "In the Event of a Moon Disaster," a re-imagining of the Apollo 11 mission in which the astronauts crashed; and "He's F**kin' Perfect," a romantic comedy about a girl who meets the perfect guy and uses social media and the internet at large to become the perfect girl for him.
That last one could end up being watered down to something pretty bland, but the idea of a social networking rom-com is one that was inevitable, so it should get some buzz.
For the full list, head over to Deadline and read all of the titles, loglines and credits.