A lot of movies come out every year. Some of them are quite good. Some of them are quite bad! There’s a lot in between, of course, and still more that never get made. No one will blame you if you can’t follow along, but fortunately, Franklin Leonard is here to do it for you. Every year, he curates the Black List, a collection of unmade and underappreciated screenplays that gets passed around buy-now studios like herpes simplex II.
This year’s list, released today, is chockful of all types. There’s would-be Oscar collectors like The Imitation Game, "the story of British WWII cryptographer Alan Turing, who cracked the German Enigma code and later poisoned himself after being criminally prosecuted for being a homosexual." There’s quick hits to capture the zombie craze like Maggie, the story of " a farm family [who] helps their eldest daughter come to terms with her infection as she slowly becomes a flesh-eating zombie." There’s a Grace Kelly biopic, a Pinocchio prequel, more zombie stuff and more. You can scan the top 10 below, or click here for the full list.
1. The Imitation Gameby Graham MooreThe story of British WWII cryptographer Alan Turing, who cracked the German Enigma code and later poisoned himself after being criminally prosecuted for being a homosexual.2. When The Street Lights Go Onby Chris Hutton, Eddie O’KeefeIn the early 1980s, a town suffers through the aftermath of a brutal murder of a high school girl and a teacher.3. Chewieby Evan Susser, Van RobichauxA satirical behind the scenes look at the making of Star Wars through the eyes of Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca.4. The Outsiderby Andrew BaldwinIn post-World War II Japan, an American former prisoner-of-war rises in the yakuza.5. Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kissesby Matthew AldrichA man goes on a three-state crime spree with an accomplice: his 11-year-old daughter.6. In the Event of a Moon Disasterby Mike JonesAn alternate telling of the historic APOLLO 11 mission to land on the moon that examines what might have happened if the astronauts had crash-landed there.7. The Current Warby Michael MitnickBased on the true story of the race between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to develop a practical system of electricity and sell their respective inventions to the country and the world.8. Maggieby John Scott 3As a “walking dead” virus spreads across the country, a farm family helps their eldest daughter come to terms with her infection as she slowly becomes a flesh-eating zombie.9. The Endby Aron Eli ColeiteFour people — a veteran broadcaster in London, a 16-year-old girl and her boyfriend in Ann Arbor, and a devoted family man in Shanghai — each try to make peace with their lives before an interstellar event ends the world in six hours.10. Beyond the Paleby Chad FeehanTeenage siblings suspect they’ve been ripped off by the town undertaker, but what they discover is much more sinister than either imagined.