2016 "Black List" of Top Unproduced Screenplays

by EricGreene | created - 14 Dec 2016 | updated - 03 Jan 2017 | Public
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1. Blond Ambition

Biography, Drama, Music | Announced

A look at the early years of singer-songwriter, Madonna Louise Ciccone, struggling to break into the music industry in New York during the 1980s, before finding super stardom.

2. Life Itself (2018)

R | 117 min | Drama, Romance

21 Metascore

As a young New York City couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.

Director: Dan Fogelman | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening, Mandy Patinkin

Votes: 11,612 | Gross: $4.10M

3. The Olympian

Drama, Sport | Announced

A rower trains to compete in the 1984 Olympics.

4. The Post (2017)

PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, History

83 Metascore

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk

Votes: 113,811 | Gross: $81.90M

5. Voyagers (II)

Biography | Announced

The cosmic love story between Carl Sagan and his wife, Ann Druyan.

6. In the Blink of an Eye

Drama | Announced

The history of the universe and human life as told through three intertwined stories.

7. O2

Sci-Fi, Thriller | Pre-production

A woman wakes in a cryogenic chamber with no recollection of how she got there, and must find a way out before running out of air.

8. Untitled Lax Mandis Project

Comedy | Announced

A film executive is forced to work with a eccentric filmmaker.

9. Dark Money

Drama | Announced

A young stock trader becomes embroiled in an insider trading scandal.

10. A Letter from Rose Kennedy

Drama | Announced

A look at the troubled life of Rosemary Kennedy, the first-born daughter to Rose Fitzgerald and Joe Kennedy Sr., who was diagnosed with a mental disability and subjected to a lobotomy at the age of 23, which left her permanently disabled.

Director: Ritesh Batra | Star: Elisabeth Moss

11. Linda and Monica


A look at the relationship between White House intern Monica Lewinsky and Pentagon employee Linda Tripp.

12. Hala (2019)

R | 94 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Muslim teenager Hala copes with the unraveling of her family as she comes into her own.

Director: Minhal Baig | Stars: Geraldine Viswanathan, Jack Kilmer, Gabriel Luna, Purbi Joshi

Votes: 211

13. The Miserable Adventures of Burt Squire

Comedy | Announced

A man in the throes of a mid-life crisis embarks on a sailing trip across the Atlantic Ocean, but ends up shipwrecked.

14. The Time Traveler's La Ronde


A man experiences various types relationships throughout the ages.

15. Revolver


A devoted Beatles fan attempts to break into the Alaskan hotel the band is staying in, with the hopes of meeting George Harrison.

16. Fairy Godmother

Comedy | Announced

A revisionist take on the classic Fairy Godmother tale.

Director: Carrie Brownstein

17. Free Guy (2020)

Action, Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

A bank teller discovers that he's actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game.

Director: Shawn Levy | Stars: Taika Waititi, Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Channing Tatum

18. The Kings of Maine


Struggling writer, Stephen King, works as a janitor as he completes work on his book, 'Carrie'.

19. I Think We're Alone Now (2018)

R | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

The apocalypse proves a blessing in disguise for one lucky recluse -- until a second survivor arrives with the threat of companionship.

Director: Reed Morano | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Elle Fanning, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 6,180

20. Man Alive (I)

Sci-Fi, Thriller | Announced

Plot kept under wraps.

Director: Hiro Murai

21. I Am Mother (2019)

TV-14 | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

In the wake of humanity's extinction, a teenage girl is raised by a robot designed to repopulate the earth. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.

Director: Grant Sputore | Stars: Luke Hawker, Rose Byrne, Maddie Lenton, Summer Lenton

Votes: 52,978

22. Late Night (2019)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A late night talk show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show.

Director: Nisha Ganatra | Stars: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy

Votes: 13,049 | Gross: $15.50M

23. The King of L.A.

Crime, Drama | Announced

An esteemed DEA agent in the 1970s becomes a notorious drug trafficker.

Director: Julius Avery

24. Let the Evil Go West


A father struggling to provide for his family during the 1800s, comes upon a barrel of gold that may be cursed.

25. Villains (I) (2019)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

63 Metascore

After a pair of amateur criminals break into a suburban home, they stumble upon a dark secret that two sadistic homeowners will do anything to keep from getting out.

Directors: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen | Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe, Jeffrey Donovan, Kyra Sedgwick

Votes: 424

26. Heart You


An estranged brother and sister hatch a plot to win a cash prize by fooling people into thinking their married.

27. James Cameron's Titanic


An overprotective mother tries to keep her kids from misbehaving while on board the Titanic.

28. Northeast Kingdom

Thriller | Announced

Plot details kept under wraps. Described as a revenge thriller.

29. Barbarian


Celtic queen Boudicca leads an an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire.

30. The Builder


A look at the life of Donald Trump during the early years of his career.

31. Untitled Fairy Tale Project

Fantasy | Pre-production

A princess's spell from her fairy godmother has unintended consequences for the fairy tale universe.

Director: Susan Johnson | Stars: Olivia Cooke, LaKeith Stanfield

32. Adrift (I) (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

56 Metascore

A true story of survival, as a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Thomas, Elizabeth Hawthorne

Votes: 38,005 | Gross: $31.45M

33. The Last Days of Night

History, Thriller | Announced

A rivalry forms between American entrepreneurs George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison.

Star: Eddie Redmayne

34. The Woman with Red Hair

Biography, Drama, Thriller | Announced

During World War II, Dutch law student Hannie Schaft joins a resistance group and quickly becomes one of the Nazi's most wanted.

35. American Rebel

History | Announced

The story of Deborah Sampson, who risked her life during the Revolutionary War by disguising herself as a man and joining the Continental Army.

36. Turned On

Comedy | Announced

A woman begins to regret building a robot clone of herself when it becomes sentient.

37. The Burning Season

Drama | Pre-production

A scientist brings her teenage daughter to a remote region of Madagascar, where her determination to save endangered lemurs puts their relationship and safety at risk.

Director: Claire McCarthy | Stars: Sophia Lillis, Naomi Watts

38. I, Tonya (2017)

R | 120 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson

Votes: 151,533 | Gross: $30.01M

39. Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

PG-13 | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

Roman J. Israel, Esq., a driven, idealistic defense attorney, finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to a crisis and the necessity for extreme action.

Director: Dan Gilroy | Stars: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Lynda Gravatt

Votes: 25,404 | Gross: $11.96M

40. Layla...and Other Assorted Love Songs


Rock legends George Harrison and Eric Clapton form a rivalry over the same woman, an English model named Pattie Boyde.

41. Maximum King!


An alternate look at how Stephen King wrote and directed his 1985 horror film, 'Maximum Overdrive'.

Director: Tim Kirkby

42. Battle of Alcatraz


A prisoner's plot to escape from Alcatraz turns into a two-day hostage stand-off that results with showdown against the prison guards and the U.S. Army.

43. Burn Run (II)

Thriller | Announced

American mercenaries hired to escort a 20-ton heroin seizure through hostile Afghan territory, get caught up in a botched drug deal when their leader goes rogue.

44. The Gun Show

Action, Comedy | Announced

A cop returns to the force after 20 years under unusual circumstances.

45. Reason of State

Thriller | Announced

Plot kept under wraps. Described as a political thriller that takes place over the course of one day at 10 Downing Street.

46. Hotel Artemis (2018)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, 'Hotel Artemis' follows the Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.

Director: Drew Pearce | Stars: Jodie Foster, Sofia Boutella, Dave Bautista, Sterling K. Brown

Votes: 35,171 | Gross: $6.71M

47. Mr. Toy

Biography, Drama | Announced

The story of Marvin Glass, the inventor of popular children's games such as Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, Lite Brite, Operation, and Mouse Trap.

48. Space Oddity

Comedy, Sci-Fi | Announced

A man seeks the help from an insurance company to plan a one-way trip to Mars.

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