Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"Star Wars" Satire Makes 2011 Black List

The Black List is an annual collection of the “most-liked” unproduced screenplays of the year. The list is the child of Overbrook Entertainment executive, Franklin Leonard, and is selected by 307 industry readers.

The Top 10 (title, author(s), author representation, and development company:

1. The Imitation Game by Graham Moore (CAA, The Safran Co.)

2. When the Street Lights Go by Chris Hutton & Eddie O'Keefe (WME, Tariq Merhab Management)

3. Chewie by Evan Susser & Van Robichaux (WME, Industry Entertainment)

4. The Outsider by Andrew Baldwin (CAA, Anonymous Content)

5. Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses by Matthew Aldrich (CAA, Silent R Management)

6. In the Event of a Moon Disaster by Mike Jones (CAA, The Gotham Group)

7. TIE: Maggie by John Scott III (CAA, Trevor Kaufman) and The Current War by Michael Mitnick (WME, Fourth Floor Productions)

8. The End by Aron Eli Coleite (CAA)

9. Beyond the Pale by Chad Feehan (CAA, Management 360)

10. Ezekiel Moss by Keith Bunin (CAA, Kaplan/Perrone)

Chewie is apparently a satire of Star Wars, and there is at least one zombie movie in the top ten. As a side note, I had a rude encounter with Anonymous Content (see #4) over a science fiction comic book I created almost a decade ago. An employee at Anonymous Content feigned interest in the comic as a property they wanted to develop. After I spent my time and money to get them material, the employee just left me hanging. Next time I’ll do more than just play hard to get; I’m going to cuss a mutha out if they bother me.

For the complete 2011 Black List, including the screenplays that finished out of the top ten, go to http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/risky-business/black-list-2011-top-screenplays-272332

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