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Black List 2010 hits; COLLEGE REPUBLICANS and JACKIE top the list

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
December 13th, 2010

Well, it’s about that time.

Today brings the release of the 2010 Black List, the yearly list of the hottest unproduced screenplays currently making the rounds in Hollywood, and boy, is it one hell of a list.

Topping the list is Wes Jones’ COLLEGE REPUBLICANS. The film is slated to be helmed by Richard Linklater, and follows a young Karl Rove as he attempts to get the top spot of chief campus Republican, along with campaign leader Lee Atwater. Shia LaBeouf is set to star in the film, and while I haven’t read the script yet, this definitely boasts well for the yet to be produced film.

Darren Aronofsky lands on the list here, as the screenplay for his upcoming take on the life of Jackie Kennedy, entitled JACKIE, penned by Noah Oppenheim, came in second place. The film still has Rachel Weisz attached to star, and with Steven Spielberg set to produce, there is a lot of steam behind this thing. It was originally set to head to HBO, but at this point, with Aronofsky’s success with BLACK SWAN, don’t be shocked if this one follows up his Wolverine project. That said, he and Weisz have romantically split, so while it doesn’t seem like that’s weighing heavily on the film, it could effect it.

Other notable films here are the Ryan Reynolds-starring SAFE HOUSE, and the Wentworth Miller-penned, Park Chan Wook-directed STOKER. TALES FROM THE GANGSTER SQUAD is apparently now simply titled GANGSTER SQUAD, as that film’s screenplay is also here, as is ATM from BURIED writer Chris Sparling. Here’s the full list:

COLLEGE REPUBLICANS by Wes Jones
“Based on true events. Aspiring politician Karl Rove runs a dirty campaign fornational College Republican Chairman under the guidance of Lee Atwater, his campaignmanager.”
Anonymous Content producing.

JACKIE by Noah Oppenheim
“Jackie Kennedy fights to define her husband’s legacy in the seven days immediatelyfollowing his assassination."
Fox Searchlight. Protozoa Pictures producing.

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL by Dante Harper
“A new recruit in a war against aliens finds himself caught in a time loop where hewakes up one day in the past after having been killed on the battlefield.”
Warner Brothers. 3 Arts Entertainment, VIZ Productions producing.

SAFE HOUSE by David Guggenheim
“A young man at a CIA-run safe house in Rio De Janeiro must help a rogue ex-agentescape assassins who want intelligence that he won’t sell them.”
Universal. Stuber Pictures, Madhouse Entertainment producing.

STOKER by Wentworth Miller
“After the death of her father, a teenager must deal with a mysterious uncle whoreturns to spend time with the family.”
Fox Searchlight. Scott Free Productions producing.

999 by Matt Cook
“A gang of crooked cops plan a major heist that will require them to shoot a fellowofficer in order to get away with it.”
Anonymous Content producing.

MARGIN CALL by JC Chandor
“Based on true events, the final twenty-four hours of Lehman Brothers.”
Taggart Productions producing.

AMERICAN BULLSHIT by Eric Warren Singer
“The true story of Abscam, the FBI’s 1980 undercover sting operation of Congress toroot out corruption which was the brainchild of the world’s greatest con man.”
Sony. Atlas Entertainment producing.

ARGO by Chris Terrio
“The true story of how the CIA, with help from Hollywood, used a fake movie project tosmuggle hostages out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis.”
Warner Brothers. Smoke House producing.

THE LAST SON OF ISAAC LEMAY by Greg Johnson
“An aging outlaw convinced that there is evil in his genes goes on a journey to killoff his offspring. In the process, he discovers that his last remaining son is aterrifying manifestation of his worst fears.”
Blind Wink Productions producing.

FAMILY GETAWAY by Jeremiah Friedman & Nick Palmer
“A man whose family doesn’t know he’s an assassin must protect them during a cross-country car chase when rival killers show up.”
Warner Brothers. Mosaic producing.

DIE IN A GUNFIGHT by Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari
“A young New Yorker falls in love with the daughter of his father’s nemesis, settingin motion a Romeo and Juliet-like forbidden romance.”
Media Rights Capital. Mark Gordon Company, Ninjas Runnin’ Wild producing.

BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY by David Posamentier & Geoff Moore
“A straight-laced pharmacist’s uneventful life spirals out of control when he startsan affair with a trophy wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugsand possibly murder.”
Occupant Films producing.

GRAY MAN by Adam Cozad
“American operative Court Gentry, also known as the Gray Man, races against time andteams of government assassins in an effort to save his family.”
New Regency. Shine Pictures producing.

IMAGINE by Dan Fogelman
“A musician in his sixties tries to live his life differently after reading an old letter written to him by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Of greatest importance to him:tracking down and reconnecting with his biological son, whom he has never met.”
Warner Brothers. Di Novi Pictures, Carousel Productions, Jessie Nelson producing.

CHRONICLE by Max Landis
“Three Portland teens become exposed to a mysterious substance in the woods, and, as aresult, begin to develop incredible powers. They work together to hone their skillsfor fun until personal and family problems begin to turn them against one another.”
Fox. Davis Entertainment producing.

GOLD by Patrick Massett & John Zinman
“The true story of the biggest securities exchange fraud in United States history.”
Andrew Deane, Paul Haggis producing.

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN by Evan Daugherty
“A re-imagining of the story of Snow White in which the huntsman sent to kill herbecomes her mentor.”
Universal. Roth Films producing.

ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING? by Tom Gormican
“A dating movie told from the male perspective about the lengths men will go throughto avoid being officially in a relationship.”
Scott Aversano, Andrew O’Connor producing.

FREE COUNTRY by Josh Parkinson
“The owner of a tourist mining cave kills a rich boy who finds a huge ruby. Chaos ensues when he teams up with his two dysfunctional brothers to hide the body and fencethe stone with the victim’s hot-headed twin on the hunt for his brother.”
Mandate Pictures, Rough House Pictures producing.

GANGSTER SQUAD by Will Beall
“Amidst the corruption and chaos of 1940s Los Angeles, the LAPD’s Gangster Squad worksto keep the East Coast Mafia out of the city.”
Warner Brothers. Lin Pictures, Langley Park Pictures producing.

YOUR BRIDESMAID IS A BITCH by Brian Duffeld
“After agreeing to groomsman duties at his sister’s wedding, Noah Palmer realizes hemay have made the mistake of his life after finding out that the woman who broke hisheart is also part of the bridal party.”
Skydance Productions producing.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER by Seth Grahame-Smith
“When the mother of future United States President Abraham Lincoln is murdered by a
vampire, he begins a lifelong vendetta to rid the world of the heinous creatures.”
Fox. Tim Burton Productions, Bazelevs Productions producing.

HUNGER GAMES by Billy Ray
“Based on the book by Suzanne Collins. In an America of the future, young boys andgirls are forced to participate in a televised battle to the death.”
Lionsgate. Color Force producing.

WELCOME TO PEOPLE by Alex Kurtzman, Bob Orci, Jody Lambert
“A young man whose father has recently passed away is tasked with bringing $150,000 toan alcoholic sister he never knew about and her twelve-year-old son.”
Dreamworks. Kurtzman/Orci producing.

WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY? by Max Botkin
“In a world where families are allowed only one child due to overpopulation, aresourceful set of identical septuplets must avoid governmental execution anddangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.”
Vendome Pictures. Raffaella Productions producing.

THE BUTLER by Danny Strong
“The story of African-American White House butler Eugene Allen, who served eightUnited States presidents from 1952 to 1986.”
Sony. Laura Ziskin Productions producing.

THE ESCORT by Justin Adler
“A ‘flight escort’ responsible for overseeing the safe transport of a spoiled, wise-ass child must find alternate means of getting the kid home to Boston after theirplane is grounded.”
Dreamworks. Tom McNulty producing.

FUN SIZE by Max Werner
“A high school senior is forced to take her weirdo brother trick-or-treating but losestrack of him along the way. With the help of a few classmates, she tries to find himbefore her mother gets home. Meanwhile, the depraved little brother is having thetime of his life.”
Paramount. Anonymous Content, Fake Empire producing.

ARSONIST’S LOVE STORY by Katie Lovejoy
“A young arsonist falls for a woman in the art world that he desperately wants to be apart of.”

LOOPER by Rian Johnson
“In the present day, a group of hitmen are sent their victims from the future.”
Endgame Entertainment. Gordonstreet Pictures producing.

MURDOCH by Jesse Armstrong
“As his family gathers for his birthday party, Rupert Murdoch tries to convince hiselder children to alter the family trust so that his two youngest children by hisnewest wife will have voting rights in the company.”

ONE DAY by David Nicholls
“Dexter and Emma meet for the first time on college graduation day in 1988 and proceed
to reunite one day a year for the next 20 years.”
Focus Features, Film4. Color Force, Random House Films producing.

PERFECT MATCH by Morgan Schechter & Eric Pearson
“Twenty-eight year old male and female roommates who are longtime best friends andunlucky in love decide to try an internet dating service which promises to introducethem to their ‘perfect match.’ In the process, they discover that they’re each other’sperfect match.”
Michael De Luca Productions producing.

THE 13TH MAN by Enio Rigolin
“An unlikely codebreaker is thrust into the role of a hero when he discovers a secretcode being sent through comic books during WWII.”

DARK MOON by Olatunde Osunsanmi
“Using found footage, story explores the possibility that manned moon missions did notstop with Apollo 17."
Dark Castle Entertainment. Weed Road Pictures producing.

HOT MESS by Jenni Ross
“Four girlfriends make, and then break, a list of rules devised to get the guys oftheir dreams and discover their inner hot messes in the process.”
Endgame Entertainment. Goldsmith-Thomas Productions producing.

EVERLY by Yale Hannon
“The story of one woman’s struggle for redemption as she fights to stay alive andunite with her mother and young daughter, all while staving off vicious attacks by aruthless army of Yakuzas who have trapped her in her apartment.”
Anonymous Content producing.

HOOF HARRINGTON’S GREATEST HITS by Dutch Southern
“An aging, semi-retired hitman recalls his murderous career while trying to kill thebillionaire who has put out a contract on his life.”

THE IMPOSSIBLE by Sergio Sanchez
“After a major tsunami hits a beach resort in Yokohama, Japan, a Spanish family onvacation with young children gets separated and must find each other amidst thewreckage.”
Summit Entertainment. Apaches Entertainment producing.

MURDER OF A CAT by Christian Magalhars & Robert Snow
“A darkly comic noir about a guy trying to unravel the mystery around the murder ofhis pet cat.”

OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL by Mitchell Kapner
“Based on the books of L. Frank Baum. The story of how a con artist from Kansas becamethe Wizard behind the curtain.”
Disney. Roth Films producing.

ROAD TO NARDO by Mike Gagerman & Andrew Waller
“Two guys drive to Mexico to rescue their best friend who is broke and without an ID.”
Original Film, American Work Inc. producing.

ABDUCTION by Shawn Christensen
“When a teenager who has always felt distanced from his parents discovers that he was,in fact, kidnapped as a child, he is thrust into a vast conspiracy and must go on therun in order to survive.”
Lionsgate. Vertigo Entertainment, the Gotham Group, Tailor Made Entertainment producing.

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? by Megan Martin
“After a woman spills her secrets to a stranger during a turbulent plane ride, sheshows up at work to discover that he is the recently returned CEO of her company.”
Seed Productions, Laurence Mark Productions producing.

CINEMA VERITE by David Seltzer
“Based on the PBS series ‘An American Family,’ cameras follow a family as they go
about their daily life.”
HBO Films. Pariah producing.

THE CLAIM by Damien Chazelle
“A father with a criminal past must save his kidnapped daughter, even as he fights theclaim of another couple who insist the girl is theirs.”
Route One Films producing.

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. by Dan Fogelman
“Straight-laced, fortysomething Cal Weaver is living the dream – good job, nice house,great kids, and marriage to his high school sweetheart - but when Cal learns that hiswife, Emily, has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his ‘perfect’ life quicklyunravels.”
Warner Brothers. Di Novi Pictures, Carousel Productions producing.

GET A JOB by Kyle Pennekamp & Scott Turpel
“A comedy about a father and son struggling to find a job in the current job market.”
CBS Films. Double Feature Films producing.

THE GIRL WITH SOMETHING EXTRA by Terrence Michael
“A young man who has been raised his entire life to believe that he is a girl comes ofage as he enters high school and learns his true gender.”

HOW IT ENDS by Brooks Mclaren
“When an apocalypse strikes, a man halfway across the country from his pregnant wifegoes on a dangerous and desperate journey to get back to her.”
The Schiff Company producing.

HYDE by Cole Haddon
“An allegedly rehabilitated Dr. Jekyll is pulled out of prison to help hunt a newmonster who seems to be using an improved version of the Hyde serum.”
Dark Horse Entertainment, Mark Gordon Productions, Skydance Productions producing.

KEEP COMING BACK by Michael Gilio
“When an adrenaline-junkie interventionist attempts to save a troubled woman, henearly loses everything in the process.”
Fox Searchlight. Ad Hominem Enterprises producing.

THE LAST WITCH HUNTER by Cory Goodman
“With the population of witches and warlocks on the brink of a major explosion, onewitch hunter must stop them before it’s too late.”
Summit Entertainment. Aperture producing.

RICKY STANICKY by Jeff Bushell
“For years, three lifelong friends have used an invented character named RickyStanicky to get out of sticky situations. When their wives demand a meeting withRicky, the friends hire an actor to portray him.”
Summit Entertainment. Michael De Luca Productions, Smart Entertainment producing.

EASY MONEY by Noah Oppenheim
“Based on the film Snabba Cash, a business school student with substantial ambitionworks in strategy for a New York City criminal enterprise.”
Warner Brothers. Atlas Entertainment, Ninjas Runnin’ Wild Productions producing.

ZOMBIE BABY by Andy Jones
“After the zombie apocalypse, a young couple unsure about whether to start a familyhas the decision made for them when they take in an orphaned zombie baby they don’thave the heart to kill.”
Unnamed Yorn Company, Alan Gasmer & Friends producing.

ATM by Chris Sparling
“Three co-workers end up in a desperate fight for survival when they stop to use anATM.”
Gold Circle Films, The Safran Company producing.

BOY SCOUTS VS. ZOMBIES by Carrie Evans & Emi Mochizuko
“A troop of Boy Scouts on their weekend camping trip must protect an island town froma zombie outbreak and save the local girl scout troop.”
Paramount. Broken Road Productions producing.

THE EVER AFTER MURDERS by Ian Fried
“In a dark metropolis populated with characters from classical folklore, detectivesTom Thumb and Rachel Riding investigate a murder that brings them into contact withthe city’s most dangerous inhabitants.”

HOVERCAR 3D by Blaise Hemingway
“Set in the future, an ex-con street racer has to transport a whistleblower acrosscountry in a high speed hovercar with an army of authorities trying to stop them.”
Disney. Beacon Pictures, Millar/Gough Ink producing.

LOLA VERSUS by Daryl Wein & Zoe Lister-Jones
“A twenty-nine year old woman has to reevaluate her life after her long time boyfriendcalls off their wedding at the last minute.”
Fox Searchlight. Groundswell Productions producing.

PROM by Katie Wech
“High school students prepare for their prom.”
Disney. Idealogy, Inc. producing.

REPLAY by Jason Smilovic
“Based on the Ken Grimwood novel. A man dies, wakes up in his 18-year old body, andgets to relive his life over and over. With his original memory intact, he takes theopportunity to travel down roads he passed up the first time around.”
Warner Brothers. Goldsmith-Thomas Productions producing.

SIDNEY GRIMES by Brian Helgeland
“A man just out of prison seeks revenge on his former partner who got him locked up.”
Todd Black, Billy Gerber producing.

ALIVE ALONE by Khurram Longi
“A London-based suicide bomber is having a crisis of conscience as he and his cell areplanning an attack in the city. His female next door neighbor, a drug addict andprostitute, has men who want to kill her after witnessing the murder of her john.These two find solace in each other as they try to survive their respectivesituations.”
Sarah Radclyffe producing.

F*CKING JANE AUSTEN by Blake Bruns
“Two friends angry at Jane Austen for creating unrealistic romantic expectations amongwomen today get sent back in time to the nineteenth century. The only way for them toreturn home is for one of them to get Jane Austen to fall in love and sleep with him.”
Brucks Entertainment producing.

THE FLIGHT OF THE NEZ PERCE by E. Nicholas Mariani
“The true story of Chief Joseph and his resistance to his tribe’s relocation to amilitary settlement in Idaho during the 1800s.”

HIT AND RUN by Owen Yarde
“A young man discovers that the undertaker who recently hired him as his driver isactually a hit man for the mafia.”

KITCHEN SINK by Oren Uziel
“A human teenager, a vampire, and a zombie must save their town from an alieninvasion.”

NESS/CAPONE by Grant Myers
“The true story of young Elliot Ness taking down Al Capone.”

O.K.C. by Clay Wold
“An ambitious legal aide working for the Timothy McVeigh defense team tries to get tothe bottom of what really happened during the Oklahoma City bombing.”
The Safran Company producing.

PAINT by Brit McAdams
“A Bob Ross-esque PBS painting show host must fight for his career when his stationbrings in a rival painting host.”
Rip Cord Productions producing.

PAPER AIRPLANE by Sid Karger
“After sabotaging another family vacation, a travel agent who’s afraid to fly battleshis irrational phobias in order to win back his wife and daughter.”

POINT A by Chris Rubeo
“An unconventional romantic comedy between a thirty year old magazine writer and the subject of his newest piece, a witty, wise beyond her years teenage video blogger.”

SERENA by Chris Kyle
“In 1930s North Carolina, George Pemberton, with the help of his father’s money, ownsand runs a logging operation in the Smoky Mountains. George meets and marries Serena,a strong-willed, scheming, ambitious woman.”
Nick Wechsler Productions, Exclusive Media Group producing.

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