Aliens, space Marines and new takes on fairytales among 2017's Black List

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Dec 12, 2017

It's that time again -- time to look at this year's Black List and peruse all the best that genre has to offer from the realm of unproduced screenplays.

In case you're unfamiliar, the Black List is an annual survey that consists of the best scripts of that year that have not been made as feature films. Some of them may linger in screenplay limbo, some of them might wind up becoming the latest genre hit (like Edge of Tomorrow, for example) -- but each year's Black List is always worth examining to simply peruse the up-and-comers in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. 

Last year's Black List consisted of entries that haven't made it to production as of now, but this year's List has a lot to offer. There are 76 scripts in total on the 2017 Black List, and you can view it in its entirety here, but we've pulled out a few of the scripts that could represent the next wave in genre feature-length films.

Where I End (Imran Zaidi): In a world where your life can be saved, uploaded to a computer, and restarted in the case of your untimely demise, a husband returns from the dead, suspecting his wife may have been involved in his death.

When Lightning Strikes (Anna Klassen): The true story of 25-year-old Joanne Rowling as she weathers first loves, unexpected pregnancies, lost jobs, and depression on her journey to create Harry Potter.

The Expansion Project (Leo Sardarian): A rookie Marine gets stranded on a hostile planet during humanity’s space colonization with nothing but her exo-suit, which is running out of fusion power.

Jellyfish Summer (Sarah Jane Inwards): A young black girl’s family in 1960s Mississippi decides to harbor two human-looking refugees who have mysteriously fallen from the sky.

Escape From the North Pole (Paul Laudiero, Ben Baker): A young girl partners up with an elf, a Russian explorer, and a reindeer to rescue Santa Claus from a band of evil elves and save the North Pole.

Moxie (Heather Quinn): To combat crime in near-future Los Angeles, the FBI creates supercops based on specific genetic sequences. To their shock, their best candidate is a vulgar stripper named Moxie.

Gadabout (Ross Evans): In 1951, a manufacturing company stirs up curiosity when they publish a user’s manual to a time machine called Gadabout TM-1050.

Strongman (Nicholas Jacobson-Larson, Dalton Leeb): Based on the confusing, sometimes offensive, borderline-insane memories of David Prowse, the irascible Englishman behind Darth Vader’s mask.

Dorothy & Alice (Justin Merz): Dorothy Gale and Alice meet in a home for those having nightmares and embark on a journey to save the imaginations of the world.

Greenland (Chris Sparling): A disgraced father is determined to get his family to what, in four days, will be the only safe place on earth.

The Lodge (Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala, previous draft and original idea by Sergio Casci): A supernatural evil haunts a woman and her stepchildren in a cabin on Christmas.

Meat (Logan Martin): A misanthropic man notices bizarre changes in himself, his wife, and the animals inhabiting the territory around their homestead as they attempt to survive self-imposed isolation.

Bios (Craig Luck, Ivor Powell): In a post-apocalyptic world, a man spends his dying days with the robot he created to look after his dog.

The Grownup (Natalie Krinsky): Based on the short story “The Grownup” by Gillian Flynn. A con woman who pretends to read auras is hired by a wealthy woman to banish an evil spirit from her house, but it is soon clear that the fake exorcist is in over her head.

On (Ryan Jennifer Jones): In a slightly futuristic/hyper-efficient Manhattan, a newly single book editor purchases a customizable sex android to assuage her broken heart. When her toy’s closed feedback loop starts to alter her personality, she must reevaluate the merits of a perfectly compatible partner.

Could you envision any of these making waves at the box office?

(via Deadline)