Sci-fi and Stephen King on 2016 list of best unproduced screenplays

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Dec 13, 2016

Hollywood's annual Black List, as always, serves up a healthy selection of genre offerings.

In case you don't know what the Black List is, it's a yearly survey of the best screenplays circulating around the film business that have yet to be put into production. Some of them may never make it to the screen; some may take a decade to get there (like the script for the new sci-fi movie Passengers, which made the list in 2007), and it's always possible that one of these will be collecting an Academy Award and breaking box office records a year or two from now.

So while some of these scripts will turn into hotly debated, passionately embraced or utterly forgotten movies in the years ahead, it's worth checking out the list now to see what the field looks like for science fiction, horror and fantasy. Thanks to Slashfilm, below is a list of the genre or genre-related offerings that appear on the 2016 survey. If you're a screenwriter, they give you an idea of what the studios and their development teams are responding to these days; if you're a fan, they may provide a window into what sci-fi cinema will look like in the years ahead (including, strangely enough, two scripts about Stephen King -- not by him, but about him!).

Scan through the entire Black List here, or read the genre entries below (each one has the title, author and "log line" or basic synopsis of the script). Let us know what you think, and let's all check back when one or more of these actually hits the screen ...

Voyagers (Zach Dean): The cosmic love story of Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan.

In the Blink of An Eye (Colby Day): Explores the entire history of the universe and our species through three interwoven storylines that question the very nature of life, love, mortality, where we’ve been, and where we’re going; the past, present, and future of the human race.

O2 (Christie LeBlanc): Waking up inside a cryogenic chamber with no memory of how she got there, Charlie must somehow escape the chamber before her air runs out.

The Time Traveler's La Ronde (Tom Dean): An exploration of relationships as a man witnesses diferent types of love across the ages.

Fairy Godmother (Chiara Atik): When sought after Fairy Godmother Faye is hired by a mind-bogglingly gorgeous teenage client, Kenzie, to fnd her true love with the hottest prince in the land, Faye fnds herself facing an unfamiliar challenge when the prince starts falling for her instead.

Free Guy (Matt Lieberman): A bank teller stuck in his routine discovers he’s a background character in a realistic, open world action-adventure video game and he is the only one capable of saving the city.

The Kings Of Maine (Kathy Charles): Living with his wife and child in a trailer while working as a janitor, Stephen King struggles with alcoholism and his own dark history as he attempts to complete Carrie.

Maximum King! (Shay Hatten): An outlandish, surreal imagining of how in 1985 Stephen King wrote and directed his horror classic Maximum Overdrive.

I Think We're Alone Now (Mike Makowsky): The apocalypse proves a blessing in disguise for one lucky recluse — until a second survivor arrives with the threat of companionship.

Man Alive (Joe Greenberg): After an alien invasion takes over the minds of humankind, one survivor known as “Man” must make peace with the alien force to fight a greater evil.

Mother (Michael Lloyd Green): A teenage girl is raised underground by a robot “Mother” – designed to repopulate the earth’s surface following an extinction-level event. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.