The annual Black List is a compilation of the year's best unproduced screenplays, determined by surveying 250 "Hollywood insiders" like agents, studio development executives and producers, who get to read many of the scripts that circulate around the movie business in the hope of actually getting made. Many of them never get that chance; some -- recent examples include Transcendence, Edge of Tomorrow and Best Picture winner Argo -- go all the way and end up on a theater screen near you.
The Black List is celebrating its 10th anniversary with this year's results, and the final list of 70 scripts includes 17 that fall within the sci-fi/horror/fantasy category. Whether any of these get made into movies remains to be seen, but it's good to know that there is some quality writing being done in the genres we love (according to the folks reading this stuff) and that not everything needs to be on the level of Transformers: Age of Extinction.
We haven't read the scripts ourselves, but here's a look at the 17 genre offerings that made the cut, in order of how they ranked in the voting (the one with the most votes is first). See if any of them grab you:
Aether by Krysty Wilson-Cairns: In near-future London, a revolutionary technology has been invented that can record sounds hours after they were made. Detective Harry Orwell, inventor of this technology, is part of a pilot program where investigators record and analyze past sound waves and finds himself the prime suspect while investigating a string of brutal murders.
Situation Comedy by Cat Vasko: A young woman, feeling directionless, stumbles upon a mysterious courtyard where she is transported into a sitcom-like universe, becoming a major character on this “TV show.”
Tau by Noga Landau: A woman held captive in the futuristic smart house of a serial kidnapper realizes that her only hope of escape lies in turning the house’s sentient computer against its creator.
Dodge by Scott Wascha: A genre-bending action comedy about a pill-popping thug who begins to develop superpowers.
Moonfall by David Weil: The investigation of a murder on a moon colony (Moonfall has attracted the interest of director Darren Aronofsky and others, while Weil -- a newcomer -- has also sold Warner Bros. a treatment for a seven-film series based on Arabian Nights).
Bird Box by Eric Heisserer: A woman tries to lead her children to safety after the world is invaded by monsters who turn you insane on sight (Heisserer wrote the prequel to The Thing and the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, so hopefully his original stuff is better).
Yellowstone Falls by Daniel Kunka: After an apocalyptic event, a mother wolf is separated from her mate and the rest of the pack and has to protect her cubs from swarms of mutated humans (Kunka also made the List last year for a script about the Bermuda Triangle).
Syndrome (E) by Mark Heyman: A detective solving the case of a disturbing film with subliminal images that is killing people who come in contact with it discovers a greater evil.
Possession: A Love Story by Jack Stanley: In a seemingly perfect marriage, a man discovers that he is actually wedded to a demon inhabiting a woman’s body.
The Shower by Jac Schaeffer: At a baby shower for their longtime friend, the attendees suddenly find themselves in the middle of a different type of shower: meteors that release a vapor turning men into blood-hungry aliens.
Celeritas by Kimberly Barrante: When a missing astronaut crash-lands 40 years after he launched having not aged a day, his elderly twin brother helps him escape the NASA scientists hunting him. As the government closes in, neither brother is who he claims to be.
Wonka by Jason Micallef: A dark reimagining of the Willy Wonka story beginning in World War II and culminating with his takeover of the chocolate factory.
Morgan by Seth W. Owen: A corporate risk management consultant is summoned to a remote research lab to determine whether to terminate an at-risk artificial being.
The Bringing by Brandon Murphey and Philip Murphey: A private investigator investigates a mysterious murder at a downtown Los Angeles hotel and uncovers its dark supernatural history. Based on true events.
Erin’s Voice by Greg Sullivan: A deaf computer genius's world is thrown into turmoil when he meets a troubled coffee-shop waitress whose voice turns out to be the only thing he can miraculously hear.
The Eden Project by Christina Hodson: When a race of genetically modified humans living secretly among us declare war on man, the fate of the world is in the hands of a rogue "Synthetic" named Eve and a young girl who is about to discover she’s not all human.
A Garden at the End of the World by Gary Graham: In a post-apocalyptic world, a recluse, trying to re-create trees to produce new life, takes in a young girl who is on the run from some bad men, including her father.
I'm not sure how I feel about a Willy Wonka prequel, but let's give the others the benefit of the doubt. See anything on here that you think should become an actual movie?
(via Giant Freakin Robot)