The yearly event that is the release of The Blacklist is upon us. If you aren't familiar with it, it's a list of the "most liked" screenplays from the past year that have not (yet) been made into feature films.
You can see the full list over at blcklst.com but I've picked out the most intriguing-sounding scripts from the mini-synopsis provided. Take a look below and let me know if you'd want to see these on the big screen!
'Bubbles' by Isaac Adamson
A baby chimp is adopted by the pop star Michael Jackson. Narrating his own story, Bubbles the Chimp details his life within The King of Pop’s inner circle through the scandals that later rocked Jackson’s life and eventually led to Bubbles’ release.
At the time of writing this is the "most liked" screenplay on The Blacklist. A Jacko biopic is surely going to appear sooner or later, but the story from the point-of-view of probably the world's most famous chimp is certainly an intriguing idea! Andy Serkis as Bubbles, anyone?
'Pale Blue Dot' by Brian C. Brown & Elliott DiGuiseppe
Twelve months after returning from a space mission, decorated astronaut Laura Pepper is arrested for the attempted murder of a fellow astronaut.
With a title (presumably) inspired by the Carl Sagan book of the same name, this script sounds like a heady mix of sci-fi and psychological thriller. 2015 was a good year for sci-fi thanks to the likes of Ex Machina, The Martian and of course Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so hopefully those numbers will convince someone at a studio somewhere to take a chance on this one.
'The Shave' by Thomas White & Miles Hubley
A dirty cop, exonerated in the murder of a high school honor student, visits the boy’s father at his barbershop, and while receiving a straight razor shave, listens to him recount the story of his son’s life.
Ok, this one sounds tense. I can feel my toes curling just thinking about it! I suppose it could be a gentle story about a boy's life, but the involvement of a straight razor in the synopsis suggests to me that the cop might be in for a very close shave indeed. In the right hands this could be white-knuckle tense, in the wrong hands it could be a snoozefest. It's an interesting one, though.
'Treasure Island' by James Coyne
Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, young Jim Hawkins finds a map to a buried fortune; to claim it means a perilous voyage, pirate treachery, and the wicked mentorship of Long John Silver
Come on. You know that Treasure Island deserves the big screen treatment. Well, Ok, there was the Disney version from the '50s and there have been a few made-for-TV movies but surely a big budget, modern day version would do well?
'I Believe In America' by Terry Clyne
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Godfather, revealing that the creative forces behind one of the finest American films ever made were all as cunning and ruthless as the mobsters portrayed in Mario Puzo’s bestseller.
Weirdly, this is one of two scripts related to behind-the-scenes goings on during The Godfather on The Blacklist (the other is Francis And The Godfather by Andrew Farotte). I'd be happy for either to get made, to be honest. Who doesn't want a look at the craziness of Copolla (and his power struggle with the producer Robert Evans) and the diva stylings of Brando? I really hope one of these two gets made!
Those are my top 5 picks from The Blacklist 2015. Take a look at the list for yourself and let me know what your favorites are! What sounds great, what sounds terrible? There's a chance none of these will get made, of course, but even thinking about it makes me excited for the new year of films ahead!
Which Blacklist script synopsis did you like best?
Source: The Black List