If Only: The Best Unmade Movies of 2012
by Alyssa Jung
The end of the year is often a time of reflection, with “Best Of” lists seemingly everywhere. Since 2006, the “Black List” has rounded up the most popular movies that weren’t—that is, unproduced screenplays that make the rounds in Tinseltown each calendar year but don’t get made. Hollywood executives rank the scripts.
The 2012 “Black List” has been released, and it’s worth a quick scan, film buff or not.
Just because potential movies make the list doesn’t mean they’ll never make it to the big screen. On the contrary, the Black List might offer a peek at what’s to come. Juno and The Social Network topped Black Lists in years past. (To make the list, a script needs at least six mentions by Hollywood execs.)
Here are three scripts from this year’s list that I’d love to see make it to theaters.
• Rodham: An exploration of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s experiences as a young lawyer with the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate scandal (before she married Bill). The script follows Hillary as she chooses between politics and her relationship with the future president.
• JoJo Rabbit: The story of a 10-year-old boy who is injured by a grenade at a Hitler youth camp and discovers his mother is hiding a 15-year-old Jewish girl in their home during World War II.
• Draft Day: A Buffalo Bills’ general manager must make tough NFL Draft Day decisions to save the team. This one reportedly has Kevin Costner attached.
Which “Black List” choices would you like to see make it to filming?