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December 13 2010

Danny Strong's Screenplay Makes the 2010 Black List. Danny Strong's script, "The Butler," appears on the annual list, which highlights the best (by informal industry consensus) unproduced screenplays of a given year.

Wentworth Miller, who you'll remember from the "Buffy" episode "Go Fish," also makes the list with his screenplay, "Stoker."

I saw this on Jane Espenson's twitter and I thought about posting it, I'm glad you did XanMan. Danny did such an amazing job with 'Recount' I'm surprised that no one wants to do this screenplay.
Good for Danny, though there are some terrible-seeming scripts on that list:

5 votes: "... Jane Austen" by Blake Bruns

Two male friends angry at Jane Austen for creating unrealistic romantic expectations among women today get sent back in time to the 19th century. The only way for them to return home is for one of them to get Jane Austen to fall in love and sleep with him.


I'm pretty sure I'd give that a pass.

And I see Tim Burton Productions has Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Does that list mean the screenplays were actually purchased by a production company and just sitting? I'm a little out of the loops on how it works.
I'm surprised that no one wants to do this screenplay.

That's not what the Black List is about. Not anymore. It's no longer really about unproduced screenplays as it is about executives (who vote on the scripts) favourites at the time. Many of the script on this list are in various stages of pre and post-production. More cynical observers say that it is merely just another outlet of the Hollywood hype machine. Either way, the one thing that is good about it is that it proves that the writers are on "Executives" radar, clearly a very positive situation to be in.


Does that list mean the screenplays were actually purchased by a production company and just sitting? I'm a little out of the loops on how it works.

Most scripts, it seems, on this list are set up with producers. I can point to one with a trailer out. A lot are adaptations or more work-for-hire type projects (which I think Danny Strong's was) rather than pure spec scripts.
For those interested in what many consider to be the best unproduced strictly-specs of the year, check out 'The Hit List'...

http://www.tracking-board.com/the-hit-list-2010-the-best-spec-scripts-of-2010/

[ edited by J Linc on 2010-12-14 17:04 ]
Darn, that 2nd link doesn't work.
Fox strikes again!
After Recount, I'm surprised that Danny doesn't have a little more cred in Hollywood. Plus the concept sounds fascinating. Although not necessarily for a big screen project, it sounds like a slam dunk for HBO.

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