2015 "Black List" of Top Unproduced Screenplays

by EricGreene | created - 29 Dec 2015 | updated - 14 Jan 2016 | Public

A list of the top unproduced screenplays as voted on by film executives in 2015.

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1. Bubbles (I)

Animation, Comedy | Announced

A chimpanzee tells his story of living with the legendary musician, Michael Jackson.

Director: Mark Gustafson | Star: Piyali Munshi

2. Stronger (I) (2017)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama

76 Metascore

Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Richard Lane Jr.

Votes: 41,075 | Gross: $4.21M

3. The Libertine

Drama | Announced

Living under house arrest for allegations of sexual assault, a French diplomat awaits trial with his estranged wife in their guarded apartment.

4. The Rocket

Drama | Announced

This is the story of Roger "The Rocket" Clemens who, despite having one of the best pitching records of baseball history, is not in the hall of fame.

5. Crater (III)

Drama | Pre-production

After the death of his father, a boy growing up on a lunar mining colony takes a trip to explore a legendary crater, along with his four best friends, prior to being permanently relocated to another planet.

Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez

6. Miss Sloane (2016)

R | 132 min | Drama

64 Metascore

In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. But when taking on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds winning may come at too high a price.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 64,988 | Gross: $3.44M

7. True Fan

Drama | Announced

A disgraced Chicago Cubs fan seeks out a new life after he's accused of costing the baseball team's chances at winning the pennant.

8. Lucy in the Sky (2019)

R | 124 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

36 Metascore

Astronaut Lucy Cola returns to Earth after a transcendent experience during a mission to space, and begins to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small.

Director: Noah Hawley | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens

Votes: 5,971

9. Reagan (II)

Biography, Drama | Announced

An intern for U.S. President, Ronald Regan, is tasked with helping the world leader cope with his dementia.

10. Bump (II)

Drama | Announced

An attorney's life is turned upside down when he tries to cover up a fatal hit and run.

Director: Zach Braff | Star: Charlene McKenna

11. Eli (I) (2019)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A boy receiving treatment for his auto-immune disorder discovers that the house he's living in isn't as safe as he thought.

Director: Ciarán Foy | Stars: Charlie Shotwell, Kelly Reilly, Max Martini, Lili Taylor

Votes: 29,620

12. Septillion to One

Comedy, Romance | Announced

A former FBI agent working for the fraud unit of the Texas State Lottery ends up falling for a woman he's supposed to be investigating after she suspiciously won the jackpot three times.

Director: Mark Romanek

13. White Boy Rick (2018)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama

59 Metascore

The story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

Director: Yann Demange | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Votes: 30,177 | Gross: $24.01M

14. Boomtown

Thriller | Announced

A corporate investor unearths a criminal conspiracy in North Dakota's oil territory.

15. Dreamland (I) (2019)

R | 98 min | Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

A teenager's adventures as a bounty hunter take an unexpected twist.

Director: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte | Stars: Finn Cole, Margot Robbie, Travis Fimmel, Kerry Condon

Votes: 2,730

16. The Fisherman (IV)

Drama | Announced

A fisherman in New England tracks down a shark that killed his friends.

17. The Water Man (I) (2020)

PG | 92 min | Drama

A boy sets out on a quest to save his ill mother by searching for a mythic figure said to have magical healing powers.

Director: David Oyelowo | Stars: Rosario Dawson, Maria Bello, Alfred Molina, David Oyelowo

Votes: 38

18. All the Money in the World (2017)

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris

Votes: 76,062 | Gross: $25.11M

19. Boy (I)

Drama | Announced

A teenage boy with special powers goes on the run with his mother after his father is accidentally killed.

20. The Shave

Drama | Announced

A dirty cop, exonerated in the murder of a high school honor student, visits the dead boy's father at his barbershop, and while receiving a straight razor shave listens to him recount the story of his son's life.

21. Do No Harm (I)

Thriller | Announced

A surgeon's affair with another ambitious doctor puts her life in jeopardy.

22. Hammerspace

Sci-Fi | Announced

A dying teenager finds a key that unlocks a world to an alternate dimension that helps him in his time of crisis.

23. The Wretched Emily Derringer

Horror | Announced

A young killer discovers that there is a copycat murderer in her town who's crimes are wrongfully being credited to her.

24. Pandemonium, Splendidly Managed

Drama | Announced

A local TV news anchor from Arizona tries to make it as a game show host in Los Angeles.

25. The Virginian

Drama | Announced

George Washington, who is young, depressed and hoping to switch sides in the revolution, accepts a risky yet vital mission to conquer a French fort.

Director: Jason Hall | Star: Clint Howard

26. Castle Drive

Drama | Announced

A journalist interviews a murderer known as the "Green Beret Killer".

27. Cut and Run

Thriller | Announced

Two woman try to take down a Florida sex trafficker.

28. American Woman (2018)

R | 111 min | Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

A woman raises her young grandson after her daughter goes missing.

Director: Jake Scott | Stars: Sienna Miller, Sky Ferreira, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul

Votes: 5,304 | Gross: $0.24M

29. Mayday 109

Drama | Announced

John F. Kennedy's PT boat comes under attack by a Japanese warship in World War II.

Star: Ansel Elgort

30. Morningstar (I)

Sci-Fi | Announced

An alien race forms a truce with the people of Earth, but one secret agent is sent on a mission to determine if there is an alien spy.

31. Rough Night (2017)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

51 Metascore

Things go terribly wrong for a group of girlfriends who hire a male stripper for a bachelorette party in Miami.

Director: Lucia Aniello | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoë Kravitz, Ilana Glazer

Votes: 47,519 | Gross: $22.06M

32. Nyad

Drama | Pre-production

64-year-old marathon swimmer, Diana Nyad, attempts to become the first person ever to swim from Cuba to Florida.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Star: Annette Bening

33. Queen of the Air

Drama | Announced

The story of Lillian Leitzel, a trapeze artist who in the early 20th century was one of the biggest stars in the world as she performed for the Circus. Her tragic love affair with Alfredo Codona, one of the best trapeze artists to ever exist, also was chronicled. The two were tempestuous artists, divas and madly in love. Their rise to fame is tracked, from the mud-caked small-town circuses to the... See full summary »

Star: Margot Robbie

34. Spring Offensive

Thriller | Announced

Plot is about a female-driven political thriller.

35. BlackFriars

History | Announced

Based upon Walter Robinson's life story in connection with the Black Friars Massacre of 1978.

Director: Will Gluck

36. Circle of Treason

Biography, Drama, History | Pre-production

A pair of CIA agents help bring down one of the agency's biggest moles, Aldrich Ames, in the 1990s.

Director: Massy Tadjedin

37. Star One

Thriller | Announced

Two CIA agents must overcome their opposing world views to evade Soviet forces during a dangerous overland journey to save Tibet from looming Chinese invasion. It's the true story of the first CIA agent ever to die in the line of duty.

38. The Set Up

Action, Comedy | Announced

A pair of friends get in over their heads when they're set up on a blind date.

39. Bare Knuckle

Drama | Announced

An accomplished boxer in 1862 New York uses his popularity and influence to send an Irish lumberjack into the front lines of the Civil war after he develops for the man's wife.

40. Chappaquiddick (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

67 Metascore

Depicting Ted Kennedy's involvement in the fatal 1969 car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.

Director: John Curran | Stars: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern

Votes: 12,133 | Gross: $17.40M

41. Great Falls

Drama | Announced

Two police officers try to cover-up a crime in which the only witness is an inmate on death row.

42. Hunting Eichmann

Thriller | Announced

Israeli agents track down Adolph Eichmann in a pro-Nazi region of Argentina.

43. A Speck in the Sea

Drama | Announced

Based on actual events, an account of a lobster fisherman's harrowing experience after he slipped off his boat and fell into the Atlantic Ocean.

44. Battle of New Orleans (II)

Drama | Announced

General Andrew Jackson teams up with Jean Lafitte to battle against the British Army in the the War of 1812.

45. Crimson Trail

Drama | Announced

A preacher sets out on the American frontier seeking revenge against a pair of the notorious serial killers who murdered his family.

46. City of Lies (2018)

R | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Russell Poole and Jack Jackson investigate the murders of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

Director: Brad Furman | Stars: Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker, Toby Huss, Dayton Callie

Votes: 6,052

47. Our Week with Waller

Action, Comedy | Announced

Two friends take a vacation in Spain where they run into one of the world's most dangerous terrorists.

48. Set It Up (2018)

TV-14 | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

62 Metascore

Two corporate executive assistants hatch a plan to match-make their two bosses.

Director: Claire Scanlon | Stars: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs

Votes: 43,495

49. Untitled Sociopath Project

Thriller | Announced

A man's life is turned upside-down when he discovers that he's being stalked by a doppelganger.

50. Ares (I)

Drama, Sci-Fi | Announced

An astronaut crash lands in the African desert and suspects the mission is part of a conspiracy.

Director: Robert Zemeckis

51. Final Journey

Drama | Announced

An Inuit woman struggles for survival alone in the arctic tundra.

52. The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018)

Unrated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

A former cop-turned-militia man investigates a shooting at a police funeral.

Director: Henry Dunham | Stars: James Badge Dale, Chris Mulkey, Brian Geraghty, Robert Aramayo

Votes: 3,510

53. Salem Village

Horror | Announced

Residents of Salem, Massachusetts are haunted by the victims of the notorious witch trials held there years ago.

Director: Yuval Adler

54. Tomorrow on the Runway

Comedy, Drama | Announced

Ill-prepared for parenthood, Kermit St. Lucy, finds himself raising two young children.

55. A Life Fantastic

Drama | Announced

A terminally-ill single mom looks for a new home for her 9-year-old-son.

56. Treasure Island (II)

Adventure | Announced

A boy by the name of Jim Hawkins sails the high seas and battles against pirates in search of a buried treasure.

57. Untitled Larry Hillblom Project

Biography, Drama | Announced

The story of billionaire Larry Hillblom, founder of the international delivery service DHL, who went missing after his plane went down near Saipan in 1995.

Star: Dwayne Johnson

58. An African Western

Drama | Announced

When a young African woman's village is destroyed by a "Christian" paramilitary unit and her sister is kidnapped, she uses every weapon at her disposal on an odyssey to save her last living relative.

59. Atlantic Wall

Drama, War | Pre-production

An American soldier is trapped behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Star: Bradley Cooper

60. I Believe in America

Drama | Announced

A behind-the-scenes account of the making of the epic 1972 film, 'The Godfather'.

61. Ida Tarbell

Drama | Announced

Journalist, Ida Tarbell, takes on the Rockefeller's empire by publishing an investigative series about the history of the Standard Oil Company in McClure's Magazine at the turn of the century.

62. Lou (I)

Drama | Pre-production

A tough elderly woman living on a remote island is recruited by a neighbor to help her find her kidnapped daughter.

Director: Anna Foerster | Star: Allison Janney

63. Senior Year (I)

Comedy | Announced

A thirty seven year-old woman wakes up from a twenty-year-coma and returns to the high school where she was once a popular cheerleader.

64. Verona (I)

Drama, Romance | Announced

A stylized spin on the classic "Romeo and Juliet" story.

65. Bed Rest (I)

Thriller | Announced

A pregnant woman on bed rest begins to wonder if her house is haunted or it's all in her head.

Director: Bradley Parker

66. Preconception

Comedy | Announced

A couple in their 30s decide to live it up before settling down into parenthood.

Director: Ari Sandel

67. 105 and Rising

Drama | Announced

An American Ambassador to and a general oversee the 1975 evacuation of U.S. citizens from Vietnam.

68. Free Agent

Drama | Announced

An executive with the National Basketball Association tries to keep her personal life from interfering with one of the biggest professional deals of her career.

69. Homegrown (I)

Drama | Announced

A home-schooled teenager is sent to live with a foster family and enroll in public school after his father is sent to prison.

Director: Brian O'Malley

70. The Boy (II)

Drama | Announced

A woman is haunted by a ghost that tells her to commit violent acts.

71. Carnival (I)

Thriller | Announced

A knife-thrower at a carnival seeks revenge against those who killed his sister.

Director: Robert Stromberg

72. Crook County

Drama | Pre-production

An undercover agent tries to root out corruption in Chicago's judicial system in the 1980s.

Directors: Aron Gaudet, Gita Pullapilly

73. Damsel (I)

Fantasy | Announced

Rapunzel plots revenge after years of captivity in an isolated tower in the forest.

Director: P.J. Hogan

74. Francis and the Godfather

Drama | Announced

Young director Francis Ford Coppola faces off against producer Robert Evans during the production of 'The Godfather.'

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Elisabeth Moss, Oscar Isaac

75. Green River Killer

Drama | Announced

Investigators track down a notorious serial killer who terrorized residents in the Pacific Northwest of the United States during the 1980s and '90s.

Director: Michael Sheen | Star: Michael Sheen

76. Landslide (I)

Drama, Thriller | Announced

American intelligence officers track down al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

77. Resurface

Action, Thriller | Announced

A pair of divers are trapped 35,000 feet underwater after an earthquake separates them from their crew.

Director: Paul J. Franklin

78. Song of Treblinka

Drama, War | Announced

Held prisoner in Poland's most notorious death camp during World War II, a Jewish conductor stages a revolution against his Nazi captors.

79. The Canyon (I)

Drama | Announced

A family reunites for a road trip that opens old wounds and presents unexpected challenges as they prepare to hike Grand Canyon.

80. Three Months

Drama | Post-production

A comedic, coming-of-age film about a punk gay teenager from Miami exposed to HIV the weekend of his high school graduation, who starts a new relationship with someone from his support group as he waits the three months to get tested.

Director: Jared Frieder | Stars: Viveik Kalra, Troye Sivan, Kaleka, Carlos Guerrero

81. Wish Upon (2017)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

32 Metascore

A teenage girl discovers a box that carries magic powers and a deadly price for using them.

Director: John R. Leonetti | Stars: Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee, Mitchell Slaggert

Votes: 18,588 | Gross: $14.30M

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