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10th annual Black List of top screenplays gets the star treatment

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The Black List
The Black List

The 2014 Black List, Franklin Leonard’s much-anticipated annual compilation of the “most-liked” unproduced Hollywood screenplays, is being unveiled this afternoon, with notable stars—like Nathan Fillion—and accomplished industry figures announcing this year’s class via YouTube.

While the full list is still being unfurled, the top script was announced Sunday night in West Hollywood. Kristina Lauren Anderson, who produced Girlfight, wrote Catherine the Great, a period biopic about the famous 18th-century Russian ruler.

In the last 10 years, The Black List, which Leonard began as an insider’s guide of the best scripts in order to avoid wasting time reading the glut of trash, has identified and helped boost the prospects of projects like Juno and The King’s Speech. Last year’s list included this year’s Oscar contenders American Sniper and Cake.

In order, here are the top 10 scripts on this year’s 10th anniversary list:

1. Catherine the Great, by Kristina Lauren Anderson

Sophia Augusta takes control of her life, her marriage, and her kingdom becoming Russia’s most celebrated and beloved monarch: Catherine the Great

2. Rockingham, by Adam Morrison

A look into the mania of the OJ Simpson trial, through the eyes of Simpson’s sports agent Mike Gilbert and Los Angeles Police Department Detective Mark Fuhrman.

3. The Swimsuit Issue, by Randall Green

A nerdy high schooler, who fancies himself an amateur photographer, attempts to create a “Swimsuit Issue” featuring his high school classmates in hopes of raising enough money to go to summer camp.

4. The Babysitter, by Brian Duffield

A lonely 12 year old boy in love with his babysitter discovers some hard truths about life, love, and murder.

5. Rothchild, by John Patton Ford

A young, well-educated loner kills the members of his mother’s estranged family one-by-one in hopes that he will inherit the family’s vast fortune.

6. The Wall, by Dwain Worrell

A sniper and his spotter must kill and avoid being killed, separated from an enemy sniper by only a 16x6ft prayer wall.

7. The Cascade, by Kieran Fitzgerald

Based on the documentary style film The Day Britain Stopped directed by Gabriel Range, an oil tanker collides with an Iranian patrol boat in the Strait of Hormuz, triggering a chain of tragic disastrous events.

8. The 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.

9. 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.”

10. 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.

Click here for the entire list.