The top 13 most liked, unproduced, dark genre
screenplays of the year.
A calendar year for a script to be considered on
the list is from October 31st 2011 to October 31st,
Genres included on the list are: Horror, thriller,
sci-fi, dark drama, and dark comedies.
This year 117 feature executives voted. Each
executive chose their top 3 favorite dark genre
scripts of the year.
There were 99 different scripts voted for, and this
year a script had to receive 5 votes or more to
make the list.
The information below has been double checked, so
apologies if there are any discrepancies.
Thank you, and enjoy!
THE DISCIPLE PROGRAM by Tyler Marceca
Logline: A man begins an investigation into his wife's
mysterious death, only to find that it goes much deeper
than he imagined.
Agent(s): Rich Cook & Phil d'Amecourt (WME)
Manager(s): Bard Dorros & Michael Sugar (Anonymous
Status: Mark Wahlberg attached and Morten Tyldum
attached to direct for Universal.
STEPHANIE by Ben Collins & Luke Piotrowski
Logline: A young girl has strange powers that doom her
to a world of solitude. PAPERHOUSE meets CARRIE.
Genre: Horror, thriller, psychological, drama
Agent(s): Emerson Davis (UTA)
Manager(s): Nate Matteson (The Gotham Group)
Status: The Gotham Group, Bryan Bertino & Adrienne
Biddle (Unbroken Pictures) producing. Jonathan Van
Tulleken (Off Season) directing.
LOCKDOWN AT FRANKLIN HIGH by Joe Ballarini and Gregg Bishop
Logline: A straight-laced teenage girl tries to save her
socially outcast, rebellious brother during a high school
lockdown due to a terrifying alien attack.
Agent(s): David Boxerbaum, Ida Ziniti, & Tanya Cohen
(Paradigm) rep Ballarini
Manager(s): George Heller (Apostle) reps Ballarini &
Andy Cohen (Grade A Entertainment) Cindy Cowan (Cindy
Cowan Entertainment) reps Bishop
Status: Set up at Sony with Benderspink and Platinum
STORY OF YOUR LIFE by Eric Heisserer
Logline: When alien crafts land across the world, a
linguist expert is recruited by the military to determine
whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns
to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing
vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the
greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.
Genre: Sci-fi drama
Agent(s): Barbara Dreyfus & Jon Huddle (UTA)
Manager(s): Julie Bloom (Art/Work Entertainment)
Status: Set up at 21 Laps.
FEBRUARY by Osgood Perkins
Logline: An unidentified young woman makes a pilgrimage
to the site of a demonic possession at an all-girls
boarding school in the dead of winter.
Manager(s): Scott Halle (Gramercy Park Entertainment)
Status: Bryan Bertino and Adrienne Biddle (Unbroken
COUNTRY OF STRANGERS by Sean Armstrong
Logline: Based on true events, the story follows an
Inspector during his forty year search for three
siblings taken from an Australian Beach in 1966.
Agent(s): Bill Weinstein & Rob Herting (Verve)
Manager(s): Peter Dealbert & Susan Solomon
INTERSTATE 5 by Seth M. Sherwood
Logline: The son of an infamous serial killer and the
daughter of one of the victims go on the road in hopes
of tracking the killer down only to find themselves
haunted by demonic forces intent on driving them mad.
JACOBS LADDER meets NATURAL BORN KILLERS
Genre: Psychological thriller
Manager(s): Kailey Marsh (Station 3)
SOMNIA by Mike Flanagan & Jeff Howard
Logline: A couple who recently lost their son take in a
young boy as a foster child. They soon discover that
the boy's dreams manifest themselves in the real world
when he sleeps.
Agent(s): Sheryl Petersen, Debbie Deuble & Chris
Manager(s): Nicholas Bogner (Affirmative Entertainment)
Status: In negotiations.
DARKFALL by TS FaullM
Logline: A group of residents must survive the night in
their apartment complex as they slowly learn that
DARKFALL (the rising of demons to take over the Earth)
is upon them.
Genre: Supernatural thriller
Manager(s): Michael Botti (Industry Entertainment)
VIRAL by Dustin T. Benson
Logline: Told from the 1st person point of view via the
helmet camera of a bio-safety suit a female scientist
searches for her missing daughter in a quarantined area of
Manhattan. I AM LEGEND meets OUTBREAK.
Genre: Thriller w/ Action & Sci-fi elements.
Agent(s): Ramses IsHak & Mike Sheresky (UTA)
Manager(s): Brooklyn Weaver (Energy Entertainment)
Status: Adrian Askarieh (Prime Universe) & Brooklyn
Weaver (Energy Entertainment) attached to produce.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BLOOD by James Breen
Logline: The mute servant of a modern-day vampire
returns home to her estranged family twenty years after
her disappearance. As she grows closer to her family,
her loyalties to her master are finally tested.
Genre: Vampire Horror
Manager(s): Jarrod Murray & Allard Cantor (Epicenter)
SHUT IN by T.J. Cimfel & David White
Logline: An agoraphobic woman must fend off a home
invasion while she protects a dark secret.
Manager(s): Marc Manus (Manus Entertainment)
PESTE by Babarba Marshall
Logline: A 16 year old girl begins to record her life
for her high school media class just as a terrifying
virus begins to spread.
Genre: Sci-Fi Horror
Agent(s): Debbie Deuble & Lee Dinstman (APA)
Manager(s): Ava Jamshidi (Industry Entertainment)
Status: Set up at IM Global w/Sherryl Clark producing.