EXCLUSIVE: Franklin Leonard’s Black List has become a buzzy barometer for promising screenplays, but here’s a genre-centric version of the script service suited for the spooky season. The Blood List names the 13 best unproduced horror, thriller, and sci-fi scripts of the October-to-October calendar year as voted on by more than 100 film execs. This year’s #1 pick: Ink and Bone, Zak Olkewicz’s horror spec about a writer held hostage by his own creations that Dimension snapped up earlier this year. Independent manager/producer Kailey Marsh runs the annual Blood List, which has no affiliation with the more mainstream-leaning Black List but in its fifth year is turning out more and more high-profile alums. 2012 Blood List topper The Disciple Program landed at Universal with Mark Wahlberg attached to star for Morten Tyldum, while Barbara Curry’s 2011 selection The Boy Next Door is in production under the Blumhouse banner with Jennifer Lopez starring.
The 2013 edition was voted on by 108 feature execs, each of whom chose their top three favorite genre screenplays. Seventy-seven of them earned votes, with screenplays requiring a minimum of four votes in order to make the final cut. The 2013 class is announced, as it has been for four years, on Halloween:
Ink and Bone
Writer: Zak Olkewicz
Logline: When a female book editor visits the home of a horror writer so he can complete his novel, she finds that all of his creations are holding him hostage.
Agent: Daniel Cohan
Management: Caliber Media
Manager: Will Rowbotham
Status: Set up at Dimension
The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Writer: Ian Goldberg & Richard Naing
Logline: A father/son mortician team try to uncover the cause of death on a Jane Doe. But the more they uncover, the more mysterious and terrifying their world becomes.
Management: New Wave
Managers: Josh Adler and Matt Ochacher
Agency: Ian: CAA, Richard: APA
Agents: Ian: Rick Lefitz, Matt Rosen, Sonya Rosenfeld, Kath White, and Tom Young; Richard: Mike Goldberg, Kyle Loftus, Sheryl Petersen
Status: Eric Garcia and Fred Berger (Imposter Pictures) are producing alongside Ben Pugh & Rory Aitken (42 Productions). Andre Ovredal is attached to direct.
Writer: Jayson Rothwell
Logline: A group of Marines, embedded in South Asia, embark on a patrol of a remote island in search of drug runners. What they end up finding is something much more deadly and demonic than they ever could imagine.
Agents: Rich Cook, Phil d’Amecourt
Status: Set up at Paramount. Sunnyfield Entertainment producing with Sarah Bremner attached as executive producer.
There Are Monsters
Writer: Bryan Bertino
Logline: A mother and daughter find themselves stranded in the middle of the night on an abandoned road. Deep in the surrounding woods a nightmarish terror stalks them, and they must find the courage to face the beast or be destroyed by it.
Agents: David Kramer, Jason Burns
Status: Bryan Bertino & Adrienne Biddle (Unbroken Pictures) and Atlas Entertainment are attached to produce. Sonny Mallhi is attached as executive producer.
Patient Zero (fka Patient Z)
Writer: Mike Le
Logline: In a post-apocalyptic world, a man with the ability to speak the language of the undead interrogates zombies with the hope of finding Patient Zero and a cure for his infected wife.
Agent: David Saunders and Kyle Loftus
Management: Hung Entertainment
Manager: Jonathan Hung
Status: Set up at Screen Gems. Vincent Newman is producing.
Writer: Eric Reese
Logline: A family embarks on a cross-country road trip, but the vacation takes a horrifying turn when they are hunted by a group of drifters.
Agents: Robert Lazar, Abram Nalibotsky
Management: The Gotham Group
Managers: Jeremy Bell, Nate Matteson, and Peter McHugh
Status: Set up at Paramount Insurge. Daniel Dubiecki and Carly Norris (The Allegiance Theater) are attached to produce.
Writer: Ashleigh Powell
Logline: A female prison worker in the near future discovers that the virtual reality process that rehabilitates convicts is not all it promises to be.
Agents: Bob Hohman, Bayard Maybank, Devra Lieb, J.R. Satery
Managers: Daniel Vang, Jake Weiner
Status: Set up at Warner Bros. David Goyer (Phantom Four Films) is attached to produce.
On Your Doorstep
Writer: Steve Desmond & Michael Sherman
Logline: When a young journalist suspects that an abducted girl is being held somewhere in her own neighborhood, she decides to delve into the secret lives of her neighbors to determine which one is capable of the horrific crime.
Agents: Adam Perry, Sheryl Petersen
Management: Elevate Entertainment
Manager: Jenny Wood
Writer: Simon Rumley
Logline: A teenage girl thinks her mother is trying to take over her life, but discovers the truth is much more sinister.
Agents: Chris Ridenhour, William Lowery
Management: Aperture Entertainment
Manager: Adam Goldworm
Status: Adam Goldworm (Aperture Entertainment) is attached to produce.
All The Good Ones Get Away
Writer: Elliott San
Logline: A weekend get-away for two lovers turns into a nightmare of torture and psychological mind games.
Agents: Mike Esola and Solco Schuit
Management: Energy Entertainment
Manager: Brooklyn Weaver
Status: Brooklyn Weaver (Energy Entertainment) is attached to produce.
Writer: Ian Shorr
Logline: A young man mysteriously begins to receive metallic capsules containing messages from his future self.
Agents: Jason Burns, Charlie Ferraro, and David Park
Manager: Langley Perer
Status: Set up at 20th Century Fox. Hutch Parker and John Zaozirny are attached to produce. Matthias Hoene is attached to direct.
Writer: Richard Hobley
Logline: Feeling ignored by her husband and child, a self-harming, sexually repressed teacher falls into a dangerous relationship with an obsessive new student.
Management: Jon Kanak Management
Manager: Jon Kanak
Status: Joey Tuccio (East View Entertainment) is attached to produce.
Revelations (fka Lord of Light)
Writer: Hernany Perla
Logline: A prison psychiatrist meets a death row inmate on the verge of his execution who claims to be the only thing stopping the end of the world. As she begins to investigate his predictions, she finds them to be eerily accurate, and that she may be a central figure in the events to come. 12 Monkeys meets Silence of the Lambs.
Agency: Original Artists
Agents: Chris Sablan
Manager: Ryan Cunningham
Status: Set up at Lotus Entertainment
For more on the Blood List head to http://bloodlist.com.
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