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2011 Black List Unveiled, Includes Tarantino's 'Django,' Apollo 11 Re-Imagining, Chewbacca Satire and Zombies

A screenplay titled The Imitation Game, about World War II cryptographer Alan Turing, who cracked the German Enigma code and later committed suicide after being criminally prosecuted for being a homosexual, tops the 2011 Black List.

For the uninitiated, the Black List is a compilation of screenplays that will not be released in theaters during the calendar year that are ranked by several hundred studio executives. The list began in 2004 by film executive Franklin Leonard to help shed light on scripts that would otherwise fall by the Hollywood wayside.
 
Among the scripts that were named to the Black List last year include The Hunger Games, Safe House, Margin Call, Snow White and the Huntsman and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. You can view that full list here.
 
Some other notable scripts that made the list include Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, the Grace Kelly biopic, Grace of Monaco, the Pinocchio origins story The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto and the rom-com Sex Tape which was rumored to have Reese Witherspoon and Jason Segel as co-stars.
 
Below are the top 10 most-liked scripts by studio execs, which have a pretty good shot at getting made. Of the top 10 movies from last year's list, only two didn't make it to the production phase. Yet.
 
You can view the full 2011 Black List here, courtesy of the LA Times. Do any of these movies sound interesting?
 
133 likesThe Imitation Game (see first paragraph)
 
84 likesWhen the Street Lights Go – In the early 1980's, a town suffers through an aftermath of the murder of a high school girl and her teacher.
 
59 likesChewie – A satirical, behind-the-scenes look at the making of Star Wars through the eyes of Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca.
 
53 likesThe Outsider – In post-World War II Japan, an American former prisoner of war rises in the yakuza.
 
43 likes – Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses – A man goes on a three-state crime spree with an accomplice, his 11-year-old daughter. (Matt Damon is set to direct this movie)
 
33 likes - In the Event of a Moon Disaster – An alternate telling of the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon that examines what might have happened if the astronauts had crash-landed there.
 
30 likesMaggie – As a "walking dead" virus spreads across the country, a farm family helps their eldest daughter come to terms with her infection as she slowly becomes a flesh-eating zombie.
 
30 likesThe Current War – Based on a true story of the race between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to develop a practical system of electricity and sell their respective inventions to the country and the world.
 
28 likesThe End – Four people – a veteran broadcast in London, a 16-year-old girl and her boyfriend in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a devoted family man in Shanghai – each try to make peace with their lives before an interstellar event end the world in six hours.
 
27 likesEzekiel Moss – A mysterious stranger who possibly has the power to channel the souls of the dead changes the lives of everyone in a small Nebraska town, especially a young widow and her 11-year-old son.
 
 
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