What you’re miss­ing

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Hol­ly­wood’s an­nual Black List has just been pub­lished. No, the stu­dios aren’t back to hunt­ing closet Marx­ists. Com­piled by Franklin Leonard, a busy ex­ec­u­tive, the chart de­tails the most ad­mired scripts that have yet to make it into pro­duc­tion.

Top­ping the list is Gra­ham Moore’s The Im­i­ta­tion Game, a study of wartime cryp­tog­ra­pher and com­put­ing pioneer Alan Tur­ing. If re­ports are to be be­lieved, that script is un­likely to be el­i­gi­ble for the 2012 chart. Re­cently pur­chased by Warner Bros, The Im­i­ta­tion Game is set to move into pro­duc­tion with (as a mild-man­nered gay English­man?) Leonardo Dicaprio in the lead.

In sec­ond place we find When the Street Lights Go On by Chris Hut­ton and Ed­die O’keefe. That script deals with the af­ter­math of a bru­tal mur­der in the 1980s. The most eye-catch­ing en­try, how­ever, surely oc­cu­pies the No 3 spot. Evan Susser and Van Ro­bichaux’s Chewie looks at the mak­ing of Star Wars through the eyes of Peter May­hew, who played hairy Chew­bacca.

Leonard’s an­nual trawl through the out-tray is not an en­tirely point­less ex­er­cise. He notes that 120 scripts on former Black Lists have made it onto screen, and those films have taken more than $7 bil­lion at the box of­fice. It is be­lieved that the an­nual list alerted stu­dios to the worth of Juno, Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire and The King’s Speech. She won both the New York bod­ies’ best ac­tress awards for her turn as Mar­garet Thatcher in The Iron Lady. But the other crit­ics passed gongs to Tilda Swin­ton (San Fran­cisco), Yun Jung-hee (LA) and Michelle Wil­liams (Bos­ton). I wouldn’t clear that space on the man­tel­piece just yet, Meryl.

Some­thing to Chew on: will the hairy one’s story ever be told?

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