Hollywood is famous for letting great screenplays languish in what is known as “development hell.” And while plenty of poor screenplays get turned into movies, lots of great screenplays go unproduced—denying audiences the opportunity to see truly great films. Each December, The Black List is published by Franklin Leonard, a development executive who used to work at Universal Pictures and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment. The Black List surveys studio and production company executives about the unproduced screenplays they like most and think should be made into movies. A few movies that have appeared on the list in recent years include Argo, American Sniper and The King’s Speech. Yet many other great screenplays still need to get greenlit and turned into movies. Here then is a list of 10 unproduced screenplays we think would make interesting movies.
10. The Muppet Man
The Muppets have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. First, Jason Segel revived the film franchise with the 2011 movie entitled The Muppets, which was a successful reboot. And now, an updated Muppets television series is airing on ABC. So it would seem topical and timely to make the movie The Muppet Man, which is a biopic about Muppets creator Jim Henson. The script has been written by Christopher Weekes, who also wrote and directed the 2008 independent movie Bitter & Twisted, and there have been rumors that funnyman Will Ferrell is interested in playing Jim Henson in the film. Yet to date, this screenplay has not moved beyond the development phase.