Unproduced screenplay idea: A baby chimp is adopted by pop star Michael Jackson. Bubbles the Chimp (narrating his own story) details his life within The King of Pop’s inner circle through the scandals that later rocked Jackson’s life and eventually led to Bubbles’ release.
That’s one of 81 unproduced scripts for The 2015 Black List, movie executives’ favorite unproduced screenplays.
My complaint about big-budget Hollywood movies (and mainstream movies in general) is all the ideas seem recycled. How many Rocky sequels do we truly need to tell Balboa’s story? The Hangover was a fun comedy, but what’s the deal with a couple of sequels. Where are the fresh ideas?
The Black List was started in 2005 as survey of a dozen- plus executives’ favorite unproduced screenplays. It’s now grown to survey more than 500 execs each year.
Some of the other interesting movie ideas pitched include:
ROCKET – Roger “The Rocket” Clemens, one of the greatest pitchers of all time, has 4,672 strikeouts, 354 wins and a record seven Cy Young awards. This is the story of why he is not in the Hall of Fame.
REAGAN – When Ronald Reagan falls into dementia at the start of his second term, an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander-in-chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.
CASTLE DRIVE – Based on real events, the story of the writing of Fatal Vision, the 1983 bestselling true-crime classic that chronicles the summer journalist Joe McGinness spent with “Green Beret Killer” Jeffrey McDonald while he was on trial for the brutal murder of his wife and children.
CHAPPAQUIDDICK – A historically factual look at what really happened when Ted Kennedy drove off the road into a Martha’s Vineyard bay with Mary Jo Kopechne in the car.
Take a look at the complete list of movie ideas via The Hollywood Reporter online.