'Cobweb' Leads 2018 BloodList
This year's BloodList marks a milestone for what has become an annual celebration.
This is the 10th list of the year's best unproduced, dark-genre screenplays, as voted on by 71 industry executives. At the top of the pile is Cobweb, from writer Chris Thomas Devlin. The script focuses on a boy who realizes the voice he hears at night isn't just in his head, as his parents have always told him. It's currently set up at Lionsgate.
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BloodList was founded in 2009 by Kailey Marsh, a manager and producer at Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
"It’s surreal to have this be the 10th edition of BloodList," Marsh said in a statement. "I started the list as an assistant and as someone who has always been a horror fan, and who works with writers on a daily basis, it’s exciting to be able to get these projects the exposure they deserve."
Here's the list:
Writer: Chris Thomas Devlin
Logline: Peter has always been told the voice he hears at night is only in his head, but when he suspects his parents have been lying, he conspires to free the girl within the walls of his house.
Reps: UTA & Bellevue Productions
Status: Set up at Lionsgate, with Roy Lee, Andrew Childs and Jon Berg attached to produce
The Devil's Flame
Writer: Robert Zappia
Logline: Based on true events. In response to this “astonishing” increase in demand for exorcisms, the Vatican opens a secret exorcism training academy where a young gifted nun defies the church leadership to join her colleagues in the battle of good versus ultimate evil.
Genre: Supernatural Horror
Writer: Michael Voyer
Logline: A man goes with his fiancee to right his wrongs at his ex-girlfriend's horse ranch, only to find sinister happenings.
Reps: Verve & Good Fear
Status: XYZ is attached to produce, with Dark Castle & The Fyzz
Get Home Safe
Writer: Christy Hall
Logline: On Halloween in NYC, a young woman is targeted and must attempt to flee her pursuers.
Reps: CAA & LBI
Status: Eric Heisserer, Lawrence Grey and Christy Hall are attached to produce
The White Room
Writer: Bryce McGuire
Logline: Deep in the winter woods of upstate New York, a retiring public school teacher uncovers a carefully guarded secret in an abandoned house.
Status: Rod Blackhurst is attached to direct, with Evan Hayes attached to produce
29 Mole Street
Writer: Skylar James
Logline: A victim of domestic violence herself, a dedicated social worker enters the peculiar home of an adoptive single father of six to check on a recently placed foster child. However, she soon discovers that the family is keeping a deadly secret as the action crescendos into a demented game of hide-and-seek where the stakes are life and death. Based on actual events.
Reps: Paradigm & Grandview
Status: In development with Bazelevs
The Wake (Pilot)
Writer: Holly Brix
Logline: A cop finds herself in an unexpected time warp, with unexpected ties to one of the most notorious missing persons case ever.
Writer: Alan Van Dyke
Logline: In a future where our most important memories are backed up via cybernetic implants, a hard-luck "memory repo man" stumbles upon evidence of crimes in which he appears to have played a role — problem is, he doesn't remember them.
Reps: Stacey Testro Int.
The Last Will and Testament of Charles Abernathy
Writer: Chris LaMont and Joe Russo
Logline: On the eve of his 75th birthday, billionaire Charles Abernathy invites his four estranged children back home out of fear that tonight someone — or something — is coming to kill him. To ensure his family will help protect him from whatever’s coming, Abernathy puts each of their inheritances on the line: they’ll get nothing if he’s found dead by dawn.
Reps: Gersh & Fictional Entity
Writer: Steeve Leonard and Caroline Labreche
Logline: After losing his wife, Elise, in a car accident, Lewis Markham stumbles upon a device that lets him travel to a parallel universe, seemingly similar to his own. There he finds living versions of himself and his beloved Elise. Fueled by grief, Lewis manages to kidnap his double and successfully take over his life…for a while at least.
Reps: Circle of Confusion
Visit the BloodList's website for more, including the third annual Fresh Blood Selects, which are 10 scripts discovered from unrepresented writers who submitted their work.
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