Just in time for Halloween, horror honcho Kailey Marsh has unveiled the 2015 Blood List, which names the 13 most-liked dark genre scripts of the year that have yet to be produced, as voted on by Hollywood executives.
This year’s “Blood List” was topped by David Chirchirillo’s script “Eli,” a haunted house movie that is currently in development at Broad Green Pictures, with Bellevue Productions producing. Other studio entries include McG‘s “The Babysitter,” which is set up at New Line, as well as MGM’s “Bed Rest” and Universal’s “Bump.”
Last year, Tony Jaswinski’s shark script “Into the Deep” made the Blood List, and Sony is about to start production on the film, which will star Blake Lively. Another screenplay recently voted to the Blood List was Barbara Curry’s “The Boy Next Door,” which Universal and Blumhouse turned into a sexy Jennifer Lopez movie.
Marsh is a well-regarded manager/producer who compiles the Blood List each year and has seen its profile soar over the last six years.
There were 67 executives who voted for this year’s Blood List, which considered material from October 2014 to October 2015. This year’s list comes with an additional small screen component featuring the six most-liked unproduced TV pilots led by Michael R. Perry’s “The Sparrow,” which was put into turnaround by AMC.
For more information about the Blood List, visit the official site and check its official Facebook page. Here’s the full 2015 list, which features monsters, babysitters, alien invasions and, of course, murder.
TOP 13 FEATURES
Writer: David Chirchirillo
Logline: Having moved into a “clean house” to treat his auto-immune disorder, 11-year-old Eli begins to believe that the house is haunted. Unable to leave, Eli soon realizes that the house, and the doctor who runs it, are more sinister than they appear.
Management: Bellevue Productions
Status: Sold to Broad Green Pictures with Bellevue Productions producing
2. THE BOY
Writer: Owen Egerton
Genre: Supernatural horror
Logline: 16 years after stabbing a classmate to appease a legendary phantom known as The Boy, a repentant woman returns to her hometown to live with her sister and nephew. As The Boy continues to haunt her and the death count rises, she must face her deepest terror to discover the truth about The Boy before he claims her nephew.
3. THE BABYSITTER
Writer: Brian Duffield
Genre: Horror Comedy
Logline: A young boy gets more than he bargained for when he decides to stay up late and spy on his super-hot babysitter.
Management: Circle of Confusion
Status: Set up at New Line with Wonderland Sound and Vision producing. McG is directing.
4. THE ACCURSED
Writer: Barbara Marshall
Genre: Gothic horror
Logline: Doomed to a life of depraved immorality, a woman finds herself targeted by a vengeful assassin hell-bent on wiping out her kind forever, but neither knows that something far more sinister is hunting them both.
Management: Industry Entertainment
5. WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS
Writer: Alan Trezza
Logline: Set at the height of the Satanic Panic craze of the 1980s, three twenty-something girls attend a heavy metal concert where they quickly hit it off with three fun-loving dudes. As the night progresses, dark secrets are revealed and a night of fun spirals into a vicious fight for survival.
Management: Magnet Management
Status: Nightshade Entertainment is attached to produce.
6. THE SHAVE
Writers: Thomas White & Miles Hubley
Genre: Crime thriller
Logline: A dirty cop, exonerated in the murder of a high school honor student, visits the boy’s father at his barbershop, and while receiving a straight razor shave, listens to him recount the story of his son’s life.
Status: Lost City and Route One financing.
7. BED REST
Writer: Lori Evans Taylor
Logline: A pregnant woman on bed rest is caught in a haunted house, but is it all in her mind or is the house actually haunted?
Status: Set up at MGM.
Writers: Ori Guendelmann & Rob McClelland
Genre: Crime Drama
Logline: After an accidental hit-and-run, a young lawyer’s entire life unravels over the span of one night as he attempts to dispose of a corpse that turns out to be way more than an innocent victim.
Management: 3 Arts
Status: Set up at Universal. Working Title is attached to produce.
9. THE BECOMING
Writers: Zach Donohue & Lauren Thompson
Logline: An immature teenage girl must protect her younger brother when their babysitter becomes infected by something in the woods.
Management: Management 360
Writer: Carver Gray
Logline: A troubled detective operates outside the law when he strikes up a taboo relationship with an underage prostitute. But when a 16-year-old girl goes missing and he must use her diary to reconstruct the events that led to her disappearance, an unimaginable truth emerges. Think “Prisoners” meets “Taxi Driver” with hints of “Gone Girl.”
Management: Energy Entertainment/Markerstone
Status: Romark Entertainment and Energy Entertainment are producing
11. DAY 2
Writers: Jenna Wright & John Rocco
Logline: The story of a Halloween Party that goes very, very wrong for one of its Cinderella-like attendees.
Management: Silver Lake Entertainment
Status: Silver Lake Entertainment is producing, and looking to partner.
12. PARABLE X
Writer: John Scott III
Logline: A mysterious man commits two brutal murders and then turns himself in to the police, asking to speak to a specific detective for whom he has an unbelievable message: “I was sent here from the future to kill the people responsible for a future tragedy, and you are the man who sent me.”
Management: Sly Predator
Status: Fubar Films is financing. John Scott III is also attached to direct. Currently casting.
13. DE NIRO
Writer: Paul Solet
Genre: Crime thriller
Logline: As three career criminals find themselves trapped in a warehouse with the law closing in and an even worse threat waiting inside, a series of intertwining narratives explores the love, fear and conditioning that brought them there, and keeps them from moving on. If they are to make it out alive,
they’ll not only need to use all they’ve learned in a life of crime, they’ll need to find a way to let it all go.
Management: Principato-Young Entertainment
Status: Set up at Millennium with Paul Solet directing. John Malkovich is in talks to star.
1. THE SPARROW
Writer: Michael R. Perry
Genre: Dark Sci-Fi
Logline: Intelligent alien life is discovered. The first mission to visit their distant planet intends to spread goodwill from Earth to the two alien species; but soon, these conscientious human explorers struggle to stop an incipient civil war that they have inadvertently set in motion, the first this previously peaceful planet has ever endured.
Status: Available. In turnaround from AMC.
2. BLOOD DRIVE
Writer: James Roland
Logline: A good cop runs afoul of the dirtiest, most violent underground car rally in the world, but his plans to save a beautiful girl are thwarted when he’s forced to join the race under threat of death. Then things get weird.
Management: Wheeler Management
Status: Straight-to-series order of 13 episodes for SyFy.
Writer: Hannah Schneider
Logline: In the seemingly idyllic Massachusetts town of Stillwater, the Sheriff’s teenage daughter finds herself intent on uncovering the dark past surrounding the disappearance of a young girl 15 years ago.
Management: Silent R Management
Status: Set up at CBS Television Studios with The Tannenbaum Company, Silent R & Brad Buecker producing. Brad Buecker (“American Horror Story”) is attached to direct the pilot.
Writer: Katelyn Howes
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Logline: When the rare disease Fatal Insomnia begins spreading through a small Hawaiian town, the local doctor must uncover a cure before everyone succumbs to violent and deadly insanity.
Management: Stagecoach Entertainment
5. A FOREST DARK
Writer: Ben Wolf
Genre: Psychological thriller
Logline: Set around the Vietnam War, “A Forest Dark” follows two soldiers from the Studies and Observations Group — an elite unit that practices covert, unconventional warfare — as they embark on an unsanctioned POW rescue mission in the jungles of Laos.
Management: Circle of Confusion
Status: Set up at The Weinstein Company.
6. SHUT EYE
Writer: Les Bohem
Genre: Drama with comedic undertones
Logline: Charlie is a second-tier magician who put his dreams on hold and is now seemingly content to run a few psychic parlors under the watchful eye of the Romani families that control LA’s fortune-telling underworld. His ambitious wife, Linda, wants more than just to live “off the Roma scraps.” One fateful day, a blow to the head jars Charlie into a new mindset, provoking him and Linda to go rogue and troll for a big score in the hopes of getting out from under the Roma’s thumb. What Linda doesn’t know is that this blow seems to have given Charlie visions that feel eerily true, and in this world, the truth is more likely to get you killed than set you free.
Status: Got picked up straight-to-series at Hulu. Gran Via and Les Bohem are producing.