'Bethlehem,' 'Subject Zero' also top list
Just in time for Halloween, John Scott III’s slow-burn zombie script “Maggie” has been voted to the top of the 2011 Blood List.
Compiled by Kailey Marsh, the Blood List features the top 13 most-liked unproduced screenplays in the horror, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy, and dark comedy/drama genres, as voted on by 75 industry insiders. To make the list, a script must have received at least three votes and come out within the past calendar year.
VFX veteran Henry Hobson is attached to direct “Maggie,” which follows an infected 16-year-old girl during the six-week period before she becomes a full-fledged zombie.
Marsh is the 24-year-old principal of Kailey Marsh Management, which she launched after starting Faction M, a management, production and financing company.
Marsh started the Blood List in 2009 as a way of finding out what everyone was reading through Trackula, the tracking board she operates. Upon publishing the initial Blood List, she realized there was a lot of interest in genre scripts, and as the list has grown in stature Marsh has expanded the accepted genres. She has subsequently seen an uptick in scribes angling for position in the list, which means better material for more voters to pass judgment on. In addition to gaining exposure for projects, the Blood List fuels the discovery of new voices and helps writers secure representation.
Marsh started her career as an intern at OZLA before going on to work for Steven Schneider during the making of “Paranormal Activity.” While working as an assistant at Circle of Confusion, Marsh decided to become an independent manager, repping writers and directors in all genres. Marsh recently co-exec produced “The Day,” which WWE Films bought at the Toronto Film Festival. She’s currently producing several projects in both film and TV, in addition to repping comicbook publisher Bluewater Comics with APA.
For more information about the 2011 Blood List, visit BloodList.com.
The Blood List for 2011
“Maggie” by John Scott III
Agents: Billy Hawkins & Dan Rabinow (CAA)
Logline: After a zombie infects a 16-year old girl, she has six weeks before she transforms.
Genre: Horror/Sci Fi
Status: Pierre Ange financing. Henry Hobson attached to direct. Casting.
“Bethlehem” by Larry Brenner
Agent: Martin Spencer (CAA)
Manager: Mitch Soloman (Magnet Management)
Logline: In a post-apocalyptic world overrun by flesh-eating zombies, a benevolent vampire teams up with a group of humans to survive.
Status: Joe Roth & Palak Patel producing. Julius Sevcik directing.
“Subject Zero” by Dave Cohen
Agent: Emile Gladstone (ICM), Kathleen Remington
Manager: Jeremy Platt (Generate)
Logline: It’s a love story on par with Romeo & Juliet. It’s a father and son movie. It’s a tragedy. It’s a monster movie tipping it’s hat to Frankenstein and most importantly it’s an origin story explaining the birth of a viral scourge.
“Mr. Allen” by John Hulme
Agent: Adam Levine (Verve)
Manager: John O’ Morisano (Powder Room Graffiti)
Logline: When his childhood boogeyman returns, a father must fight toprotect not only his inner fears, but also his family.
Status: John Hulme is attached to direct.
“The Boy Next Door” by Barbara Curry
Manager: John Jacobs (Smart Entertainment)
Logline: A lonely woman in her 30s has a one-night stand with the 17-year-old boy next door but his obsession proves to be deadly. In the vein of “Fatal Attraction.”
“The Devil’s Punchbowl” by Alex & Max Schenker
Agent: Greg Pedicin (Gersh)
Manager: Jeremy Platt (Generate)
Logline: Upon inheriting a ranch, a man becomes mired in an age-old blood feud with his new neighbors.
“In The Event Of A Moon Disaster” by Mike Jones
Agent: David Kopple (CAA)
Manager: Lindsay Willams (Gotham Group)
Logline: A re-telling of the first moon landing, but in this version disaster strikes the astronauts.
Status: FilmNation producing.
“Martyrs” by Mark L. Smith
(Based on the French film of the same name that was written and directed by Pascal Laugier)
Agent: Stuart Manashil (CAA)
Logline: Two best friends who grew up in foster care take revenge on those that brutalized them.
Status: Temple Hill & Morgan White producing. Daniel Stamm is attached to direct.
“Washington Square Park” by Scott Milam
Agent: Adam Levine (Verve)
Manager: Brad Kaplan (Evolution)
Logline: After a girl wakes up from a brutal attack, she begins to have supernatural visions, which leads her to unravel a disturbing truth about NYC’s Washington Square Park. In the vein of “Poltergeist” meets “Salem’s Lot.” Based on true events.
Status: Daniel Alter & Caliber Media Co.’s Jack Heller producing and looking to partner.
“No Good Deed” by Jessica Chandler-Fay
Manager: Ken Freimann (Circle of Confusion)
Logline: After saving the life of a young woman left for dead in an alley, a good samaritan couple realize the dying girl was just bait and quickly find themselves in an escalating game of cat and mouse with the twisted family who set the trap. In the vein of “The Strangers.”
“Cul-De-Sac” by Evan Hoyt Wasserstrom
Agent: Ryan Saul (APA)
Logline: When a group of teenagers carpool to a Friday night party together,looking for a good time, they end up at the wrong house which is occupied by squatters (a murderous husband and wife) who will do anything to get their hands on a young female to procreate for them.
Status: Available, Dan Scheinkman attached to produce and looking to partner.
“The Faces” by Eric Reese
Agent: Stuart Manashil & Matt Rosen (CAA)
Managers: Jeremy Bell, Nate Matteson & Peter McHugh (Gotham Group)
Logline: A newlywed couple finds themselves the target of an organizationthat uses terror as a means of entertainment.
Status: FilmNation producing. Paul Solet directing.
“Rattle Man” by Victor Salva
Agent: Abram Nalibotsky (Gersh)
Manager: Dave Brown (Artist International)
Logline: 3 brothers encounter the evil Rattle Man, a shadowy figure that terrorizes them and their small coastal town.
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