Just in time for Halloween, The 2014 Blood List!
The Blood List, created by manager Kailey Marsh, features the most-liked unproduced screenplays in the horror, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy, and dark comedy/drama genres, as voted on by Kailey Marsh and friends.
In honor of year 6(66) of the List, new categories were added to the Blood List: The top 6 pilots, the top 6 books, and The New Blood Contest co-presented with Stage 32. Industry execs from some of the biggest companies and studios voted for these winners.
And now, this year’s list…
Blood List Top 13
BIRD BOX by Eric Heisserer
Logline: A woman tries to lead her children to safety after the world is invaded by monsters who turn you insane upon sight. The tale has echoes of Stephen King’s THE STAND and captures a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveling.
Agency: WME | Rich Cook, Lindsay Dunn, Jason Spitz, & Cori Wellins
Management: Art/Work Entertainment | Julie Bloom
Status: Set up at Universal, with Bluegrass Films attached to produce.
THE GARDENER by Alyssa Jefferson
Logline: In the 1950s, a neurotic florist’s strict routine is derailed after stumbling upon a murder and finding himself at the center of a conspiracy.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Management: Silent R | Lee Stobby
TAU by Noga Landau
Logline: A woman held captive in the futuristic smart house of a serial kidnapper realizes that her only hope of escape lies in turning the house’s sentient computer against its creator.
Agency: WME | Dana Harris, Ryan Feldman, Meyash Prabhu
Management: Caliber Media | Adam Marshall
Status: Russell Ackerman is attached to produce.
INTO THE DEEP by Tony Jazwinski
Logline: A young woman who has recently lost her mother is surfing in an isolated area when she gets stranded on a buoy, and a gigantic great white shark is between her and the shore.
Agency: Paradigm | David Boxerbaum, Chris Licata, Valarie Phillips
Management: Circle of Confusion | Ashley Berns & Lawrence Mattis
Genre: Dark Drama
Status: Set up at Columbia Pictures.
POSSESSION: A LOVE STORY by Jack Stanley
Logline: Edward and Bethany Martin are young, beautiful, rich, and in love. But their enviable lifestyle is upended when Bethany begins exhibiting strange and alarming behavior. As her condition worsens and doctors grow increasingly baffled, it seems as if something supernatural might be responsible. But the truth is far more shocking…and will force Edward to confront a terrifying choice in the name of love.
Genre: Psychological Horror
Agency: CAA | Jay Baker, Jon Cassir, John Garvey
Management: Silent R | Jewerl Ross
Status: Russell Ackerman, Jewerl Ross, & John Schoenfelder are attached to produce.
SCARECROW by Mike Scanneli
Logline: Set at a remote lake house, revolves around a mother and her two young daughters who must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath.
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Agency: UTA | Geoff Morley
Status: Set up at Screen Gems with Bryan Bertino & Adrienne Biddle (Unbroken) attached to produce.
THE BRINGING by Brandon Murphy & Phillip Murphy
Logline: In the vein of THE SHINING and THE CONJURING – based on true events, a private investigator is hired to investigate a mysterious murder at a downtown Los Angeles hotel and uncovers it’s dark supernatural history.
Agency: WME | Rich Cook, Solco Schuit & Theresa Kang
Management: Mosaic Media | Langley Perer
Status: Set up at Sony with Matt Tolmach & Daniela Cretu attached to produce.
BULLIES by Michael Grebb
Logline: An outcast teenager’s revenge plot against high school bullies quickly spins out of control, blurring the lines between bully and victim as his obsession sets off a deadly chain reaction.
Genre: Revenge Thriller
Management: Heretic Literary Management | Jeff Portnoy
LEATHERFACE by Seth M. Sherwood
Logline: In this prequel to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” a young nurse is kidnapped by four violent teens who escape from a mental hospital and take her on a road trip from hell. Pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge, one of these teens is destined for tragedy and horrors that will destroy his mind; molding him into the monster we now call Leatherface.
Agency: UTA | Charles Ferraro & Peter Dodd
Management: Kailey Marsh Management | Kailey Marsh
Status: Set up at Millennium Films. Carl Mazzocone and Les Weldon are attached to produce. Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman will serve as Executive Producers.
DEAD ANIMALS by Sawyer Perry
Logline: When a young woman’s estranged uncle comes back into her hometown, she finds herself strangely attracted to him while at the same time suspicious that he might be involved with a series of grisly murders.
Management: Fake Dare Productions | Sarah Smith
Status: Ross Putman is attached to produce.
UNSETTLED by Jesse Wheeler
Logline: Cole Tanner, one of the millions buried in debt they’ll never be able to pay off, is used to harassment by collection agencies. But nothing has prepared Cole for his new debt collector, Ray Loomis, a man dead set on getting what he’s owed – one way or another.
Management: Manus Entertainment | Marc Manus
A MAN CALLED DEATH by Matthew Kennedy
Logline: A reclusive author is visited to a stranded motorist, only to find the two are world renown killers, seeking revenge from each other.
Genre: Contained thriller
Agency: WME | Solco Schuit
Management: Energy Entertainment | Brooklyn Weaver
Status: Set up at Addictive Pictures.
THE WILDNESS by Evan Dickson
Logline: A hard partying ski instructor finally gets his dream job in Aspen only to find the town threatened by a malevolent force that must be tamed.
New Blood Contest Top 6 (none have reps yet and are avail)
THE DEVIL’S SOLDIERS: Story by Frank Ponce & John Patton Ford – Written by Chad Law & Frank Ponce
Logline: During an apocalypse of vicious mutants in a Southern gothic quarantine, a battered veteran attempts to rescue his son.
THE OSTRICH FARM by Tyler Tice
Logline: ‘Rot’ was the hottest drug on the street. Everybody was doing it and everybody was getting it from Raymond Roper. Then the side effects became much worse than anyone could have ever imagined.
DARKEN SHIP by Dee Chilton
Logline: When she is trapped aboard a damaged warship, a ‘by the book’ Naval Officer becomes the target of a vindictive crewman’s ‘get even’ game that leaves her fighting against him for her sanity and her life.
XODUS by A.Z. Ocoza
Logline: A marine biologist, trapped in her laboratory aboard a research vessel at sea, has hours to find a cure for the blood-drinking parasites that have taken over her crew before the ship runs aground and unleashes the deadly contagion upon her hometown of New Orleans.
IMMACULATE DECEPTION by Bryan Holm
Logline: A distrustful sheriff must confront his dark past and loss of faith to join forces with a hard-nosed priest and defeat a vengeful, demonic entity preying upon his town.
Top 6 Books
THE TROOP by Nick Cutter
Logline: The Lord of the Flies meets The Ruins, when a clinical trial for a new diet drug goes disastrously out of hand and a group of young boys camping on a remote island are left to deal with the consequences.
Lit Agency: Janklow & Nesbit | Kirby Kim
Film / TV Agency: WME | Ashley Fox
HALF BAD by Sally Green
Mini Synopsis: Half Bad is set in modern-day England. Witches and Humans live together. There are the Black Witches and the White Witches. The 16-year-old protagonist, Nathan is half-white and half-black. His mother is dead, and his father is the most powerful and the cruelest Black Witch in the world. Trapped in a cage and abused, Nathan has to escape before his seventeenth birthday, when he will receive three gifts from his father and his magical ability. Otherwise, he will die.
Publisher: Puffin Books (UK) Viking Press (US)
Status: Set up at Fox 2000 with Karen Rosenfelt set to produce. CAA handled deal.
REVIVAL by Stephen King
Mini Synopsis: In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.
Agency: Paradigm | Rand Holston & Andy Patman
AFTERWORLD by Lynnette Lounsbury
Mini Synopsis: Dom is the youngest person ever to arrive in the Necropolis, the ‘waiting place’ between death and what comes after. And it isn’t long before he catches the attention of Satarial, a cruel Nephilim from the beginning of time, who has grim plans to use Dom as entertainment in his vicious gladiatorial games. When Dom’s still-living sister, Kaide, appears in the Necropolis too, Satarial has the leverage he needs, and the stage is set for the biggest shake-up the afterlife has seen in centuries. Dom’s only option is to compete in the Trials and attempt to win the chance to enter the Maze. In his favour he has an enigmatic young Guide, Eva, and a Guardian, Eduardo, who may not be what he seems. But will they be enough?
Genre: Supernatural / YA
Management: Keith Sweitzer
SECURITY by Gina Wohlsdorf
Mini synopsis: Overseeing the grand opening of a gleaming, still-empty, all-white luxury hotel, beautiful Tessa is initially unaware that a knife-wielding professional assassin – directed by a mastermind “Thinker” who watches via security cameras from the hotel’s top floor – is killing off her staff one by one. When the killer and the Thinker come after her, Tessa and a new lover/former foster brother fight him to the death.
Management: Intellectual Property Group | Joel Gotler
AS RED AS BLOOD BY Salla Simukka & Owen Witesman (Translator)
Mini Synopsis: In the midst of the freezing Arctic winter, seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson walks into her school’s dark room and finds a stash of wet, crimson-colored money. Thousands of Euros left to dry—splattered with someone’s blood.
Lumikki lives alone in a studio apartment far from her parents and the past she left behind. She transferred into a prestigious art school, and she’s singularly focused on studying and graduating. Lumikki ignores the cliques, the gossip, and the parties held by the school’s most popular and beautiful boys and girls.
But finding the blood-stained money changes everything. Suddenly, Lumikki is swept into a whirlpool of events as she finds herself helping to trace the origins of the money. Events turn even more deadly when evidence points to dirty cops and a notorious drug kingpin best known for the brutality with which he runs his business. Being pitched as Fin
As Lumikki loses control of her carefully constructed world, she discovers that she’s been blind to the forces swirling around her—and she’s running out of time to set them right. When she sees the stark red of blood on snow, it may be too late to save her friends or herself.
Genre: Horror / YA
Status: Part 1 of the Trilogy that has just been announced. Larry Kirshbaum at Amazon Children’s Publishing/Skyscape acquired U.S. rights;
U.K. and Commonwealth rights were sold to Hot Key Books.
Agency: Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency | Elina Ahlbäck
Top 6 Pilots
MONSTER by Alan Mcelroy
Logline: What if a killer like Michael Myers from “Halloween” had been shot, fell into a coma, and survived? He wakes up with no memory, is incarcerated in a mental institution, and twelve years later, is pronounced cured and released back into the community that hates and vilifies him.
Agency: Gersh | Bob Hohman & Bayard Maybank
Management: Circle of Confusion | Noah Rosen
Status: Set up at Sonar Entertainment.
ZERO by Ales Kot
Logline: Edward Zero was the best spy the Agency had – and then he realized he was working for the wrong side.
Genre: Psychological thriller
Agency: WME | Ryan Draizin, Roger Green & Philip d’ Amecourt
Management: 3 Arts Entertainment | Ari Lubet
Status: Being packaged by WME with Russell Ackerman & attached to produce.
AFTERMATH by Ryan Belenzon & Jeff Gelber
Logline: After a pandemic wipes out 1% of the world’s population, a foreign traveler is discovered dead in his motel room with a new virus strain. A scientist whose been discredited publicly for making controversial accusations about the U.S. government is being quietly enlisted to help save us from this latest threat. Only he is about to discover that his previous claims of a larger conspiracy are about to be substantiated.
Management: Grandview | Jeff Silver
Agency: CAA | Craig Brody, Joe Cohen, Andrew Miller & Ida Ziniti
Status: Color Force is attached to produce. Joe Cohen & Andrew Miller handle for TV.
THE DISAPPEARANCE by Nick Antosca
Logline: Alice Grimson is overjoyed when her teenage son Josh shows up seven years after being kidnapped. She and her husband Tom set aside long-simmering tensions in their marriage to help Josh in his struggle to resume a normal life. But when she connects his return to a series of horrific local murders, Alice begins to wonder if Josh knows something he’s not telling them. Determined to protect her son, she digs deeper into what really happened to him while he was missing — and she enters a nightmare that threatens her life and everything she holds dear.
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Agency: WME | Blake Fronstin, Simon Faber, Matt Solo, Lauren Whitney
Management: Circle of Confusion | Britton Rizzio & Greg Shephard
Status: Set up at Starz with Amblin Entertainment attached to produce.
MODERN SCIENCE by Anthony Pucillo
Logline: A young woman finds herself trapped in a dangerous kaleidoscope of her own memory.
Agency: CAA | Jon Cassir, Jacqueline Sacerio, Chelsea Reed
Management: Black Box Management | Mike Dill & Lowell Shapiro
LOVECRAFT by Andrew Jacobson & Adam Epstein
Logline: A contemporary take on the mythology of H.P. Lovecraft, with the famed author now living with his family in modern day Arkham. When his daughter goes missing, his search for her brings him face to face with supernatural horrors that drive him to the brink of madness.
Genre: Supernatural / Thriller
Agency: UTA | Jason Burns, Max Michael & Tim Phillips
Status: Set up at Syfy with Amblin Entertainment attached to produce.
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