As in previous years, the UK and Irish film community have compiled a list of their most liked and recommended unproduced screenplays.
In order to qualify for the Brit List, a screenplay had to:
- receive 3 or more votes
- be unproduced (not shooting) at the time of the list’s circulation
- be written by any writer who is non US (by birth), and
- not have featured on previous Brit Lists
Where known, producers have been named alongside the screenplays.
Every effort has been made to supply accurate information, and apologies are made in advance for any inaccuracies or misspellings.
THE CALL UP by Charles Barker
A group of online games are invited to try a state-of-the-art virtual reality sim, but soon find out the stakes raised to fatal levels.
Status: Being developed by Stigma Films.
ORDINARY THUNDERSTORMS by William Boyd
Details the story of an innocent man on the run across London trying to avoid both the police and a hitman sent to kill him.
Status: Being developed by David Thompson / Origin Pictures.
TUSK TUSK by Polly Stenham
The story of three children left to fend for themselves in a London flat as things start to spiral out of control.
Status: Being developed by David Thompson / Origin Pictures and Film4.
BAD TRAFFIC by Jay Basu
Follows a former Chinese police officer and an undercover British cop as they try to take down a criminal responsible for the death of the Chinese cop’s daughter.
Status: David Gerson, Nick Wechsler and Rory Gilmartin attached to produce.
TESTAMENT OF YOUTH by Juliette Towhidi
An adaptation of the classic First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which tells the personal story of how one woman faces the tragedy of war and rises above it.
Status: Being developed by Heyday.
BURNTHAVEN by Sebastian Foster
A Federal Marshall tracks his best friend’s murderer through the Utah badlands only to find him holed up at an outlaw stronghold with 23 of the most lawless fugitives in the land.
Status: Being developed by Cloud Eight Films.
OUR KIND OF TRAITOR by Hossein Amini
The lives of a young couple are changed forever after a chance encounter with a charismatic Russian oligarch. Adaptation of the John LeCarre novel.
Status: Being developed by Ink Factory and Potboiler Productions.
A MOST WANTED MAN by Andrew Bovell
An enigmatic figure arrives in Hamburg and sweeps an embittered spy, a British banker and an idealistic young lawyer into a thrilling and moving mystery about his identity. Adaptation of the John LeCarre novel.
Status: Anton Corbijn attached to direct, with Ink Factory and Potboiler Productions.
THE BUCCANEERS by Heidi Thomas
Unable to gain acceptance in the WASP-y East Coast society, three wealthy American girls are taken by their English governess to hunt for titled husbands in her home country. Adaptation of the novel by Edith Wharton.
Status: Being developed by Ruby Films.
AVAILABLE LIGHT by Amber Trentham, Thomas Carty
A young ex-gardener, paralyzed in a bike accident, is abducted by a brutal brothel owner to service the voyeurism of a perverse client.
THE CHINESE BUSKER by Trevor Preston
Dumas is a man without a history; a ghost operating in that no-man’s land between legal and criminal; a genius at providing unscrupulous corporate raiders with devastating information plucked from the air.
THE SLACKFI PROJECT by Howard Overman
A hapless and broken hearted barrista is visited by two bad-ass soldiers from the future who tell him mankind is doomed and he alone can save them.
Status: Being developed by Sony.
TAKING OFF by David F Shamoon
A funny and truthful road movie about a 50-something couple whose failing marriage is driven to its limits as they cross the US to get to their son’s wedding.