Franklin Leonard was up to his ears in bad screenplays in 2005, while working as a development executive at Leo DiCaprio's Appian Way. What started as a call for help to fellow Hollywood execs asking for decent script suggestions has turned into one of the year's most anticipated announcements -- touting the work of undiscovered or underappreciated writers -- the Black List. Most people wouldn't want to be caught dead on a black list, given the negative connotation of the term. However, Hollywood screenwriters aren't most people and many would kill to be on it: a list of the ten best unproduced scripts currently making the rounds.

The Black List has even become an oracle for the Oscars -- see Nancy Oliver's nomination for 'Lars and the Real Girl,' or Diablo Cody's Academy Award win for 'Juno.' Take a look at last year's list and you'll notice this year's Oscar buzz-worthy 'The Social Network.'

Wes Jones' comedy-drama, 'College Republicans,' makes the number one spot for 2010 with Shia LaBeouf and Paul Dano vying for the opportunity to play a college-aged Karl Rove, who "leads a dirty campaign for College Republican chairman under the guidance of Lee Atwater." The number two spot features 'Black Swan's' Darren Aronofsky attached to direct a Noah Oppenheim screenplay. 'Jackie' focuses on Jacqueline Kennedy's life immediately after her husband's assassination.

Aliens, the FBI, the CIA, a Sundance debut, and an outlaw also make the list. Check out the top ten after the jump.
49 votes: "College Republicans" by Wes Jones. Aspiring politician Karl Rove leads a dirty campaign for College Republican chairman under the guidance of Lee Atwater. Anonymous Content producing.

47 votes: "Jackie" by Noah Oppenheim. Jacqueline Kennedy's life immediately after her husband's assassination. Darren Aronofsky directing for Fox Searchlight.

45 votes: "All You Need Is Kill" by Dante Harper. A new army recruit in a war against aliens finds himself caught in a time loop. Set up at Warner Bros. Doug Liman may direct.

43 votes: "Safe House" by David Guggenheim. A young man at a CIA-run safe house must help a rogue ex-agent escape assassins. Universal Pictures to produce with Daniel Espinoza to direct. Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington to star.

39 votes: "Stoker" by Wentworth Miller. After the death of her father, a teenage girl must deal with a mysterious uncle. Fox Searchlight purchased the script.

32 votes: "999" by Matt Cook. A gang of crooked cops plans a major heist that requires them to shoot a fellow officer. Anonymous Content producing.

31 votes: "Margin Call" by J.C. Chandor. A fictional account of the final 24 hours of Lehman Brothers. Chandor has directed stars Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany. Film will debut at Sundance Film Festival next month.

30 votes: "American Bull----" by Eric Warren Singer. The true story of the FBI's 1980 undercover sting operation of Congress, dubbed Abscam, which was designed to root out corruption and was the brainchild of a con man. Sony Pictures has optioned the script.

28 votes: "Argo" by Chris Terrio. The true story of how the CIA, with help from Hollywood, used a fake movie project to smuggle hostages out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis. Optioned by Warner Bros.

24 votes: "The Last Son of Isaac Lemay" by Greg Johnson. An aging outlaw, convinced that there's evil in his genes, goes on a journey to kill his offspring. Gore Verbinski's company producing.

[via L.A. Times]
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