Since 2004, Hollywood's annual Black List has given us the "most liked" unproduced screenplays of those given years, as judged by a couple hundred studio executives. Probably not the most unbiased system, but it's interesting at least to see what the industry deems to be the better (possibly) upcoming prospects. This year's list hit on Friday, and out of 97 screenplays, there are about four that veer toward the science fiction side of things.

I say "about four" because frankly, I didn't know what to consider something like Adam Penn's The Blind Rage of Peacoat Miller, a script about a porn film that causes viewers to become homicidal maniacs. Straight from the list, here are the most identifiably sci-fi entries with descriptions included:

THE DAYS BEFORE by Chad St. John
"A man who possesses a time travel device uses it to go back in time to prevent an alien invasion."

Z FOR ZACHARIAN by Nissar Modi
"A sixteen-year-old girl named Ann Burden survives a nuclear war in a small American town.."

"Renko Vega, once a hero and now a rogue thief wandering the galaxy with his hyperintelligent spaceship the Jennifer 9, is forced to become a hero once again when the young daughter of the President of Earth is kidnapped."

YEAR 12by Edward Ricourt
"Twelve years after an alien invasion leaves humankind decimated and brutally subjugated a former soldier must smuggle deadly uranium in his bloodstream and, with help from a pair of rebels, fight his way to an air force base where the uranium can be extracted and used to fuel a nuclear missile for a counterstrike that will reverse the direction of the war."

categories Movies, Sci-Fi