UPDATED BELOW with an 8th script.
So the loglines are in and it looks like we had about 63 Black List submissions for yesterday's offer. I said I'd select up to eight scripts out of those loglines and read at least 15 pages. As it turns out, when I went through and picked out the loglines that seemed like the most interesting reads, I ended up with seven, so that seems like a good place to leave it.
Among the rest there were several "second tier" choices, so in the event that all seven of these have me dropping them at 15 pages, I might be inclined to check out some of the second tier ones. Still, I picked these scripts because the concepts seemed like the ones I was mostly likely to enjoy - and also because if I were to endorse them, they would probably be the most likely sorts of concepts to garner other interest. (That probably explains the heavy bias towards thrillers. I'd hoped for a few more comedies or rom-coms, and while there were other good loglines, I didn't feel them demanding my attention.
So without further ado, here are the Lucky 7!
My Future Ex-Sister-In-Law
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Logline: A new couple must hide their relationship from their respective siblings—a divorced duo who hate each other.
Mickey Stanton and the Legions of Darkness!
Logline: When a commander of the underworld leads an unholy invasion to the surface, three lowly gas station attendants will battle his vile horde to stop them from wreaking havoc across the entire planet!
Logline: A desperate woman hatches a risky plot to escape her abusive husband, but when complications put her little girl in the crossfire, she'll sacrifice anything and anyone to save her daughter.
Where Death Follows
Logline: When the FBI guns down his father, the teenage son of a serial killer goes on the run from a relentless and unstable Federal Agent who will stop at nothing to see him dead.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Logline: A wallflower college student, horrified at the discovery of a torture chamber hidden by his recently deceased father, struggles to save a young woman still trapped in it while his domineering brother wants to continue their father's work.
Logline: The lone survivor of a massive school explosion is held against his will while the administration, police and school board appointed lawyer sift through a story of blackmail, cyber-bullying, and murder, to try to figure out exactly what happened.
Farewell, Great Leader
Logline: A filmmaker and his actress ex-wife are abducted by Kim Jong-Il and forced to make a Godzilla knock-off propaganda film. Their only hope of escape is to use the film's final explosive stunt to cover their tracks.
I'll try to work my way through most of these within the next week and post any reviews either early next week or right after the 4th of July holiday weekend. I think I'll go through the other submitted loglines and maybe offer indications of why some of them didn't get chosen, so be checking the comments on the earlier post throughout the weekend as I work my way through those.
Have a good weekend everyone!
Update 7:00pm Friday - This is embarrassing. When you guys post a comment here, I get it sent to me in an email. I was using those emails to keep track of the most interesting loglines and then culled the list down from there. Well, I goofed up and must have accidentally deleted one of those emails which included a script I was interested in. I didn't discover this until I went through the comments to reply and realized I'd forgotten one.
(Don't worry. I've scrutinized all the loglines and there weren't any others that fell through the cracks, so this will be the only update.)
So I'm pleased to announce one more script will be joining my to-read pile:
Genre: Horror / Horror Comedy
Logline: A troubled teen inadvertently unleashes an evil garden gnome, who's hellbent on protecting his garden, and must stop it before it kills everyone he loves. In the vein of "Child's Play" and "Gremlins".
My sincerest apologies to you all for the oversight, especially to the writer.