The Days Before
One of the most high concept stories on this list is The Days Before, which is one of those scripts that’s been “in development” for so long that we’re just kind of forced to assume it’ll stay there for all eternity. It’s a science fiction, time travel thriller about a man who possesses a stolen alien device that allows him to travel one day into the past. Did we say alien? Oh, right, this happens after a freaking giant alien invasion of Earth, and it’s up to this man to evade the aliens while jumping back, one day at a time, all the way to when the invasion first happened and try to stop it, saving the human race and the world in the process. Honestly, this doesn’t feel like just a movie, this thing could be an enormous, epic trilogy. And that makes us even more sad that we’ll almost certainly never see it hit the big screen.
Clear Winter Noon
Not all movies fail to get made because they’re too off the wall, potentially risqué, or simply too high concept. Some just cannot, for whatever reason, seem to make any headway despite being universally considered some of the best scripts in Hollywood. One such case is Clear Winter Noon, which tells the story of an aging hitman who is released from prison and, after spending years dwelling on the lives he took, sets out to make it right with the families of his victims. Who wouldn’t pay to see someone like Clint Eastwood or, going a little more out there, Nick Nolte take on such a grizzled, heartfelt role like this? It feels like some sure thing Oscar bait, but despite making it onto the Hollywood Black List, the film has simply never been able to get developed into a feature film.
Sherlock Holmes and the Vengeance of Dracula
It seems kind of odd that, in this day and age with a massive Sherlock Holmes movie franchise and two behemoth television shows about the famed detective, that the movie we’re calling the best script you’ll probably never see is all about Holmes. However, for years now, there’s been a script floating around Hollywood called Sherlock Holmes and the Vengeance of Dracula that appears to be mired in development hell for eternity. The movie, not surprisingly, deals with Holmes taking on Dracula, and ultimately having to team up with his archenemy Moriarty to try to stop him from destroying London. It was set to be directed by Chris Columbus before Harry Potter came knocking on the director’s door, and after the screenwriter, Michael B. Valle, passed away it appears the brakes have been permanently applied to any forward momentum for the movie.
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