2012: Top Unproduced Screenplays | Part 1

Best Unproduced Screenplays of 2012.

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Check out 78 (mostly) unproduced screenplays from 2012. Here are the first 14, indexed alphabetically, from A to C.

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These scripts are considered as some of the best of 2012 according to hundreds of industry professionals who've read them, and voted for them.

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    A Country of Strangers

    Written by: Sean Armstrong

    Votes: 43 (2nd overall in 2012)

    Based on true events. Inspector Geoff Harper conducts a forty year search for the Beaumont Children, three siblings taken from an Australian beach in January of 1966.

    All-Nighter (n.k.a. Run All Night) (2015)

    Written by: Brad Ingelsby

    Votes: 11

    An aging hitman goes up against his boss over a single night in order to protect his family. IMDb

    Almanac (n.k.a. Project Almanac) (2015)

    Written by: Jason PaganAndrew Stark

    Votes: 6

    A group of high school kids discover how to time travel, but fail to recognize the potential consequences. IMDb


    Written by: Ben Poole

    Votes: 20

    In a China-dominated near future, a former LAPD officer attempts to save his family from destitution in Los Angeles by working for a crime lord in the American ghetto within a thriving Hong Kong.

    The Ballad of Pablo Escobar (n.k.a. El Patron)

    Written by: Matt Aldrich

    Votes: 16

    A telling of the last years of Pablo Escobar’s life, the war he waged on the Colombian government, and his fight to recapture his son’s love and respect.

    Black Box

    Written by: David Guggenheim

    Votes: 13

    When Air Force One crashes, a journalist discovers a cover up after gaining access to the plane’s black box data and must unravel the mystery.

    Bleeding Kansas

    Written by: Russell SommerDan Frey

    Votes: 7

    A runaway slave and a sheriff must journey to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Gubernatorial candidate against the backdrop of Kansas’ induction into statehood and whether or not it would be a slave or free state.

    Border Country

    Written by: Jonathan W. Stokes

    Votes: 8

    A veteran goes to war against a crew of corrupt cops intent on controlling the US / Mexico border.

    The Broken

    Written by: John Glosser

    Votes: 12

    In 1967 Oklahoma, a war vet/farmer investigates the suspicious death of his estranged son in the next county. When he discovers his son’s brutal murder was a covered-up gay bashing, he goes on a one-man mission to take down the corrupt sheriff responsible.

    Cherries (n.k.a. Blockers) (2018)

    Written by: Brian KehoeJim Kehoe

    Votes: 13

    Three fathers learn of their teenage daughters’ pact to lose their virginity on prom night and band together to stop them. IMDb


    Written by: Natasha Pincus

    Votes: 19

    After an accident causes a successful CEO to lose both legs, he is forced to re-evaluate his life and identity.

    Comancheria (n.k.a. Hell or High Water) (2016)

    Written by: Taylor Sheridan

    Votes: 19

    Two brothers, one an ex-con and the other a divorced father of two kids, face the foreclosure of their family’s West Texas farm. They team for a skillfully-calculated bank robbing spree that puts them on a collision course with two Texas Rangers determined to take them down. IMDb

    Come and Find Me (2016)

    Written by: Zack Whedon

    Votes: 6

    When his girlfriend goes missing, David must track down her whereabouts after he realizes she’s not who she was pretending to be. IMDb


    Written by: Marissa Jo Cerar

    Votes: 9

    A preacher’s wife, grieving from the loss of her teenage son and struggling to hold her family together, forms an unlikely friendship with a young street hustler who helps her understand her lost son and survive alcoholic depression.

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