Science on The Black List

The annual roundup of the best narrative films yet to be produced–The Black List–features six scripts with scientific or technological themes in its 2017 edition. What follows are the film descriptions as written on The Black List. Stay tuned to Science & Film for more as these films go into production.

THE POISON SQUAD, written by Dreux Moreland and Joey DePaolo

Based on the true story of Harvey Wiley, an eccentric chemist who conducted the first experiment on human tolerance to poison, which catalyzed a movement resulting in the founding of the Food and Drug Administration.

WHERE I END, written by Imran Zaidi

In a world where your life can be saved, uploaded to a computer, and restarted in the case of your untimely demise, a husband returns from the dead, suspecting his wife may have been involved in his death.

DON’T BE EVIL, written by Gabriel Diani, Etta Devine, and Evan Bates

Adapted from In the Plex by Steven Levy and I’m Feeling Lucky by Douglas Edwards. Google’s Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt struggle with their corporate motto, “Don’t Be Evil,” in the face of their meteoric rise to a multi-billion dollar valuation and a major Chinese hacking incident.

FUBAR, written by Brent Hyman

An inept CIA psychologist is embedded on a globe-trotting mission with the agency’s most valuable operative who suffers from an extreme case of multiple personality disorder.

THE MAN FROM TOMORROW, written by Jordan Barel

The true story of visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk, who after being ousted from PayPal, guides SpaceX through it turbulent early years while simultaneously building Tesla.

MOXIE, written by Heather Quinn

To combat crime in near-future Los Angeles, the FBI creates supercops based on specific genetic sequences. To their shock, their best candidate is a vulgar stripper named Moxie.