This year’s Hollywood Black List may have only recently been released, but Drew Barrymore has already signed on to direct one of the hottest Black List scripts, When the Street Lights Go On.
The Black List is an annual compilation of the best new scripts in Hollywood that have not yet begun principal photography. Appearing on the list has lead to a number of screenplays making it to production – Juno and 500 Days Of Summer are just two recent films successes to have benefited from their inclusion.
This year, one Black List film to have already been awarded a director in the form of Drew Barrymore is When the Street Lights Go On. Set in the early 1980s, the film follows the story of a young boy who stumbles across the brutally murdered bodies of a seventeen-year-old girl and the English teacher with whom she was having an affair. The boy, who is something of an aspiring filmmaker, attempts to solve the mystery of the murders, amidst the shock and devastation experienced by those living in the small suburban town.
The film, which certainly has the potential to be somewhat reminiscent of Spielberg‘s Super 8, as well as coming-of-age classic, Stand by Me, was penned by writers Eddie O’Keefe and Chris Hutton. Although Barrymore made her name as an actress, her 2009 directorial début, Whip It, was critically acclaimed.
However, Barrymore already has a number of other directing projects lined up, and it is not clear when she will begin work on When the Street Lights Go On. She’s already attached to the teen-thriller Heist Society, which was scripted by Whip It writer, Shauna Cross. In addition, she’s also reported to be involved with the latest rom-com from New Line (the people behind Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve), which is an adaptation of Liz Tuccillo’s novel of the same name, How to Be Single.
Meanwhile, there are a number of other exciting prospects also included within this year’s Black List – you can check out the entire list, here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2011/12/black-list-2011-the-complete-list.html