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(Fast Company) — Dozens of screenwriters have just been blacklisted–and they’re delighted. Whereas Senator McCarthy’s blacklist ended careers, Franklin Leonard’s makes them. His list of the best unproduced screenplays includes a range of zany and intriguing story conceits: a buddy comedy featuring a college-aged Karl Rove, for instance, and a movie where a vampire and a zombie team up to fight off an alien invasion.  Franklin Leonard, who was recently featured as one of Fast Company‘s “Most Creative People,” transformed from an ordinary mid-level development executive into what the Los Angeles Times calls “Hollywood’s most important soothsayer” almost overnight. Back in 2004, buried in lousy screenplay submissions, he shot off an email to some production company executives, asking what the best unproduced screenplays they had recently read were. Leonard culled the data, noted which titles recurred, and sent off a list to some friends.

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