* Pin Cushion--John Raffo's futuristic action-adventure script became famous during the 1988 Writers Guild strike. Raffo, who at the time was not a member of the guild, received $500,000 from Columbia, which like every other studio in town was hungry for material. Considered unusual because its protagonist is a very tough woman, "Pin Cushion" tells the story of a female courier who, in a plague-ridden future, has to take a cure across state lines. Originally discussed as a starring vehicle for Cher, who ultimately dropped out of the project, the script has since been rewritten by Jeb Stuart ("Die Hard").
* Prognosis Negative--Written by "Seinfeld" executive producer Larry David eight years ago, this black comedy is about a man who has trouble making a commitment, until he learns that his ex-girlfriend has a terminal disease and realizes that he can be with someone without having to worry about ending the relationship. All is fine, until it turns out she's going to live. Originally optioned by producers Jack Barry and Dan Enright, the script made its way to other studios before ending up at Hemdale, where it still languishes. Although most studio executives agree the script is hilarious, they also agree that it might be too dark for most audiences.