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A cute and fuzzy biopic about Muppets creator Jim Henson (said to be in the same vein as Jim Carrey's 'The Man on the Moon') is tops on a list of high-profile projects that are loved by Hollywood execs but have yet to be produced.

'The Muppet Man,' a biopic about Henson, who died of streptococcus pneumonia in 1990, is No. 1 on Hollywood's influential "Black List," a poll which asks 311 top entertainment executives to name their favorite projects that have not been made into movies. Written by 29-year-old Christopher Weekes, 'The Muppet Man' is said to be very well done. A cute and fuzzy biopic about Muppets creator Jim Henson (said to be in the same vein as Jim Carrey's 'The Man on the Moon') is tops on a list of high-profile projects that are loved by Hollywood execs but have yet to be produced.

'The Muppet Man,' a biopic about Henson, who died of streptococcus pneumonia in 1990, is No. 1 on Hollywood's influential "Black List," a poll which asks 311 top entertainment executives to name their favorite projects that have not been made into movies. Written by 29-year-old Christopher Weekes, 'The Muppet Man' is said to be very well done.

This year, 97 projects are on the list.

First published by Entertainment Weekly, the Black List, started in 2004, has spawned several successful hits – 'Juno,' 'Lars and the Real Girl,' '(500) Days of Summer' – despite largely highlighting films that are essentially in creative purgatory.

Distinctive about the Black List is that it its influence is gaining as a source of positioning statements for development offices around Hollywood, so much so that a number of this year's List-makers are actually already in production.

Top projects on this year's Black List that are already heading for the big screen include:

'The West Wing' creator Aaron Sorkin's 'The Social Network' lays out the tale of how Facebook came to be the global power that it is. In production for Sony, the drama highlights the Web site's stormy trek to social networking dominance – with Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake attached to star and David Fincher directing.

• A creepy follow-up from 'One Hour Photo' director Mark Romanek, 'The Voices,' written by TV scribe Michael R. Perry ('Law & Order: SVU'), is about a schizophrenic bathtub factory worker who accidentally kills a woman and converses with his foul-mouthed talking pets whilst trying to cover up the crime.

• An Ed Helms comedy vehicle, 'Cedar Rapids' follows a feckless Midwestern insurance man who suddenly comes of age while on his first big business trip. Said to be reminiscent of 'The 40 Year Old Virgin,' 'Rapids' is the handiwork of 'A Thousand Words' writer Phil Johnston and will co-stars John C. Reilly and Anne Heche, and has Miguel Arteta ('Youth in Revolt,' 'The Good Girl') to direct.

• 'Desperadoes,' a 'Hangover'-style comedy about a promiscuous thirtysomething attorney who finds that one of her conquests has woken up in Mexico with broken bones, stars Isla Fisher as said attorney -- no doubt allowing her to flex her alpha muscles.