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The Black List 2012 Archives

The Black List 2012 was compiled from the suggestions of over 290 film executives. Each of whom contributed the names of up to ten favorite unproduced scripts from this calendar year.

Of 78 screenplays chosen to be a part of the annual Black List, we have 77 available to download and study. Right here. Right now.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that, as of this writing, twenty-eight, 2012 Black List scripts have been made into feature films including Oscar-winner “Whiplash.”

Before we go any further, let’s talk a little more about The Black List.

WHAT IS THE BLACK LIST

Since 2005, each December, the Black List releases its annual list, a survey of the most liked unproduced screenplays of that year. The annual lists are aggregated using votes from film executives working in the film industry.blklst.com

To learn more about what the List can do for you as a writer, be sure to visit their website: blklst.com.

TOP 5 BLACK LIST SCRIPTS IN 2012

1. DRAFT DAY
(65 mentions | written by Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman)
On the day of the NFL Draft, Bills General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to save football in Buffalo when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred.

2. A COUNTRY OF STRANGERS
(43 mentions | written by Sean Armstrong)
Based on true events. Inspector Geoff Harper conducts a forty year search for the Beaumont Children, three siblings taken from an Australian beach in January of 1966.

3. SEUSS
(43 mentions | written by Eyal Podell & Jonathan Stewart)
As a young man, Ted Geisel meets his future wife Helen, who encourages his fanciful drawings, and in the 1950s when Ted is struggling professionally, Helen helps inspire the children’s book that will become his first big hit, “The Cat in the Hat.”

4. RODHAM
(39 mentions | written by Young Il Kim)
During the height of the Watergate scandal, rising star Hillary Rodham is the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon, but she soon finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who now teaches law in Arkansas.

5. STORY OF YOUR LIFE (ARRIVAL)
(35 mentions | written by Eric Heisserer)
Based on the short story by Ted Chiang. When alien crafts land around the world, a linguistics expert is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.

LET’S BEGIN YOUR BLACK LIST JOURNEY

In the interest of browsing speed, we’ve divided each year’s list into two-parts. Scripts are indexed alphabetically. You’ll see a little more than 35 screenplays per section.

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