Read the "Black List: 2012" Screenplays
The 8th edition of "The Black List" features 78 screenplays. Here are the first 14, indexed alphabetically, from A to C.
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For Your Consideration, we have the first 14 scripts listed and indexed alphabetically, from A through C, for quick access. From Sean Armstrong's "A Country of Strangers", to Marissa Jo Cerar's "Conversion", and everything in between.
If you're a young writer looking for study guides, you've found the right place. These "Black List: 2012" scripts were chosen by more than 290 film-industry executives as some of the best unproduced scripts this year.
What is "The Black List" you ask? To find out how it all works, scroll down a little bit.
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Discover more about the "Black List: 2012" scripts
Unsure about exactly what is "The Black List"? Read on.
Consider the name ironic. This isn't a list of scripts written by those who are unwelcome in the industry. Rather, "The Black List" is a compilation of "most liked" unproduced screenplays from a certain year. Screenwriters, young and old, repped or voiceless, submit their works for evaluation and possible consideration.
Annually, since 2005, film industry executives read hundreds of screenplays and choose which ones are their favorite. Referred to as a "mention", favored scripts with the most mentions are featured on, in this regard, the "Black List: 2012".
Some screenplays get optioned by studios and become movies. Past picks include: "Disturbia", and "Hanna."
A Country of Strangers
Written by: Sean Armstrong
Mentions: 43 (2nd overall in 2012)
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.
Written by: Ben Poole
In a China-dominated near future, a former LAPD officer attempts to save his family from destitution in Los Angeles by working for a crime lord in the American ghetto within a thriving Hong Kong.
The Ballad of Pablo Escobar (n.k.a. El Patron)
Written by: Matt Aldrich
A telling of the last years of Pablo Escobar’s life, the war he waged on the Colombian government, and his fight to recapture his son’s love and respect.
Written by: David Guggenheim
When Air Force One crashes, a journalist discovers a cover up after gaining access to the plane’s black box data and must unravel the mystery.
Written by: Russell Sommer | Dan Frey
A runaway slave and a sheriff must journey to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Gubernatorial candidate against the backdrop of Kansas’ induction into statehood and whether or not it would be a slave or free state.
Written by: Jonathan W. Stokes
Written by: John Glosser
In 1967 Oklahoma, a war vet/farmer investigates the suspicious death of his estranged son in the next county. When he discovers his son’s brutal murder was a covered-up gay bashing, he goes on a one-man mission to take down the corrupt sheriff responsible.
Written by: Natasha Pincus
After an accident causes a successful CEO to lose both legs, he is forced to re-evaluate his life and identity.
Comancheria (n.k.a. Hell or High Water) (2016)
Written by: Taylor Sheridan
Written by: Marissa Jo Cerar
A preacher’s wife, grieving from the loss of her teenage son and struggling to hold her family together, forms an unlikely friendship with a young street hustler who helps her understand her lost son and survive alcoholic depression.