The Black List: 2012 Screenplays: Part 6

The Black List 2012 screenplays part 6.

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The 8th edition of "The Black List" features 78 unproduced screenplays. Here are the next 13, indexed alphabetically, from P to S.

We continue our look at the 8th edition of the "Black List: 2012" scripts.

For Your Consideration, we have the next 13 screenplays that made The List, indexed alphabetically, from P through S. Including Sean O’Keefe's "The Paper Man," Paul and Benjamin China's "Sweet Virginia," 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.

What is "The Black List" you ask? To find out how it all works, go ahead and scroll down a little more.

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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 consideration.

Annually, since 2005, film industry executives read hundreds of screenplays and choose which ones are their favorite. Referred to as a "mention" (a vote), favored scripts with the most mentions are featured on, in this regard, the "Black List: 2012." And, you may have already noticed that a great number of screenplays featured on The List have since been produced.

Past picks include "Book of Eli," and "The Road."

Screenplays on this page:
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    The Paper Man

    Written by: Sean O’Keefe

    Mentions: 6

    The true story of Matthias Sindelar, the Austrian footballer voted as the Sportsman of the Century and killed by Hitler’s Nazi party.

    Penny Dreadful (2013)

    Written by: Shane Atkinson

    Mentions: 9

    Desperate to hang on to his pregnant girlfriend, bumbling Dennis gets caught up in a kidnapping scheme gone awry, leaving him saddled with a sociopathic little girl who seemingly calls the shots. IMDb

    Peste (n.k.a. Viral) (2016)

    Written by: Barbara Marshall

    Mentions: 6

    Following the outbreak of a virus that wipes out the majority of the human population, a teen documents her family’s new life in quarantine and tries to protect her infected sister. IMDb

    The Portland Condition

    Written by: Dan CohnJeremy Miller

    Mentions: 10

    Set against the backdrop of rainy Portland, Oregon, a young man finds himself falling in love for the first time - only to receive a letter from his future self, warning him of impending heartbreak.


    Written by: Young Il Kim

    Mentions: 39 (4th overall in 2012)

    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.

    Sand Castle (2017)

    Written by: Chris Roessner

    Mentions: 20

    Based on a true story, a group of United States soldiers in Iraq risk their lives to save a local village. IMDb


    Written by: Eyal PodellJonathan Stewart

    Mentions: 43 (3rd overall in 2012)

    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."

    Shut In (2016)

    Written by: Christina Hodson

    Mentions: 23

    A woman who tries to raise her catatonic son on her own suddenly discovers a shocking secret about him. IMDb


    Written by: Ashleigh Powell

    Mentions: 10

    A female prison guard in the future, where prisoners are rehabilitated with virtual reality, discovers a conspiracy that puts her loyalty into question.

    Stockholm, Pennsylvania (2015)

    Written by: Nikole Beckwith

    Mentions: 7

    A young woman, kidnapped when she was a kid, returns home to the family she barely remembers and struggles to feel 'at home.' IMDb

    Story of Your Life (n.k.a. Arrival) (2016)

    Written by: Eric Heisserer

    Mentions: 35 (5th overall in 2012)

    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. IMDb

    The Survivalist (2015)

    Written by: Stephen Fingleton

    Mentions: 14

    Years after lack of resources result in much of the world’s population dying off, a survivalist is living on a farm alone until a woman and her seventeen year old daughter show up looking for cover. IMDb

    Sweet Virginia (2017)

    Written by: Paul ChinaBenjamin China

    Mentions: 26

    A former rodeo star unknowingly starts a rapport with a young man who is responsible for all of the violence that has suddenly gripped his small town. IMDb

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