Read the "Black List: 2012" Screenplays
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 scripts that made the List, indexed alphabetically, from P through S. From Sean O’Keefe's "The Paper Man", to 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, 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 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: "Book of Eli", and "The Road."
The Paper Man
Written by: Sean O’Keefe
The true story of Matthias Sindelar, the Austrian footballer voted as the Sportsman of the Century and killed by Hitler’s Nazi party.
The Portland Condition
Written by: Dan Cohn | Jeremy Miller
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.
Written by: Eyal Podell | Jonathan 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."
Written by: Ashleigh Powell
A female prison guard in the future, where prisoners are rehabilitated with virtual reality, discovers a conspiracy that puts her loyalty into question.
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.