The Black List: 2013 Screenplays: Part 7

The Black List 2013 screenplays part 7.

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The 9th edition of "The Black List" features 72 unproduced screenplays. Here are the final 14, indexed alphabetically, from S to Z.

We're back, and continue our look at the 9th edition of the "Black List: 2013" scripts.

Four Your Consideration, we have the final 14 scripts that made the List, indexed alphabetically, from S through Z. Including Chris Sparling's "The Sea of Trees", Alexander Felix's "Where Angels Die", and everything in between.

If you're a young writer looking for study guides, you've found the right place. These "Black List: 2013" scripts were chosen by more than 250 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: 2013" 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: 2013".

Some screenplays get optioned by studios and become movies. Past picks include: "The Queen", and "Horrible Bosses."


The Sea of Trees (2015)

Written by: Chris Sparling

Mentions: 7

An American man takes a journey into the infamous "Suicide Forest" at the foothills of Mount Fuji with the intention of taking his own life. When he is interrupted by a Japanese man who has had second thoughts about his own suicide, and is trying to find his way out of the forest, the two begin a journey of reflection and survival.

Section 6

Written by: Aaron Berg

Mentions: 44 (2nd overall in 2013)

An exploration of the formation of Great Britain’s secret intelligence agency, Military Intelligence, Section 6, known more commonly as MI6.


Written by: Christina Hodson

Mentions: 10

After suffering a devastating miscarriage a young woman and her fiancé travel to Italy where she meets his family for the first time, but her grief turns to shock when the local doctor declares that she’s still pregnant. And while her fiancé and his family seem delighted by the news, she begins to suspect their true motives are quite sinister.

Shovel Buddies (2016)

Written by: Jason Mark Hellerman

Mentions: 22 (8th overall in 2013)

Over twenty four hours, four teenage friends try to complete the "Shovel List" (a will/bucket list) left for them by their best friend before he died of Leukemia.


Written by: Geoff Tock | Greg Weidman

Mentions: 24 (7th overall in 2013)

A man goes to space to destroy the ship that, upon going sentient, killed his wife.

The Special Program

Written by: Debora Cahn

Mentions: 25 (5th overall in 2013)

The true story of Jack Goldsmith, a young attorney who took charge of the White House’s Office of Legal Counsel, then courageously took on Vice President Cheney and his powerful inner circle when he discovered they were running a number of illegal activities through their so-called Special Program.

Spotlight (2015)

Written by: Josh Singer | Tom McCarthy

Mentions: 8

The true-life account of the Boston Globe’s breaking of the Catholic Priest scandal in 2003.

Sugar in My Veins

Written by: Barbara Stepansky

Mentions: 7

A 14 yr. old female prodigy finds companionship for the first time when she befriends an older handsome man.


Written by: Eric Slovin | Leo Allen

Mentions: 17

Temperamental tennis champion John McEnroe is sucked into a dangerous and ludicrous law enforcement sting during Wimbledon in 1980.


Written by: Jack Stanley

Mentions: 18

A young hit woman tries to escape the business but finds herself in more danger after a high school reunion and a one night stand.

Tchaikovsky's Requiem

Written by: Jonathan W. Stokes

Mentions: 9

A conductor investigates the great composer's seemingly unnatural death and unlocks the mysteries of the man himself while preparing to debut Tchaikovsky’s final symphony.

The Shark Is Not Working

Written by: Richard Cordiner

Mentions: 10

When his big break finally arrives, an idealistic young movie director, Steve Spielberg, risks failing to complete the movie JAWS when his 25 foot mechanical shark stops working.

Time & Temperature

Written by: Nick Santora

Mentions: 8

Based on a true story, TIME & TEMPERATURE chronicles how Dale Julin (a low-level Fresno affiliate morning-show host) stumbled upon the biggest story of his life - and though he had reached the mid-point of his career without ever being a "real journalist" - risked his career, his safety and his marriage to uncover the truth that a small Atomic bomb exploded in Central Valley California during the Korean War - a secret that had been hidden for decades.

Where Angels Die

Written by: Alexander Felix

Mentions: 13

A street-tough, white, social worker in the slums of Detroit acts on a dangerous and violent personal vendetta when he protects a young girl and her mother from her recently incarcerated, AIDS-infected boyfriend, after he abruptly massacres a seedy strip club in a rage.

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