Read the "Black List: 2016" Screenplays
The 12th edition of "The Black List" features 73 unproduced screenplays. Here are the final 14, indexed alphabetically, from R to Z.
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Read and download nearly all of the "Black List: 2016" screenplays. We have 73 of the 73 selected scripts from this particular year.
And, Four Your Consideration, we have the final 14 scripts listed and indexed alphabetically, from R through Z, for quick access. From Matthew Orton's "Reason of State," to Michael Schatz's "The Woman with Red Hair," and everything in between.
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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: 2016" 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: 2016".
Reason of State
Written by: Matthew Orton
Twenty four hours inside the British Prime Minister’s abode at 10 Downing Street.
Written by: Kate Trefry
Mentions: 17 (14th overall in 2016)
Based on true events in Anchorage, Alaska in 1966, a teen girl attempts to sneak into the hotel where the Beatles are staying to lose her virginity to George Harrison.
Written by: April Prosser
Four dysfunctional female coworkers get lost in the wilderness during a team-building trip and must work together in order to survive.
Saving Charlie Chaplin
Written by: Justin Shady
With Nazi agents attempting to stop the production of a film that is poking fun at Hitler, an FBI agent and an LAPD detective must team up to protect a drunk and angry Charlie Chaplin from being kidnapped.
The Time Traveler's La Ronde
Written by: Tom Dean
Mentions: 18 (13th overall in 2016)
An exploration of relationships as a man witnesses different types of love across the ages.
Written by: Charlie Kesslering
When a socially awkward engineer creates an android to fill in for her, things go awry when it becomes self actualized.
Untitled Alexander McQueen Project
Written by: Chris Urch
An emotionally charged depiction of the six months leading up to one of Alexander McQueen’s greatest shows, probing both his personal and professional personas.
Untitled Fairy Tale Project
Written by: Cat Vasko
A handsome prince falls in love with a commoner, so her fairy Godmother turns her in to a perfect princess. But when the spell works a little too well, the prince embarks on a quest to reverse it, not realizing that he’s endangering the entire fairy tale universe.
Untitled Lax Mandis Project
Written by: Seth Spector
Mentions: 22 (8th overall in 2016)
A frustrated film exec at odds with the state of his industry is forced to work with the one person who is making him question everything.
Written by: Zach Dean
Mentions: 28 (5th overall in 2018)
The cosmic love story of Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan.
The Woman with Red Hair
Written by: Michael Schatz
The extraordinary true story of Johanna "Hannie" Schaft, a young woman who dropped out of college to join the Dutch Resistance during WWII, eventually becoming one of their most talented assassins and one of the Nazis’ most wanted enemies.