The Black List: 2017 Screenplays • Part 1

Black List 2017 screenplays part 1.

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The 13th edition of the "Black List" features 76 unproduced screenplays. Here are the first 11, indexed alphabetically, from A to C.

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For Your Consideration, we have the first 11 scripts listed and indexed alphabetically for quick access. From Todd Rosenberg's "All My Life", to Zach Baylin's "Come As You Are", and everything in between.

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What is "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: 2017" screenplays

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 particular 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: 2017".

Some screenplays get optioned by studios and become movies. Past picks include: "Bad Words," and "Pinocchio."

All My Life (2020)

Written by: Todd Rosenberg

Mentions: 6

After discovering the groom has liver cancer, a couple move their wedding date up and get married before he passes away.

American Tabloid

Written by: Adam Morrison

Mentions: 6

The true story of Generoso Pope, Jr., who with the help of the New York mob turned a small, local paper into the phenomenon that is The National Enquirer, laying the foundation for tabloid journalism as we know it today.

Arc of Justice

Written by: Max Borenstein | Rodney Barnes

Mentions: 10

Based on the book Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age written by Kevin Boyle. Chronicles the landmark civil rights trial of Dr. Ossian Sweet after he was charged with the murder of a white man.


Written by: Shay Hatten

Mentions: 9

After her family is murdered, an assassin seeks revenge on the killers.

Bios (n.k.a. Finch) (2021)

Written by: Craig Luck | Ivor Powell

Mentions: 6

In a post-apocalyptic world, a man spends his dying days with the robot he created to look after his dog.

The Boxer

Written by: Justine Juel Gillmer

Mentions: 8

A young Polish man escapes from a concentration camp in which he was forced by SS agents to box other Jews, travels to America to begin a successful career as a professional boxer, and reunites with the woman he lost.

Breaking News in Yuba County (2021)

Written by: Amanda Idoko

Mentions: 19 (7th overall in 2017)

After catching her husband in bed with a hooker, which causes him to die of a heart attack, Sue Bottom buries the body and takes advantage of the local celebrity status that comes from having a missing husband.


Written by: Mattson Tomlin

Mentions: 11

Inspired by the work of artist John Brosio. When a man begins to lose all of the people close to him in a series of increasingly absurd natural disasters, he must find out why his world has been turned upside down.

Call Jane (2022)

Written by: Hayley Schore | Roshan Sethi

Mentions: 7

Before Roe v. Wade in 1960s Chicago, a pregnant woman becomes a member of an underground group which provides abortions in a safe environment.

Cancer Inc (f.k.a. Conundrum)

Written by: Marc Macaluso

Mentions: 6

Before Roe v. Wade in 1960s Chicago, a pregnant woman becomes a member of an underground group which provides abortions in a safe environment.

Come As You Are

Written by: Zach Baylin

Mentions: 13

An idealistic young woman’s life begins to unravel when her job in social media exposes her to the darkest corners of humanity, sending her on a violent mission to take down not just the web’s most vicious content, but its creators as well.

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