The Black List: 2018 Screenplays • Part 1

Black List 2018 screenplays part 1.

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The 14th edition of the "Black List" features 73 unproduced screenplays. Here are the first 13, indexed alphabetically, from A to B.

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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: 2018" 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" (call it a vote), favored scripts with the most mentions are featured on, in this regard, the "Black List: 2018." And, you may have already noticed that a great number of screenplays featured on The List have since been produced.

Past picks include "Passengers," and "The Queen."

Screenplays on this page:
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    (Please) Maternity Leave

    Written by: Ari BerkowitzAva Tramer

    Mentions: 9

    Two friends try to get their third friend pregnant so they can stop hanging out with her.

    The 29th Accident

    Written by: Alanna Brown

    Mentions: 8

    A young man tragically loses his wife on the day of their wedding. He is devastated, until four years later on their wedding anniversary, he awakens to find his beloved wife alive and well beside him.

    73 Seconds

    Written by: Shawn Dwyer

    Mentions: 10

    The extraordinary true story of Bob Ebeling and Roger Boisjoly, the aerospace engineers who discovered the “o-ring anomaly” that led to the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. After struggling to convince their superiors at Morton-Thiokol and NASA to investigate the anomaly, Ebeling and Boisjoly were tasked with proving it: an extremely complicated and expensive endeavor that took an emotional toll on their lives but helped bring about changes to the Shuttle Program that saved the lives of future astronauts.

    AMA (Ask Me Anything)

    Written by: John Wikstrom

    Mentions: 7

    A highly publicized AMA (Q&A) session between a fast-rising publicist and an aging music icon quickly turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse when the event is seized by a hacker who systematically begins revealing dark secrets from both of their pasts, forcing them to publicly confront the horrific events they’ve committed on the largest social media platform in the world.


    Written by: Scott Conroy

    Mentions: 21 (9th overall in 2018)

    The true story of Chris Wylie and Cambridge Analytica.

    At Risk

    Written by: Jenny Halper

    Mentions: 7

    Told through the eyes of ten year old Charlie in 1986, a family struggles to stay intact when an AIDS diagnosis makes them pariahs in their small New England town. Based on Alice Hoffman’s novel.

    Bag Man

    Written by: Alex Convery

    Mentions: 17

    Atticus Archer is college football’s version of a fixer. As he juggles chasing the nation’s top prospect, a mental breakdown from a star quarterback, and his own personal demons, an NCAA agent arrives on campus to threaten everything.


    Written by: Aaron W. Sala

    Mentions: 9

    After a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean, a woman finds herself marooned on an island with a bloodthirsty beast.

    The Biscuit

    Written by: Jack Waz

    Mentions: 19 (12th overall in 2018)

    In 1998, a teacher and her veteran husband find a way to afford the family they’ve always dreamed of: by selling America’s nuclear launch codes after President Bill Clinton loses them.

    Black Flies (2023)

    Written by: Ryan King

    Mentions: 10

    A young man becomes an emergency medical technician in Harlem as a temporary stop before he enters medical school. There, he experiences a range of crises and stressful misadventures, including a mentor who has been numbed to the point that he makes a wrong decision in a life-and-death situation. IMDb

    Blur (2022)

    Written by: Jacob Colman

    Mentions: 9

    When a guy in a committed relationship starts to suspect that the avatar he’s been digitally hooking up with might belong to his best friend’s girlfriend, he becomes entangled in something he can’t quite understand. IMDb

    Bolsa Negra

    Written by: Dave RabinowitzCharlie Wachtel

    Mentions: 10

    A down and out sports agent risks everything to bring a star Cuban baseball player back to the United States to play in the Major Leagues. Based on an amalgamation of true stories detailing the rise of the League’s movement to smuggle Cuban baseball players into the US during the 1990s.

    The Broodmare

    Written by: Michael Voyer

    Mentions: 20 (10th overall in 2018)

    When a recovering member of Alcoholics Anonymous decides to make amends with his high school sweetheart, he soon realizes that her newfound love of equines may have some darker, more sinister connections.

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