Read the "Black List: 2018" Screenplays
The 14th edition of the "Black List" features 73 unproduced screenplays. Here are the next 11, indexed alphabetically, from C to F.
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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" (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 "Death at a Funeral," and "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story."
Written by: Sascha Penn
The FBI pairs a young African-American agent with Greg Scarpa, the most notorious hitman in mafia history, to solve the murder of a civil rights activist in 1966 Mississippi.
Written by: Chris Thomas Devlin
Mentions: 29 (7th overall in 2018)
Written by: Chris Kekaniokalani Bright
The incredible true story of the final trial of Clarence Darrow, the greatest attorney of the 20th century who for the first and only time in his career was fighting for the wrong side. Darrow defends a wealthy white family caught murdering a native Hawaiian boy whom they wrongfully accused of raping their daughter.
Covers (n.k.a. The High Note) (2020)
Written by: Flora Greeson
Mentions: 20 (11th overall in 2018)
Written by: Nelson Greaves
When the crew of an oil rig begins to drill on one of the deepest stretches of the ocean floor, they awake a dark and dangerous creature that has been hidden away for hundreds of years.
Dead Dads Club
Written by: Amanda Idoko
A high schooler, in an effort to find a more interesting story for her college scholarship application, lies about her father’s recent death. But when the father tries to take advantage of the lie by faking his own death, the high schooler’s nemesis investigates, and bodies start piling up.
The Defender (2023)
Written by: E. Nicholas Mariani
At the height of Jim Crow, a courageous black attorney with the audacious name of Scipio Africanus Jones risks his life and career to defend eighty-seven men wrongfully accused of murder, taking the case all the way to the United States Supreme Court and achieving a stunning victory that will change American history forever. Based on a true story. IMDb
Written by: Cody Brotter
Mentions: 30 (4th overall in 2018)
The story of how oddball internet reporter Matt Drudge broke the Lewinsky Scandal and nearly took down a presidency, all from a desktop computer in his one-bedroom apartment in Hollywood.
Written by: Jason Kessler
Famed artist M.C. Escher reluctantly uses his unique view of the world to help the Dutch Resistance fight Nazi occupation during WWII. Inspired by the life and art of M.C. Escher.
The Fastest Game
Written by: Katie WernerZach Werner
Miami, 1975. Ronnie Weiss, a law school graduate primed to start his life, is suddenly saddled with his late- father’s enormous gambling debt and thrust into a world he has desperately tried to avoid. To climb out of the hole and escape a notorious Miami Beach bookie, Ronnie and a childhood friend devise a betting system that exploits the glamorous, high-stakes sport of Jai Alai, making millions of dollars and enemies of the Boston Mob and Federal Government in the process. Based on a true story.
Frat Boy Genius
Written by: Elissa Karasik
Mentions: 36 (1st overall in 2018)
A disgruntled employee of Snapchat tells the rise of her former Stanford classmate, preeminent douchebag and current boss Evan Spiegel.