Read the "Black List: 2019" Screenplays
The 15th edition of "The Black List" features 66 unproduced screenplays. Here are the next 13, indexed alphabetically, from D to H.
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Discover more about the "Black List: 2019" screenplays
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: 2019." And, you may have already noticed that a great number of screenplays featured on The List have since been produced.
Past picks include "Crazy, Stupid, Love," and "The Fighter."
The Diamond as Big as the Ritz
Written by: Cody Behan
When the underprivileged John Unger is invited to spend the summer at the mansion of his peculiar classmate, his thirst for grandeur leads him down a dangerous exploration of greed, morality, and the secret horrors of the ruling class. Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story.
Written by: Matt Ritter
When the upstart Bratz dolls challenged Barbie’s antiquated gender norms and threatened their monopoly, Barbie struck back with a billion-dollar copyright lawsuit. In jeopardy of shutting down, Bratz turned to a small, scrappy, all-female law firm to take on Mattel in a historic, David vs. Goliath intellectual property battle that changed the toy industry and American popular culture forever. Based on a true story.
Written by: Michael Paisley
When a struggling fashion model in New York City gets chosen by a mysterious Parisian designer to be the face of his first campaign since his disappearance five years prior, she begins to realize she was chosen for a reason and must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice for beauty and recognition.
Don't Go in the Water
Written by: Peter Gaffney
A recovering alcoholic sets off for seclusion but gets more than he bargained for when he encounters a mysterious creature nearby.
Don't Worry Darling (2022)
Written by: Carey Van DykeShane Van Dyke
Mentions: 19 (3rd overall in 2019)
Field of View
Written by: Reiss Clauson-WolfJulian Silver
Mentions: 20 (2nd overall in 2019)
A soldier, forced to relive her worst day in combat, begins to question her sanity when the VR simulation she’s experiencing doesn’t match her memory of the mission gone wrong.
Written by: Colin Bannon
Two years after a free solo accident nearly kills Hillary Hall, she enlists the help of her old climbing partners to document her comeback -- the first ascent of 4,000 foot rock wall in rural China. During the harrowing climb, Hillary struggles with her inner demons and supernatural forces, as it slowly becomes clear that this mountain does not want to be conquered.
Written by: Kevin McMullin
George runs a struggling farm where he cares for his terminally ill wife, Alice. Everything changes when he decides to bring home an orphaned baby he found out in the field. The child’s presence begins to unearth buried secrets while engulfing the family in a series of supernatural events.
Girlfriend on Mars
Written by: Kaitlin Fontana
Amber and Kevin, weed dealer burnouts committed to going nowhere together, have been dating for twelve years. When Amber enters a reality show that will take the winner to Mars with no chance of return, Kevin has to face what it really means when the ones we love leave us and leave the planet. Based on the story by Deborah Willis.
Grandma Wants to Die
Written by: Patrick Cadigan
When Ben is left footing the bill for his own wedding just weeks before the big day, he’s forced to make a deal with his estranged grandmother Minnie. She’ll give him the money if he signs the papers for her assisted suicide. Ben gladly agrees, only to unearth Minnie’s final agenda before she departs... destroy the wedding from the inside and seemingly ruin Ben’s life.
Written by: Ben Imperato
After finding themselves stranded on the wreckage of a Helldiver bomber in the middle of the ocean, an American aviator and a Japanese Kamikaze pilot must work together to survive their greatest threat yet -- a 22-foot great white shark.
High on Christmas
Written by: Hannah MesconDreux Moreland
A stoner comedy about one family trying to save Christmas from itself after Santa eats the wrong batch of cookies.
The House Is Not For Sale
Written by: Roy Parker
With one last chance at a promotion, a down-on-her-luck real estate agent returns to her rural hometown to sell the impossible - a haunted house where countless couples have been murdered. As the bodies of new residents continue to pile up, our real estate agent will stop at nothing to rid the house of evil - no matter what the cost.