Read the "Black List: 2019" Screenplays
The 15th edition of "The Black List" features 66 unproduced screenplays. Here are an additional 8, indexed from S.
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They're cataloged and indexed alphabetically for quick access. For Your Consideration, the next batch of 8 scripts. Including Erin Rodman's "Say Something Nice," Rachel James' "The Swells," and everything in between.
If you're a young writer looking for study guides, you've found the right place. These "Black List: 2019" scripts were chosen by industry executives as their favorite among unproduced screenplays from the past year.
What is "The Black List" you ask? It may not be exactly what you'd expect. Discover more, below.
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Discover more about the "Black List: 2019" 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, basically), 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 "The Highwaymen," and "Lucky Number Slevin."
Say Something Nice
Written by: Erin Rodman
After she catches her boyfriend cheating, Liv goes on a social media tirade that lands her in court for slander, and the judge forces her to make amends by composing one positive comment for every negative comment she posted, while under the supervision of a reclusive mediator also on the rebound from a failed relationship. Inspired by true events.
Written by: MacMillan Hedges
An inside look at the unique relationship between John Wayne and John Ford on the set of THE SEARCHERS.
Written by: Cosmo Carlson
The unbelievable true story of the creation of the worlds first, longest running, and most notorious reality show "COPS." Based on "How 'Cops' Got Made — And What It Says About America" by Tim Stelloh.
Shut In (2022)
Written by: Melanie Toast
Mentions: 14 (8th overall in 2019)
Written by: Azia Squire
Following her mother’s sudden passing, a queer black woman returns to her southern town to assist her estranged sister plan the funeral. Her trip takes a turn when sleep deprivation manifests visions of her deceased mother.
Written by: Sontenish Myers
Set on a southern plantation in the 1800s, a young slave girl named Lena has telekinetic powers she cannot yet control. Circumstances escalate when she’s separated from her mother to be a house girl, in close quarters with the mercurial Master’s wife: Elizabeth.
Written by: Sean Tidwell
A subversive superhero story about the world’s only superhero living a bachelor lifestyle, learning he has two very different teenage twins he never knew existed, and now has to figure out how to be a father.
Written by: Rachel James
A young woman, propelled by an unstoppable rage, begins inviting her victims to a summer lake house as revenge for past wrongs. But when one of her guests has been wronged as well, she passes on The Swells - bringing its wrath to the streets of New York.