Read the "Black List: 2021" Screenplays
The 17th edition of "The Black List" features 73 unproduced screenplays. Here are the final 9, indexed alphabetically, from V to Z.
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Four Your Consideration, we have the remaining 9 scripts listed and indexed alphabetically for quick access. Including Andrew Ferguson's "The Villain", Stuart C. Paul's "Yasuke", and everything in between.
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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 certain 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: 2021".
Some screenplays get optioned by studios and become movies. Past picks include: "The Social Network", and Oscar-winner "The King's Speech."
Written by: Andrew Ferguson
Mentions: 21 (5th overall in 2021)
The completely outrageous and completely true story of "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli — from his meteoric rise as wunderkind hedge fund manager and pharmaceutical executive to his devastating fall involving crime, corruption and the Wu-Tang Clan — which exposed the rotten core of the American healthcare system.
Written by: Carly J. Hallman
Mentions: 19 (7th overall in 2021)
A troubled millennial from small-town Texas will do anything to get into her top-choice law school, including murder.
The Way You Remember Me
Written by: Geoffrey Roth
Following the death of her vivacious, entrepreneurial, thirtysomething son Ben, Laurie learns that he had frozen some of his sperm before his passing. As she embarks on an unconventional journey in search of someone who may bear Ben’s child, Laurie forges an unexpected friendship with a woman, who, in turn, starts to fall for the memory of him.
Ways to Hide in Winter
Written by: Jenny Halper
A woman in rural Pennsylvania falls in love with a stranger from Uzbekistan, then finds out he may be responsible for war crimes. Based on Sarah St. Vincent’s acclaimed debut novel.
Written by: Augustus Schiff
An autistic kid tries to do normal college things — making friends, figuring out if girls like him, getting over his mom’s death — while seeing life in his own "musical" way.
Wheels Come Off
Written by: Kryzz Gautier
In the year 2065, a fiery teenager with a wild imagination, her paraplegic mom, and their clueless robot struggle to navigate the post-apocalypse; but when the mother’s wheelchair breaks, the trio must venture out into the dangerous "outside" for a chance to survive.
Written by: Filipe Coutinho | Ben Mehlman
While looking into a client’s murder, a Los Angeles social worker stumbles on a political conspiracy in the wake of the 1987 Whittier earthquake.
Worst. Dinner. Ever.
Written by: Jack Waz
An estranged father and son have to survive terrorists, explosions, and, most terrifying of all, dinner with each other.
Yasuke (aka: Untitled Yasuke Project)
Written by: Stuart C. Paul
The true story of the first and only African Samurai in feudal Japan who rose from being a slave for the Jesuits to fighting as a Samurai in the unification of Japan.