The "Black List: 2012" screenplays & scripts are now available here!
The 8th edition of "The Black List" features 78 screenplays. Here are the first 39, indexed alphabetically, from A to M.
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Read and download all of the "Black List: 2012" screenplays. We have all 78 of the 78 selected scripts from the 8th edition.
Four Your Consideration, we have the first 39 scripts listed and indexed alphabetically, from A through M, for quick access. From Sean Armstrong's "A Country of Strangers", to Will Simmons's "Murder City", and everything in between.
If you're a young writer looking for study guides, you've found the right place. These "Black List: 2012" scripts were chosen by more than 290 film-industry executives as some of the best unproduced scripts this year.
What is "The Black List" you ask? To find out how it all works, scroll down a little bit.
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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 certain year. Screenwriters, young and old, repped or voiceless, submit their works for evaluation and possible 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: 2012".
Some screenplays get optioned by studios and become movies. Past picks include: "Disturbia", and "Hanna."
A Country of Strangers
Written by: Sean Armstrong
Mentions: 43 (2nd overall in 2012)
Based on true events. Inspector Geoff Harper conducts a forty year search for the Beaumont Children, three siblings taken from an Australian beach in January of 1966.
Written by: Ben Poole
In a China-dominated near future, a former LAPD officer attempts to save his family from destitution in Los Angeles by working for a crime lord in the American ghetto within a thriving Hong Kong.
Written by: David Guggenheim
When Air Force One crashes, a journalist discovers a cover up after gaining access to the plane’s black box data and must unravel the mystery.
Written by: Russell Sommer | Dan Frey
A runaway slave and a sheriff must journey to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Gubernatorial candidate against the backdrop of Kansas’ induction into statehood and whether or not it would be a slave or free state.
Written by: Jonathan W. Stokes
A veteran goes to war against a crew of corrupt cops intent on controlling the US / Mexico border.
Written by: Natasha Pincus
After an accident causes a successful CEO to lose both legs, he is forced to re-evaluate his life and identity.
Comancheria (n.k.a. Hell or High Water) (2016)
Written by: Taylor Sheridan
Written by: Marissa Jo Cerar
A preacher’s wife, grieving from the loss of her teenage son and struggling to hold her family together, forms an unlikely friendship with a young street hustler who helps her understand her lost son and survive alcoholic depression.
Devils at Play
Written by: James Dilapo
Mentions: 28 (10th overall in 2012)
In the Soviet Union in 1937, a worker of the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs finds a list of traitors, which he thinks is going to be his way out.
Written by: Evan Mirzai | Shea Mirzai
Buttoned-down 20-something Eric isn’t ready to marry his longtime girlfriend Abby. His only way out is through slacker Sam, his identical twin brother, who offers to pose as Eric to do the dumping. But the plan becomes a disaster when Sam realizes Abby is actually really cool--and falls head over heels for her.
Draft Day (2014)
Written by: Rajiv Joseph | Scott Rothman
Mentions: 63 (1st overall in 2012)
On the day of the NFL Draft, Bills General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to save football in Buffalo when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred.
Written by: Aaron Buchsbaum | Teddy Riley
A family vacation goes horribly awry when the father is mistaken for the most ruthless drug lord in Mexico, El Tigre.
Ex Boyfriend of the Bride
Written by: Matt Hausfater
After discovering one of their high school sweethearts is getting married, two best friends head to the wedding in order to stop the bride from going through with it.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)
Written by: Michael Werwie
Mentions: 31 (7th overall in 2012)
Based on a true (and ultimately surprising) story, a promising young law student fights an oppressive legal system and growing public scrutiny when his routine traffic stop snowballs into shocking criminal charges, imprisonment, daring escapes, and ultimately acting as his own attorney in a nationally televised murder trial.
From New York to Florida
Written by: Austin Reynolds
An undisciplined boy is sent to Florida for the summer with his grandparents, and the drive south changes him forever.
Fuck Marry Kill
Written by: Neel Shah | Alex Blagg
Three best friends return for their high school reunion intent on righting all the wrongs done to them in high school … by either fucking, marrying, or killing their tormentors.
Written by: Jeff Shakoor
When an acerbic alcoholic finds himself penniless and alone he has no choice but to crash his family’s holiday. Years of alienating them makes for a stiff challenge, but eventually he subtly helps them heal.
Written by: Carter Blanchard
Mentions: 29 (8th overall in 2012)
When three friends go missing on a camping trip in a forest rumored to be haunted, the two left behind discover clues that lead them to a safe deposit box containing video tapes... showing exactly what happened to their friends.
Goodbye, Felix Chester
Written by: Max Taxe
After finding out he has a month left to live, high school junior Felix Chester focuses all of his time and energy on one goal: losing his virginity to his dream girl.
Written by: Tom Shephard
The story of how Marlon Brando won the role of Stanley Kowalski in Elia Kazan’s Broadway play A Streetcar Named Desire.
Written by: Geneva Robertson-Dworet | Will Frank
A wrongly convicted inmate volunteers for a hibernation experiment in exchange for one day of parole every five years, which he uses to prove his innocence and search for his missing daughter across an increasingly futuristic landscape.
Hold on to Me
Written by: Brad Ingelsby
Based on an article written by Hillel Levin and Jim Keene, a ruthless and money-hungry woman uses a hapless man as a pawn in her criminal schemes.
If They Move... Kill 'Em
Written by: Kel Symons
After losing his luster and respect in Hollywood, famed director Sam Peckinpah hopes to direct his next great film with financial backing from Colombian drug lords and brings along a novice screenwriter to write the film in Colombia.
King of Heists
Written by: Will Staples
Based on the book King of Heists: The Sensational Bank Robbery of 1878 That Shocked America, written by J. North Conway. An unassuming man in the elite New York society assembles a crew that pulls off the largest bank heist in American history in 1878.
Man of Tomorrow
Written by: Jeremy Slater
In an alternate 1940s reality, the US Government makes a deal with an indestructible gangster to kill Hitler in exchange for the city of Chicago, which he will build into his own utopia. Unfortunately his model city never comes to fruition and both he and his Bureau liaison get much of the slack for destroying one of America’s greatest cities and now the government wants him dead.
Written by: Justin Kremer
It is 1951. Junior Senator Joe McCarthy feels lost. He’s anonymous, just another suit on Capitol Hill. He craves attention and celebrity. He’s desperate to be noticed, to be adored. Inspired by the response of the American public to the House of Un-American Activities Committee, McCarthy decides that communism will be his defining issue. What follows is nearly unthinkable -- national fame, a shocking conspiracy, a sitting President afraid to oppose him, and a torrid journey of self destruction and paranoia.
Midnight at Noon
Written by: Nathaniel Halpern
On the run after robbing a bank during the great depression, two brothers find themselves trapped in the harsh region known as the Dust Bowl where a ruthless killer hunts them down.
Written by: Matt Ackley
A dangerous love affair between a photojournalist and a black market smuggler set against the June 2001 massacre of the Royal Family in Nepal.
Written by: Will Simmons
An ensemble crime story set in Detroit about an ex-con who goes back for one last heist in order to settle his family’s debt.