The "Black List: 2012" screenplays & scripts are now available here!
The 8th edition of "The Black List" features 78 unproduced screenplays. Here are the final 39, indexed alphabetically, from N to Z.
We continue our look at the 8th edition of the "Black List: 2012" scripts.
Four Your Consideration, we have the final 39 scripts that made the List, indexed alphabetically, from N through Z. From TS Nolwin and Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett's "Our Name Is Adam", to Patrick Aison's "Wunderkind", 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.
What is "The Black List" you ask? To find out how it all works, scroll down a little bit.
Discover more about the "Black List: 2012" scripts
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 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: "Book of Eli", and "The Road."
Out of State
Written by: Eric Pearson
While driving his regular interstate bus route, an emotionally fractured ex-convict finds himself acting as a father figure to a forsaken young boy from the Philadelphia ghetto, even though he knows that the boy is smuggling drugs.
Written by: Young Il Kim
Mentions: 39 (4th overall in 2012)
During the height of the Watergate scandal, rising star Hillary Rodham is the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon, but she soon finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who now teaches law in Arkansas.
Written by: Eyal Podell | Jonathan Stewart
Mentions: 43 (3rd overall in 2012)
As a young man, Ted Geisel meets his future wife Helen, who encourages his fanciful drawings, and in the 1950s when Ted is struggling professionally, Helen helps inspire the children’s book that will become his first big hit, "The Cat in the Hat."
Written by: Ashleigh Powell
A female prison guard in the future, where prisoners are rehabilitated with virtual reality, discovers a conspiracy that puts her loyalty into question.
Story of Your Life (n.k.a. Arrival) (2016)
Written by: Eric Heisserer
Mentions: 35 (5th overall in 2012)
Based on the short story by Ted Chiang. When alien crafts land around the world, a linguistics expert is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.
The Ballad of Pablo Escobar (n.k.a. El Patron)
Written by: Matt Aldrich
A telling of the last years of Pablo Escobar’s life, the war he waged on the Colombian government, and his fight to recapture his son’s love and respect.
Written by: John Glosser
In 1967 Oklahoma, a war vet/farmer investigates the suspicious death of his estranged son in the next county. When he discovers his son’s brutal murder was a covered-up gay bashing, he goes on a one-man mission to take down the corrupt sheriff responsible.
The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Written by: Mark Hogan
During WWII, a a fifteen year old German boy is sent to America to spy for the Fatherland by joining a politically-connected family as an English war orphan. Tension mounts when the boy gets the chance to assassinate President Roosevelt.
The Disciple Program
Written by: Tyler Marceca
A man begins an investigation into his wife’s mysterious death, only to find that it goes much deeper than he imagined.
Written by: Roberto Bentivegna
An escaped convict is ensnared in a plot by a corrupt Sheriff to kidnap the young heiress to an oil fortune, complicating his quest for freedom.
The Final Broadcast
Written by: Chris Hutton | Eddie O’Keefe
A man takes a job as a radio broadcaster in a small town, only to discover that it is embedded with a radical group planning mass destruction in conjunction with an upcoming lunar eclipse.
The Hooverville Dead
Written by: Brantley Aufill
Set in St. Louis in the 1920s, washed up baseball player Will Cosgrove is a private eye with his older brother Ross. When Ross goes missing, Will stumbles upon a deep secret that the disease taking over the town is not quite what it seems and a mob boss turned Governor will do anything to keep the town’s secret from being revealed.
The Judge (2014)
Written by: Bill Dubuque
The Killing Spree
Written by: Derek Elliott | Jack Donaldson
Heartbroken after being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, a guy’s best friends devise the perfect plan for his recovery and teach him how to sleep with as many women as humanly possible.
Written by: Eric Kirsten
William Van Alen’s building of the Chrysler building and the competition to be the first to complete the world’s tallest building.
The One That Got Away
Written by: April Prosser
A twenty eight year old woman is about to get engaged to her great boyfriend, when the ex she hasn’t gotten over moves back into town. All of a sudden she isn’t sure if her boyfriend is really the one, and so she spends time decorating her ex’s new condo, trying to figure it all out.
The Outskirts (n.k.a. The Outcasts) (2017)
Written by: Dominique Ferrari | Suzanne Wrubel
The Paper Man
Written by: Sean O’Keefe
The true story of Matthias Sindelar, the Austrian footballer voted as the Sportsman of the Century and killed by Hitler’s Nazi party.
The Portland Condition
Written by: Dan Cohn | Jeremy Miller
Set against the backdrop of rainy Portland, Oregon, a young man finds himself falling in love for the first time - only to receive a letter from his future self, warning him of impending heartbreak.
The Winter Kills
Written by: Ben Carney
A disgraced cop pursues the serial killer who murdered his partner ten years ago, has resurfaced, and is killing again.
Written by: Taylor Materne | Jake Rubin
Set amidst the transformation of Times Square from New York’s seediest neighborhood to the commercialized Disneyland it is today, when a secret from his past is unearthed, a young man’s loyalties are divided between his neighborhood boss who raised him and the grizzled ex-cop who swore to protect him.
Titans of Park Row
Written by: Mitch Akselrad
Young William Randolph Hearst goes to war against an aging Joseph Pulitzer as each tries to monopolize coverage of a mysterious homicide capturing New York’s imagination, birthing the modern concept of sensationalist media coverage.
Untitled Blake McCormick Cop Comedy
Written by: Blake McCormick
Following a costume party where they dressed as cops, two best friends are mistaken for actual police officers and find themselves on the run, after being forced to bring a dangerous criminal back to the station.
Written by: Tucker Parsons
The leader of a fourteenth century Scottish whaling village must seek out and do battle with a whale many times larger than any he has ever seen in order to ransom back his son from the occupying English.
Who Framed Tommy Callahan
Written by: Harry Kellerman
An elementary school student searches for the truth behind the candy bar ring conspiracy that got his brother expelled.
Written by: Patrick Aison
Mentions: 33 (6th overall in 2012)
A Mossad employed father and his CIA agent son team up to hunt an escaped Nazi.