The Black List: 2012 • Screenplays • Part 2

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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."

Black List: 2012 Index | Alphabetically From: N - Z

    Our Name Is Adam (n.k.a. The Adam Project) (2022)

    Written by: TS Nolwin | Mark Levin | Jennifer Flackett

    Mentions: 10

    An astronaut travels back in time to enlist the help of his younger self.

    Out of State

    Written by: Eric Pearson

    Mentions: 8

    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.

    Penny Dreadful (2013)

    Written by: Shane Atkinson

    Mentions: 9

    Desperate to hang on to his pregnant girlfriend, bumbling Dennis gets caught up in a kidnapping scheme gone awry, leaving him saddled with a sociopathic little girl who seemingly calls the shots.

    Peste (n.k.a. Viral) (2016)

    Written by: Barbara Marshall

    Mentions: 6

    Following the outbreak of a virus that wipes out the majority of the human population, a teen documents her family’s new life in quarantine and tries to protect her infected sister.


    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.

    Sand Castle (2017)

    Written by: Chris Roessner

    Mentions: 20

    Based on a true story, a group of United States soldiers in Iraq risk their lives to save a local village.


    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."

    Shut In (2016)

    Written by: Christina Hodson

    Mentions: 23

    A woman who tries to raise her catatonic son on her own suddenly discovers a shocking secret about him.


    Written by: Ashleigh Powell

    Mentions: 10

    A female prison guard in the future, where prisoners are rehabilitated with virtual reality, discovers a conspiracy that puts her loyalty into question.

    Stockholm, Pennsylvania (2015)

    Written by: Nikole Beckwith

    Mentions: 7

    A young woman, kidnapped when she was a kid, returns home to the family she barely remembers and struggles to feel 'at home.'

    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.

    Sweet Virginia (2017)

    Written by: Paul China | Benjamin China

    Mentions: 26

    A former rodeo star unknowingly starts a rapport with a young man who is responsible for all of the violence that has suddenly gripped his small town.

    The Ballad of Pablo Escobar (n.k.a. El Patron)

    Written by: Matt Aldrich

    Mentions: 16

    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.

    The Broken

    Written by: John Glosser

    Mentions: 12

    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

    Mentions: 16

    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

    Mentions: 12

    A man begins an investigation into his wife’s mysterious death, only to find that it goes much deeper than he imagined.

    The Eel

    Written by: Roberto Bentivegna

    Mentions: 6

    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 Equalizer (2014)

    Written by: Richard Wenk

    Mentions: 8

    A veteran covert operative seeking redemption for his dark deeds quits a CIA-like agency and devotes himself to helping others where injustice has been done.

    The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

    Written by: Scott Neustadter | Michael H. Weber

    Mentions: 17

    Based on the eponymous novel by John Green, a teenage girl stricken with cancer falls for a boy in her support group and the two form a bond as they deal with their illnesses.

    The Final Broadcast

    Written by: Chris Hutton | Eddie O’Keefe

    Mentions: 14

    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

    Mentions: 7

    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

    Mentions: 20

    A successful attorney returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his Alzheimer’s-stricken father is suspected of murder and must represent him in court. The ordeal becomes an emotional journey that makes him a better man.

    The Keeping Room (2014)

    Written by: Julia Hart

    Mentions: 22

    Three southern women defend their home from the Union army while their husbands are off fighting in the Civil War.

    The Killing Spree

    Written by: Derek Elliott | Jack Donaldson

    Mentions: 7

    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.

    The Lighthouse

    Written by: Eric Kirsten

    Mentions: 6

    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

    Mentions: 17

    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

    Mentions: 7

    After falling victim to a humiliating prank by the high school Queen Bee, best friends and world-class geeks, Mindy and Jodi, decide to get their revenge by uniting the outcasts of the school against her and her circle of friends.

    The Paper Man

    Written by: Sean O’Keefe

    Mentions: 6

    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

    Mentions: 10

    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 Survivalist (2015)

    Written by: Stephen Fingleton

    Mentions: 14

    Years after lack of resources result in much of the world’s population dying off, a survivalist is living on a farm alone until a woman and her seventeen year old daughter show up looking for cover.

    The Winter Kills

    Written by: Ben Carney

    Mentions: 11

    A disgraced cop pursues the serial killer who murdered his partner ten years ago, has resurfaced, and is killing again.

    Times Square

    Written by: Taylor Materne | Jake Rubin

    Mentions: 8

    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

    Mentions: 6

    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.

    Transcendence (2014)

    Written by: Jack Paglen

    Mentions: 7

    An epic love story set in a time where a dying scientist is able to upload his consciousness into the internet and, facing its global implications, must fight against the forces who are actively working against the existence of a singularity.

    Untitled Blake McCormick Cop Comedy

    Written by: Blake McCormick

    Mentions: 10

    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

    Mentions: 19

    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.

    Whiplash (2014)

    Written by: Damien Chazelle

    Mentions: 19

    Under the director of a prestigious but borderline abusive instructor, a young college student begins to lose his humanity in his quest to become the core drummer of the top jazz orchestra in the country.

    Who Framed Tommy Callahan

    Written by: Harry Kellerman

    Mentions: 11

    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.

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