The Black List: 2013 • Screenplays • Part 2

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The 9th edition of "The Black List" features 72 unproduced screenplays. Here are the final 35, indexed alphabetically, from O to Z.

We continue our look at the 9th edition of the "Black List: 2013" scripts.

Four Your Consideration, we have the final 35 scripts that made the List, indexed alphabetically, from O through Z. From Jason Fuchs's "Pan", to Alexander Felix's "Where Angels Die", and everything in between.

If you're a young writer looking for study guides, you've found the right place. These "Black List: 2013" scripts were chosen by more than 250 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: 2013" 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: 2013".

Some screenplays get optioned by studios and become movies. Past picks include: "The Founder", and "Charlie Wilson's War."

Black List: 2013 Index | Alphabetically From: O - Z

    Pan (2015)

    Written by: Jason Fuchs

    Mentions: 6

    A prequel to JM Barrie’s Peter Pan. When an orphan is taken to the magical world of Neverland, he becomes a hero to the natives and leads a revolt against the evil pirates.

    Patient Zero (2018)

    Written by: Mike Nguyen Le (as Mike Le)

    Mentions: 6

    In a post-apocalyptic world full of zombies, a man who speaks their language questions the undead in order to find a cure for his infected wife.

    Pox Americana

    Written by: Frank John Hughes

    Mentions: 20 (9th overall in 2013)

    In the Old West, a group of soldiers go on a mission to slaughter a peaceful tribe in retaliation for another tribe’s attack on a white settlement, only to suffer at the hands of a devastating disease.

    Pure O

    Written by: Kate Trefry

    Mentions: 7

    In order to overcome violent visions brought on by OCD, a promising young writer is urged by family and friends to step outside her comfort zone to experience the excitement and vulnerability of truly living.

    Queen of Hearts

    Written by: Stephanie Shannon

    Mentions: 15

    Oxford instructor Charles Dodgson (aka Louis Carroll) tells stories to the dean’s daughter Alice, and her sisters, while falling in love with the dean’s wife.

    RANDLE Is Benign

    Written by: Damien Ober

    Mentions: 9

    Follows a woman in the 80’s who works at an IBM like company and is at the forefront of artificial intelligence research. When her project (named RANDLE) hits a major milestone indicating that she may have actually achieved AI, it is unexpectedly hijacked by the agenda of the company’s mysterious CEO. As she dives deeper into the corporate agenda, she learns that there may be a connection between her project and the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan.

    Reminiscence (2021)

    Written by: Lisa Joy Nolan

    Mentions: 20 (10th overall in 2013)

    An "archeologist" whose technology allows you to relive your past finds himself abusing his own science to find the missing love of his life.

    Revelations (a.k.a. Lord of Light)

    Written by: Hernany Perla

    Mentions: 8

    A prison psychiatrist meets a death row inmate on the verge of his execution who claims to be the only thing stopping the end of the world. As she begins to investigate his predictions, she finds them to be eerily accurate, and that she may be a central figure in the events to come.

    Section 6

    Written by: Aaron Berg

    Mentions: 44 (2nd overall in 2013)

    An exploration of the formation of Great Britain’s secret intelligence agency, Military Intelligence, Section 6, known more commonly as MI6.

    Seed

    Written by: Christina Hodson

    Mentions: 10

    After suffering a devastating miscarriage a young woman and her fiancé travel to Italy where she meets his family for the first time, but her grief turns to shock when the local doctor declares that she’s still pregnant. And while her fiancé and his family seem delighted by the news, she begins to suspect their true motives are quite sinister.

    Shovel Buddies (2016)

    Written by: Jason Mark Hellerman

    Mentions: 22 (8th overall in 2013)

    Over twenty four hours, four teenage friends try to complete the "Shovel List" (a will/bucket list) left for them by their best friend before he died of Leukemia.

    Sovereign

    Written by: Geoff Tock | Greg Weidman

    Mentions: 24 (7th overall in 2013)

    A man goes to space to destroy the ship that, upon going sentient, killed his wife.

    Spotlight (2015)

    Written by: Josh Singer | Tom McCarthy

    Mentions: 8

    The true-life account of the Boston Globe’s breaking of the Catholic Priest scandal in 2003.

    Sugar in My Veins

    Written by: Barbara Stepansky

    Mentions: 7

    A 14 yr. old female prodigy finds companionship for the first time when she befriends an older handsome man.

    Superbrat

    Written by: Eric Slovin | Leo Allen

    Mentions: 17

    Temperamental tennis champion John McEnroe is sucked into a dangerous and ludicrous law enforcement sting during Wimbledon in 1980.

    Superbrat

    Written by: Eric Slovin | Leo Allen

    Mentions: 17

    Temperamental tennis champion John McEnroe is sucked into a dangerous and ludicrous law enforcement sting during Wimbledon in 1980.

    Sweetheart

    Written by: Jack Stanley

    Mentions: 18

    A young hit woman tries to escape the business but finds herself in more danger after a high school reunion and a one night stand.

    Tchaikovsky's Requiem

    Written by: Jonathan W. Stokes

    Mentions: 9

    A conductor investigates the great composer's seemingly unnatural death and unlocks the mysteries of the man himself while preparing to debut Tchaikovsky’s final symphony.

    The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

    Written by: Richard Naing | Ian Goldberg

    Mentions: 13

    A father / son mortician team try to uncover the cause of death on a Jane Doe. The more they uncover, the more mysterious and terrifying their world becomes.

    The Boy and His Tiger

    Written by: Dan Dollar

    Mentions: 11

    The true story of Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin & Hobbes.

    The Civilian

    Written by: Rachel Long | Brian Pittman

    Mentions: 16

    After an American doctor has his identity stolen by a covert operative, he must assume the dangerous mission of the one who stole it in order to clear his name.

    The Company Man

    Written by: Andrew Cypiot

    Mentions: 10

    Based on a true events, this is the story of former CIA agent Edwin Wilson who went behind enemy lines to secure weapons contracts and report information back to the CIA shortly after the Cold War. Edwin had a meteoric rise in the agency until company policies changed and he was unceremoniously fired, but he continued to operate as a man without a country and became public enemy number one in the US Attorney’s office.

    The End of the Tour (2015)

    Written by: Donald Margulies

    Mentions: 7

    Upon hearing of author David Foster Wallace's suicide, writer David Lipsky recalls his 1996 interview of Wallace.

    The Fixer

    Written by: Bill Kennedy

    Mentions: 7

    A man who works in wealth management, and also has his hands in a number of less than ethical enterprises, begins collaborating with a Los Angeles based drug dealer. The dealer just so happens to have the man’s son has one of his runners in the drug fueled LA nightlife.

    The Golden Record

    Written by: Aaron Kandell | Jordan Kandell

    Mentions: 19

    The true story of how Carl Sagan fell in love while leading the wildest mission in NASA history: a golden record to encapsulate the experience of life on earth for advanced extraterrestrial life.

    The Independent (2022)

    Written by: Aaron Kandell | Jordan Kandell

    Mentions: 20 (11th overall in 2013)

    With America’s first viable independent Presidential Candidate poised for victory, an idealistic young journalist uncovers a conspiracy, which places the fate of the election, and the country, in his hands.

    The Killing Floor

    Written by: Bac Delorme | Stephen Clarke

    Mentions: 11

    An war veteran slaughterhouse worker and his friend discover a small fortune in heroin hidden inside a processed cow and maneuver to hold onto their find and cash out to save his grandfather’s house as the bad guys come looking for their wayward stash.

    The Line

    Written by: Sang Kyu Kim

    Mentions: 8

    A corrupt boarder crossing agent must decide what is more important- saving his soul or inflating his bank account -- when he discovers a young illegal boy who escaped a cartel hit on the boarder between the US and Mexico.

    The Mayor of Shark City

    Written by: Nick Creature | Michael Sweeney

    Mentions: 13

    When a difficult film shoot spirals hopelessly out of control into a living nightmare, an ambitious young director must face his greatest fears to turn a troubled production into the biggest movie of all time. Set on Martha’s Vineyard during the summer of 1974, this is the untold story of the making of JAWS.

    The Politician

    Written by: Matthew Bass | Theodore Bressman

    Mentions: 8

    A disgraced Governor and his underachieving accomplice go on the run from the FBI, US Marshals and a gang of hardened drug dealers.

    The Remains

    Written by: Meaghan Oppenheimer

    Mentions: 6

    Three former childhood friends with a complicated history get back together to spread the ashes of their friend who recently died.

    The Sea of Trees (2015)

    Written by: Chris Sparling

    Mentions: 7

    An American man takes a journey into the infamous "Suicide Forest" at the foothills of Mount Fuji with the intention of taking his own life. When he is interrupted by a Japanese man who has had second thoughts about his own suicide, and is trying to find his way out of the forest, the two begin a journey of reflection and survival.

    The Shark Is Not Working

    Written by: Richard Cordiner

    Mentions: 10

    When his big break finally arrives, an idealistic young movie director, Steve Spielberg, risks failing to complete the movie JAWS when his 25 foot mechanical shark stops working.

    The Special Program

    Written by: Debora Cahn

    Mentions: 25 (5th overall in 2013)

    The true story of Jack Goldsmith, a young attorney who took charge of the White House’s Office of Legal Counsel, then courageously took on Vice President Cheney and his powerful inner circle when he discovered they were running a number of illegal activities through their so-called Special Program.

    Time & Temperature

    Written by: Nick Santora

    Mentions: 8

    Based on a true story, TIME & TEMPERATURE chronicles how Dale Julin (a low-level Fresno affiliate morning-show host) stumbled upon the biggest story of his life - and though he had reached the mid-point of his career without ever being a "real journalist" - risked his career, his safety and his marriage to uncover the truth that a small Atomic bomb exploded in Central Valley California during the Korean War - a secret that had been hidden for decades.

    Where Angels Die

    Written by: Alexander Felix

    Mentions: 13

    A street-tough, white, social worker in the slums of Detroit acts on a dangerous and violent personal vendetta when he protects a young girl and her mother from her recently incarcerated, AIDS-infected boyfriend, after he abruptly massacres a seedy strip club in a rage.

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