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The 11th edition of "The Black List" features 81 unproduced screenplays. Here are the next 41, indexed alphabetically, from M to Z.

We continue our look at the 11th edition of the "Black List: 2015" scripts.

Four Your Consideration, we have the final 41 scripts that made the List, indexed alphabetically, from M through Z. From Samuel Franco and Evan Kilgore's "Mayday 109", to Barbara Marshall's "Wish Upon", and everything in between.

If you're a young writer looking for study guides, you've found the right place. These "Black List: 2015" 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: 2015" 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: 2015".

Some screenplays get optioned by studios and become movies. Past picks include: "Good Boys", and Oscar-winner "Argo."

Black List: 2015 Index | Alphabetically From: M - Z

    Mayday 109

    Written by: Samuel Franco | Evan Kilgore

    Mentions: 13

    Based on actual events, a young John F. Kennedy struggles to save the crew of his PT Boat after it is sunk by a Japanese warship during World War II.

    Militia (n.k.a. The Standoff at Sparrow Creek) (2018)

    Written by: Henry Dunham

    Mentions: 9

    After a shooting at a police funeral by a suspected militia member, a recluse ex-cop and fellow militia man must interrogate the suspected gunmen in his own militia before copycat attacks start a nationwide war between cops and militias.

    Miss Sloane (2016)

    Written by: Jonathan Perera

    Mentions: 31 (6th overall in 2015)

    A powerful lobbyist sacrifices her career on Capitol Hill so she can push through an amendment enforcing stricter federal laws regulating guns.

    Morningstar

    Written by: David Birke

    Mentions: 13

    The war is over. A bitter and uneasy truce has been reached with an invading alien race, and a new cold war has begun. Fueled by suspicions of an alien spy in their ranks, the United Nations Intelligence Division entrusts their top agent, Martin Webber, with finding the mole.

    Move That Body (n.k.a. Rough Night) (2017)

    Written by: Lucia Aniello | Paul W. Downs

    Mentions: 13

    Five friends rent a beach house in Miami for a bachelorette weekend and accidentally kill a male stripper.

    Nyad

    Written by: Robert Specland

    Mentions: 13

    Based on the true story of marathon swimmer Diana Nyad, who in 2013, after 4 failed attempts and at the age of 64, became the first person ever to open-swim from Cuba to Florida (55 hours non-stop) overcoming impossible odds, personal tragedy, and 103 miles of open ocean.

    Our Week with Waller

    Written by: Evan Mirzai | Shea Mirzai

    Mentions: 10

    After getting laid off, two Americans cash in their vacation pay and head abroad to Spain where their paths collide with one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists.

    Pale Blue Dot (n.k.a. Lucy in the Sky) (2019)

    Written by: Brian C. Brown | Elliott DiGuiseppi

    Mentions: 26 (8th overall in 2015)

    Twelve months after returning from a space mission, decorated astronaut Laura Pepper is arrested for the attempted murder of a fellow astronaut.

    Pandemonium, Splendidly Managed

    Written by: Brett Conrad

    Mentions: 15

    A local Phoenix newscaster at the pinnacle of local celebrity slowly descends into the depths of madness while trying to become a game show host in Los Angeles.

    Preconception

    Written by: Jake Morse | Scott Wolman

    Mentions: 8

    A couple on the verge of parenthood embarks on a pre-baby bucket list.

    Queen of the Air

    Written by: Cat Vasko

    Mentions: 13

    Based on the book "Queen of the Air" written by Dean N. Jensen. The story of famed trapeze artist Lillian Leitzel and her relationship with fellow trapeze artist Alfredo Codona, who were two of the most famous entertainers of the world during their time.

    Reagan

    Written by: Mike Rosolio

    Mentions: 25 (9th overall in 2015)

    When Ronald Reagan falls into dementia at the start of his second term, an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander-in-chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.

    Resurface

    Written by: Pete Bridges

    Mentions: 6

    An underwater earthquake decimates a research crew working at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, leaving two survivors with limited resources to ascend 35,000 feet and reach the surface before their life support runs out.

    Salem Village

    Written by: Mark Bianculli | Jeff Richard

    Mentions: 9

    Fifteen years after the witch trials, the scars of Salem are reopened when young women begin showing up dead. Desperate for answers, the town elders turn to a man of science to uncover the truth behind its terrifying events plaguing their community.

    Senior Year (2022)

    Written by: Andrew Knauer | Arthur Pielli

    Mentions: 8

    A cheerleader wakes up after a twenty year coma and returns to sit at the cool table and try to become prom queen, as a thirty seven year-old woman.

    Septillion to One

    Written by: Adam Perlman | Graham Sack

    Mentions: 20 (12th overall in 2015)

    A former FBI agent working the fraud unit of the Texas State lottery falls in love with a woman he’s investigating after she mysteriously hits the jackpot three times.

    Set It Up (2018)

    Written by: Katie Silberman

    Mentions: 10

    Two young assistants realize they can get more free time if they occupy their bosses’ time by setting them up on a date.

    Song of Treblinka

    Written by: Viorica Blan

    Mentions: 6

    Based on a true story. A renowned Jewish conductor plots a revolt with fellow prisoners as he attracts the respect of his Nazi captors in Poland’s most notorious death camp.

    Spring Offensive

    Written by: Matthew McInerney-Lacombe

    Mentions: 13

    Dr. Liz Scott, a British epidemiologist with the World Health Organization, is tasked with containing an outbreak of Ebola in Afghanistan’s war torn Helmand province as the Taliban’s assault on allied forces threatens to turn the localized outbreak into a global catastrophe.

    Star One

    Written by: David Coggeshall

    Mentions: 12

    Two CIA agents must overcome their opposing worldviews to evade the Soviet and Chinese armies during a dangerous mission to Tibet in 1950. The true story of the first CIA agent ever to die in the line of duty; the "first star" on the CIA Memorial Wall.

    Stronger (2017)

    Written by: John Pollono | Scott Silver

    Mentions: 40 (2nd overall in 2015)

    The true story of Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and became an integral part of helping the police locate the Tsarnaev brothers.

    The Boy

    Written by: Owen Egerton

    Mentions: 7

    Sixteen years after stabbing a classmate to appease a legendary phantom known as the Boy, a repentant woman returns to her hometown to live with her sister and nephew. But as the Boy continues to haunt her she must face her deepest terror and discover the truth about the Boy before he claims her nephew.

    The Burning Woman (n.k.a. American Woman) (2018)

    Written by: Brad Ingelsby

    Mentions: 13

    A reckless, fun-loving young woman confronts the dark side of life after losing her daughter.

    The Canyon

    Written by: Alex Koplow

    Mentions: 6

    When parents reunite with their grown children for a road trip to hike the Grand Canyon, the family conflicts on the way prove far more grueling than the twenty mile hike.

    The Fisherman

    Written by: Will Dunn

    Mentions: 18

    A fisherman sails out of Martha’s Vineyard in search of the shark that killed his fellow sailors while they were stranded in the water for four days after their ship was attacked by a Japanese submarine.

    The Libertine

    Written by: Ben Kopit

    Mentions: 37 (3rd overall in 2015)

    After the Head of the French National Assembly is placed under house arrest for accusations of sexual assault, he must live in a guarded apartment with his estranged wife until the case comes to a close.

    The Rocket*

    Written by: Jeffrey Gelber | Ryan Belenzon

    Mentions: 37 (4th overall in 2015)

    Roger "The Rocket" Clemens, one of the greatest pitchers of all time, has 4672 strikeouts, 354 wins and a record 7 Cy Young awards. This is the story of why he is not in the Hall of Fame.

    The Set Up

    Written by: Kari Granlund

    Mentions: 12

    Two co-dependent female best friends' friendship is put through the wringer after a blind date gone awry sends them on a dangerous, all-in-one-night adventure with a drug dealer.

    The Shave

    Written by: Thomas White | Miles Hubley

    Mentions: 17

    A dirty cop, exonerated in the murder of a high school honor student, visits the boy’s father at his barbershop and, while receiving a straight razor shave, listens to him recount the story of his son’s life.

    The Virginian

    Written by: Michael Russell Gunn

    Mentions: 15

    A young, down-and-out George Washington, desperate to join the British Army, accepts a dangerous mission to conquer a French fort and save the American colonies.

    The Water Man (2020)

    Written by: Emma Needell

    Mentions: 18

    A young boy tries to save his mother from terminal cancer by seeking out the town’s bogeyman, "The Water Man," who is fabled to have conquered death.

    The Wretched Emily Derringer

    Written by: Chris Thomas Devlin

    Mentions: 16

    Gleefully terrifying her small town as a serial killer known as "The Misfit Butcher," 13-year-old Emily Derringer becomes annoyed when a new killer comes to town and residents begin attributing his sloppy murders to the Misfit Butcher. In a macabre coming of age story, Emily must deal with her competition while also taking on the other trials and tribulations of junior high school life.

    Three Months (2022)

    Written by: Jared Frieder

    Mentions: 6

    After being exposed to HIV the weekend of his high school graduation in 2011, a punk gay teenager from Miami attempts to start a new relationship with a someone from his support group as they try to endure the three months it takes to get accurately tested.

    Tomorrow on the Runway

    Written by: Frederick Seton

    Mentions: 9

    Kermit St. Lucy has a ridiculous name and is ridiculously ill-equipped to deal with adult responsibilities. After a tragedy shakes him to his essence, Kermit takes it upon himself to look after and raise two young children.

    Treasure Island

    Written by: James Coyne

    Mentions: 9

    Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, young Jim Hawkins finds a map to a buried fortune; to claim it means a perilous voyage, pirate treachery, and the wicked mentorship of Long John Silver.

    True Fan

    Written by: John Whittington

    Mentions: 28 (7th overall in 2015)

    After interfering with a foul ball during a Chicago Cubs playoff game, Steve Bartman was tortured and stalked by die hard Cub fans for potentially costing them their first National League pennant since 1945. Years later, in a new town with a new identity—but depressed, overweight and working a dead end job—Steve meets a woman who gives him a new lease on life and reason to live.

    Untitled Larry Hillblom Project

    Written by: Matt Portenoy

    Mentions: 8

    The strange-yet-true story of the battle over the estate of Larry Lee Hillblom, billionaire founder of DHL.

    Untitled Sociopath Project

    Written by: Topher Rhys-Lawrence

    Mentions: 10

    A successful New Yorker’s seemingly perfect life starts unraveling once he’s suspected for the murder of his co-worker, and his only alibi is the doppelganger that’s begun stalking him.

    Verona

    Written by: Neil Widener | Gavin James

    Mentions: 8

    A re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

    White Boy Rick (2018)

    Written by: Logan Miller | Noah Miller

    Mentions: 20

    The true story of Richard Wershe, Jr., the only successful white boy gangster/drug kingpin in an African American dominated 1980’s Detroit ghetto.

    Wish Upon (2017)

    Written by: Barbara Marshall

    Mentions: 6

    When sixteen-year-old misfit Claire finds a magic box that promises a chance at the life she has always wanted, she never could have guessed that each wish would demand a deadly payment.

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