The Black List: 2016 • Screenplays • Part 2

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The 12th edition of "The Black List" features 73 unproduced screenplays. Here are the next 33, indexed alphabetically, from M to Z.

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Four Your Consideration, we have the final 34 scripts listed and indexed alphabetically, from M through Z, for quick access. From Joseph J. Greenberg's and David Robert Mitchell's "Man Alive", to Zach Dean's "Voyagers", and everything in between.

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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 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: 2016".

Black List: 2016 Index | Alphabetically From: M - Z

    Man Alive

    Written by: Joseph J. Greenberg | David Robert Mitchell

    Mentions: 14

    After an alien invasion takes over the minds of humankind, one survivor known as "Man" must make peace with the alien force to fight a greater evil.

    Maximum King!

    Written by: Shay Hatten

    Mentions: 15

    An outlandish, surreal imagining of how in 1985 Stephen King wrote and directed his horror classic MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE.

    Miller's Girl

    Written by: Jade Bartlett

    Mentions: 6

    A precocious young writer becomes involved with her high school creative writing teacher in a dark coming of age drama that examines the blurred lines of emotional connectivity between professor and protégé, child and adult.

    Mr. Toy

    Written by: Chai Hecht

    Mentions: 6

    The true story of Marvin Glass, brilliant, charismatic, self-loathing, paranoid, demanding – and probably the greatest toy inventor of all time.

    Northeast Kingdom

    Written by: Alex R. Johnson

    Mentions: 12

    When Angie witnesses the betrayal and murder of her father during a smuggler’s drop, the vigilant and determined young woman calls in the help of a mysterious female assassin to seek revenge against all those responsible.


    Written by: Steve Desmond | Michael Sherman

    Mentions: 8

    Inspired by actual events from a phenomenon that occurred in 1974, a young married couple discover a mysterious metallic orb in the woods near their house following a meteor shower. While the unusual object dazzles the couple by exhibiting some awe-inspiring properties, its true purposes are revealed to be far more sinister than they could ever imagine.

    Oxygen (2021)

    Written by: Christie LeBlanc

    Mentions: 22 (7th overall in 2016)

    Waking up inside a cryogenic chamber with no memory of how she got there, Charlie must somehow escape the chamber before her air runs out.

    Palmer (2021)

    Written by: Cheryl Guerriero

    Mentions: 7

    A recently-paroled convict returns to his hometown in the South, where he forms an unlikely-but-powerful bond with a young, effeminate boy.

    Reason of State

    Written by: Matthew Orton

    Mentions: 7

    Twenty four hours inside the British Prime Minister’s abode at 10 Downing Street.


    Written by: Kate Trefry

    Mentions: 17 (14th overall in 2016)

    Based on true events in Anchorage, Alaska in 1966, a teen girl attempts to sneak into the hotel where the Beatles are staying to lose her virginity to George Harrison.


    Written by: April Prosser

    Mentions: 9

    Four dysfunctional female coworkers get lost in the wilderness during a team-building trip and must work together in order to survive.

    Saving Charlie Chaplin

    Written by: Justin Shady

    Mentions: 10

    With Nazi agents attempting to stop the production of a film that is poking fun at Hitler, an FBI agent and an LAPD detective must team up to protect a drunk and angry Charlie Chaplin from being kidnapped.

    Space Oddity (2022)

    Written by: Rebecca Banner

    Mentions: 6

    A young man obsessed with taking a one-way trip to Mars begins to question his motives when he starts to fall in love with the Insurance Agent underwriting his trip.

    The Builder

    Written by: Tom Cartier

    Mentions: 11

    A look inside the tortuous drama of Donald Trump’s first Manhattan real estate deal, his relationships with troubled older brother Freddy and famed fixer Roy Cohn, and how they all created the Trump of today.

    The Burning Season (2022)

    Written by: Jenny Halper

    Mentions: 8

    A primatologist takes her teenage daughter to a remote region of Madagascar, where her determination to save endangered lemurs puts their relationship and safety at risk. Based on the short story "What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us" by Laura Van Den Berg.

    The Fall

    Written by: Pete Bridges

    Mentions: 7

    Finding themselves in the middle of an alien invasion, a newly divorced couple must survive a dangerous real-time journey on foot from downtown Atlanta to the suburbs, where their young children are home alone.

    The Gun Show

    Written by: Lucas Carter

    Mentions: 7

    A famous top cop wakes up twenty years after a shootout and is reinstated to solve the case that killed his old partner. Only problem: he’s a bull in a China shop, and 2016 is a very different time than the 1990s world he’s used to. To teach him the ropes, he’s paired with his old partner’s son, a risk averse traffic cop.

    The Housewife

    Written by: Alyssa Hill

    Mentions: 7

    Based on a true story set in 1960s New York, a journalist finds and investigates a woman whom he believes is married to a Nazi in hiding. Their relationship results in the first ever extradition of an American citizen for war crimes.

    The Hunchback

    Written by: Topher Rhys-Lawrence

    Mentions: 8

    Defying an isolationist, fear-mongering government, a gypsy revolutionary, a mutinous soldier, and a deaf hunchback become the champions of human tolerance and the symbols for a peaceful future in a dystopian revision of Victor Hugo’s novel.

    The King of L.A.

    Written by: Chris Bremner

    Mentions: 13

    Set in the 1980s, based on the true story of a man who went from star DEA agent to convicted drug trafficker in the worst corruption scandal in DEA history.

    The Kings of Maine

    Written by: Kathy Charles

    Mentions: 15

    Living with his wife and child in a trailer while working as a janitor, Stephen King struggles with alcoholism and his own dark history as he attempts to complete Carrie.

    The Last Days of Night

    Written by: Graham Moore

    Mentions: 10

    Attorney Paul Cravath takes on Thomas Edison in a legal battle to determine whether Edison or his rival George Westinghouse will provide the electricity to light America.

    The Miserable Adventures of Burt Squire (2024)

    Written by: Ben Bolea

    Mentions: 18 (13th overall in 2016)

    The unbelievable true story of a family man from Alaska in the midst of a midlife crisis who embarks on what he hoped would be a dream sailing vacation but ends up shipwrecked in the Atlantic Ocean with a charming but psychotic sea captain who has decided to stop taking his medication.

    The Olympian

    Written by: Tony Tost

    Mentions: 35 (3rd overall in 2016)

    The true story of an underdog rower trying to make it into the 1984 Olympics, told through the story of his relationships with his coach, his father, his fiancée, and with competition itself.

    The Post (2017)

    Written by: Liz Hannah

    Mentions: 35 (4th overall in 2016)

    Before Watergate, there was the Pentagon Papers. This is the true story of how Washington Post scion Katharine Graham and legendary editor Ben Bradlee overcame their differences to publish the story that would change their lives.

    The Time Traveler's La Ronde

    Written by: Tom Dean

    Mentions: 18 (13th overall in 2016)

    An exploration of relationships as a man witnesses different types of love across the ages.

    The Woman with Red Hair

    Written by: Michael Schatz

    Mentions: 10

    The extraordinary true story of Johanna "Hannie" Schaft, a young woman who dropped out of college to join the Dutch Resistance during WWII, eventually becoming one of their most talented assassins and one of the Nazis’ most wanted enemies.

    Turned On

    Written by: Charlie Kesslering

    Mentions: 9

    When a socially awkward engineer creates an android to fill in for her, things go awry when it becomes self actualized.

    Two Butterflies (2024)

    Written by: Evan Dodson

    Mentions: 10

    Torn apart by tragedy, two estranged sisters are forced to reunite and confront their differences after one sister must be transported to an Alzheimers facility.

    Untitled Alexander McQueen Project

    Written by: Chris Urch

    Mentions: 10

    An emotionally charged depiction of the six months leading up to one of Alexander McQueen’s greatest shows, probing both his personal and professional personas.

    Untitled Fairy Tale Project

    Written by: Cat Vasko

    Mentions: 11

    A handsome prince falls in love with a commoner, so her fairy Godmother turns her in to a perfect princess. But when the spell works a little too well, the prince embarks on a quest to reverse it, not realizing that he’s endangering the entire fairy tale universe.

    Untitled Lax Mandis Project

    Written by: Seth Spector

    Mentions: 22 (8th overall in 2016)

    A frustrated film exec at odds with the state of his industry is forced to work with the one person who is making him question everything.

    Villains (2019)

    Written by: Dan Berk | Robert Olsen

    Mentions: 13

    Two small time robbers become prisoners when they break into a house and discover a ten year old girl chained up in the basement.


    Written by: Zach Dean

    Mentions: 28 (5th overall in 2018)

    The cosmic love story of Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan.

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