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The 13th edition of the "Black List" features 76 unproduced screenplays. Here are 37 of them, indexed from N to Z.

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They're listed and indexed alphabetically for quick access. For Your Consideration, the next batch of 36 scripts. From Graham Moore's "Naked Is the Best Disguise", to Matt Whitaker's, "Your Boy", and everything in between.

If you're a young writer looking for study guides, you've found the right place. These "Black List: 2018" scripts were chosen by industry executives as their favorite among unproduced screenplays from the past year.

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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 particular 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: 2017".

Some screenplays get optioned by studios and become movies. Past scripts include "Kate", "King Richard" and "The King's Speech."

Black List: 2017 Index | Alphabetically From: N - Z

    Newsflash

    Written by: Ben Jacoby

    Mentions: 15 (13th overall in 2017)

    On November 22nd, 1963, Walter Cronkite puts everything on the line to get the story right as a president is killed, a frightened nation weeps, and television comes of age.

    On

    Written by: Ryan Jennifer Jones

    Mentions: 6

    In a slightly futuristic/hyper-efficient Manhattan, a newly-single book editor purchases a customizable sex android to assuage her broken heart. When her toy’s closed feedback loop starts to alter her personality, she must reevaluate the merits of a perfectly-compatible partner.

    One Thousand Paper Cranes

    Written by: Ben Bolea

    Mentions: 13 (18th overall in 2017)

    The incredible story of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl living in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped. Years later when she gets leukemia, she hears about the legend that if someone folds one thousand paper cranes, a wish will be granted. At the same time, aspiring writer Eleanor Coerr learns of Sadako’s story and becomes determined to bring her message of hope and peace to the world.

    Panopticon

    Written by: Emily Jerome

    Mentions: 6

    A look at the criminal justice and private prison system, told from the perspectives of a new inmate, a correctional officer, and a Wall Street hotshot.

    Power (Project Power)

    Written by: Mattson Tomlin

    Mentions: 11

    When a young drug dealer is kidnapped by a man hellbent on finding his missing daughter, they must team up to get to the bottom of the mystery of the intense street drug known as Power.

    Queen Elizabeth

    Written by: Shatara Michelle Ford

    Mentions: 6

    An uptight, high-achieving, black post-grad who becomes (increasingly) irreverent and (slightly) destructive when she realizes that the life she’s living is not the life she wants.

    Rodney & Sheryl

    Written by: Ian MacAllister-McDonald

    Mentions: 6

    Based on the unbelievable true story of serial killer Rodney Alcala–detectives have estimated Alcala’s body count to be north of 130 victims. Despite being in the midst of a killing spree, Alcala appeared on won a date with one of the contestants on THE DATING GAME.

    Ruin

    Written by: Matthew Firpo, Ryan Firpo

    Mentions: 68 (1st overall in 2017)

    A nameless ex-Nazi captain must navigate the ruins of post-WWII Germany to atone for his crimes during the war by hunting down and killing the surviving members of his former SS death squad.

    Ruthless

    Written by: John Swetnam

    Mentions: 13 (19th overall in 2017)

    After she is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, a former assassin must carry out one last assignment in order to ensure her daughter’s future.

    Skyward

    Written by: Joe Ballarini

    Mentions: 6

    The true story of two families who attempt to escape over the Berlin Wall using a hot air balloon in 1979.

    Sleep Well Tonight

    Written by: Frederik With-Seidelin Skov

    Mentions: 18 (8th overall in 2017)

    Behind the walls of a maximum security prison, a naïve teenage inmate and a rookie correctional officer are forced into a drug-smuggling operation, while a looming conflict between rival gang members threatens to boil over.

    Social Justice Warrior

    Written by: Emma Fletcher, Brett Weiner

    Mentions: 7

    When a liberal, white, college sophomore who knows exactly how to fix society accuses her equally liberal professor of hate speech, it throws the campus and both their lives into chaos as they wage war over the right way to stop discrimination.

    Strongman

    Written by: Nicholas Jacobson-Larson, Dalton Leeb

    Mentions: 8

    Based on the confusing, sometimes offensive, borderline-insane memories of David Prowse, the irascible Englishman behind Darth Vader’s mask.

    The Boxer

    Written by: Justine Juel Gillmer

    Mentions: 8

    A young Polish man escapes from a concentration camp in which he was forced by SS agents to box other Jews, travels to America to begin a successful career as a professional boxer, and reunites with the woman he lost.

    The Expansion Project

    Written by: Leo Sardarian

    Mentions: 15 (12th overall in 2017)

    A rookie Marine gets stranded on a hostile planet during humanity’s space colonization with nothing but her exo-suit that’s running out of fusion power.

    The Fifth Nixon

    Written by: Sharon Hoffman

    Mentions: 6

    Watergate as experienced through the eyes of President Richard Nixon’s personal secretary Rose Mary Woods.

    The Great Nothing

    Written by: Cesar Vitale

    Mentions: 17 (9th overall in 2017)

    A grieving thirteen-year-old girl hires a terminally ill, acerbic philosophy professor to prevent flunking the seventh grade. What begins as a homework assignment blossoms into an unlikely friendship and a new appreciation for life that neither will forget.

    The Grown Up

    Written by: Natalie Krinsky

    Mentions: 6

    Based on the short story "The Grownup" by Gillian Flynn. A con woman who pretends to read auras is hired by a wealthy woman to banish an evil spirit from her house, but it is soon clear that the fake exorcist is in over her head.

    The Kingbreaker

    Written by: Andrew Bozalis, Derek Mether

    Mentions: 9

    A CIA operative experienced in taking down kings and installing their replacements is brought in to take down a dictator he helped install a few years prior.

    The Lodge (Hammer)

    Written by: Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala (Previous draft and original idea by Sergio Casci)

    Mentions: 7

    A supernatural evil haunts a woman and her stepchildren in a cabin on Christmas.

    The Man from Tomorrow

    Written by: Jordan Barel

    Mentions: 10

    The story of visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk, who after being ousted from PayPal, guides SpaceX through it turbulent early years while simultaneously building Tesla.

    The Mother

    Written by: Misha Green

    Mentions: 13 (17th overall in 2017)

    A female assassin comes out of hiding to protect the pre-teen daughter she gave up years before.

    The Other Lamb

    Written by: Catherine McMullen

    Mentions: 9

    A young female coming-of-age story set within an alternative religion.

    The Poison Squad

    Written by: Dreux Moreland, Joey DePaolo

    Mentions: 7

    Based on the true story of Harvey Wiley, an eccentric chemist who conducted the first experiment on human tolerance to poison, which catalyzed a movement resulting in the founding of the Food and Drug Administration.

    The Prospect

    Written by: Ben Epstein

    Mentions: 7

    Michael Jordan uses a year as a baseball prospect to find himself after his father’s death.

    The Saviors

    Written by: Travis Betz, Kevin Hamedani

    Mentions: 8

    A seemingly progressive suburban husband and wife renting their garage through AirBnB become suspicious of their Muslim guests. As they investigate their visitors, they unwittingly trigger events that will forever change the course of human history.

    The Sleepover

    Written by: Sarah Rothschild

    Mentions: 6

    When bad guys break into their home and kidnap their parents, siblings Kevin and Clancy are forced to confront the fact that there may be way more to their stay-at-home mom than meets the eye.

    The Thing About Jellyfish

    Written by: Molly Smith Metzler

    Mentions: 7

    After her best friend drowns, a seventh-grade girl is convinced the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory.

    The White Devils

    Written by: Leon Hendrix III

    Mentions: 6

    Cassius raises his sons, Malcolm and Mandela, isolated and alone in the woods. They have never met another person in their entire lives. The boys have learned to survive and protect their fragile family at all cost. When they find a mysterious wounded white girl, June, alone and lost in their woods, prejudice, lies and love set them on a collision course with the real world that puts all their lives at risk.

    Trapline

    Written by: Brett Treacy, Dan Woodward

    Mentions: 16 (10th overall in 2017)

    A captive boy’s lifestyle is upended when his abductor asks for his help kidnapping a second child.

    V.I.N.

    Written by: Chiara Towne

    Mentions: 14 (14th overall in 2017)

    As Alex Haley struggles to write the autobiography of Malcolm X, his editor at Playboy assigns him a new interview: George Lincoln Rockwell, head of the American Nazi Party.

    Valedictorian

    Written by: Cosmo Carlson

    Mentions: 12

    An obsessive type-A student vows to secure the valedictorian title before school ends by any means necessary, even murder.

    When in Doubt, Seduce

    Written by: Allie Hagan

    Mentions: 16 (11th overall in 2017)

    The true story of the early relationship between Elaine May and Mike Nichols.

    When Lightning Strikes

    Written by: Anna Klassen

    Mentions: 20 (6th overall in 2017)

    The story of 25-year-old Joanne Rowling as she weathers first loves, unexpected pregnancies, lost jobs, and depression on her journey to create Harry Potter.

    Where I End

    Written by: Imran Zaidi

    Mentions: 22 (5th overall in 2017)

    In a world where your life can be saved, uploaded to a computer, and restarted in the case of your untimely demise, a husband returns from the dead, suspecting his wife may have been involved in his death.

    Wyler

    Written by: Michael Moskowitz

    Mentions: 9

    With Hitler laying waste to Europe and the United States refusing to answer the call to war, Jewish filmmaker William Wyler risks his career to make MRS. MINIVER, the most effective propaganda film of all time.

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