The Black List: 2019 • Screenplays • Part 1

The "Black List: 2019" screenplays & scripts are now here!

The 15th edition of "The Black List" features 66 unproduced screenplays. Here are the first 32, indexed alphabetically, from A to M.

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Four Your Consideration, we have the first 32 (of 66) scripts listed and indexed alphabetically for quick access. From Ian Shorr's & Peter Gamble's "10-31", to Carrie Solomon's comedy, "My Boyfriend's Wedding", 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 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: 2019".

Some screenplays get optioned by studios and become movies. Past picks include: "The Babysitter", "Manchester by the Sea" and "The Founder."

Black List: 2019 Index | Alphabetically From: A - M


    Written by: Peter Gamble | Ian Shorr

    Mentions: 7

    A young woman takes her niece and nephew trick-or-treating and discovers a note inside a candy wrapper that says there’s a killer loose on her block.

    8-Bit Christmas (2021)

    Written by: Kevin Jakubowski

    Mentions: 11

    Ten-year-old Jake Doyles goes on a herculean quest to get the Christmas gift of his generation - a Nintendo Entertainment System - in suburban Chicago in the late 1980s.

    A Magical Place Called Glendale

    Written by: Sara Monge

    Mentions: 14 (7th overall in 2019)

    To revamp her self image, an arrogant but well-meaning high school socialite decides to help a former friend land the guy of her dreams... but in the process, realizes she wants her for herself.

    Affairs of State

    Written by: Pat Cunnane

    Mentions: 8

    AFFAIRS OF STATE is a romantic comedy about an outgoing President, an incoming Prime Minister, and their second shot at love.

    An Aftermath

    Written by: Lauren Caris Cohan

    Mentions: 8

    After a whirlwind lost-distance online romance, a once-cynical writer inherits a remote smart-house from her newly deceased new husband and discovers he might not be entirely gone after all.

    Apex (II)

    Written by: Aja Gabel | MJ Wesner

    Mentions: 8

    When old college friends on a trip to Mexico get trapped in an underwater cave system with a bull shark, old tensions and power struggles resurface as they fight to survive.


    Written by: Stephen Vitale

    Mentions: 6

    A mysterious loner heads to Muscle Beach in 1985 to pursue a career as a competitive bodybuilder. Struggling to transform his physique, he unleashes a darker side of himself as he descends into madness.

    Assisted Living

    Written by: Kay Oyegun

    Mentions: 6

    A thief finds sanctuary in a retirement home after going on the run.

    Atlanta on Fire

    Written by: Adam Morrison

    Mentions: 6

    The true story of Leo Frank, a young, Jewish businessman who, due to widespread anti-Semitism/the KKK in the post Civil War South, was wrongfully accused, tried, and convicted of murdering a 13-year-old factory worker, Mary Phagan.

    Barron: A Tale of Love, Loss & Legacy

    Written by: Nicolas Curcio

    Mentions: 8

    Fearing the devastating impact that his father’s presidency would have on his personal life, his country, and the world at large, ten-year-old Barron Trump sets out to sabotage his father’s 2016 campaign.

    Betty Ford

    Written by: Kas Graham | Rebecca Pollock

    Mentions: 7

    An intimate portrait of the sensational First Lady and ERA champion, Betty Ford, as she challenges, scandalizes, dances and drinks her way through the White House to gain a higher popularity rating than any President in American history, all whilst maintaining a 26 pill-a-day drug habit.

    Black Mitzvah

    Written by: Lauren Tyler

    Mentions: 10

    After embarrassing herself at the most popular girl’s party, a black and Jewish middle school misfit embarks on a journey to glow up and throw the best Bat Mitzvah of all time.

    Blue Slide Park

    Written by: Kyle Anderson | Michael Vlamis

    Mentions: 6

    After his first album topped the Billboard Charts, life was never the same for Malcolm McCormick aka Mac Miller. This is his story of music, love, success, family, and addiction. Based on the forthcoming manuscript UNT. MAC MILLER BIOGRAPHY written by Paul Cantor for Abrams Press.

    Breathe (2023)

    Written by: Doug Simon

    Mentions: 9

    In the near future when air-supply is scarce, a mother and daughter fight for survival when two strangers arrive desperate for an oxygenized safe haven.

    Can You Tell Me How?

    Written by: Gregory Bonsignore

    Mentions: 6

    Alarmed by the disproportionate dropout rates amongst children of the working class, a young female TV producer finds a way to teach them their ABCs and 123s. With the help of genius puppeteer Jim Henson and a diverse team of dedicated researchers and educators, they brought us the groundbreaking show, Sesame Street.


    Written by: Lillian Yu

    Mentions: 16 (4th overall in 2019)

    When a talented hacker is recruited by the mysterious Cicada 3301, she gets wrapped up in a plot that threatens to destroy the entire world. Based on the real organization.

    Doll Wars

    Written by: Matt Ritter

    Mentions: 7

    When the upstart Bratz dolls challenged Barbie’s antiquated gender norms and threatened their monopoly, Barbie struck back with a billion-dollar copyright lawsuit. In jeopardy of shutting down, Bratz turned to a small, scrappy, all-female law firm to take on Mattel in a historic, David vs. Goliath intellectual property battle that changed the toy industry and American popular culture forever. Based on a true story.


    Written by: Michael Paisley

    Mentions: 9

    When a struggling fashion model in New York City gets chosen by a mysterious Parisian designer to be the face of his first campaign since his disappearance five years prior, she begins to realize she was chosen for a reason and must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice for beauty and recognition.

    Don't Go in the Water

    Written by: Peter Gaffney

    Mentions: 7

    A recovering alcoholic sets off for seclusion but gets more than he bargained for when he encounters a mysterious creature nearby.

    Don't Worry Darling (2022)

    Written by: Carey Van Dyke | Shane Van Dyke

    Mentions: 19 (3rd overall in 2019)

    A psychological thriller about a 1950s housewife whose reality begins to crack, revealing a disturbing truth underneath.

    Field of View

    Written by: Reiss Clauson-Wolf | Julian Silver

    Mentions: 20 (2nd overall in 2019)

    A soldier, forced to relive her worst day in combat, begins to question her sanity when the VR simulation she’s experiencing doesn’t match her memory of the mission gone wrong.

    First Ascent

    Written by: Colin Bannon

    Mentions: 7

    Two years after a free solo accident nearly kills Hillary Hall, she enlists the help of her old climbing partners to document her comeback -- the first ascent of 4,000 foot rock wall in rural China. During the harrowing climb, Hillary struggles with her inner demons and supernatural forces, as it slowly becomes clear that this mountain does not want to be conquered.

    First Harvest

    Written by: Kevin McMullin

    Mentions: 8

    George runs a struggling farm where he cares for his terminally ill wife, Alice. Everything changes when he decides to bring home an orphaned baby he found out in the field. The child’s presence begins to unearth buried secrets while engulfing the family in a series of supernatural events.

    Girlfriend on Mars

    Written by: Kaitlin Fontana

    Mentions: 6

    Amber and Kevin, weed dealer burnouts committed to going nowhere together, have been dating for twelve years. When Amber enters a reality show that will take the winner to Mars with no chance of return, Kevin has to face what it really means when the ones we love leave us and leave the planet. Based on the story by Deborah Willis.

    Grandma Wants to Die

    Written by: Patrick Cadigan

    Mentions: 12

    When Ben is left footing the bill for his own wedding just weeks before the big day, he’s forced to make a deal with his estranged grandmother Minnie. She’ll give him the money if he signs the papers for her assisted suicide. Ben gladly agrees, only to unearth Minnie’s final agenda before she departs... destroy the wedding from the inside and seemingly ruin Ben’s life.


    Written by: Ben Imperato

    Mentions: 9

    After finding themselves stranded on the wreckage of a Helldiver bomber in the middle of the ocean, an American aviator and a Japanese Kamikaze pilot must work together to survive their greatest threat yet -- a 22-foot great white shark.

    High on Christmas

    Written by: Hannah Mescon | Dreux Moreland

    Mentions: 9

    A stoner comedy about one family trying to save Christmas from itself after Santa eats the wrong batch of cookies.

    I Heart Murder

    Written by: Tom O'Donnell

    Mentions: 12

    A true-crime podcaster tries to solve a gruesome cold case, putting her in the killer’s crosshairs.


    Written by: Derek Elliott

    Mentions: 10

    Life as a single dad hasn’t been a challenge for Las Vegas blackjack dealer Mike Klein, until his ex resurfaces after walking out on the family six years ago.

    Meet Cute

    Written by: Chris Powers | Dan Powers

    Mentions: 6

    MEET CUTE, the hottest dating app on the market, brings couples together by giving them their Rom Com moment. When the app’s biggest skeptic, Haley, matches with one of its developers, Russ, their instant connection starts to change her mind.

    Move On

    Written by: Ken Kobayashi

    Mentions: 29 (1st overall in 2019)

    Teddy thinks he’s the only living person left in a world where humanity is frozen in time... until his ex-girlfriend, Leyna, shows up at his doorstep. Together, they must go on a journey to find the cause behind the freeze and in the process, confront the issues that plagued their relationship before it’s too late.

    My Boyfriend's Wedding

    Written by: Carrie Solomon

    Mentions: 8

    After Georgia accidentally receives an out of the blue invitation to her on-again, off-again boyfriend’s wedding, she and her best friend Keely make the ill-informed decision to attend.

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