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The 15th edition of "The Black List" features 66 unproduced screenplays. Here are 34 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 34 scripts. From Christina Pamies' "No Good Deed", to Andrew Zilch's, "Wayward", and everything in between.
If you're a young writer looking for study guides, you've found the right place. These "Black List: 2019" 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: 2019".
Some screenplays get optioned by studios and become movies. Past scripts include "The Babysitter", "Manchester by the Sea" and "The Founder."
No Good Deed
Written by: Christina Pamies
A woman with a troubled past invites her teen niece to live with her in the family’s farm house, but the two become tormented by a creature that can take away their pain for a price.
Written by: Esteban Orozco
A reverse SEARCHERS from the perspective of the Natives going East into the unknown, the metropolis, the belly of the beast, late 1800s New York City.
Written by: Nabil Chowdhary
Mentions: 13 (11th overall in 2019)
After a mission to destroy a black hole that endangers mankind goes wrong, an astronaut awakens in her escape pod to find that decades have passed seemingly in a moment. Now, with an old body and fragile mind, she battles against the elements of space & time to complete her mission.
Written by: Debra Moore Muñoz
A brother and sister navigate the perils of both man and nature through Central America in their quest to find safety in the United States.
Written by: Andrew Semans
Margaret is a single mother living in New York with her teenage daughter. When David, a mysterious older man from Margaret’s past, begins appearing randomly in her environment, she becomes convinced that he intends to bring tremendous violence into their lives. So Margaret embarks on a vigilante mission to protect her daughter, and to disembowel David.
Written by: Ezra Herz
After strange deaths and suicides skyrocket in a dying Appalachian coal town, Maggie - a first responder - wages a personal war against the local coal mine, unearthing a disturbing past that the company has kept secret within the waters of the local lake.
Written by: Tyler Austin | Patrick Eme
Mentions: 15 (7th overall in 2019)
In 1970s LA, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, two struggling musicians and lovers, join a band called Fleetwood Mac and are thrown into a whirlwind of worldwide fame, infamous drug addiction, and one of the best-selling albums of all time -- which also happens to be about the disintegration of their relationship.
Say Something Nice
Written by: Erin Rodman
After she catches her boyfriend cheating, Liv goes on a social media tirade that lands her in court for slander, and the judge forces her to make amends by composing one positive comment for every negative comment she posted, while under the supervision of a reclusive mediator also on the rebound from a failed relationship. Inspired by true events.
Written by: Melanie Toast
Mentions: 14 (8th overall in 2019)
A single mother is held captive by her violent ex, and her two young children are left at risk. She must do everything to protect them and survive.
Written by: Azia Squire
Following her mother’s sudden passing, a queer black woman returns to her southern town to assist her estranged sister plan the funeral. Her trip takes a turn when sleep deprivation manifests visions of her deceased mother.
Written by: Sontenish Myers
Set on a southern plantation in the 1800s, a young slave girl named Lena has telekinetic powers she cannot yet control. Circumstances escalate when she’s separated from her mother to be a house girl, in close quarters with the mercurial Master’s wife: Elizabeth.
Written by: Sean Tidwell
A subversive superhero story about the world’s only superhero living a bachelor lifestyle, learning he has two very different teenage twins he never knew existed, and now has to figure out how to be a father.
Written by: Eric Gross
The true story of how Lawrence Tureaud, a poor kid in Chicago with 12 brothers and sisters, fought and charmed his way into becoming the single lettered icon of saintly compassion and macho energy.
Written by: Justin Piasecki
Mentions: 13 (10th overall in 2019)
A fixer who brokers off-the-books exchanges for powerful corporate clients finds himself being hunted after he’s hired to protect a whistleblower and the evidence she’s uncovered.
The Cabin at the End of the World
Written by: Steve Desmond | Michael Sherman
A gay couple and their adopted daughter have their cabin invaded by four strangers who take the family captive and tell them that, to prevent the upcoming apocalypse, one of them must be killed by the others.
The Diamond as Big as the Ritz
Written by: Cody Behan
When the underprivileged John Unger is invited to spend the summer at the mansion of his peculiar classmate, his thirst for grandeur leads him down a dangerous exploration of greed, morality, and the secret horrors of the ruling class. Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story.
The House Is Not For Sale
Written by: Roy Parker
With one last chance at a promotion, a down-on-her-luck real estate agent returns to her rural hometown to sell the impossible - a haunted house where countless couples have been murdered. As the bodies of new residents continue to pile up, our real estate agent will stop at nothing to rid the house of evil - no matter what the cost.
Written by: Jared Anderson
A pair of out-of-work immigrant brothers catch a break when they are hired as day laborers to work at a house in the Hollywood Hills, until they witness something they will wish they had never seen.
The Man in the Woods
Written by: Darren Grodsky | Danny Jacobs
After moving to Maine and befriending an enigmatic hermit, twelve-year-old Henrietta Thorne begins to wonder if he holds the key to solving a mystery that has eluded our planet for more than a decade.
The Menu (2022)
Written by: Seth Reiss | Will Tracy
A young couple visits an exclusive destination restaurant on a remote island where the acclaimed chef has prepared a lavish tasting menu, along with some shocking surprises.
Written by: Michael Notarile
The incredible true story of Fredericka Marm Mandelbaum, who was the country's first female mob boss. During the Gilded Age, Marm opened a school for criminals, and built her empire by treating her gang of runaways and orphans as family -- eventually partnering with George Leslie to pull off what is still to date the largest bank heist in American history (adjusting for inflation).
The Perdition in Liége
Written by: Henry Dunham
A prisoner of war in a Belgian POW camp undergoing abandonment survives an execution firing squad by chance and escapes by hiding among the dead. After removing his fallen compatriot’s dog tags to get home and give their families solace, he attempts the fifty-mile journey south toward the allied stronghold, through the deadly war-torn landscape, and before a hell-bent SS officer on his tail catches up to him.
Written by: Levin Menekse
Trapped at a three day personal development retreat, a woman fights to save her husband and herself from being brainwashed by a charismatic self-help guru.
Written by: Megan Amram
Twenty years after a failed exorcism, a meek young woman becomes unlikely friends with the foul-mouthed demon that possessed her as a child.
Written by: MacMillan Hedges
An inside look at the unique relationship between John Wayne and John Ford on the set of THE SEARCHERS.
Written by: Cosmo Carlson
The unbelievable true story of the creation of the worlds first, longest running, and most notorious reality show "COPS." Based on "How 'Cops' Got Made — And What It Says About America" by Tim Stelloh.
Written by: Rachel James
A young woman, propelled by an unstoppable rage, begins inviting her victims to a summer lake house as revenge for past wrongs. But when one of her guests has been wronged as well, she passes on The Swells - bringing its wrath to the streets of New York.
Written by: Austin Everett
Mentions: 16 (5th overall in 2019)
A man jumps forward in time at the same time every morning. As the length of time increases for every jump, he struggles to keep his family together and find a cure, all as his secret spreads throughout the world. Based on the novel by Joseph Eckert.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2021)
Written by: Kevin Etten | Tom Gormican
Mentions: 16 (6th overall in 2019)
Actor Nicolas Cage, spiraling and trapped in debt, makes an appearance at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire. While there, he learns that the billionaire runs a drug cartel, and the CIA recruits Cage for intelligence.
They Cloned Tyrone (2022)
Written by: Tony Rettenmaier | Juel Taylor
An unlikely group is thrown together by mysterious events that leads them to uncover a government conspiracy.
This Is Going to Hurt
Written by: Cameron Fay
An absent mother attempts to reconnect with her daughter by relaying to her how she helped her own parent through battles with cancer and addiction.
Written by: Jessica Knoll
Swept up in the excitement of her wedding day, Dr. Julie Wheeler is oblivious to the killer on her guest list, who is methodically stalking her nearest and dearest, until its too late.
Voicemails for Isabelle
Written by: Leah McKendrick
A low-level TV writer struggles to cope with the death of her little sister by continuing to leave her voicemails chronicling the shitshow that is dating in LA. When the phone number is unknowingly transferred, a cocky New York real estate agent begins receiving the hilarious and confessional voicemails, and feels pulled to California to find this stranger he feels intimately close to.
Written by: Andrew Zilch
The wife of a megachurch pastor seeks atonement after she and her lover kill an attacker in self-defense, but don’t report it out of fear of exposing their affair.