The Black List: 2021 • Screenplays • Part 1

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The 17th edition of "The Black List" features 73 unproduced screenplays. Here are the first 36, indexed alphabetically, from A to J.

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Four Your Consideration, we have the first 36 (of 73) scripts listed and indexed alphabetically for quick access. From Jordan VanDina's "(Dennis Rodman's) 48 Hours in Vegas", to Matthew Kic's and Mike Sorce's "Jelly Fish Days", and everything in between.

If you're a young writer looking for study guides, you've found the right place. These "Black List: 2021" scripts were chosen by more than 375 film-industry executives.

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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: 2021".

Some screenplays get optioned by studios and become movies. Past picks include: "8-Bit Christmas", and Oscar-winner "King Richard."

Black List: 2021 Index | Alphabetically From: A - J

    (Dennis Rodman's) 48 Hours in Vegas

    Written by: Jordan VanDina

    Mentions: 7

    Before Game 7 of the NBA finals, Dennis Rodman tells Phil Jackson he needs 48 hours in Vegas. What follows is a surreal adventure with his skittish assistant GM that involves a bull rodeo, parachuting out of a Ferrari and building a friendship that neither one of them ever thought was possible but will end up solving both of their problems.

    A Hufflepuff Love Story

    Written by: Sophia Lopez

    Mentions: 8

    Unpopular Hogwarts student Finn blames everything bad in his life on being sorted into Hufflepuff rather than Gryffindor with Harry Potter and the cool kids. So when he discovers a chance to go back in time and fix that, he takes it — only to discover things aren’t quite as simple as he’d imagined.

    A Nice Indian Boy

    Written by: Eric Randall

    Mentions: 8

    When Naveen brings his fiancé Jay home to meet his family, his traditional Indian parents must contend with accepting his white partner and helping them plan the most fabulous same sex Indian wedding the Bay Area has ever seen. Based on the play by: Madhuri Shekar.

    Abbi and the Eighth Wonder

    Written by: Matt Roller

    Mentions: 10

    When a misogynist explorer meets his sudden (and violent) end, his long-overlooked understudy seizes the moment and embarks on an adventure that will earn her a place in the annals of history.

    Air Jordan (Untitled Nike/Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Project) (2023)

    Written by: Alex Convery

    Mentions: 13 (16th overall in 2021)

    The wild true story of how an upstart shoe company named Nike landed the most influential endorsement in sports history: Michael Jordan.

    An Ideal Woman

    Written by: Laura Kosann

    Mentions: 7

    Set in American suburbia during the Cuban Missile Crisis: A 1960s ex-actress and housewife finds her house-of-cards world begin to tumble as she continues to be pitted against two identities.

    Apex

    Written by: Jeremy Robbins

    Mentions: 8

    When an adrenaline junkie sets out to conquer a menacing river, she discovers that nature isn’t the only thing out for blood.

    Ballast

    Written by: Justin Piasecki

    Mentions: 8

    A naval engineer and her crew find themselves trapped in a deadly game on a shipping vessel in the middle of the Atlantic when they learn a series of car bombs are hidden amongst the thousands of vehicles on board.

    Barron's Cove

    Written by: Evan Ari Kelman

    Mentions: 8

    When his young son is viciously murdered by a classmate, a grieving father with a history of violence kidnaps the child responsible, igniting a frenzied manhunt fueled by a powerful politician — the father of the kidnapped boy.

    Believe Me

    Written by: Hannah Mescon and Dreux Moreland

    Mentions: 11

    An absurdist biopic chronicling the many rises and falls of Donald Trump, culminating with that fateful night at the 2011 Correspondent’s Dinner.

    Bella

    Written by: Chris Grillot

    Mentions: 7

    A young college student is forced to confront her family’s dark past when a mysterious stalker appears, derailing her life and sending her spiraling into a web of anxiety and paranoia.

    Blackpill

    Written by: Alexandra Serio

    Mentions: 7

    Awkward and lonely, Jared is only able to find a community online — until the day he realizes that his favorite Youtuber lives nearby. Desperate for a connection, he becomes determined to find a way into her life... whether she wants it or not.

    Candlewood

    Written by: Jessica Granger

    Mentions: 11

    In 1992 a seaplane crash in a lakefront community sparks a relationship between three young sisters and the mysterious, injured female pilot.

    Carriage Hill

    Written by: Emi Mochizuki and Carrie Wilson

    Mentions: 7

    A pregnant couple hoping to start their family in the suburbs find themselves embroiled in a decades long mystery which threatens to shatter their American dream.

    Cauliflower

    Written by: Daniel Jackson

    Mentions: 32 (1st overall in 2021)

    Under the cruel guidance of a mysterious coach, an ambitious high school wrestler struggles to become a state champion while battling a bizarre infection in his ear that both makes him dominant in his sport and threatens his sanity.

    Challengers (2023)

    Written by: Justin Kuritzkes

    Mentions: 9

    Framed around a single tennis match at a low-level pro tournament, three players who knew each other when they were teenagers — a world-famous grand slam winner, his ambitious wife/coach, and their old friend who’s now a burnout ranked 201 in the world — reignite old rivalries on and off the court.

    Chicago for One

    Written by: Madeleine Paul

    Mentions: 9

    Based on Robbie Chernow’s hilarious viral solo adventure, a newly heart-broken groomsman takes Chicago by storm celebrating a solo Bachelor Party Weekend after the rest of the party — including the groom — get stuck over 700 miles away.

    Cruel Summer

    Written by: Leigh Cesiro and Erica Matlin

    Mentions: 10

    During the summer of 1998, five camp counselors accidentally kill a stranger in the woods.

    Divorce Party

    Written by: Rebecca Webb

    Mentions: 25 (3rd overall in 2021)

    Patricia Ford feels pretty good about trading her South Boston roots for a "perfect" life on New York’s Upper East Side, until everything falls to shit and her raucous girlfriends throw her a Divorce Party at the home she’s about to lose. As the night goes from wild to totally insane, Patricia takes back control of her life.

    False Truth

    Written by: Thomas Berry and Isaac Gabaeff and Nathan Gabaeff

    Mentions: 7

    The life of a cynical San Francisco criminal lawyer at the top of his career unravels when he agrees to represent a father accused of killing his infant son in an extraordinary case that challenges widely accepted medical beliefs, a biased justice system, and his own personal worldview. Based on true events.

    Fiendish

    Written by: Edgar Castillo

    Mentions: 9

    While meeting her boyfriend’s dysfunctional family at their ancestral manor, a young woman finds herself entangled in a bizarre and terrifying mystery when the family’s patriarch claims to have been cursed by a demon.

    Follow

    Written by: Michael Kujak

    Mentions: 10

    When a social media influencer meets a fan at a meet-and-greet, she’s so taken with her cleverness and vulnerability that she invites the fan to intern with her for the summer. At first, they’re an unstoppable team, but soon, the influencer is forced to wonder who she has let into her life.

    Four Assassins (And A Funeral)

    Written by: Ryan Hooper

    Mentions: 8

    The adoptive daughter of a legendary assassin returns home for his funeral... and finds herself in the crosshairs of her four highly trained, highly dangerous siblings.

    From Little Acorns Grow

    Written by: Laura Kosann

    Mentions: 8

    After a woman becomes one of the first female presidents of a 1950s publishing house in New York, she draws a former college classmate into her orbit, who soon finds her literary empire is not what it appears to be.

    Go Dark

    Written by: Josh Marentette and Spencer Marentette

    Mentions: 8

    A team of black-ops soldiers use an experimental technology to travel into the afterlife and rescue their dead teammate.

    Grizz

    Written by: Connor Barry

    Mentions: 15 (12th overall in 2021)

    A car accident strands a young paramedic in the rugged Pacific Northwest where she is hunted by a ravenous grizzly bear.

    Hard to Get (fka: Ghosted)

    Written by: Dan Schoffer

    Mentions: 9

    After Amanda is seemingly ghosted by the man of her dreams, she’s delighted to discover he’s actually been kidnapped — and takes it upon herself to be his rescuer, going on an adventure of epic proportions along the way.

    Hello, Universe

    Written by: Michael Golamco

    Mentions: 8

    When a bully’s antics land a timid boy in the bottom of a well, his self-proclaimed psychic friend and unknowing crush team up to find him. Based on the 2017 book by Erin Entrada Kelly.

    Homecoming

    Written by: Brandon Broussard and Hudson Obayuwana and Jana Savage

    Mentions: 15 (13th overall in 2021)

    Ten years after graduation, one of New York’s most eligible bachelors and his eccentric wanderlust wingman try to pull their recently divorced friend out of his rut by taking him back to Howard University’s legendary Homecoming for the best weekend of their lives.

    Hot Girl Summer

    Written by: Michelle Askew

    Mentions: 13

    After witnessing a drug deal gone wrong, thirteen-year-old (and exceptionally awkward) Beatrice accidentally finds herself in the middle of an underground drug ring...and on the perfect route to having a proper hot girl summer.

    Hotel Hotel Hotel Hotel

    Written by: Michael Shanks

    Mentions: 13

    A man wakes up trapped in a mysterious hotel room. All alone in a mind-bending prison, his only chance for escape is teamwork: with himself.

    Idol

    Written by: Tricia Lee

    Mentions: 9

    The true story of American Idol viral sensation, William Hung.

    In the End

    Written by: Brian T. Arnold

    Mentions: 17 (9th overall in 2021)

    In the near future, terminal patients are given the opportunity to go out with a bang with personalized VR "perfect endings." But when the best Transition Specialist gets far too close to a patient, he finds himself questioning everything in his life.

    Indigo

    Written by: Ola Shokunbi

    Mentions: 11

    An art thief who takes priceless objects from museums and private collections and redistributes them to their original countries of ownership is tracked by a dogged FBI Agent across the globe.

    It Was You

    Written by: William Yu

    Mentions: 9

    With the future of Manhattan’s Chinatown at stake, a stubborn store clerk battles against an innovative CEO’s expansion plan, while both are unaware they’ve been falling in love with each other on a new, anonymous dating app.

    Jellyfish Days

    Written by: Matthew Kic and Mike Sorce

    Mentions: 11

    A young woman and her devoted boyfriend’s lives are dramatically altered by a medical procedure that could potentially quadruple their lifespans.

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