The Black List: 2021 • Screenplays • Part 2

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The 17th edition of "The Black List" features 73 unproduced screenplays. Here are the next 37, indexed alphabetically, from K to Z.

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Four Your Consideration, we have the remaining 37 (of 73) scripts listed and indexed alphabetically for quick access. From Lillian Yu's "Killer Instinct", to Stuart C. Paul's "Yasuke", 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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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: K - Z

    Killer Instinct

    Written by: Lillian Yu

    Mentions: 23 (4th overall in 2021)

    After a Hollywood assistant is publicly fired for admitting while on a conference call that he’d love to kill his boss, he finds his boss dead in the office the next morning and goes on the lam to figure out the real culprit, all while being hunted by his boss’s assassin.

    Killers and Diplomats

    Written by: John Tyler McClain and Michael Nourse

    Mentions: 7

    The true story of the murder of four American churchwomen in El Salvador in 1980 and the low-level American diplomat who teamed with his most dangerous informant to smoke out their killers. Based on Raymond Bonner’s work for The Atlantic.

    Lady Krylon

    Written by: Brandon Constantine

    Mentions: 12

    Two rival graffiti artists engage in a series of street battles, culminating in an otherworldly duel after the art starts bleeding into the real world.


    Written by: Daniel Kunka

    Mentions: 7

    A female master thief and her ex-boyfriend who works for the FBI team up to steal $100M worth of gold bullion being transported on a 777 passenger flight from London to Zurich.


    Written by: Whit Brayton

    Mentions: 13

    A famed experimental musician finds himself embroiled in the race to solve Earth’s primary existential threat: A deafening sound that never stops, forcing all of humanity to survive in silence.

    Max and Tony's Epic One-Night Stand

    Written by: Thomas Kivney

    Mentions: 7

    A disastrous Grindr hookup goes from bad to worse when a meteor unleashes a horde of aliens on New York and the two ill-matched men must depend on each other to make it through the night alive.


    Written by: Stefan Jaworski

    Mentions: 18 (8th overall in 2021)

    When a first date takes a dangerous turn, down-on-his-luck Michael risks everything to save his newfound love from her past. Little does he know, the night — and his date — are not what they seem. Michael soon finds himself on a high-octane cat-and-mouse race across the city to save himself and uncover the truth, armed with nothing but his wit, his driving skills, and a 1969 Ford Mercury.

    Michael Bay: The Explosive Biopic

    Written by: Sean Tidwell

    Mentions: 12

    Packed with enough C4 to split an asteroid in two, this tell-all Michael Bay origin story reveals the explosions that defined him, the fire that ignited his little heart, and the fate that sealed his Hollywood destiny.


    Written by: Scarlett Bermingham

    Mentions: 10

    A successful illustrator finds herself friendless after her best friend gets engaged, forcing her to embark on an epic quest to "date" for new girlfriends — as an adult.

    Mr. Benihana

    Written by: Chris Wu

    Mentions: 16 (10th overall in 2021)

    When a short Japanese kid from post-war Tokyo decides to make it big in the US of A, he discovers a winning recipe of exploiting his heritage with good old-fashioned American entertainment, to the great shame of his traditionalist father. This is the larger-than-life immigrant story of the OG daredevil playboy tycoon: the one-and-only Rocky Aoki.

    Operation: Milk and Cookies

    Written by: M. Miller Davis

    Mentions: 10

    After their house is threatened with repossession, a mismatched group of foster kids set out on an adventure to summon Santa Claus to save their home and end up on the run from a crew of angry bank robbers.

    Rabbit Season

    Written by: Shanrah Wakefield

    Mentions: 13

    Supernatural horror about a woman stalked through a dark city park by the most monstrous manifestation of manhood during her walk home from her high school reunion.


    Written by: Lindsay Michel

    Mentions: 10

    Still reeling in the wake of her husband’s death, master thief Viola Crier signs on to a risky, last-minute job set to take place inside a man-made time loop, but as the number of loops increases, the job begins to spiral out of control.

    See How They Run

    Written by: Lily Hollander

    Mentions: 30 (2nd overall in 2021)

    A blind mother moves into a remote farmhouse with her young daughter, but the mystery of the home’s previous inhabitants intrudes upon her attempts to repair their relationship.


    Written by: Jessica Welsh

    Mentions: 10

    Eilleen Edwards rises from an impoverished upbringing in rural Canada to transform into 90’s global country-pop superstar Shania Twain, only to face her greatest challenge yet: putting her life and career back together after losing her voice.

    Skeleton Tree (2023)

    Written by: Paul Barry

    Mentions: 10

    When an accident sinks their boat, two teenaged boys must learn how to survive the wilds of the remote Alaskan coastline, endure one another, and to come to terms with a long-held life-altering secret.

    Sleep Solution

    Written by: Ted Caplan and Jenni Hendricks

    Mentions: 7

    Two former thieves are having a hard enough time with their fussy newborn baby when a mishap draws them back into their old lives, forcing them to recover a priceless jade bangle, escape their boss’s murderous son and, toughest of all, get their baby to sleep through the night.

    St. Mary's Catholic School presents the Vagina Monologues

    Written by: Hannah Hafey and Kaitlin Smith

    Mentions: 8

    Frustrated by the conservative curriculum at her high school, a rebellious teen girl decides to stage the school’s first ever production of The Vagina Monologues. Which is going to be a challenge, as no one else at St. Mary’s can even bear to say the word 'vagina' out loud. Based on Flynn Meaney’s Bad Habits.

    Symphony of Survival

    Written by: Daniel Persitz

    Mentions: 12

    The incredible true story of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich writing an epic symphony during the deadly World War II siege of Leningrad — a work of art so powerful it would save him and his family, all while helping to unite his people with the Allies.

    The College Dropout

    Written by: Thomas Aguilar and Michael Ballin

    Mentions: 13

    A young Kanye West’s intimate journey to create his seminal first album that reinvented hip hop music.

    The Dark

    Written by: Chad Handley

    Mentions: 7

    When stranded on the far end of Manhattan by a mysterious city-wide blackout, a group of inner-city middle schoolers must fight through seemingly supernatural forces to make their way back to their parents in the Bronx.

    The Devil Herself

    Written by: Colin Bannon

    Mentions: 8

    When an elite assassin is sent to the haunted Harz Mountains in Germany on an extraction job she intends to be her last, she quickly learns that the local legends about witchcraft are true and must face a sinister supernatural threat.

    The Family Plan

    Written by: David Coggeshall

    Mentions: 7

    A former top assassin living incognito as a suburban dad must take his unsuspecting family on the run when his past catches up to him.

    The Fire Outside

    Written by: Yumiko Fujiwara

    Mentions: 8

    Peter, a seventeen-year-old painter, lives with his controlling mother in a lonely house in the wilderness. When he meets a mysterious stranger, he begins to question the reality he was raised to believe, gathers the courage to leave his mother, and unveils the sinister truth behind his upbringing.

    The Masked Singer

    Written by: Mike Jones and Nicholas Sherman

    Mentions: 12

    Mickey Rourke loses his mind after he’s forced to take a gig on television’s highest rated show: The Masked Singer.

    The Unbound

    Written by: Sam West

    Mentions: 7

    Disillusioned with life in the wake of a personal tragedy, Rachel goes on a mountain retreat with her friends in search of an escape, only to find themselves stumbling into the depths of horror and madness.

    The Villain

    Written by: Andrew Ferguson

    Mentions: 21 (5th overall in 2021)

    The completely outrageous and completely true story of "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli — from his meteoric rise as wunderkind hedge fund manager and pharmaceutical executive to his devastating fall involving crime, corruption and the Wu-Tang Clan — which exposed the rotten core of the American healthcare system.

    The Way You Remember Me

    Written by: Geoffrey Roth

    Mentions: 7

    Following the death of her vivacious, entrepreneurial, thirtysomething son Ben, Laurie learns that he had frozen some of his sperm before his passing. As she embarks on an unconventional journey in search of someone who may bear Ben’s child, Laurie forges an unexpected friendship with a woman, who, in turn, starts to fall for the memory of him.

    Thicker Than Ice

    Written by: Tara Tomicevic

    Mentions: 7

    Inspired by the true story of Hannah and Marissa Brandt, adoptive sisters and hockey players who put their relationship to the test as they vie for Olympic glory... on different teams: top-ranked Team USA and Korea’s first ever unified team.


    Written by: Colin Bannon

    Mentions: 19 (6th overall in 2021)

    When an ultramarathoner learns he is one of ten contestants chosen to take part in a secret race known as "the hardest race on earth," he is forced to confront his past when he realizes there are deadly consequences for breaking the rules.

    Wait List

    Written by: Carly J. Hallman

    Mentions: 19 (7th overall in 2021)

    A troubled millennial from small-town Texas will do anything to get into her top-choice law school, including murder.

    Ways to Hide in Winter

    Written by: Jenny Halper

    Mentions: 7

    A woman in rural Pennsylvania falls in love with a stranger from Uzbekistan, then finds out he may be responsible for war crimes. Based on Sarah St. Vincent’s acclaimed debut novel.


    Written by: Augustus Schiff

    Mentions: 14

    An autistic kid tries to do normal college things — making friends, figuring out if girls like him, getting over his mom’s death — while seeing life in his own "musical" way.

    Wheels Come Off

    Written by: Kryzz Gautier

    Mentions: 11

    In the year 2065, a fiery teenager with a wild imagination, her paraplegic mom, and their clueless robot struggle to navigate the post-apocalypse; but when the mother’s wheelchair breaks, the trio must venture out into the dangerous "outside" for a chance to survive.


    Written by: Filipe Coutinho and Ben Mehlman

    Mentions: 15

    While looking into a client’s murder, a Los Angeles social worker stumbles on a political conspiracy in the wake of the 1987 Whittier earthquake.

    Worst. Dinner. Ever.

    Written by: Jack Waz

    Mentions: 16

    An estranged father and son have to survive terrorists, explosions, and, most terrifying of all, dinner with each other.

    Yasuke (aka: Untitled Yasuke Project)

    Written by: Stuart C. Paul

    Mentions: 11

    The true story of the first and only African Samurai in feudal Japan who rose from being a slave for the Jesuits to fighting as a Samurai in the unification of Japan.

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