The 2012 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays is now listed below. It comes from the suggestions of nearly 300 industry execs. To make the list, each script must receive six separate mentions. The Black List does not present itself as a "best of" list, but rather something like a "most liked" list. Needless to say some of the best scripts are en route to eventual production. But the Black List puts the spotlight on many worthy projects that could use the additional cred and support.
DRAFT DAY Rajiv Joseph, Scott Rothman
On the day of the NFL Draft, Bills General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to save football in Buffalo when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred. Agency: Gersh, CAA Agents: Lee Keele (Joseph), Chris Till, Bill Zotti (Rothman) Management: Kaplan/Perrone (Joseph & Rothman) Managers: Josh Goldenberg, Aaron Kaplan Production: Montecito Pictures
A COUNTRY OF STRANGERS Sean Armstrong
Based on true events. Inspector Geoff Harper conducts a forty year search for the Beaumont Children, three siblings taken from an Australian beach in January of 1966. Agency: Verve Agents: Aaron Hart, Adam Levine, Rob Herting, Bill Weinstein Management: Principato-Young Management Managers: Peter Dealbert, Susan Solomon
SEUSS Eyal Podell, Jonathan Stewart
As a young man, Ted Geisel meets his future wife Helen, who encourages his fanciful drawings, and in the 1950s when Ted is struggling professionally, Helen helps inspire the children’s book that will become his first big hit, “The Cat in the Hat.” Agency: Verve Agents: Bryan Besser, Zach Carlisle, Rob Herting Management: Industry Entertainment Manager: Michael Botti, Jess Rosenthal
RODHAM Young Il Kim
During the height of the Watergate scandal, rising star Hillary Rodham is the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon, but she soon finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who now teaches law in Arkansas. Agency: UTA Agents: Barbara Dreyfus, Jenny Maryasis Management: The Arlook Group Managers: Richard Arlook, Jason Hong Production: The Arlook Group, Temple Hill Entertainment
STORY OF YOUR LIFE Eric Heisserer
Based on the short story by Ted Chiang. When alien crafts land around the world, a linguistics expert is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.
Agency: UTA Agents: Barbara Dreyfus, Jon Huddle Management: Art/Work Manager: Julie Bloom Financier: Film Nation Production: Film Nation, Lava Bear, 21 Laps Entertainment