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The 2012 Black List and Hit List Titles Revealed

by Melissa Silverstein
December 18, 2012 1:00 PM
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The folks at The Black List, which recently launched a paid script service, yesterday revealed the names of the top unproduced scripts according to 290 experts in the film business.  Another list, The Hit List, was also released and that list is the top spec scripts released into the spec market between December 1, 2011 and November 30, 2012.

The Black List has become one of the most important places for Hollywood executives to find scripts to make into films.  According to their website over 200 Black List scripts have been made into films including Juno, Michael Clayton, The Blind Side, Doubt, Salt, Take This Waltz and shockingly The Hunger Games

According to our count, The Black List has 11 female written scripts out of 78, and The Hit List has 9 female written scripts out of 77.  There are several overlaps on the list.

All the scripts on the Black List have agency and/or managers representing the writers and some even have producers and stars attached.  The key to being on the Black List is that the script has yet to get a green light.

We'd love to hear from some writers about their experiences with these lists. 

Here are the women written scripts from The Black List:

SOMACELL - Ashleigh Powell (also on The Hit List)

A female prison guard in the future, where prisoners are rehabilitated with virtual reality, discovers a conspiracy that puts her loyalty into question.


A young woman, kidnapped when she was a kid, returns home to the family she barely remembers and struggles to feel ‘at home.’

CLIVE - Natasha Pincus

After an accident causes a successful CEO to lose both legs, he is forced to re-evaluate his life and identity.

PESTE - Barbara Marshall (also on The Hit List)

Following the outbreak of a virus that wipes out the majority of the human population, a teen documents her family’s new life in quarantine and tries to protect her infected sister.

THE OUTSKIRTS - Dominique Ferrari, Suzanne Wrubel

After falling victim to a humiliating prank by the high school Queen Bee, best friends and world-class geeks, Mindy and Jodi, decide to get their revenge by uniting the outcasts of the school against her and her circle of friends.

HIBERNATION - Will Frank, Geneva Robertson-Dworet (also on The Hit List)

A wrongly convicted inmate volunteers for a hibernation experiment in exchange for one day of parole every five years, which he uses to prove his innocence and search for his missing daughter across an increasingly futuristic landscape.


A twenty eight year old woman is about to get engaged to her great boyfriend, when the ex she hasn’t gotten over moves back into town. All of a sudden she isn’t sure if her boyfriend is really the one, and so she spends time decorating her ex’s new condo, trying to figure it all out.

CONVERSION - Marissa Jo Cerar

A preacher’s wife, grieving from the loss of her teenage son and struggling to hold her family together, forms an unlikely friendship with a young street hustler who helps her understand her lost son and survive alcoholic depression.

DON’T MAKE ME GO - Vera Herbert

When a single father to a teenage daughter learns that he has a fatal brain tumor, he takes her on a road trip to find the mother who abandoned her years before and to try to teach her everything she might need over the rest of her life.

SHUT IN - Christina Hodson

A woman who tries to raise her catatonic son on her own suddenly discovers a shocking secret about him.

THE KEEPING ROOM - Julia Hart (also on The Hit List)

Three southern women defend their home from the Union army while their husbands are off fighting in the Civil War.


Story follows Lucius Pontius Pilate as he grows from the son of a Roman Knight, to a fear-inducing military General, and as the prefect of Judea under Emperor Tiberius, the judge who condemned Jesus Christ to crucifixion.

OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN - Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt
When the White House is taken by terrorists the US government must rely on a disgraced Secret Service agent to save the day.

A bride’s wedding day is ruined by gun-slinging gangsters from her past who crash the party and kidnap her groom, looking for their share of the prize that she stole from under them.

HATCHED - Megan Woodward
When failing novelist Marley reluctantly attends her parents’ anniversary on Easter weekend,
her world is turned upside down by the unexpected arrival of 16-year-old Naomi, who claims to be the result of Marley’s secret egg donation 16 years earlier.

CONVERSION - Marissa Jo Cerar
A preacher’s wife, grieving from the loss of her teenage son and struggling to hold her family together, forms an unlikely friendship with a young street hustler who helps her understand her lost son and survive alcoholic depression.

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  • woody | January 10, 2013 1:10 PMReply

    Megan Woodward is a very talented & gifted Writer.!

  • loudrockmusic | December 21, 2012 3:57 AMReply

    "Wedding Dress" sounds like a movie I'd love to see. Also, the "Stockholm" one.

  • Marian | December 18, 2012 5:06 PMReply

    My experience with The Black List:, hoping that it will soon be transparent about women writers' engagement with their services. I'd also love to hear from the women who make assessments for The Black List. Are they seeing as many scripts by women as men? Are they seeing lots of scripts with women protagonists? Do they care, or are they happy to perpetuate the tradition of scripts being predominantly by and about men? Are there assessors – women *and* men – who have concerns about the gender imbalance and suggestions for improvement?

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