Unlike previous years The Black List will begin releasing its 2012 screenplay titles and authors in random order on Twitter at @theblcklst. “After we have exhausted all titles on the list, we will tweet, in reverse order, the titles and authors of the top ten scripts. Then we’ll make the complete list available on our website.” Conversation at #BlackList2012. Seems unnecessarily complicated to me.
A screenplay titled THE IMITATION GAME by Graham Moore, about British WWII cryptographer Alan Turing who cracked the German Enigma code and later poisoned himself after being criminally prosecuted for being a homosexual, tops 2011′s THE BLACK LIST. (I covered the screenplay sale here: Warner Bros Buys Spec Script For Leonardo DiCaprio.) Once again, Deadline Hollywood is first to post in its entirety THE BLACK LIST, which for the uninitiated is film executive Franklin Leonard’s hot unproduced screenplay pecking order which he began in 2004. Compiled every year from the suggestions of hundreds of film executives, each contributes the names of up to ten of their favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2011 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. THE BLACK LIST does catapult dozens of scripts into production and screenwriters out of oblivion. Diablo Cody’s Juno, Nancy Oliver’s Lars And The Real Girl, Scott Neustader’s and Michael Weber’s 500 Days Of Summer, are just some of the screenplays which appeared on The Black List and then were made. I’ve noticed that it’s also a “big dick” measuring contest for the Hollywood agencies and their motion picture lit departments. Problem is, some screenwriters think this list isn’t on the up-and-up and accuse junior studio execs and assistants along with self-interested agents and managers of getting together to push their own clients on projects even if already abandoned. Also, if you spot inaccuracies, take it up with Leonard: I do not alter his list. Anyway, climb off the ledge if you’re not on THE BLACK LIST. And, if you did make the cut, then congratulations:
The Black List was compiled from the suggestions of over 300 film executives, each of whom contributed the names of up to ten of their favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2011 and will not have begun principal photography during this calendar year.
This year, scripts had to receive at least six mentions to be included on the The Black List.
All reasonable effort has been made to confirm the information contained herein. The Black List apologizes for all misspellings, misattributions, incorrect representation identification, and questionable 2011 affiliations.
It has been said many times, but it’s worth repeating:
The Black List is not a “best of “ list. It is, at best, a “most liked” list.
THE IMITATION GAME by Graham Moore
The story of British WWII cryptographer Alan Turing, who cracked the German Enigma code and later poisoned himself after being criminally pros¬ecuted for being a homosexual..
AGENT: JP Evans, Jacqueline Sacerio
MANAGEMENT: The Safran Company
MANAGER: Tom Drumm
FINANCIER: Warner Brothers
PRODUCER: Ido Ostrowsky, Nora Grossman
WHEN THE STREET LIGHTS GO ON by Chris Hutton, Eddie O’Keefe
In the early 1980s, a town suffers through the aftermath of a brutal murder of a high school girl and a teacher.
AGENT: Simon Faber, Sarah Self
MANAGEMENT: Tariq Merhab Management
MANAGER: Tariq Merhab
PRODUCER: Imagine Entertainment
CHEWIE by Evan Susser, Van Robichaux
A satirical behind the scenes look at the making of Star Wars through the eyes of Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca.
AGENT: Mike Esola
MANAGEMENT: Industry Entertainment
MANAGER: Jess Rosenthal
THE OUTSIDER by Andrew Baldwin
In post World War II Japan, an American former prisoner-of-war rises in the yakuza.
AGENT: Jay Baker, John Garvey
MANAGEMENT: Anonymous Content
MANAGER: Bard Dorros, David Kanter
FINANCIER: Warner Brothers
PRODUCER: Linson Entertainment
FATHER DAUGHTER TIME: A TALE OF ARMED ROBBERY AND ESKIMO KISSES by Matthew Aldrich
A man goes on a three state crime spree with an accomplice, his eleven year old daughter.
AGENT: John Garvey, Stuart Manashil
MANAGEMENT: Silent R Management
MANAGER: Jewerl Ross
FINANCIER: Warner Brothers
PRODUCER: Pearl Street Productions
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So comedy writer Ken Furer delivers his mock Wish List a few days before the real 2011 Black List appears:
The 2011 Wish List is a compilation of the best unproduced, unwritten screenplays in Hollywood. The second annual list is determined based on a comprehensive voting process involving a tribunal of studio development executives, the BCS computer ranking algorithm, the United States Electoral College, and Sharon Osbourne. Please remember, The Wish List is not a “best of” list. It is, at best, a “waste of the next few minutes of your life.” Enjoy.
REPUBLICANS AND ALIENS
A political sci-fi crossover in which Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann must join forces with an intergalactic alien army to prevent a band of illegal immigrants from crossing the border.
When his only daughter’s bag of pretzel M&Ms goes missing at the petting zoo, a vengeful father sets out to track it down. TAKEN but with goats.
KELVIN + TINA = XOXO <3 4EVA
After burning a mixed CD for his secret crush, shy high school freshman Kelvin gets arrested for online piracy. A nonlinear romantic dramedy that jumps back and forth in time throughout his parole sentence.
SEAL TEAM 7
An animated family film about a herd of seven lazy elephant seals from Antarctica that gets recruited to assassinate Osama Bin Laden. Seth Rogen will voice all seven seals.
READY TO ASSEMBLE
A remake of Svenn Hjürgynssön’s gritty Swedish crime thriller GUNFIRE KILL SQUAD DEATH KILL that follows a gang of