UPDATED WITH VOTES, LOGLINES & REPS: The annual Black List today revealed the best unproduced screenplays of the year, as voted on by over 250 film execs. A total of 72 scripts made the cut in the 2013 edition of the yearly ranking compiled since 2004 by Franklin Leonard, with Andrew Sodroski’s Holland, Michigan receiving the most votes of all. As usual there are plenty of familiar names on this list, including Jason Fuchs for his Pan screenplay that’s set up at Warner Bros with Joe Wright aboard to direct, and Jason Dean Hall’s American Sniper, another Warners project. Black List alumni that have gone on to Oscar and box office glory include Argo, The King’s Speech, and Slumdog Millionaire. This year 33.3 percent of Black List entries have financiers attached; 68 percent have producers attached; and 5 writers or writing teams don’t have agents. Here is the list by votes, with votes by agency here and manager reps here. More complete info as it comes:
2013 Black List Screenplays
When a traditional Midwestern woman suspects her husband of infidelity, an amateur investigation unravels.
Agents: Jon Cassir, John Garvey, Ali Trustman
Management: Principato-Young Entertainment
Manager: Peter Dealbert
Production: Le Grisbi Productions
An exploration of the formation of Great Britian’s secret intelligence agency, Military Intelligence, Section 6, known as MI6.
Agents: Bryan Besser, Adam Levine
Management: Caliber Media
Manager: Adam Marshall
Producers: Grey Matter Productions, Marc Platt Productions
A forty-something pediatric allergist, who specializes in hazelnut and is facing a divorce, learns lessons in living from a wise-beyond-her-years terminally ill 15-year-old patient when she crashes his weekend trip to a conference in San Francisco.
Agents: Peter Dodd, Geoff Morley, Julien Thuan
Producer: Tom McNulty
A MONSTER CALLS
An adolescent boy with a terminally ill single mother begins having visions of a tree monster, who tells him the truths about life in the form of three stories, helping him to eventually cope with his emotions over his dying mom.
Agency: Michelle Kass Associates
Agents: Michelle Kass
THE SPECIAL PROGRAM
The true story of Jack Goldsmith, a young attorney who took charge of the White House’s Office of Legal Counsel, then courageously took on Vice President Cheney and his powerful inner circle when he discovered they were running a number of illegal activities through their so-called “Special Program”.
Agent: Craig Brody
Financier: The Weinstein Company
Producer: Spring Creek
HOT SUMMER NIGHTS
A teenager’s life spirals out of control when he befriends the town’s rebel, falls in love, and gets entangled in selling drugs over one summer in Cape Cod.
Agents: Zach Carlisle, Tanya Cohen, Aaron Hart, Adam Levine, Melissa Solomon
Managers: Josh Goldenberg, Alex Lerner, Sean Perrone
Geoff Tock, Greg Weidman
A man goes to space to destroy the ship that, upon going sentient, killed his wife.
Agents: Daniel Cohan, Solco Schuit
Management: Fourth Floor Productions
Managers: Chris Goble, Jeff Silver
Production: 21 Laps Entertainment
Jason Mark Hellerman
Over 24 hours, four teenage friends try to complete the “Shovel List” (a will/bucket list) left for them by their best friend before he died of Leukemia.
Agents: John Garvey, Ali Trustman
Management: Management 360
Managers: Ali Itri, Dean Schnider
Frank John Hughes
In the Old West, a group of soldiers go on a mission to slaughter a peaceful tribe in retaliation for another tribe’s attack on a white settlement, only to suffer at the hands of a devastating disease.
Agents: Peter Dodd, Charles Ferraro
Financier: Code Entertainment
Producer: Code Entertainment
Lisa Joy Nolan
An “archeologist” whose technology allows you to relive your past finds himself abusing his own science to find the missing love of his life.
Agents: Kassie Evashevski, Keya Khayatian, Julien Thuan
Financier: Legendary Entertainment
With America’s first viable independent Presidential Candidate poised for victory, an idealistic young journalist uncovers a conspiracy, which places the fate of the election, and the country, in his hands.
Agent: Ida Ziniti
Management: Madhouse Entertainment
Manager: Ryan Cunningham (more…)