The 15th annual Black List survey was revealed Monday December 16, and it includes 66 un-produced screenplays from up-and-coming literary talent. Results were pooled from a survey of more than 250 film executives, each of whom contributed the names of up to 10 favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2019 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 Black List.
Since 2005, more than a third of the screenplays included in the annual Black List surveys have become produced films, and often to notoriety — such as “Argo,” “American Hustle,” “Juno,” “The King's Speech,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Spotlight,” “The Revenants,” “The Descendants,” and “Hell or High Water.” Melina Matsoukas's 2019 film “Queen & Slim,” written by Lena Waithe with a story co-authored by James Frey, was featured on the 2018 Black List.
Below is the full list of 2019 Black List screenplays.
MOVE ON by Ken Kobayashi FIELD OF VIEW by Julian Silver, Reiss Clauson-Wolf DON'T WORRY DARLING by Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke CICADA by Lillian Yu THE TRAVELER by Austin Everett THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT by Tom Gormican, Kevin Etten RUMOURS by Tyler Austin, Patrick Eme A MAGICAL PLACE CALLED GLENDALE by Sara Monge SHUT IN by Melanie Toast POD by Nabil Chowdhary THE BROKER by Justin Piasecki WAYWARD by Andrew Zilch GRANDMA WANTS TO DIE by Patrick Cadigan I HEART MURDER by Tom O'Donnell 8-BIT CHRISTMAS by Kevin Jakubowski BLACK MITZVAH by Lauren Tyler KLEIN by Derek Elliott REFUGE by Debra Moore Muñoz RIPPLE by Ezra Herz THE HOUSE IS NOT FOR SALE by Roy Parker THE MENU by Seth Reiss, Will Tracy THE PROCESS by Levin Menekse THEY CLONED TYRONE by Juel Taylor, Tony Rettenmaier BREATHE by Doug Simon DOLLHOUSE by Michael Paisley HELLDIVER by Ben Imperato HIGH ON CHRISTMAS by Dreux Moreland, Hannah Mescon SAY SOMETHING NICE by Erin Rodman THE LABORER by Jared Anderson AFFAIRS OF STATE by Pat Cunnane AN AFTERMATH by Lauren Caris Cohan APEX by Aja Gabel, MJ Wesner BARRON: A TALE OF LOVE, LOSS & LEGACY by Nicolas Curcio FIRST HARVEST by Kevin McMullin MY BOYFRIEND'S WEDDING by Carrie Solomon RESURRECTION by Andrew Semans SISTER by Azia Squire SUPER DAD by Sean Tidwell THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Steve Desmond & Michael Sherman THE DIAMOND AS BIG AS THE RITZ by Cody Behan THE SEARCHERS by MacMillan Hedges THE SWELLS by Rachel James 10-31 by Ian Shorr, Peter Gamble BETTY FORD by Kas Graham, Rebecca Pollack DOLL WARS by Matt Ritter DON'T GO IN THE WATER by Peter Gaffney FIRST ASCENT by Colin Bannon THE MAN IN THE WOODS by Danny Jacobs, Darren Grodsky THE PERDITION IN LIEGE by Henry Dunham THE REPOSSESSION by Megan Amram APEX by Stephen Vitale ASSISTED LIVING by Kay Oyegun ATLANTA ON FIRE by Adam Morrison BLUE SLIDE PARK by Michael Vlamis, Kyle Anderson CAN YOU TELL ME HOW? by Gregory Bonsignore GIRLFRIEND ON MARS by Kaitlin Fontana MEET CUTE by Chris Powers, Dan Powers NO GOOD DEED by Christina Pamies NOMADS by Esteban Orozco STAMPEDE by Sontenish Myers T by Eric Gross THE MOTHER by Michael Notarile THE SHOWRUNNER by Cosmo Carlson THIS IS GOING TO HURT by Cameron Fay TIL DEATH by Jessica Knoll VOICEMAILS FOR ISABELLE by Leah McKendrick
EXCLUSIVE: Yeardley Smith and Ben Cornwell's Paperclip Ltd is developing an adaption of Ami Polonsky’s coming-of-age transgender young adult novel Gracefully Grayson with non-binary filmmaker Henry Alberto on board to write the script for the feature.
Gracefully Grayson tells the story of the titular sixth-grader Grayson Sender, who has been holding on to a secret — that she is a trans girl. Sharing that secret could mean rejection, ridicule, or worse. After a tragedy occurs, an unexpected friendship helps Grayson learn to inhabit the spotlight she was born to shine in.
Polonsky’s novel has become required reading for many schools across the country and the news comes at a time when authentic storytelling and representation are paramount. The choice of tapping Alberto as the writer further moves the needle when it comes to inclusivity behind the camera as much as it does in front of it.
“I’m overwhelmed with joy to bring this magical story to life alongside Yeardley and Ben. It’s a responsibility I do not take lightly” said Alberto. “Grayson touched my soul in ways I may never be able to explain. My biggest hope is that Grayson will inspire people to embrace and celebrate all of who they are despite what the rest of the world may be telling them. Because, like Grayson and I, it’s far scarier not to.”
Smith adds, “I feel like Grayson's journey from self-discovery to self-acceptance is a universal one that anyone with a heartbeat can relate to. Add to that, with Henry's track record of adapting poignant stories in the YA space, always with wit and flawless candor, they were the perfect choice to adapt the screenplay for Grayson.”
Alberto is a Sundance Episodic Lab fellow and is a recipient of a Latino Screenwriting Project fellowship. They also are an alumnus of the Outfest Screenwriting Lab and was part of the Black List's inaugural Latinx List. They most recently adapted the novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and served as a writer on AppleTV's critically acclaimed Little America from Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.
Gracefully Grayson adds to Paperclip’s slate of inclusive films. Last year, Deadline exclusively reported the production of their GLAAD-advised featured Gossamar Folds starring Alexandra Grey Transparent, When We Rise and Jackson Robert Scott It. Directed by Lisa Donato and written by Bridget Flanery, the film tells the story of ten-year-old Tate Scott who is uprooted from the big city a small town where he befriends his new next-door neighbors, recently retired English professor, Edward Bryant Ojeda Smith and his transgender daughter, Gossamer Grey.
Paperclip is repped by ICM Partners, attorney Tye...