'Holland, Michigan' Tops 2013 Black List
The Black List announced this year's list of Hollywood's best unproduced screenplays via Twitter on Monday. The scripts were revealed "in random order" according to a Black List tweet, but the complete, ordered list, with more information about each screenplay was later posted on the Black List's website.
This year's top vote-getter was Holland, Michigan by Andrew Sodroski. More information about Holland and the next 10 top vote-getters is listed below, followed by the rest of this year's Black List scripts.
1. Holland, Michigan (Andrew Sodroski), 46 mentions. When a traditional Midwestern woman suspects her husband of infidelity, an amateur investigation unravels.
2. Section 6 (Aaron Berg), 44 mentions. An explorations of the formation of Great Britain's secret intelligence agency, Military Intelligence, Section 6, known more commonly as MI6.
3. Frisco (Simon Stephenson), 39 mentions. A 40-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.
4. A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness), 27 mentions. An adolescent boy with a terminally ill single mother begins having visions of a tree monster, who tells him truths about life in the form of three stories, helping him eventually cope with his emotions over his dying mom.
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5. The Special Program (Debora Cahn), 25 mentions. The true story of Jack Goldsmith, a young attorney who took charge of the White House 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."
6. Hot Summer Nights (Elijah Bynum), 24 mentions. 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.
7. Sovereign (Geoff Tock and Greg Weidman), 24 mentions. A man goes to space to destroy the ship that, upon becoming sentient, killed his wife.
8. Shovel Buddies (Jason Mark Hellerman), 22 mentions. 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.
9. Pox Americana (Frank John Hughes), 20 mentions. 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.
10. Reminiscence (Lisa Joy Nolan), 20 mentions. An "archeologist" whose technology allows you to relive your past finds himself abusing his own science to find the missing love of his life.
11. The Independent (Evan Parter), 20 mentions. 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.
The rest of this year's list, in order, is as follows:
Beast (Zach Dean), The Golden Record (Aaron and Jordan Kandell), Faults (Riley Stearns), Sweetheart (Jack Stanley), Superbrat (Eric Slovin, Leo Allen), Dogfight (Nicole Riegel), The Civilian (Rachel Long, Brian Pittman), Burn Site (Doug Simon), Queen of Hearts (Stephanie Shannon), Broken Cove (Declan O'Dwyer), Gay Kid and Fat Chick (Bo Burnham), 1969: A Space Odyssey or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon (Stephany Folsom), Autopsy of Jane Doe (Richard Naing, Ian Goldberg), The Mayor of Shark City (Nick Creature, Michael Sweeney), Where Angels Die (Alexander Felix), A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Alexis C. Jolly), Ink and Bone (Zak Olkewicz), The Boy and His Tiger (Dan Dollar), The Killing Floor (Bac DeLorme, Stephen Clarke), I'm Proud of You (Noah Harpster, Micah Fitzerman-Blue), Seed (Christina Hodson), The Company Man (Andrew Cypiot), The Shark Is Not Working (Richard Cordiner), Diablo Run (Shea and Evan Mirzai), Randle is Benign (Damien Ober), Tchaikovsky's Requiem (Jonathan Stokes), The Crown (Max Hurwitz), American Sniper (Jason Dean Hall), Cake (Patrick Tobin), Capsule (Ian Shorr), Clarity (Ryan Belenzon and Jeffrey Gelber), Elsewhere (Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis), Extinction (Spenser Cohen), Fully Wrecked (Jake Morse, Scott Wolman), Half Heard in the Stillness (David Weil), Inquest (Josh Simon), Line of Duty (Cory Miller), Revelation (Hernany Perla), Spotlight (Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy), The Line (Sang Kyu Kim), The Politician (Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman), Time & Temperature (Nick Santora), Dig (Adam Barker), Make a Wish (Zach Frankel), Man of Sorrow (Neville Kiser), Nicholas (Leo Sardarian), Pure O (Kate Trefry), Sea of Trees (Chris Sparling), Sugar in My Veins (Barbara Stepansky), The End of the Tour (Donald Margulies), The Fixer (Bill Kennedy), Beauty Queen (Annie Neal), Bury the Lead (Justin Kremer), Dude (Olivia Milch), Free Byrd (Jon Boyer), From Here to Albion (Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani), Last Minute Maids (Leo Nicholas), Mississippi Mud (Elijah Bynum), Pan (Jason Fuchs), Patient Z (Michael Le), The Remains (Meaghan Oppenheimer).
More about this year's screenplays is available here.
The annual Black List is based on Hollywood executives' favorite unproduced screenplays. Created in 2005 by Franklin Leonard and Dino Sijamic, the Black List has become one of the most reliable indicators of Hollywood's hot properties. Previous Black List scripts include three of the last five best picture Oscar winners (Slumdog Millionaire, The King's Speech and Argo) and seven of the last 12 screenwriting Oscar winners (Juno, Slumdog, The King's Speech, Argo, The Social Network, The Descendants and Django Unchained).
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Last year's list included Draft Day, The Fault in Our Stars, the Hillary Clinton biopic Rodham and Fathers and Daughters.
More than 250 film executives at major financiers and production companies voted on the 2013 Black List, which includes 72 screenplays. This year, scripts had to receive at least six mentions to be included on the list. Each of the 250 executives contributed the names of up to 10 of their favorite scripts that were written in or somehow associated with 2013 and will not have begun principal photography during the 2013 calendar year.
This year's list contains 11 biopics, eight scripts with "explicitly politically charged content," five about Hollywood, three featuring terminally ill teenagers and two about Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood fame. One writer, Elijah Bynum, has two scripts on the list.
Of the scripts on this year's list, 33 percent have a financier attached, compared to 37 percent last year, while 68 percent have a producer attached, compared to 69 percent last year. Of the writers or teams on this year's list, five do not have a U.S. agent, 10 do not have a manager and four have been on the Black List in previous years.
As for the agency breakdown, CAA and WME share bragging rights with 16.5 mentions each, followed by UTA (10), Verve (7), APA (4.5), Paradigm (4), ICM (3), Gersh (1.5), Original Artists (1), Resolution (1), Rothman Brecher (1) and Michelle Kass Associates (1).
This is the second year in a row that the list has been released via Twitter.
In October 2012, the Black List launched an online service allowing writers from all over the world to have their scripts considered by Hollywood.