Latest Black List: Killen's 'Beaver' is dam good
EmptyKyle Killen's "The Beaver" heads the 2008 Black List, an unofficial compendium of the "most liked" screenplays of the past year.
Filling out the top five positions are "The Oranges," by Jay Reiss and Ian Helfer; "Butter," by Jason Micallef; "Big Hole," by Michael Gilio; and "The Low Dweller," by Brad Inglesby.
What began as a holiday reading list anonymously compiled by development executive Franklin Leonard (now director of development at Universal Pictures) based on the recommendations of industry friends has bloomed into a kind of bellwether for hot, relatively unknown screenwriters.
Each year, the list of voters has grown, and this year it includes more than 250 film executives of varying ranks who recommended as many as 10 of their favorite reads of the year. While such well-known names as William Monahan, Richard Price, Quentin Tarantino and Scott Frank made this year's list, most of the scribes are newer to the industry and often benefit from the Black List boost.
Previous high-ranking Black List nominees have included Diablo Cody ("Juno"), Nancy Oliver ("Lars and the Real Girl") and Danny Strong ("Recount").
Killen — whose script about a despondent man who finds comfort in a beaver hand puppet has attracted the interest of Steve Carell — is repped by WMA and Anonymous Content, which is producing the film. (partialdiff)