The Black List was compiled from the suggestions over 290 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, 2012 and will not have completed principal photography during this calendar year. This year, scripts had to receive at least six mentions to be included on 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 2012 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. Enjoy.
65 DRAFT DAY Rajiv Joseph, Scott Rothman On the day of the NFL Draft, Bills General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to save football in Buffalo when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred. Agency: Gersh, CAA Agents: Lee Keele (Joseph), Chris Till, Bill Zotti (Rothman) Management: Kaplan/Perrone (Joseph & Rothman) Managers: Josh Goldenberg, Aaron Kaplan Production: Montecito Pictures
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35 STORY OF YOUR LIFE Eric Heisserer Based on the short story by Ted Chiang. When alien crafts land around the world, a linguistics expert is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit. Agency: UTA Agents: Barbara Dreyfus, Jon Huddle Management: Art/Work Manager: Julie Bloom Financier: Film Nation Production: Film Nation, Lava Bear, 21 Laps Entertainment
29 GLIMMER Carter Blanchard When three friends go missing on a camping trip in a forest rumored to be haunted, the two left behind discover clues that lead them to a safe deposit box containing video tapes… showing exactly what happened to their friends. Agency: Paradigm Agents: David Boxerbaum Management: Madhouse Entertainment Managers: Ryan Cunningham, Adam Kolbrenner Financier: Dreamworks Production: Madhouse Entertainment
23 SHUT IN Christina Hodson A woman who tries to raise her catatonic son on her own suddenly discovers a shocking secret about him. Agency: CAA Agents: Jay Baker, Matt Rosen Financier: Lava Bear Films Production: Lava Bear Films
14 THE FINAL BROADCAST Chris Hutton, Eddie O’Keefe A man takes a job as a radio broadcaster in a small town, only to discover that it is embedded with a radical group planning mass destruction in conjunction with an upcoming lunar eclipse. Agency: WME Agents: Simon Faber, Sarah Self Manager: Tariq Merhab
14 THE SURVIVALIST Stephen Fingleton Years after lack of resources result in much of the world’s population dying off, a survivalist is living on a farm alone until a woman and her seventeen year old daughter show up looking for cover. Agency: WME Agents: Philip d’Amecourt, Phil Raskind Production: Goldcrest Films, Robert Jones
12 THE DISCIPLE PROGRAM Tyler Marceca A man begins an investigation into his wife’s mysterious death, only to find that it goes much deeper than he imagined. Agency: WME Agents: Rich Cook, Philip d’Amecourt Management: Anonymous Content Managers: Bard Dorros, Michael Sugar Financier: Universal Production: Leverage Management
11 THE WINTER KILLS Ben Carney A disgraced cop pursues the serial killer who murdered his partner ten years ago, has resurfaced, and is killing again. Agency: WME Agents: Daniel Cohan, Chris Donnelly, Roger Green Management: Anonymous Content Manager: Chad Hamilton Production: Anonymous Content
10 OUR NAME IS ADAM T.S. Nowlin An astronaut travels back in time to enlist the help of his younger self. Agency: WME Agents: Daniel Cohan, Mike Esola Management: Caliber Media Company Manager: Adam Marshall Financiers: Paramount, Skydance Productions Production: Disruption Entertainment
7 HIBERNATION Will Frank, Geneva Robertson-Dworet A wrongly convicted inmate volunteers for a hibernation experiment in exchange for one day of parole every five years, which he uses to prove his innocence and search for his missing daughter across an increasingly futuristic landscape. Agency: WME Agents: Rich Cook, Philip d’Amecourt, Solco Schuit Management: Underground Manager: Jill McElroy Production: Management 360, Perfect Storm Entertainment
6 PESTE Barbara Marshall Following the outbreak of a virus that wipes out the majority of the human population, a teen documents her family’s new life in quarantine and tries to protect her infected sister. Agency: APA Agents: Debbie Deuble-Hill, Sheryl Petersen Management: Industry Entertainment Manager: Ava Jamshidi Financier: IM Global