Black List Unveiled: 72 of Hollywood’s Favorite Screenplays (Complete Rankings)

Black List Unveiled: 72 of Hollywood's Favorite Screenplays (Complete Rankings)

Andrew Sodrowski's “Holland, Michigan” topped the list with 46 votes

The Black List unveiled its annual list of Hollywood’s favorite unproduced screenplays on Monday, selecting 72 scripts based on votes by more than 250 executives.

It began revelaing the names one-by-one using its Twitter account, which primed the list’s avid followers with a series of informational tweets in the hours leading up to the reveal. The tweets began at 10 a.m. PST.

The first scripted revealed: “Line of Duty” by Cory Miller.

“Holland, Michigan,” Andrew Sodroski's script about a midwestern woman who suspects her husband is cheating on her, topped the list with 46 votes. The second most popular script is “Section 6,” Aaron Berg's tale of the formation of British intelligence service MI:6. It sparked a bidding war earlier this year, which Universal won.

Only one other script, Simon Stephenson's “Frisco,” received more than 30 votes.

Popular subjects include Hollywood (five movies, including two about the making of “Jaws”) and politics (eight movies).

Produced films based on scripts that made the list in past years have won three of the last five Best Picture Oscars (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King's Speech” and “Argo”), 35 Oscars in total and seven of the last 12 screenwriting trophies.

Hollywood has turned 225 scripts from the list into features, and 33 percent of the scripts on this year’s list already have financiers aboard. That is less than last year, when 37.1 percent of the scripts already had financing of some sort.

The list should be thought of as a list of industry favorites rather than a best of, and the strength of the list’s brand prompted founder Franklin Leonard to build the list into a broader business, one including a pay-service for script feedback, as well as fellowships for aspiring writers. The Black List has also forged partnerships with the Sundance Film Festival, the Writers Guild and Warner Bros.

Here's the full list:

VOTES

 TITLEAUTHOR
46HOLLAND, MICHIGANAndrew Sodroski
44 SECTION 6Aaron Berg
39FRISCOSimon Stephenson
27A MONSTER CALLSPatrick Ness
25THE SPECIAL PROGRAMDebora Cahn
24SOVEREIGNGeoff Tock, Greg Weidman
24HOT SUMMER NIGHTSElijah Bynum
22SHOVEL BUDDIESJason Mark Hellerman
20THE INDEPENDENTEvan Parter
20REMINISCENCELisa Joy Nolan
20POX AMERICANAFrank John Hughes
19THE GOLDEN RECORDAaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell
19BEASTZach Dean
18SWEETHEARTJack Stanley
18FAULTSRiley Stearns
17SUPERBRATEric Slovin, Leo Allen
16DOGFIGHTNicole Riegel
16THE CIVILIANRachel Long, Brian Pittman
15BURN SITEDoug Simon
15QUEEN OF HEARTSStephanie Shannon
14GAY KID AND FAT CHICKBo Burnham
14BROKEN COVEDeclan O'Dwyer
13THE MAYOR OF SHARK CITYNick Creature, Michael Sweeney
13AUTOPSY OF JANE DOERichard Naing, Ian Goldberg
131969: A SPACE ODYSSEY OR HOW KUBRICK LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LAND ON THE MOONStephany Folsom
13WHERE ANGELS DIEAlexander Felix
12A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOODAlexis C. Jolly
12INK AND BONEZak Olkewicz
11THE BOY AND HIS TIGERDan Dollar
11THE KILLING FLOORBac Delorme, Stephen Clarke
10THE COMPANY MANAndrew Cypiot
10I'M PROUD OF YOUNoah Harpster, Micah Fitzerman-Blue
10THE SHARK IS NOT WORKINGRichard Cordiner
10SEEDChristina Hodson
9THE CROWNMax Hurwitz
9TCHAIKOVSKY'S REQUIEMJonathan Stokes
9DIABLO RUNShea Mirzai, Evan Mirzai
9RANDLE IS BENIGNDamien Ober
8LINE OF DUTYCory Miller
8INQUESTJosh Simon
8CAPSULEIan Shorr
8FULLY WRECKEDJake Morse, Scott Wolman
8SPOTLIGHTJosh Singer, Tom McCarthy
8EXTINCTIONSpenser Cohen
8REVELATIONHernany Perla
8ELSEWHEREMikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis
8CLARITYRyan Belenzon, Jeffrey Gelber
8THE POLITICIANMatthew Bass, Theodore Bressman
8AMERICAN SNIPERJason Dean Hall
8THE LINESang Kyu Kim
8HALF HEARD IN THE STILLNESSDavid Weil
8TIME & TEMPERATURENick Santora
8CAKEPatrick Tobin
7PURE OKate Trefry
7THE END OF THE TOURDonald Margulies
7NICHOLASLeo Sardarian
7MAN OF SORROWNeville Kiser
7DIGAdam Barker
7THE FIXERBill Kennedy
7SUGAR IN MY VEINSBarbara Stepansky
7SEA OF TREESChris Sparling
7MAKE A WISHZach Frankel
6BURY THE LEADJustin Kremer
6FROM HERE TO ALBIONRory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani
6FREE BYRDJon Boyer
6BEAUTY QUEENAnnie Neal
6THE REMAINSMeaghan Oppenheimer
6LAST MINUTE MAIDSLeo Nichols
6PANJason Fuchs
6DUDEOlivia Milch
6PATIENT ZMichael Le
6MISSISSIPPI MUDElijah Bynum