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

 TITLE AUTHOR
46 HOLLAND, MICHIGAN Andrew Sodroski
44  SECTION 6 Aaron Berg
39 FRISCO Simon Stephenson
27 A MONSTER CALLS Patrick Ness
25 THE SPECIAL PROGRAM Debora Cahn
24 SOVEREIGN Geoff Tock, Greg Weidman
24 HOT SUMMER NIGHTS Elijah Bynum
22 SHOVEL BUDDIES Jason Mark Hellerman
20 THE INDEPENDENT Evan Parter
20 REMINISCENCE Lisa Joy Nolan
20 POX AMERICANA Frank John Hughes
19 THE GOLDEN RECORD Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell
19 BEAST Zach Dean
18 SWEETHEART Jack Stanley
18 FAULTS Riley Stearns
17 SUPERBRAT Eric Slovin, Leo Allen
16 DOGFIGHT Nicole Riegel
16 THE CIVILIAN Rachel Long, Brian Pittman
15 BURN SITE Doug Simon
15 QUEEN OF HEARTS Stephanie Shannon
14 GAY KID AND FAT CHICK Bo Burnham
14 BROKEN COVE Declan O'Dwyer
13 THE MAYOR OF SHARK CITY Nick Creature, Michael Sweeney
13 AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE Richard Naing, Ian Goldberg
13 1969: A SPACE ODYSSEY OR HOW KUBRICK LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LAND ON THE MOON Stephany Folsom
13 WHERE ANGELS DIE Alexander Felix
12 A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Alexis C. Jolly
12 INK AND BONE Zak Olkewicz
11 THE BOY AND HIS TIGER Dan Dollar
11 THE KILLING FLOOR Bac Delorme, Stephen Clarke
10 THE COMPANY MAN Andrew Cypiot
10 I'M PROUD OF YOU Noah Harpster, Micah Fitzerman-Blue
10 THE SHARK IS NOT WORKING Richard Cordiner
10 SEED Christina Hodson
9 THE CROWN Max Hurwitz
9 TCHAIKOVSKY'S REQUIEM Jonathan Stokes
9 DIABLO RUN Shea Mirzai, Evan Mirzai
9 RANDLE IS BENIGN Damien Ober
8 LINE OF DUTY Cory Miller
8 INQUEST Josh Simon
8 CAPSULE Ian Shorr
8 FULLY WRECKED Jake Morse, Scott Wolman
8 SPOTLIGHT Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy
8 EXTINCTION Spenser Cohen
8 REVELATION Hernany Perla
8 ELSEWHERE Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis
8 CLARITY Ryan Belenzon, Jeffrey Gelber
8 THE POLITICIAN Matthew Bass, Theodore Bressman
8 AMERICAN SNIPER Jason Dean Hall
8 THE LINE Sang Kyu Kim
8 HALF HEARD IN THE STILLNESS David Weil
8 TIME & TEMPERATURE Nick Santora
8 CAKE Patrick Tobin
7 PURE O Kate Trefry
7 THE END OF THE TOUR Donald Margulies
7 NICHOLAS Leo Sardarian
7 MAN OF SORROW Neville Kiser
7 DIG Adam Barker
7 THE FIXER Bill Kennedy
7 SUGAR IN MY VEINS Barbara Stepansky
7 SEA OF TREES Chris Sparling
7 MAKE A WISH Zach Frankel
6 BURY THE LEAD Justin Kremer
6 FROM HERE TO ALBION Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani
6 FREE BYRD Jon Boyer
6 BEAUTY QUEEN Annie Neal
6 THE REMAINS Meaghan Oppenheimer
6 LAST MINUTE MAIDS Leo Nichols
6 PAN Jason Fuchs
6 DUDE Olivia Milch
6 PATIENT Z Michael Le
6 MISSISSIPPI MUD Elijah Bynum