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Netflix, RLJE Films Acquire David Oyelowo’s Directorial Debut The Water Man

Netflix, RLJE Films acquire David Oyelowo’s directorial debut The Water Man Just a few months after having its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, David Oyelowo’s directorial debut The Water Man has officially been acquired by RLJE Films for North American and Netflix for international release! RELATED: Ann Dowd Joins David Oyelowo in Showtime’s The President is Missing if (typeof readAdmiralCookie === "function"){ admiral_statu...
Tags: Movies, Chicago, Netflix, Showtime, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Black List, Jo, Oyelowo, Ann Dowd, Alfred Molina, Maria Bello, Movie News, RLJE Films, Needell, Rosario Dawson Luke Cage Lonnie Chavis

Here’s the 2020 “Black List” of the Year’s Best Unproduced Screenplays

Every year, the Black List shows off the most well-liked but not-yet-produced screenplays of year. And each year, the Black List offers a glimpse into a world of not just unmade scripts, but of talented writers waiting for their big moment and film projects just waiting for the right person to say “yes.” The 2020 Black List is no different. There is a lot of imagination on this list of unmade scripts. Some ideas sound ready to become movies right now. Others are so bizarre that they demand a do...
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The Black List’s Franklin Leonard on why picking winners doesn’t mean making losers

Tech and Hollywood don’t cross-pollinate that often, but when it comes to Franklin Leonard’s way of looking at things, maybe they should. Leonard is best known as the creator of the Black List, a curated collection of the most underrated screenplays of the year. What began as a side project in 2005 is now a full-fledged hit-making machine. Four of the last 13 Best Picture winners came from the list. Overall, 54 movies from the Black List went on to win Oscars and over 300 have been nominated. An...
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‘Coffee & Kareem’ Trailer: Ed Helms’ New Raunchy Buddy Cop Comedy is No ‘Cop and a Half’

Coffee and Kareem appeared on the Black List in 2014, a collection of the best unproduced screenplays that are kicking around Hollywood and looking to get made. Thankfully, Netflix picked up the script not too long ago and brought in Ed Helms and Taraji P. Henson to star in it. Now the first Coffee and Kareem trailer has arrived, and we get to meet Terrence Little Gardenhigh, the foul-mouthed kid being paired with Ed Helms, and they look like they’re going to make a hilarious duo. Coffee and...
Tags: Comedy, Hollywood, Movies, Netflix, Movie Trailers, Detroit, Kevin Smith, Taraji P Henson, Black List, Ed Helms, Kareem, Helms, David Alan Grier, Red Band Movie Trailer, Michael Dowse, James Coffee

Noomi Rapace Breathes Life Into Black List Thriller ‘O2,’ Franck Khalfoun Set to Direct

Noomi Rapace has been wildly underserved by Hollywood, despite consistently turning out fantastic performances since her breakout role in the 2009 Swedish-language The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. After a stint in blockbuster supporting roles as the go-to global presence, Rapace has found a niche in solid, but also underseen, thrillers. Hopefully her next role in the Black List thriller O2, which is directed by Amityville: Awakening director Franck Khalfoun and produced by Crawl director Alexan...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Casting, Berlin, Thriller, O2, European Film Market, Black List, Charlie, LeBlanc, Amityville, Aja, Alexandre-Aja, Franck Khalfoun, Noomi Rapace, The Black List

Screenplay About Barron Trump Sabotaging Dad’s 2016 Presidential Campaign Makes Annual Black List

Barron Trump could be coming to the big screen soon, in a wild scripted ride that imagines President Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son attempting to thwart his presidential ambitions. “Barron: A Tale of Love, Loss & Legacy” by screenwriter Nicolas Curcio has rated on the annual Black List, a ranking of Hollywood’s best unproduced scripts, which […]
Tags: Hollywood, News, Donald Trump, Black List, Barron Trump, Nicolas Curcio, Barron: A Tale of Love Loss & Legacy

‘Jojo Rabbit’ Might Not Have Been Made If Taika Waititi Said No to Playing Hitler

Jojo Rabbit‘s script ended up on the Black List, and the movie has popular filmmaker Taika Waititi at the helm. Yet the dark comedy set in Nazi Germany wasn’t exactly an easy sell for Fox Searchlight, and the studio might not have made the movie at all had Waititi turned down the critical role of an imaginary Adolf Hitler. In a new interview, Waititi reveals that the studio had to pitch him on the idea of playing the part, primarily because they felt that it needed to be handled in a specific w...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Germany, Hitler, Fox Searchlight, Adolf Hitler, Black List, Taika-Waititi, Waititi, Adolf, Jojo Rabbit, Christine Leunens, Leunens

Zach Braff To Direct The Secret Ingredients of Rocket Cola

Zach Braff to direct The Secret Ingredients of Rocket Cola Collider reports that Zach Braff will direct The Secret Ingredients of Rocket Cola. The script for the film initially, written by Mike Vukadinovich, made waves when it appeared in the annual Black List back in 2014, Vukadinovich is best known for his work on Hulu’s short-lived Marvel’s Runaways and Showtime’s Kidding as well as for the film Rememory. The Secret Ingredients of Rocket Cola follows the parallel paths of twin brothers wh...
Tags: Movies, Zach Braff, Showtime, Johnson, Hulu, Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson, Joey King, Chris Pine, Black List, Dwayne, Pugh, Morgan Freeman Michael Caine, Braff, ComingSoon, The Secret Ingredients of Rocket Cola

‘Hidden Figures’ Director Heads to ‘Harry’s All Night Hamburgers’ to Direct a Universe-Hopping Romance

Do you like adventurous sci-fi movies tinged with romance and adventure? If yes, you should put Harry’s All Night Hamburgers on your radar. Theodore “Ted” Melfi, the filmmaker behind Hidden Figures and St. Vincent, is in final discussions to direct the Black List-approved screenplay, and this sounds like it could be your next favorite movie. Steve Desmond and Michael Anthony Sherman‘s script made it onto last year’s Black List, an annual compilation of the industry’s favorite screenplays that...
Tags: Movies, Romance, Sci-fi, Harry, St Vincent, Warner Brothers, Piper, Andy, Black List, Melfi, Theodore Melfi, Ted Melfi, Steve Desmond, Harry's All Night Hamburgers, Lawrence Watt Evans, Michael Anthony Sherman

Macro and Black List Unveil Episodic Lab Contest Winners

An Iranian-American filmmaker from Los Angeles and a screenwriter from Oakland are the winners of the first grants from the Macro Episodic Lab Powered by the Black List designed to nurture the careers of storytellers of color. Sahar Jahani and K.C. Scott will each receive development support and a budget of up to $30,000 for […]
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Oakland, Macro, Black List, Scott, Black List Unveil Episodic Lab Contest Winners, Sahar Jahani

Film News Roundup: ‘M. Night Shyamalanathon’ Screenings Set for ‘Unbreakable,’ ‘Split,’ ‘Glass’

In today’s film news roundup, the M. Night Shyamalanathon is unveiled, Black List founder Franklin Leonard is honored, and “Brown’s Canyon” gets a release. SCREENINGS Alamo Drafthouse and Universal Pictures are launching the M. Night Shyamalanathon, the first-ever marathon screening of the filmmaker’s trilogy of “Unbreakable,” “Split,” and “Glass.” The screenings will take place at […]
Tags: News, Glass, M. Night Shyamalan, Split, Universal Pictures, Unbreakable, Black List, Brown, Franklin Leonard

Black List 2018 Scripts Include Films Based on Pat Tillman and Bob Ross

Black List 2018 scripts include films based on Pat Tillman and Bob Ross The annual release of Hollywood’s Black Scripts is here, and the list features a couple of high concept ideas that may or may not ever see the light of day. Read more about them below (via Slashfilm). Frat Boy GeniusElissa Karasik A disgruntled employee of Snapchat tells the rise of her former Stanford classmate, preeminent douchebag and current boss Evan Spiegel. PB = PB || {}; PB...
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Scriptnotes, Ep 377: The Second Draft — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August and this is Episode 377 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Craig is out sick today, but luckily we have two remarkable screenwriters to take his place. And today on the show we’re going to be talking about the second draft, and hopefully offering some practical tips for your first big rewrite on a project. Then we’ll be diggin...
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Scriptnotes, Ep 369: What Is a Movie, Anyway? — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: Hi. My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 369 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the program we’ll be answering a fundamental question: what is a movie? We’ll also be talking about award season and other stuff. We’re going to do follow up from five years ago. It’s going to be a big show. An...
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Five Upcoming Movies Based on Black List Scripts

Five upcoming movies based on Black List scripts The Black List is an annual compilation of around 50 unproduced scripts deemed best by studio executives. Black List scripts tend to be true stories, original comedies, or book adaptions. Often, they wind up as Oscar contenders. In fact, four of the last 10 Best Picture winners were originally Black List scripts. While Black List does have a program for amateurs to host their work, only a small percentage make it into production. Sometimes the ...
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Locarno StepIn Tackles Shifts in Storytelling Norms

Having disrupted film financing and distribution models, global streaming platforms are now subverting storytelling preconceptions. That, in short, is latest shakeup prompted by the ongoing seismic shift and one of challenges that European indie-film industry executives will be thrashing out during this year’s StepIn think tank, titled Brave New World, Aug. 2 at the Locarno […]
Tags: Festivals, European Film Market, Black List, Locarno, Locarno StepIn

Lena Waithe, Eva Longoria, Macro, and Black List Set Contest for Writers of Color

Lena Waithe and Eva Longoria have teamed with Charles King’s Macro and Franklin Leonard’s the Black List to launch a script development contest for writers of color. The Macro Episodic Lab Powered by the Black List invites writers of color to submit “ideas for review” by Macro executives and the Black List team. The Black […]
Tags: News, Eva Longoria, Macro, Black List, Charles King, Lena Waithe, Franklin Leonard, Lena Waithe Eva Longoria Macro, Black List Set Contest for Writers of Color

Marvel Studios Hires Two Promising Writers for ‘Eternals’ Movie

We’re starting to get a better picture of what the Marvel Cinematic Universe will look like after Avengers 4. A month ago, president Kevin Feige confirmed that Marvel Studios was developing an Eternals movie, and it seems like the process is speeding along quite quickly. Marvel has hired the writing duo Matthew and Ryan Firpo to write the Eternals movie. The two up-and-comers, who made a big splash on the 2017 Black List with their spec script Ruin, will be penning the script, which is centered...
Tags: Movies, Avengers, Marvel Studios, Jack Kirby, Matthew, Black List, Gal Gadot, Kevin Feige, Athena, MCU, Comic Book/Superhero, Marc Butan, Eternals, Inhumans, Marvel Marvel, Ryan Firpo

The Black List, the humble origins of a Hollywood kingmaker

For Vox, Phil Edwards profiled The Black List, an annual listing of the best Hollywood scripts that have yet to be produced. Phil Edwards has a chat with Franklin Leonard, the creator of The Black List, Hollywoods’ famous anonymous survey of unproduced screenplays. The Black List isn’t a guarantee that a script will be produced, however, it does give overlooked scripts a second shot of getting on the big screen. A handful of academy award- winning-films found their second chance on the Blac...
Tags: Hollywood, Mel Gibson, Jason Kottke, Black List, Tinseltown, Phil Edwards, Franklin Leonard, The Black List, Vox Phil Edwards, The Black List Hollywoods

The Black List, the humble origins of a Hollywood kingmaker

For Vox, Phil Edwards profiled The Black List, an annual listing of the best Hollywood scripts that have yet to be produced. Phil Edwards has a chat with Franklin Leonard, the creator of The Black List, Hollywoods’ famous anonymous survey of unproduced screenplays. The Black List isn’t a guarantee that a script will be produced, however, it does give overlooked scripts a second shot of getting on the big screen. A handful of academy award- winning-films found their second chance on the Blac...
Tags: Hollywood, Mel Gibson, Jason Kottke, Black List, Tinseltown, Phil Edwards, Franklin Leonard, The Black List, Vox Phil Edwards, The Black List Hollywoods

Dev Patel and Ben Stiller to Star in ‘Chippendales’ Movie About the Famous Male Strip Club

A movie based on the creation of the famous Chippendales male strip club back in the 1980s has been kicking around Hollywood for decades, and it seems like all it needed to finally get some legitimate traction was the greased up dance moves of the Magic Mike movies. Bold Films has reportedly committed to finance the new Chippendales movie, which has Ben Stiller (Zoolander) attached and Dav Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) in talks to play the lead role. Deadline says Patel is in talks to play Som...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Drama, Casting, California, Magic Mike, Thor, Ben-Stiller, Michael Jackson, Dev Patel, True Story, Black List, Stiller, Patel, Tony Scott, Taika Waititi

Broadway, Take Note: These Female Playwrights of Color Should Be on Your Radar

The 2017 edition of The List, the index of underproduced female-written plays reported annually by the playwrights collective known as the Kilroys, focuses for the first time this year on plays by women and trans writers of color, tapping some 37 titles by scribes ranging from Lauren Yee (“King of the Yees”) to Heather Raffo... Read more »
Tags: News, Legit, Black List, The List, This Is Us, The Kilroys, Kilroys, Lauren Yee King, Heather Raffo Read

Like A Prayer (Or Not), A Madonna Biopic Is On The Horizon

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Tags: New York, Hollywood, News, Mtv, Madonna, Detroit, Huffington Post, Universal Pictures, Black List, Alvin Ailey, Matthew Jacobs, Brett Ratner, Michael De Luca, Elyse Hollander, Hollywood Reporter Blond Ambition, John Jellybean Benitez

Madonna Biopic ‘Blonde Ambition’ in the Works at Universal

Universal is developing Madonna biopic “Blonde Ambition,” picking up rights to Elyse Hollander’s “Blonde Ambition” screenplay about Madonna’s first album. “Blonde Ambition” led the 2016 version of the Black List — an annual ranking of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Hollander’s script received 49 votes among the 250 executives voting. The project details Madonna’s efforts... Read more »
Tags: News, Film, Madonna, Black List, Blonde Ambition, Elyse Hollander, Hollywood Hollander

Black List, James Schamus Announce Winner of Emerging Screenwriter Talent Search (EXCLUSIVE)

The Black List and James Schamus’ Symbolic Exchange have selected Canadian Jason Young as the winner of their partnership to find an emerging screenwriter to write an original thriller. Schamus and the Black List announced last May that they were teaming up on the initiative for a project that would fall within the Writers Guild... Read more »
Tags: News, Film, James Schamus, Black List, Jason Young, Schamus, James Schamus Symbolic Exchange

‘Passengers’ Trailer: Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt Are Stranded in Space

I suspect a great many people would be perfectly happy to find themselves stranded in space with nothing to do but make out with Chris Pratt and/or Jennifer Lawrence and trade witticisms with a robot bartender who looks like Michael Sheen. But the characters in Passengers apparently don’t feel that way. In the new sci-fi romance directed by Morten Tyldum, Jim (Pratt) and Aurora (Lawrence) are panicked to realize they’ve come out of hibernation 90 years early en route to another planet. To be fa...
Tags: Jennifer Lawrence, Movies, Romance, Sci-fi, Sony, Movie Trailers, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Morten Tyldum, Passengers, Black List, Lawrence, Aurora, Jim, Pratt, Jon Spaihts

Amazon Developing Ida Tarbell-John D. Rockefeller Movie

Amazon Studios is developing a movie about pioneering investigative journalist Ida Tarbell and her battle against industrial magnate John D. Rockefeller. Amazon has acquired movie rights to Mark McDevitt’s “Ida Tarbell,” which was named to the 2015 Black List, and set it up with Tom Drumm of Think Tank Management & Production. Think Tank manager... Read more »
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Winners of Inaugural ATX-Black List Script Competition Announced (EXCLUSIVE)

ATX and The Black List partnered with Bad Robot, Carlton Cuse Productions, FX, Sony and USA Network on a new writing program, designed to find TV writers for staffing consideration across participating networks, studios and production companies. The contest, which was announced this January, drew over 1,000 applicants. 16 winning scribes have been selected. To... Read more »
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James Schamus Partners with Black List to Discover Horror Screenwriter

James Schamus’ Symbolic Exchange and the Black List are partnering to find an emerging screenwriter who would write an original horror film, Variety has learned exclusively. The project would fall within the Writers Guild of America’s low-budget guidelines. The Black List has similar partnerships with The Picture Company and Studiocanal, Warner Bros., Disney and the... Read more »
Tags: News, Film, James Schamus, Writers Guild Of America, Black List, Picture Company, The Black List, James Schamus Symbolic Exchange, Symbolic Exchange, James Schamus Partners, Studiocanal Warner Bros Disney

Google's Offering Money for the Best Scripts About Computer Science

Basically, Google would really like it if there were more movies about computer scientists that weren’t just a collection of every nerd cliché. Can you write good? Google will actually pay you to write a good script.Read more...
Tags: Google, Television, Movies, Black List