The Black List is where moviemakers find great scripts to make and scripts find moviemakers to make them.
It began as a survey. In 2005, Franklin Leonard surveyed almost 100 film industry development executives about their favorite scripts from that year that had not been made as feature films. That first list – many of which have been made since – can be viewed here. Since then the voter pool has grown to about 500 film executives, 60% of whom typically respond.
Over 200 Black List screenplays have been made as feature films. Those films have earned over $16BN in worldwide box office, have been nominated for 148 Academy Awards, and have won 25, including Best Pictures SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and THE KING’S SPEECH and five of the last ten screenwriting Oscars. A complete list of Black List films is below.
In September 2012, we launched a membership site for industry professionals that functions as a real time Black List and screenplay recommendation engine. You can learn more here and sign up for membership here.
In October 2012, we extended our mission further by allowing screenwriters from the world to, for a small fee, upload their scripts to our database, have them evaluated by professional script readers, and subject to that evaluation and our recommendation algorithm, sent to our – at present – over 1000 film industry professionals. You can begin the process of being discovered here.
The Black List is also home to Scott Myer’s blog Go Into The Story, the official Black List screenwriting blog, and Xander Bennett’s Screenwriting Tips… You Hack.
TVWriter™ ‘s Take:
We know this sounds like a promo for yet another one of those “Pay us to list your spec screenplay/teleplay so our collection of professional producers and agents will read it and buy it or sign you” sites, but that isn’t the case. The Black List really is highly regarded within the Industry. Specs listed on it do get sold. In other words, we think it’s definitely worth a look.