Today Hollywood is all aflutter with the release of the Black List for 2009.
What is The Black List?
If you’re an unproduced screenwriter, it’s a list that you want to be on.
Here’s an excerpt from The Black List official web site:
THE BLACK LIST is a snapshot of the collective taste of the people who develop, produce, and release theatrical feature films in the Hollywood studio system and the mainstream independent system.
An annual list of Hollywood’s most liked unproduced screenplays published on the second Friday of December each year, THE BLACK LIST began in 2004 as a survey with contributions from 75 film studio and production company executives. In 2008, over 250 executives contributed their opinions.
Since its inception, dozens of screenplays that appeared on the list have been optioned, produced, and released, many to great commercial success. Two of the top three screenplays on the inaugural 2005 list – JUNO by Diablo Cody and LARS AND THE REAL GIRL by Nancy Oliver – went on to be nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 2008 Academy Awards, with JUNO winning the Oscar.
- Los Angeles Times article on history and box office relevancy of The Black List
- Entertainment Weekly article on the top 11 scripts from The Black List of 2009
- Deadline Hollywood has the complete listing
- You can download the official PDF here