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The Complete 2012 Black List – ‘Draft Day,’ ‘Seuss’ & Hillary Clinton Are on Top

The Complete 2012 Black List - 'Draft Day,' 'Seuss' & Hillary Clinton Are on Top

The 2012 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays is now listed below. It comes from the suggestions of nearly 300 industry execs. To make the list, each script must receive six separate mentions. The Black List does not present itself as a "best of" list, but rather something like a "most liked" list. Needless to say some of the best scripts are en route to eventual production. But the Black List puts the spotlight on many worthy projects that could use the additional cred and support.

The screenplays were first announced one at a time via Twitter. They are listed below with the number of mentions, via Deadline. (Pictures are of previous Black Listed films.)

65
DRAFT DAY 
Rajiv Joseph, Scott Rothman


On the day of the NFL Draft, Bills General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to save football in Buffalo when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred.
Agency: Gersh, CAA
Agents: Lee Keele (Joseph), Chris Till, Bill Zotti (Rothman)
Management: Kaplan/Perrone (Joseph & Rothman)
Managers: Josh Goldenberg, Aaron Kaplan
Production: Montecito Pictures

43
A COUNTRY OF STRANGERS Sean Armstrong


Based on true events. Inspector Geoff Harper conducts a forty year search for the Beaumont Children, three siblings taken from an Australian beach in January of 1966.
Agency: Verve
Agents: Aaron Hart, Adam Levine, Rob Herting, Bill Weinstein
Management: Principato-Young Management
Managers: Peter Dealbert, Susan Solomon

43
SEUSS
 Eyal Podell, Jonathan Stewart


As a young man, Ted Geisel meets his future wife Helen, who encourages his fanciful drawings, and in the 1950s when Ted is struggling professionally, Helen helps inspire the children’s book that will become his first big hit, “The Cat in the Hat.”
Agency: Verve
Agents: Bryan Besser, Zach Carlisle, Rob Herting
Management: Industry Entertainment
Manager: Michael Botti, Jess Rosenthal

39
RODHAM
 Young Il Kim


During the height of the Watergate scandal, rising star Hillary Rodham is the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon, but she soon finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who now teaches law in Arkansas.
Agency: UTA
Agents: Barbara Dreyfus, Jenny Maryasis
Management: The Arlook Group
Managers: Richard Arlook, Jason Hong
Production: The Arlook Group, Temple Hill Entertainment

35
STORY OF YOUR LIFE
 Eric Heisserer


Based on the short story by Ted Chiang. When alien crafts land around the world, a linguistics expert is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.


Agency: UTA
Agents: Barbara Dreyfus, Jon Huddle
Management: Art/Work
Manager: Julie Bloom
Financier: Film Nation
Production: Film Nation, Lava Bear, 21 Laps Entertainment

33
WUNDERKIND
 Patrick Aison


A Mossad employed father and his CIA agent son team up to hunt an escaped Nazi.
Agency: ICM
Agents: Harley Copen, Bryan Diperstein, Emil Gladstone
Management: DMG Entertainment
Managers: Chris Cowles, Chris Fenton
Financier: Paramount
Production: Bad Robot, DMG Entertainment

31
EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE 
Michael Werwie


Based on a true (and ultimately surprising) story, a promising young law student fights an oppressive legal system and growing public scrutiny when his routine traffic stop snowballs into shocking criminal charges, imprisonment, daring escapes, and ultimately acting as his own attorney in a nationally televised murder trial.
Agency: UTA
Agents: Peter Dodd, David Flynn, Jon Huddle, David Kramer
Management: Evolution Entetainment
Manager: Stephen Gates, Brad Kaplan
Production: Michael Costigan

29
GLIMMER
 Carter Blanchard


When three friends go missing on a camping trip in a forest rumored to be haunted, the two left behind discover clues that lead them to a safe deposit box containing video tapes… showing exactly what happened to their friends.
Agency: Paradigm
Agents: David Boxerbaum
Management: Madhouse Entertainment
Managers: Ryan Cunningham, Adam Kolbrenner
Financier: Dreamworks
Production: Madhouse Entertainment

29
ME & EARL & THE DYING GIRL 
Jesse Andrews


Based on Andrews’s eponymous novel, a quirky high school student who enjoys making films sparks a friendship with a classmate dying of leukemia.
Agency: WME
Agents: Anna Deroy, Sarah Self
Management: MXN
Managers: Michelle Knudsen, Mason Novick
Production: Indian Paintbrush

28
DEVILS AT PLAY 
James Dilapo


In the Soviet Union in 1937, a worker of the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs finds a list of traitors, which he thinks is going to be his way out.
Agency: Verve
Agents : Aaron Hart, Rob Herting, Adam Levine
Management: Kaplan/Perrone
Manager: Alex Lerner

26
SWEET VIRGINIA
 Paul China, Benjamin China


A former rodeo star unknowingly starts a rapport with a young man who is responsible
for all of the violence that has suddenly gripped his small town.
Agency: WME
Agents: Roger Green, Sarah Self
Management: Fourth Floor Productions
Manager: Jeff Silver

25
FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS 
Brad Desch


A woman recalls her close relationship with her famous novelist father while struggling to overcome her fear of emotional involvement with her first real boyfriend.
Agency: ICM
Agents: Harley Copen, Bryan Diperstein, Laura Haas
Management: Management 360
Managers: Ali Itri, Jill McElroy
Production: Busted Shark

23
SHUT IN 
Christina Hodson
A woman who tries to raise her catatonic son on her own suddenly discovers a
shocking secret about him.
Agency: CAA
Agents: Jay Baker, Matt Rosen
Financier: Lava Bear Films
Production: Lava Bear Films

22
THE KEEPING ROOM
 Julia Hart

Three southern women defend their home from the Union army while their husbands are off fighting in the Civil War.
Agency: WME
Agents: Roger Green, Sarah Self
Management: Anonymous Content
Managers: Trevor Adley, Nicole Romano
Financier: Wind Dancer Films
Production: Gilbert Films, Wind Dancer Films, Anonymous Content

21
IF THEY MOVE… KILL ‘EM!
 Kel Symons


After losing his luster and respect in Hollywood, famed director Sam Peckinpah hopes to direct his next great film with financial backing from Colombian drug lords and brings along a novice screenwriter to write the film in Colombia.
Agency: UTA
Agents: Emerson Davis, Charles Ferraro, Geoff Morley
Management: MXN
Managers: Michelle Knudsen, Mason Novick

20
AMERICATOWN
 Ben Poole


In a China-dominated near future, a former LAPD officer attempts to save his family from destitution in Los Angeles by working for a crime lord in the American ghetto within a thriving Hong Kong.
Agency: Verve
Agents: Aaron Hart, Rob Herting, Adam Levine
Management: Oasis Media Group
Managers: David Lonner, Ben Rowe
Production: Sean Finegan

20
SAND CASTLE
 Chris Roessner


Based on a true story, a group of United States soldiers in Iraq risk their lives to save a
local village.
Agency: CAA
Agents: Jay Baker, Jon Cassir, Matt Rosen
Management: Management 360
Managers: Darin Friedman, Ali Itri, Dean Schnider
Production: The Mark Gordon Company

20
THE JUDGE
 Bill Dubuque


A successful attorney returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his Alzheimer’s-stricken father is suspected of murder and must represent him in court. The ordeal becomes an emotional journey that makes him a better man.
Agency: Paradigm
Agent: Trevor Astbury
Management: Zero Gravity Management
Manager: Eric Williams
Financier: Warner Brothers
Production: Bid Kid Pictures, Team Downey

19
CLIVE
 Natasha Pincus


After an accident causes a successful CEO to lose both legs, he is forced to re-evaluate his life and identity.
Agency: Verve
Agents: Bryan Besser, Aaron Hart, Rob Herting

19
COMANCHERIA 
Taylor Sheridan


Two brothers, one an ex-con and the other a divorced father of two kids, face the foreclosure of their family’s West Texas farm. They team for a skillfully-calculated bank robbing spree that puts them on a collision course with two Texas Rangers determined to take them down.
Agency: Gersh
Agents: Bob Hohman, Devra Lieb, Bayard Maybank
Management: Elevate Entertainment
Manager: Jenny Wood
Financier: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Production: Film 44, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment

19
FLOWER
 Alex McAulay

A coming of age story about the unlikely bond that forms between a sexually adventurous teenage girl and her obese, mentally unstable step-brother.
Agency: WME
Agents: Mike Esola, Cliff Roberts, Sarah Self
Management: Aperture Entertainment
Manager: Adam Goldworm

19
WHALEMEN
 Tucker Parsons


The leader of a fourteenth century Scottish whaling village must seek out and do battle with a whale many times larger than any he has ever seen in order to ransom back his son from the occupying English.
Agency: WME
Agents: Daniel Cohan, Cliff Roberts
Management: Madhouse Entertainment
Manager: Adam Kolbrenner

19
WHIPLASH
 Damien Chazelle


Based on the eponymous short film written and directed by Chazelle. Under the director of a prestigious but borderline abusive instructor, a young college student begins to lose his humanity in his quest to become the core drummer of the top jazz orchestra in the country.
Agency: Gersh
Agents: Sandra Lucchesi, Frank Wuliger
Management: Exile Entertainment
Manager: Gary Ungar
Production: Right of Way Films, Blumhouse

18
GEORGE
 Jeff Shakoor


When an acerbic alcoholic finds himself penniless and alone he has no choice but to crash his family’s holiday. Years of alienating them makes for a stiff challenge, but eventually he subtly helps them heal.
Agency: CAA
Agents: Jon Cassir, John Garvey, Alex Mebed, Martin Spencer
Management: Anonymous Content
Manager: Luke Rivett
Production: Anonymous Content

17
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS 
Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber

Based on the eponymous novel by John Green, a teenage girl stricken with cancer falls for a boy in her support group and the two form a bond as they deal with their illnesses.
Agenc: CAA
Agents: Robert Bookman, Bill Zotti
Management: Kaplan/Perrone
Managers: Aaron Kaplan, Sean Perrone
Financier: Fox 2000
Production: Temple Hill Entertainment

17
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY 
April Prosser


A twenty eight year old woman is about to get engaged to her great boyfriend, when
the ex she hasn’t gotten over moves back into town. All of a sudden she isn’t sure if
her boyfriend is really the one, and so she spends time decorating her ex’s new condo,
trying to figure it all out.
Agency: UTA
Agents: Blair Kohan, Carolyn Sivitz
Management: Kaplan/Perrone
Manager: Josh Goldenberg

16
THE BALLAD OF PABLO ESCOBAR 
Matt Aldrich


After his family is almost killed in a car bombing, Pablo Escobar wages a war with a
rival cartel and his own government in an effort to protect his family.
Agency: CAA
Agents: John Garvey, Stuart Manashil
Management: Silent R Management
Manager: Jewerl Ross
Production: Stone Vilage Productions

16
THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA
 Mark Hogan


During WWII, a a fifteen year old German boy is sent to America to spy for the Fatherland by joining a politically-connected family as an English war orphan. Tension mounts when the boy gets the chance to assassinate President Roosevelt..
Agency: Gersh
Agents: Bob Hohman, Devra Lieb, Bayard Maybank
Management: Kaplan/Perrone
Manager: Alex Lerner
Production: Michael Costigan

16
MAN OF TOMORROW
 Jeremy Slater


In an alternate 1940s reality, the US Government makes a deal with an indestructible gangster to kill Hilter in exchange for the city of Chicago, which he will build into his own utopia. Unfortunately his model city never comes to fruition and both he and his Bureau liaison get much of the slack for destroying one of America’s greatest cities and now the government wants him dead.
Agency: UTA
Agent: Charles Ferraro
Management: Kaplan/Perrone
Manager: Aaron Kaplan
Production: Thunder Road Pictures

15
EL TIGRE
 Aaron Buchsbaum, Teddy Riley


A family vacation goes horribly awry when the father is mistaken for the most ruthless drug lord in Mexico, El Tigre.
Agency: Paradigm
Agents: Mark Ross, Ida Ziniti
Management: Mosaic
Manager: Michael Lasker
Financier: Sony
Production: Mosaic

15
MURDER CITY
 Will Simmons

An ensemble crime story set in Detroit about an ex-con who goes back for one last heist in order to settle his family’s debt.
Agency: UTA
Agents: Jason Burns, Geoff Morley
Management: Energy Entertainment
Manager: Brooklyn Weaver

14
THE FINAL BROADCAST
 Chris Hutton, Eddie O’Keefe


A man takes a job as a radio broadcaster in a small town, only to discover that it is embedded with a radical group planning mass destruction in conjunction with an upcoming lunar eclipse.
Agency: WME
Agents: Simon Faber, Sarah Self
Manager: Tariq Merhab

14
THE SURVIVALIST
 Stephen Fingleton


Years after lack of resources result in much of the world’s population dying off, a survivalist is living on a farm alone until a woman and her seventeen year old daughter show up looking for cover.
Agency: WME
Agents: Philip d’Amecourt, Phil Raskind
Production: Goldcrest Films, Robert Jones

13
BLACK BOX 
David Guggenheim


When Air Force One crashes, a journalist discovers a cover up after gaining access to the plane’s black box data and must unravel the mystery.
Agency: Paradigm
Agent: David Boxerbaum
Management: Madhouse Entertainment
Manager: Adam Kolbrenner
Financier: Universal
Production: Madhouse Entertainment, Bluegrass Films

13
CHERRIES
 Brian Kehoe, Jim Kehoe

Three fathers learn of their teenage daughters’ pact to lose their virginity on prom night and band together to stop them.
Agency: WME
Agents: Rich Cook, Sarah Self
Management: DMG Entertainment
Manager: Chris Fenton
Financier: Good Universe
Production Good Universe, DMG Entertainment, Hurwitz & Schlossberg Productions

13
FROM NEW YORK TO FLORIDA 
Austin Reynolds


An undisciplined boy is sent to Florida for the summer with his grandparents, and the drive south changes him forever.
Agency: Paradigm
Agents: David Boxerbaum, Lucy Stille, Ida Ziniti
Management: Madhouse Entertainment
Manager: Robyn Meisinger

13
HEY, STELLA!
 Tom Shephard


The story of how Marlon Brando won the role of Stanley Kowalski in Elia Kazan’s broadway play A Streetcar Named Desire.
Agency: WME
Agent: Philip d’Amecourt
Management: The Safran Company
Manager: Tom Drumm

12
THE BROKEN
 John Glosser


In 1967 Oklahoma, a war vet/farmer investigates the suspicious death of his estranged son in the next county. When he discovers his son’s brutal murder was a covered-up gay bashing, he goes on a one-man mission to take down the corrupt sheriff responsible.
Agency: ICM
Agents: RRobert Lazar, Kathleen Remington
Management: MXN
Managers: Michelle Knudsen, Mason Novick
Production: Ted Kroeber, Sam Worthington, Michael Schwarz, John Schwarz

12
THE DISCIPLE PROGRAM
 Tyler Marceca


A man begins an investigation into his wife’s mysterious death, only to find that it goes much deeper than he imagined.
Agency: WME
Agents: Rich Cook, Philip d’Amecourt
Management: Anonymous Content
Managers: Bard Dorros, Michael Sugar
Financier: Universal
Production: Leverage Management

12
JOJO RABBIT 
Taika Waititi


After being severely hurt by a grenade at Hitler youth camp, a prideful and nationalistic ten-year old boy discovers that his mother is hiding a fifteen year old Jewish girl in their house.
Agency: CAA
Agent: Rowena Arguelles
Management: Manage-ment
Manager: Dan Halsted
Financiers: Studio Babelsberg, Unison Films
Production: Emanuel Michael, Chelsea Winstanley, Taika Waititi, Lloyd Phillips

11
ALL-NIGHTER 
Brad Ingelsby


An aging hitman goes up against his boss over a single night in order to protect his family.
Agency: WME
Agent: Mike Esola
Management: Energy Entertainment
Manager: Brooklyn Weaver
Financier: Warner Brothers
Production: Vertigo Entertainment

11
MCCARTHY
 Justin Kremer


It is 1951. Junior Senator Joe McCarthy feels lost. He’s anonymous, just another suit on Capitol Hill. He craves attention and celebrity. He’s desperate to be noticed, to be adored. Inspired by the response of the American public to the House of Un-American Activities Committee, McCarthy decides that communism will be his defining issue. What follows is nearly unthinkable — national fame, a shocking conspiracy, a sitting President afraid to oppose him, and a torrid journey of self destruction and paranoia.
Agency; CAA
Agents; Jon Cassir, Matt Rosen, Alexandra Trustman
Management: Madhouse Entertainment
Managers: Chris Cook, Adam Kolbrenner

11
THE WINTER KILLS 
Ben Carney


A disgraced cop pursues the serial killer who murdered his partner ten years ago, has resurfaced, and is killing again.
Agency: WME
Agents: Daniel Cohan, Chris Donnelly, Roger Green
Management: Anonymous Content
Manager: Chad Hamilton
Production: Anonymous Content

11

WHO FRAMED TOMMY CALLAHAN? 
Harry Kellerman


An elementary school student searches for the truth behind the candy bar ring conspiracy that got his brother expelled.
Agency: CAA
Agents: John Garvey, Stuart Manashil

10
OUR NAME IS ADAM
 T.S. Nowlin


An astronaut travels back in time to enlist the help of his younger self.
Agency: WME
Agents: Daniel Cohan, Mike Esola
Management: Caliber Media Company
Manager: Adam Marshall
Financiers: Paramount, Skydance Productions
Production: Disruption Entertainment

10
THE PORTLAND CONDITION
 Dan Cohn, Jeremy Miller


Set against the backdrop of rainy Portland, Oregon, a young man finds himself falling in love for the first time – only to receive a letter from his future self, warning him of impending heartbreak.
Agency: WME
Agent: Danny Greenberg
Management: Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Manager: Margaret Riley
Production: Flynn Picture Co., JC 23 Entertainment

10
SOMACELL 
Ashleigh Powell


A female prison guard in the future, where prisoners are rehabilitated with virtual reality, discovers a conspiracy that puts her loyalty into question.
Agency: Gersh
Agents: Bob Hohman, Devra Lieb, Bayard Maybank
Management: Benderspink
Manager: Daniel Vang
Financier: Warner Brothers
Production: Phantom Four

10
UNTITLED COPS SCRIPT
 Blake McCormick


Following a costume party where they dressed as cops, two best friends are mistaken for actual police officers and find themselves on the run, after being forced to bring a dangerous criminal back to the station.
Agency: UTA
Agent: Jason Burns
Management: Kaplan/Perrone
Managers: Aaron Kaplan, Sean Perrone
Financier: Universal
Production: Hurwitz & Schlossberg Productions

9
CONVERSION
 Marissa Jo Cerar


A preacher’s wife, grieving from the loss of her teenage son and struggling to hold her family together, forms an unlikely friendship with a young street hustler who helps her understand her lost son and survive alcoholic depression.
Agency: ICM
Agent: Laura Haas
Management: Heroes and Villains Entertainment
Managers: Markus Goerg, Mikhail Nayfeld
Production: State Street Pictures

9
GOODBYE, FELIX CHESTER 
Max Taxe


After finding out he has a month left to live, high school junior Felix Chester focuses all of his time and energy on one goal: losing his virginity to his dream girl.
Management: Madhouse Entertainment
Managers: Ryan Cunningham, Robyn Meisinger

9
PENNY DREADFUL
 Shane Atkinson


Desperate to hang on to his pregnant girlfriend, bumbling Dennis gets caught up in a kidnapping scheme gone awry, leaving him saddled with a sociopathic little girl who seemingly calls the shots.
Agency: Gersh
Agents: Bob Hohman, Devra Lieb, Bayard Maybank
Management: Circle of Confusion
Managers: Zach Cox, Lawrence Mattis
Production: MM Productions

8
BORDER COUNTRY 
Jonathan Stokes


A veteran goes to war against a crew of corrupt cops intent on controlling the US/Mexico border.
Agency: UTA
Agents: Ramses Ishak, Geoff Morley, Michael Sheresky
Management: Energy Entertainment
Manager: Brooklyn Weaver

8
DOPPELGANGERS 
Evan Mirzai, Shea Mirzai


Buttoned-down 20-something Eric isn’t ready to marry his longtime girlfriend Abby. His only way out is through slacker Sam, his identical twin brother, who offers to pose as Eric to do the dumping. But the plan becomes a disaster when Sam realizes Abby is actually really cool–and falls head over heels for her…
Production: The Walt Becker Company

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