Posted on Monday, December 14th, 2015 by Angie Han
For over a decade now, the Black List has come out each December to reveal the most-liked unproduced screenplays of the year. We say “most-liked” because the folks involved are very clear that “the Black List is not a ‘best of’ list. It is, at best, a ‘most liked’ list.” The list, which was compiled by polling over 250 film executives, contains dozens of screenplays written in (or “somehow uniquely associated with”) 2015 but won’t have started shooting by the end of the year. See the Black List 2015 after the jump.
As always, there are screenplays of all sorts, from comedy to sci-fi to drama, by writers of all kinds, from established veterans to total newcomers. According to the Black List site, over 225 films have been made from Black List screenplays, winning a total of 35 Oscars from 171 nominations. Last year’s list included what are now upcoming films by Marc Webb (Gifted), Doug Liman (Mena), and Kenneth Lonergan (Mandhester by the Sea); the year before included Spotlight, American Sniper, and The End of the Tour. Other past Black List scripts include Whiplash, Argo, Django Unchained, Slumdog Millionaire, and The King’s Speech.
So without further ado…
The Black List 2015
44 votes: Bubbles by Isaac Adamson
A baby chimp is adopted by the pop star Michael Jackson. Narrating his own story, Bubbles the Chimp details his life within The King of Pop’s inner circle through the scandals that later rocked Jackson’s life and eventually led to Bubbles’ release.
40 votes: Stronger by John Pollono and Scott Silver
The true story of Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and became an integral part of helping the police locate the Tsarnaev brothers.
37 votes: The Libertine by Ben Kopit
After the Head of the French National Assembly is placed under house arrest for accusations of sexual assault, he must live in a guarded apartment with his estranged wife until the case comes to a close.
37 votes: Rocket by Jeffrey Gelber and Ryan Belenzon
Roger “The Rocket” Clemens, one of the greatest pitchers of all time, has 4672 strikeouts, 354 wins and a record 7 Cy Young awards. This is the story of why he is not in the Hall of Fame.
34 votes: Crater by John J. Griffin
On the moon, five teens take an unauthorized and adventure-filled road trip just before one of them is to be sent away on a seventy-five year journey to another planet, leaving behind his best friends.
31 votes: Miss Sloane by Jonathan “Jonny” Perera
A powerful lobbyist sacrifices her career on Capitol Hill so she can push through an amendment enforcing stricter federal laws regulating guns.
28 votes: True Fan by John Whittington
After interfering with a foul ball during a Chicago Cubs playoff game, Steve Bartman was tortured and stalked by die hard Cub fans for potentially costing them their first National League pennant since 1945. Years later, in a new town with a new identity — but depressed, overweight and working a dead end job — Steve meets a woman who gives him a new lease on life and reason to live.
26 votes: Pale Blue Dot by Brian C Brown and Elliot DiGuisseppi
Twelve months after returning from a space mission, decorated astronaut Laura Pepper is arrested for the attempted murder of a fellow astronaut.
25 votes: Reagan by Mike Rosolio
When Ronald Reagan falls into dementia at the start of his second term, an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander-in-chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.
21 votes: Bump by Ori Guendelman and Rob McClelland
After an accidental hit and run, a young lawyer’s entire life unravels over the span of one night as he attempts to dispose of a corpse that turns out to be way more than an innocent victim.
21 votes: Eli by David Chirchirillo
Having moved into a “clean house” to treat his auto-immune disorder, eleven-year-old Eli begins to believe that the house is haunted. Unable to leave, Eli soon realizes that the house, and the doctor who runs it, are more sinister than they appear.