The 2012 Black List was just announced yesterday, an annual ranking of the year’s most popular unproduced screenplays, as voted by hundreds of film executives and compiled by Franklin Leonard. Each year, the list helps to get hard-working writers’ names out there and to push some movies into production. Movies that have been in the past after first appearing on the Black List include Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, and 500 Days of Summer. Some have criticized the Black List for catering to movies that are already in development or for the list being easily manipulated by powerful agents, managers, and assistants; but despite any of those issues, it’s still a strong indication of some of the comedies you can expect to see hit the screen in a couple years - and some that you’ll probably never see. About a dozen comedy scripts made the list this year
Last year’s Black List featured scripts from Parks and Recreation’s Ben Schwartz, Funny Or Die’s Lauryn Kahn, and Jimmy Fallon writers/stand-ups Morgan Murphy and Ali Waller, but this year’s list is a little light on known comedy names. Besides comedian/fake Internet guru Alex Blagg, who co-authored a script with journalist Neel Shah, these are mostly fresh faces, but you can expect to hear some of these names around in the future. Here’s a list of all of the comedy scripts featured on this year’s Black List. The numbers above each title are the number of votes it received form the nearly 300 film execs who voted:
29ME & EARL & THE DYING GIRL by Jesse AndrewsBased on Andrews’s eponymous novel, a quirky high school student who enjoys making films sparks a friendship with a classmate dying of leukemia.17THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by April ProsserA 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.15EL TIGRE by Aaron Buchsbaum, Teddy RileyA family vacation goes horribly awry when the father is mistaken for the most ruthless drug lord in Mexico, El Tigre.13CHERRIES by Brian Kehoe, Jim KehoeThree fathers learn of their teenage daughters’ pact to lose their virginity on prom night and band together to stop them.11WHO FRAMED TOMMY CALLAHAN? by Harry KellermanAn elementary school student searches for the truth behind the candy bar ring conspiracy that got his brother expelled.10UNTITLED COPS SCRIPT by Blake McCormickFollowing 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.9GOODBYE, FELIX CHESTER by Max TaxeAfter 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.9PENNY DREADFUL by Shane AtkinsonDesperate 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.8DOPPELGANGERS by Evan Mirzai, Shea MirzaiButtoned-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…7EX BOYFRIEND OF THE BRIDE by Matt HausfaterAfter he finds out his ex-girlfriend is getting married, a man decides to go to the wedding in order to stop her from going through with it.7THE KILLING SPREE by Derek Elliott, Jack DonaldsonHeartbroken after being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, a guy’s best friends devise the perfect plan for his recovery and teach him how to sleep with as many women as humanly possible.7THE OUTSKIRTS by Dominique Ferrari, Suzanne WrubelAfter falling victim to a humiliating prank by the high school Queen Bee, best friends and world-class geeks, Mindy and Jodi, decide to get their revenge by uniting the outcasts of the school against her and her circle of friends.6FUCK MARRY KILL by Neel Shah, Alex BlaggThree best friends return for their high school reunion intent on righting all the wrongs done to them in high school … by either fucking, marrying, or killing their tormentors.