It’s the time of year again, the time when we the common people learn about the buzziest un-produced scripts in Hollywood. The 2019 Black List features dozens of titles that have been voted on by more than 250 executives in the film industry, and the threshold for making this year’s edition was receiving six or more votes. Some of these projects are already on the move. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which you’ll find below, is currently in works with Nicolas Cage attached to star as himself in the meta-drama, and genre picture Shut In, by screenwriter Melanie Toast, has been picked up by New Line and has Jason Bateman attached to direct. A name you’ll definitely recognize is Megan Amram, whose movie The Repossession follows a woman who becomes friends with the demon who inhabited her decades after a failed exorcism attempt. There’s also an appearance by Barron Trump, who is the subject of a revisionist history drama from Nicolas Curcio that takes on the 2016 presidential election with the premise being that Donald Trump’s youngest child tried to thwart his campaign. You can read the entire list below.
Move On, Ken Kobayashi (29 votes)
Teddy thinks he’s the only living person left in a world where humanity is frozen in time … until his ex-girlfriend, Leyna, shows up at his doorstep. Together, they must go on a journey to find the cause behind the freeze and in the process, confront the issues that plagued their relationship before it’s too late.
Field of View, Reiss Clauson-Wolf and Julian Silver (20 votes)
A soldier, forced to relive her worst day in combat, begins to question her sanity when the VR simulation she’s experiencing doesn’t match her memory of the mission gone wrong.
Don’t Worry Darling, Carey Van Dyke and Shane Van Dyke (19 votes)
A psychological thriller about a 1950s housewife whose reality begins to crack, revealing a disturbing truth underneath.
Cicada, Lilian Yu (16 votes)
When a talented hacker is recruited by the mysterious Cicada 3301, she gets wrapped up in a plot that threatens to destroy the entire world. Based on the real organization.
The Traveler, Austin Everett (16 votes)
A man jumps forward in time at the same time every morning. As the length of time increases for every jump, he struggles to keep his family together and find a cure, all as his secret spreads throughout the world. Based on the novel by Joseph Eckert.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Kevin Etten and Tom Gormican (16 votes)
Actor Nicolas Cage, spiraling and trapped in debt, makes an appearance at the birthday party of a Mexican billionaire. While there, he learns that the billionaire runs a drug cartel, and the CIA recruits Cage for intelligence.
Rumours, Tyler Austin and Patrick Eme (15 votes)
In 1970s L.A., Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, two struggling musicians and lovers, join a band called Fleetwood Mac and are thrown into a whirlwind of worldwide fame, infamous drug addiction, and one of the best-selling albums of all time — which also happens to be about the disintegration of their relationship.
A Magical Place Called Glendale, Sara Monge (14 votes)
To revamp her self-image, an arrogant but well-meaning high-school socialite decides to help a former friend land the guy of her dreams … but in the process, realizes she wants her for herself.
Shut In, Melanie Toast (14 votes)
A single mother is held captive by her violent ex, and her two young children are left at risk. She must do everything to protect them and survive.
The Broker, Justin Piasecki (13 votes)
A fixer who brokers off-the-books exchanges for powerful corporate clients finds himself being hunted after he’s hired to protect a whistle blower and the evidence she’s uncovered.
Pod, Nabil Chowdhary (13 votes)
After a mission to destroy a black hole that endangers mankind goes wrong, an astronaut awakens in her escape pod to find that decades have passed seemingly in a moment. Now, with an old body and fragile mind, she battles against the elements of space and time to complete her mission.
Wayward, Andrew Zilch (13 votes)
The wife of a megachurch pastor seeks atonement after she and her lover kill an attacker in self-defense, but don’t report it out of fear of exposing their affair.
Grandma Wants to Die, Patrick Cadigan (12 votes)
When Ben is left footing the bill for his own wedding just weeks before the big day, he’s forced to make a deal with his estranged grandmother Minnie. She’ll give him the money if he signs the papers for her assisted suicide. Ben gladly agrees, only to unearth Minnie’s final agenda before she departs … destroy the wedding from the inside and seemingly ruin Ben’s life.
I Heart Murder, Tom O’Donnell (12 votes)
A true-crime podcaster tries to solve a gruesome cold case, putting her in the killer’s crosshairs.
8-Bit Christmas, Kevin Jakubowski (11 votes)
Ten-year-old Jake Doyles goes on a herculean quest to get the Christmas gift of his generation — a Nintendo Entertainment System — in suburban Chicago in the late 1980s.
Black Mitzvah, Lauren Tyler (10 votes)
After embarrassing herself at the most popular girl’s party, a black and Jewish middle-school misfit embarks on a journey to glow up and throw the best Bat Mitzvah of all time.
This House Is Not for Sale, Roy Parker (10 votes)
With one last chance at a promotion, a down-on-her-luck real estate agent returns to her rural hometown to sell the impossible — a haunted house where countless couples have been murdered. As the bodies of new residents continue to pile up, our real estate agent will stop at nothing to rid the house of evil — no matter what the cost.
Klein, Derek Elliott (10 votes)
Life as a single dad hasn’t been a challenge for Las Vegas blackjack dealer Mike Klein, until his ex resurfaces after walking out on the family six years ago.
The Menu, Seth Reiss and Will Tracy (10 votes)
A young couple visits an exclusive destination restaurant on a remote island where the acclaimed chef has prepared a lavish tasting menu, along with some shocking surprises.
The Process, Levin Menekse (10 votes)
Trapped at a three-day personal development retreat, a woman fights to save her husband and herself from being brainwashed by a charismatic self-help guru.
Refuge, Debra Moore Muñoz (10 votes)
A brother and sister navigate the perils of both man and nature through Central America in their quest to find safety in the United States.
Ripple, Ezra Herz (10 votes)
After strange deaths and suicides skyrocket in a dying Appalachian coal town, Maggie — a first responder — wages a personal war against the local coal mine, unearthing a disturbing past that the company has kept secret within the waters of the local lake.
They Cloned Tyrone, Tony Rettenmaier and Juel Taylor (10 votes)
An unlikely group is thrown together by mysterious events that leads them to uncover a government conspiracy.
Breathe, Doug Simon (9 votes)
In the near future where air-supply is scarce, a mother and daughter fight for survival when two strangers arrive desperate for an oxygenated safe haven.
Dollhouse, Michael Paisley (9 votes)
When a struggling fashion model in New York City gets chosen by a mysterious Parisian designer to be the face of his first campaign since his disappearance five years prior, she begins to realize she was chosen for a reason and must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice for beauty and recognition.
Helldiver, Ben Imperato (9 votes)
After finding themselves stranded on the wreckage of a Helldiver bomber in the middle of the ocean, an American aviator and a Japanese Kamikaze pilot must work together to survive their greatest threat yet — a 22-foot great white shark.
High on Christmas, Hannah Mescon and Dreux Moreland (9 votes)
A stoner comedy about one family trying to save Christmas from itself after Santa eats the wrong batch of cookies.
The Laborer, Jared Anderson (9 votes)
A pair of out-of-work immigrant brothers catch a break when they are hired as day laborers to work at a house in the Hollywood Hills, until they witness something they will wish they had never seen.
Say Something Nice, Erin Rodman (9 votes)
After she catches her boyfriend cheating, Liv goes on a social-media tirade that lands her in court for slander, and the judge forces her to make amends by composing one positive comment for every negative comment she posted, while under the supervision of a reclusive mediator also on the rebound from a failed relationship. Inspired by true events.
Affairs of State, Pat Cunnane (8 votes)
Affairs of State is a romantic comedy about an outgoing president, an incoming prime minister, and their second shot at love.
An Aftermath, Lauren Caris Cohan (8 votes)
After a whirlwind lost-distance online romance, a once-cynical writer inherits a remote smart-house from her newly deceased new husband and discovers he might not be entirely gone after all.
Apex, Aja Gabel and MJ Wesner (8 votes)
When old college friends on a trip to Mexico get trapped in an underwater cave system with a bull shark, old tensions and power struggles resurface as they fight to survive.
Barron: A Tale of Love, Loss and Legacy, Nicolas Curcio (8 votes)
Fearing the devastating impact that his father’s presidency would have on his personal life, his country and the world at large, ten-year-old Barron Trump sets out to sabotage his father’s 2016 campaign.
The Cabin at the End of the World, Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman (8 votes)
A gay couple and their adopted daughter have their cabin invaded by four strangers who take the family captive and tell them that, to prevent the upcoming apocalypse, one of them must be killed by the others.
The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, Cody Behan (8 votes)
When the underprivileged John Unger is invited to spend the summer at the mansion of his peculiar classmate, his thirst for grandeur leads him down a dangerous exploration of greed, morality, and the secret horrors of the ruling class. Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story.
First Harvest, Kevin McMullin (8 votes)
George runs a struggling farm where he cares for his terminally ill wife, Alice. Everything changes when he decides to bring home an orphaned baby he found out in the eld. The child’s presence begins to unearth buried secrets while engulfing the family in a series of supernatural events.
My Boyfriend’s Wedding, Carrie Solomon (8 votes)
After Georgia accidentally receives an out of the blue invitation to her on-again, off-again boyfriend’s wedding, she and her best friend Keely make the ill-informed decision to attend.
Resurrection, Andrew Semans (8 votes)
Margaret is a single mother living in New York with her teenage daughter. When David, a mysterious older man from Margaret’s past, begins appearing randomly in her environment, she becomes convinced that he intends to bring tremendous violence into their lives. So Margaret embarks on a vigilante mission to protect her daughter, and to disembowel David.
The Searchers, MacMillan Hedges (8 votes)
An inside look at the unique relationship between John Wayne and John Ford on the set of THE SEARCHERS.
Sister, Azia Squire (8 votes)
Following her mother’s sudden passing, a queer black woman returns to her southern town to assist her estranged sister plan the funeral. Her trip takes a turn when sleep deprivation manifests visions of her deceased mother.
Super Dad, Sean Tidwell (8 votes)
A subversive superhero story about the world’s only superhero living a bachelor lifestyle, learning he has two very different teenage twins he never knew existed, and now has to figure out how to be a father.
The Swells, Rachel James (8 votes)
A young woman, propelled by an unstoppable rage, begins inviting her victims to a summer lake house as revenge for past wrongs. But when one of her guests has been wronged as well, she passes on The Swells — bringing its wrath to the streets of New York.
Betty Ford, Kas Graham and Rebecca Pollack (7 votes)
An intimate portrait of the sensational First Lady and ERA champion, Betty Ford, as she challenges, scandalizes, dances and drinks her way through the White House to gain a higher popularity rating than any president in American history, all whilst maintaining a 26 pill-a-day drug habit.
Doll Wars, Matt Ritter (7 votes)
When the upstart Bratz dolls challenged Barbie’s antiquated gender norms and threatened their monopoly, Barbie struck back with a billion-dollar copyright lawsuit. In jeopardy of shutting down, Bratz turned to a small, scrappy, all-female law rm to take on Mattel in a historic, David vs. Goliath intellectual property battle that changed the toy industry and American popular culture forever. Based on a true story.
Don’t Go in the Water, Peter Gaffney (7 votes)
A recovering alcoholic sets off for a secluded but gets more than he bargained for when he encounters a mysterious creature nearby.
First Ascent, Colin Bannon (7 votes)
Two years after a free solo accident nearly kills Hillary Hall, she enlists the help of her old climbing partners to document her comeback — the first ascent of 4,000-foot rock wall in rural China. During the harrowing climb, Hillary struggles with her inner demons and supernatural forces, as it slowly becomes clear that this mountain does not want to be conquered.
The Man in the Woods, Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs (7 votes)
After moving to Maine and befriending an enigmatic hermit, 12-year-old Henrietta Thorne begins to wonder if he holds the key to solving a mystery that has eluded our planet for more than a decade.
The Perdition in Liege, Henry Dunham (7 votes)
A prisoner of war in a Belgian POW camp undergoing abandonment, survives an execution firing squad by chance and escapes by hiding among the dead. After removing his fallen compatriot’s dog tags to get home and give their families solace, he attempts the fifty-mile journey south toward the allied stronghold, through the deadly war-torn landscape, and before a hell-bent SS officer on his tail catches up to him.
The Repossession, Megan Amram (7 votes)
Twenty years after a failed exorcism, a meek young woman becomes unlikely friends with the foul-mouthed demon that possessed her as a child.
10-31, Peter Gamble and Ian Shorr (7 votes)
A young woman takes her niece and nephew trick-or-treating and discovers a note inside a candy wrapper that says there’s a killer loose on her block.
Apex, Stephen Vitale (6 votes)
A mysterious loner heads to Muscle Beach in 1985 to pursue a career as a competitive bodybuilder. Struggling to transform his physique, he unleashes a darker side of himself as he descends into madness.
Assisted Living, Kay Oyegun (6 votes)
A thief finds sanctuary in a retirement home after going on the run.
Atlanta on Fire, Adam Morrison (6 votes)
The true story of Leo Frank, a young, Jewish businessman, who due to widespread anti-Semitism/the KKK in the post Civil War South, was wrongfully accused, tried, and convicted of murdering a 13-year-old factory worker, Mary Phagan.
Blue Slide Park, Kyle Anderson, Michael Vlamis (6 votes)
After his first album topped the Billboard Charts, life was never the same for Malcolm McCormick a.k.a. Mac Miller. This is his story a story of music, love, success, family, and addiction. Based on the forthcoming manuscript UNT. MAC MILLER BIOGRAPHY written by Paul Cantor for Abrams Press.
Can You Tell Me How?, Gregory Bonsignore (6 votes)
Alarmed by the disproportionate dropout rates amongst children of the working class, a young female TV producer finds a way to teach them their ABCs and 123s. With the help of genius puppeteer, Jim Henson and a diverse team of dedicated researchers and educators, they brought us the groundbreaking show, Sesame Street.
Girlfriend on Mars, Kaitlin Fontana (6 votes)
Amber and Kevin are weed dealers, burnouts, committed to going nowhere together, have been dating for twelve years, but Kevin’s loved her much longer. When Amber enters a reality show that will take the winner to Mars with no chance of return, Kevin has to face what it really means when the ones we love leave us and leave the planet. Based on the story by Deborah Willis.
Meet Cute, Chris Powers and Dan Powers (6 votes)
Meet Cute, the hottest dating app on the market, brings couples together by giving them their rom-com moment. When the app’s biggest skeptic, Haley, matches with one of its developers, Russ, their instant connection starts to change her mind.
The Mother, Michael Notarile (6 votes)
The incredible true story of Fredericka Marm Mandelbaum, who was the country’s first female mob boss. During the Gilded Age, Marm opened a school for criminals, and built her empire by treating her gang of runaways and orphans as family — eventually partnering with George Leslie to pull off what is still to date the largest bank heist in American history (adjusting for inflation).
No Good Deed, Christina Pamies (6 votes)
A woman with a troubled past invites her teen niece to live with her in the family’s farmhouse, but the two become tormented by a creature that can take away their pain for a price.
Nomads, Esteban Orozco (6 votes)
A reverse SEARCHERS from the perspective of the Natives going East into the unknown, the metropolis, the belly of the beast, late 1800s New York City.
The Showrunner, Cosmo Carlson (6 votes)
The unbelievable true story of the creation of the world’s first, longest-running, and most notorious reality show — COPS. Based on How Cops Got Made — And What It Says About America by Tim Stelloh.
Stampede, Sontenish Myers (6 votes)
A young slave girl named Lena has telekinetic powers she cannot yet control on a plantation in the 1800s.
T, Eric Gross (6 votes)
The true story of how Lawrence Tureaud, a poor kid in Chicago with 12 brothers and sisters, fought and charmed his way into becoming the single lettered icon of saintly compassion and macho energy.
This Is Going to Hurt, Cameron Fay (6 votes)
An absent mother attempts to reconnect with her daughter by relaying to her how she helped her own parent through battles with cancer and addiction.
Til Death, Jessica Knoll (6 votes)
Swept up in the excitement of her wedding day, Dr. Julie Wheeler is oblivious to the killer on her guest list, methodically stalking her nearest and dearest, until it’s too late.
Voicemails for Isabelle, Leah McKendrick (6 votes)
A low-level TV writer struggles to cope with the death of her little sister by continuing to leave her voicemails chronicling the shitshow that is dating in LA. When the phone number is unknowingly transferred, a cocky New York real estate agent begins receiving the hilarious and confessional voicemails, and feels pulled to California to find this stranger he feels intimately close to.