Franklin Leonard and Dino Sijamic released this year’s Black List, a weighted list of film executives’ favorite screenplays of the year. Previous Black List finalists have been since made into movies, including Transcendence, Django Unchained, Looper, Chronicle, Juno, Lars And The Real Girl, 500 Days Of Summer, and Argo. Three out of the past five Best Pictures at the Oscars started out on Black List, as were seven of the past twelve Oscar-winning screenwriters.
As was our tradition last year and 2011 and 2009, we’re going to summarize the picks. Some could argue the Black List is becoming a way to promote in-development screenplays instead of unknowns, and there’s some truth to that. 68% of this year’s picks already have a producer attached. One of them (Faults) finished principal photography last week.
Nonetheless, the Black List draws attention to some original stories in a market loaded with sequels and dumb adaptations. This years’ list is weighted with stories about NASA and artificial intelligence. There was only one zombie movie and one alien invasion (and zero vampires!) on this year’s list. We may be going through a hard sci-fi phase for a change, Hallelujah.
You can check out the full list over at /film. It includes two competing biopics about the making of Jaws for some reason. There was also yet another modern retelling of Shakespeare play and two different screenplays involving Mr. Rogers. And yes, just as I complained about last year, there’s at least one screenplay on the 2013 Black List about a teenage boy losing his virginity, like anybody gives a sh-t.
Here are the fourteen Black List 2013 screenplays which are relevant to our interests:
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (27 votes)
An adolescent boy with a terminally ill single mother begins having visions of a tree monster, who tells him truths about life in the form of three stories, helping him to eventually cope with his emotions over his dying mom.
Sovereign by Geoff Tock and Greg Weidman (24 votes)
A man goes to space to destroy the ship that, upon going sentient, killed his wife.
Reminiscence by Lisa Joy Nolan (20 votes)
An “archeologist” whose technology allows you to relive your past finds himself abusing his own science to find the missing love of his life.
The Golden Record by Aaron Kandell and Jordan Kandell (19 votes)
The true story of how Carl Sagan fell in love while leading the wildest mission in NASA history: a golden record to encapsulate the experience of life on earth for advanced extraterrestrial life.
Gay Kid and Fat Chick by Bo Burnham (14 votes)
Two high school misfits become costumed vigilantes and take out their frustrations on the students who have bullied them throughout high school.