The Black List is an annual collection of screenplays that studio executives really love but have no intention of turning into actual movies. Well, the intention is there but the financial incentive to do so might not be, if you know what I mean. The movies often tend to be historical biopics or quirky dramedies, as opposed to Transformers.
- Rodham: 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.
- Draft Day: “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.” (look, if Weaver doesn’t mess this up in the movie like he would in real life then I’m not buying it. It even sucks being a Bills fan in a fictional universe too)
Former Black Listers include the Oscar-winning Juno by Diablo Cody (less great in hindsight), The Beaver by Kyle Killen (still just as strange), and Lars and the Real Girl by Nancy Oliver (even better in hindsight).
The full list of 2012 winners can be found here.