Refresh for updates…The black list — the annual roundup of Hollywood’s most beloved unproduced screenplays — has begun to unveil the titles selected for 2022.
This year’s list includes 74 screenplays by 80 screenwriters, which were selected by more than 300 directors.
Selected scripts announced so far include Pure by Catherine Schetina, To chatter by Chris Grillot JERY! by Greg Roque, The House in the Twisted Forest by Ian Shorr, They came from a broken world by Vanessa Block, Better luck next time by Kristen Tapper, Subversion by Andrew Ferguson, The Houdini Boy by Matthew Tennant, beach wood by Briggs Watkins and Wes Watkins, oh humanity by Gillian Weeks, A guy goes to therapy by Shane Mack, The farm by Bradley Kaaya Jr., Caravan by Lindsay Michel Clementine by David L. Williams, Weary Ride the Belmonts by Josh Corbin, black dogs by Kieran Turner, Breaking point by Zachary Joel Johnson, Always mom by Laura Kosann, Jambusters by Filipe Coutinho let’s go again by Colin Bannon The trap by Julie Lipson die for you by Travis Braun, mad by Cambron Clark, Gather the ashes by Vikash Shankar The searcher by Camrus Johnson, The American by Nico Bellamy & Chase Pestano, Go as a couple by Kevin Arnovitz to cancel by Will Simmons, silly blonde by Lou Howe & Todd Bartels, Fires by Chaya Doswell Authority Colors by Kevin Sheridan Court 17 by Elad Ziv, The Midnight Pool by Jonathan Easley, wedding bracket by Liv Auerbach & Daisygreen Stenhouse, Vitus by Julian Wayser, cheat day by Emma Dudley, pizza girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier, Himbo by Jason Hellerman It’s a wonderful story by Alexandra Tran, match cut by Will Lowell There you are by Brooke Baker, Savage by Michael Burger, fog of war by Peter Haig Popular by Marley Schneier, POPULAR by James Morosini Baby boom by Jack Waz The twelve dancing princesses by Becca Gleason, what we become by Amy Jo Johnson, long live mexico by Miguel Flatow and You are my best friend by Mary Beth Barone and Erin Woods.
The Blacklist is rolling out their picks (in random order) through their official social media channels. The full breakdown will be finalized over the next hour and more, so check back later this morning for the traditional, ranked presentation and our rep scoreboard.
But for now, let’s take a look at The Black List’s 2021 record, in terms of the films it has seen produced. Titles from last year’s list that are being worked on include Alex Convery’s air jordanJustin Kuritzkes’ Challengers and that of Dennis Rodman 48 hours in Vegas by screenwriter Jordan VanDina.
Blacklisted by 13 executives, Convery’s air jordan tells the wild true story of how an upstart shoe company named Nike landed the most influential endorsement in sports history: Michael Jordan. Ben Affleck is directing the project, which is currently untitled, for Amazon Studios, Skydance Sports and Mandalay Pictures – also starring Matt Damon, Jason Bateman, Viola Davis, Chris Tucker, Marlon Wayans, Chris Messina and more. Mandalay took the script to Skydance Sports president Jon Weinbach, who then secured the lifetime rights to Vaccarro. Affleck and Damon did a later pass on the script and produce alongside Peter Guber, Jason Michael Berman, Jeff Robinov, Madison Ainley and David Ellison. Executive producers include Jon Weinbach, Jesse Sisgold, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Kevin Halloran, Michael Joe, John Graham, Drew Vinton, Jordan Moldo and Peter E. Strauss.
Blacklisted by nine, Challengers is framed around a single tennis match at a low-level professional tournament, where three players who knew each other when they were teenagers – a world-renowned Grand Slam winner, his ambitious wife/coach and their old friend who is now a 201 ranked burnout in the world – rekindling old rivalries on and off the pitch. Luca Guadagnino directed the buzzy track, starring Zendaya, Mike Faist and Josh O’Connor, for MGM. Pascal Pictures’ Amy Pascal, Guadagnino, Zendaya and Rachel O’Connor are the producers of the pic, which is slated for release on August 11, 2023.
Now titled 48 hours in Vegas, VanDina’s film about idiosyncratic former NBA star Dennis Rodman was edited at Lionsgate. His synopsis is as follows: Before Game 7 of the NBA Finals, Rodman tells Phil Jackson that he needs 48 hours in Vegas. What follows is a surreal adventure with his nervous assistant general manager that involves a rodeo of bulls, skydiving a Ferrari and building a friendship neither of them ever thought possible but will eventually resolve. their two problems. Jonathan Majors was circling the role of Rodman in September, as we told you first. Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Aditya Sood will produce, with Ari Lubet, Will Allegra and Rodman exec producing.
While other 2021 blacklist scripts, including Colin Bannon’s UltraMurder Ink’s Back home and that of Brandon Constantine Lady Krylon have been picked up — by TriStar, Lionsgate, and Stampede Ventures, respectively — the status of those projects is currently unclear.
Since The Black List’s inception in 2005, more than 440 of its selected screenplays have been produced, grossing more than $30 billion at the box office worldwide. The Blacklist Pictures have won 54 Oscars from 267 nominations, including four of the last 12 Best Picture Oscars and 11 of the last 28 Best Screenplay Oscars. Notable titles previously named in the industry survey include Slumdog Millionaire, Argo, The King’s Speech, Projector, free guy, Queen and Slim, Me Tonya, All the money in the world, bird box, The post office and Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Top of last year’s blacklist was Daniel Jackson’s comedic screenplay Cauliflower about an ambitious high school wrestler, under the cruel guidance of a mysterious trainer, who struggles to become a state champion while battling a strange ear infection that makes him both dominant in his sport and threatens his mental health.