The 2019 Black List: The Year's Most Buzzworthy Unproduced Scripts
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The 2019 Black List: The Year's Most Buzzworthy Unproduced Scripts

The Black List, an esteemed organization spearheaded by RISING Award winner Franklin Leonard, has released its 15th annual edition of The Black List collection of well-loved scripts.

The list includes several Black creatives, including Juel Taylor (They Cloned Tyrone), Kay Oyegun (Assisted Living), Azia Squire (Sister), Sontenish Myers (Stampede) and Lauren Tyler (Black Mitzvah). According to The Black List’s eligibility requirements, scripts can’t have gone into principal photography during the calendar year. In other words, the scripts listed weren’t produced at the time of listing. Also, scripts must be named by at least six of the 250 film executives asked to make recommendations for The Black List.

According to The Black List, 440 of the scripts included on the annual list have been produced since 2005, earning more than $28 billion in worldwide box office revenue. Movies from this list have also earned 262 Academy nominations and 53 Academy Awards. Included are 10 of the last 24 Oscars for Best Screenplay and four of the last 12 Best Picture Oscars.

According to a 2019 Harvard Business School study, Black List scripts are twice as likely to be produced over other scripts, and films made from Black List scripts make 90 percent more revenue than nonfeatured scripts. Black List scripts that made it to screen this year include Lena Waithe’s Queen & Silm, Booksmart and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

You can read the full list at blcklst.com.

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