In 2005, studio executive Franklin Leonard created the Black
List – an annual survey released each December featuring the most liked
unproduced screenplays as voted for by almost 100 fellow film executives.
Twelve years after its founding, the yearly announcement of the Black List has
become one of the most anticipated events in the Hollywood calendar.
Over the years, it’s featured some brilliant screenplays
that went on to be made into equally brilliant films. In fact, it’s spawned
over 250 Oscar nominated films and a further 48 winners including Best Picture
victors like Spotlight and Slumdog Millionaire.
But on the flipside, the Black List has also spawned plenty
of stinkers too. Maybe we can’t place the blame entirely on Black List voters
or original scriptwriters for the terrible films that came to be, though.
After all, a movie can go through infinite changes from
start to finish that enthusiastic executives and screenwriters can’t be held
entirely accountable for and some of the worst movies to make it off the Black
List and into reality undoubtedly suffered from bad direction and misguided
script rewrites. On the other hand, some sounded pretty bad on paper from the
Whoever is to blame for the way these movies turned out, one
thing is for sure – they really should’ve stayed on the Black List.