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Announcement: PRESENTING THE 2017 HIT LIST – THE BEST SPEC SCRIPTS OF THE YEAR

Hit-LIst-2017-Excerpt-Image-200x133With the release of our eighth annual list, we’re incredibly proud to shine a light on this year’s writers, and the projects that made them the talk of the town in 2017.

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The Black List 2017

black listThe Black List 2017 has arrived! We have the complete list of screenplays and their writers, compiled from the suggestions of over 250 film executives.

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TriStar’s “The Phantom Tollbooth” Has Found “Game of Thrones” Director Matt Shakman

PhantomTollboothMattShakmanNorton Juster’s 1961 children’s book, illustrated by Jules Pfeiffer, is considered a beloved classic. Shakman is best known for his television work on Game of Thrones and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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Screen Media Films Scores Chicago Bears Documentary “85: The Greatest Team in Football History” (Exclusive)

85 BearsThe film features interviews with famous Chicagoans from all walks of life, including President Obama, Bill Murray, Michael Wilbon, Bill Kurtis, Chris Myers, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Veep star Matt Walsh, who also serves as the narrator.

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“Landline” Breakout Abby Quinn to Star In Go90 Film “Good Girls Get High” (Exclusive)

Abby QuinnThe story follows two overachieving “good girls” who decide to experience all they’ve missed out on in one crazy, unforgettable night prior to their high school graduation.

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Up-And-Comer Andi Matichak Books Young Lead in New “Halloween” Movie (Exclusive)

Andi Matichak HalloweenDavid Gordon Green is directing from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride, and Blumhouse is among the producers of the film, which will star Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer.

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Dexter Fletcher Hired to Direct Queen Movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” — Again

Dexter Fletcher QueenThe Eddie the Eagle filmmaker replaces Bryan Singer, who was fired earlier this week following several unexcused absences from the set and creative clashes with star Rami Malek.

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THE 2017 HIT LIST STATS, COMPARISONS, FACTS, FIGURES & FUN

Hit-LIst-2017-Excerpt-Image-200x133A detailed and in-depth breakdown on all stats, numbers, trends, reps, companies, and overall analysis from the 2017 Hit List, including information on writers, agencies, agents, management companies, managers, and genres, and how they stack up with the seven years of Hit Lists that came before them.

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Lionsgate Drops John Travolta’s Mob Drama “Gotti,” Sells Film Back to Producers (Exclusive)

Gotti MovieEmmett/Furla/Oasis Films should find there’s actual interest in this mafia movie, which offers the Oscar-nominated actor his juiciest role in years.

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Joe Greenberg’s Sci-Fi Thriller “Capsule” Attracts “Happy Death Day” Director Christopher Landon (Exclusive)

Christopher Landon CapsuleCapsule follows a lonely astronaut who is marooned on his ship billions of miles from Earth. On the verge of starvation, he reprograms the computer AI system to digitally look and sound like a beautiful woman who soon becomes his only companion — until a rescue team shows up with questionable intentions.

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“Coherence” Filmmaker James Ward Byrkit to Direct Bob Geldof Thriller “Do They Know It’s Murder” (Exclusive)

James Ward ByrkitThe film is set during the recording of the 1984 song “Do They Know It’s Christmas” as songwriter Bob Geldof discovers a dead body and must find out who killed the star without derailing the song.

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Warner Bros. Picks Up Leo Sardarian’s Action Sci-Fi Script “The Expansion Project” (Exclusive)

Brad Peyton Expansion ProjectBrad Peyton (San Andreas) is nearing a deal to direct the film, which follows a rookie female marine who gets stranded on a hostile planet during humanity’s space colonization with nothing but an Exo-suit that’s running out of fusion power.

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Fox Searchlight Picks Up Horror Script “Antlers,” Co-Written by “Channel Zero” Creator (Exclusive)

Nick Antosca AntlersWritten by Henry Chaisson and Nick Antosca, the story follows a fourth-grade teacher who tries to help a troubled boy in her class, only to discover that he’s been hiding a nightmarish secret. Now something terrifying is coming for the boy, and she has to protect him.

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Easy Come, Easy Go: Fox Lets Go of MIA “Bohemian Rhapsody” Director Bryan Singer

Bryan SingerYou don’t leave a studio in the lurch like this, let alone a movie and its entire crew. This isn’t a good look for Bryan Singer, nor does it bode well for Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury film. Oh, mama mia, indeed.

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Quentin Tarantino’s 9th Film Gets August 2019 Date on 50th Anniversary of Tate Murders

TarantinoTNTentatively (and ironically) titled Untitled #9 after the Beatles song, the ’69 L.A.-set thriller revolves around Charles Manson and those horrific Tate murders.

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Spielberg’s “The Post” Scores With National Board of Review While “Get Out” Gets More Love

ThePostNBRThe group that’s been around since 1909 gave Peele the award for Best Director and gave a special Spotlight award to Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot.

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John Lasseter Takes a Leave of Absence From Disney/Pixar, But It May Not Be So Temporary

John LasseterIt’s going to be hard for Lasseter to recover from these allegations, because the fact that he essentially functions as not just a studio head, but the head of two animation studios, only compounds the severity of the situation.

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“Call Me By Your Name,” “Get Out” Receive Multiple Nominations for 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards

callmebyyournameTNGreta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, Chloé Zhao’s The Rider and Kogonado’s Columbus also among the multiple nominees. Dee Rees’ Mudbound to receive Robert Altman award.

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Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern to Star in Noah Baumbach’s Next Movie (Exclusive)

Baumbach SplitNetflix is back in business with the writer-director of The Meyerowitz Stories, who has also cast Emmy winner Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie) in his next film.

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Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener Join Voice Cast of Pixar’s “The Incredibles 2” (Exclusive)

odenkirkkeenerincredibles2TNCraig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell and Huck Milner are back as the Parr family, aka Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet and Dash, while Samuel L. Jackson is slated to return as Frozone.

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Michelle Williams in Talks to Join Benedict Cumberbatch, Jake Gyllenhaal in Luca Guadagnino’s Next Movie (Exclusive)

Michelle Williams RioGyllenhaal will play a financial reporter who travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit a wealthy friend (Cumberbatch), only to get sucked into a plot to fake his friend’s death.

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New Regency, “The Purge” Duo Team Up to Produce Hot Genre Spec “Take Back the Night” (Exclusive)

New Regency LogoJames DeMonaco and Sebastien Lemercier will produce the genre film from up-and-coming scribe Ryan Riley, who recently landed a spot on the 2017 Young & Hungry list.

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“Are You Afraid of the Dark?” Movie In the Works at Paramount Players (Exclusive)

Are You Afraid of the Dark?Gary Dauberman, who wrote It and the Annabelle movies, has been hired to turn Nickelodeon’s beloved TV series into a feature film.

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Sam Mendes Exits Disney’s Live-Action “Pinocchio” (Exclusive)

Pinocchio Sam MendesThe next James Bond movie still doesn’t have a director, but now that Mendes has a hole in his schedule, we wonder if he could re-team with Daniel Craig one more time so they could ride off into the sunset together.

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Chris Rock Joins Justin Timberlake in Neil Bogart Biopic “Spinning Gold” (Exclusive)

Chris Rock Spinning GoldBogart was the infamous record executive from Brooklyn who went on to define the pop-music culture of his time, and who was closely aligned with the rise of disco. His son, Timothy Scott Bogart, is expected to direct from his own screenplay.

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New “Star Wars” Trilogy In the Works From “The Last Jedi” Director Rian Johnson

Rian JohnsonThe new films will be set in a different galaxy and feature a brand new set of characters, Disney chief Bob Iger announced Thursday on an earnings call.

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Kevin Spacey Cut From “All the Money in the World,” Will Be Replaced by Christopher Plummer

All the Money in the WorldThis is an unprecedented move from Sony and director Ridley Scott, but it allows the studio to salvage the film’s planned release date of Dec. 22.

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Veteran Literary Agent David Boxerbaum Leaves Paradigm for Verve (Exclusive)

After five years at Paradigm, the spec king is heading to new offices, though at this point, it’s unclear which of his clients will follow.

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“Undateable” Creator Adam Sztykiel to Write Dwayne Johnson’s “Black Adam” Movie for DC, New Line (Exclusive)

The news comes just days after New Line and DC set Zachary Levi (NBC’s “Chuck”) to play Shazam in the superhero film of the same name.

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“Girls” Duo Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner to Adapt and Produce “Genuine Fraud” for Lionsgate (Exclusive)

E. Lockhart’s New York Times bestseller is described as a psychological suspense novel that challenges preconceptions about identity.

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