THE BLACK LIST 2006

Like last year, THE BLACK LIST was compiled from the suggestions of over 90 film executives and high-level assistants, each of whom contributed the names of up to ten of their favorite scripts that were written in or are somehow uniquely associated with 2006 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year.

Unlike last year, scripts had to receive at least two mentions to be included on THE BLACK LIST.

All reasonable effort has been made to confirm the information contained herein. THE BLACK LIST apologizes for all misspellings, misattributions, incorrect representation identification, and questionable “2006” affiliations.

It has been said, but it bears repeating: THE BLACK LIST is not a “best of” list. It is, at best, a “most liked” list.

Enjoy.

The Black List Website

WITH 30 MENTIONS

THE BRIGANDS OF RATTLEBORGE by Craig Zahler
Three men rob, rape, and main the town’s wealthiest residents during a torrential rainstorm. The local sheriff and a vengeful doctor seek retribution.

AGENCY: United Talent
MANAGER: Julien Thuan

WITH 23 MENTIONS

STATE OF PLAY by Matt Carnahan
A team of investigative reporters work alongside a police detective to try to solve the murder of a congressman’s mistress.

AGENCY: Endeavor – Chris Donnelly

WITH 19 MENTIONS

RENDITION by Kelley Sane
A CIA analyst based in Cairo finds his world spinning out of control after he witnesses the interrogation of a foreign national by the Egyptian secret police.

AGENCY: William Morris – Cliff Roberts

WITH 17 MENTIONS

VILLAIN by Josh Zetumer
A firespotter at a remote Alaskan wilderness watchtower is shocked when his clearly demented brother appears at his door.

AGENCY: UTA – Jason Burns

WITH 16 MENTIONS

THE GRACKLE by Mike Arnold & Chris Poole
A barroom fighter in New Orleans hires himself out for $250 to settle disputes for people who can’t afford a lawyer. Harsh language and quick fists are his weapons of choice.

AGENCY: CAA – Greg McKnight, Jared Hoffman

THESE CITY WALLS by Caleb Kane
A young man feels remorse after he delivers a teenage girl to his pimp benefactor and attempts to rescue her and himself from the mean streets of Eighties New York.

AGENCY: William Morris- Danny Greenberg

WITH 15 MENTIONS

LAST MAN HOME by Jamie Moss
A covert U.S. military unit is on the hunt for an AWOL American soldier in Iraq. The soldier is looking for his brother, who went missing when fighting in the first Gulf War.

AGENCY: CAA – Todd Feldman, Jay Baker

WITH 14 MENTIONS

UNTITLED RICHARD PRYOR by Caleb Kane
Focuses on the life and career of groundbreaking comedian Richard Pryor, who found unprecedented success on the stage and screen, but also suffered from drug addiction and personal problems.

AGENCY: William Morris- Danny Greenberg

WITH 13 MENTIONS

SEVEN POUNDS by Grant Nieporte
Ben Thomas, an IRS agent with a fateful secret, embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.

AGENCY: William Morris – Kimberly Bialek, Danny Greenberg, Sarah Bottfeld

WITH 11 MENTIONS

HIMMELFARB by Andrew Mogel & Jarrod Paul
An emotionally needy man misinterprets the signals on a blind date. Thinking they’re in a relationship, he follows her home for Thanksgiving and ingratiates himself into every aspect of her life.

AGENCY: UTA – Julien Thuan

WITH 10 MENTIONS

HANNA by Seth Lochhead
A 14-year-old who was raised by her father to be a cold-hearted killing machine connects with a French family who look to help ease her into a more conventional life.

AGENCY: William Morris- Cliff Roberts, Steve Rabineau

THE CHANGELING by J. Michael Straczynski
A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day.

AGENCY: CAA – Martin Spencer

WITH 9 MENTIONS

500 DAYS OF SUMMER by Scott Neustadter & Michael Weber
An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.

AGENCY: CAA – Bill Zotti

IT IS WHAT IT IS by Susanna Fogel & Joni Lefkowitz
A story about twentysomthing relationships in the MySpace age.

AGENCY: UTA – Blair Belcher, Keya Khayatian, Rio Hernandez

THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS by Peter Straughan
Reporter Bob Wilton is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady, a shadowy figure who claims to be part of an experimental U.S. military unit, New Earth Army, that harnesses psychic power to defeat its enemies.

AGENCY: CAA – Michael Peretzian

WITH 8 MENTIONS

A HISTORY OF FOOLS by Eric Podell
An edgy family comedy in the vein of “Rushmore”.

AGENCY: CAA – JP Evans

ASSASINATION OF A HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT by Tim Calpin & Kevin Jakubowski
The most popular girl in school persuades a sophomore reporter to investigate the theft of SAT exams.

AGENCY: Above the Line – Bruce Bartlett

PAN by Ben Magid
Peter Pan is a villian being tracked by a police captain named Hook.

AGENCY: William Morris – Ken Freimann, Rob Carlson, Mike Esola

WITH 7 MENTIONS

DOGS OF BABEL by Jamie Linden
A linguistics professor attempts to deal with the tragic death of his wife, who suffered a fatal fall from a backyard tree. The only witness to her death is the family’s Rhodesian ridgeback. The widower attempts to discover what happened to his wife by getting the dog to communicate.

AGENCY: Paradigm – Valarie Phillips

IN BRUGES by Martin McDonagh
After a difficult job in London, two hit men hide out in Bruges. Their views on life and their lifestyle gets murky when they become acquainted with the locals and other tourists and entangled in a new scene.

AGENCY: CAA – Robert Bookman

SUPERBAD by The Butterworths
Two co-dependent high school guys want to hook up with girls before they graduate and go off to different colleges, but, after a calamitous night just trying to buy alcohol for a school party, overcoming their separation anxiety becomes a greater challenge than getting the girls

AGENCY: CAA – Robert Bookman, Fred Specktor

WHEN CORRUPTION WAS KING by Frank Baldwin
A scrappy lawyer from Chicago’s South Side rises to be a trusted attorney for the Outfit–the mob that controls the city through an elaborate web of bribery, vote-rigging and violence–until he turns state’s witness and brings the whole corrupt system to its knees.

AGENCY: William Morris – Cliff Roberts, Aaron Hart

WITH 7 MENTIONS

JEREMY ORM IS A PERVERT by Phil Johnston
In 1982, a thirteen year-old son of a clergyman becomes a small-time smut peddler who is running for bishop in a small conservative Wisconsin community.

AGENCY: UTA – Adam Weinstein, Jason Burns

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS by Emma Forrest
Logline kept under wraps.

AGENCY: William Morris – Cliff Roberts, Aaron Hart

LIONS FOR LAMBS by Matt Carnahan
Three interconnected lives converge: A congressman interacts with a journalist; an idealistic professor tries to inspire a privileged student; and a pair of American soldiers wounded in Afghanistan, one having been the professor’s former student.

AGENCY: Endeavor – Chris Donnelly

MR. BURNOUT by Eric Gravning
Ten years in the classroom have turned a one-time teacher of the year into a defeated, bitter man. A bet from a new teacher to get three of his most problematic students into a top college might be just the thing to restore his love of the profession.

AGENCY: Hohman/Maybank/Lieb – Bob Hohman

OPEN GRAVE by The Borey Brothers
A man wakes up in the wilderness, in a pit full of dead bodies, with no memory and must determine if the murderer is one of the strangers who rescued him, or if he himself is the killer.

AGENCY: CAA – Martin Spencer

THE ART OF COOL by Alex Sabeti
A geeky student discovers the classic book “The Art of War,” by Sun Tzu, and literally uses it as a survival guide for navigating the social politics of high school.

AGENCY: UTA – Tobin Babst

WITH 5 MENTIONS

A WILLING PATRIOT by Jason Keller
An American federal agent goes undercover in South America’s dangerous so-called tri-border area — where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet — in an attempt to dismantle a terrorist-funding network.

AGENCY: CAA – Scott Greenberg, David Styne

FAMOUS LAST WORDS by Josh Schwartz
World War II era story of a writer’s obsession with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

AGENCY: Endeavor – Jason Spitz

HEAD INJURY by Barry Schwartz & Raza Syed
Logline kept under wraps.

AGENCY: William Morris – Aaron Hart, Jeff Gorin

SHOTGUN WEDDING by Tiffany Zehnal
A woman kidnaps a boyfriend and forces him to marry her in Las Vegas.

AGENCY: CAA – JP Evans

WITH 4 MENTIONS

A MIGHTY HEART by Michael Winterbottom & Laurence Coriat
A memoir of the life of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002.

AGENCY: Endeavor – Chris Donnelly

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD by Michael Bacall
Scott Pilgrim just met the girl of his dreams…literally. But in order for them to date, he must defeat her seven evil exes.

AGENCY: ICM – Jeff Shumway

SUPER BAD by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
Two co-dependent high school guys want to hook up with girls before they graduate and go off to different colleges, but, after a calamitous night just trying to buy alcohol for a school party, overcoming their separation anxiety becomes a greater challenge than getting the girls.

AGENCY: UTA – Blair Belcher

THE GIFTED by Jacob Estes
A real estate magnet worth millions of dollars gives away his fortunes, and properties, eventually donating a kidney based on the idea that he had no right to live better than others more in need.

AGENCY: CAA – Scott Greenberg

THE IMPERFECTIONIST by Craig Hoetger
Logline kept under wraps.

AGENCY: William Morris – Mike Esola, Aaron Hart, David Lubliner, Rob Carlson

THE MESSENGER by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer.

AGENCY: William Morris – Mike Sheresky, Ramses Ishak, Carolyn Sivitz

THE PROFESSORS by Jonathan Lemond
Logline kept under wraps.

AGENCY: UTA – Tobin Babst, Rio Hernandez, Richard Klubeck

WITH 3 MENTIONS

3:10 TO YUMA by Stuart Beattie
A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who’s awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.

AGENCY: Innovative Artists – Nancy Nigrosh

ABSENT HEARTS by Jessica Goldberg
Logline kept under wraps.

AGENCY: UTA – Julien Thuan

BROTHERS BLOOM by Rian Johnson
The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they’ve decided to take on one last job – showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world.

AGENCY: Featured Artists – Brian Dreyfuss

DAVIS CURBER IS DYING by Chris Romano & Eric Falconer
Logline kept under wraps.

AGENCY: UTA – Jason Burns

GOES BY THE NAME HARVEY by Josh Ferris
Logline kept under wraps.

AGENCY:

HAIRSTYLES OF THE DAMNED by Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka

AGENCY: CAA – Maha Dakhil, Shari Smiley

LOVE AND OTHER IMPOSSIBLE PURSUITS by Don Roos
A comedy/drama that details the story of a woman’s difficult relationship with her stepson.

AGENCY: William Morris – Steve Rabineau

SHADOW 19 by John Spaihts
The viability of earth is threatened and a space marine is recruited to help terraform an alien planet for human colonization, only to discover that he hasn’t been given the complete story.

AGENCY: Paradigm – Trevor Astbury

SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE by Sean Anders & John Morris
Kirk, an average guy, can’t believe his luck when the successful and gorgeous Molly falls for him. His friends, family, and ex-girlfriend are just as shocked as he is. But Kirk goes to great lengths to prove that she’s not out of his league.

AGENCY: ICM – Paul Alan Smith

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE by Dave Eggers
A bored, retired rock star sets out to find his father’s executioner, an ex-Nazi war criminal who is a refugee in the U.S.

AGENCY: CAA – Sally Willcox

WICHITA by Scott Milam
An unthinkable crime destroys the lives of eight people.

AGENCY: Endeavor – Adam Levine

WITH 2 MENTIONS

A LITTLE GAME WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE by Allan Loeb
A seemingly perfect couple pretend to break up, only to realize that their friends never liked them as a couple to begin with.

AGENCY: CAA – Carin Sage, Jon Levin

ALL ABOUT STEVE by Kim Barker
Convinced that a CCN cameraman is her true love, an eccentric crossword puzzler trails him as he travels all over the country, hoping to convince him that they belong together.

AGENCY: CAA – Greg McKnight

BIG MAN ON CAMPUS by Gina Wendkos
Beauty and brains duke it out in high school, changing the perception of “popular” and crumbling the power structure.

AGENCY: CAA – Byrdie Lifson-Pompan, Risa Gertner

BIM BAM BABY by Jeremy Catalino
Logline kept under wraps.

AGENCY: William Morris – Carolyn Sivitz, Ava Greenfield, Danny Greenberg

BRAD CUTTER RUINED MY LIFE AGAIN by Joe Nussbaum
A high-school nerd grows up to get a good job and a beautiful girlfriend, only to lose his sanity and just about everything else when his company hires a man who was the most popular guy in his high school and had made his life a living hell.

AGENCY: Endeavor – Dawn Saltzman

CHALLENGER by Nicole Perlman
Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman leads an investigation into the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.

AGENCY: Paradigm – Christopher Till

HIDING HECTOR by Lisa Addario & Joe Syracuse
When his government is overthrown, Hector Vivas, the Marxist dictator of a Latin American country finds refuge with Tatiana Mills, a 15-year-old girl in suburban San Diego. While hiding out with Tatiana and her single mother, Hector teaches the teenager to channel her teenage angst into something more productive.

AGENCY: UTA – Keya Khayatian, Shana Eddy, Rich Klubeck

CROWHURST by Duncan Brantley
Logline kept under wraps.

AGENCY: William Morris – Mike Esola, Aaron Hart, Mike Sheresky, Ramses Ishak

CURVE by Kimberly Johnson
A young woman, alone on a cross-country trip, picks up a hitchhiker after she experiences car trouble. After the two hit it off, the hitchhiker turns out to be a psychopath whom she must escape from.

AGENCY: Paradigm – Chris Smith

DEATH AT A FUNERAL by Dean Craig
An American family unites to put a beloved husband and father to rest. As mourners gather at the family home, shocking revelations, festering resentments, ugly threats, blackmail and a misdirected corpse unleash lethal mayhem.

AGENCY: United Talent – Keya Khayatian, Jason Burns

DIVING BELL & THE BUTTERFLY by Ronald Harwood
Imprisoned in his body after a massive stroke, a French journalist records the daily minutes of his new life while pondering the survival of the human spirit

AGENCY: ICM – Ben Smith

DRACULA YEAR ZERO by Burk Sharpless & Matt Sazama
Explores the origin of Dracula, weaving vampire mythology with the true history of Prince Vlad the Impaler, depicting Dracula as a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war.

AGENCY: ICM – Sophie Holodnik

FROST/NIXON by Peter Morgan
A retelling of the post-Watergate T.V. interview of Richard Nixon by British talk-show host David Frost.

AGENCY: ICM – Doug Maclaren

GET SMART by Tom Astle & Matt Ember
The adventures of bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart, and his level-headed female partner, Agent 99, as they battle against the evil forces of KAOS.

AGENCY: Endeavor – Dawn Saltzman

HAROLD & KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY by Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg
Follows the cross-country adventures of the pot-smoking duo as they try to outrun authorities who suspect them of being terrorists when they try to sneak a bong on board their flight to Amsterdam.

AGENCY: CAA – Todd Feldman, Greg McKnight

HEARTS & MINDS by Helen Crawley
Logline kept under wraps.

AGENCY: UTA – Charlie Ferraro, Stuart Manishel

IN DEFIANCE OF GRAVITY by Ned Benson
Logline kept under wraps.

AGENCY: Gersh – Ethan Antonucci

INVADERS by Jayson Rothwell
A thief is forced by a rogue U.S. government agent to retrieve a video of the U.S. President having sex with the wife of an Arab sheik.

AGENCY: Paradigm – Trevor Astbury

LIFE OF PI by Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Guillame Laurent
A 16 year-old Indian boy whose passage to a new life in America aboard a freighter ends in a shipwreck in the Pacific. He is left to fend for himself on a life raft with an orangutan, hyena and Bengal tiger.

AGENCY: ICM – Robert Newman

MEN by Allan Loeb
An advertising executive surreptitiously becomes roomates with his wife’s lover–a struggling, egotistical artist–in order to sabotage their affair and save his marriage

AGENCY: CAA – Carin Sage, John Levin

MY ALL-AMERICAN by Jeff Roda
Logline kept under wraps.

AGENCY: Endeavor – Lis Rowinski

NATURAL SELECTION by Robbie Pickering
Logline kept under wraps.

AGENCY: Ampersand – Marti Blumenthal

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS by Martin McDonagh
Logline kept under wraps.

AGENCY: CAA – Robert Bookman

SNOW PONIES by Pat Healy
Logline kept under wraps.

AGENCY: RWSH – Nick Harris

THE BUCKET LIST by Justin Zackham
Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

AGENCY: William Morris – Mike Esola, Ramses Ishak, Mike Sheresky

THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE by Michael Thomas III
The true story of Latif Yahia, an Iraqi man who served as the body double for Uday Hussein, Saddam’s eldest son.

AGENCY: ICM – Boaty Boatwright

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY by Ned Benson
Logline kept under wraps.

AGENCY: Gersh – Ethan Antonucci

THE EVERYBOY by Dana Adam Shapiro
An eccentric teenager leaves behind thousands of diary entries that detail his unusual outlook and experiences.

AGENCY: RWSH – Sylvie Rabineau

THE FIGHTER by Lewis Colick
A look at the early years of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.

AGENCY UTA – Shana Eddy, Jeremy Zimmer, David Kramer

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN by Matt Reeves
A former beauty queen turns to a life of crime to protect her family.

AGENCY: William Morris – David Lonner, Aaron Hart

THE LONG BLUE YONDER by Bill Gullo
A fatherless teenage boy meets a troubled girl and together they test the limits of their small-town lives as they attempt to set themselves free from the things that haunt them.

AGENCY: William Morris – Cliff Roberts, Carolyn Sivitz

THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE by Jeff Stockwell
An arrogant toy porcelain rabbit heads off on a series of adventures in order to learn the true meaning of love.

AGENCY: UTA – Liz Ziemska, Charlie Ferraro

THE WOMAN WITH THE NERVE OF A BURGLAR by Joan Didion
Logline kept under wraps.

AGENCY: CAA – Robert Bookman

THERE WILL BE BLOOD by Paul Thomas Anderson
A turn-of-the-century prospector buys the oil rights to a family’s ranch, and then hits a major pocket of crude.

AGENCY: Endeavor – Chris Donnelly

WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY by Judd Apatow & Jake Kasdan
Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend.

AGENCY: UT A/Endeavor – Blair Belcher, Jeremy Kramer/Philip Raskind

WHO THE HELL IS SANJAY PATEL by Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka
After receiving a fake ID a college kid is mistaken for the mysterious Sanjay Patel, which sends he and his friend on a wild night surrounding an unanticipated world changing event.

AGENCY: UTA – -Charlie Ferraro, Keya Khayatian

YEAR OF THE DOG by Mike White
Peggy is a happy-go-lucky secretary–a great friend, employee, and sister who lives alone with her beloved dog. But when Pencil unexpectedly dies, Peggy must embark on a journey of personal transformation.

AGENCY: UTA – Tracey Jacobs, Tobin Babst, Rich Klubeck, David Kramer

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