The Black List 2016


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The Black List was compiled from the suggestions of over 250 film executives, each of whom contributed the names of up to ten of his or her favorite that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2016 and will not have begun principal photography during this year.

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 2015 affiliations.

It has been said many times, but it’s worth repeating:

The Black List is not a “best of “ list. It is, at best, a “most liked” list.


The Black List 2016:


BLOND AMBITION by Elyse Hollander
Chronicles Madonna in the 1980s as she struggles to get her first album released while navigating fame, romance, and an industry that views women as disposable.
Agency: | Tanya Cohen, Simon Faber
Management: | John Zaozirny
Presented by Lorene Scafaria


LIFE ITSELF by Dan Fogelman
A multigenerational love story that weaves together a number of characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades, from the streets of to the Spanish countryside and back.
Agency: | Danny Greenberg
Mangement: | Eryn Brown
Presented by Steven Yeun

THE OLYMPIAN by Tony Toast
True story of an underdog rower, trying to make it to the 1984 Olympics told through the story of his relationships with his coach, his father, his fiancee, and with competition itself.
Agency: | Jill Gillett, Sylvie Rabineau
Mangement: Mangement 360 | Guymon Casady, Jill McElroy
Presented by Jake Gyllenhaal

THE POST by Liz Hannah
Before Watergate, there were the Pentagon Papers. This is the true story of how Washington Post scion Katherine Graham and her legendary editor Bill Bradlee overcame their differences to publish the story that would change their lives.
Agency: | Dan Erlij, Keya Khayatian, Carolyn Sivitz
Management: | Brittany Kahan, Gaciella Sanchez
Presented by Graham Moore


VOYAGERS by Zach Dean
The cosmic love story between Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan.
Agency: | Dan Aloni, Simon Faber, Solco Schui
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner
Presented by JJ Abrams


Explores the entire history of the universe and our species through three separate interwoven storylines that question the very nature of life, love, and mortality, where we’ve been and where we’re going, the past, present, and future of the human race.
Agency: | Mike Fera
Management: LBI | Harry Lengsfield
Presented by Barry Jenkins


O2 by Christine LeBlanc
Waking up inside a cryogenic chamber with no memory of how she got there, Charlie must somehow escape the chamber before her air runs out.
Agency: | Joe Mann, Pete Stein
Management: | James Engle, Adam Riback
Presented by Aline Brosh McKenna & Vincent Rodriguez III

A frustrated film exec at odds with the state of his industry is forced to work with the one person who is making him question everything.
Presented by Megan Halpern


DARK MONEY by Matt Fruchtman
A young stock trader who goes to work for billionaire stock trader Steve Cohen and gets immersed in one of the largest insider trading scandals of all time.
Agency: | Sue Carls, Jon Cassir, Brian Kend, Joe Mann
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner
Presented by Allan Loeb

Told through a series of letters to family members, the tragic true story of Rosemary Kennedy, a vibrant, passionate young woman and oldest daughter of Joe and Rose Kennedy. Born with a severe learning disability, Rosemary so worried her father with her erratic behavior that he believed the stigma of mental illness in the family would ruin his plans to build a political dynasty. He hid her away in convents and sanitariums and ultimately had her lobotomized.
Agency: | Tanya Cohen, Simon Fabert
Management: Epicenter | Allan Cantor, Jarrod Murray
Presented by: Noah Oppenheimer


LINDA AND MONICA by Flint Wainess
the absolutely crazy true story of the relationship between Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp, the woman who nearly destroyed the Clinton presidency – and herself in the process.
Agency: | Charles Ferraro
Management: | Josh Goldenberg
Presented by Franklin Leonard


HALA by Minhal Baig
When a teenaged Muslim American girl, struggling with identity issues already, discovers her father is having an affair with a colleague she responds by seducing her English teacher, ultimately leading to her parents’ divorce.
Management: 3 Arts Entertainment | Ari Lubet
Presented by Ava Duvernay


It’s the unbelievable true story of a family man from Alaska in the midst of a mid-life crisis who embarks on what he’d hoped would be a dream sailing vacation but ends up shipwrecked in the Atlantic Ocean with the charming but psychotic sea captain who has decided to stop taking his medication.
Agency: | Tanya Cohen, Holly Jetter
Management: | Jeff Portnoy
Presented by Chris Weekes

An exploration of relationships as a man witnesses different types of love across the ages.
Agency: | Tanya Cohen, Roger Green, Meyash Prabhu
Managemenet: | Zach Cox, Daniela Garcia-Brcek


REVOLVER by Kate Trefry
Based on true events in Anchorage, Alaska in 1966, about a girl who tries to sneak into the hotel where the Beatles are staying in the hopes of losing her virginity to George Harrison.
Agency: | Amanda hymson, Keya Khayatian
Management: Lee Stobby Entertainment | Lee Stobby
Presented by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner


When a sought after Fairy Godmother, Faye is hired by a mind-bogglingly gorgeous teenage , Kenzie, to find her true love with the hottest prince in the land, Faye finds herself facing an unfamiliar challenge when the prince starts falling for her instead.
Agency: | Tanya Cohen, Sarah Self
Management: Think Tank Management | Tom Drumm
Presented by Victoria Strouse

FREE GUY by Matt Lieberman
A bank teller stuck in his routine discovers he’s a background character in a realistic, open world, action-adventure video game and he’s the only one capable of saving the city.
Agency: | Simon Faber, Roger Green
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner
Presented by Chike Okonkwo

THE KINGS OF MAINE by Katy Charles
Living with his wife and child in a trailer while working as a janitor, Stephen King struggles with alcoholism and his own dark history as he attempts to complete Carrie.
Agency: | Peter Dodd, Charles Ferraro
Management: | John Zaozirny
Presented by Christine Vachon

Based on the life and times of Eric Clapton, George Harrison, and Pattie Boyd, and the tumultuous love triangle that inspired an entire generation of music.
Agency: | Adam Perry
Management: | Adam Riback
Presented by Andrew Garfield

MAXIMUM KING! by Shay Hatten
An outlandish, surreal imagining of how in 1985 Stephen King wrote and directed the horror classic Maximum Overdrive.
Agency: | Joe Mann, Praveen Pandian
Management: Lee Stobby Entertainment | Lee Stobby
Presented by Paul Scheer


BATTLE OF ALCATRAZ by Neil Widener & Gavin James
The story of a group of prisoners who plan an escape that turns into a huge hostage crisis pitting them against the US army.
Agency: | Jon Cassir, Joe Mann
Management: | Matt Rosen
Presented by Scott Neustadter

I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW by Mike Makowsky
Agency: | Rob Hertin, Praveen Pandian
Management: | Susan Solomon
The apocalypse proves a blessing in disguise for one lucky recluse – until a second survivor arrives with the threat of companionship.
Presented by Domhnall Gleeson

MAN ALIVE by Joe Greenberg
After an alien invasion takes over the minds of humankind, one survivor known as “Man” must make peace with the alien force to fight a greater evil.
Agnecy: | Bryan Besser, Parker Davis
Management: Good Fear Film + Management | Scott Ctoops, Jake Wagner, Jake Weiner
Presented by Damon Lindelof

MOTHER by Michael Lloyd Green
A teenage girl raised underground by a robot “Mother” – designed to repopulate the Earth’s surface after an extinction level event. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.
Management: | Dave Brown, James Engle
Presented by Lisa Joy


A veteran late night comedy talk show host coming close to losing her after hiring the show’s first female writer.
Agency: | Michael Cooper, Maha Dakhil
Management: 3 Arts Entertainment | Howard Klein
Presented by Deb Snyder


KING OF LA by Chris Bremner
Set in the 1980s, based on the true story of a man who went from star DEA agent to convicted drug trafficker in the worst corruption scandal in DEA history.
Agency: | Emerson Davis, Ben Jacobson, Carolyn Sivitz
Management: Kplan/Perrone Entertainemnt | Lindsey Framson, Josh Goldenberg
Presented by Helen Estabrook

Set in the 1800s, it’s about a father looking after his family when he finds a barrel of gold that may be less fortune than great curse.
Management: | Hannah Ozer
Presented by Justin Kurzel

VILLAINS by Dan Berk & Robert Olsen
Agency: | Peter Dodd, Charles Ferraro
Management: | Josh Goldenberg
Two small time robbers become prisoners when they break into a house and discover a ten-year-old girl chained up in the basement.
Presented by Luke Davies


HART YOU by Zoe McCarthy
Estranged siblings posed as a married couple in the Amalfi Coast to win a cash prize.
Management: 3 Arts Entertainment | Olivia Gerke, Ari Lubet
Presented by Lindsay Doran

A Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead take on Titanic, where an overprotective mother attempts to keep her teenage daughter, young son, and rowdy sister together while sailing on the doomed voyage of the Titanic of 1912.
Agency: | Amanda Hymson
Management: Principato-Young Entertainment | Maggie Haskins
Presented by Jorma Taccone

When Angie witnesses the betrayal and murder of her father during a smuggler’s drop, the vigilant and determined young woman calls in the help of a mysterious female assassin to seek revenge against all those responsible.
Agency: | Greg Pedicin, Danny Toth
Management: Zero Gravity Management | Mark Holder, Eric Williams


BARBARIAN by Rosalind Ross
Based on the true story of Boudicca, a queen and warrior of the British Celtic Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire.
Agency: | Tanya Cohen, David Karp, Deb McIntosh
Management: | Markus Goerge, Mikhail Nayfeld
Presented by Kristina Lauren Anderson

THE BUILDER by Tom Cartier
A look inside the tortuous drama of Donald Trump’s first Manhattan real estate deal, his relationships with troubled older brother Freddy and famed fixer Roy Cohn, and how they all created the Trump of today.
Agency: | Adam Perry
Management : | John Zaozirny

A handsome prince falls in love with a commoner, so her fairy Godmother turns her into a perfect princess. But whent he spell works a little too well,t he prince embarks on a quest to reverse it, not realizing that he’s endangering the entire fairy tale universe.
Agency: | Simon Faber, Solco Schuit
Management: | Zac Frognowski, Matt Rosen
Presented by Eva Longoria


ADRIFT by Aaron & Jordan Kandell
In this incredible true story of love and survival, Tami Ashcraft sails into the heart of a hurricane and embarks on a harrowing 41 days odyssey against impossible odds to save the man she loves.
Agency: | Tanya Cohen, Jeff Gorin
Management: Hopscotch Pictures | Sukee Chew
Presented by David Benioff & Peter Dinklage

KINGS CANYON by Paul Hilborn & Evan Parter
At the height of the Cold War, an Air Force pilot Lieutenant David Steeves vanishes over Sierra Nevada mountains in a high-value jet. Fifty-four days later, left for dead, he crawls out of the wild with an impossible tale of survival. The media and military brand him a hero, launching him to fame and fortune, only to call m him into question when certain discrepancies in his story point ot his being a hoax, or worse – a traitor.
Agency: | Ida Ziniti
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Ryan Cunningham
Presented by Patty Jenkins

Attorney Paul Cravath takes on Thomas Edison in the legal battle to determine whether Edison or his rival George Westinghouse will provide the electricity to light America.
Agency: | Brian Siberell, Trevor Astbury
Management: Think Tank Management | Tom Drumm
Presented by Gina Prince Blythewood

LEE by Chris Urch
An emotionally charged depiction of the six months leading up to one of Alexander McQueen’s greatest shows, probing both his personal and professional personas.
Agency: / United Agents | Jenny Maryassis, Lucinda Moorhead, Geoff Morley / Marnie Podos
Management: | Jeff Silver

LIBERTY by Jayson Rothwell
The astonishing tale of Frederic Auguste Bartholdi – the French sculptor wholly responsible for designing, building, and delivering the Statue of Liberty across the Atlantic to where it stands today.
Agency: | Tanya Cohen, Rich Cook
Presented by James Schamus

With Nazi attempting to stop the of a film that is pokin gfun at hitler, an FBI agent and an LAPD detective must team up to protect a drunk and angry Charlie Chaplin from being kidnapped.
Agency: | Michael Fera, Roger Green
Management: | Matt Rosen
Presented by Kenya Barris

Torn apart by tragedy, two estranged sisters who reunite and are forced to confront their differences after one sister must be transported to an Alzheimers facility.
Agency: | Melissa Darman, Parker Davis, Adam Levine
Management: Good Fear Film + Management | Jake Wagner

The extraordinary true story of Johanna “Hannie” Schaft, a young woman who dropped out of college to join the Dutch resistance in WWII, eventually becoming one of their most talented assassins and one of the Nazi’s most wanted enemies.
Agency: | Adrian Garcia
Management: Bellvue Productions | Jeff Portnoy
Presented by Couper Samuelson


AMERICAN REBEL by Christopher Cosmos
The true story of Deborah Sampson, a woman from Massachusetts who risked her life by disguising herself as a man and joining the Continental Army to help fight for independence during the Revolutionary War.
Agency: | David Boxerbaum
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner
Presented by Catherine Hardwicke

RUGGED by April Prosser
Four dysfunctional female coworkers get lost in the wilderness when they are on a team building activity and they have to work together to survive.
Agency: | Blair Kohan, Carolyn Sivitz
Management: | Josh Goldbenberg
Presented by Marielle Heller

TURNED ON by Charlie Kesslering
When a socially awkward engineer builds an android to fill in for her things go awry when it becomes self actualized.
Agency: | Sam Bringardner, Joe Mann
Management: Mosaic | Josh Ridnick
Presented by Gabby Sidibe


About a heart-broken woman in the near-future, who knows nothing about technology, but signs up for an experiment where you can program a robot to be your dream man.
Agency: | Melissa Darman, Chris Noriega, Melissa Solomon
Management: | Merideth Bajana
Presented by Liz Meriwether

A primatologist takes her teenage daughter to a remote region of Madagascar, where her determination to save endangered lemurs puts their relationshiop and safety at risk. Based on the short story “What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us” by Laura Van Den Berg.
Management: Kipperman Management | Lisa Zusman
Presented by Mira Nair

When future technology renders the Witness Protection Program obsolete, the government begins using time travel to hide high-profile witnesses in the past. When a security breach occurs, a US Marshall and her witness struggle to find their way back to present day, all while evading assassins.
Management: | Jeff Portnoy
Presented by Charles King

Tasked with finding a game-changing take for the sixth Jason Bourne movie, Tom Milton goes deep down the rabbit hole of cracking the story. With help of a professor and Bourne himself, tom begins workshopping scenes that begin to beleed into real life in unexpected ways.
Agency: | Jay Baker, Pete Stein, Ida Ziniti
Management: | Zac Frognowski
Presented by John Cho

THE FRUITCAKE by Trey Selman
The remarkable true story of an unremarkable church-going accountant, who stole 17 million dollars in the biggest fruitcake heist of all time.
Agency: | Sue Carls, Jon Cassir
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner, Kendrick Tan
Presented by Chris Miller & Phil Lord

HUNCHBANK by Topher Rhys-Lawrence
Defying an isolationist fear-mongering government, a gypsy revolutionary, a mutinous soldier, and a deaf hunchback become the champions of human tolerance and the symbol for a peaceful future in a dystopian revision of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback Notre Dame.
Management: The Gotham Group | Eric Robinson, Justin Littman
Presented by Howard Rodman

I, TONYA by Steven Rogers
Based on the author’s irony-free, wildly contradictory, totally true interviews with Tonya Harding and Jeff Gillooly.
Agency: | Lee Keele, Bayard Maybank, Greg Pedicin
Presented by Shannon Woodward

INNER CITY by Dan Gilroy
When a hard-nosed liberal writer whose been fighting the good fight while others take the credit and after he confirms the role of his crusading firm’s front man, he discovers some unsettling things about what they’ve done, resulting in an existential crisis that leads to extreme action.
Agency: | Scott Greenberg
Presented by Kate Hagen

ORB by Steve Desmond & Michael Sherman
Inspired by actual events from 1974, a young married couple discover a mysterious metallic orb in the woods near the house following a meteor shower. While the unusual object dazzles the couple by exhibiting some awe-inspiring properties, it’s true purpose is revealed to be far more sinister than they could ever imagine.
Agency: | Adam Perry, Sheryl Petersen
Management: The Gotham Group | Peter McHugh, Matt Schichtman
Presented by Lenny Abrahamson


BURN RUN by Matt Tente
In war-torn Afghanistan where a mercenary team is hired to escort a twenty ton heroin seizure bound for destruction but gets caught up in a botched drug deal when their leader goes rogue, forcing them to overcome various enemies who wish to steal it.
Management: Good Fear + Film Management | Jake Wagner
Presented by Jaime Camil

THE FALL by Pete Bridges
Finding themselves in the fall of an alien invasion, a newly divorced couple must survive a real-time, dangerous journey on foot, from downtown Atlanta to the suburbs, where their young children are home alone.
Agency: | Adam Levin, Adam Weinstein
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner
Presented by Matt Ross

THE GUN SHOW by Lucas Carter
A famous cop wakes up 20 years after a shootout and is reinstated to solve the case that killed his old partner. Only problem: he’s a bull in a China shop, and 2016 is a very different time than the 1990s world he’s used to. To teach him the rops, he’s paired with his old partner’s son, a risk averse traffic cop.
Agency: | Peter Dodd
Management: | Adam Riback
Presented by Rawson Thurber

THE HOUSEWIFE by Alyssa Hill
Base don a true story set in 1960s , a journalist finds and investigates a woman whom he believes is married to a Nazi in hiding. Their relationship results in the first-ever extradition of an Amerian citizen for war crimes.
Agency: ICM | Taryn Ariel, Niki Montazaran
Management: | Alex Lerner
Presented by Phyllis Nagy

HUMMINGBIRD by John Tyler Mclain
A balck-ops assassin’s latest mark forces her to question the truth of her identity and ultiamtely confront the unsettling fact that she’s more than a hired gun, she’s an entirely new breed of weapon.
Agency: | Peter Dodd
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Ryan Cunningham
Presented by Gemma Chan

PALMER by Cheryl Guerreiro
A recently paroled convict returns to his home in the South, where he forms an unlikely but powerful bond with a young, effeminate boy.
Management: | Markus Goerg
Presented by Lena Waithe

REASON OF STATE by Matthew Orton
Twenty-four hours inside the British Prime Minister’s abode at 10 Downing Street.
Agency: | Jeff, Gorin, David Karp, Tanya Cohen
Management: | Jeff Silver
Presented by Ruth Negga


ALLISON ADAMS by Devon Graye
A little girl who goes missing in a small town and the key to finding her lies with four disparate women who share nothing in common except for the young girl’s name… Allison Adams.
Agency: | Charles Ferrarro, Alex Rincon, Mikey Schwartz Wright
Presented by Laura Carmichael

An R-rated action comedy, animated, revisionist history of the founding of our country.
Agency: | Jason Burns, Emerson Davis
Management: | Tobin Babst
Presented by Rian Johnson

BAD EDUCATION by Mike Makowsky
The unfolding of the single largest public school embezzlement scandal in United States history – an incredible true story that pits corrupt educators against dogged student journalists against the backgroup of a cutthroat Long Island suburb.
Agency: | Rob Hertin, Praveen Pandian
Management: | Susa Solomon
Presented by The Stranger Things creators and cast

BITTER PILL by Turner Hay
When an out of work divorced mother stops taking her court-ordered medication that made her feel like a zombie, her brazenly immoral, fifteen-year-old imaginary friend appears to help get her life back on track.
Management: Lee Stobby Entertainment | Lee Stobby
Presented by Josh Singer

When his comic book obsessed five-year-old brother is diagnosed with cancer, Oscar Ruiz attempts to shield him from the truth by convincing him that his treatment is all part of a top secret program to become a superhero.
Presented by Ben Barnes.

CARNADA by Katharine Werner
Based on true events. In post-Cuban Missile Crisis Miami, an ambitious young CIA agent receives a making opportunity in becoming the case officer for a charismatic Cuban ambassador offering to help eliminate Fidel Castro. As their relationship grows, however, he begins to question the mission and the true motives of his superiors.
Agency: ICM | Bryan Diperstein, Erik Horine
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Ryan Cunningham
Presented by Brian Koppelman

DONZIGER by Matt Bai & Jay Carson
After twenty years, Steven Donziger wins a $19 billion verdict against Chevron for poisoning rural lands in Ecuador. Chevron responds by hiring heavy hitting Randy Mastro determined to have the entire verdict thrown out.
Agency: | Jon Cassir
Management: | Eryn Brown, Guymon Casady
Presented by Scott Myers

Based on the author’s father’s escape from Sarajevo in 1992, the harrowing and heartbreaking tale of one man’s to get back to his family.
Agency: | Jordan Cerf, Meyash Prabhu, Matt Solo
Management: | Matt Rosen
Presented by Armie Hammer

HOTEL ARTEMIS by Drew Pearce
In riot-torn, near future , the wrong six people become trapped in Hotel Artemis – a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.
Agency: | Phil D’Amecourt
Presented by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph

MILLER’S GIRL by Jade Bartlett
The story of a young precocious writer who becomes involved with her high school creative writing teacher in a dark coming-of-age drama that explores the often blurred lines of connectivity between professor and protege, child and adult.
Agency: | Amanda Hymson, Gregory McKnight
Management: | Henry Huang
Presented by Zoe Lister-Jones

MR. TOY by Chai Hecht
The real-life story of Marvin Glass, the brilliant, charismatic, self-loathing, paranoid, demanding – and probably the greatest toy inventor of all time.
Agency: | Jon Cassir, Matt Martin
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner
Presented by Eyal Podell and Jonathan Stewart

SPACE ODDITY by Rebecca Banner
A young man obsessed with taking a one-way trip to Mars begins to question his decision when he falls in love with the insurance agent underwriting his trip.
Agency: ICM | Niki Montazaran
Management: | Ashley Berns, Daniela Garcia-Brcek
Presented by Travis Beacham


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