The Black List 2017


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The Black List was compiled from the suggestions of over 275 film , each of whom contributed the names of up to ten of his or her favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2017 and will not have begun principal photography during this year.

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 2017:


RUIN by Matthew Firpo and Ryan Firpo
A nameless ex-Nazi captain must navigate the ruins of post-WWII Germany to atone for his crimes during the war by hunting down and killing the surviving members of his former SS death squad.
Agency: UTA | Peter Dodd, Rob Carlson
Management: LBI Entertainment | Harry Lengsfield, Sam Warren
Presented by Patton Oswalt


LET HER SPEAK by Mario Correa
The true story of Senator Wendy Davis and her 24-hour filibuster to save 75% of abortion clinics in Texas.
Agency: WME | Jordan Cerf, Phil Raskind, Ryan Feldman
Management: Heroes and Villains Entertainment | Benjamin Blake
Presented by Senator Wendy Davis.


DADDIO by Christy Hall
A passenger and her cab driver reminisce about their relationships on the way from the airport to her apartment.
Agency: | Bill Zotti, Dana Harris, Hylda Queally
Management: LBI Entertainment | Harry Lengsfield
Presented by Dee Rees


KEEPER OF THE DIARY by Evan Kilgore and Samuel Franco
Chronicles Otto Frank’s journey, with the help of a junio editor at Doubleday Press, to find a publisher for the diary his daughter Anne wrote during the Holocaust.
Agency: Verve | David Boxerbaum, Parker Davis
Management: Bellevue Productions | Jeff Portnoy (Franco); Tunnel Post | Mia Chang (Kilgore)
Presented by Scott Neustadter


WHERE I END by Imran Zaidi
In a world where your life can be saved, uploaded to a , and restarted in the case of your untimely death, a husband returns from the dead to suspect his wife may have been involved in his death.
Agency: UTA | Jason Burns, Jenny Maryasis
Management: Grandview | Nate Matteson
Presented by Don Cheadle


The true story of 25-year-old Joanne Rowling as she weathers first loves, unexpected pregnancy, lost jobs, and depression on her journey to create Harry Potter.
Agency: WME | Hannah Davis, Joanna Korshak, Lindsay Aubin, Tanya Cohen
Management: Plattform | Bash Naran
Presented by Patricia Arquette


After catching her husband in bed with a hooker, which causes him to die of a heart attack, Sue Bottom burying the body and takes advantage of the local celebrity status that comes from having a missing husband.
Agency: WME | Andrew Mathes, Lindsay Dunn, Meyash Prabhu, Nick Hoagland
Presented by Lean Waithe


Behind the walls of a maximum security prison, a naive teenage inmate and a rookie correctional officer are forced into a drug smuggling operation while a looming conflict between rival gang members threatens to boil over.
Agency: | Matt Martin, Rob Herting
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner, Kendrick Tan
Presented by Will Packer


A grieving 13-year-old girl hires a terminally-ill, acerbic philosophy professor to prevent flunking the seventh grade. What begins as a homework assignment blossoms into an unlikely friendship and a new appreciation for life that neither will forget.
Agency: APA | Adam Perry, Debbie Deuble-Hill
Management: Untitled Entertainment | Jennifer Au, Jennifer Levine
Presented by Sterling K. Brown


TRAPLINE by Brett Treacy and Dan Woodward
A captive boy’s lifestyle is upended when his captor asks for his help kidnapping a second child.
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Kendrick Tan
Presented by J.J. Abrams

A true story about the relationship between Elaine Mae and Mike Nichols.
Agency: | Jay Baker, Sue Carls
Management: Management 360 | Eryn Brown
Presented by Margot Robbie


A rookie marine gets stranded on a hostile planet during humanity’s space colonization, with nothing but her exo-suit that’s running out of fusion power.
Agency: APA | Adam Perry, Chris Ridenhour
Management: Echo Lake Entertainment | Adam Riback
Presented by Gugu Mbatha-Raw

NEWSFLASH by Ben Jacoby
On November 22, 1963, Walter Cronkite put everything on the line to get the story right as the president was killed, a nation wept, and television came of age.
Agency: Verve | Adam Weinstein, Parker Davis
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner
Presented by Bradley Whitford


V.I.N. by Chiara Towne
As Alex Haley struggles to write the biography of Malcolm X, his editor at Playboy assigns him a new interview, George Lincoln Rothwell, head of the American Nazi Party.
Agency: | Rowena Arguelles, Sue Carls
Management: Grandview | Jeff Silver, Zac Frognowski
Presented by Leslie Odom Jr.


COME AS YOU ARE by Zach Baylin
An idealistic young woman’s life begins to unravel when her in exposes her to the darkest corners of humanity sending her on a violent mission to take down not just the web’s vicious content but its creators as well.
Agency: | Jon Cassir, Praveen Pandian, Sue Carls
Management: Grandview | Jeff Silver, Zac Frognowski
Presented by Kal Penn

HUGHES by Andrew Rothschild
The story of writer-director John Hughes whose emotionally honest movies shaped American culture in the 1980’s and who, at the height of his success, abandoned filmmaking for reasons unknown.
Agency: UTA | Amanda Hymson
Presented by Zoey Deutch

THE MOTHER by Misha Green
A female assassin comes out of hiding to protect the pre-teen daughter she gave up years before.
Agency: | Joe Mann
Presented by Rian Johnson

The incredible and true story of Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl living in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb goes off. Years later when she gets leukemia, she hears about the legend that if someone folds one thousand paper crances, a wish will be granted. At the same time, aspiring writer Eleanor Coerr learns of Sadako’s story and becomes determined to bring her message of hope and peace to the world.
Agency: WME | Holly Jeter, Tanya Cohen
Management: Bellevue Productions | Jeff Portnoy
Presented by Sophie Turner

RUTHLESS by John Swetnam
After she is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, a former assassin must carry out one last assignment in order to ensure her daughter’s future.
Agency: Verve | David Boxerbaum
Management: Industry Entertainment | Michael Botti
Presented by Kelly Marie Tran


JELLYFISH SUMMER by Sarah Jane Inwards
The story of what happens when a young black girl’s family in 1960’s Mississippi decides to harbor two human-looking refugees who have mysteriously fallen from the sky.
Agency: Verve | Adam Weinstein, Melissa Darman, Nicholas Mohebbi
Management: Kaplan Perrone | Alex Lerner, Ben Neumann
Presented by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani

Based on the trilogy, an underdog identical twin accidentally kills her too perfect sister only to discover murder suits her and she becomes embroiled in the life of a mafia assassin.
Agency: UTA | Amanda Hymson, Greg McKnight
Management: Heroes and Villains Entertainment | Henry Huang
Presented by Aline Brosh McKenna

VALEDICTORIAN by Cosmo Carlson
Follows an obsessive, type-A student as they vow to secure the valedictorian title by any means necessary.
Agency: WME | Meyash Prabhu, Simon Faber
Management: Lighthouse Productions | Jacob Epstein
Presented by Justin Simien


BROSIO by Mattson Tomlin
Inspired by the work of John Brosio. When a man begins to lose all the people close to him in a series of increasingly absurd natural disasters he must try to find the source of why his world has been turned upside down.
Agency: | Ida Ziniti, Jay Baker, Pete Stein
Management: Grandview | Zac Frognowski
Presented by Jake Gyllenhaal

POWER by Mattson Tomlin
A young drug dealer is kidnapped by a man hellbent on finding his missing daughter they must to get to the bottom of the mystery of the intense street drug known as Power.
Agency: | Ida Ziniti, Jay Baker, Pete Stein
Management: Grandview | Zac Frognowski
Presented by Andrea Berloff


ARC OF JUSTICE by Max Borenstein and Rodney Barnes
Based on the book by Kevin Boyle. Chronicles the landmark civil rights trial of Dr. Ossian Sweet after he was charged with the murder of a white man in self-defense.
Agency: UTA | Charlie Ferraro, Keya Khayatian, Tim Phillips, Larry Salz (Borenstein); UTA | Douglas Fronk (Barnes)
Management: | Bard Dorros (Borenstein); Principato Young | Allen Fischer, Brian Dobbins (Barnes)
Presented by Julia Hart and Jordan Horowitz

DON’T BE EVIL by Gabe Diani, Etta Devine, and Evan Bates
A kinetic and elevated comedy about the rise of Google as Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmitt struggle with their corporate model, “Don’t Be Evil”, in the face of their meteoric rise to a multi-billion dollar valuation and a major Chinese hacking incident.
Agency: UTA | Keya Khayatian, Jordan Lonner
Management: LBI Entertainment | Harry Lengsfield
Presented by Sean Baker

ESCAPE FROM THE NORTH POLE by Paul Laudiero & Ben Baker
The tale of a young girl who must partner up with an elf, a Russian explorer, and a reindeer to rescue Santa Claus from a band of evil elves and save the North Pole.
Agency: WME | Jeff Gorin, Nick Hoagland, Ryan Draizin
Presented by Anya Taylor-Joy

FUBAR by Brent Hyman
The story of an inept, CIA psychologist who is embedded on a globe-trotting mission with the agency’s most valuable operative who suffers from an extreme case of multiple personality disorder.
Agency: Verve | Adam Weinstein, Chase Northington, Chris Noriega, Melissa Solomon, Parker Davis
Presented by Robinson Angela

INFINITE by Ian Shorr
Based on the novel The Reincarnationist Papers, the hallucinations from a schizophrenic are revealed to be memories from past lives where he obtained talents that he still has to this day.
Agency: UTA, Charles Ferraro, David Park, Emerson Davis
Management: Bellevue Productions | John Zaozirny
Presented by Scott Myers

KATE by Umair Aleem
A veteran hitwoman is mysteriously poisoned on her last assignment in and she has 24 hours to find her killer before she herself dies.
Agency: Verve | Bryan Besser, Nicholas Mohebbi
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner
Presented by Yvonne Orji

KEY OF GENIUS by Daniel Persitz and Devon Kliger
The story of Derek Paravicini, a blind and autistic boy who needed an incredible teacher to help realize his world-class, musical ability.
Presented by James Schamus

KILL SHELTER by Eric Beu and Greg Martin
A darkly comic crime thriller, concerning three groups of people dealing with blackmail that goes very, very wrong.
Agency: Verve | Brian Besser, Felicia Prinz, Matthew Doyle, Parker Davis
Management: Good Fear + Management | Scott Stoops
Presented by Howard A. Rodman

The true story of entrepreneur Elon Musk who, after being ousted from PayPal, went on to create SpaceX and guides it through their turbulent early years while simultaneously building Tesla.
Agency: Verve | David Boxerbaum
Management: Jeff Portnoy
Presented by Chris Miller and Phil Lord

MOXIE by Heather Quinn
To combat crime in a near-future , the FBI creates supercops based on specific genetic sequences and to their shock and surprise their best candidate is a vulgar stripper named Moxie.
Agency: Paradigm | Gabrielle Lewis
Presented by Franklin Leonard


BALLERINA by Shay Hatten
After her family is murdered, an assassin seeks revenge on the killers.
Agency: | Joe Mann, Praveen Pandian
Management: Lee Stobby Entertainment | Lee Stobby
Presented by Christine Vachon

ESCAPE by JD Payne & Patrick McKay
Between 1788 and 1868, the British Empire shipped more than 150,000 convicts to penal colonies in Australia and the notoriously brutal Tazmania. No distinction was made between first time and repeat offenders. This is the story of one of those prisoners. A wrongly accused man who is taken from his home and sent across the world to serve a five-year prison term. He quickly realizes his only chance of seeing his family again is to escape the prison with a gang of cohorts and play the odds of surviving the deadly terrain that waits on the outside.
Agency: Verve | Adam Weinstein, Bill Weinstein, Parker Davis, Zach Carlisle
Management: Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Aaron Kaplan, Sean Perrone
Presented by Seth MacFarlane

GADABOUT by Ross Evans
About a manufacturing company in 1951 that stirs up curiosity when they publish a user’s manual to a time machine called TM-1050.
Agency: WME | Nick Hoagland, Ryan Draizin, Tanya Cohen
Presented by Gabourey Sidibe

HEART OF THE BEAST by Cameron Alexander
About a former Navy SEAL and his retired combat dog, who attempt to reenter civilization after suffering a catastrophic incident deep in the Alaskan wilderness.
Management: Rosa Entertainment | Sidney Sherman
Presented by Carrie Coon

INNOCENT MONSTERS by Elaina Perpelitt
A writer trying to crack her second novel starts to lose her sense of reality as the book bleeds into her life and her life bleeds back.
Agency: UTA | Abby Glusker, Alex Rincon
Management: Brillstein Entertainment | Natalie Covault
Presented by Stephany Folsom

THE KINGBREAKER by Andrew Bozalis and Derek Mether
The story of a CIA operative, experienced in taking down kings and installing their replacements who is brought in to take down a dictator he installed a few years prior.
Management: Zero Gravity | Eric Williams
Presented by Liz Hannah

LIBERATION by Darby Kealey
The true story of Nancy Wake, the most decorated servicewoman in WWII, who led resistance fighters in a series of dangerous missions in Nazi-occupied France.
Agency: | Jon Cassir, Rob Herting
Management: Mindframe & Management | Jesse Silver
Presented by Megan Halpern

THE OTHER LAMB by Catherine McMullen
A young, female, coming-of-age tale set in alternative religion.
Agency: RGM Artists | Candice Thom, Dayne Kelle
Management: Fictional Entity | Chris Deckard, Krista Carpenter
Presented by Phyllis Nagy

THIS IS JANE by Daniel Loflin
Based on the book The Story of Jane, and it is the story of an ordinary group of women who did something extraordinary in completing 11,000 safe abortions in Chicago from 1968-1973.
Agency: Equitable Stewardship for Artists | Antoni Kaczmarek, Martin To, Varun Monga
Management: Heller Highwater | Peter Heller
Presented by Kate Mara

WYLER and Michael Moskowitz
With Hitler laying waste to Europe and the United States refusing to answer the call to war, Jewish filmmaker William Wyler risks his career to make Mrs. Miniver, the most effective propaganda movie of all time.
Agency: UTA | Geoff Morley
Management: Lee Stobby Management | Lee Stobby
Presented by Denis Villeneuve


THE BOXER by Justine Juel Gillmer
After being separated from his true love, a young Polish man escapes from a concentration camp, one in which he was forced by SS officers to fight other Jews, and travels to American to begin a successful career as a professional boxer and to reunite with the woman he lost.
Agency: WME | Blake Frostin, Ryan Feldman
Management: Grandview | Jeff Silver, Zac Frognowski
Presented by Paul Feig

GEORGE by Jeremy Michael Cohen
The true story about the Grays, a husband and wife team who fall in love and create Curious George together and escape from WWII Europe.
Agency: Verve | David Boxerbaum
Presented by Brooklynn Prince

HACK by Mike Schneider
A horrifying look at the DNC hack and the Russian manipulation in the 2016 election, based on actual reports.
Agency: UTA | Charles Ferraro, Geoff Morley
Management: Lee Stobby Entertainment | Lee Stobby
Presented by Gina Prince-Blythewood

A rogue cop suffers a gunshot wound in 1987 and wakes from a coma thirty years later when he partners with a mild-manned, progressive detective who happens to be his son.
Agency: | Jay Baker
Management: Management 360 | Darin Friedman
Presented by Steven Rogers

THE SAVIORS by Travis Betz and Kevin Hamedani
A seemingly progressive suburban husband and wife rent their garage through Airbnb but soon become suspicious of their Muslim guests. As they investigate these visitors, they unwittingly trigger events that will forever change the course of human history.
Agency: APA | Ryan Saul
Management: Gotham Group | Peter McHugh (Betz); Lee Stobby Entertainment | Lee Stobby (Hamedani)
Presented by Chike Okonkwo

STRONGMAN by Nicholas Jacobson-Larson & Dalton Leeb
Based on the confusing, sometimes offensive, borderline insane memories of David Prowse, the irascible Englishman behind Darth Vader’s mask.
Agency: | Joe Mann
Management: Energy Entertainment | Brooklyn Weaver
Presented by Danny Strong


CALL JANE by Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi
In 1960 Chicago, before Roe V. Wade, a pregnant woman becomes a member of an underground group of women who provide abortions in a safe environment.
Agency: ICM | Doug MacLaren, Niki Montazaran
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner
Presented by Ruth Negga

DOROTHY & ALICE by Justin Merz
The story of a Dorothy and Alice, who meet in a home for people who have nightmares. They embark on a journey to save the imaginations of the world.
Agency: Verve | David Boxerbaum
Management: Gotham Group | Jeremy Bell
Presented by Taika Waititi

GREENLAND by Chris Sparling
A disgraced father is determined to get his family to the place which, in four days, will be the only safe place left on Earth.
Agency: UTA | Allan Haldeman, Carolyn Sivitz, Charles Ferraro
Management: Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Aaron Kaplan, Sean Perrone
Presented by Ido Ostrowsky and Nora Grossman

JIHOTTIES by Molly Prather
The story of two girls who, in an effort to fund their start-up, end up cat-fishing ISIS and wind up with more than they bargained for when the CIA attempts to recruit them as spies.
Agency: Verve | Adam Weinstein, Melissa Darman, Melissa Solomon, Parker Davis
Management: Grandview | Nate Matteson
Presented by Allison Williams

THE LODGE by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala
About a supernatural evil that haunts a woman and her stepchildren in a cabin on Christmas.
Agency: WME | Roger Green, Sarah Self
Presented by The Duffer Brothers

MEAT by Logan Martin
A misanthropic man notices bizarre changes in himself, his wife, and the animals inhabiting the territory around their homestead as they attempt to survive self-imposed isolation.
Agency: UTA | Charles Ferraro, Jordan Lonner
Management: Good Fear +Management | Scott Stoops, Jake Wagner
Presented by Diablo Cody

THE POISON SQUAD by Dreux Moreland and Joey DePaolo
The true story of an eccentric chemist named Harvey Wiley who did the first human experiments in history, testing our limits to poison, which then triggered a movement which resulted in the founding of the FDA.
Management: | Amar Hansen, Charlie Scully, Jacob Perlin
Presented by Graham Moore

THE PROSPECT by Ben Epstein
The story of how Michael Jordan used a year as a baseball prospect to find himself after his father’s death.
Agency: | Joe Mann, Pete Stein
Management: Think Thank Management and Production | Tom Drumm
Presented by Terry Huang

RODNEY & SHERYL by Ian MacAllister-McDonald
Based on the unbelievable true story of Rodney Alcala’s life and appearance on the popular 1970’s game show The Dating Game. Despite being in the midst of a murdering spree at the time, Rodney went on to win the show and a date with a contestant. Detectives have estimated Rodney’s body count to be north of 130 victims.
Agency: | Ida Ziniti, Rob Herting
Management: Industry Entertainment | Andrew Deane, Stephen Crawford
Presented by Edgar Wright

SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR by Emma Fletcher & Brett Weiner
Harper Penzey, a liberal white college sophomore, who knows exactly how to fix society. When she accuses her equally liberally professor, Susan Broadbeck, of hate speech, it throws the campus and both their lives into chaos as they wage war over the right way to stop discrimination.
Agency: UTA | Carolyn Sivitz, Greg Iserson (Fletcher); Paradigm | Chris Smith (Weiner)
Management: Writ Large | Britton Rizzio, Courtney Conwell, Gregory Shephard (Fletcher); Gotham Group | Peter McHugh (Weiner)
Presented by Billy Eichner

After her friend dies in a drowning accident, a seventh-grade girl is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must’ve been a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination she crafts a plan to prove her theory.
Agency: WME | Sarah Self
Management: Grandview | Jeff Silver, Merideth Bajana
Presented by Jessica Bendinger


ALL MY LIFE by Todd Rosenberg
The story of a man who discovers he has liver cancer and so the couple moves up their wedding date so they can get married before he passes away.
Agency: Gersh Agency | Eric Garfinkel
Management: Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Alex Lerner
Presented by Helen Estabrook

The story of Generosa Pope Jr. took the mob and used it to turn a small local paper into the National Enquirer, creating tabloid journalism as we know it today.
Agency: WME | Philip D’Amecourt, Solco Schui
Management: Platform | Jeremy Platt
Presented by Kate Hagen

BIOS by Craig Luck and Ivor Powell
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Bios tells the story of a man who spends his dying days with a robot he created to take care of his dog.
Presented by Susannah Grant

CANCER INC by Marc Macaluso
The true story of corporatization of cancer in the US told through the eyes of a British, Wall Street analyst who uncovers the corruption behind the approval of a drug intended to treat prostate cancer.
Agency: WME | Mike Fera, Tanya Cohen
Management: Lighthouse | Jacob Epstein
Presented by Tessa Thompson

THE FIFTH NIXON by Sharon Hoffman
Watergate as experienced through the eyes of Richard Nixons personal secretary, Rosemary Woods.
Agency: WME | Tanay Cohen
Presented by Rosie Casals

THE GROWNUP by Natalie Krinsky
Story of a con woman who pretends to read auras and is hired by a wealthy woman to banish an evil spirit from her house. It soon becomes clear that the fake exorcist is over her head.
Agency: WME | Adriana Alberghetti, Hannah Davis, Jeff Gorin
Management: Gotham Group | Jeremy Bell
Presented by Lee Daniels

GREEN RUSH by Matt Tente
A paroled ex-con agrees to help his daughter steal money from medical marijuana taxes from City Hall.
Management: Bellevue Productions | Jeff Portnoy
Presented by Milo Ventimiglia

About a sociopath obsessed with health improvement and claws her way to the top of the fitness world, leaving a trail of broken bodies in her wake.
Agency: | Darian Lanzetta
Management: Ken Gross Management | Ken Gross
Presented by Katie Dippold

THE LITTLE BOY by Hayley Schore & Roshan Sethi
The true story of the man who dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima and his unexpected journey back to ground zero.
Agency: ICM | Niki Montazaran
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner
Presented by Craig Mazin

ON by Ryan Jennifer Jones
In a slightly futuristic, hyper-efficient Manhattan, a newly single book editor purchases a customizable sex android to assuage her broken heart. When her toy’s closed feedback loop starts to alter her personality, she must reevaluate the merits of a perfectly compatible partner.
Agency: Paradigm | Ellie Schiff, Valarie Phillips
Management: LINK Entertainment | David Katsman
Presented by Angie Schroeder

PANOPTICON by Emily Jerome
A look at the criminal justice and private prison system, told from the perspectives of a new inmate, a correctional officer, and a Wall Street hotshot.
Agency: | Carin Sage, David Kopple, Luke Rodgers
Management: Kaplan/Perrone | Aaron Kaplan, Hannah Ozer
Presented by Simon Kinberg

QUEEN ELIZABETH by Shatara Michelle Ford
The story of an uptight, high-achieving, black post-grad who becomes increasingly irreverent and slightly destructive when she realizes that the life she’s living isn’t the life she wants.
Agency: Paradigm | White Del Rosario
Presented by Ellen Page

SKYWARD  by Joe Ballarini
The true story of two families who attempt to escape over the Berlin Wall using a hot air balloon in 1979.
Agency: Verve | David Boxerbaum
Presented by Tracy Y. Oliver

THE SLEEPOVER by Sarah Rothschild
When bad guys break into their home and kidnap their parents, siblings Kevin and Clancy are forced to confront the fact that there may be more to their stay-at-home mom than meets the eye.
Agency: Verve | Bill Weinstein, Chase Northington, Pamela Goldstein, Parker Davis
Presented by Sofia Boutella

Cassius raises his sons, Malcolm and Mandela, isolated and alone in the woods. They’ve never met another person in their lives. The boys have learned to survive and to protect their family at all costs. When they find a mysterious white girl, June, alone and lost in the woods prejudice, lies, and loves set them on a collision course with the real world that puts all of their lives at risk.
Agency: | Praveen Pandian
Management: Grandview | Zac Frognowski
Presented by Lakeith Stanfield