The Black List 2018


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The Black List was compiled from the suggestions of over 300 film , 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, 2018 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.


2018 Black List


FRAT BOY GENIUS by Elissa Karasik
A disgruntled employee of Snapchat tells the rise of her former Stanford classmate, preeminent douchebag and current boss Evan Spiegel.
Agency: UTA | Amanda Burnett, Anna Flickinger, Jordan Lonner, Julian Thuan
Management: The Gotham Group | Max Goldfarb, Stacey Lubliner


KING RICHARD by Zach Baylin
The true story of richard williams, the hard-nosed and uncompromising father of tennis prodigies turned superstars, Venus and Serena Williams.
Agency: | Sue Carls, Jon Cassir, Praveen Pandian
Management: Grandview | Jeff Silver, Zac Frognowski


GET HOME SAFE by Christy Hall
A young woman must get home by herself on Halloween with no cell phone battery and a group of gamergate trolls out to get her.
Agency: | Dana Harris, Sue Carls
Management: LBI Entertainment | Harry Lengsfield


DRUDGE by Cody Brotter
The story of how oddball internet reporter Matt Drudge broke the Lewinsky Scandal and nearly took down a presidency, all from a desktop computer in his one-bedroom apartment in Hollywood.
Agency: ICM Partners | Cullen Conly, Doug Maclaren, James Robins Early, Jr Ringer, Natalie Covault
Management: Brillstein Entertainment Partners | Natalie Covault

HARRY’S ALL NIGHT HAMBURGERS by Steve Desmond, Michael Anthony Sherman
A down-on-his-luck high school senior discovers that the old roadside diner outside of town is secretly a hangout for parallel universe travelers. He sets off on a mind-bending adventure across the multiverse that takes him beyond his wildest dreams.
Agency: APA | Adam Perry, Sheryl Petersen

Still hurting years later from the suicide of her mistreated best friend, a woman is torn between seeking vengeance on the lost friend’s behalf and moving on with her life.
Agency: UTA | Alex Rincon, Allan Haldeman, Greg Mcknight, Josh Katz
Management: Management 360 | Clifford Murray


COBWEB by Chris Thomas Devlin
Peter has always been told the voice he hears at night is only in his head, but when he suspects his parents have been lying, he conspires to free the girl within the walls of his house.
Agency: UTA | Charles Ferraro, Jenny Maryasis
Management: Bellevue Productions | John Zaozirny


Barret is a influencer, the worst guy ever, and the eventual President of the United States. Dixie is a badass freedom fighter, sent back from 2076 to kill him before he takes over the world and ruins the future. They fucking hate each other. Then they accidentally fall in love.
Agency: | Matt Henry, Pete Stein, Praveen Pandian
Management: LBI Entertainment | Chris Donnelly, Harry Lengfield


ANALYTICA by Scott F. Conroy
The true story of Chris Wylie and Cambridge Analytica.
Agency: | Darian Lanzetta, Jon Cassir, Rachel Adler
Management: Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Josh Goldenberg, Sean Perrone
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THE BROODMARE by Michael Voyer
When a recovering member of Alcoholics Anonymous decides to make amends with his high school sweetheart, he soon realizes that her newfound love of equines may have some darker, more sinister connections.
Agency: Verve | Parker Davis
Management: Good Fear + Management | Scott Stoops

COVERS by Flora Greeson
The longtime assistant of a famous singer must navigate the rocky waters of the LA music scene to make her dreams of producing music a reality.
Agency: UTA | Anna Flickinger, Bill Zotti


In 1998, a teacher and her veteran husband find a way to afford the family they’ve always dreamed of: by selling America’s nuclear launch codes after President Bill Clinton loses them.
Management: Bellevue Productions | John Zaozirny

JUST THE FACTS by Kenny Kyle
The riveting true story of AJ Daulerio’s meteoric rise from obscure sports blogger to Editor-in-Chief of Gawker Media during the wild, heady early days of the digital journalism boom, culminating in the Hulk Hogan sex tape trial, which brought about Gawker’s downfall and set a precedent for billionaires to attack the media and free speech.
Agency: WME | CJ Fight, Tanya Cohen
Management: Bellevue Productions | Jeff Portnoy


THE SEVENTH by Julian Silver & Reiss Clauson-Wolf
A look at the regiment led by Colonel Custer in the days leading up to the disastrous fight at Little Bighorn against Sitting Bull.
Agency: Paradigm | Chris Smith, Mark Ross, Zach Simmons
Management: Hollander Entertainment | Russell Hollander


BAG MAN by Alex Convey
Atticus Archer is college football’s version of a fixer. As he juggles chasing the nation’s top prospect, a mental breakdown from a star quarterback, and his own personal demons, an NCAA agent arrives on campus to threaten everything.
Agency: UTA | Jordan Lonner, Michael Sheresky, Ramses Ishak
Management: Grandview | Faisal Kanaan, Reid Klarsfeld, Zac Frognowski


GRACE by Will Lowell
When Grace and her husband Jay retreat to an empty vacation island to escape his grueling political campaign, Grace begins reliving traumatic experiences from her past, forcing her to question what is real. After she discovers that powerful people behind Jay’s campaign have been manipulating her experiences, Grace’s struggle to retain her sanity becomes an all too real fight for survival.
Management: LBI Entertainment | Harry Lengsfield, Sam Warren


IN RETROSPECT by Brett Treacy & Dan Woodward
When a man’s estranged wife gets lost inside of her own mind during an experimental procedure, he must navigate her subconscious to find her in the memories of their past.
Agency: WME | Mike Fera, Solco Schuit
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Kendrick Tan

RUB & TUG by Gary Spinelli
In 1970s Pittsburgh, Dante “Tex” Gill (fka Jean Marie Gill) runs a massage parlor and steroids operation that challenges the mob, rising to power with the support of the gay community and girlfriend Cynthia.
Agency: | Scott Greenberg


OUR CONDOLENCES by Greg Kalleres
A couple navigates their relationship after another couple, with whom they’re close, tragically loses their child.
Agency: Verve | Adam Weinstein, Jenna Block, Melissa Fried, Rich Rogers
Management: The Gotham Group | Justin Littman, Lindsay Williams

Forced out of a fashion industry that exploited her, former model Honey stumbles into dealing weed to make ends meet – and soon discovers a gift for it. Hiring all her model friends to work with her, they quickly become one of the biggest weed dealers in , knowing all the right people and using their looks and charm to avoid detection. But their success soon brings all the wrong kinds of attention… and they find themselves in a fight for their lives. Based on a true story.
Agency: WME | Simon Faber, Tanya Cohen
Management: Bellevue Productions | John Zaozirny


MEET CUTE by Noga Pnueli
When a woman finds a time machine in a downtown Manhattan nail salon, she uses it to keep traveling back in time 24 hours to make her previous night’s date perfect.
Agency: APA | Christina Campagnola, Chris Coggins, Sean Berard, Sheryl Petersen
Management: Heroes And Villains Entertainment | Chris Coggins

TILLMAN by Sean Thomas
When former NFL player Pat Tillman is killed in battle, his family uncovers the truth from the United States government who lied about the circumstances of his death.
Agency: | Darian Lanzetta
Management: Lee Stobby Entertainment | Derrick Eppich

TO THE EXTREME by Chris Goodwin and Phillip Van
From a high school dropout selling used cars in Dallas to having the first hip hop single to top the Billboard charts with Ice Ice Baby, a young Vanilla Ice struggles with stardom, extortion attempts, and selling out as he makes music history.
Agency: Verve | Bryan Besser, David Boxerbaum, Parker Davis
Management: Industry Entertainment | Micah Klatzker, Stephen Crawford


DEAD DADS CLUB by Amanda Idoko
A high schooler, in an effort to find a more interesting story for her college scholarship application, lies about her father’s recent death. But when the father tries to take advantage of the lie by faking his own death, the high schooler’s nemesis investigates, and bodies start piling up.
Agency: WME | Meyash Prabhu, Nick Hoagland

THE FASTEST GAME by Katie Werner & Zach Wernerr
Miami, 1975. Ronnie Weiss, a law school graduate primed to start his life, is suddenly saddled with his late- father’s enormous gambling debt and thrust into a world he has desperately tried to avoid. To climb out of the hole and escape a notorious Miami Beach bookie, Ronnie and a childhood friend devise a betting system that exploits the glamorous, high-stakes sport of Jai Alai, making millions of dollars and enemies of the Boston Mob and Federal Government in the process. Based on a true story.
Agency: ICM Partners | Bryan Diperstein
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Ryan Cunningham

An inexperienced and idealistic twentysomething finds himself at the center of the largest anti-trust suit in modern American history when his idol, billionaire behemoth Bill Gates, wages war against his young internet company.
Agency: Verve | Parker Davis, Sara Nestor
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner


BLACK FLIES by Ryan King
A young man becomes an emergency medical technician in Harlem as a temporary stop before he enters medical school. There, he experiences a range of crises and stressful misadventures, including a mentor who has been numbed to the point that he makes a wrong decision in a life-and-death situation.
Agency: UTA | Anna Berthold, Charles Ferraro
Management: Heroes And Villains Entertainment | Benjamin Blake

BOLSA NEGRA by Charlie Wechtel & Dave Rabinowitz
A down and out sports agent risks everything to bring a star Cuban baseball player back to the United States to play in the Major Leagues. Based on an amalgamation of true stories detailing the rise of the League’s movement to smuggle Cuban baseball players into the US during the 1990s.
Agency: WME | Hannah Davis, Nick Hoagland, Solco Schuit

A couple’s wedding anniversary is interrupted by a home invasion.
Agency: Verve | Bill Weinstein, David Boxerbaum, Matthew Doyle, Melissa Darman, Sara Nestor

After Bill Alexander’s long-running show “The Magic of Oil Painting” was cancelled by PBS and replaced with Bob Ross’ show, “The Joy of Oil Painting,” Alexander accuses the soft-spoken afro’d Ross of stealing his act, inciting a bitter dispute that changed the lives of both men forever. Based on a true story.
Agency: Verve | David Boxerbaum
Management: Bellevue Productions | Jeff Portnoy

JUST A GIRL by Bill Kennedy
After the United States survives a vampire war, a young human girl going through puberty learns that she may be turning into a vampire.
Agency: WME | CJ Fight
Management: Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Josh Goldenberg

THE LIBERATORS by Madison Turner
At the height of World War II, a headstrong African-American tank commander and his crew plow through war- torn Europe, determined to prove themselves as equals and bring Hitler to his knees.
Agency: Artists Agency | Matt Martin, Pete Stein
Management: Grandview | Josh Glick, Zac Frognowski

73 SECONDS by Shawn Dwyer
The extraordinary true story of Bob Ebeling and Roger Boisjoly, the aerospace engineers who discovered the “o-ring anomaly” that led to the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. After struggling to convince their superiors at Morton-Thiokol and NASA to investigate the anomaly, Ebeling and Boisjoly were tasked with proving it: an extremely complicated and expensive endeavor that took an emotional toll on their lives but helped bring about changes to the Shuttle Program that saved the lives of future astronauts.
Agency: Verve | David Boxerbaum, Sara Nestor
Management: Bellevue Productions | Jeff Portnoy


THE BEAST by Aaron Sala
After a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean, a woman finds herself marooned on an island with a bloodthirsty beast.
Agency: Verve | David Boxerbaum, Kyle Jensen, Nicky Mohebbi
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner, Kendrick Tan

BLUR by Jacob Colman
When a guy in a committed relationship starts to suspect that the avatar he’s been digitally hooking up with might belong to his best friend’s girlfriend, he becomes entangled in something he can’t quite understand.
Management: Echo Lake Entertainment | Adam Riback

CONVICTION by Chris Kekaniokalani Bright
The incredible true story of the final trial of Clarence Darrow, the greatest attorney of the 20th century who for the first and only time in his career was fighting for the wrong side. Darrow defends a wealthy white family caught murdering a native Hawaiian boy whom they wrongfully accused of raping their daughter.
Agency: Verve | Adam Weinstein, Chase Northington, Jenna Block
Management: MGMT Artists | Cora Olson, Michael Diamond

DARK by Nelson Greaves
When the crew of an oil rig begins to drill on one of the deepest stretches of the ocean floor, they awake a dark and dangerous creature that has been hidden away for hundreds of years.
Agency: WME | Hannah Davis, Phil D’Amecourt
Management: Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Josh Goldenberg

KILL THE LEOPARD by Mattson Tomlin
A henchman-turned-terrorist has a bone to pick with an idolized vigilante. When he takes control of a city skyscraper, the hero known as the Leopard comes to the rescue – but when both the terrorist and the Leopard are overtaken by the hostages, a kangaroo court evolves as the hostages navigate their complex histories with the vigilante.
Agency: | Ida Ziniti, Jay Baker, Pete Stein
Management: Grandview | Zac Frognowski

During segregation in the 1960s American South, a nerdy teen tries to win a student election at an all-black high school, but he’ll have to defeat a blossoming badass named Samuel L. Jackson to do so. Based on a true story.
Agency: | Darian Lanzetta, Jacquie Katz, Joe Mann
Management: Good Fear + Management | Daniel Vang

MAMBA by Mike Schneider
A chronicle of the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case in the early 2000s, based on reports, court transcripts, and police interviews.
Agency: | Joe Mann, Pete Stein
Management: Lee Stobby Entertainment | Lee Stobby

(PLEASE) MATERNITY LEAVE by Ari Berkowitz and Ava Tramer
Two friends try to get their third friend pregnant so they can stop hanging out with her.
Agency: (Berkowitz), APA (Tramer) | Darian Lanzetta, Adam Perry
Management: Artists First (Berkowitz) | Casey Neumeier, Maggie Haskins

QUEEN & SLIM by Lena Waithe
The story of a black man and a black woman whose first date goes awry after they are pulled over by a police officer at a traffic stop. After killing the police officer in self-defense, they decide against turning themsevles in and go on the run.
Agency: WME | Roger Green, Theresa Kang-Lowe
Management: The Mission Entertainment | Andrew Coles, Laura Gardner

SADDAM & ME by Larry Cohen
The true story of the FBI’s interrogation of Saddam, carried out by a special agent whose family came to the US as refugees from Lebanon, ultimately leading to the discovery that there were no WMDs in Iraq.
Agency: UTA | James Kearney, Milorad Dragicevic
Management: Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Michael Wilson


CI-34 by Sascha Penn
The FBI pairs a young African-American agent with Greg Scarpa, the most notorious hitman in mafia history, to solve the murder of a civil rights activist in 1966 Mississippi.
Agency: | Ida Ziniti, Pete Stein
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner

THE DEFENDER by Nicholas Mariani
At the height of Jim Crow, a courageous black attorney with the audacious name of Scipio Africanus Jones risks his life and career to defend eighty-seven men wrongfully accused of murder, taking the case all the way to the United States Supreme Court and achieving a stunning victory that will change American history forever. Based on a true story.
Agency: Verve | Chase Northington, Parker Davis
Management: Writ Large | Britton Rizzio

ESCHER by Jason Kessler
Famed artist M.C. Escher reluctantly uses his unique view of the world to help the Dutch Resistance fight Nazi occupation during WWII. Inspired by true events.
Management: Good Fear + Management | Daniel Vang

THE HALF OF IT by Alice Wu
A smart, lonely teen is commissioned by the high school running-back to write love to the object of his, and her, affection.
Agency: | Christina Chou, Darian Lanzetta, Olivia Blaustein, Stevee Jo Eads, Tiffany Ward

HARE by Jason Rostovsky
What starts as a fun day for a group of friends in the woods turns into a living nightmare for one rabbit.
Management: Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Alex Lerner

INFIDELS by Mark Bianculli
When a US soldier learns that her Army medic brother is being held hostage by a sadistic ISIS executioner, she deserts her military post and enlists the help of a group of female renegade Kurdish fighters to bring justice when their armies won’t help them.
Agency: WME | Phil D’Amecourt, Solco Schuit
Management: Anonymous Content | Jeff Okin, Rosalie Swedlin

In a near future in which illegal new technology allows specific memories to be removed from one person’s brain and inserted into anothers, a woman who deals in black market memories is accused of murdering a man she does not remember knowing.
Agency: | Trevor Astbury

POPULAR by Hannah Hafey and Kaitlin Smith
A story of power, betrayal, scandal, and deceit – you know, high school.
Agency: The Gersh Agency | Amanda Jo Smith, Eric Garfinkel
Management: The Arlook Group | Jack Greenbaum, Richard Arlook

QUEEN by Harry Tarre
Based on the inspiring true story of the world’s first openly transgender high school Prom Queen, Corey Rae.
Agency: | Darian Lanzetta
Management: Circle Of Confusion | Susan Solomon

Ben Haskins loses his battle with cancer, leaving his beloved wife Kat a widow. About twenty years later, a mysterious new technology has brought Ben’s consciousness back – but into a different body, one belonging to a more recently deceased man. After acclimating to his new self, Ben asks to be reunited with his long lost wife, only to discover she has opted never to see him again. Convinced this must be a mistake, Ben enlists a new friend to help him in the search to win back the love of his (former) life.
Agency: Abrams Artists Agency | Paul Weitzman
Management: Magnolia Entertainment | Ari Zudkewich, Jared Ceizler

THE 29TH ACCIDENT by Alanna Brown
A young man tragically loses his wife on the day of their wedding. He is devastated, until four years later on their wedding anniversary, he awakens to find his beloved wife alive and well beside him.
Agency: UTA | Anna Berthold, Charles Ferraro
Management: Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Aaron Kaplan, Hannah Ozer

An inexperienced Coast Guard Captain is put to the test after she unknowingly intercepts one of the world’s most dangerous drug lords. With a hurricane bearing down on them, the captain and her crew must defend the ship against a series of unrelenting attacks. Based on “Drug War On the High Seas: Onboard the Coast Guards Billion-Dollar Busts” by Hunter Atkins.
Agency: Paradigm | Mark Ross
Management: Madhouse Entertainment | Kendrick Tan

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD by Ross Lazar & Sebastian Shepard
When a new transplants an upper-middle class family from San Francisco into an up-and-coming neighborhood outside of Portland, they don’t get the neighborly welcome they were expecting.
Agency: WME | Mike Fera, Nick Hoagland

YOUNG. WILD. FREE. by Juel Taylor & Tony Rettenmaier
A teenager struggling to provide for his younger siblings in Compton finds his life turned upside down when he’s held at gunpoint by the girl of his dreams.
Management: The Gotham Group | Eric Robinson, Max Goldfarb, Peter Mchugh

YOUR BOY by Matt Whitaker
Home for the summer on Long Island, a shy black college student comes out to his oldest and closest friend. But after an internship in Manhattan leads him to an exhilarating gay social scene, the 21-year-old is caught between his newly confident lifestyle and the unpopular straight friend who once knew him best.
Agency: UTA | Alex Rincon, Allan Haldeman, Jon Levy


#AMA (ASK ME ANYTHING) by John Wikstrom
A highly publicized AMA (Q&A) session between a fast-rising publicist and an aging music icon quickly turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse when the event is seized by a hacker who systematically beings revealing dark secrets from both of their pasts, forcing them to publicly confront the horrific events they’ve committed on the largest platform in the world.
Agency: Verve | David Boxerbaum, Kyle Jensen, Nicky Mohebbi
Management: Good Fear + Management / Romark Entertainment | Jake Wagner, Scott Stoops / Dash Aiken, Rock Shaink

AT RISK by Jenny Halper
Told through the eyes of ten year old Charlie in 1986, a family struggles to stay intact when an AIDS diagnosis makes them pariahs in their small New England town. Based on Alice Hoffman’s novel.
Management: Untitled Entertainment | Liza Zusman

GUNFIGHT by Jake Disch
A satirical take on the unbelievable but true story of how the NRA changed overnight from an apolitical gun safety and marksmanship club into the most powerful and unhinged lobbying group in Washington, DC.
Agency: WME | CJ Fight, David Lubliner
Management: The Radmin Company | Linne Radmin

When bio-tech titan Van Danzen is falsely convicted of murdering his business partner, he sends his greatest creation – a spitting-image humanoid robot – to serve a life sentence in his place. However, the humanoid’s militarized programming sends him on a rampage to escape prison and hunt those responsible for his creator’s set-up and imprisonment.
Management: Grandview | Jeff Silver, Josh Glick

When renowned interventionist Warren Man’s daughter, Christy, suffers a relapse and her family is forced to deal with their inner demons at the site of a tragedy that tore them apart, it slowly becomes clear that this is no ordinary relapse, but something much more sinister.
Agency: UTA | Amanda Hymson, Rob Carlson
Management: Hopscotch Pictures | Sukee Chew

ISLEWORTH by Charlie Efron
After their marriage is shattered by the most public sex scandal in sports history, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren scramble to pick up the pieces while hiding out from the press and the police in their Florida mansion.
Management: Bellevue Productions | John Zaozirny

LITTLE FISH by Mattson Tomlin
A couple fights to hold their relationship together as a memory loss virus spreads and threatens to erase the history of their love and courtship.
Agency: | Ida Ziniti, Jay Baker, Pete Stein
Management: Grandview | Zac Frognowski

The unlikely bond between a Latinx transgender woman and the queen of Christian televangelism. Inspired by the very real life of Tammy Faye Bakker.
Agency: Paradigm | Antoni Kaczmarek, Martin To
Management: Brillstein Entertainment Partners | Kailey Marsh

NOBODY NOTHING NOWHERE by Alex Fischer & Rachel Wolther
Ruth is one of the non-people: human-looking beings designed and trained for the sole purpose of filling in a realistic world for a bland guy named Dave, the only person to actually exist on Earth. Tired of serving as an extra in someone else’s life, she has the audacity to demand a life of her own.

An elderly black man in present day with onset dementia must confront the secrets of his past in order to pursue a man, thought deceased, involved in the white supremacist killing of his brother in 1964 Mississippi.

RIDE by Krystin Ver Linden
The story of NASA’s least likely female candidate, Sally Ride, as she becomes America’s most likely hero as the first American woman in space.
Agency: Verve | David Boxerbaum, Melissa Fried, Nicky Mohebbi
Management: Hollander Entertainment | Russell Hollander

SHARON by Ryan Jaffe
Sharon Osbourne tells the story of her relationship with Ozzy before they were married.
Agency: Paradigm | Mark Ross
Management: Lee Stobby Entertainment | Lee Stobby

SPARK by Meredith Dawson
When a young African-American woman takes a at a well-known venture capitalist firm in Silicon Valley, she must figure out a way to succeed in an elitist society where she feels inherently excluded.
Agency: | Darian Lanzetta

A disillusioned and indoctrinated American teenage girl travels to Syria to help ISIS build their Caliphate and, what she has been led to believe, is a better world. Through her relationship with an everyday Syrian family, she will discover the true face of Islam and the courage to fight for what is right against insurmountable odds.
Agency: | Olivia Blaustein
Management: Link Entertainment | David Katsman

WENDI by Amy Wang
When an ambitious girl from the slums of China manipulates her way into marriage with a media tycoon, she becomes one of the most powerful women in the Western world. This is the story of Wendi Deng, second wife of Rupert Murdoch.
Management: Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Cassie Duffy, Lindsay Perraud


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