What do Argo, Slumdog Millionaire and The King's Speech have in common? Yes, they all won Best Picture Oscars. But they also all appeared on The Black List first.
It's a lot less foreboding than it sounds. The Black List, which began circulating in 2005, is the brainchild of a movie executive named Franklin Leonard. Every year, Leonard conducts a survey of the most promising but as-yet-unproduced screenplays. His original intention was to poll 100 Hollywood industry peers to find out which screenplays he should take on vacation to read.
The Black List is now a website that's considered a trove for scoping out emerging talent. Leonard, who advises studios on film production, published the results of his latest survey online yesterday. (Leonard says it should be considered a roster of "most liked" scripts rather than a "best of" list.)
Another film plucked from The Black List for development was (the currently titled) The F Word, which stars Daniel Radcliffe and played at TIFF. Radcliffe was in the red chair earlier this year to discuss his latest film roles with George. Also look out for George's interviews next year with the film's director, Michael Dowse, and Radcliffe's co-star Zoe Kazan.
Click through our gallery above for some other movies that made it big after their screenplays appeared on The Black List.