“The Black List was compiled from the suggestions of over 250 film executives, each of whom contributed the names of up to ten favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2019 and will not have begun principal photography during this calendar year.
“This year, scripts had to receive at least six 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 2019 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.”
Click here to view the full list. The women writers selected, and their projects, are:
CICADA by Lillian Yu, 16 mentions
When a talented hacker is recruited by the mysterious Cicada 3301, she gets wrapped up in a plot that threatens to destroy the entire world. Based on the real organization.
Management: Cliff Murray and Daniel Rappaport at Management 360
A MAGICAL PLACE CALLED GLENDALE by Sara Monge, 14 mentions
To revamp her self image, an arrogant but well-meaning high school socialite decides to help a former friend land the guy of her dreams… but in the process, realizes she wants her for herself.
Management: Josh Dove at Stride Management
Producers: Pacific Electric Picture Company
SHUT IN by Melanie Toast, 14 mentions
A single mother is held captive by her violent ex, and her two young children are left at risk. She must do everything to protect them and survive.
Agents: Charles Ferraro, Jordan Lonner, Carolyn Sivitz at UTA
Management: Dan Farah at Farah Films & Management
Financier: New Line
Producers: Cinestate, Farah Films, Vertigo Entertainment
BLACK MITZVAH by Lauren Tyler, 10 mentions
After embarrassing herself at the most popular girl’s party, a black and Jewish middle school misfit embarks on a journey to glow up and throw the best Bat Mitzvah of all time.
Management: Zadoc Angell, Chelsea Benson, and Matt Horwitz at Echo Lake Entertainment
Producers: Andrew Lauren Productions
REFUGE by Debra Moore Muñoz, 10 mentions
A brother and sister navigate the perils of both man and nature through Central America in their quest to find safety in the United States.
Management: Laura Leonard and Matt Rosen at Grandview
HIGH ON CHRISTMAS by Hannah Mescon & Dreux Moreland, 9 mentions
A stoner comedy about one family trying to save Christmas from itself after Santa eats the wrong batch of cookies.
Management: Amar Hansen, Jacob Perlin, and Charlie Scully at Anonymous Content
SAY SOMETHING NICE by Erin Rodman, 9 mentions
WIF Member and Feature Writing Residency Fellow
After she catches her boyfriend cheating, Liv goes on a social media tirade that lands her in court for slander, and the judge forces her to make amends by composing one positive comment for every negative comment she posted, while under the supervision of a reclusive mediator also on the rebound from a failed relationship.
Management: Sydney Blake at Fourth Wall Management
Producers: Stampede Ventures
AN AFTERMATH by Lauren Caris Cohan
After a whirlwind lost-distance online romance, a once-cynical writer inherits a remote smart-house from her newly deceased new husband and discovers he might not be entirely gone after all.
Agent: Sue Carls at CAA
Management: Courtney Conwell and Britton Rizzo at Writ Large
Producers: Solution Entertainment Group
APEX by Aja Gabel & MJ Wesner, 8 mentions
When old college friends on a trip to Mexico get trapped in an underwater cave system with a bull shark, old tensions and power struggles resurface as they fight to survive.
Agents: Michael Chung and Parker Davis at Verve (Wesner), Jasmine Lake and Alyssa Lanz at UTA (Gabel)
Management: Evan Cavic at Artists First (Wesner), Merideth Bajana and Faisal Kanan at Grandview (Gabel)
MY BOYFRIEND’S WEDDING by Carrie Solomon, 8 mentions
After Georgia accidentally receives an out of the blue invitation to her on-again, off-again boyfriend’s wedding, she and her best friend Keely make the ill-informed decision to attend.
Management: Jared Ceizler at Magnolia Entertainment
Producers: Star Thrower Entertainment
SISTER by Azia Squire, 8 mentions
Following her mother’s sudden passing, a queer black woman returns to her southern town to assist her estranged sister plan the funeral. Her trip takes a turn when sleep deprivation manifests visions of her deceased mother.
Agent: Halle Mariner at APA
Management: Courtney Conwell and Lauren Dineley at Writ Large
THE SWELLS by Rachel James, 8 mentions
A young woman, propelled by an unstoppable rage, begins inviting her victims to a summer lake house as revenge for past wrongs. But when one of her guests has been wronged as well, she passes on The Swells—bringing its wrath to the streets of New York.
Financier/Producers: Assemble Media
BETTY FORD by Kas Graham & Rebecca Pollack
An intimate portrait of the sensational First Lady and ERA champion, Betty Ford, as she challenges, scandalizes, dances, and drinks her way through the White House to gain a higher popularity rating than any President in American history, all whilst maintaining a 26 pill-a-day drug habit.
Agents: Jon Cassir, Lauren Fox, Darian Lanzetta, and Wilhelmina Ross at CAA
Management: Josh Goldenberg and Aaron Kaplan at Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment
Producer: Ryan Murphy
THE REPOSSESSION by Megan Amram, 7 mentions
Twenty years after a failed exorcism, a meek young woman becomes unlikely friends with the foul-mouthed demon that possessed her as a child.
Management: Cliff Murray at Management 360
Producers: Bad Robot
ASSISTED LIVING by Kay Oyegun, 6 mentions
A thief finds sanctuary in a retirement home after going on the run.
Management: Trevor Engelson at Underground
Producers: Made with Love, Temple Hill Entertainment
GIRLFRIEND ON MARS by Kaitlin Fontana
Amber and Kevin, weed dealer burnouts committed to going nowhere together, have been dating for twelve years. When Amber enters a reality show that will take the winner to Mars with no chance of return, Kevin has to face what it really means when the ones we love leave us and leave the planet. Based on the story by Deborah Willis.
Management: Christina Campagnola and Kara Welker at Imagine Artist Management
NO GOOD DEED by Christina Pamies, 6 mentions
A woman with a troubled past invites her teen niece to live with her in the family’s farm house, but the two become tormented by a creature that can take away their pain for a price.
Agents: David Boxerbaum, Michael Chung, and Nicky Mohebbi at Verve
Management: Jake Wagner at Alibi
Producers: Good Deed Entertainment
STAMPEDE by Sontenish Myers, 6 mentions
A young slave girl named Lena has telekinetic powers she cannot yet control on a plantation in the 1800s.
Agents: Melisa Baloglu and Natalia Williams at Paradigm
TIL DEATH by Jessica Knoll, 6 mentions
Swept up in the excitement of her wedding day, Dr. Julie Wheeler is oblivious to the killer on her guest list, who is methodically stalking her nearest and dearest, until it’s too late.
VOICEMAILS FOR ISABELLE by Leah McKendrick, 6 mentions
A low-level TV writer struggles to cope with the death of her little sister by continuing to leave her voicemails chronicling the shitshow that is dating in L.A. When the phone number is unknowingly transferred, a cocky New York real estate agent begins receiving the hilarious and confessional voicemails, and feels pulled to California to find this stranger he feels intimately close to.
Agents: Allison Hahn, Amanda Hymson, and Lily Safran at UTA
Management: David Clark at Mazo Partners
Producers: Escape Artists