Universal film executive Franklin Leonard released his THE BLACK LIST today. Compiled every year from the suggestions of 311 film executives, each contributes the names of up to ten of their favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2009 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. This year, scripts had to receive at least five mentions to be included.
Special congratulations to Dikran Ornekian, a 2004 Peter Stark classmate of mine and co-writer of Harbor Moon with me. His script, The Ghost and the Wolf, written with Rylend Grant, finished with 7 votes. That was good enough to put it 53rd out of 97 scripts. He’s on his way to a huge career and this is only the beginning.
I have some reservations with this list – in that it is basically a marketing tool for your projects if you are an executive. The idea is that you vote for the 10 best scripts you read. But these execs are voting for and lobbying for projects they are associated with to catch the heat of being on the list. Which makes it all the more incredible that a project that isn’t set-up at a studio or with a producer – or even has an agent – makes it on (such as The Ghost and the Wolf).