December 2017

3 articles in December 2017

This year’s The Black List, the annual rundown of Hollywood’s top screenplays that haven’t been produced, has been revealed this morning. Matthew Firpo and Ryan Firpo’s script Ruin received the most votes this year for their story of  a nameless ex-Nazi captain who must navigate the ruins of post-World War II Germany and atone for his crimes during the war by hunting down and killing the surviving members of his former SS death squad.

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With 2017 about to slip into our rearview, it’s time once again to present the best spec scripts of the year, as voted on by Hollywood. With the release of our eighth annual list, we’re incredibly proud to shine a light on this year’s writers, and the projects that made them the talk of the town in 2017.

With 90 new spec scripts making the Hit List this year, we’ve now had the pleasure of seeing 707 different specs land on our annual Best Of list, representing the endlessly creative minds of 883 writers. We’ve counted more than 22,000 votes from 4,000 voters, and tallied the list down from the more than 3,000 eligible specs that have hit the market since 2010. We’ve seen the rise, fall, and rise again of companies, representatives and genres, as the industry and audiences change. We’ve seen more than 350 Hit List projects go on to land on other Best Of lists, and more than 100 go on to earn Oscar and box office wins alike. We’ve seen more than 100 writers return to the list more than once, as well as 25 Launch Pad Alums gracing these pages.

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