The Hollywood Blacklist

Every year over 250 Hollywood execs respond to a survey asking “what is the best script you DIDN’T get to make into a film this year?” If a script receives more than six mentions, it makes it onto “The Blacklist”, and if the screenwriter is lucky, a bidding war will commence for the rights to produce a movie that many wish they’d made…but didn’t.

This year’s Blacklist will be revealed on Friday 9th December, but until then, you can find the following blacklisted movies in the Information Store- speak to staff if you need help locating any DVDs.

Babel ♦ Blades of Glory ♦ Charlie Wilson’s War ♦ Juno ♦ The Kite Runner ♦ Little Miss Sunshine ♦ Love in the Time of Cholera ♦ Notes on a Scandal ♦ Stardust ♦ (500) Days of Summer ♦ Changeling ♦ Invictus ♦ Never Let Me Go ♦ The Road ♦ Nowhere Boy ♦ Sherlock Holmes ♦ No Strings Attached ♦ The King’s Speech ♦ Snow White and the Huntsman


Juno, from screenwriter Diablo Cody, is heavy on contemporary dialogue. Viewed as something of a gamble, the film eventually made over $200 million worldwide!

It can sometimes take years for a blacklisted script to make it to the screen. A script based on Yann Martel’s 2001 novel Life of Pi first appeared on the Blacklist in 2006. The film adaptation was finally released 6 years later and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2012 Oscars. It lost to Argo– yet another script which was pulled from the Blacklist!


Life of Pi finally made it to the screen after appearing on the Blacklist for consecutive years

15 other blacklisted movies have received Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay. You can find eight of them in the Information Store:


Doubt, based on Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley (DVD LOBBY 791.43)


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, based on the book by Jean-Dominique Bauby (DVD LOBBY 791.430944)


The Social Network, based on The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich (DVD LOBBY 791.43)

Argo, based on The Master of Disguise by Tony Mendez (DVD LOBBY 791.43)


Slumdog Millionaire, based on Q & A by Vikas Swarup (DVD LOBBY 791.43)

Notes on a Scandal, based on the novel by Zoe Heller (DVD LOBBY 791.43)

Life of Pi, based on the novel by Yann Martel (BOOK ZONE 823.92 MAR)

There Will Be Blood, based on Oil! by Upton Sinclair (DVD LOBBY 791.43)


Underdog story Slumdog Millionaire won seven Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay

The Blacklist’s dedicated writing blog Into the Story is full of screenwriting advice. We love their regular feature ‘A story each day for a month’, where writers scan the news for stories that could become excellent movies (Hijabi ballerinas, yes. Catholic robots…maybe) Browse the archive here.

Have you spotted a potential blockbuster on 2016’s Blacklist? Tell us over on Facebook or Twitter.



Canedo, L (2011) JUNO Available at: https://flic.kr/p/9izC3A (Accessed: 6 December 2016)

McDiarmid, A (2009) The Cameo Available at: https://flic.kr/p/5TCsDE (Accessed: 6 December 2016)

TaylorHerring (2013) Life Of Pi In A Bottle Available at: https://flic.kr/p/ehiYHs (Accessed: 6 December 2016)


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