Compiled from a survey of 40 producers, acquisitions executives, agents, sales agents and public funders, the list has been circulating widely. It is intended to echo the success of the US Black List in drawing attention and perhaps finance to these projects.
Dubbed the 'Brit List', the table is topped by Peter Straughan's Men Who Stare At Goats with 12 votes. Straughan, whose credits include Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution and How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, has two other scripts on the list - 5 Psychopaths Go To Vancouver and Noir.
Following with ten votes is Scouting Book For Boys by Jack Thorne and Selma by Paul Webb with nine votes.
Well-known writers on the list include Martin McDonagh with Suicide On Sixth Street, Stuart Beattie with Truce, Jeremy Brock with Eagle Of The Ninth, Tony Grisoni with How I Live Now, Peter Morgan with Old Big Head, William Nicholson with Long Walk To Freedom and Neil Jordan with his long-gestating Borgia.
The list, which is generated anonymously by industry players, is intended as an annual poll. To qualify, the script should not be written by a US writer nor be greenlit for production at time of circulation. For inclusion, the script should score at least two votes from the industry people surveyed across all levels of seniority and sectors.
The Hollywood Black List, not to confused with the McCarthy-era blacklist, is compiled by some 100 industry insiders and has included projects such as Juno and Lars And The Real Girl before they were produced. Usually starting to circulate at the end of the year, the list has also helped writers secure representation and work.