This week, The 2022 Black List announced its annual list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, recognizing 74 feature-length scripts written by 80 up-and-coming screenwriters. The list was voted on by over 300 leading film executives in the industry. Congratulations to the following AFI Conservatory Alums whose screenplays were selected for recognition!
Writer Haley Bartels (AFI Class of 2019)
Synopsis: A desperate cyclist and his charismatic new team doctor concoct a dangerous training program in order to win the Tour de France. But as the race progresses and jealous teammates, suspicious authorities, and the racer’s own paranoia close in, they must take increasingly dark measures to protect both his secret and his lead.
Writer Marley Schneier (AFI Class of 2021)
Synopsis: GOP strategist Lee Atwater won the presidency for George H.W. Bush in 1988, and his campaign changed politics forever–and gave him the worst reputation in America. Now, Lee is on his deathbed, and he needs to tell God his side of the story…before it’s too late.
Writers Lou Howe (AFI Class of 2010) and Todd Bartels
Synopsis: The origin story of Dolly Parton, following her rise through the male-dominated music scene of late 1960s Nashville.
WEARY RIDE THE BELMONTS
Writer Josh Corbin (AFI Class of 2010)
Synopsis: After staging his death many years ago, an aging gunslinger is forced to reunite with his outlaw daughter during the dying days of the west.
Writers Daisygreen Stenhouse (AFI Class of 2016) and Liv Auerbach
Synopsis: Ten years after a group of girlfriends bet on which of them would be the last to get married, their adult lives and relationships are completely upended when they discover the $80 they drunkenly invested in Bitcoin is now worth $5.2 million.