Sunday, September 17, 2017

"The Blacklist: How an Underground Script List Changed Movies"


The Blacklist: How an Underground Script List Changed Movies”, a seven-minute short by Vox, explains The Blacklist.  No, that’s not the Blacklist that trapped Dalton Trumbo, nor is it the NBC series with Kevin Spacey.  This is a list of scripts, submitted to WGA (the Writer’s Guild West”) that have gone unnoticed, but occasionally somebody bothers to read some of them. 


Mel Gibson picks up “The Beaver”, a 2011 comedy by Kyle Killen, whose script had appeared on this “list”.

Other films that came from the Blacklist include “Argo” (Oct. 14, 2012) and “Juno” (2007).

You can look at some of Kyle’s blog posts, such as one in 2008 about the Blacklist and another one about personal embarrassment in Austin.

I have one script at WGA, a horror sci-fi script "Baltimore Is Missing" (2002), which means literally that.  A wormhole (caused by a rogue brown dwarf approaching the Solar System) consumes an Amtrak train approaching Baltimore as the protagonists (me) find themselves to be puppets in someone else's model railroad layout.  There's even a straight marriage of some sort, maybe something that would have satisfied Babbitt.  And there's one Wal-Mart in the layout.  Familiarity breeds contempt. 

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