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).
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.