In Brief

An online database of rejected scripts has become a trove of award-winning films.

A place where film scripts were sent to die has now produced $16 billion in revenue, garnered 148 Academy Award nominations and 25 Oscar wins, including famous titles like ‘The King’s Speech‘, ‘The Social Network‘ and ‘Slumdog Millionaire‘. The source began as a survey conducted by Franklin Leonard in 2005 of titles that hadn’t been made into films, reported by a select group of directors. The titles were re-reviewed and fair game for any director or producer who had access – the lucrative source has now become a booming business called The Black List.

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