The 2012 Hit List

December 14th, 2012 by

The 2012 Hit List has just hit this afternoon. What is the Hit List?

THE HIT LIST is an annual list that has existed in small talk, memo, gossip, facsimile, journal, email, and simple rumor since the blossoming days of the film industry. However, before 2010 it has always been left where it began, and shared closely, only amongst friends. The Hit List, is quite simply what you, personally dictate as your favorite item of topic. Whether it be music, film, novel, or any other medium, The Hit List is what dictates your taste, and your choice as to what is to be deemed the best. Now, we are taking the list public.

SPEC /spĕk/
On spec, made, built, or done with hopes of, but no assurance of payment or sale.”

The Hit List exists to celebrate SPEC SCRIPTS. By focusing exclusively on specs, this list aims to bring recognition to the new material that enters Hollywood, with an eye towards celebrating fresh ideas, new voices, and the emerging talents that make up the largest gambling circuit in all of Hollywood – The Spec Market.

To be eligible for the list, a screenplay must have been released into the spec market between December 1st and November 30th. To be considered a spec, a screenwriter must not have been paid for their work prior to exposing their script to the market. To make the list, at least seven voting members needed to vote for the spec.

The Hit List is voted on by a judging panel which is nominated by a board of Development Executives, Producers, Writers, Agents, Managers, Directors, and Assistants. To be part of the judging panel, any voting member  must have been employed within the film industry, and had to be nominated, and voted for approval by those nominated before them. This organic process allowed an unbiased, and writer friendly vote, based on the expansion to those who are reading these scripts first, and those who are considered to represent the “Taste” of Hollywood.

Before you continue, please bear in mind that the difference between the million dollar sale and the unsold sample is rarely a judge of one being better than the other, but instead can be seen as talent meeting opportunity on a roll of good luck.

I hope you enjoy our list.

Here are this year’s top 10 vote-getters [11 scripts] on the Hit List:


DRAFT DAY by Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman
Story revolves around the general manager of the Buffalo Bills as he spends the day of the National Football League draft frantically doing whatever needs to be done to secure his team the number one draft pick.

CAA | Christopher Till, Bill Zotti
Gersh | Lee Keele, Lynn Fimberg and Seth Glewen
Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Josh Goldenberg, Aaron Kaplan

The Montecito Picture Company producing.


WUNDERKIND by Patrick Aison
A CIA agent must team up with his estranged father, who works for Mossad, to track down an infamous fugitive Nazi scientist in 1970s Brazil.

ICM | Emile Gladstone, Harley Copen, Bryan Diperstein
DMG Entertainment | Chris Fenton

Paramount Pictures | Bad Robot, DMG Entertainment producing.


GLIMMER by Carter Blanchard
While on a hiking trip, a group of teens stumble upon a mysterious pond that serves as a time-travelling gateway to the past.

Paradigm | David Boxerbaum
Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner, Ryan Cunningham

Dreamworks | Madhouse Entertainment producing.


An astronaut travels back in time to enlist the help of his younger self to fix a devastating mistake he made in their future.

WME | Mike Esola, Daniel Cohan
Caliber Media Co. | Adam Simpson-Marshall

Paramount Pictures | Disruption Entertainment, Skydance Productions producing.

WHITE HOUSE DOWN by James Vanderbilt
A Secret Service agent must fight to protect his daughter, the President, and the country from an attack on the White House.

WME | Adriana Alberghetti, Greg Hodes, Rick Rosen
UFUSE Management | Mikkel Bondesen

Columbia Pictures | Mythology Entertainment, Iron Horse Entertainment, Centropolis Entertainment producing.


THE CELLAR by Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken
A woman wakes up in a bomb shelter with a mysterious man who says he rescued her from an apocalyptic event.

UTA | Charlie Ferraro, Emerson Davis
Energy Entertainment | Brooklyn Weaver
Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner

Paramount Pictures | Bad Robot producing.


A man begins an investigation into his wife’s mysterious death, only to find that it goes much deeper than he imagined.

WME | Rich Cook, Philip D’Amecourt
Anonymous Content | Bard Dorros, Michael Sugar

Universal Pictures | Leverage producing.


MONSTER PROBLEMS by Brian Duffield
A lonely man sets off to find his one true love in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by hideous, man-eating monsters.

Gersh | Robert Hohman, Bayard Maybank, Devra Lieb
Circle of Confusion | Zach Cox, David Engel, Noah Rosen

Paramount Pictures | 21 Laps Entertainment.


VIRAL by Dustin T. Benson
A scientist must help a crew of workers through the “infected” area of Manhattan while also trying to find her missing daughter.

UTA | Ramses Ishak, Michael Sheresky
Energy Entertainment | Brooklyn Weaver

Prime Universe Films, Energy Entertainment producing.


BLACK BOX by David Guggenheim
Story begins with Air Force One crashing into the Atlantic ocean and killing everyone onboard. Years later, a journalist who lost his wife in the crash receives an anonymous recording of the black box – revealing there was an attack from within the plane.

Paradigm | David Boxerbaum
Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner

Universal Pictures | Bluegrass Films, Madhouse Entertainment producing.


STORY OF YOUR LIFE by Eric Heisserer
When alien crafts land across the world, a linguist expert is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.

UTA | Barbara Dreyfus, Jon Huddle, Josh Hornstock
Art/Work Entertainment | Julie Bloom

Lava Bear Films, FilmNation, 21 Laps Entertainment producing.

For the rest of the list, go here.

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And now all the other lists are out, setting the stage for Monday: The 2012 Black List. That will be revealed on Twitter starting at 12PM Eastern/9AM Pacific.