UPDATE 2/2/12 6pm PST:
And I have one more success story to announce:
John Geraci informs me via email that he's signed with Sean Mikael of The Mikael Group.
John's script SIG is currently the #3 uploaded script on the site. The logline for the action/thriller reads: "A federal agent serves her own brand of justice on the six men who attacked her as a teenager."
Today the Black List made several more announcements regarding writers who have been signed by managers or had their work optioned as a direct result of placing it on The Black List 3.0:
Caliber Media Company has signed Callie and Ruckus Lane on the strength of their spec RATTLE THE CAGE. The script is a thriller with the logline "Locked behind bars in a small southern town, a mysterious drifter must outwit the charismatic psychopath masquerading as deputy, before the sun sets and a deadly plan is unleashed."
Manager Sammy Montana at Anarchy Management has signed Andrew Sessions after being impressed with his spec BREATHE. Film Bridge International has optioned the screenplay, which was brought to their attention via The Black List site as well. The logline for BREATHE is: A woman on vacation must battle a gang of criminals and the harsh elements of the Costa Rican rain forest as she races the clock to save her trapped fiance from drowning in the incoming tide.
And finally, Gary Holler's horror/comedy I AIN'T GETTING KILLED has been optioned by Mark Adkins, after Mark found the script on the site. Per Franklin Leonard, "Mark has attached a star of two films with worldwide grosses of more than $175MM to star. They are currently shopping the script."
Since the Black List website launched last October, they have facilitated representation for at least eight writers and helped two scripts get optioned. In addition to the above annoucements, I've previously reported:
- Justin Kremer was signed by Creative Artists Agency on the strength of his spec MCCARTHY.
- Bob Ingraham has signed with Benderspink on the strength of his submission POSSUM, which his reps expect to take out wide soon.
- Richard Cordiner has signed with Verve and Kaplan/Perrone after they responded positively to his script THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING.
That leaves three as-yet unannounced signings. Industry Entertainment manager Michael Botti has indicated that one of those three is a client he took on, and he is currently developing the material with the writer. Hopefully the managers will see fit to release more details soon, but it's understandable they'd want to make the announcement on their own terms, however they decide it benefits the material.
Still, eight signings in less than four months is pretty solid, especially from companies as well-regarded as these. Let's hope that the success stories keep on coming!