Every year, The Black List publishes its list of the best unproduced screenplays making the Hollywood rounds that year, based on a survey from over 100 industry development executives. Since 2005, over 225 of those scripts have eventually been made into films earning over $19 billion worldwide and winning 35 Academy Awards. Some of these include Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, and Argo. Despite its name, The Black List is one of the most prestigious in film.
This year, another script can be added to the list of those mounted, but not in the way you’d normally think. Stephany Folsom’s 2013 Black Listed script 1969: A Space Odyssey, or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon will be done as a staged reading at the Los Angeles Theatre for their first Black List Live event.
The script is the fictionalized account of a White House public affairs assistant who hires filmmaker Stanley Kubrick to fake the moon landing just in case of technical issues during the now world famous one small step. To assay the various roles, the Black List has announced four prestigious cast members thus far. Kathryn Hahn (Bad Words, a million comedy films) will play the White House assistant; Jared Harris (Mad Men) will play Kubrick; Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom) will play legendary NASA public affairs administrator Julian Scheer; and Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope) will play Kubrick’s assistant Kara Downs.
The Black List’s co-founder Franklin Leonard had this to say of the event in the press release: “Our mission with the Black List has always been celebrating great screenwriting and the writers who do it, and presenting this script to an audience with actors like Kathryn, Jared, Thomas, and Shannon gives us an extraordinary opportunity to continue that mission in a very exciting way.”
The event will be at the Los Angeles Theatre on Saturday, June 14th, at 8:00pm and tickets are on sale now for people attending the Los Angeles Film Fest before opening up to general audiences once those sell out.
This is easily one of the most unique story ideas we’ve heard about in a long time and the chance to get to see it in some fashion is pretty amazing. Can’t wait to see what other live readings the Black List will stage.