The annual tinseltown projects-to-watch short list, The Black List, was released for 2012 and the prevailing trend within the list in regards to comedy seems to be one of dramedy. Reading all of the log lines, there are very few clearly defined genre comedies, even the story about behind the writing of “The Cat in the Hat” might be more dramatic than funny. Neal Shah & Alex Blagg’s Fuck Marry Kill is one of the few that stands out clearly as a comedy rather than a “coming of age story” that could really go either way if and when they’re sent into production. The Black List for 2011 did have more genre comedies for those of you wondering as many comedians and comedy writers made the list including Morgan Murphy, Ali Waller, Ben Schwartz, and more.
We’re not sure what this will ultimately amount to or what it exactly means for genre comedies to come. The Black List is still just a list comprised by the votes of high ranking industry power players of feature length screenplays that have yet to be made into a movie, but it’s clear that the interest lies in something that blurs the idea of comedy.
With all that being said, time travel, sick children, and Nazis seem to resonate thematically here, which does say a lot about the interest in comedy in general.