Zik Zak Filmworks’ Z for Zachariah Makes the Annual “Black List”

An excerpt from the cover of Robert C. O'Brien's dystopian novel Z for Zachariah, from 1973.

An excerpt from the cover of Robert C. O'Brien's dystopian novel Z for Zachariah, from 1973.

The screenplay Z for Zachariah by Nissar Modi, based on Robert C. O’Brien’s famous dystopian novel from 1973, has made Franklin Leonard’s The Black List this year. The project has been in development at Zik Zak Filmworks, in joint partnership with filmmaker Páll Grímsson. The Black List has appeared annually since 2004 and features interesting screenplays according to hundreds of Hollywood film executives. It’s seen as a strong indicator of possible films from Hollywood.

Thor Sigurjónsson: Looking at possible directing and casting options for Z for Zachariah (photo by Matthías Ingimarsson).

Thor Sigurjónsson: Looking at possible directing and casting options for Z for Zachariah (photo by Matthías Ingimarsson).

Producer Thor Sigurjónsson at Zik Zak Filmworks confirms that the project has generated a good deal of interest and that they’re looking at possible directing and cast options stateside.

Z for Zachariah is written from the first person perspective of a sixteen-year-old girl named Ann Burden, who survives a nuclear war in a small American town. The town’s location is in a geographically distinct and remote valley that shelters it from the nuclear fallout. The book takes the form of a diary kept by Anne as she recounts the events that followed the war.

The Black List is compiled every year from the suggestions of 311 film executives, each contributes the names of up to ten of their favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2009 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. This year, scripts had to receive at least five mentions to be included on the list. Diablo Cody’s Juno, Nancy Oliver’s Lars And The Real Girl and Scott Neustader’s and Michael Weber’s 500 Days Of Summer, are just some of the screenplays which appeared on The Black List and then were made.

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Ásgrímur Sverrisson is a filmmaker, film commentator and the editor of Iceland Cinema Now.
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