HOLLYWOOD — Launching its first best-of list, the Writers Guild of America has unveiled its “101 Greatest Screenplays” project.
List will be determined by the 12,000 WGA members, who will vote online and through mailed ballots, with results announced at ceremonies in Hollywood and Gotham in October.
The list “will act as a guide for future generations of screenwriters,” said WGA West president Daniel Petrie Jr., who received an Oscar nom for penning “Beverly Hills Cop.” “I have been inspired by so many fine writers’ work and look forward to casting my vote.”
“As fellow writers, we understand better than most the challenges of screenwriting,” said WGA East prexy Warren Leight. “We also understand that no great movie can be made without a great screenplay having been written first.”
Project’s a joint venture between the WGA West and WGA East.
Members may vote for up to 10 screenplays; any produced screenplay, including foreign-language scripts, is eligible even if it was not produced under a guild contract.
The WGA’s annual screenplay awards are restricted to features produced by guild signatories, sometimes resulting in the exclusion of animated and foreign films.