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July 25, 1956
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|Spouse(s)||Janice Stango (1980–1990;1 child)
Heather Medway (1997–present; 2 children)
Daniel "Danny" Bilson (born July 25, 1956) is an American writer, director, and producer of movies, television, videogames, and comic books. With his writing partner Paul DeMeo, Danny Bilson wrote the movie The Rocketeer (1991), the video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2003), the television series The Sentinel (1996), Viper (1994, 1996) and The Flash (1990), and issues of the comic book The Flash. Bilson also directed and produced The Sentinel and The Flash.
Bilson's scope has been characterized as transmedia. He has adapted comic books into movies (The Rocketeer), comic books into television (The Flash), and movies into video games (James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing). Bilson and DeMeo's writing has tended toward action and science fiction genres.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Adapting comics to movies (1985–1991)
- 3 Transmedia (2004 onward)
- 4 Selected works
- 5 Award nominations
- 6 References
- 7 External links
His daughter, Rachel Bilson (born on August 25, 1981) is an actress, notable for her role in The O.C.. He has two other daughters, Hattie Elizabeth Bilson, born December 19, 2001, and Rosemary, born February 10, 2007.
Adapting comics to movies (1985–1991)
Bilson graduated from California State University, San Bernardino. There he met and teamed up with long-time writing partner Paul DeMeo, and together they formed Pet Fly productions.
After college, Bilson struggled to break into the movie business, working as an extra while writing screenplays. Bilson and DeMeo produced their first script, Trancers (1985), a noir tale about a time-travelling detective from the future. This cult hit spawned five sequels, to which Bilson and DeMeo contributed some writing.
Bilson debuted as a director for Zone Troopers (1985), co-written by DeMeo, a tale of American World War II soldiers who find an alien spacecraft. Danny shot Zone Troopers for $600,000 in Italy. Following this, the duo performed the same roles in The Wrong Guys (1988) a comedic spoof of boy scouting.
Bilson and DeMeo then began their comic book adaptation of The Rocketeer (1991). Writing for Disney, the partners were hired and fired several times during the five years of movie development. The two had a rough executive experience, in which scenes were deleted only to be restored years later. The film finally made it to theaters and was heralded by Entertainment Weekly as the best comic book adaptation to film.
Bilson was a consulting producer to Electronic Arts for the video game The Sims (2000).
Medal of Honor
Bilson got a "Special Thanks" credit on Medal of Honor: Allied Assault.
Transmedia (2004 onward)
Bilson and DeMeo left Electronic Arts to pursue their own transmedia intellectual property. The two, having successfully carried intellectual property from comic book to screen and from screen to video game, conceived new characters and stories that would succeed in multiple media.
The Flash and Red Menace
Bilson and DeMeo returned to writing comics, co-writing The Flash: Fastest Man Alive for DC Comics with actor Adam Brody (who was dating Bilson's daughter Rachel at the time). They are currently writing a new mini-series for Wildstorm Comics named Red Menace.
Around this time, Bilson also began teaching, after being encouraged to do so by his friend and World of Warcraft guildmate, Bing Gordon. Bilson is an adjunct professor at USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he teaches traditional screenwriting, as well as character development and storytelling for video games.
Bilson has said that he is planning to "green-light more Wii games: family, casual, get everyone on the couch games. I'm a big believer in that." He continued, "Right now, we're not moving hardcore stuff to the Wii. We were; we stopped it, just because we're a little risk-averse".
He recently courted controversy when he referred to the Wii as a "Monopoly box in a closet". This was despite selling over 700,000 copies of De Blob and 1.2 million copies of Big Beach Sports on the platform.
Bilson claimed that "there is so much junk on the Wii that if you add up all the numbers of those hundreds of SKUs, I'm sure you can cough up some number that's impressive". According to Metacritic, THQ have released only one game on the Wii with an average score higher than 80% (De Blob). Their best-selling title on the system has an average score of 44% (Big Beach Sports). Their other titles include All Star Cheer Squad 2, Merv Griffin's Crosswords and Bratz: The Movie. After the failure of the uDraw GameTablet left THQ financially crippled, Bilson left THQ and was replaced by Jason Rubin.
Some of Danny Bilson's works in movies, television, videogames, and comic books, as quoted from the [Internet Movie Database].
- The Sims (2000)
- 007: Agent Under Fire (2001)
- Medal of Honor: Frontline (2002)
- 007: Nightfire (2002)
- Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (2003)
- James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2003)
- GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004)
- Smackdown Vs. Raw 2010 (2010)
- Homefront (2011)
- The Rocketeer nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation, Hugo Awards 1991.
- The Sentinel nominated for Outstanding Directing – Science fiction, 5th RATTY Awards (1998–1999).
- Rocketeer Adventure Magazine No. 1 nominated for Best Story or Single Issue, 1989 Harvey Award Nominees and Winners.
- Danny Bilson at the Internet Movie Database
- Danny Bilson at Moby Games
- Danny Bilson at University of Southern California
- Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo interview by DVD Verdict
- Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo interview by SciFi Channel
- PetFly Productions Podcasts