David Callaham

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David Callaham (sometimes credited as Dave Callaham born on October 24, 1977) is an American film writer.

Personal life[edit]

Callaham was born in Fresno, California on October 24, 1977. He is married to Bree Tichy. They were married in 2009.[1] Callaham is a Brown Belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu under Eddie Bravo.[2]


In 2003, Callaham wrote the film adaption to the video game Doom and submitted it in the summer of 2005. Around that time, he wrote The Expendables for Warner Bros. which was later handed to Sylvester Stallone, who re-wrote the shooting script (though Callaham is credited for story and co-writing the screenplay.[3])

In October 2010, Callaham submitted the first draft for Legendary Pictures' Godzilla reboot. However, it was rumored that it was subsequently rejected. Upon official confirmation of the film's production, Callaham's name was added to the list of writers.

Callaham is currently working with director McG on an untitled science-fiction adventure film.[4]


In late 2013, Nu Image and Millennium Films filed a lawsuit against Callaham and the Writers Guild of America West for fraud, unjust enrichment and declaratory relief over a "flawed and misinformed" Guild arbitration that gave Callaham undeserved writing credit for The Expendables and The Expendables 2. The Plaintiffs demand reimbursements from Callaham for any payments made to him for his fraud credit in the two films.[5]

When Sylvester Stallone was developing the script for The Expendables, Callaham claimed that Stallone used his script, Barrow, as the source for The Expendables. A WGA arbitration was ignited in which Callaham won and additionally earned $102,250 in bonus payments. However, the plaintiffs have uncovered emails from Callaham admitting that his script is nothing like Stallone's script.[6]



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