David Koepp (born June 9, 1963) is an American screenwriter and director. Koepp is the fifth most successful screenwriter of all time in terms of domestic box office receipts with totals at just over $2 billion. [1 ]
As a writer, Koepp has worked on blockbuster
Hollywood films such as , Jurassic Park , and Mission Impossible . He appeared briefly as "Unlucky Bastard", the man mauled by a T-Rex in Spider-Man San Diego in , on which he worked as a writer and second unit director. Although Koepp did not write The Lost World: Jurassic Park , he did devise the film's basic storyline. Jurassic Park III [2 ] Koepp later declined an offer to write a script for the series' fourth film, [3 ] , as he felt he had nothing left to contribute to the series. Jurassic World [4 ]
Koepp was reportedly paid $4,000,000 for his
screenplay. He wrote the screenplay for Panic Room and co-wrote and directed 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull starring Ghost Town Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear.
Koepp's work as a director has not had quite the same box office success. His films include
, Secret Window , and Stir of Echoes . The Trigger Effect
Koepp has also worked in television, creating the 2002 series
starring Hack David Morse.
In 2012, Koepp directed
, which he co-wrote with John Kamps. Premium Rush In an August 2011 lawsuit, Joe Quirk, the author of the 1998 novel [5 ] , accused Koepp and the makers of The Ultimate Rush of copyright infringement. Premium Rush On April 2, 2013, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg dismissed this case, finding that the two works were not substantially similar. [6 ] [7 ]
On February 17, 2013, Koepp received the WGA East's Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement.
On July 10, 2013
Lionsgate was reported to have acquired the comedic crime novel The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery, written by Kyril Bonfiglioli. Koepp directed the film, titled [9 ] Mortdecai, from a script by Eric Aronson; [10 ] Johnny Depp played the lead role of Charlie Mortdecai, and the film also featured [11 ] Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, and Paul Bettany. Koepp adapted the [12 ] Marcus Sakey novel Brilliance, which will star Will Smith & Noomi Rapace. [13 ]
Personal life [ edit ]
Koepp was born in
Pewaukee, Wisconsin, to a family therapist mother and Donald Koepp, who owns a billboard company. [14 ] While attending [15 ] Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, Wisconsin, he worked evenings and weekends at the McDonald's restaurant in Delafield. He received his bachelor's in film from UCLA. He has four children and a wife, Melissa.
Filmography [ edit ]
Feature films [ edit ]
Short films [ edit ]
Television [ edit ]
(also series creator)
References [ edit ]
^ Box Office Mojo - People Index
^ "Jurassic Park 3 Director Talks Script Problems of the Upcoming Sequel". Screenwritersutopia.com. July 11, 2001 . Retrieved . January 28, 2015
^ "Jumanji's Joe Johnston Joins Jurassic". About.com. Archived from the original on March 5, 2006.
^ Douglas, Edward (August 22, 2012). "Exclusive: David Koepp on Jack Ryan , Snow White & Jurassic Park". comingsoon.net . Retrieved . January 28, 2015
^ Siegel, Tatiana (November 11, 2009). "Koepp to helm 'Premium Rush. '" ( Variety Reed Business Information) . Retrieved . August 8, 2010
^ Stevens, Elizabeth Lesly, "A Big Hollywood Movie Is Coming, and a Novelist Cries Foul", The New York Times, August 20, 2011
^ Gardner, Eriq, "Sony Pictures Wins 'Premium Rush' Theft Lawsuit", "The Hollywood Reporter", April 3, 2013
^ McNary, Dave, "WGA East Honors Koepp", "Variety", January 29, 2013
^ "Johnny Depp to Star in 'Mortdecai' for Lionsgate, Director David Koepp". thewrap.com. 10 July 2013 . Retrieved . 29 July 2013
^ "David Koepp is set to direct from Eric Aronson’s script". deadline.com. 10 July 2013 . Retrieved . 29 July 2013
^ "Johnny Depp in Talks to Star in 'Mortdecai. '" hollywoodreporter.com. 10 July 2013 . Retrieved . 29 July 2013
^ "Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor join Johnny Depp on Mortdecai". guardian.co.uk. 25 July 2013 . Retrieved . 29 July 2013
^ "Noomi Rapace Finds Brilliance".
^ David Koepp Biography (1963-)
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