|John Lee Hancock
||John Lee Hancock, Jr.
December 15, 1956
Longview, Texas, U.S.
||Screenwriter, director, producer
John Lee Hancock, Jr. (born December 15, 1956) is an American screenwriter, film director, and producer. He is best known for directing the sports drama films The Rookie (2002) and The Blind Side (2009) and the historical comedy-drama film Saving Mr. Banks (2013).
Hancock's debut as a screenwriter and director came in 1991 with Hard Time Romance. He worked on two more films as a screenwriter with A Perfect World and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil before making his first directing effort since 1991 in 2002 with the sports drama The Rookie, which was a success both critically and commercially. In 2004, he wrote and directed The Alamo, which was highly unsuccessful at the box office, and would become the second-highest box office bomb in movie history. Five years later, he made the Academy Award-winning The Blind Side, which was extremely successful and received an Academy Award for Best Picture nomination. He co-wrote the upcoming musical film The Goree Girls and re-teamed with Disney for Saving Mr. Banks, a film about the life of P.L. Travers and her difficult negotiations with Walt Disney over adapting her famous novel Mary Poppins into a feature film.