John Logan (writer)

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John Logan
John Logan headshot color 2009.jpg
Born John David Logan
(1961-09-24) September 24, 1961 (age 52)
San Diego, California, United States
Occupation Playwright, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1996–present

John David Logan (born September 24, 1961) is an American playwright, screenwriter, and film producer.

Personal life[edit]

Logan was born in San Diego on September 24, 1961. His parents emigrated to the US from Northern Ireland via Canada.[1] The youngest of three children, he has an older brother and sister. Logan grew up in California and New Jersey, before moving to Chicago to attend Northwestern University, where he graduated in 1983.[2]

Career[edit]

Logan was a successful playwright in Chicago for many years before turning to screenwriting. His first play, Never the Sinner, tells the story of the infamous Leopold and Loeb case. Subsequent plays include Hauptmann, about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and Riverview, a musical melodrama set at Chicago's famed amusement park.

His play Red, about artist Mark Rothko, was produced by the Donmar Warehouse, London in December 2009,[3] and on Broadway in 2010, where it received six Tony Awards, the most of any play, including best play, best direction of a play for Michael Grandage and best featured actor in a play for Eddie Redmayne. Redmayne and Alfred Molina had originated their roles in London and also performed on Broadway, for a limited run ending in late June.[4]

Logan wrote Any Given Sunday and the television movie RKO 281, before gaining an Academy Award nomination for co-writing (with David Franzoni and William Nicholson) the Best Picture-winner, Gladiator in 2000. He received another nomination for writing The Aviator (2004), starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese. Other notable films written by Logan include Star Trek: Nemesis, The Time Machine, The Last Samurai, and the Tim Burton-directed musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, for which he received a Golden Globe Award.

Logan's recent feature films include Rango, an animated feature starring Johnny Depp and directed by Gore Verbinski, the film adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes, the film adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret directed by Martin Scorsese and the James Bond film, Skyfall, along with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. He is slated to write the next two Bond films with the working titles Bond 24 and Bond 25.

Two new plays by Logan premiered in 2013, Peter and Alice, directed by Michael Grandage and starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw opened in London at the Noël Coward Theatre on March 25, 2013 and I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, directed by Joe Mantello and starring Bette Midler, opened on Broadway at the Booth Theatre on April 24, 2013.[5]

He also created the 2014 television series Penny Dreadful starring Josh Hartnett, Eva Green and Timothy Dalton.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Credit Notes
1996 Tornado! Written by Television film
1999 Bats Written by also executive producer
1999 RKO 281 Written by Television film
1999 Any Given Sunday Screen story, Screenplay
2000 Gladiator Screenplay Nominated—Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards for Best Original Screenplay
2002 Time Machine, TheThe Time Machine Screenplay also co-producer
2002 Star Trek: Nemesis Screenplay, story
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Screenplay
2003 Last Samurai, TheThe Last Samurai Screenplay, story
2004 Aviator, TheThe Aviator Written by Nominated—Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association for Best Writer
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Best Original Screenplay
2007 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Screenplay also producer
2011 Rango Screenplay, story Annie Award for Writing in a Feature Production
2011 Coriolanus Screenplay also producer
2011 Hugo Screenplay Nominated—Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Alliance of Women Film Journalists for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2012 Skyfall Written by
2014–present Penny Dreadful Created by also writer

Accolades[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Logan Biography (1963–)". Filmreference.com. January 9, 2005. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ Stockwell, Anne (March 1, 2005). "Logan's run: one of Hollywood's hottest screenwriters, The Aviator's John Logan proves that you don't have to be straight to write the blockbusters". The Advocate. 
  3. ^ "Red". Donmar Warehouse. February 6, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Time Is Short to See Tony Winners" by Patrick Healy, The New York Times, June 14, 2010 (p. C1 2010-06-15 NY ed.). Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew. Bette Midler Is Showbiz Agent Sue Mengers in I'll Eat You Last, Opening on Broadway April 24" playbill.com, April 24, 2013

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