Jonathan Gems

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Jonathan Gems (born 1952, London) is a British playwright and screenwriter mostly known for his work on Mars Attacks!, directed by Tim Burton. He also wrote the film's novelization.

The son of the playwright Pam Gems,[1] Gems wrote a number of plays for theatres on the London fringe before gradually turning to screenwriting.[2] As well as Mars Attacks!, Gems did uncredited rewrite work on Batman. Gems has written a number of unproduced scripts for Burton, including a Beetlejuice sequel titled Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, an updating of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" set in Burbank, California, The Hawkline Monster, a cowboy/monster movie that was to star Clint Eastwood and Jack Nicholson and Go Baby Go, a beach movie in the style of Russ Meyer.


  • The Tax Exile (produced 1979)
  • Naked Robots (produced 1980)
  • The Paranormalist (produced 1982)
  • Susan's Breasts (produced 1985)


  1. ^ Obituary: Pam Gems, Daily Telegraph, 16 May 2011
  2. ^ Alan Strachan, 'GEMS, Jonathan (Malcolm Frederick)', in K. A. Berney, ed., Contemporary British Dramatists1994. ISBN 1-55862-213-6

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