|Born||1980 (age 32–33)|
|Notable work(s)||50/50 (2011)|
Will Reiser (born 1980) is an American screenwriter and producer. He is best known for writing the 2011 film 50/50, which was based on his own experience with cancer.
Reiser attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, graduating in 2003. Reiser first worked as a producer in a number of TV productions, such as Da Ali G Show. In 2005, during his time working as an associate producer, he was diagnosed with a form of spinal cancer at the age of 25. After he underwent surgery, he was urged by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who also worked on Da Ali G Show, to write a screenplay based on his experiences. Reiser completed his first draft of 50/50 in 2008; it was his first screenplay. With Rogen and Goldberg producing the film, the script was bought by Mandate Pictures with Rogen also attached to star in the film as the best friend of the protagonist, Adam (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and the film was released in September 2011. At the time of the film's release, Reiser had been cancer-free for 6 years. He won numerous awards for 50/50, including the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures award for Best Original Screenplay. He was also honored at the 2012 Annual OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults for his "courage, irreverence and creativity in achieving meaningful and impactful change on behalf of the young adult cancer survivorship movement".
Reiser's next writing project is a film titled Jamaica, based on a vacation he took to Jamaica with his grandma at the age of 14. Jonathan Levine, who directed 50/50, is also attached to direct Jamaica. Reiser is also working on American version of the German comedy film Men...
|2011||50/50||Writer, executive producer, actor||Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay
National Board of Review Award for Best Original Screenplay
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
|2003||Da Ali G Show||Associate producer|
|2004||Best Week Ever||Field producer|
|2005||Red State Diaries||Producer|
|2006||Garage Band Makeover||Producer|
|2006||Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl||Writer, field producer, supervising producer|
|2006||Talkshow with Spike Feresten||Field producer||One episode|
|2007||The Unseen Kind-Hearted Beast||Associate producer|
|???||The High Life||Writer||Pilot sold to NBC|||
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- Reiser, Will (December 15, 2011). "Is it true? Well, '50/50'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
- ""50/50" Screenwriter Will Reiser to Be Honored at 5th Annual OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults" (Press release). I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation. December 13, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
- Macdonald, Moira (September 25, 2011). "Will Reiser's brush with cancer led to '50/50'". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 21, 2013.