Zak Penn

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Zak Penn
Zak Penn by David Shankbone.jpg
Penn at the Tribeca Film Festival
Born 1968 (age 45–46)
United States
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer

Zak Penn (born 1968) is an American screenwriter and director.[1] Penn wrote and directed Incident at Loch Ness, The Grand, and co-wrote the script for X-Men: The Last Stand. With Michael Karnow, Penn is the co-creator of the TV series Alphas on the Syfy network.[2]

Early life[edit]

Penn graduated from Wesleyan University in 1990. His screenplay for PCU was based on his experiences at the Eclectic Society house. He is the son of New York businessman and lawyer Arthur Penn, who led the acquisition of the Capital Markets Assurance Corporation from Citicorp.[3]

Career[edit]

The screenplay for Last Action Hero, for which he received a "story by" credit with Adam Leff, was nominated for a 1993 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay; it lost to Indecent Proposal. Other films that he has been involved in writing include The Avengers, Inspector Gadget, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Elektra. Penn wrote early drafts of both Hulk and The Incredible Hulk.

Penn is also a jury member for the digital studio Filmaka, a platform for undiscovered filmmakers to show their work to industry professionals.[4]

In July 2012, Avatar Press released the first issue of Penn's first comic book, Hero Worship. The six issue series is co-written with Star Wars: The Clone Wars screenwriter Scott Murphy and drawn by Michael DiPascale. It centers on Zenith, an indestructible hero who has fans following every disaster, trying to catch a glimpse of the ultimate celebrity and risking their own lives in the process. One fan becomes so obsessed that it leads to the development of his own powers.

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