Aaron and Jordan Kandell

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Aaron and Jordan Kandell (both born June 16, 1982) are identical twin American screenwriters and journalists. They were born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and studied film and creative writing at the University of Southern California. They have written numerous original feature film and television projects for Fox Animation, Disney Animation, Warner Brothers Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Legendary and Paramount Pictures.[1] The Kandell brothers were on the 2013 Young and Hungry List[2] and their screenplay The Golden Record was on the 2013 Black List.[3] They also served as screenwriters on Disney Animation's Moana.[1][4][5]

The Kandells wrote the spec script that was turned into the film Adrift (2018), directed by Baltasar Kormákur and starring Shailene Woodley.[6][7][8]


  • Happiest Man Alive (2010),[9][10] writers
  • Moana (2016),[1][4][5] writers for Disney Animation
  • Adrift (2018), writers[7] (also producers)[9][10]
  • Untitled Fox Animation Project (in development),[1] writers for Fox Animation
  • Sidekicks (in development),[11] writers for Twentieth Century Fox
  • Aladdin (in development), writers for Warner Brothers
  • The Golden Record (in development),[3] writers for Endgame Entertainment
  • Stranded (in development),[9][10] writers for Walt Disney Studios


  1. ^ a b c d V, Billy. "Hawaii brothers write for Disney's 'Moana'". Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  2. ^ "THE YOUNG AND HUNGRY LIST 2013 – THE TOP 100 WRITERS ON THE VERGE!". The Tracking Board. 2013-10-06. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  3. ^ a b "The 2013 Black List: The Year's Most Liked Unproduced Screenplays - /Film". Slashfilm. 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  4. ^ a b Staff, Web (2016-11-17). "Screenwriters in Hawaii for special 'Moana' screening". KHON2. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  5. ^ a b 13, 2016 November; 14, 2016 Updated November; 11:55am, 2016. "Disney taps Hawaii ties to get 'Moana' right". Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  6. ^ "The Hit List | The Tracking Board". hitlist.tracking-board.com. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  7. ^ a b Adrift, retrieved 2016-12-15
  8. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2016-12-12). "The Black List 2016 Screenplays Unveiled". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  9. ^ a b c "Aaron Kandell". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  10. ^ a b c "Jordan Kandell". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  11. ^ "Fox, Chernin Pick Up Fairy-Tale Pitch From Kandell Brothers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-11-20.