Alan B. McElroy
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|Alan B. McElroy|
|Occupation||Screenwriter, television producer|
|Organization||Writers Guild of America|
Saturn Award for Best Writing
Alan B. McElroy is an American screenwriter, producer, and director of film, television, comic books, and video games. He is best known for his collaborations with Todd McFarlane on the Spawn franchise, and for penning horror films such as Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Wrong Turn.
Life and career
McElroy's screenwriting debut was Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, the fourth entry in the long-running horror franchise. Due to an impending strike by the Writers Guild of America (of which McElroy is a member), McElroy was forced to develop a concept, pitch the story, and send in the final draft in under eleven days. McElroy has mostly written action (Rapid Fire, The Marine, Tekken) and horror films (Wrong Turn, Wheels of Terror, Thr3e). He is also a long-time collaborator of Todd McFarlane and has frequently worked to different capacities on the Spawn franchise, having written the Curse of the Spawn comic series, the 1997 motion picture, and was the co-creator and showrunner of the critically acclaimed animated adaptation. His 2003 film Wrong Turn spawned a franchise, with an additional 5 films being produced, albeit without McElroy's involvement.
McElroy is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, but has resided in Los Angeles since the early nineties. His wife Kymm is an artist and homemaker, and he has two daughters (Ashleigh and Mackenzie) and one son (Matthew). McElroy is a Christian, and two of his films (Thr3e, Left Behind: The Movie) are adaptations of religious source material.
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