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Ben Ripley

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Ben Ripley
Born Lawrenceville, New Jersey[1]
Occupation Screenwriter
Known for Source Code

Ben Ripley is an American screenwriter best known for writing the science-fiction thriller Source Code[2] directed by Duncan Jones.[3][4] Ripley is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Southern California's USC School of Cinema-Television.


Ripley sold his spec script for Source Code in 2007 to Universal Studios. It was ranked as one of the top unproduced screenplays in the annual Hollywood black list.[5] In an interview with the Writers Guild of America, Ripley talked about his script and the uncertainty over its production:

Yeah, it was agony. And I wrote it on spec. I wasn't certain it would ever see the light of day. One thing that kept me going though was that I had a suspicion that if I got this right, it could really open a new level for my writing career. At that point, I'd spent about four years doing studio rewrites on horror movies that were never getting made. I knew that if I showed up with another spec script, I'd have to show up with something very different that took chances. That motivated me to keep going until it seemed right.[6]



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  2. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (16 December 2010). "Moon' Director Duncan Jones Returns to SXSW With 'Source Code". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-06-15.  Parallel Universes and Corpse Brains: Source Code Takes Science on a Trip
  4. ^ Ben Ripley Writing The Seventh Day
  5. ^ Sciretta, Peter. "The Hottest Unproduced Screenplays of 2007". Slash film. Archived from the original on 23 June 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Faye, Denis. "Practice Makes Perfect". Writers Guild of America. Writers Guild of America. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  7. ^ The New York Times - Ben Ripley Biography

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