Bill Dubuque

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Bill Dubuque
St. Louis, Missouri, US

Bill Dubuque is an American screenwriter known for such films as The Accountant,[1] A Family Man,[2] The Judge,[3] and the television series Ozark.[4] In 2017 he scripted an upcoming DC Extended Universe Nightwing film[5][6] and has been connected to an Accountant sequel.[7][8]


Dubuque was born in St. Louis, Missouri, spending time working on the Lake of the Ozarks as a teen.[4][9] He still lives in St. Louis, with his wife and three children,[9] with whom he still frequently visits the Lake of the Ozarks.[9]

Before starting as a screenwriter in 2008, Dubuque worked as a recruitment headhunter.[1][9] He was approached by producer Mark Williams with the rough idea for The Accountant, which Dubuque developed into a script named to the 2011 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood,[1][10] including doing research to develop the protagonist (played by Ben Affleck) to have high-functioning autism;[1] the film was credited by Autism Speaks for its portrayal of the disorder.[1] The first screenplay of his to be produced, 2012's The Judge, led to Dubuque being recognized as one of Variety's 10 screenwriters to watch[11] and named to the 2012 Black List with 20 mentions.[12][13]

In 2015, Dubuque successfully pitched an action-adventure called The Real McCoy to Universal Pictures, with Chris Pratt attached to star;[14] as of January 2018, the film is still in production.[15][better source needed] Another collaboration with Mark Williams, A Family Man, was released in 2016;[16] with a working title of The Headhunter's Calling, the script was based on Dubuque's previous work in recruitment.[17] Dubuque's teenage experiences at an Ozarks resort[9] led him to work again with producer Mark Williams[18] and male lead Jason Bateman[14] on developing the series Ozark, which was released on Netflix in 2017 and quickly renewed for a second season,[18] as well as earning the writing team a Writers Guild of America Award nomination.[19]


Year Title Notes Ref
2014 The Judge Screenplay [3]
2016 A Family Man Written by and executive producer [2]
The Accountant Written by [1]
2017 Ozark
  • Created by (all 10 episodes)
  • Story by (2 episodes)
  • Teleplay by (2 episodes)
  • Executive producer (1 episode)
  • Nominated: Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series


  1. ^ a b c d e f Josh Rottenberg (October 6, 2016). "How assassin-on-the-spectrum thriller The Accountant approached depicting autism honestly". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Andrew Schenker (November 29, 2012). "Dubuque: Corporate headhunter followed Calling". Variety. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Mike Fleming, Jr (April 4, 2012). "Warner Bros The Judge Collars Scribe Bill Dubuque To Script Robert Downey Jr-Starrer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Jeremy Egner (July 14, 2017). "Ozark on Netflix: This Lake Has Hidden Depths". The New York Times. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  5. ^ Rebecca Ford (February 23, 2017). "Warner Bros. Plotting Live-Action Nightwing Movie With Lego Batman Movie Director". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Tim Karan (January 4, 2018). "Warner Bros. names new president of DC Films". Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ben Affleck in Talks With Warner Bros. For The Accountant Sequel". The Hollywood Reporter. June 26, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  8. ^ Mike Fleming, Jr (June 26, 2017). "Ben Affleck & Gavin O'Connor Back For The Accountant Sequel; Will Jon Bernthal Return?". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Gail Pennington (July 21, 2017). "St. Louisan brings his own history to Netflix's Ozark". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Nikki Finke (December 12, 2011). "The Black List 2011: Screenplay Roster". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  11. ^ Katherine Brodsky (November 20, 2012). "10 Screenwriters to Watch to be honored at Whistler Film Fest". Variety. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  12. ^ Jeff Sneider (December 17, 2012). "2012 Black List announced". Variety. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  13. ^ Nikki Finke (December 17, 2012). "The Black List 2012: Screenplay Roster". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Nellie Andreeva (September 25, 2015). "Jason Bateman To Topline, Produce & Direct Ozark Drama Series For MRC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  15. ^ The Real McCoy on IMDb
  16. ^ Gary Goldstein (July 27, 2017). "Review: Gerard Butler is a big miss in overbearing and treacly drama A Family Man". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  17. ^ Matt Grobar (September 10, 2016). "The Headhunter's Calling Star Gerard Butler On Latest Passion Project &; How "There's Just No Safety Anymore In This Industry" – Toronto". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  18. ^ a b Lesley Goldberg (August 15, 2017). "Ozark Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  19. ^ a b Cynthia Littleton (December 7, 2017). "Writers Guild Award TV Nominations: The Americans, Handmaid's Tale, GLOW Grab Multiple Mentions". Variety. Retrieved January 6, 2018.

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