Billy Ray (screenwriter)
Billy Ray in 2007
|Born||September 21, 1971 (age 46)|
Tennessee, United States
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
Billy Ray is an American screenwriter and film director. He began writing for television and movies in 1994 with Color of Night. He has written numerous movies including Volcano and Hart's War. He was one of the creators and writers of the science fiction show Earth 2. On August 10, 2015, it was announced that he will be writing a screenplay adaptation of The Devil in the White City that Martin Scorsese will direct, which will star Leonardo DiCaprio.
Ray was born to a Jewish family and raised in Encino, Los Angeles, California. Starting in 2003 he began to direct as well as write; his first film was Shattered Glass, inspired by the true story of Stephen Glass, a journalist who fabricated a majority of his stories. He was nominated for the Most Promising Filmmaker by the Chicago Film Critics Association and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for his work on this film. Breach (2007), which Ray co-wrote and directed, tells a similar story about Robert Hanssen, an FBI agent convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and later Russia for more than two decades, and Eric O'Neill, who worked as his assistant and helped bring about his downfall.
|1990||The Bobby & Larry Show||Written by, producer||Co-wrote with Robbie Fox, TV movie|
|1994||Color of Night||Screenplay by, story by||Co-wrote screenplay with Matthew Chapman|
|1995||Hidden Assassin||Screenplay by||Co-wrote screenplay with Yves André Martin & Meg Thayer, based on a story by Yves André Martin|
|1997||Volcano||Co-wrote screenplay with Jerome Armstrong, based on a story by Jerome Armstrong|
|1998||Legalese||Written by||TV movie|
|2002||Hart's War||Screenplay by||Co-wrote with Terry George|
|2003||Shattered Glass||Director, written by|
|2004||Suspect Zero||Screenplay by||Co-wrote screenplay with Zak Penn, based on a story by Zak Penn|
|2005||Flightplan||Written by||Co-wrote with Peter A. Dowling|
|2007||Breach||Director, screenplay by||Co-wrote screenplay with Adam Mazer & William Rotko, based on a story by Adam Mazer & William Motko|
|2009||State of Play||Screenplay by||Co-wrote with Matthew Michael Carnahan and Tony Gilroy|
|2012||The Hunger Games||Co-wrote with Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins|
|2015||The Breakup Girl||Producer|
|Secret in Their Eyes||Director, screenplay by|
|2018||Overlord||Screenplay by, story by||Co-wrote screenplay with Mark L. Smith|
|2019||Terminator 6||Script polish|
|1994-1995||Earth 2||Created by, story by||Co-created with Michael Duggan & Carol Flint & Mark Levin|
|2016-2017||The Last Tycoon||Developed for television by, story by, teleplay by, directed by, written for television by|
- "Production Credits: Color of Night". Allmovie. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
- "Production Credits: Volcano". Allmovie. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
- "Production Credits: Hart's War". Allmovie. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
- "Scorsese and DiCaprio Take on The Devil in the White City". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
- Pfefferman, Naomi. "Miniseries adds Jewish context to Fitzgerald's 'Last Tycoon'". Jewish Journal.
Ray, 53, said that he and the show’s executive producer, Christopher Keyser, deliberately increased the story’s Jewish content because they both are Jewish
- Hastings, Michael. "Overview: Shattered Glass". Allmovie. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
- "Awards: Billy Ray". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
- Buchanan, Jason. "Overview: Breach". Allmovie. Retrieved March 15, 2010.