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David Kevin Giler
July 23, 1943
|Died||December 19, 2020 (aged 77)|
|Occupation||Film/television producer, screenwriter|
(m. 1970; div. 1972)
David Kevin Giler (July 23, 1943 – December 19, 2020) was an American filmmaker who was active in the film industry since the early 1960s.
Giler's father Bernie (1908–1967) was a writer. Giler began his career collaborating with his father for television programs such as The Gallant Men ("Signals for an End Run") (1962), Kraft Suspense Theatre ("Leviathan Five") (1964), Burke's Law ("Who Killed the Man on the White Horse?") (1965), and The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. ("The Low Blue C Affair") (1967).
Giler's father died in 1967 and he began to be credited on his own on such shows as The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ("The Matterhorn Affair") (1967), and The Bold Ones: The Lawyers ("The Crowd Pleaser") (1969).
Giler had begun writing feature films. In 1968 he was reportedly writing a script called Our Bag.
His first produced credit was the critically reviled Myra Breckinridge, an adaptation of Gore Vidal's controversial novel. The resulting movie was a disaster but Giler's script – heavily rewritten by director Michael Sarne – was much praised. He wrote a remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice and adapted The King Must Die but neither was made. He did some uncredited rewriting on Skin Game (1971).
Giler formed the production company Brandywine Productions with Walter Hill and Gordon Carroll and in 1979 the trio co-produced and rewrote the script for the legendary horror thriller Alien. He and Hill became embroiled in a much-publicized behind-the-scenes fight with Alien's original writer, Dan O'Bannon, over who was to receive screenplay credit. Giler and Hill claim they completely rewrote the script  and therefore wanted to relegate O'Bannon to a 'story by' credit only. O'Bannon claimed they did little more than change the names of the characters and dialogue. Ultimately, O'Bannon was the only one to receive credit for the screenplay in the final film, alongside a 'story by' co-credit with Ronald Shusett.
Giler on his own wrote the comedy The Money Pit (1986). He did an uncredited rewrite on Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) and produced Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985). He wrote a remake of The Decline of the American Empire which was not filmed.
Hill and Giler executive produced Tales from the Crypt and Tales from the Cryptkeeper for cable channel HBO. They returned to the Alien franchise, producing (and co-writing with Larry Ferguson) Alien 3 (1992). They were credited as producers on Alien Resurrection (1997) but had minimal involvement with it; the same applies for the other sequels.
Giler and Hill wrote and produced Undisputed.
Giler was married to actress Nancy Kwan from 1970 until their divorce in 1972.
|Beverly Hills Cop II||1987||Writer||Directed by Tony Scott|
|The Gallant Men||1962||Yes||No||Episode "Signals for an End Run"|
|Kraft Suspense Theatre||1964||Yes||No||Episode "Leviathan Five"|
|Burke's Law||1965||Yes||No||Episode "Who Killed the Man on the White Horse?"|
|The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.||1967||Yes||No||Episode "The Low Blue C Affair"|
|The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||1967||Yes||No||Episode "The Matterhorn Affair"|
|The Bold Ones: The Lawyers||1969||Story||No||Episode "The Crowd Pleaser"|
|Tales from the Crypt||1989–1996||No||Executive||93 episodes|
|Two-Fisted Tales||1992||No||Executive||Television film|
|Tales from the Cryptkeeper||1993–1994||No||Executive||5 episodes|
|Rebel Highway||1994||No||Yes||4 episodes|
|W.E.I.R.D. World||1995||No||Executive||Television film|
|Perversions of Science||1997||No||Executive||10 episodes|
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