David Magee

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David Magee
BornDavid Stuart Magee, Jr.
1962 (age 61–62)
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationScreenwriter, producer, actor
EducationMichigan State University (BFA), University of Illinois (MFA)
Notable works
  • Finding Neverland
  • Life of Pi
  • Mary Poppins Returns
Notable awards
  • Academy Award Nominee (adapted screenplay)
  • BAFTA Nominee (adapted screenplay)
  • Humanitas Prize winner
SpousePamela Magee

David Magee (born 1962) is an American screenwriter who was nominated for a 2004 Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Finding Neverland. Along with Simon Beaufoy, he wrote the screenplay for Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams, which was released in 2008.

His 2012 screen adaptation of the novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel earned him a Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

He wrote the screenplay for the Disney musical Mary Poppins Returns, directed by Rob Marshall, and starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, which was released in 2018.[1] He received the Humanitas Prize in the Best Family Film category for his screenplay.[2]

Magee is writing an untitled musical about Hans Christian Andersen with Stephen Schwartz.[3]

In March 2019, it was announced that Paramount Pictures would develop an animated film version of The Tiger's Apprentice by Laurence Yep from Magee's script adaptation of the book.[4]

In May 2020, it was also announced that Paul Feig would direct an adaptation of The School for Good and Evil based on a script by Magee. The film was released on Netflix in 2022. [5]

In 2021, Magee was tapped to adapt the controversial romance novel Lady Chatterley's Lover, with Emma Corrin set to star, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre directing, helmed by 3000 Pictures and distributed by Netflix. The film premiered at the 2022 Telluride Film Festival. [6]

In January 2022, it was announced that Marc Forster would direct Tom Hanks in an American adaptation of Swedish novel A Man Called Ove (retitled A Man Called Otto) with a script penned by Magee. The film was acquired by Sony Pictures and released January 2023. [7]



  1. ^ ""Mary Poppins Returns" Sequel Announced for December 2018 - The Walt Disney Company". The Walt Disney Company. 2016-05-31. Retrieved 2017-02-10.
  2. ^ Haithman, Diane (February 9, 2019). "44th Humanitas Prize Honors Films 'On The Basis Of Sex' And 'Love Simon', TV's 'God Friended Me'". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  3. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (February 28, 2018). "Fox 2000 Wins Hans Christian Andersen Musical By 'Wicked's Stephen Schwartz, David Magee, Zadan & Meron; 'Baby Driver' Ansel Elgort Circling". deadline.com. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  4. ^ Pedersen, Erik (15 March 2019). "Paramount Moves 'Limited Partners' To 2020 & Dates 'The Tiger's Apprentice' Toon". Deadline. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Paul Feig to Direct 'The School for Good and Evil' For Netflix". 2020-05-28. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (2020-06-25). "'Lady Chatterley's Lover' to Be Revived by 'The Mustang' Director and 3000 Pictures (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  7. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (2022-01-18). "Marc Forster To Direct Tom Hanks In 'A Man Called Ove;' SF Studios, Rita Wilson & Playtone And Forster's 2DUX2 Producing David Magee Script". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-02-24.
  8. ^ The Tiger's Apprentice at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  9. ^ Untitled Hans Christian Andersen Musical Project at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata

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