Dean Devlin

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Dean Devlin
Devlin at the New York Comic Con in 2017
Born (1962-08-27) August 27, 1962 (age 57)
OccupationScreenwriter, producer, television director
Years active1980–present
m. 2003)
Parent(s)Pilar Seurat
Don Devlin

Dean Devlin (born August 27, 1962) is an American screenwriter, producer, television and film director and former actor. He is the founder of production company Electric Entertainment.

Personal life[edit]

Devlin was born in New York City, the son of actress Pilar Seurat and Don Devlin, a writer, actor, and producer.[1] His father was Jewish and his mother was Filipino.[2] He is married to actress Lisa Brenner. Devlin has two daughters.[citation needed]



Devlin appeared as an actor on numerous television shows throughout the 1980s. He also appeared in films including My Bodyguard, The Wild Life, Real Genius and Martians Go Home. Due to his youthful appearance, Devlin often played teenage characters despite being in his 20s.

Devlin gradually began writing scripts. His first produced screenplay was for Universal Soldier. He reached prominence as a writer/producer working alongside director Roland Emmerich, with whom he teamed after appearing in Emmerich's film Moon 44. Together they cowrote and produced Stargate, the first movie to have a web site.[3] The team then produced Independence Day and Godzilla. They split following the 2000 Mel Gibson film The Patriot, but re-teamed to film Independence Day: Resurgence in 2015.[4] Devlin has also produced Cellular, Who Killed the Electric Car?, and Flyboys.[5]

Devlin's directorial debut was the action sci-fi film Geostorm for Warner Bros.[6] The film was set for a March 2016 release,[7] later rescheduled for October 2017. It starred Gerard Butler as the lead [6] with Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy García.[8] The film made $221-million on a $120-million budget.[9]

Devlin's second film as director was the 2018 thriller Bad Samaritan, starring Robert Sheehan and David Tennant.[10]


Devlin produced: The Triangle miniseries; Leverage, of which he has directed twelve episodes; The Librarian franchise; and is currently producing The Outpost. He also co-created The Visitor series.[11]

In 2019 Devlin began working with the Filipino Network Giant ABS-CBN to produce a new series called Almost Paradise (originally titled Off Tropic.)[12] The series premiered in the United States, on May 30, 2020, on WGN America. It is filmed entirely in the Philippines and the majority of the cast members are Filipino, aside from the lead - played by Christian Kane, whom Dean also worked with on the television shows Leverage and The Librarians.[13]


Devlin was an advisor to video game company ZeniMax Media from 1999 to 2004.[14]


Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
1992 Universal Soldier No No Yes
1994 Stargate No Yes Yes
1996 Independence Day No Yes Yes
1998 Godzilla No Yes Yes
2000 The Patriot No Yes No
2002 Eight Legged Freaks No Yes No
2004 Cellular No Yes No
2006 Flyboys No Yes No
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence No Yes Yes
2017 Geostorm Yes Yes Yes Directorial debut
2018 Bad Samaritan Yes Yes No

Acting roles[edit]

Year Title Role
1984 The Wild Life Liquor Store Clerk
City Limits Ernie
1985 Real Genius Milton
1989 Martians Go Home Joe Fledermaus
1990 Moon 44 Tyler
1991 Total Exposure Adult Bookstore Manager

Awards and nominations[edit]

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films
Year Nominated work Category Result
1996 Independence Day Best Writer Nominated
1998 N/A George Pal Memorial Award Won
Golden Raspberry Awards
1996 Independence Day Worst Written Film Grossing Over $100 Million Nominated
1998 Godzilla Worst Picture Nominated
Worst Screenplay Nominated
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence Nominated
Hugo Awards
1994 Stargate Best Dramatic Presentation Nominated
1996 Independence Day Nominated
Online Film & Television Association
1996 Independence Day Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Picture Nominated
Sci-Fi Universe Magazine
1996 Independence Day Best Writing for a Genre Motion Picture Won
Stinkers Bad Movie Awards
1998 Godzilla Worst Screenplay for a Film Grossing More than
$100 Million Using Hollywood Math


  1. ^ "Dean Devlin Biography (1962-)". Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "Fil-Am producer Dean Devlin soars with 'Flyboys'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. September 24, 2006. Retrieved March 10, 2007.
  3. ^ "Godzilla guy has a love for the game". Reed Business Information. December 11, 2000. Retrieved April 26, 2009.
  4. ^ "ID Forever: Emmerich is producing with Dean Devlin and Harald Kloser". June 24, 2011. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
  5. ^ "FLYBOYS Squadron Gets Massive New Update-Free Update, Great Reviews, and a Real Fighter Pilot Flight!". Business Wire. Berkshire Hathaway. November 29, 2006. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  6. ^ a b McNary, Dave (April 11, 2014). "Gerard Butler to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller 'Geostorm'". Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  7. ^ "Warner Bros Slots 'Geostorm' For 2016". May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  8. ^ "Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish in Talks to Join Gerard Butler in 'Geostorm'".
  9. ^ Box Office Mojo: Geostorm
  10. ^ Patten, Dominic (September 16, 2013). "Dean Devlin Sets Next Directorial Effort As Electric Entertainment Picks Up 2 Projects". Deadline. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  11. ^ "FOX SETTLES LAWSUIT OVER `THE VISITOR'". Los Angeles Daily News. Digital First Media. September 19, 1997. Retrieved February 20, 2017 – via
  12. ^ Camus, Miguel R. "ABS-CBN begins Hollywood gamble with crime series". Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  13. ^ Jacobs, Meredity (January 19, 2020). "Christian Kane Is Trying to Avoid Stress in 'Almost Paradise'". Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  14. ^ "ZeniMax Media | profile – business advisory board". September 23, 2001. Archived from the original on February 11, 2001. Retrieved January 23, 2013.

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