Eric Kripke at the 2010 Comic Con Supernatural panel.
April 24, 1974 |
Toledo, Ohio, United States
Eric Kripke (born April 24, 1974) is an American television writer, director, and producer. He is the creator of The WB (now The CW) series Supernatural, the NBC series Revolution and more recently, the NBC series Timeless.
Life and career
Kripke was born in Toledo, Ohio. A 1992 graduate of Sylvania Southview High School, Eric often created home movies with friends to show to other students. His artistic influences included John Bellairs. After graduating from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 1996 as a member of the Gamma Eta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha, Kripke wrote and directed two 1997 films: Battle of the Sexes and Truly Committed. He later developed and wrote for The WB's 2003 television series Tarzan, which was cancelled after eight episodes, and followed this by writing the 2005 film Boogeyman. The movie was followed by a sequel, Boogeyman 2. Furthermore he was an associate producer for the 2011 romantic action thriller The Adjustment Bureau.
He was developing his first feature film Haunted, for a 2012 release. In August 2011, it was announced that Kripke was developing a series for The CW Television Network based on the DC Comics character Deadman, but no series materialized. He created a series for NBC titled Revolution. Kripke served as the executive producer alongside J.J. Abrams.
Prior to his success with Supernatural, Kripke wrote a screenplay for the film Boogeyman, which was released in early 2005. The film focuses on the life of Tim, played by Barry Watson. Tim, who's currently suffering the loss of his mother, goes home to confront the supernatural creature whom he believes killed his father and is also the reason for his mother's demise.
In 2005, Kripke created the series Supernatural, which is about two hunter brothers' (Sam and Dean Winchester) personal battle against demons, poltergeists and other supernatural phenomena. Kripke currently serves as a part-time executive consultant as of season seven on the series after serving as the show's primary showrunner for the first five seasons, of which he was noted for creating a uniquely detailed five-year plan. Supernatural first aired on The WB. It now airs on The CW, which was created by The WB's 2006 merger with UPN. In addition to the interest that the characters themselves have generated, the show is also highly regarded for correctly citing much of its supernatural lore.
After Kripke stepped down as primary showrunner for Supernatural following the show's fifth season, he began developing other projects. One of these projects, entitled Revolution has been picked by NBC. It was picked up by NBC for the 2012-2013 season, it centers about a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a post-apocalyptic world where everything electronic has mysteriously stopped working, and centers around their battle to resolve the blackout. It stars Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, David Lyons, Giancarlo Esposito, Elizabeth Mitchell, Graham Rogers and Anna Lise Phillips co-starring.
Revolution has a Metacritic rating of 64 from 32 mostly positive critic reviews, with Glenn Garvin from the New York Times saying "Revolution is big, bold and brassy adventure, a cowboys-and-Indians story for end times."
Revolution was cancelled by NBC after two seasons.
The story follows Josh Jaffe, a neurotic family man who buys an online ‘smart pill’ to increase his focus and jolt him out of his slump, but gets much more than he bargained for. To his surprise, the pill gives him incredible strength and power. From then on, Josh will start to experience both the mighty highs and humiliating lows of being a real-life superhero.
At the same time, it was announced that a TV adaptation is being developed for USA Network, with Kripke serving as both the writer and executive producer. The series will be co-produced by Kripke Enterprises and Warner Horizon Television.
In August 2015, It was announced that Kripke along with fellow writer, Shawn Ryan, are developing for NBC Network an action adventure show Timeless. Described as “Back To The Future meets Mission: Impossible”, Timeless is a high-octane hour about an unlikely trio traveling through time to battle unknown criminals in order to protect history as we know it. Ryan and Kripke are co-writing the script and will executive produce with Davis Entertainment’s John Davis, John Fox and MiddKid Productions.
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