Evan Spiliotopoulos

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Evan Spiliotopoulos
Born
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
NationalityGreek-American
OccupationScreenwriter
Years active1995-present
Known forHercules
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
Beauty and the Beast

Evan Spiliotopoulos is a Greek-American screenwriter, best known for writing Hercules, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure and Beauty and the Beast. He also wrote the script for the film The Huntsman: Winter's War.

Early life[edit]

Spiliotopoulos was born in Greece, and graduated from high school there.[1] Soon after, he moved to the United States and attended the University of Delaware to get an undergraduate degree in film theory; he then attended American University for a master's degree in Screenwriting.[1] After moving to Los Angeles in 1995, his first job in the industry was in a television film Trial by Fire as an intern.[1]

Career[edit]

In 2014, Spiliotopoulos re-wrote the screenplay for the action-adventure fantasy film Hercules, originally written by Ryan J. Condal.[2] Brett Ratner directed the film which released on July 25, 2014 by Paramount Pictures.[3]

Spiliotopoulos wrote the screenplay of action-adventure fantasy film The Huntsman: Winter's War, along with Craig Mazin, and rewritten by Frank Darabont. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan directed the film, which was released on April 22, 2016 by Universal Pictures.[4]

Spiliotopoulos and Stephen Chbosky wrote Walt Disney Pictures' live action musical romantic fantasy film Beauty and the Beast, which was directed by Bill Condon.[5] The film was released on March 17, 2017.

Future and cancelled projects[edit]

In the 2000s, Spiliotopoulos was attached to write a prequel of to the classic animated Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs film.[6] However, the project was finally cancelled when Pixar was acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2006.

In April 2009, Spiliotopoulos was set to write the screenplay for the action film Wanted 2, a sequel to the 2008 film Wanted.[7]

In June 2013, Universal acquired the remake rights to the Japanese 2007 anime film Vexille and set Spiliotopoulos to write the screenplay.[8]

In July 2014, Spiliotopoulos was hired by 20th Century Fox to write the script for the 2014 novel Seven Wonders written by Ben Mezrich.[9] Spiliotopoulos had already rewritten the script of the horror film Ouija, but his draft wasn't used in the film.[10]

On December 16, 2015, Sony hired Spiliotopoulos to write the script for the Charlie's Angels reboot film, which would be directed by Elizabeth Banks.[11]

In May 2018, Paramount Pictures began moving forward with a G.I. Joe spinoff movie featuring Snake Eyes with Spiliotopoulos in early talks to pen the script.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Released Notes
1998 Legion TV film
1998 The Outsider TV film
2002 Bare Witness Direct-to-video
2003 The Jungle Book 2 Theatrical film
2004 The Lion King 1½ Direct-to-video Additional Screenplay Material
2004 Art Heist
2004 Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Direct-to-video
2005 Pooh's Heffalump Movie Theatrical film
2005 Tarzan II Direct-to-video Additional Story Material
2005 Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie Direct-to-video
2006 Khan Kluay English-language version
2007 Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Direct-to-video
2007 Battle for Terra
2008 The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning Direct-to-video
2008 The Nutty Professor Direct-to-video
2009 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
2014 Hercules Theatrical film With Ryan J. Condal
2014 Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh TV Series short, 1 episode
2016 The Huntsman: Winter's War Theatrical film With Craig Mazin
2017 Beauty and the Beast With Stephen Chbosky, live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast
2019 Charlie's Angels Story with David Auburn, standalone sequel to the Charlie's Angels franchise
2020 Bright 2 With David Ayer
2020 Snake Eyes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Q&A with Evan Spiliotopoulos". scriptsandscribes.com. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  2. ^ GOLDSTEIN, GARY (July 25, 2014). "Review: Dwayne Johnson's 'Hercules' packs action-filled punch". latimes.com. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "Hercules (2014)". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  4. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 20, 2015). "Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to Replace Frank Darabont as 'Huntsman' Director". variety.com. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 4, 2014). "Bill Condon to Direct Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast' Film for Disney". Variety. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  6. ^ Armstrong, Josh (August 14, 2013). "Mike Disa and The Seven Dwarfs: How the Snow White prequel became a Dopey movie". Animated Views. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  7. ^ "'Pooh's Heffalump Movie' writer tapped to pen 'Wanted 2'". ew.com. April 17, 2009. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 5, 2013). "Universal Acquires 'Vexille' with Evan Spiliotopoulos Adapting (EXCLUSIVE)". variety.com. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  9. ^ Ford, Rebecca; Kit, Borys (July 8, 2015). "'Hercules' Writer in Talks to Adapt Fox's 'Seven Wonders' (Exclusive)". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  10. ^ Kit, Borys (19 April 2011). "Evan Spiliotopoulos to Pen Universal's 'Ouija'". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  11. ^ Ford, Rebecca (December 16, 2015). "'Charlie's Angels' Reboot Lands Writer (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  12. ^ Kit, Borys (May 11, 2018). "G.I. Joe Character Snake Eyes Getting His Own Spinoff Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 11, 2018.

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