Gregg Hurwitz

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Gregg Hurwitz
Born San Francisco
Occupation Novelist and comic book writer
Nationality American
Education Masters
Alma mater Harvard University, Trinity College, Oxford
Genre Crime
Notable works Orphan X
Tell No Lies
Don't Look Back

Gregg Andrew Hurwitz is an American novelist, script writer and producer. Most of his novels are in the thriller fiction genre. A number of them have been converted into TV series.

His script writing work prominently includes a film adaption of his own book Orphan X, TV adaptation of Joby Warrick's "Black flags: The Rise of ISIS"[1] and screenplay for the 2017 film The Book of Henry. He has also written a number of comic books for prominent comic book publishers like DC Comics and Marvel Comics.

Personal life and education[edit]

Hurwitz grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area[2] and graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. While completing a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University (1995) and a master's from Trinity College, Oxford in Shakespearean tragedy (1996), he wrote his first novel. He was the undergraduate scholar-athlete of the year at Harvard for pole vaulting and played college soccer in England, where he was a Knox Fellow.[3]

Hurwitz lives in Los Angeles.[2] He is married and has two daughters.[4]


Hurwitz is the author of The Tower, Minutes to Burn, Do No Harm, The Kill Clause, The Program, Troubleshooter, Last Shot, The Crime Writer, Trust No One, Don't Look Back, and Orphan X. His books have been shortlisted for best novel of the year by the International Thriller Writers, nominated for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, chosen as feature selections for all four major literary book clubs, honored as Book Sense Picks, and translated into 28 languages.[citation needed]

He wrote the original screenplay for the film The Book of Henry (2017), directed by Collin Trevorrow for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, and filmed in New York. The cast includes Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Lee Pace and Dean Norris.[5]

He has written screenplays for Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Paramount Studios, MGM, and ESPN, as well as developed television series for Warner Bros. and Lakeshore Entertainment. His 2016 novel, Orphan X, was picked up by Warner Bros. with Bradley Cooper on to direct and possibly star in the film.[6] Hurwitz will write the screenplay adaptation. Hurwitz has also written Wolverine, The Punisher, and Foolkiller for Marvel Comics,[7] and published numerous academic articles on Shakespeare. He has taught fiction writing in the USC English Department, and guest lectured for UCLA and Harvard. In the course of researching his thrillers, he has snuck onto demolition ranges with Navy SEALs, swam with sharks in the Galápagos Islands, and gone undercover into mind-control cults. He has written and produced season two of the TV show V.

He became the writer of Batman: The Dark Knight for DC Comics in 2012.[8][9]



Orphan X Thrillers[edit]

  1. Orphan X 368 pages, January 2016, ISBN 978-1250067845
  2. The Nowhere Man 368 pages, January 2017, ISBN 978-1250067852
  3. Buy a Bullet, 83 pages, October 2016, ISBN 9781250141286
  4. Hellbent, February 2018 (anticipated), ISBN 9781250119179

The Rains Brothers[edit]

  1. The Rains 352 pages, October 2016, ISBN 9780765382672
  2. Last Chance 384 pages, October 2017, ISBN 9780765382696

Tim Rackley[edit]

  1. The Kill Clause 576 pages, August 2004, ISBN 978-0060530396
  2. The Program 464 pages, August 2005, ISBN 978-0060530419
  3. Troubleshooter 400 pages, July 2006, ISBN 978-0060731458
  4. Last Shot 496 pages, July 2007, ISBN 978-0060731472


Comic books[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

  • Foolkiller vol. 2 #1–5 (2007)
  • Foolkiller: White Angels #1–5 (2008–2009)
  • The New Avengers #55 (2009)
  • Punisher #61–95, 75 (2008–2009)
  • The Savage Axe of Ares #1 (2011)
  • Shadowland: Moon Knight #1–3 (2010)
  • The Vengeance of Moon Knight #1–4, 8–9 (2009–2010)
  • Wolverine Annual #1 (2007)
  • Wolverine: Flies to a Spider #1 (2009)
  • Wolverine: Switchback #1 (2009)
  • X-Men Forever #4 (2009)





  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (2016-08-04). "‘Black Flags’ Miniseries About Rise Of ISIS From Bradley Cooper & Todd Phillips In Works At HBO". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-10-13. 
  2. ^ a b Wilkens, John (July 23, 2011). "For Hurwitz, thrillers come when sleep won’t". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on September 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ Sisterson, Craig (May 20, 2011). "Gregg Hurwitz: Writing from experience". The New Zealand Herald. Auckland, New Zealand. Archived from the original on October 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ Brown, Nell Porter (July–August 2009). "Slaying Dragons". Harvard Magazine. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ Lowe, Kinsey (November 21, 2015). "Colin Trevorrow Tweets The Book of Henry Has Wrapped Filming". Archived from the original on March 10, 2016. 
  6. ^ Kit, Borys; Ford, Rebecca (February 9, 2015). "Bradley Cooper in Talks to Tackle Orphan X for Warner Bros.". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 28, 2016. 
  7. ^ Gregg Hurwitz at the Grand Comics Database
  8. ^ Phegley, Kiel (August 3, 2012). "The Bat Signal: Gregg Hurwitz Makes The Dark Knight A 'Survivor'". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on August 7, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Interview: Gregg Hurwitz". Major Spoilers. July 3, 2012. Archived from the original on August 6, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Thursday cable ratings: ‘Queen of the South’ dips". TV By The Numbers by 2016-08-12. Retrieved 2017-10-13. 
  11. ^ "Bradley Cooper in Talks to Tackle 'Orphan X' for Warner Bros. (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-10-13. 

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