Jac Schaeffer

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Jac Schaeffer
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Schaeffer in 2011
Born1978 (age 42–43)
Alma materPrinceton University
OccupationWriter, Filmmaker
Years active2009–present

Jacqueline Schaeffer (born 1978) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter known for her 2009 feature film debut TiMER and for creating the TV series WandaVision set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, for which she has also co-written Captain Marvel and the upcoming Black Widow.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Schaeffer grew up in Agoura Hills, California and was inspired by filmmakers Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Allison Anders, and Lisa Cholodenko as a teenager.[3] Schaeffer graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in English in 2000 after completing an 81-page senior thesis, titled "Splinter in the Mind: The Dilemma of the Political Dystopian Protagonist and the Cyberpunk Hero", under the supervision of Maria DiBattista.[4] She went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from the USC School of Cinema.[3][5][6] She wrote for the Princeton Triangle Club theatre groupe, where she learned so much about storytelling and acting despite never being a terrific actor on her own, playing versions of herself.[7] She is Jewish on her father's side,[8] and has two children.[3]

She wrote, produced and directed her first feature film, an science fiction romantic comedy called TiMER starring Emma Caulfield. The movie debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009 and saw a limited US release a year later.[2]

Schaeffer wrote The Hustle, a Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson,[9] which was released in May 2019.[10] Schaeffer is also developing her Blacklisted-script The Shower with Hathaway.[11]

Schaeffer co-wrote the screenplay for the Marvel Studios film Captain Marvel with Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The film was released on March 8, 2019.

Schaeffer also wrote the Marvel Studios film Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson,[12] until she was replaced with Ned Benson, who was in turn replaced by Eric Pearson.[13] She was also hired by Marvel to write the first and ninth episodes and serve as head writer for WandaVision, in January 2019.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter Producer
2009 TiMER Yes Yes Yes Directorial debut
2017 Olaf's Frozen Adventure No Yes No Short film
2019 Captain Marvel No Yes No Uncredited
Co-wrote with Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck
2019 The Hustle No Yes No Co-wrote with Stanley Shapiro & Paul Henning and Dale Launer
2021 Black Widow No Yes No Co-wrote with Ned Benson and Eric Pearson
Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Showrunner Screenwriter Producer
2021 WandaVision No Yes 2 episodes Executive Disney+ exclusive limited series

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tribeca '09 Interview: "TiMER" Director Jac Schaeffer". Indiewire. April 20, 2009. Archived from the original on April 8, 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Rome, Emily (July 31, 2019). "Black Widow' Writer Jac Schaeffer Isn't Scared to Make the Fanboys Mad". Inverse. Archived from the original on August 3, 2019. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Rome, Emily (July 31, 2019). "'Black Widow' Writer Jac Schaeffer Isn't Scared to Make the Fanboys Mad". Inverse. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  4. ^ Schaeffer, Jacqueline Sidford (2000). "Splinter in the Mind: The Dilemma of the Political Dystopian Protagonist and the Cyberpunk Hero". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Tomlinson, Brett (22 April 2009). "Tribeca connection : Q&A with writer, director, and producer Jac Schaeffer '00". Princeton Alumni Weekly. Archived from the original on April 8, 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Jac Schaeffer Biography". Stacey Stern. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Allen, Paige (March 11, 2021). ""WandaVision" creator Jac Schaeffer '00 discusses Princeton connections, sitcom inspiration, and female representation". The Daily Princetonian. Archived from the original on March 12, 2021. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  8. ^ "Jews in the News: Chuck Lorre, Dave Franco and Billy Crystal". Jewish Tampa. May 7, 2019. Archived from the original on July 21, 2019. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  9. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (2017-01-19). "Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson Are The 'Nasty Women' In MGM's 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' Remake". Deadline. Archived from the original on July 4, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  10. ^ Chitwood, Adam (February 12, 2019). "'The Hustle' Trailer Reveals Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson in Comedy Remake". Collider. Archived from the original on February 13, 2019. Retrieved April 8, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Ford, Rebecca; Kit, Borys (January 15, 2016). "Anne Hathaway's Alien Invasion Comedy 'The Shower' Landing at Warner Bros. (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 13, 2018. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 10, 2018). "Marvel's Standalone 'Black Widow' Movie Gains Momentum With Jac Schaeffer Writing". Variety. Archived from the original on April 2, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  13. ^ Sneider, Jeff (February 15, 2019). "Exclusive: Marvel, Scarlett Johansson Tap Ned Benson to Rewrite 'Black Widow' Movie". Collider. Archived from the original on March 29, 2019. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (January 9, 2019). "Marvel's 'Vision and Scarlet Witch' Series Lands 'Captain Marvel' Writer (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 10, 2019. Retrieved April 6, 2019.

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