James V. Hart

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James V. Hart
Hart in 2011
Hart in 2011
Born1950 (age 71–72)
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
  • Screenwriter
  • author
Years active1984–present
SpouseJudith Nugent
Children2; including Julia Hart

James V. Hart (born 1950) is an American screenwriter and author. He is known for his literary adaptations, such as Dracula, Frankenstein and Hook.



Hart wrote the screenplay to the Steven Spielberg feature film Hook which functioned as a sequel to J. M. Barrie's original story, with Peter as an adult in present times.[1] Later, he wrote the 2005 children's novel Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth, a prequel depicting Barrie's villain Captain Hook, the nemesis of Peter Pan, when Hook was a youngster. He would then write the Francis Ford Coppola-produced horror films Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)[2] and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994).

Hart would primarily focus on adventure and fantasy fare, such as Muppet Treasure Island (1996), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life and Epic (2013). He would also co-create the pirate television drama Crossbones, with Luther writer Neil Cross. It was based on Colin Woodard's book The Republic of Pirates.[3] On July 24, 2014, NBC announced that Crossbones had been canceled after one season.[4]

Unmade screenplays[edit]

Hart did the first draft screenplay of Atlas Shrugged,[5] which was to be fully developed by director Randall Wallace. Hart didn't write any further drafts and Wallace didn't end up directing. Recently, it has been announced that Hart wrote an adaptation of The Sirens of Titan, which Kurt Vonnegut approved of before he died.[6]

Hart also wrote a screenplay adaptation for Crisis in the Hot Zone, but the movie never materialized (instead, Hart would adapt the book into a television series in 2019). Neither did a DreamWorks adaptation of Anubis. In 2012, it was announced that TNT would create a television series based on the Dean Koontz's Frankenstein novels.[7] Hart was to write the project with his son Jake Hart.


Hart was part of the Columbia University Graduate Film program faculty. He has also mentored on Sundance Film Labs, the Austin Writer’s Ranch and the Equinoxe-Europe Writing Workshops.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Hart is the son of Albert Hart and Alice Hart. He has one brother, David (deceased). He studied film and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1969. He lives in New York with his wife Judith. Their two children, Jake and Julia, are also screenwriters.[10]



Year Title Writer Producer Notes
1974 Dirty O'Neil No Yes Associate producer
1977 The Ransom No Yes
1984 Gimme an 'F' Yes No
1991 Hook Yes Yes Executive producer
1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula Yes Yes Co-producer
1994 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein No Yes
1996 Muppet Treasure Island Yes No
1997 Contact Yes No
2002 Tuck Everlasting Yes No
2003 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life Yes No Story by
2005 Sahara Yes No
2007 The Last Mimzy Yes No
2007 August Rush Yes No
2013 Epic Yes Yes Executive producer


Year Title Notes Network
2001 Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Miniseries CBS
2014 Crossbones Co-creator NBC
2019-present The Hot Zone Creator, also executive producer National Geographic


  1. ^ McBride 1997, p. 409.
  2. ^ Spelling, Ian (March 1993). "Midnight Ryder". Fangoria #120. Starlog Group, Inc.
  3. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 14, 2012). "NBC Greenlights Pirate Drama From 'Luther' Creator". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  4. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 24, 2014). "NBC to Burn Off the Final Two Episodes of 'Crossbones' on Saturday, August 2". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on July 29, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  5. ^ McClintock, Pamela (April 26, 2006). "Lionsgate Shrugging". Variety. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
  6. ^ "MTV News | Exclusive: Kurt Vonnegut's 'Sirens Of Titan' Being Adapted For Big Screen". www.mtv.com. Archived from the original on 2007-04-29.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2012-10-17). "TNT To Develop 'Frankenstein' Drama Series Based On Dean Koontz's Novels". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  8. ^ "Deconstructing the Emotional Pulse of Your Screenplay with James V. Hart". 18 November 2020.
  9. ^ "EQuinoxe Europe".
  10. ^ Bio blurb on dust jacket of Capt. Hook, published 2005.

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