James Vanderbilt

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James Vanderbilt
James Vanderbilt.jpg
Vanderbilt at the première of The Losers
Born James Platten Vanderbilt
November 1975 (1975-11) (age 39)
Occupation Screenwriter, director
Spouse(s) Amber Freeman (2005-present)[1]

James Platten Vanderbilt (born November 1975)[2][3] is an American screenwriter. He is best known for the films Zodiac, White House Down, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Early life and education[edit]

A descendant of the Vanderbilt family of New York, James Vanderbilt is the son of Alison Campbell (née Platten) and Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt III.[4] His paternal grandfather, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt II, once chaired the New York Racing Association, and his maternal grandfather, Donald Campbell Platten, was the chief executive and chairman of Chemical Bank.[1][2][5]

Vanderbilt was raised in Norwalk, Connecticut and attended school in New Canaan, Connecticut.[6] He is a graduate of St. Paul's School and the University of Southern California.[1]


# Year Film Role Director Notes Country
1 2003 Darkness Falls screenwriter Jonathan Liebesman U.S.
2 Basic writer John McTiernan
3 The Rundown screenwriter Peter Berg
4 2007 Zodiac screenwriter David Fincher
5 2010 The Losers screenwriter Sylvain White
6 2012 The Amazing Spider-Man screenwriter, story by Marc Webb
7 2013 White House Down screenwriter, story by Roland Emmerich
8 2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 story by Marc Webb
9 2015 Truth director, screenwriter James Vanderbilt Filming
Debut as director
10 2016 Independence Day: Resurgence screenwriter[7] Roland Emmerich Draft[8]


  1. ^ a b c Saroyan, Strawberry (2005-05-22). "Amber Freeman and Jamie Vanderbilt". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b Johnston, Laure (1975-12-06). "Notes on People". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 
  3. ^ Sps.edu
  4. ^ Familytreemaker.genealogy.com
  5. ^ Barron, James (1991-08-27). "Donald C. Platten, Ex-Chairman Of Chemical Bank, Is Dead at 72". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ "Hersam Acorn Newspapers Archives". New Canaan Advertiser, The. May 5, 2005. 
  7. ^ Liam Hemsworth Eyed to Star in ‘Independence Day’ Sequel
  8. ^ James Vanderbilt wrote the first draft of the film Independence Day 2

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