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 40)
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 Credit Director Notes
2003 Darkness Falls Screenwriter Jonathan Liebesman
Basic Writer, producer John McTiernan
The Rundown Screenwriter Peter Berg
2007 Zodiac Screenwriter, producer David Fincher
2010 The Losers Screenwriter Sylvain White
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man Screenwriter, story Marc Webb
2013 White House Down Writer, producer Roland Emmerich
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Story Marc Webb
2015 Truth Director, writer, producer James Vanderbilt Directorial debut
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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