Jamie Linden (writer)

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Jamie Linden
Born (1980-09-03) September 3, 1980 (age 39)
Winter Park, Florida, U.S.
Alma materFlorida State University
Notable worksWe Are Marshall
PartnerRachel McAdams (2016–present)

Jamie Linden (born September 3, 1980) is an American screenwriter best known as the writer of 2006 film We Are Marshall and the writer of 2010 film Dear John. He also wrote and directed the film 10 Years, starring Channing Tatum.

Early life[edit]

Linden grew up in Winter Park, Florida[1] near Orlando, where he attended Lake Howell High School.[2][3] He attended Florida State University's College of Communication, majoring in marketing and media production.[4] After graduating from college in 2001, he and three friends traveled to Hollywood, California with tickets for game show The Price Is Right.[5] Upon arriving, he was individually called up to compete and won US$5,000 and a Tuscan wine server cart, which he saw as a sign to stay in Hollywood: "I thought, well that's a sign, 'I should stay.' What you want to do, finds you."[6]


Before Linden became a screenwriter, he worked at Mirage Enterprises as an assistant to directors Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella.[7] After reading in a 30th anniversary article in FSView & Florida Flambeau, Florida State's student newspaper, about the 1970 Southern Airways Flight 932 plane crash that killed most of the Marshall University football team,[8] Linden says he became "obsessed" with the story.[6] After moving to Hollywood, his first job involved reading feature film screenplays. After being fired from several assistant positions, he decided to write his own screenplay.[5] His first script was titled Things to Do Before I Die, co-written with University of Florida alumnus Cory Helms, and Warner Bros. gave the pair a blind deal to write another script.[5] Linden says the aftermath of the Marshall University tragedy was the very first story he ever thought of.[8] In 2004, he pitched the story to Warner Bros. with film producers Basil Iwanyk[5] and Mary Viola.[9] When Warner Bros. bought the script, Linden and other film crew met with many family members of the plane crash victims including Keith Morehouse, whose father was killed in the crash, to collaborate on the honesty of the script and the dignity of the victims.[9] The film became We Are Marshall, released in 2006 and directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol.[8]

In 2006, it was reported that Linden was writing a biographical film about Olympic gold medalist downhill skier Bill Johnson to be produced by Basil Iwanyk, as well as an adaptation of The Dogs of Babel to be produced by David Heyman and a television pilot titled Flash Back to be directed by McG.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In April 2013, Linden was a groomsman at the wedding of Friday Night Lights actor Scott Porter. They were schoolmates at Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Florida.[10][11]

In 2018, Linden had a son with his Canadian partner, actress Rachel McAdams.[12]


Feature films[edit]

Year Film Credit Notes
2006 We Are Marshall Screenplay by, story by, co-producer Screenwriter; Co-story writer (with Cory Helms)
2010 Dear John Screenplay by, co-producer
2011 10 Years Director, written by
2016 Money Monster Screenplay by Co-screenwriter (with Alan DiFiore & Jim Kouf)
2021 Chaos Walking Co-screenwriter (with Charlie Kaufman, Patrick Ness, Lindsey Beer, Gary Spinelli and John Lee Hancock)


  1. ^ "A tragedy with local ties". Orlando Sentinel. 17 December 2006. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Writer-Director Jamie Linden Talks 10 YEARS, Paramount's THE FLIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, THE TESTAMENT, DOGS OF BABEL and More". Collider. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Local High School, Local Bar Featured in Reunion Film "10 Years"". 1059 Sunny FM. 21 September 2012. Archived from the original on 16 February 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Alumnus Jamie Linden on Life, Luck, and Persistence". Florida State University. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e Stern, Bayard (2006). "FSU grad pens screenplay for 'We Are Marshall'". FSView & Florida Flambeau. Archived from the original on 23 April 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2008.
  6. ^ a b Chupnick, Steven (13 November 2006). "ON SET: We Are Marshall's Director McG and Writer Jamie Linden". MovieWeb. Archived from the original on 30 January 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2008.
  7. ^ "Q&A: Director Jamie Linden talks '10 Years'". Variety. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  8. ^ a b c IGN Staff (13 November 2006). "Set Visit: We Are Marshall". IGN. Retrieved 27 April 2008.
  9. ^ a b Schoonover, Kelley (12 December 2006). "Finally, Hollywood remembers Marshall". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 27 April 2008.
  10. ^ "Celebrity Babies". People. 24 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Scott Porter Welcomes Baby Son McCoy Lee Porter". Us Magazine.
  12. ^ "Rachel McAdams Welcomes a Son with Boyfriend Jamie Linden: Report". PEOPLE.com. 2018. Retrieved 10 April 2018.

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