Jamie Linden (writer)
|Born||1980 (age 36–37)|
|Alma mater||Florida State University|
|Notable works||We Are Marshall|
Jamie Linden (born 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 2010 independent movie 10 Years, starring Channing Tatum.
Linden grew up in Winter Park, Florida, near Orlando, where he attended Lake Howell High School. He attended Florida State University's College of Communication, majoring in marketing and media production. After graduating from college in 2001, he and three friends traveled to Hollywood, California with tickets for game show The Price Is Right. 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."
Before Linden became a screenwriter, he worked at Mirage Enterprises as an assistant to directors Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella. 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, Linden says he became "obsessed" with the story. 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. 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. Linden says the aftermath of the Marshall University tragedy was the first story he thought of. In 2004, he pitched the story to Warner Bros. with film producers Basil Iwanyk and Mary Viola. 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. The film became We Are Marshall, released in 2006 and directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol.
Linden is currently writing a biographical film about Olympic gold medalist downhill skier Bill Johnson to be produced by Basil Iwanyk, as well as an adaption of The Dogs of Babel to be produced by David Heyman and a television pilot titled Flash Back to be directed by McG.
When in April 2013, Scott Porter married Kelsey Mayfield, whom he had met on the set of Friday Night Lights, one of his groomsmen was Linden, who was Porter's schoolmate at Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Florida.
- "A tragedy with local ties". Orlando Sentinel. December 17, 2006. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
- "Writer-Director Jamie Linden Talks 10 YEARS, Paramount’s THE FLIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, THE TESTAMENT, DOGS OF BABEL and More". Collider. September 14, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
- "Local High School, Local Bar Featured In Reunion Film “10 Years”". 1059 Sunny FM. September 21, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
- "Alumnus Jamie Linden on Life, Luck, and Persistence". Florida State University. November 17, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
- Stern, Bayard (2006). "FSU grad pens screenplay for 'We Are Marshall'". FSView & Florida Flambeau. Archived from the original on 23 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
- 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 2008-04-27.
- "Q&A: Director Jamie Linden talks ’10 Years’". Variety. September 12, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
- IGN Staff (13 November 2006). "Set Visit: We Are Marshall". IGN. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
- Schoonover, Kelley (12 December 2006). "Finally, Hollywood remembers Marshall". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
- "Scott Porter Marries Kelsey Mayfield". People. April 23, 2013.
- "Mayfield-Porter". ourwedding.com. April 2013.
- "Celebrity Babies". People. May 24, 2015.
- "Scott Porter Welcomes Baby Son McCoy Lee Porter". Us Magazine.
- "Rachel McAdams and new boyfriend Jamie Linden shop for home goods". Mail Online. Retrieved 2017-04-19.