Jeff Wadlow

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Jeff Wadlow
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Jeffrey Clark Wadlow

(1976-03-02) March 2, 1976 (age 43)
Alma materDartmouth College
University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1996–present
Parent(s)Emily Couric (mother)
R. Clark Wadlow (father)
FamilyKatie Couric (aunt)

Jeffrey Clark Wadlow (born March 2, 1976) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known as directing credits are Cry Wolf (2005), Never Back Down (2008), Kick-Ass 2 (2013) and Truth or Dare (2018).

Life and career[edit]

Wadlow was born in Arlington, Virginia, the son of Emily Couric, a state senator, and R. Clark Wadlow. His mother's sister is journalist Katie Couric. Wadlow attended Dartmouth College, graduating with a BA in History and Film modified by Drama and a citation for outstanding work in Animation. The following year, he attended the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television after being Awarded a USC Associates Endowment Scholarship for academic achievement, Wadlow went on to graduate in 2001. While there, he made The Tower of Babble (2002), which he conceived, co-wrote, acted in and directed. He received more than two dozen awards for the short, including Best Short Film at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival and at the St. Louis International Film Festival, the George Méliès Cinematography Award at the Taos Talking Picture Festival, and a Student Award at USA Film Festival.[1]

He went on to receive the Short Film Prize at the Wine Country Film Festival for Manual Labor (2002) and the Best Animated Short at the New Haven Film Fest for Catching Kringle (2004). Having won the short film division at the 2002 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Competition for Living the Lie (2002), he aspired to enter the competition with a feature film.

In 2005, Wadlow and Beau Bauman came up with the idea for Wadlow's theatrical directorial debut Cry Wolf with the money Wadlow won in the 2002 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Competition for his short film, Living the Lie.[2] Along with co-writer Beau Bauman, created a five-minute presentation piece starring Topher Grace and Estella Warren that won a top prize at the Toronto Film Festival.

As an actor, he has played a small role in Pearl Harbor and a professor on an episode of the sci-fi TV series Roswell, which aired May 7, 2001. Wadlow also founded The Adrenaline Film Project, a program to help aspiring filmmakers of all ages conceive and complete a short film in just 72 hours.

He directed the film Never Back Down, which was released on March 14, 2008, and starred Djimon Hounsou and Sean Faris.[1] The movie went on to beat out big budget competition to win the MTV movie award for "Best Fight." Wadlow also wrote and directed Kick-Ass 2, the sequel to the 2010 black comedy superhero film Kick-Ass.[3] Wadlow's next writing/directing project is Fantasy Island for Sony.[4][5]



Year Film Functioned as Notes
Director Writer Producer Actor Other Role
1996 The Pallbearer Yes Office production assistant (as Jeffrey Clark Wadlow)
1999 The Big Kahuna Yes Set production assistant (as Jeffrey C. Wadlow)
2001 Pearl Harbor Yes Next Guy in Line No. 1
2002 The Tower of Babble Yes Yes Yes Derek Story only;
George Méliès Cinematography Award
NYIIFV Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film
SLIFF Award for Best Dramatic Short
Student Award
Nominated – Deauville Film Festival – Best Short Film
Manual Labor Yes Yes Yes Also editor;
Wine Country Film Festival – Best Short Film (Domestic)
2004 Catching Kringle Yes Yes Story only;
Jury Award for Best Short Film – Animated
2005 Cry Wolf Yes Yes Feature film debut
2007 Prey Yes
I'm Through with White Girls Yes Billy
2008 Never Back Down Yes
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Yes Yes
2014 Non-Stop Yes Executive producer
2016 True Memoirs of an International Assassin Yes Yes
2018 Truth or Dare Yes Yes Yes Executive producer
2020 Bloodshot[6] Yes
Fantasy Island[7] Yes Yes Yes Executive producer
TBA Masters of the Universe[8] Yes


Year Show Functioned as Notes
Screenwriter Producer Actor Role
2001 Roswell Yes Professor Episode: "Baby, It's You"
2010 The Odds Yes Yes Executive producer
2011 Hail Mary Yes Yes Executive producer
2013 Bates Motel Yes Yes Consulting producer, six episodes
Writer, episodes "Ocean View" and "What's Wrong with Norman"
2017 The Strain Yes Yes Co-executive producer, ten episodes
Writer, episode "Belly of the Beast"


  1. ^ a b Jeff Wadlow biography and filmography
  2. ^ Nightmare Anniversary: “CRY_WOLF” and The AIM Alternate Reality Game!
  3. ^ Kit, Borys (May 8, 2012). "Universal in Talks for 'Kick-Ass 2'". Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  4. ^ "A PHANTOM EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Wadlow Will Direct MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE!". Schmoes Know. April 9, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  5. ^ "Jeff Wadlow to Rewrite 'Masters of the Universe'". The Hollywood Reporter. April 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-10.
  6. ^ Cunningham, Todd (March 1, 2012). "Columbia Bags Rights to Bloodshot, the Valiant Comics Character". TheWrap. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  7. ^ Mike Fleming Jr (July 31, 2018). "'Fantasy Island' Film On Tap For Blumhouse, Sony & Director Jeff Wadlow". Deadline. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "Jeff Wadlow to Rewrite 'Masters of the Universe'". The Hollywood Reporter. April 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-10.

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