John Logan (writer)

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John Logan
John Logan headshot color 2009.jpg
Born (1961-09-24) September 24, 1961 (age 57)
San Diego, California, US
OccupationPlaywright, screenwriter, producer
Years active1996–present

John David Logan (born September 24, 1961) is an American playwright, screenwriter, film producer, and television producer. He is a three-time Academy Award nominee; twice for Best Original Screenplay for : Gladiator (2000) and The Aviator (2004) and once for Best Adapted Screenplay for Hugo (2011).

Early life[edit]

Logan was born in San Diego on September 24, 1961. His parents emigrated to the United States from Northern Ireland via Canada.[citation needed] The youngest of three children, he has an older brother and sister. Logan grew up in California and New Jersey, before moving to Chicago to attend Northwestern University, where he graduated in 1983.[1]


Logan was a successful playwright in Chicago for many years before turning to screenwriting. His first play, Never the Sinner, tells the story of the infamous Leopold and Loeb case. Subsequent plays include Hauptmann, about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and Riverview, a musical melodrama set at Chicago's famed amusement park.

His play Red, about artist Mark Rothko, was produced by the Donmar Warehouse, London, in December 2009,[2] and on Broadway in 2010, where it received six Tony Awards, the most of any play, including best play, best direction of a play for Michael Grandage and best featured actor in a play for Eddie Redmayne. Redmayne and Alfred Molina had originated their roles in London and also performed on Broadway, for a limited run ending in late June.[3]

Logan wrote Any Given Sunday and the television film RKO 281, before gaining an Academy Award nomination for co-writing (with David Franzoni and William Nicholson) the Best Picture winner Gladiator in 2000. He received another nomination for writing The Aviator (2004), starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese. Other notable films written by Logan include Star Trek: Nemesis, The Time Machine, The Last Samurai, and the Tim Burton-directed musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, for which he received a Golden Globe Award.

Logan's feature films include Rango, an animated feature starring Johnny Depp and directed by Gore Verbinski, the film adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes, Hugo an adaptation of the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret directed by Martin Scorsese and the James Bond film Skyfall, along with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. He wrote the Bond film, Spectre (2015).

Two plays by Logan premiered in 2013; Peter and Alice, directed by Michael Grandage and starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw opened in London at the Noël Coward Theatre on March 25, 2013 and I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, directed by Joe Mantello and starring Bette Midler, opened on Broadway at the Booth Theatre on April 24, 2013.[4]

He also created the 2014 television series Penny Dreadful starring Josh Hartnett, Eva Green and Timothy Dalton, for which he served as sole writer until it concluded with its third season.

In November 2015, Logan was reported to have rewritten the script for Alien: Covenant.[5][6] During the audio commentary of Alien: Covenant, Scott mentions that Logan has already started writing Alien: Covenant 2.[7]

In November 2018, it was announced that Showtime would produce a follow-up to the 2014 television series Penny Dreadful entitled "Penny Dreadful: City of Angels", which takes place in Los Angeles in 1938. Logan will again be creator, executive producer, and sole writer for the show, which is set to premiere in 2020.

Superhero, a new musical by Logan and Tom Kitt, will have its world premiere production Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre, with an official opening night on February 28 2019.[8]


Year Title Credit Notes
1996 Tornado! Written by Television film
1999 Bats Written by Also executive producer
RKO 281 Written by Television film
Any Given Sunday Screen story, screenplay
2000 Gladiator Screenplay Nominated—Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards for Best Original Screenplay
2002 The Time Machine Screenplay Also co-producer
Star Trek: Nemesis Screenplay, story
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Screenplay
The Last Samurai Screenplay, story
2004 The Aviator Written by Nominated—Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association for Best Writer
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Best Original Screenplay
2007 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Screenplay Also producer
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
2011 Rango Screenplay, story Annie Award for Writing in a Feature Production
Coriolanus Screenplay Also producer
Hugo Screenplay Nominated—Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Alliance of Women Film Journalists for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2012 Skyfall Written by
2014–2016 Penny Dreadful Created by Also writer and executive producer
2015 Spectre Screenplay, story
2016 Genius Written by Also producer
2017 Alien: Covenant Screenplay
2019- Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Created by Also writer and executive producer




  1. ^ Stockwell, Anne (March 1, 2005). "Logan's run: one of Hollywood's hottest screenwriters, The Aviator's John Logan proves that you don't have to be straight to write the blockbusters". The Advocate.
  2. ^ "Red". Donmar Warehouse. February 6, 2010. Archived from the original on March 11, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  3. ^ "Time Is Short to See Tony Winners" by Patrick Healy, The New York Times, June 14, 2010 (p. C1 2010-06-15 New York ed.). Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  4. ^ Gans, Andrew. Bette Midler Is Showbiz Agent Sue Mengers in I'll Eat You Last, Opening on Broadway April 24" Archived April 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Playbill, April 24, 2013
  5. ^ Schaefer, Sandy (November 11, 2015). "Alien Paradise Lost Script To Be Rewritten By John Logan". ScreenRant. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  6. ^ Lodge, Guy (November 5, 2015). "Watch Ridley Scott Receive His Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame". Variety. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  7. ^ Chitwood, Adam (September 1, 2017). "38 Thing We Learned From Ridley Scott's Alien Covenant Audio Commentary". Collider. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  8. ^ Clement, Olivia (2018-10-23). "Thom Sesma and More Will Join Kate Baldwin and Bryce Pinkham in Superhero Musical". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-01-10.

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