Mark Palansky

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Mark Palansky
Occupationfilm director, screenwriter
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Tara Palansky

Mark Palansky is a Canadian film director and screenwriter. He got his start working as an assistant director on titan film productions such as Armageddon and Pearl Harbor. He then worked as a second unit director on The Island and The Amityville Horror.

His directorial debut was a 2001 short film called The Same starring Josh Hartnett. The short film was later featured on in the 2005 compilation film Stories of Lost Souls. Palansky made his big screen debut in 2006 with the modern day fairytale Penelope, starring Christina Ricci as a young blueblood cursed with a pig snout. The film received mixed reviews from critics.[1][2]

In October 2009, it was announced that Palansky was set to direct for Sony Pictures Entertainment an action-adventure film Iron Jack, a project that sparked a bidding war in 2008. The story takes place in the 1930s and tells of a renowned novelist and his quest to unearth a legendary treasure. Sony picked up up-and-coming screenwriter Johnny Rosenthal's spec script for $1.25 million against $2 million, beating offers made from CBS Films, MGM and Spyglass. No production schedule was announced for the film and no further development has been made as of January 2019.[3][4][5]

In a 2008 interview, Palansky revealed that he was working on two other projects with actor Peter Dinklage. These were Mendel's Dwarf, described as a scientific love story, and Hop Frog, based off the short story by Edgar Allan Poe[6] The latter was set to start principal photography in the second half of 2016, with the title changed to The Jester.[7] In 2017, he directed Dinklage in the science fiction-drama Rememory. That same year, he directed a two-part episode of the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events, based off the book series by Lemony Snicket.


Currently unreleased[edit]

  • Iron Jack
  • Mendel's Dwarf
  • The Jester


  1. ^ "Penelope (2006)" Rotten Tomatoes
  2. ^ "Penelope (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  3. ^ "Palansky to direct Iron Jack for Sony". Movie Jungle. Peter Dimako. October 14, 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  4. ^ "Mark Palansky Will Bulk Up with Iron Jack". Movie Jungle. October 14, 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  5. ^ "Mark Palansky Tackles Iron Jack". Empire Online. Helen O'Hara. October 14, 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  6. ^ "Exclusive: Director Mark Palansky Is Courting Penelope". MovieWeb. February 26, 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  7. ^ "Peter Dinklage takes the title role in Mark Palansky's new thriller The Jester". Cineuropa - the best of european cinema. Retrieved 2 January 2019.

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