Michael Green (writer)

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Michael Green
BornUnited States
GenresFilm, television, comic books

Michael Green is an American writer and producer. In addition to writing for television, Green has written or co-written several feature film screenplays, including Logan, Alien: Covenant, Blade Runner 2049 and Murder on the Orient Express, all in 2017. For Logan, which he co-wrote with James Mangold and Scott Frank, Green was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Life and career[edit]

Green grew up in Mamaroneck, New York, the son of a real estate developer. His family is Jewish, and his mother is Israeli.[1] He attended Stanford University. After graduating, Green came back to New York and hustled his way into a junior development job at HBO, where he spent his workday reading other writers' scripts.[2]

Green's first television writing credit was on Sex and the City. He was the creator and writer of the 2009 NBC series Kings, a drama based on the biblical story of King David but set in an alternate present. Other television credits also include Everwood, Smallville, Jack and Bobby and Heroes.

In 2007, Green, along with the rest of the Heroes writing staff, was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series and the WGA Award for New Series. Heroes won for Favorite New TV Drama at the 33rd annual People's Choice Awards.

In 2009, Green was hired by 20th Century Fox to pen an early draft of Fantastic Four with Akiva Goldsman producing.[3]

Green's feature writing career began with Green Lantern in 2011. He wrote or co-wrote four films released in 2017: James Mangold's Logan, Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant,[4] Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049,[5] and Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express.[6]

He developed, wrote and is an executive producer for the Starz series American Gods with Bryan Fuller. It is adapted from Neil Gaiman's novel of the same name.

In November 2017, Death on the Nile, an adaptation of the novel of the same name, was reported to be in active development with Green returning as screenwriter.[7] By February 2018, Branagh and Green were both confirmed to return as director and writer respectively.[8] More recently, he signed an overall deal with Netflix.[9]

Comic books[edit]

A contributor to DC Comics, Green is the author and co-author of several graphic novels, including Batman: Lovers and Madmen. He co-wrote Superman/Batman and the reboot of Supergirl, with Mike Johnson as well as the Blade Runner comic series Blade Runner 2019.



Year Title Role Notes
1966 Lost in Space Actor, portraying Nubu (Episode: "Space Circus") 1 Episode
1998 Sex and the City Writer 1 episode
1998 Cupid Writer 2 episodes
1999 Snoops Writer, executive story editor 12 episodes
2001 First Years Co-producer
2001–02 Smallville Writer, co-producer and producer 21 episodes
2004–05 Jack & Bobby Writer, consulting producer 21 episodes
2002–05 Everwood Writer, producer, supervising producer, and co-executive producer 66 episodes
2006–07 Heroes Writer and co-executive producer 33 episodes
2009 Kings Creator, writer and executive-producer 13 episodes
Based on the Old Testament story of King David
2012 The River Writer and executive producer 12 episodes
2015 87th Academy Awards Writer TV special
2017–19 American Gods Developed by (with Bryan Fuller), writer and executive producer 14 episodes
Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman
2019 Raising Dion Executive producer 2 episodes

Web television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
TBA Blue Eye Samurai Co-creator; executive producer; writer A Netflix original animated series.

Feature films[edit]

Year Title Role Director(s)
1997 Deconstructing Harry Camera Operator Woody Allen
2011 Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Screenplay (with Eddie Berganza, Alan Burnett, Todd Casey, Dave Gibbons,
Marc Guggenheim, Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi)
Christopher Berkeley
Lauren Montgomery
Jay Oliva
Green Lantern Screenplay & Story (with Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Goldenberg) Martin Campbell
2017 Logan Screenplay (with Scott Frank and James Mangold) James Mangold
Alien: Covenant Story (with Jack Paglen) Ridley Scott
2036: Nexus Dawn Screenplay (with Hampton Fancher) Luke Scott
2048: Nowhere to Run
Blade Runner 2049 Denis Villeneuve
Murder on the Orient Express Screenplay Kenneth Branagh
2020 The Call of the Wild Chris Sanders
2021 Death on the Nile Kenneth Branagh
Jungle Cruise Screenplay (with Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, J. D. Payne and Patrick McKay) Jaume Collet-Serra


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Batman: Lovers and Madmen Writer
Superman/Batman: The Search for Kryptonite Writer (with Mike Johnson)
2009 Superman/Batman: Finest Worlds Writer (with Mike Johnson)
2019 Blade Runner 2019 Writer (with Mike Johnson)
2020 Blade Runner 2029 Writer (with Mike Johnson)

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Hollywood Reporter: "Meet the Most Famous Hollywood Writer You've Never Heard Of" by Andy Lewis July 20, 2017
  2. ^ "Meet the Most Famous Hollywood Writer You've Never Heard Of". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  3. ^ Sullivan, Michael (August 31, 2009). "Fox Set To Reboot Fantastic Four". Collider.com. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "'Prometheus 2' Lands 'Green Lantern' Writer; May Feature Multiple Michael Fassbenders (Exclusive)". TheWrap. March 24, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  5. ^ "Hugh Jackman's 'Wolverine' Lands 'Blade Runner 2' Writer Michael Green (Exclusive)". TheWrap. April 24, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  6. ^ "Murder on the Orient Express Remake Gets Writer". Slashfilm. March 11, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (November 20, 2017). "Murder On The Orient Express Sequel In The Works". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  8. ^ McNary, Dave (February 13, 2018). "Fox Moves Back James Cameron's Alita: Battle Angel". Variety. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  9. ^ Otterson, Joe (October 9, 2020). "Netflix Sets Overall Deal With Michael Green, Orders Animated Series 'Blue Eye Samurai'". Variety. Retrieved October 10, 2020.

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