Michael Green (writer)

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Michael Green
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BornUnited States
Occupation
LanguageEnglish
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.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Writer Producer Notes
1998 Sex and the City Yes No 1 episode
1998 Cupid Yes No 2 episodes
1999 Snoops Yes No 12 episodes;
Also executive story editor
2001 First Years No co-producer
2001–02 Smallville Yes Yes 21 episodes
2004–05 Jack & Bobby Yes consulting 21 episodes
2002–05 Everwood Yes Yes 66 episodes;
Also supervising producer, and co-executive producer
2006–07 Heroes Yes co-executive 33 episodes
2009 Kings Yes executive 13 episodes
Also creator
2012 The River Yes executive 12 episodes
2015 87th Academy Awards Yes No TV special
2017–19 American Gods Yes executive 14 episodes
Also developer
2019 Raising Dion No executive 9 episodes
TBA Blue Eye Samurai Yes Yes Also creator

Feature films[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Notes
2011 Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Christopher Berkeley
Lauren Montgomery
Jay Oliva
Direct-to-video
Green Lantern Martin Campbell
2017 Logan James Mangold
Alien: Covenant Ridley Scott Story only
2036: Nexus Dawn Luke Scott Short film
Blade Runner 2049 Denis Villeneuve
Murder on the Orient Express Kenneth Branagh
2020 The Call of the Wild Chris Sanders
2021 Jungle Cruise Jaume Collet-Serra
2022 Death on the Nile Kenneth Branagh

Bibliography[edit]

  • Batman: Lovers and Madmen (2008)
  • Superman/Batman: The Search for Kryptonite (2008)
  • Superman/Batman: Finest Worlds (2009)
  • Supergirl, Volume 1: Last Daughter of Krypton (2012)
  • Supergirl, Volume 2: Girl in the World (2013)
  • Blade Runner 2019 (2019)
  • Blade Runner 2029 (2020)

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[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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