Mike Jones (screenwriter/journalist)

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Mike Jones
Born 1971 (age 45–46)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Screenwriter, journalist
Years active 1995–present

Mike Jones (born 1971) is an American screenwriter and journalist.

Jones was born in San Antonio, Texas, and graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for film. He began his career as an entertainment journalist working as Filmmaker Magazine's Managing Editor and indieWIRE's Executive Editor.[1]

During the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike he became the Managing Editor of Film Festivals for Variety[2] where he covered the film festival and independent film beats in Variety, Daily Variety, and in a blog called The Circuit.[3]

His first screenplay, Evenhand, was produced in 2001 and screened at the AFI Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and South by Southwest film festivals.[4] He did an uncredited rewrite of City of Ghosts, directed by Matt Dillon.,[5] as well as scripts for Columbia Pictures,[6] United Artists,[7] and HBO.

In 2009, The Gotham Group optioned Jones' screenplay adaptation of Steven Sherrill's book The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break.[8] Jones was later hired to adapt Anthony Papa's prison memoir 15 to Life.[9]

Jones did early work on a 3D, animated film Popeye the Sailor for Sony Pictures Animation [10] and on Henry Selick's untitled stop-motion film for Disney/Pixar.[11]

In 2011, his script In the Event of a Moon Disaster was featured on The Black List (survey)[12] and optioned by Film Nation.[13] Warner Bros. later hired Jones to write a fictional action/adventure script based loosely on the life of Marco Polo.[14] He also wrote The Second Act for Alexander Payne's company Ad Hominem Enterprises.[15]

In 2013-2014, Jones wrote the English adaptations of Studio Ghibli's Oscar-nominated films "The Wind Rises"[16] and "The Tale of Princess Kaguya (film)"[17] as well as a feature adaptation of "Sesame Street."[18]

In 2015, Jones began a feature adaptation of the U.S.S. INDIANAPOLIS disaster for Team Downey/Warner Bros. Tate Taylor will direct.[19]

Jones is a MacDowell Colony fellow, one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film,[20] and Variety's 10 Screenwriters to Watch.[21] He is represented by Creative Artists Agency.


  1. ^ http://www.iftn.ie/?act1=record&aid=73&rid=2742&sr=1&only=1&hl=ttitude&tpl=archnews
  2. ^ http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=festivals&jump=story&id=1061&articleid=VR1117970544&cs=1
  3. ^ http://www.variety.com/thecircuit
  4. ^ http://www.cypressfilms.com/evenhand/filmfest.html
  5. ^ http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=445043&category=Full%20Credits
  6. ^ http://www.scifi.com/sfw/issue191/news.html
  7. ^ http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117883953.html?categoryid=1236&cs=1
  8. ^ http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118001113.html?categoryid=13&cs=1
  9. ^ http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118001620.html?categoryid=13&cs=1
  10. ^ http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118016768.html?categoryid=3764&cs=1&nid=2562
  11. ^ http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118027337
  12. ^ http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2011/12/black-list-2011-the-top-ten.html
  13. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2011/08/filmnation-grabs-mike-jones-spec-in-the-event-of-a-moon-disaster/
  14. ^ http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118045986
  15. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2012/03/mike-jones-to-write-second-act-for-fox-searchlight/
  16. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2013293/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_wr#writers
  17. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2576852/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_wr#writers
  18. ^ http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/122716-exclusive-director-shawn-levy-on-the-secret-sequel-to-real-steel#/slide/1
  19. ^ http://deadline.com/2015/01/uss-indianapolis-tate-taylor-team-downey-warner-bros-1201360592/
  20. ^ http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/summer2001/features/25_faces16-20.php
  21. ^ http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118027337

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