Paul Harris Boardman

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Paul Harris Boardman is an American screenwriter and film producer,[1] best known for his collaborations with Scott Derrickson and his work in the horror genre.


After writing his first feature scripts while still a student at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, Boardman began working with fellow screenwriter Scott Derrickson, working as a script doctor on Dracula 2000 and co-writing Urban Legends: Final Cut, and he also co-wrote and directed the second unit for Derrickson's directorial debut Hellraiser: Inferno, a direct-to-video sequel to the long-running horror franchise. Boardman was the co-writer and producer of The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), Derrickson's critically praised follow-up film.[2] He has also worked on production rewrites of The Messengers, Scream 4, and Poltergeist. Boardman produced the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still for Fox[3] and wrote and produced Devil's Knot, based on the book by Mara Leveritt, which had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, and was released in 2014.[4] In addition, Boardman wrote The Substitute for producer Sam Raimi, Mandate, and Columbia Pictures,[5] and he wrote a suspense thriller, The Living, for Lakeshore Entertainment, which he was also attached to produce.[6] Boardman's other screenplays in development include The Birds for Universal Pictures, Mandalay Pictures, and Platinum Dunes, and Tom Slick, Mystery Hunter for Storyscape Entertainment and Teakwood Lane Productions.

Boardman was co-writer and executive producer on Thunderstruck, a sci-fi drama pilot for AMC,[7] and he co-wrote and was attached to executive produce a drama pilot for MTV. Boardman also adapted Stephen King's The Tommyknockers for The Konigsberg/Sanitsky Company and NBC.

In October, 2011, it was announced that Boardman would co-write the horror-thriller Two Eyes Staring for Summit Entertainment, starring Charlize Theron, who is also attached to produce.[8] And in September 2012, it was announced that Boardman will adapt the James Patterson bestseller Guilty Wives for Maven Pictures, and he will also executive produce the film.[9]

Boardman co-wrote and executive produced the supernatural thriller Deliver Us from Evil for Screen Gems and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. It began filming in June 2013 and was released on July 2, 2014.[10]

Boardman has also written other screenplays for various studios and production companies, including TriStar, Disney, Bruckheimer Films, IEG, APG, Sony, Lakeshore, Screen Gems, Universal and MGM.

Boardman grew up in the Appalachian region of Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Sewanee with honors degrees in English literature and psychology. He earned an M.A. in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University, and also studied at St John's College, Oxford, and the University of Southern California film school.



  1. Guilty Wives (announced)
  2. The Tommyknockers (announced) (TV miniseries)
  3. Poltergeist (2015) (uncredited rewrite)
  4. Deliver Us from Evil (2014)
  5. The Substitute (announced)
  6. The Living (announced)
  7. Thunderstruck (announced) (TV pilot)
  8. Two Eyes Staring (announced)
  9. Devil's Knot (2014)
  10. Scream 4 (2011) (uncredited rewrite)
  11. The Messengers (2007) (uncredited rewrite)
  12. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
  13. Hellraiser: Inferno (2000) (video) (also Second Unit Director)
  14. Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)
  15. Dracula 2000 (2000) (uncredited rewrite)
  16. Love in the Ruins (1995) (short)


  1. Guilty Wives (executive producer) (announced)
  2. Deliver Us from Evil (executive producer) (2014)
  3. The Living (announced)
  4. Thunderstruck (2012) (announced) (TV pilot)
  5. Devil's Knot (2014)
  6. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
  7. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)


  1. ^ Feiler, Alan. "JHU, Magazine, The Horror". 
  2. ^ Fleming 2004.
  3. ^ Siegel 2007.
  4. ^ Ford 2013.
  5. ^ Graser 2009.
  6. ^ McNary 2009.
  7. ^ Gallagher 2011.
  8. ^ Kit 2011.
  9. ^ Kit 2012.
  10. ^ Turek 2013.


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