Paul Wernick

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Paul Wernick
Born Toronto, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Screenwriter, Producer

Paul Wernick is an Canadian television and film producer and screenwriter.[1]


Paul Wernick wrote and executive-produced Marvel's Deadpool with writing and producing partner Rhett Reese. Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds and is directed by Tim Miller, for Twentieth Century Fox.[2] The R-Rated film is set to be released on February 12, 2016.

Wernick and Reese's first feature collaboration was the 2009 hit movie Zombieland, which they created and also executive-produced. The movie was released by Sony Pictures in theaters October 2, 2009. Zombieland went on to become one of the highest grossing zombie movies of all time.

Wernick and Reese followed Zombieland with Paramount Pictures’ G.I. Joe: Retaliation,[3][4] starring Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, and Bruce Willis, and which was released on March 27, 2013. The sequel outperformed the original, grossing nearly $400 million.

Their newest feature project, "LIFE" is an original science fiction film to be produced by Skydance and directed by Daniel Espinosa.

Wernick and Reese are the original writers of Cowboy Ninja Viking, starring Chris Pratt, which they will also executive-produce. The film is being distributed by Universal Pictures.

Their original science fiction spec screenplay Epsilon was sold to Sony Pictures, which the two are also producing in partnership with Michael De Luca.

Wernick and Reese recently optioned Thomas Oliver's book, The Real Coke, The Real Story, about the failed launch of New Coke, which they will write and produce.


Wernick and Reese first collaborated in 2001, creating, writing, and executive-producing The Joe Schmo Show for Spike TV. The series drew Spike’s highest-ever ratings. Joe Schmo was named to numerous Best Of lists, including Time's "Top 10 TV Shows of 2003" and Entertainment Weekly's "50 Best TV Shows Ever on DVD."

The Schmo format has sold internationally, in the UK, France, Spain, and New Zealand. Wernick and Reese followed up with Invasion Iowa, a high-concept, high-stakes comedy hybrid starring William Shatner. The show premiered on Spike in the first quarter of 2005 and aired internationally immediately following. Invasion Iowa was released on DVD in May, 2009.

Reese and Wernick created and executive-produced Stuck on ODB, a comedy reality show starring Ol' Dirty Bastard (ODB) of the Wu Tang Clan. ODB died before the show ever aired.

Early career[edit]

Wernick has produced several network reality shows, including CBS's Big Brother 2 and ABC's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here!.

Wernick has won three Emmy Awards for his work in news,[5] which included producing stints at KVOA, KOLD, KTVK, KSL and KCAL.

Reese and Wernick went to high school together in Phoenix, Arizona.

Reese and Wernick partnered in 2001 to create Reese Wernick Productions, a company dedicated to the creation and production of entertainment in various media.


  1. ^ New York Times
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  3. ^ Steve Weintraub (January 6, 2010). "Exclusive: G.I. JOE SEQUEL is Happening; Zombieland’s Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick Writing G.I. JOE 2". Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  4. ^ Tatiana Seigel (January 11, 2009). "Par OKs 'G.I. Joe' sequel, dates 'Trek'". Variety. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  5. ^ Reifsteck, Greg (June 19, 2000). "Nine is KCAL's lucky number at L.A. Emmys". Variety. 

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