Peter Craig

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Peter Craig
Peter Craig in 2021.jpg
Craig in 2021
Born (1969-11-10) November 10, 1969 (age 52)
  • Novelist
  • screenwriter
  • Amy Scattergood
    (m. 1995; div. 2005)
  • Jennifer DeFrancisco
    (m. 2008; div. 2017)

Peter Craig (born November 10, 1969)[1] is an American novelist and screenwriter.

Early life[edit]

Craig grew up in Southern California and Oregon.[citation needed] He is one of two children of Steve Craig and actress Sally Field, since divorced.[2] Craig's half-brother, John Craig, is a musician; while his full-brother, Eli Craig, is a film director. Peter Craig attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa and studied under authors Tobias Wolff and Marilynne Robinson.[3]


As a novelist, Craig has written The Martini Shot,[4] Hot Plastic,[5] and Blood Father.[6]

As a screenwriter, Craig has written the Warner Bros. picture The Town (based on the novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan) with Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard. He adapted the screenplays for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 with Danny Strong. The films were directed by Francis Lawrence.

In 2016, Craig adapted his own novel, Blood Father, into a film of the same name directed by Jean-François Richet and released by Lions Gate Entertainment. In 2018, Craig adapted the novel Horse Soldiers, Doug Stanton's nonfiction account of the war in Afghanistan, into the film 12 Strong, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Craig co-wrote Bad Boys for Life, with Chris Bremner and Joe Carnahan, for which he also received "story by" credit. He also wrote the original screenplay for another sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, with Justin Marks, for which he also received a "story by" credit. The film is set for release on May 27, 2022. Both films were also produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

With Matt Reeves he co-wrote the screenplay for The Batman, released on March 4, 2022.[7] Craig also co-wrote the screenplay for The Mother with Andrea Berloff and Misha Green. Directed by Niki Caro, that film is scheduled for release on Netflix in late 2022.[8]

Craig has been nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award and a Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.[9] At the worldwide box office, he is among the 25 highest-grossing screenwriters of all time.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Craig has been married and divorced twice: first to Amy Scattergood, the Los Angeles Times food writer, and then to actress Jennifer DeFrancisco. He has two daughters with Scattergood, and a son with DeFrancisco.[2][11]


Feature films

Year Title Notes
2010 The Town
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
2016 Blood Father Also producer
2018 12 Strong
2020 Bad Boys for Life
2021 The Unforgivable
2022 The Batman
Top Gun: Maverick Story writer
The Mother

Acting credits

Year Title Role
1978 Hooper Pete
1988 Satisfaction Mig



  1. ^ "Peter Craig". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Archived from the original on May 2, 2019. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Jeffrey, Joyann (September 5, 2019). "Sally Field's 3 Sons Adore Their Supportive Mama! Meet the 'Norma Rae' Star's Children". Closer Weekly. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  3. ^ AICN BOOKS! Bruce Wagner, Horror Masters, Peter Craig Interview and Nick Hornby!![permanent dead link], April 6, 2005
  4. ^ "About Peter Craig". Sobel Weber. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011.
  5. ^ Anderson, Patrick (March 22, 2004). "Smoke and Grifters". The Washington Post.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Woods, Paula L. (May 8, 2005). "Calling upon Dad". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Arbuckle, Ethan (March 1, 2022). "'The Batman': Trailer, Release Date, Cast, and Everything You Need to Know". Collider. Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  8. ^ "JLo Introduces Her Upcoming Thriller The Mother In Netflix Movie Preview".
  9. ^ Peter Craig (I). The Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ "'The Numbers'".
  11. ^ "'Hunger Games' Screenwriter Peter Craig Gives Up Half His 'Mockingjay' Residuals in Divorce". The Blast. October 17, 2018. Retrieved January 28, 2020.

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