Shay Hatten

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Shay Hatten
BornMarch 1993 or 1994 (age 29–30)[1]
  • Screenwriter
  • film producer
Years active2019–present

Shay Hatten (born March 1993/1994)[1] is an American screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his work on John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019), Army of the Dead, Army of Thieves (both 2021), John Wick: Chapter 4, Rebel Moon (both 2023), and Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver (2024).[2]

Early life[edit]

Hatten was born in Oakland, California.[1] He graduated from Moscow High School in 2012 and Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television in 2016.[3]


After graduating, Hatten started his career as an intern and then writing assistant at Team Downey. While there, he wrote his first spec script titled Maximum King!, which focuses on Stephen King during production on his only directorial feature film, Maximum Overdrive. The script was later voted onto the 2016 Black List. He went on to write another script on spec titled Ballerina, which was purchased by Lionsgate in 2017 to be produced by John Wick production company Thunder Road Films.[3][4] Hatten credited the tone of Ballerina with what led to him being brought onto the John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum writing team and later John Wick: Chapter 4.[5]

Hatten also wrote a number of scripts that Zack Snyder would produce starting with the 2021 Netflix films Army of the Dead and its prequel Army of Thieves,[6] followed by a two-parter epic space opera Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire, and its follow-up, Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver.[7][8]

For television, he wrote pilot episodes for (Future) Cult Classic, a satirical television series,[9] and I Know What You Did Last Summer, which he also received executive producer credit for.[10]



Year Title Director
2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Chad Stahelski
2021 Army of the Dead Zack Snyder
Army of Thieves Matthias Schweighöfer
2022 Day Shift J. J. Perry
2023 John Wick: Chapter 4[11] Chad Stahelski
Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire[12] Zack Snyder
2024 Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver[13]
2025 Ballerina[14] Len Wiseman
Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Writer Executive
2019 (Future) Cult Classic[15] Yes Yes Pilot
2021 I Know What You Did Last Summer Yes Yes 1 episode
TBA Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas Yes Yes In production


  1. ^ a b c d Donald, Ella (May 28, 2019). "Meet Shay Hatten, The 25 Year Old Who Helped Write John Wick 3". GQ Australia. Archived from the original on June 12, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  2. ^ McNary, Dave (April 5, 2019). "Dave Bautista Starring in Zack Snyder's 'Army of the Dead' at Netflix". Variety. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  3. ^ a b O'Connell, Michael (November 13, 2017). "4 Writers on the Scripts That Helped Them Quit Their Day Jobs". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  4. ^ Fuster, Jeremy (July 25, 2017). "Script by 23-Year-Old Set to Expand 'John Wick' Universe". TheWrap. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  5. ^ Edwards, Shanee (March 16, 2023). "How John Wick 4 Writer Broke in With His Extreme Spec Script". Final Draft.
  6. ^ Trumbore, Dave (August 12, 2019). "Zack Snyder Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Shot of 'Army of the Dead' as Filming Continues". Collider. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (July 6, 2021). "Zack Snyder Sets Next Movie, Sci-Fi Adventure 'Rebel Moon,' at Netflix (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  8. ^ Northrup, Ryan (August 22, 2023). "Zack Snyder's Rebel Moon 2 Releases On Netflix Just 5 Months After First Movie". Screen Rant.
  9. ^ Porter, Rick (February 13, 2019). "Syfy Slasher-Movie Satire Pilot Sets Cast". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 26, 2019). "Neal Moritz Re-Ups Overall Deal At Sony Pictures TV". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 22, 2020. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  11. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (May 27, 2021). "Singer Rina Sawayama Tapped To Star Alongside Keanu Reeves In 'John Wick: Chapter 4'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 2, 2021). "Zack Snyder Taps Sofia Boutella To Star In His New Sci-fi Adventure 'Rebel Moon' At Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  13. ^ Northrup, Ryan (August 22, 2023). "Zack Snyder's Rebel Moon 2 Releases On Netflix Just 5 Months After First Movie". Screen Rant.
  14. ^ Couch, Aaron (October 28, 2021). "Ana de Armas In Talks for 'John Wick' Spinoff 'Ballerina'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 16, 2022.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (March 1, 2019). "'(Future) Cult Classic': Justin Bartha & Geoffrey Owens Cast In Syfy Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 8, 2019.

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