Terry Hayes

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Terry Hayes (born 8 October 1951) is an English-born Australian screenwriter, producer and author best known for his work with the Kennedy Miller film production house and his debut novel I Am Pilgrim.


Born in Sussex, England, Hayes moved to Australia at the age of 5.[1] He began his career as a journalist, working as the US correspondent for the Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald.[1]


Terry was married in 1999 and has one son Connor.

Kennedy Miller[edit]

After periods spent as an investigative reporter, columnist and radio show host, Hayes met director George Miller when he did the novelisation of the script to Mad Max (1979). He and Miller got on well and the director subsequently hired Hayes to help on the script for Mad Max 2 (1981).[2]

Hayes subsequently became an in-house writer for Kennedy Miller, working on the scripts for all their subsequent mini-series.[3] Further work included a script for Dead Calm in 1989.[4] He wrote Bangkok Hilton specifically as a vehicle for Nicole Kidman.[5]


Hayes moved to Hollywood. His work includes an unused screenplay for Planet of the Apes, titled Return of the Apes in 1994.[6]

In 2001, Hayes was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Screenplay for his work on From Hell.[7]

Hayes' debut novel, I Am Pilgrim was published by Transworld Publishers on 18 July 2013. That same month, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquired the film rights to the novel with Hayes attached to adapt it into a screenplay.[8] His second novel entitled The Year of the Locust was planned for release in 2016,[9] but has yet to be released. It is intended to be released on the 28th September 2023.


Year Film Credit Notes
1981 Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Screenplay by Co-wrote with George Miller & Brian Hannant
1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Written by, co-producer Co-wrote with George Miller
1987 The Year My Voice Broke Producer
1988 The Clean Machine Written by, producer Co-wrote with Ken Cameron and Richard Mortlock
The Riddle of the Stinson Producer
Fragments of War: The Story of Damien Parer Producer
1989 Dead Calm Screenplay by, producer
1991 Flirting Producer
1993 Cliffhanger Uncredited script work
1996 Mr. Reliable Written by, producer Co-wrote with Don Catchlove
1997 Amy The producers wish to thank
1999 Payback Screenplay by Co-wrote with Brian Helgeland
2000 Vertical Limit Screenplay by Co-wrote screenplay with Robert King, based on a story by Robert King
2001 From Hell Screenplay by Co-wrote with Rafael Yglesias
2002 Reign of Fire Uncredited script work
2005 Flightplan Uncredited script work




  1. ^ a b "Terry Hayes: interview | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  2. ^ David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p82
  3. ^ "TERRY TALKS ABOUT THE BALLYHOO BUT THE BIG BUCKS ARE TABOO". The Canberra Times. Vol. 59, no. 18, 192. Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 21 July 1985. p. 5 (GOOD WEEKEND). Retrieved 28 September 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ Scott Murray, "Terry Hayes: Interweaving the Fabric", Cinema Papers, November 1989 p25-29, 76
  5. ^ "BANGKOK HILTON". The Canberra Times. Vol. 64, no. 19, 745. Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 30 October 1989. p. 31. Retrieved 28 September 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ Kaye, Don (1 July 2014). "Human See, Human Do: A Complete History of 'Planet of the Apes'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Horror Writers Association - Past Bram Stoker Award Nominees & Winners". www.horror.org. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  8. ^ "MGM Acquires Terry Hayes Thriller 'I Am Pilgrim'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  9. ^ Cooper, Elise (7 June 2014). "Q&A With Terry Hayes". Crimespree Magazine. Retrieved 17 May 2015.

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