Todd W. Langen

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Todd W. Langen is an American screenwriter.

Langen was born in Detroit and earned a master's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan.[1]

He was 30 years old and working on the space shuttle for Hughes Aircraft Company when he decided that what he really wanted to do with his life was to be a screenwriter.[1] His first sale was an episode of Pursuit of Happiness (TV series), a television comedy series that lasted less than two months.[1]

He soon became a regular writer of episodes of The Wonder Years'.

The original treatment of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 film) was written by Bobby Herbeck; Langen was called in to do a "Page One rewrite," that is, a complete revision based on a screenplay that a studio had deemed interesting bur unworkable as submitted. Langen and Herbeck did not work together and did not meet until the film opened. He is listed first in the credits.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d "`Turtles' screenwriter nearly lost in space". Calgary Herald. Knight Ridder. 8 April 1990.
  2. ^ Champlin, Charles (20 March 1990). "Writers Guild Awards Banquet Dishes Up Food for Thought". Los Angeles Times.