W. D. Richter
December 7, 1945 |
New Britain, Connecticut, US
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College|
|Occupation||Film director, producer, screenwriter|
W. D. Richter (born December 7, 1945, New Britain, Connecticut) is a screenwriter and film director and producer. He is best known for adapting Invasion of the Body Snatchers, directing The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension and co-writing Big Trouble in Little China.
Richter graduated from Dartmouth College and attended USC film school. He began script writing for Hollywood in the 1970s. He wrote the hit comedy Slither (1973), followed by two similarly styled comedies, Peeper (1975) and Nickelodeon (1976). He branched into other genres starting with the Invasion of the Body Snatchers remake in 1978. He continued writing scripts throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In the early 1980s Richter formed his own production company (with producer Neil Canton), Canton/Richter, and directed the science fiction cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. The film did poorly at the box office and the company broke up. In 1981, he wrote a screenplay based on Eric Van Lustbader's novel The Ninja for Irvin Kershner to direct with Richard Zanuck and David Brown and 20th Century Fox to produce, which eventually never got made. Richter continued to write screenplays however, and has since written Home for the Holidays and Stealth.
- Slither (1973)
- Peeper (1975)
- Nickelodeon (1976) (with Peter Bogdanovich)
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
- Dracula (1979)
- Brubaker (1980)
- All Night Long (1981)
- Hard Feelings (1982)
- The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) (Director Only)
- Big Trouble in Little China (with Gary Goldman and David Z. Weinstein) (1986)
- Late for Dinner (1991) (Director Only)
- Needful Things (1993)
- Home for the Holidays (1995)
- Stealth (2005)
- "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
- Vincent Canby (October 5, 1984). "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension! (1984) FILM: SCI-FI FARCE, 'BUCKAROO BONZAI'". The New York Times. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
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