Penn at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
March 23, 1968|
New York, United States
Zak Penn (born March 23, 1968) is an American screenwriter. Penn wrote and directed Incident at Loch Ness and The Grand, and co-wrote the scripts for X2, X-Men: The Last Stand and the story for The Avengers. With Michael Karnow, Penn is the co-creator of the TV series Alphas on the Syfy network.
Penn graduated from Wesleyan University in 1990. His screenplay for PCU was based on his experiences at the Eclectic Society house. He is the son of New York businessman and lawyer Arthur Penn, who led the acquisition of the Capital Markets Assurance Corporation from Citicorp.
Films that Penn has been involved in writing include Last Action Hero, Inspector Gadget, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Elektra. Penn wrote early drafts of Hulk, The Incredible Hulk, and The Avengers.
Penn is also a jury member for the digital studio Filmaka, a platform for undiscovered filmmakers to show their work to industry professionals.
In July 2012, Avatar Press released the first issue of Penn's first comic book, Hero Worship. The six issue series is co-written with Star Wars: The Clone Wars screenwriter Scott Murphy and drawn by Michael DiPascale. It centers on Zenith, an indestructible hero who has fans following every disaster, trying to catch a glimpse of the ultimate celebrity and risking their own lives in the process. One fan becomes so obsessed that it leads to the development of his own powers.
He directed the documentary film Atari: Game Over.
|1993||Last Action Hero||No||Story||Co-story writer with Adam Leff|
|1994||PCU||No||Yes||Co-screenwriter with Adam Leff|
|1997||Men in Black||No||Uncredited|||
|1999||Inspector Gadget||No||Yes||Co-screenwriter with Kerry Ehrin|
|2000||Charlie's Angels||No||Uncredited||Script revisions|
|2001||Behind Enemy Lines||No||Yes||Co-screenwriter with David Veloz|
|2003||X2||No||Story||Co-story writer with David Hayter and Bryan Singer|
|2004||Incident at Loch Ness||Yes||Yes||directorial debut; Co-screenwriter with Werner Herzog|
|Suspect Zero||No||Yes||Co-screenwriter Billy Ray|
|2005||Elektra||No||Yes||Co-screenwriter with Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner|
|2006||X-Men: The Last Stand||No||Yes||Co-screenwriter with Simon Kinberg|
|2007||The Grand||Yes||Yes||Co-screenwriter with Matt Bierman|
|2008||The Incredible Hulk||No||Yes||Story; with uncredited screenwriting rewrites by Edward Norton|
|2012||The Avengers||No||Story||Co-story writer with Joss Whedon|
|2014||Atari: Game Over||Yes||No||Documentary; on-screen appearance|
|2018||Ready Player One||No||Yes||Co-screenwriter with Ernest Cline|
|TBA||ROM: Spaceknight||No||Yes||In development|
|Untitled Matrix film||No||Yes||In development|
|Suicide Squad 2||No||Yes||In development;|
Early draft with Adam Cozad
|Untitled Booster Gold film||No||Story||In development;|
Co-story writer with Zack Stentz
|2011||Alphas||No||No||Yes||co-created with Michael Karnow|
|Creative director||Writer||Technical director|
|2005||Fantastic Four||No||Yes||No||Credited for game story and dialogue|
|2006||X-Men: The Official Game||No||Yes||No||Credited for screenplay|
- "The New York Times". The New York Times.
- "Elmira Star-Gazette". Elmira Star-Gazette.
- Jefferson Names First Endowed Chair in Department's History, Jefferson.edu.
- Filmaka Jury Member Zack Penn, Filmaka.com.
- Wolf, Jaime (August 23, 1998). "The Blockbuster Script Factory" – via NYTimes.com.
- "'Suicide Squad 2': 'The Shallows' Helmer Frontrunner to Direct".