Brooklynite Lewis Colick moved to the West Coast in 1974 to pursue graduate study in theater arts at UCLA. After obtaining his MFA, he moved into writing for TV, penning some episodic scripts and turn...
Brooklyn, New York, USA
|Radiant City||1995 1994 - 1995||Co-Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Radiant City||1995 1994 - 1995||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|Ghosts of Mississippi||1996||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|Crossing the Mob||1987||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|Judgment Night||1993||From Story||n/a||1|
|Unlawful Entry||1992||From Story||n/a||1|
|Charlie St. Cloud||2010||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|The Dirt Bike Kid||1985||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|Domestic Disturbance||2001||From Story||n/a||1|
|Crossing the Mob||1987||From Story||n/a||1|
|Beyond the Sea||2004||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|Co-wrote (with David Brandes) the low-budget teen flick "The Dirt Bike Kids"|
|Solo feature screenwriting debut, the thriller "Unlawful Entry"|
|TV debut as screenwriter, the NBC movie "Crossing the Mob"|
|Scripted the earnest, based-on-fact "Ghosts of Mississippi", about attempts to bring the murderer of Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers to justice|
|Served as co-executive producer and screenwriter for "Radiant City", an ABC drama starring Kirstie Alley; screenplay had been written many years before and was cited by AMERICAN FILM (March 1991) as one of the great unproduced screenplays|
|Penned the script for the drama "Ladder 49" about Baltimore firefighters|
|Wrote the thriller "Domestic Disturbance"|
|Penned the screenplay for "October Sky", the adaptation of NASA engineer Homer Hickham Jr's memoir of his boyhood in the coal mining communities of West Virginia|
|Collaborated with Joe Gayton on the Damon Wayans-Adam Sandler ccomedy vehicle "Bulletproof"|
|Co-wrote the screenplay for "Charlie St. Cloud," a film based on Ben Sherwood's novel "The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud," starring Zac Efron as a young man coming to terms with the death of his younger brother|
A desire for self-improvement is one theme that plays heavily in Colick's work. His first produced TV-movie "Crossing the Mob" (NBC, 1988) focused on a young man who thought the only way to better himself was to hook up with local gangsters. Another predominant motif in the writer's work hinges on menace, often in the form of a single man. Colick first explored that idea in "Unlawful Entry" (1992) with Ray Liotta cast as a cop who insinuates his way into the complacent life of a married couple. Similarly, "Judgment Night" (1993) revolved around a group of four young men who accidentally strike a shooting victim and then are terrorized by thugs. "Bulletproof" (1996, which he co-wrote with Joe Gayton) opted for a comedic take on the material (with James Caan as the heavy).
"Ghosts of Mississippi" (1996), Rob Reiner's earnest take on the slaying of Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers, ostensibly focused on the lawyer who was out to bring his assassin to justice. Colick spent a year researching the case, travelling to Mississippi to conduct interviews and amassing a dossier that uncovered previously unknown or overlooked material. His screenplay also featured a man of menace--Byron De La Beckwith--and partly due to the forceful performance of James Woods in the role, the ambitious film was thrown somewhat off-kilter.
Returning to the theme of self-improvement and desiring to move away from home, Colick collaborated with NASA engineer Homer Hickham Jr. on the script for "October Sky" (1999). Initially based on an article by Hickham that appeared in SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE in which the West Virginian told of his youth as a "rocket boy" in a coal mining town. Hickham wanted to be an astronaut but his father expected him to join in working the mines. Colick helped to shape the film, which earned positive reviews and garnered its writer several awards, including a Humanitas Prize and a nomination from the Writers Guild.
|Katherine Colick||Daughter||born on November 17, 1997|
|Jack Colick||Son||born on July 19, 1992|
|Elizabeth Lane||Wife||senior vice president of motion picture production at Propaganda Films|
|University of California at Los Angeles|
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