Christopher McQuarrie

Screenwriter, Director, Actor
As the childhood friend and frequent collaborator of director Bryan Singer, screenwriter and sometime helmer Christopher McQuarrie was catapulted to the upper echelons of the screenwriting world after winning the Oscar ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1967 in Princeton, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Writer (15)

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Edge of Tomorrow 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jack The Giant Slayer 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jack Reacher 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

NYPD Blue 1994 - 1995, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

From Story

The Tourist 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Killshot 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Valkyrie 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Way of the Gun 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

X-Men 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

True Crime 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Public Access 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Usual Suspects 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Mayor of Castro Street (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Monster of Florence (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (5)

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Persons Unknown 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Valkyrie 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stanford Prison Experiment (Movie)

(Producer)

The Monster of Florence (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (4)

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Jack Reacher 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The Way of the Gun 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Stanford Prison Experiment (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

As the childhood friend and frequent collaborator of director Bryan Singer, screenwriter and sometime helmer Christopher McQuarrie was catapulted to the upper echelons of the screenwriting world after winning the Oscar for the widely hailed noir thriller "The Usual Suspects" (1995). In breaking all the rules for screenwriting - mainly because he was unaware of them - McQuarrie redefined the crime-noir genre and became one of the most sought-after writers in the business. But such blessings came with a price after he was given the chance to direct his first feature, "The Way of the Gun" (2000), a graphic thriller that polarized audiences and critics on its way to becoming a box office failure. For the next seven plus years, McQuarrie was trapped in development hell on a number of movies that never made it to production, frustrating him to the point of wanting to quit the business altogether. But Singer managed to pull his old friend back in by directing McQuarrie's spec script for "Valkyrie" (2008), a World War II thriller about a Nazi plot to assassinate Hitler. From there, he wrote the scripts for two more critically derided films, "Killshot" (2009) and "The Tourist" (2010), but managed to earn praise for writing and directing the highly anticipated adaptation of "Jack Reacher" (2012) and "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" (2015). Whether behind the camera or the keyboard, McQuarrie's gift for telling unique stories and redefining genre tropes remained the one constant in his otherwise turbulent career.

Relationships

Heather Neely McQuarrie Assistant

Wife
Married

EDUCATION

West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional High School South

Plainsboro , New Jersey
attended high school with Bryan Singer

Milestones

2015

Directed and co-wrote action blockbuster "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation," starring Cruise.

2014

Co-wrote screenplay for Cruise's time-travel thriller "Edge of Tomorrow."

2013

Co-wrote screenplay of action fantasy film "Jack the Giant Slayer," directed by Bryan Singer

2012

Directed second feature film "Jack Reacher," starring Cruise; also scripted based on Lee Child's book One Shot

2010

Created NBC drama thriller series "Persons Unknown"

2010

Co-wrote screenplay of "The Tourist," starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie

2008

Returned to feature writing with script for "Valkyrie," directed by Bryan Singer and starring Tom Cruise

2000

Reteamed with Singer again, doing uncredited work on big-budget flick "X-Men," based on the Marvel Comic

2000

Made directorial debut with "The Way of the Gun," a thriller starring Del Toro and James Caan; also scripted

1997

Collaborated with Kevin Pollak as excutive producer and writer of unsold pilot "The Underworld"

1994

Reteamed with Singer on labyrinthine crime thriller "The Usual Suspects"; won Oscar for screenplay; first collaboration with actor Benicio Del Toro

1993

First produced screenplay, "Public Access"; film directed by Bryan Singer

Bonus Trivia

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After graduating from high school, McQuarrie moved to western Australia for a time, before returning to the U.S. and finding work at a detective agency.

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The WGA removed McQuarrie's shared writing credit from "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol."

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Wrote a script for "The Wolverine" for director Darren Aronofsky, which was heavily reworked after both men left the project.

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