Daniel Waters

Screenwriter, Director
Screenwriter-director Daniel Waters rocketed to the top of the Hollywood heap after garnering acclaim for his first indie screenplay, only to spend the decades that followed toiling away on mainstream studio projects. A ... Read more »
Born: 11/10/1962 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Writer (9)

Vampire Academy 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sex and Death 101 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Happy Campers 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Demolition Man 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Batman Returns 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Batman Returns 1992 (Movie)

(From Story)

Hudson Hawk 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heathers 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (2)

Sex and Death 101 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Happy Campers 2001 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Kiss Kiss Fingerbang 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Vampire Academy 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Screenwriter-director Daniel Waters rocketed to the top of the Hollywood heap after garnering acclaim for his first indie screenplay, only to spend the decades that followed toiling away on mainstream studio projects. A viciously satiric, pitch-black teen comedy, "Heathers" (1989) not only made teen idols of Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, but turned Waters into a bona fide Hollywood player virtually overnight. Lured by high-profile projects, big money and mega-producer Joel Silver, Waters lent his talents to the box-office embarrassments "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane" (1990) and "Hudson Hawk" (1991). Although heavily reworked as it made its way through the studio machine, his original script for director Tim Burton's superhero sequel, "Batman Returns" (1992) met with more favorable reviews and impressive commercial success. Within a year, however, Waters virtually dropped off the radar for more than a decade as he devoted his energies to providing uncredited contributions to dozens of studio films and development projects. Looking to return to his roots and maintain more creative control he later wrote and directed (for the first time) the comedy "Happy Campers" (2001) followed by the quirky sci-fi/romantic comedy "Sex and Death 101" (2007), neither of which received a wide theatrical release. A talented writer with a knack for dark comedy, Waters remained best known for "Heathers," more than 20 years later.

Relationships

Mark Waters Director

Sibling
Born c. 1964 helmed "The House of Yes" (1997) and "Mean Girls" (2004)

EDUCATION

McGill University

Montreal , Quebec 1986

Riley High School

South Bend , Indiana

Milestones

2008

Helmed the dark comedy, "Sex and Death 101"; reunited with "Heathers" star Winona Ryder

2001

Made feature directorial debut with "Happy Campers"; also scripted; screened at the Sundance Film Festival

1992

Breakthrough success, "Batman Returns"

1991

Re-teamed with "Heathers" director Michael Lehmann for "Hudson Hawk"

1989

First produced script, "Heathers" (based in part on his high school writings)

1986

Moved to L.A. after graduating from college

Raised in South Bend, Indiana

Wrote weekly column "Troubled Waters" with fictional stories based on classmates at Riley High School

Born in Cleveland, Ohio

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