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.