David Benioff

Screenwriter, Club bouncer, High school English teacher
David Benioff rolled a nascent career as a novelist into that of a much-desired screenwriter of both blockbuster films and smaller, darker thrillers, before scoring a monster hit with his first venture into television ... Read more »
Born: 09/24/1970

Filmography

Writer (9)

When the Nines Roll Over 2014 (Movie)

(from short story: "When the Nines Rolled Over") (Source Material)

When the Nines Roll Over 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Brothers 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Kite Runner 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Stay 2005 (Movie)

(Spec) (Screenplay)

Troy 2004 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

25th Hour 2002 (Movie)

(from novel: "The 25th Hour") (Source Material)

25th Hour 2002 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)
Director (2)

Game of Thrones 2010 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

When the Nines Roll Over 2014 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (2)

The Writers' Room 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Kashmir (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

David Benioff rolled a nascent career as a novelist into that of a much-desired screenwriter of both blockbuster films and smaller, darker thrillers, before scoring a monster hit with his first venture into television as creator of the HBO series "Game of Thrones" (2011- ). Benioff published his first novel, The 25th Hour, in 2001 and went on to adapt it for a 2002 film directed by Spike Lee. Though he would publish a second novel in 2008, Benioff became a hot commodity as a screenwriter, winning major paydays for his script for the big-budget revision of the Homeric epic, "Troy" (2004), and his heady psychological thriller "Stay"(2005), helmed by Marc Forster. He collaborated with Forster again on the 2007 adaptation of the best-selling Afghanistan-set adventure novel The Kite Runner, and continued to score varying degrees of success with the taut aftermath-of-war suspense drama "Brothers" (2009) and the more typical Hollywood programmer "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (2009). In 2007, HBO hired Benioff, in tandem with friend and literary compatriot D.B. Weiss, to helm an ambitious venture, the sprawling sword-and-sorcery tale "Game of Thrones." Populated with some of Britain and Ireland's most respected but relatively unknown thespians, it quickly became a cable TV phenomenon upon its 2011 premiere. Transitioning to TV production both of massive scale and nearly universally acclaimed genius, Benioff and Weiss seemingly overnight made themselves ballyhooed television hitmakers, the darlings of critics and fanatical genre programming audiences alike.

Relationships

Frances Benioff

Daughter
Born February 20, 2007 mother, Amanda Peet

Molly Benioff

Daughter
Born April 19, 2010 mother, Amanda Peet

Stephen Friedman

Father
Former head of Goldman Sachs

Amanda Peet Actor

Companion
Began dating early 2003 Engaged July 2005 Married Sept. 30, 2006

EDUCATION

Dartmouth College

Hanover , New Hampshire

University of California, Irvine

Irvine , California
Received a Masters in the creative writing program

Milestones

2011

Wrote and executive produced "Game of Thrones," HBO's adaptation of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series

2009

Wrote the screenplay for the "X-Men" spin-off, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"

2008

Penned his second novel, City of Thieves, A Novel

2007

Adapted a screenplay of Khaled Hosseini's novel, "The Kite Runner"; his second collaboration with director Marc Forster

2005

Sold the two-million-dollar script, "Stay" directed by Marc Forster, and starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts

2004

Adapted a screenplay of the mythological epic, "Troy" starring Brad Pitt and directed by Wolfgang Petersen

2002

Adapted his book "25th Hour" into a film, starring Edward Norton and directed by Spike Lee

2001

Won recognition for his debut novel, The 25th Hour

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