David Koepp

Screenwriter, Producer, Director
With his skill for writing character-driven blockbusters, screenwriter David Koepp emerged from his native Wisconsin to become one of the most consistent and highly-sought writers in the business. Thanks to several ... Read more »
Born: 06/08/1963 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Writer (27)

Inferno 2016 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Brilliance 2014 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Premium Rush 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Angels & Demons 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ghost Town 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

War of the Worlds 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Zathura 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Secret Window 2004 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Panic Room 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Spider-Man 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stir of Echoes 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Snake Eyes 1998 (Movie)

(From Story)

Snake Eyes 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mission: Impossible 1996 (Movie)

(From Story)

Mission: Impossible 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Trigger Effect 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Paper 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Shadow 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Carlito's Way 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jurassic Park 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Death Becomes Her 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Toy Soldiers 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bad Influence 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Apartment Zero 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (8)

Mortdecai 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Premium Rush 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Ghost Town 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The Secret Window 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Stir of Echoes 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

The Trigger Effect 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Suspicious 1993 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (4)

Hack 2002 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Panic Room 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Paper 1994 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Apartment Zero 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (3)

Big Trouble 2002 (Movie)

Annoyed Sports Radio Host (Actor)

Kevin Bacon: Am I Me? 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 (Movie)

Unlucky Bastard (Actor)
Music (1)

Death Becomes Her 1992 (Movie)

lyrics("Me") (Theme Lyrics)

Biography

With his skill for writing character-driven blockbusters, screenwriter David Koepp emerged from his native Wisconsin to become one of the most consistent and highly-sought writers in the business. Thanks to several mega-hits under his belt, including "Jurassic Park" (1993), "Mission: Impossible" (1996) and "Spider-Man" (2002), Koepp also developed into one of the highest paid scripts doctors in Hollywood. Though just a small sample of his resume would account for several billion dollars of international box office take, Koepp has had his share of critical and financial failures, notably films he directed himself - "The Trigger Effect" (1996), "Stir of Echoes" (1999) and "The Secret Window" (2004). Regardless of such setbacks, Koepp managed to keep his name on the short list for the industry's top directors - namely Steven Spielberg, Brian De Palma and Sam Raimi - as their go-to writer for Hollywood's biggest summer movies, enhancing his reputation as perhaps the most successful A-list screenwriter of his generation.

Relationships

Stephen Koepp

Brother
Was a senior editor for Time magazine collaborated with Koepp to write "The Paper" (1994)

EDUCATION

Kettle Moraine High School

Wales , Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin at Madison

Madison , Wisconsin
Studied acting; took up playwrighting and screenwriting; urged by a writing professor to transfer to UCLA

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1984

Milestones

2012

Co-wrote screenplay of "Men in Black III," directed by Barry Sonnenfeld

2012

Helmed the action thriller "Premium Rush," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon; also co-wrote with John Kamps

2009

Co-wrote (with Akiva Goldsman) the film adaptation of Dan Brown's novel Angels & Demons, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks

2008

Co-wrote and directed "Ghost Town," starring Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear

2008

Penned the fourth installment of the adventure series "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"

2005

Re-teamed with Spielberg to write the film adaptation of "War of the Worlds"

2004

Directed and wrote the psychological thriller "Secret Window"

2002

Earned up to $4 million (for writing and producing) for the thriller "Panic Room"

2002

Penned the feature adaption of "Spider-Man"

2002

Created the CBS crime drama "Hack"

1999

Directed (also wrote) Kevin Bacon in the horror film "Stir of Echoes"

1996

Feature directorial debut, "The Trigger Effect"; also scripted

1994

Made directing debut (also wrote) with the short "Suspicious"

1993

Co-wrote the screenplay for Spielberg's "Jurassic Park"; first collaboration with Spielberg

1993

Received screenwriting credit for "Carlito's Way"; first collaboration with director Brian De Palma

1992

Reteamed with Martin Donovan to co-write Robert Zemeckis's "Death Becomes Her"

1990

First solo screenwriting credit, "Bad Influence"

1988

Feature writing and producing debut (with Donovan), "Apartment Zero"

Worked with Donovan as a co-writer on a writing project for an Italian producer

Met producer-writer-director Robert Zemeckis

Met producer-writer-director Martin Donovan

Worked as a script reader

Wrote plays and screenplays while attending the University of Wisconsin at Madison

Sold "Bad Influence" to Trans World Entertainment, an independent production company

Moved from his native Wisconsin to attend UCLA's film school in Los Angeles, CA

Performed some writing assignments for independent producers

Hired by Universal's Casey Silver Silver (now president of Universal) as an in-house contract writer

Bonus Trivia

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"Careers happen incrementally," he says. "You meet someone, like Robert Zemeckis, who introduces you to someone else, like Steven Spielberg. However there is one turning point I can think of. Had I not gotten into UCLA film school, I probably wouldn't have come to Los Angeles." – from "The Sweet Sting of Success" by Jeffrey Lantos, Movieline, March 1995

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