David Peoples

A relatively reclusive American screenwriter (who refuses to be photographed for interviews and resides in Berkeley rather than Los Angeles), Peoples has built a strong reputation with a handful of distinctive ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1939 in Middletown, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Writer (13)

12 Monkeys 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Source Material

Unforgiven 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Soldier 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

12 Monkeys 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hero 1992 (Movie)

(From Story)

Hero 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Unforgiven 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Blood of Heroes 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Leviathan 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Leviathan 1989 (Movie)

(From Story)

Project: Alien 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blade Runner 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Day After Trinity 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (4)

The Day After Trinity 1979 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Joy of Letting Go 1975 (Movie)

(Editor)

Steel Arena 1973 (Movie)

(Editor)
Director (2)

The Blood of Heroes 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

How We Stopped the War 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A relatively reclusive American screenwriter (who refuses to be photographed for interviews and resides in Berkeley rather than Los Angeles), Peoples has built a strong reputation with a handful of distinctive screenplays. His work is characterized by a probing interrogation of genre conventions and strong moral ambiguity. Peoples' heroes tend to be only marginally more sympathetic than his villains. He has been quoted by The New York Times' Bernard Weinraub: "I have a hard time being on anybody's side in anything. I'm inclined to see everybody's point of view."

Relationships

Janet Peoples Screenplay

Wife
She wrote the Oscar-winning documentary feature "Who Are the DeBolts? (And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?)" (1977), which he edited Co-wrote (with Jon Else) the Oscar-nominated documentary feature "The Day After Trinity" (1980) Co-wrote time warp feature "12 Monkeys" (1995)

Joseph Peoples

Father
Former chairman of the geology department of Wesleyan University Worked for the U.S. Geological Survey Died on March 21, 2000 at age 92

Ruth Peoples

Mother
Died in 1993

Douglass Peoples

Brother

Penelope Peoples

Sister

EDUCATION

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley , California 1962

Milestones

1998

Received solo writing credit for the Kurt Russell vehicle "Soldier"

1995

With wife Janet, co-wrote the screenplay for "12 Monkeys," inspired by Chris Marker's experimental short "La jetée" (1962)

1992

Received screenplay credit for Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven"; earned Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay

1992

Wrote story and screenplay for the Capra-esque "Hero," directed by Stephen Frears

1990

Used pseudonym Anthony Able for script to "Project Alien," a thriller about a UFO cover-up

1989

Feature directorial debut, "The Blood of Heroes"

1982

Co-wrote screenplay (with Hampton Fancher) of Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner"; adapted from Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

1980

Co-wrote (with wife) and edited the Oscar-nominated documentary "The Day After Trinity"

1977

As editor, collaborated with wife Janet who wrote the nonfiction feature "Who Are the DeBolts? (And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?); film won Oscar as Best Feature Documentary

1976

Wrote screenplay titled "The Cut-Whore Killings," which eventually became "Unforgiven"

1973

Feature debut as editor, the action feature "Steel Arena"

1968

Directed the documentary short "How We Stopped the War"

Worked as a news and documentary film editor while struggling to sell screenplays

Wrote screenplay in the late 1970s titled "My Dog's on Fire," a comedy about a punk rock band; screenplay read by director Tony Scott who passed it on to his brother, director Ridley Scott

Attended high school in the Philippines

Grew up in Middletown, CT

Settled in Berkeley, CA with his wife Janet in the early 1960s

Bonus Trivia

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"Laura Ziskin, the producer of 'Hero,' who has known Mr. Peoples for years, said `Moral ambiguity is David's territory. Aside from that, he writes very complex characters and great dialogue. David is very gruff. He's kind of a big guy, very aggressively verbal. We had a lot of fights and arguments, but with David you never take it personally."A lot of what he says in the movie comes out of his own genuine beliefs that it's dangerous for anybody to be in the public eye, that whatever you say or do will probably be distorted in the process.'" – from The New York Times, Oct. 6, 1992

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