Ehren Kruger

Screenwriter
A versatile screenwriter with a knack for fast-paced action, realistic dialogue and wry humor, Ehren Kruger got his start on the small screen before making his feature debut with 1999's "Arlington Road". A former script ... Read more »
Born: 10/05/1972

Filmography

Writer (16)

Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blood and Chocolate 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Brothers Grimm 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ring Two 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Skeleton Key 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Impostor 2002 (Movie)

(IMPOSTOR) (Screenplay)

The Ring 2002 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Texas Rangers 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Reindeer Games 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scream 3 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Arlington Road 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

New World Disorder 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Killers in the House (TV Show)

Screenplay
Producer (3)

Dream House 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Scream 4 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Blood and Chocolate 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

A versatile screenwriter with a knack for fast-paced action, realistic dialogue and wry humor, Ehren Kruger got his start on the small screen before making his feature debut with 1999's "Arlington Road". A former script assistant at Fox TV and Sandollar Productions, Kruger received his first screen credit with the 1998 USA Network TV-movie "Killers in the House", a nail-biting hostage drama in which a family is held in their own home by ruthless bank robbers. Next his 1996 Nicholl Fellowship-winning script for "Arlington Road" was produced in feature form. Directed by Mark Pellington, the film was both an action-packed thriller and a psychodrama, a disturbing look at the smiling evil of domestic terrorism and one man's struggle with potential paranoia. "Arlington Road" starred Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack and opened with a portrait of mindless destruction that succeeds both as a momentary jolt and an image that haunts for the entire film. Kruger's script for the high-tech espionage drama "New World Disorder" never reached the big screen, but debuted on HBO. He lightened up a bit with his next feature foray, the last installment of the "Scream" trilogy. Faster paced, with more appropriate, less verbose dialogue and lots of surprises, "Scream 3" (2000) was a suitable sequel, capturing the former films' chills as well as tongue-in-cheek attitude, making fun not only of the horror genre as a whole, but the previous "Scream" entries specifically.

Audiences would next see the results of Kruger's work in John Frankenheimer's actioner "Reindeer Games" (2000), starring Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise and Charlize Theron. A cleverly scripted crime thriller with countless mistaken identity plot twists and an unforgettable climactic scene featuring Santa suit-clad gun-toting robbers, "Reindeer Games" had a good sense of humor and an enjoyably relentless pace, although its box office showing was much less exciting. Next his feature length script for the gripping futuristic sci-fi film "Impostor" (2000, originally shot as a 40-minute short) about a scientist accused of being an alien spy hit the big screen. In 2002, he contributed to the screenplay for the anticipated revisionist Western "Texas Rangers" A star-studded cast featuring James Van Der Beek and Dylan McDermott and its compelling real-life inspiration -- a 1875 band of teenage law enforcers -- would seem to indicate an audience pleaser. But constant delays in its release had wags wondering if the film would live up to the hype. Should it not do so, Kruger could take some comfort in the demand for his talents. Among the slate of projects to which his name was attached were a remake of the charming fantasy "Bell, Book and Candle", Wayne Wang's China/US government conspiracy gun-running thriller "Dragon Fire" and an adaptation of the oft-filmed John Buchan novel "The 39 Steps" to be directed by Robert Towne.

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York

Milestones

2009

Co-wrote the sci-fi action film "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"; directed by Michael Bay

2005

Wrote the Terry Gilliam directed film "The Brothers Grimm"

2005

Scripted "The Ring Two"

2005

Penned the horror film "Skeleton Key," starring Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands and John Hurt

2002

Co-wrote the remake of the Japanese horror film "The Ring"; directed by Gore Verbinski

2001

One of three credited screenwriters for "Impostor," starring Gary Sinise

2001

Scripted the revisionist Western "Texas Rangers" (filmed in 1999)

2000

Wrote the script for the horror sequel "Scream 3"

2000

Penned the action thriller "Reindeer Games," starring Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron

1999

Penned the high-tech action film "New World Disorder" (aired on HBO)

1999

Feature debut as screenwriter, "Arlington Road"

1998

Scripted first TV-movie "Killers in the House" (USA Network)

1996

Earned a Nicholl Fellowship for his first script "Arlington Road"

Bonus Trivia

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Received a Nicholl Fellowship for screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1996.

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Kruger on Hollywood: "As soon as I got my first check as a writer, I blew town." - from Variety, Aug. 31 - Sept. 6, 1998

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Kruger on his success: "I only feel like a celebrity in the bad sense. Now, if a movie does well, my friends and family will call me. But if it doesn't, they won't call at all." - from Entertainment Weekly, March 31, 2000

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