Fran Walsh

Screenwriter, Producer, Composer
Screenwriter-producer Fran Walsh enjoyed a hugely successful career with her partner, New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson. A former musician-turned-writer, Walsh met Jackson early in his career and quickly became his ... Read more »
Born: 01/10/1959 in Wellington, NZ

Filmography

Writer (13)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lovely Bones 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

King Kong 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Frighteners 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jack Brown, Genius 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Meet the Feebles 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heavenly Creatures 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dead Alive 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (10)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

West of Memphis 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Lovely Bones 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

King Kong 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Frighteners 1996 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Music (3)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014 (Movie)

("The Last Goodbye") (Song)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 (Movie)

("In Dreams") (Song)

Meet the Feebles 1995 (Movie)

(Music)
Casting (1)

Dead Alive 1993 (Movie)

(Casting)

Biography

Screenwriter-producer Fran Walsh enjoyed a hugely successful career with her partner, New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson. A former musician-turned-writer, Walsh met Jackson early in his career and quickly became his collaborator on low-budget cult classics like "Meet the Feebles" (1989) and "Braindead" (1992). As a writing partner, she helped Jackson defy expectations with the lyrical tale of obsession and murder "Heavenly Creatures" (1994), a critically hailed effort that brought them to Hollywood for the Robert Zemeckis-produced horror-comedy "The Frighteners" (1996). Then, in a monumental undertaking, Walsh worked alongside Jackson as a co-writer, producer and even unofficial 2nd unit director on the first of a trilogy of films adapting the works of fantasy novelist J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001). Nearly a decade after the project had begun, Walsh and Jackson capped it off with the third installment, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003), which in addition to winning a Best Picture Oscar, earned Walsh an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Other endeavors included the impressive remake of the monster classic "King Kong" (2005), followed by an underwhelming adaptation of the best-selling novel "The Lovely Bones" (2009). Walsh and Jackson returned Middle-earth once more, however, for another trilogy of eagerly anticipated films, beginning with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure" (2012). While Jackson received director's credit on each production, Walsh's creative DNA was undeniable and deeply imbedded in every film.

Relationships

Peter Jackson Screenplay

Husband
Met 1987 while Jackson was doing the post-production on his low-budget flick "Bad Taste" Married 1987 First collaborated on black comedy "Meet the Feebles" (1989) Co-wrote "Heavenly Creatures" (1994) and "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy (2001-03)

Kate Jackson Actor

Daughter
Born 1996; father, Peter Jackson

Billy Jackson Actor

Son
Born 1995; father, Peter Jackson

EDUCATION

Wellington Girls' College

Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington

Wellington 1981

Milestones

2012

Returned to Middle Earth as co-writer of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien; film directed by Jackson

2009

Re-teamed with Jackson and Boyens to adapt the screenplay of Alice Sebold's bestseller "The Lovely Bones"

2005

Re-teamed with Jackson and Boyens to write the screenplay for the remake of "King Kong"

2003

Third film in trilogy "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" released; composed two songs for the film, "Into the West" and "A Shadow Lies Between Us"

2002

Second film in trilogy "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" released

2001

First film in trilogy "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" released; film received 13 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay

1999

With Jackson and Philippa Boyens, adapted J.R.R. Tolkein's classic fantasy novel "The Lord of the Rings"; written as three separate films to be released over a three-year period; also served as a producer

1996

Was associate producer and co-writer of "The Frighteners"

1994

First major hit, "Heavenly Creatures"; received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, co-written with Jackson

1992

Co-wrote first film with Jackson, "Meet the Feebles"

1992

Collaborated with Jackson and writer Stephen Sinclair on the horror-comedy film "Braindead"

1989

Wrote scripts for television shows such as "Shark in the Park" and "Worzel Gummidge Down Under"

1988

Assisted in post-production with (future husband) Peter Jackson's "Bad Taste"

1983

Wrote material for TV-movie "A Woman of Good Character"

Bonus Trivia

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Walsh played in a punk rock band in Wellington during the 1980s called The Wallsockets.

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On Dec. 31, 2001, Walsh was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

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