J. F. Lawton

Screenwriter, Director, Editor
J. F. Lawton moved to the A-list with his script for Garry Marshall's blockbuster "Pretty Woman" (1990). While the original screenplay, entitled "3,000," was much darker, the final result, which played much like a fairy ... Read more »
Born: 08/11/1960 in Riverside, California, USA

Filmography

Writer (13)

Jackson 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Death Race 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

DOA: Dead or Alive 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

DOA: Dead or Alive 2007 (Movie)

(Story By)

Chain Reaction 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hunted 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory 1995 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Blankman 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mistress 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Under Siege 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pizza Man 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pretty Woman 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (6)

Jackson 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

V.I.P. 1998 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

The Hunted 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Pizza Man 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

RENASCENCE 1984 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Jackson 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Under Siege 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Editor (2)

Pizza Man 1991 (Movie)

(Editor)

Talking Walls 1987 (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

J. F. Lawton moved to the A-list with his script for Garry Marshall's blockbuster "Pretty Woman" (1990). While the original screenplay, entitled "3,000," was much darker, the final result, which played much like a fairy tale and was enhanced by Julia Roberts star-making turn, catapulted Lawton to the forefront. Yet, this was not his first screen credit. While studying film at CalState Long Beach, Lawton had won attention for his short films "The Artist" (1981) and "Renaissance" (1983). The California native, the son of novelist Harry Lawton, started his film career editing trailers for Cannon Films for $300 per week. Ever enterprising, he created a trailer for a feature he wanted to make which caught the attention of low-budget producer Charles Band. Band offered him the opportunity to write and direct. The result, "Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle" (1989), which Lawton filmed using the pseudonym J D Athens, was a take-off of both Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" and Francis Ford Coppola's feature "Apocalypse Now" (1979). Shot in less than two weeks and featuring Adrienne Barbeau and Shannon Tweed, the film became a cult favorite and late-night cable staple, although it did not really advance his career. Neither did his second effort, also credited to J D Athens, the political satire "Pizza Man" (1991).

Relationships

Paola Lawton

Wife
Married Paula Lawton in 1987.

Harry Lawton

Father
Wrote the book, Willie Boy: A Desert Manhunt (1960), which was the bases for the film "Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here" (1969)

George Lawton

Brother

EDUCATION

California State University, Long Beach

Long Beach , California

Milestones

2008

Co-scripted the remake of "Death Race"

2006

Co-wrote the film adaptation of the popular video game "DOA: Dead or Alive"

1998

Created the syndicated series, "V.I.P" starring Pamela Anderson

1997

Wrote and directed the ABC TV-movie "The Blue Angels"

1996

Was one of four writers credited with writing the script for "Chain Reaction"

1995

Wrote and directed "The Hunted" (first directorial credit as J. F. Lawton)

1994

Co-wrote (with Damon Wayans) the screenplay for the Mike Binder directed superhero parody film "Blankman"; also co-starred Wayans

1992

Co-executive produced and scripted the Steven Seagal vehicle "Under Siege"

1991

Wrote and directed "Pizza Man" starring Bill Maher (credited as JD Athens)

1990

Breakthrough screenplay, "Pretty Woman"; directed by Garry Marshall and starred Richard Gere and Julia Roberts; received a nomination for Writer's Guild of America

1989

Directed first feature "Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle"; also scripted (credited as JD Athens)

1981

Debuted first film, the short "The Artist"

His film "Three Thousand," was selected by the Sundance Institute for their screenwriting workshop (title later changed to "Pretty Woman")

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