Larry Karaszewski

Screenwriter, Critic, Director
With his writing partner Scott Alexander, this clever, sometimes subversive screenwriter has risen above two early flops to pen two of the more successful and controversial biopics of the 1990s. A fan of schlocky ... Read more »
Born: 11/19/1961 in South Bend, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Writer (13)

Goosebumps 2015 (Movie)

(previous draft) (Screenplay)

Big Eyes 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

1408 2007 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Screenplay)

Agent Cody Banks 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Screwed 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Man on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

That Darn Cat 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The People vs. Larry Flynt 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Problem Child 3: Junior in Love 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

Ed Wood 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Problem Child 2 1991 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Problem Child 2 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Problem Child 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

American Crime Story 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Big Eyes 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Auto Focus 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (1)

Screwed 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

With his writing partner Scott Alexander, this clever, sometimes subversive screenwriter has risen above two early flops to pen two of the more successful and controversial biopics of the 1990s. A fan of schlocky drive-in movies from childhood, the Indiana native was a film critic for an NBC affiliate and wrote "Beyond Our Control", a local satirical TV show (which won an award at the Chicago International Film Festival).

Relationships

Emily Karaszewski

Wife

Carver Karaszewski

Son

Jack Karaszewski

Son

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
roomed with writing partner Scott Alexander

Milestones

2007

With Alexander, adapted a Stephen King short story called "1408"

2003

Co-wrote the teen adventure, "Agent Cody Banks"

1999

Pair reteamed with Forman to script biopic of Andy Kaufman "Man on the Moon"

1998

With Alexander, made co-directorial debut with "Screwed", also co-scripted (released theatrically in 2000)

1996

Won critical and popular acclaim with the controversial "The People vs. Larry Flynt", directed by Milos Forman; co-penned with Alexander

1994

Had first critical success with "Ed Wood"; co-written with Alexander

1990

First produced screenplay written with Scott Alexander, "Problem Child"

1986

Sold first screenplay co-written with Scott Alexander, "Homewreckers"; never produced

Met future partner Scott Alexander while at USC

Worked as a film critic for a local NBC affiliate

Wrote for the local TV show "Beyond Our Control"

Raised in Indiana

Bonus Trivia

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"I give Scott sex appeal, and besides, I do everything he does except backwards and in heels." --Larry Karaszewski, quoted in MOVIELINE, November 1996

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"'Twister' started a whole new era where the story and characters are totally unimportant. I feel the screenwriter's job is now similar to being a theme park ride operator. . . In most films billed as comedies today, there aren't any jokes. They're just friendly, smile movies, not laugh movies. I don't understand what warm and fuzzy has to do with comedy. We don't confuse comedy with lightness." --Larry Karaszewski to MOVIELINE, November 1996

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"True stories permit you to break the cookie-cutter mold. No executive can say, 'can't Ed Wood make a couple of good movies?' There's also a lot less fear of being fired, since we're the ones with the information." --Larry Karaszewski, quoted in THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, January 15, 1997

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