Mark Steven Johnson

Director, Screenwriter
I literally learned to read by reading comics, Mark Steven Johnson once declared. So who better to bring the Marvel characters Daredevil and Ghost Rider to the big screen? But is this the same Mark Steven Johnson who ... Read more »
Born: 10/30/1964 in Hastings, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Writer (10)

Ghost Rider 2007 (Movie)

(Story By)

Ghost Rider 2007 (Movie)

(current rewrite) (Screenplay)

Daredevil 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jack Frost 1998 (Movie)

(From Story)

Jack Frost 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Simon Birch 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Big Bully 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Grumpier Old Men 1995 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Grumpier Old Men 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Grumpy Old Men 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (5)

Killing Season 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

When in Rome 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Ghost Rider 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Daredevil 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Simon Birch 1998 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (4)

Grudge Match 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

When in Rome 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Elektra 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

I literally learned to read by reading comics, Mark Steven Johnson once declared. So who better to bring the Marvel characters Daredevil and Ghost Rider to the big screen? But is this the same Mark Steven Johnson who started out as the writer who reunited Hollywood legends Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau for a last hurrah as the feuding neighbors in Donald Petrie's 1993 comedy "Grumpy Old Men" and Howard Deutsch's 1995 sequel, "Grumpier Old Men", which added Sophia Loren to the mix? It most certainly is and he has followed a pretty circuitous career path over the last two decades. Johnson allowed the comic banter to become a little coarser in "Big Bully", a 1996 Steve Miner farce that saw nerdy writer Rick Moranis re-confronted by childhood nemesis Tom Arnold. But he went to the opposite extreme with the sentimental scenario for his 1998 directorial debut, "Simon Birch", in which diminutive Ian Michael Smith embarks upon a God-given quest. Johnson took the first steps towards the fantastical with his screenplay for the 1998 festive family frolic "Jack Frost", as deceased father Michael Keaton reincarnates as a snowman. Johnson would teeter towards schmaltz again as director of the 2010 romcom "When in Rome", which saw Kristen Bell being pursued by suitors after stealing coins from the famous Trevi Fountain. But his collaborations with Ben Affleck on "Daredevil" and Nicolas Cage on "Ghost Rider" seem to suggest he is best suited to action laced with stunts and special effects.

Milestones

2010

Co-wrote and directed the comedy film, "When in Rome"

2007

Helmed "Ghost Rider," a film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character starring Nicolas Cage

2003

Directed "Daredevil," a feature based on the popular comic book character and starring Ben Affleck

1998

Made directing debut with "Simon Birch" also penned the screenplay

1996

Wrote the family comedy feature "Big Bully"

1995

Reunited with Lemmon and Matthau for "Grumpier Old Men," which he once again served as writer

1993

Penned the comedy "Grumpy Old Men," starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau

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