Paul Weitz

Screenwriter, Director, Playwright
Screenwriter and director Paul Weitz first gained notice when he and his younger brother Chris (along with Todd Alcott) contributed to the screenplay for the DreamWorks/PDI computer animated feature "Antz" (1998). For ... Read more »
Born: 11/18/1965 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (18)

Good Kids 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Grandma 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Guidance 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mozart in the Jungle 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Admission 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

American Reunion 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Being Flynn 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lone Star 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Golden Compass 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

American Dreamz 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

See This Movie 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

In Good Company 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

American Wedding 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Off Centre 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

American Pie 2 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (15)

About a Boy 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Source Material

Grandma 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Being Flynn 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

American Dreamz 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In Good Company 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

About a Boy 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Clockstoppers 2002 (Movie)

(Rewrite) (Screenplay)

Down to Earth 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fantasy Island 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Writer

My Favorite Martian 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Antz 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Madeline 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sex and the Other Man 1997 (Movie)

("Captive") (Play as Source Material)
Director (10)

Grandma 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Admission 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Being Flynn 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Little Fockers 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

American Dreamz 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

In Good Company 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

About a Boy 2002 (Movie)

(Co-Director) (Director)

Down to Earth 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

American Pie 1999 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (3)

Life After Beth 2014 (Movie)

Mr. Levin (Actor)

Hopeless Pictures 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Voice

Chuck and Buck 2000 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)
Music (2)

American Dreamz 2006 (Movie)

("Mommy Don't Drink Me To Bed Tonight") (Song)

Madeline 1998 (Movie)

("The Cuckoo and the Nightingale") (Song)
Other (1)

Cracking Up 2004 (Tv Show)

Consultant

Biography

Screenwriter and director Paul Weitz first gained notice when he and his younger brother Chris (along with Todd Alcott) contributed to the screenplay for the DreamWorks/PDI computer animated feature "Antz" (1998). For this film, the writers created a movie that would have appeal for adults as well as children. A cleverly written exploration of individuality in the face of society's predetermined roles, "Antz" starred Woody Allen in what was easily his funniest role in the better part of a decade. Allen voiced Z-4195, the drone dissatisfied with his station in life who, for the love of high-class ant Princess Bala (Sharon Stone), undertakes a great adventure, becomes a hero, finds the elusive Insectopia, and foils the plans of coup minded General Mandible (Gene Hackman). With visual gags to entertain children and sophisticated social commentary that spoke to adults, "Antz" proved a crowd-pleaser, its character-driven screenplay setting it apart from Disney's similarly themed Pixar computer animated "A Bug's Life" (also 1998).

Relationships

Patricia Brown

Wife
Married Dec. 15, 2001

Susan Kohner Actor

Mother
Born Nov. 11, 1936; had notable roles in 1950s and early 1960s, including Oscar-nominated turn in Douglas Sirk's "Imitation of Life" (1959); retired after marriage to John Weitz

Paul Kohner Actor

Grandfather
Born May 29, 1902; talent agent for clients including Ingmar Bergman, John Huston, and Billy Wilder Died March 16, 1988

Pancho Kohner Producer

Uncle
Born Jan. 7, 1939

Lupita Tovar Producer

Grandmother
Born July 27, 1910; starred in several 1930s Westerns and also Spanish language "Drácula" (1931)

Chris Weitz Producer

Brother
Born Nov. 30, 1969 Co-directed films including "American Pie" (1999) and "About a Boy" (2002) with brother

John Weitz

Father
Died of cancer Oct. 3, 2002

Jane Weitz

Daughter
Born Jan. 12, 2004; mother, Patricia Brown

EDUCATION

Wesleyan University

Middletown , Connecticut

Collegiate School

New York , New York

Milestones

2013

Directed Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in Princeton-set comedy "Admission"

2012

Executive produced "American Reunion," featuring original "American Pie" cast

2012

Directed De Niro, Julianne Moore, and Paul Dano in "Being Flynn"; also wrote screenplay based on Nick Flynn's book Another Bullsh*t Night in Suck City: A Memoir

2010

Helmed sequel to "Meet the Parents" (2000) titled "Little Fockers," co-starring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller

2009

Directed adaptation of Darren Shan's series of novels "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant"

2007

Produced adaptation of first novel in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy "The Golden Compass," directed by brother Chris

2006

Directed "American Dreamz," a political satire starring Dennis Quaid and Hugh Grant

2004

Wrote and directed comedy "In Good Company," starring Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, and Scarlett Johansson

2002

Along with brother Chris and Peter Hedges, wrote screenplay for "About a Boy," starring Hugh Grant; also co-directed with brother Chris

2001

With brother Chris, co-wrote and co-directed "Down to Earth," a remake of 1978's "Heaven Can Wait"

2000

Made feature acting debut opposite Mike White in "Chuck & Buck"

1999

Directed teen comedy "American Pie"; brother Chris produced and reportedly co-directed

1998

Co-wrote song "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale" for children's film "Madeline"; originally wrote draft of script with brother that was subsequently set aside; uncle Poncho Kohner co-produced

1998

With brother Chris and Todd Alcott, received screenwriting credit for animated comedy "Antz"

1996

Collaborated with brother Chris on script for film version of 1960s TV sitcom "My Favorite Martian" (CBS)

1995

His play "Captive" adapted into feature film "Sex and the Other Man"

1994

With brother Chris, sold spec script "Rhode Island Smith and the Theme Park of Doom"

Made playwriting debut with "Mango Tea," starring Marisa Tomei and Rob Morrow

Wrote two subsequent plays "Captive" and "All for One"

Bonus Trivia

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"I would start my day reading the papers and feeling anxious about terrorism and worrying about whether the administration had an exit strategy from Iraq, then by evening, I was watching TV and worrying about whether Constantine was going to get kicked off." – Weitz on the inspiration for his "American Idol" (Fox) satire "American Dreamz" to the Associated Press, April 2006

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