Shane Salerno

Screenwriter, Producer, Music Supervisor
As a teenager who showed maturity above his years, Shane Salerno was known for donning conservative suits and displaying a reserved and polite manner. Even at this young age, Salerno was determined to get on the fast ... Read more »
Born: 11/27/1972

Filmography

Writer (9)

Avatar 2 2018 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Avatar 4 2018 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Salinger 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Savages 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

(From Story)

Armageddon 1998 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

New York Undercover 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Writer
Producer (4)

Salinger 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Savages 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hawaii Five-O 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Consulting Producer

UC: Undercover 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (1)

Salinger 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

As a teenager who showed maturity above his years, Shane Salerno was known for donning conservative suits and displaying a reserved and polite manner. Even at this young age, Salerno was determined to get on the fast track to his dream. During his senior year of high school in San Diego, Salerno wrote, directed and produced the documentary "Sundown: The Future of Children and Drugs," which premiered on "Larry King Live" (CNN 1985-2010) in 1991, receiving widespread attention and praise. From that auspicious beginning, Shane Salerno became a prolific writer, producer and director of documentaries, feature films, and television series, with hits including the box office smash "Armageddon" (1998) and the enlightening literary documentary "Salinger" (2013). In 2013, James Cameron announced that Shane Salerno would co-write the script for "Avatar 4," scheduled for release in 2019.

EDUCATION

St. John's College High School

Washington, Washington D.C.
A military Academy where Salerno was co-captain of the football team, editor of the school paper and class President

San Dieguito High School

Encinitas, California 1991
Voted the shooting star ("most likely to succeed") by his classmates

Milestones

2013

Directed J.D. Salinger biopic "Salinger"

2013

Co-authored written biography "Salinger"

2007

Wrote the screenplay for "Aliens vs Predator: Requiem"

2001

Executive Produced (also wrote) "UC: Undercover" (NBC)

2000

Created pilot "UC: Undercover" with novelist Don Winslow about a team of undercover agents; pilot greenlighted by NBC

2000

Worked on writing a script with filmmaker and personal idol Michael Mann about the drug trade

2000

Established his own production company, Chasing Time Pictures

1999

Worked on developing "Bay of Pigs" for director Ving Rhames

1999

Met acclaimed "Boyz N The Hood" director John Singleton; co-wrote screenplay for "Shaft" (2000)

1998

Received first feature screenwriting credit for "Armageddon"

1997

Met director Michael Bay and began work on the Jerry Bruckheimer produced "Armageddon"

1996

Worked on developing two more features, the thriller "Breakdown" and a script about the Zodiac serial killer for Touchstone

1995

Assigned to develop action features "A Season in Hell" and "Thunder Blow" with producer Arne Schmidt

1995

Sold "Thunder Blow" to Dino DeLaurentiis for $600,000 and adapted "A Season in Hell" for Steven Spielberg and the newly formed Dreamworks Pictures

1995

Signed with CAA and got out of his TV deal

1994

Signed a three-year deal with Universal television and producer Dick Wolf to write for "New York Undercover" (Fox); clashed creatively with producers and other writers

1993

Began unpaid internship on the set of "NYPD Blue" (ABC)

1993

Moved to Los Angeles

1990

Produced his own documentary for public access "Sundown: The Future of Children and Drugs"

Hired to rewrite "Alien vs. Predator" which was released in 2004; never received screen credit

Bonus Trivia

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Salerno was voted "Most Likely to be Famous" in high school and was often compared to Alex P. Keaton, Michael J. Fox's character from "Family Ties"

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Salerno has stated that he has never smoked, drank or done any drugs in his life

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