William Monahan

Screenwriter
Reclusive novelist-turned-screenwriter William Monahan cut his teeth for years as a journalist for such well-known publications as Talk, Maxim and The New York Press before becoming the toast of ... Read more »
Born: 11/02/1960 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Writer (6)

Mojave 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Gambler 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Edge of Darkness 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Body of Lies 2008 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Departed 2006 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Kingdom of Heaven 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

Mojave 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Gambler 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

London Boulevard 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (2)

Mojave 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

London Boulevard 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Reclusive novelist-turned-screenwriter William Monahan cut his teeth for years as a journalist for such well-known publications as Talk, Maxim and The New York Press before becoming the toast of Hollywood in the mid-2000's. The scribe of such big-budget features as Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005) and the 2006 Martin Scorsese thriller, "The Departed," Monahan began writing for Hollywood in 2001 and quickly rose to become one of Tinseltown's most sought-after talents.

EDUCATION

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst , Massachusetts
Studied Elizabethan and Jacobean drama

Milestones

2010

Penned the film adaptation of "Edge of Darkness"

2008

Penned the film adaptation of "Body of Lies" directed by Ridley Scott

2006

Scripted the police/mob thriller "The Departed" for director Martin Scorsese; based on the Hong Kong action film "Infernal Affairs"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay

2005

Penned the screenplay adaptation for director Ridley Scott’s "Kingdom of Heaven"

2001

Sold first spec script, a Barbary War epic titled "Tripoli" to 20th Century Fox; script was eventually shelved

2000

Garnered critical acclaim for his first novel Light House: A Trifle

1997

Hired to work as an editor at the now defunct Spy magazine

1995

Wrote a weekly column for the seasonal Hamptons magazine

1993

Began contributing essays and short fiction to the alternative weekly New York Press; regularly courting controversy

1993

First novel Light House was published serially in the Amherst literary magazine Old Crow Review over five installments

1991

Earliest known published piece, a short story titled "At the Village Hall" in the Northampton zine Perkins Press

Played guitar in a band called the Slags in the late 1980s

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