Aaron Guzikowski

Aaron Guzikowski is an American screenwriter. He is best known for writing the 2013 film Prisoners and creating the 2014 television series The Red Road. In 2020, he created the HBO Max series Raised by Wolves.

Aaron Guzikowski
Notable work


Guzikowski was raised in Brockton, Massachusetts. He was interested in visual arts as a child, and went on to complete a Master of Fine Arts with a major in film. He was unable to find any work in the New York City film industry after graduating but began writing spec scripts in his spare time while working other jobs, and found a manager in Los Angeles.[1]

Guzikowski began writing the script for Prisoners in 2007, and completed the final draft in 2009.[1] Before the film entered production, Guzikowski's script won several screenwriting competitions and was listed on The Black List, a survey of the most popular unproduced screenplays in circulation in Hollywood. After he sold the script to Alcon Entertainment, the project became stuck in development hell for a number of years as various directors and cast members, including Bryan Singer, Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio, signed on only to drop out later. The final film, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, was released in 2013, almost four years after Guzikowski had completed the script.[2]

Guzikowski's next project was an adaptation of the 2008 Icelandic film Reykjavík-Rotterdam, titled Contraband. He was hired to write the script by actor Mark Wahlberg, who had once been attached to star in Prisoners but wanted to produce another project written by Guzikowski. Although the script was written after Prisoners, it was released a year earlier, in 2012.[3]

Guzikowski was approached by television producer Sarah Condon with an idea for a television series about the Ramapough Mountain Indians; he then created The Red Road, which began airing on SundanceTV in 2014.[4] The series was renewed for a second season to air in 2015.[5]

Guzikowski initially co-wrote Seventh Son for Warner Bros. But after the film was purchased by Universal, he went uncredited for his work.

In November 2014, Universal hired Guzikowski to write a reboot of The Wolf Man.[6]

In December 2015, Guzikowski was negotiating with Paramount Pictures to write a script for a Friday the 13th reboot.[7][8] In the end, the project was cancelled.

September 2020 saw the release of the HBO Max series Raised by Wolves, which he created and wrote the majority of scripts for; one of the series' executive-producers is Ridley Scott. He then signed a overall deal with HBO Max.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Guzikowski moved to Los Angeles after selling his first script in 2009,[1] and is married with three children.[2] He was raised as a Catholic but is no longer practicing.[10]


Film and television
Year Title Credited as Notes
Writer Producer
2012 Contraband Yes No Remake of the Icelandic film Reykjavík-Rotterdam
2013 Prisoners Yes No
2014–2015 The Red Road Yes Yes Creator
Wrote 8 episodes
Executive produced 4 episodes
Co-executive produced 6 episodes
2017 Papillon Yes No Based on Papillon by Henri Charrière, Banco by Henri Charrière and the 1973 film of the same name
2020–present Raised by Wolves Yes Yes Creator
Executive produced with Ridley Scott


  1. ^ a b c "Interview: Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners") — Part 1". Go into the Story. The Black List. February 17, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Jensen, Todd Aaron (September 20, 2013). "Prison Break". Writers Guild of America, West. Archived from the original on October 30, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  3. ^ "Interview: Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners") — Part 2". Go into the Story. The Black List. February 18, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  4. ^ "Interview: Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners") — Part 5". Go into the Story. The Black List. February 25, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  5. ^ Travers, Ben (April 28, 2014). "SundanceTV Renews Aaron Guzikowski's 'The Red Road' Starring Jason Momoa for Season Two". Indiewire. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  6. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (November 12, 2014). "Will Justin Lin Rev 'Fast & Furious' Finale?". Deadline.
  7. ^ White, James (December 3, 2015), Prisoners writer Aaron Guzikowski tackling the new Friday The 13th, Empire, retrieved November 4, 2017
  8. ^ White, James (2015-12-03). "Prisoners writer Aaron Guzikowski tackling the new Friday The 13th". Empire. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (2020-10-06). "'Raised By Wolves' Creator Aaron Guzikowski Inks Overall Deal With HBO Max". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  10. ^ "Interview: Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners") — Part 3". Go into the Story. The Black List. February 13, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2014.

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