David Koepp (born June 9, 1963) is an American screenwriter and film director. Koepp is the sixth most successful screenwriter of all time in terms of U.S. box office receipts with a total gross of over $2.3 billion.
June 9, 1963|
Pewaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation|
Saturn Award for Best Writing
Fantastic'Arts Grand Prize
Some of the best known films he has written include the sci-fi adventure films Jurassic Park (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008); the action spy films Mission: Impossible (1996) and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014); the superhero film Spider-Man (2002); the sci-fi disaster film War of the Worlds (2005) and the mystery thriller Angels & Demons (2009). Koepp has directed six films over the course of his career: The Trigger Effect (1996), Stir of Echoes (1999), Secret Window (2004), Ghost Town (2008), Premium Rush (2012), and Mortdecai (2015).
As a writer, Koepp has worked on blockbuster Hollywood films such as Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, and Spider-Man. He had a cameo appearance as the "Unlucky Bastard", a minor character devoured by a T. rex roaming San Diego in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, which he co-wrote and was second unit director of. Although Koepp did not write Jurassic Park III, he did devise the film's basic storyline. Koepp later declined an offer to write a script for the series' fourth film, Jurassic World, as he felt he had nothing left to contribute to the series.
Koepp was reportedly paid $4,000,000 for his Panic Room screenplay. He wrote the screenplay for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and co-wrote and directed 2008's Ghost Town starring Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear.
In 2012, Koepp directed Premium Rush, which he co-wrote with John Kamps. In an August 2011 lawsuit, Joe Quirk, the author of the 1998 novel The Ultimate Rush, accused Koepp and the makers of Premium Rush of copyright infringement. On April 2, 2013, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg dismissed this case, finding that the two works were not substantially similar.
On February 17, 2013, Koepp received the WGA East's Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement.
On July 10, 2013, Lionsgate was reported to have acquired the comedic crime novel The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery, written by Kyril Bonfiglioli. Koepp directed the film, titled Mortdecai, from a script by Eric Aronson; Johnny Depp played the lead role of Charlie Mortdecai, and the film also featured Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, and Paul Bettany. Koepp adapted the Marcus Sakey novel Brilliance, which will star Will Smith and Noomi Rapace.
On March 15, 2016, the Walt Disney Company announced a fifth installment of the Indiana Jones saga, with Koepp as its screenwriter. By June 2018, Koepp ultimately backed out of the project due to his commitment to You Should Have Left, a film Koepp wrote and is set to direct.
Koepp was born in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, to a family therapist mother, and Donald Koepp, who owned a billboard company. While attending Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, Wisconsin, he worked evenings and weekends at the McDonald's restaurant in Delafield. He received his bachelor's in film from UCLA. He has a wife, Melissa, and four children.
|1988||Apartment Zero||Writer / producer||co-wrote with Martin Donovan|
|Why Me?||Writer||co-wrote with Donald E. Westlake|
|I Come in Peace||Writer||co-wrote with Jonathan Tydor|
|1991||Toy Soldiers||Writer||co-wrote with Daniel Petrie, Jr.|
|1992||Death Becomes Her||Writer||co-wrote with Martin Donovan|
|1993||Jurassic Park||Writer||co-wrote with Michael Crichton|
|1994||The Paper||Writer / co-producer||co-wrote with Stephen Koepp|
|1996||Mission: Impossible||Writer||co-wrote with Robert Towne and Steven Zaillian|
|The Trigger Effect||Director / writer|
|1997||The Lost World: Jurassic Park||Writer / second unit director|
|1998||Snake Eyes||Writer||co-wrote with Brian De Palma|
|1999||Stir of Echoes||Director / writer|
|2002||Panic Room||Writer / producer|
|2004||Secret Window||Director / writer|
|2005||War of the Worlds||Writer||co-wrote with Josh Friedman|
|Zathura: A Space Adventure||Writer||co-wrote with John Kamps|
|2008||Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull||Writer||co-wrote with George Lucas and Jeff Nathanson|
|Ghost Town||Director / writer||co-wrote with John Kamps|
|2009||Angels & Demons||Writer||co-wrote with Akiva Goldsman|
|2011||The Little Engine That Could||Writer||co-wrote with John Kamps, Cliff Ruby and Elana Lesser|
|2012||Premium Rush||Director / writer||co-wrote with John Kamps|
|2014||Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit||Writer||co-wrote with Adam Cozad|
|2017||The Mummy||Writer||co-wrote with Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman|
|2019||Bride of Frankenstein||Writer|
|2019||You Should Have Left||Director / writer|
|2020||Untitled fifth Indiana Jones film||Writer|
|2002||Hack||Writer||(also series creator)|
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