Glenn Ficarra

Glenn Ficarra (born May 27, 1969) is an American filmmaker and actor. He frequently collaborated with John Requa.

Glenn Ficarra
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Glenn Ficarra at the Sydney Crazy, Stupid, Love. premiere in September 2011.
Born (1969-05-27) May 27, 1969 (age 53)

Life and careerEdit

Ficarra met John Requa at Pratt Institute, where both were studying film.[1] After college they went to work in animation for the TV channel Nickelodeon.[1]

As writers they wrote the comedy films Cats & Dogs (directed by Lawrence Guterman), Bad Santa (directed by Terry Zwigoff), and Bad News Bears (directed by Richard Linklater).

In 2009 they made their directorial debut with their self-penned I Love You Phillip Morris, based on the life of con man Steven Jay Russell. For their writing on this film, Ficarra and Requa received a nomination for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.[2]

Their subsequent release was the comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Julianne Moore, again directed with Requa, released in July 2011.

With Requa and Charlie Gogolak he has formed the production company Zaftig Films.[3]

The pair also directed Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, starring Tina Fey and Robbie.[4]

As of August 2017, Ficarra and Requa are in final negotiations to co-direct and co-write a film featuring Harley Quinn and The Joker set in the DC Extended Universe with Margot Robbie and Jared Leto reprising their roles.[5] His Zaftig company signed a deal with Fox Entertainment, more recently.[6]



Year Title
Director Writer Producer Notes
2001 Cats & Dogs No Yes Co-producer Also voiced Dimitri Kennelkoff/The Russian
2003 Bad Santa No Yes No
Looney Tunes: Back in Action No Story No Uncredited
2005 Bad News Bears No Yes No
2009 I Love You Phillip Morris Yes Yes No
2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love Yes No No
2015 Focus Yes Yes No
2016 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Yes No No
2018 Smallfoot No Story Yes
2021 Jungle Cruise No Yes No

Executive producer


Year Title
Director Executive
Writer Notes
1998 The Wild Thornberrys No No Yes Episode "Flight of the Donnie"
1998-2000 The Angry Beavers No No Yes 16 episodes
2013 Back in the Game Yes Yes Yes Co-directed "Pilot", co-wrote "Who's on First"
2015-2018 Patriot No Yes No
2016–2018 This is Us Yes Yes No 7 episodes
2017 Controversy Yes Yes No TV Movie
2020 neXt Yes Yes No Co-directed "file #1"/"file #2"
2022 WeCrashed Yes Yes No


  1. ^ a b "Directors' Fortnight". March 20, 2011. Archived from the original on August 7, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  2. ^ "Writers Guild Awards". Writers Guild of America. 4 January 2011. Archived from the original on 8 January 2011.
  3. ^ "'Phillip Morris' duo to launch Zaftig Films". March 20, 2011.
  4. ^ "Filming Starts for the Taliban Shuffle Adaptation, Starring Tina Fey". February 11, 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  5. ^ "Joker and Harley Quinn Movie Coming from 'Crazy Stupid Love' Filmmakers (Exclusive)". 23 August 2017.
  6. ^ White, Peter (2020-10-05). "John Requa & Glenn Ficarra Strike Broadcast First-Look Deal With Fox Entertainment". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-10-06.

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