Glenn Ficarra

Glenn Ficarra (born May 27, 1971) is an American writer, producer, actor and director.

Glenn Ficarra
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Glenn Ficarra at the Sydney Crazy, Stupid, Love. premiere in September 2011.
OccupationScreenwriter, film director, film producer, actor

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 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]



Year Film
Director Writer Producer
2001 Cats & Dogs No Yes Yes
2003 Bad Santa No Yes No
Looney Tunes: Back in Action No Story (uncredited) No
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
TBA Untitled Harley Quinn and Joker Project Yes Yes Yes

Executive Producer


Year Film
Director Writer Executive
1998 The Wild Thornberrys No Yes No Episode "Flight of the Donnie"
1998-2000 The Angry Beavers No Yes No 16 episodes
2013 Back in the Game Yes Yes Yes Directed "Pilot", wrote "Who's on First"
2015–2018 Patriot No No Yes
2016–2019 This is Us Yes No Yes 7 episodes
2020 NeXt No No Yes


  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.
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