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James Platten Vanderbilt (born November 17, 1975)[2][3] is an American screenwriter and film producer. He is best known for the films Zodiac (2007), White House Down (2013), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) and Murder Mystery (2019).

James Vanderbilt
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Vanderbilt at the premiere of The Losers
James Platten Vanderbilt

November 17, 1975 (1975-11-17) (age 43)
OccupationScreenwriter, director
Amber Freeman (m. 2005)

Early lifeEdit

A member of the Vanderbilt family of New York, James Vanderbilt is the son of Alison Campbell (née Platten) and Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt III.[4] His paternal grandfather, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt Jr., once chaired the New York Racing Association, and his maternal grandfather, Donald Campbell Platten, was the chief executive and chairman of Chemical Bank.[1][2][5]

Vanderbilt was raised in Norwalk, Connecticut and attended school in New Canaan, Connecticut.[6] He is a graduate of St. Paul's School and the University of Southern California.[1]


Year Film Writer Producer Director Notes
2003 Darkness Falls Yes No Jonathan Liebesman
Basic Yes Yes John McTiernan
The Rundown Yes No Peter Berg
2007 Zodiac Yes Yes David Fincher
2010 The Losers Yes No Sylvain White
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man Yes No Marc Webb
2013 White House Down Yes Yes Roland Emmerich
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Story No Marc Webb
2015 Truth Yes Yes Himself Directorial debut
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence[7] Yes No Roland Emmerich First draft[8]
2018 The Meg Yes No Jon Turteltaub Uncredited Script
Slender Man No Yes Sylvain White
The House with a Clock in Its Walls No Yes Eli Roth
Altered Carbon No executive TV series
2019 Murder Mystery Yes Yes Kyle Newacheck
Ready or Not No Yes Matt Bettinelli-Olpin
Tyler Gillett


  1. ^ a b c Saroyan, Strawberry (2005-05-22). "Amber Freeman and Jamie Vanderbilt". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b Johnston, Laure (1975-12-06). "Notes on People". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-06-04.
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  5. ^ Barron, James (1991-08-27). "Donald C. Platten, Ex-Chairman Of Chemical Bank, Is Dead at 72". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "Hersam Acorn Newspapers Archives". New Canaan Advertiser, The. May 5, 2005.
  7. ^ Liam Hemsworth Eyed to Star in ‘Independence Day’ Sequel
  8. ^ Barton, Steve (January 27, 2015). "Liam Hemsworth Beats Off Aliens on Independence Day". Dread Central. Retrieved May 3, 2017.

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