The DVD commentary for Bad News Bears revealed that Requa was to have had a bit role in the film, but it was not shot.
Requa and Ficarra directed Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor in their screenplay I Love You Phillip Morris. For their writing on this film, Requa and Ficarra received a nomination for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Requa grew up in Burien, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, graduating from Burien's Highline High School in 1985. His talents as a writer were evident when he wrote and performed in a skit for his senior year Homecoming assembly titled "Fernbusters." It was a morphing of Ghostbusters and the Christmas Trees sketch from Saturday Night Live. In it, Requa played the killer fern. For another assembly later that year he wrote a skit about an almighty creator named Sven.
Requa attended Highline at the same time as Dana Newton, who became a senior producer on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Randy Dixon who is an internationally known improv artist who heads Unexpected Productions in Seattle, and Mike Starr who was the original Bassist for Alice in Chains and recently seen on season three of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
As best as is known, all of John Requa's professional work has been in association with his writing partner Glenn Ficarra.
Requa and Ficarra wrote numerous episodes of The Angry Beavers, an animated show in production on Nickelodeon from 1997 until 2001. Their first episode was season two's Kandid Kreatures which they followed with Dag for Night, Un-Barry-ble, Zooing Time, Sans-a-Pelt and Gonna Getcha. They went on to write eleven more episodes over the remaining three seasons of the show.
|2001||Cats & Dogs||No||Yes||Yes|
|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|
|2016||Whiskey Tango Foxtrot||Yes||No||No|
|TBA||Untitled Harley Quinn and Joker Project||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|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"|
|2016–2018||This is Us||Yes||No||Yes||7 episodes|
- "Jim Carrey Set for Phillip Morris".
- "Writers Guild Awards". Writers Guild of America. 4 January 2011. Archived from the original on 8 January 2011.
- Madigan, Nick (July 12, 2001). "Requa and Ficarra: From Art House to Dog's House". Variety.[dead link]
- Macdonald, Moira (July 30, 2011). "'Crazy, Stupid, Love' directors hit the Hollywood big time". The Seattle Times. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
Requa grew up in Burien and graduated from Highline High School.
- "The Angry Beavers Episode Guide".
- "Filming Starts for the Taliban Shuffle Adaptation, Starring Tina Fey". comingsoon.net. February 11, 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2015.