Josh Olson

Josh Olson is an American podcaster and screenwriter.

Josh Olson
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Josh Olson at the 2008 Screenwriting Expo
OccupationPodcast writer, Screenwriter

Various workEdit

In 2006, he was nominated for the British Academy Award, the Writer's Guild Award, the USC Scripter Award and the Academy Award for his adapted screenplay for A History of Violence. It did not win any of these awards and this is his most recent produced credit.

In 2006, Olson collaborated with Harlan Ellison on an adaptation of the author's short story "The Discarded" for ABC's series, "Masters of Science Fiction." Olson is also one of the writers of a segment of the six-story "Batmanime," Gotham Knight, along with David Goyer, Brian Azzarello and others, contributing the script for "Have I Got A Story For You." He and D. B. Weiss worked on Peter Jackson's film based on the Halo video game series, but the project was later cancelled.[1]

In 2007, Olson wrote an article called "The Life And Death Of Jesse James: An internet love mystery" about the alleged dating fraud activities of a woman named Janna St. James Priggie.[2]

He was the first writer on Jack Reacher, for Paramount Pictures, part of the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.[3] The film starred Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, and Werner Herzog. Ultimately, the film was written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie and A WGA decision afforded Olson no credit.[citation needed]

Podcast workEdit

Olson currently is focused podcasting, writing all ten episodes of the audio drama, Bronzeville, which is produced by and stars Laurence Fishburne and Larenz Tate. He is one of the hosts of the podcast, The Movies That Made Me, a spinoff of the website Trailers From Hell as well as The West Wing Thing, a podcast that critiques The West Wing from a leftist perspective. In 2020, he started Rainy Day Podcasts with Mick Jagger, Steve Bing, and Victoria Pearman. The company has a first look deal with Warner Brothers, and will produce original narrative podcasts.[4]


Year Title Notes
2002 Infested Also Director
2005 A History of Violence
2007 The Discarded An Episode of Masters of Science Fiction (Television)
2008 Batman: Gotham Knight Anthology film segment: Have I Got a Story for You (Direct to Video)


  1. ^ Fritz, Ben (October 31, 2006). "No home for 'Halo' pic". Variety. Archived from the original on 17 August 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2007. Commercial helmer Neill Blomkamp is still aboard to direct. "A History of Violence" scribe Josh Olson was doing the most recent rewrite.
  2. ^ Olson, Josh (10 October 2007). "The Life and Death of Jesse James". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on 23 November 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  3. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (2008-09-25). "Josh Olson scripting 'One Shot'". Variety. Archived from the original on 29 March 2020. Retrieved 29 March 2020. Paramount Pictures has tapped “A History of Violence” scribe Josh Olson to adapt the Lee Child-penned mystery “One Shot.” Story centers on a Dirty Harry-like homicide investigator who seeks the truth behind what seems an open-and-shut murder case after a trained military sniper is arrested for shooting five random victims.
  4. ^ Low, Elaine (2020-01-24). "Mick Jagger's Rainy Day Podcasts, Warner Bros. Digital Networks Sign First-Look Deal". Variety. Archived from the original on 24 January 2020. Retrieved 2020-03-29. [Olson] penned two seasons of the “Bronzeville: audio drama, exec produced by and starring Laurence Fishburne and Larenz Tate, and co-hosts the podcast “The Movies That Made Me” with director Joe Dante.

Further readingEdit

  • Olson, Josh (9 September 2009). "I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on 20 March 2018. Retrieved 2020-03-29. ... he wanted real criticism. They never do, of course. What they want is a few tough notes to give the illusion of honesty, and then some pats on the head. What they want — always — is encouragement, even when they shouldn’t get any.

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