Justin Marks (writer)

Justin Marks is an American screenwriter, producer and television showrunner. He is best known for writing Disney's live-action remake of The Jungle Book and for creating and showrunning the Starz espionage thriller Counterpart.

Justin Marks
Alma materColumbia University
OccupationScreenwriter, producer, television showrunner
Years active2002–present


Marks graduated from Columbia College of Columbia University in 2002 and he studied architecture in college. During his senior year, he befriended a literary manager, who helped him launch his career in screenwriting.[1][2]


One of the first scripts he penned was Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li for 20th Century Fox.

A year prior, he had written a script for a potential He-Man film. Initially entitled Grayskull: The Masters of The Universe, the script was praised by fans yet was never used since the script was rewritten. With the film still being in development hell.

In July 2013, Marks was hired by Disney to write a live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book.[3] Jon Favreau came on board as director,[4] and the film was released in April 2016, grossing $966 million worldwide.

In June 2015, it was revealed that Marks was working on the screenplay for a sequel to the 1986 film Top Gun.[5] The film, titled Top Gun: Maverick, was released in theatres between May 24 and May 27, 2022, with Marks credited with co-writing the film's story with Peter Craig.[6][7]

In 2016, Marks was working on a Jungle Book sequel with Favreau returning as director.[8]

Marks created the Starz science-fiction thriller Counterpart, starring J. K. Simmons. The show was ordered straight-to-series for two 10-episode seasons.[9] The first episode premiered December 10, 2017.

In 2020, Marks and his wife Rachel Kondo started working on the upcoming TV adaptation of Shogun, the famous novel by James Clavell.[10]



Year Title Notes Distributor
2009 Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li Writer 20th Century Fox
2016 The Jungle Book Writer Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
2022 Top Gun: Maverick Story only Paramount Pictures


Year Title Writer Executive
Showrunner Creator Notes
2013 Rewind Yes Yes No No TV movie
2017-2019 Counterpart Yes Yes Yes Yes


  1. ^ "Get a manager". johnaugust.com. Retrieved 2020-06-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "What Was Your Favorite Film or Performance in 2017?". Columbia College Today. Retrieved June 20, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Justin Marks To Adapt Live-Action Jungle Book Reboot At Disney". Deadline Hollywood. July 9, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  4. ^ Fleming, Mike, Jr. (November 6, 2013). "Jon Favreau In Talks To Helm New Disney Adaptation Of Kipling's The Jungle Book". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Zumberge, Marianne (June 26, 2015). "'Top Gun 2' to Feature Maverick, Drone Warfare". Variety. Retrieved May 13, 2022.
  6. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony; Tartaglione, Nancy (September 1, 2021). "'Top Gun: Maverick' Flies From Thanksgiving To Memorial Day Weekend; 'Mission: Impossible 7' Ignites In Fall 2022". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 13, 2022.
  7. ^ "Top Gun: Maverick". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved May 13, 2022.
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (April 11, 2016). "Jungle Book 2 in the Works With Jon Favreau, Justin Marks (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Patten, Dominic (November 2, 2017). "Starz Sets JK Simmons Starrer Counterpart Premiere For Early 2018; Drops 1st Trailer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 23, 2020). "'Shōgun' "Re-Adaptation" With Writer Justin Marks Headed To Production At FX". deadline.com. Deadline. Retrieved February 2, 2021.

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