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Ken Nolan (/ˈnlən/) is an American screenwriter and novelist best known for adapting the 2001 biographical war film Black Hawk Down[1] from the non-fiction book of the same name.[2]

Ken Nolan
OccupationWriter
NationalityAmerican
EducationUniversity of Oregon
GenreWar, biographical, historical fiction, thriller, military fiction, action adventure
Notable worksBlack Hawk Down
The Company
Transformers: The Last Knight
Notable awardsWGA Award for Television

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Life and careerEdit

Nolan was born in Detroit and raised in Buffalo, New York and Portland, Oregon.[3] He applied twice to the UCLA Film School but was turned down both times.[4] He ultimately attended the University of Oregon, earning an English degree. He moved to Los Angeles, California in the early 1990s to pursue a career as a screenwriter, working at Richard Dreyfuss' company using The Screenwriter's Workbook by Syd Field as a guide.[5] He wrote several screenplays before breaking through in 1994, writing a series of spec scripts for Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures.

His first produced screenplay was an adaptation of Mark Bowden's 1999 non-fiction book Black Hawk Down, which was ultimately made into an Academy Award-winning film of the same name by Ridley Scott.[6] He initially wrote a 60-page treatment and writing a total of eight drafts before Scott was attached to the project by producer Jerry Bruckheimer.[7] Nolan was one of several writers (including Steven Zaillian,[8] Stephen Gaghan, Eric Roth[9])[10] who contributed to the final shooting script, though he was the only one receive on-screen credit.

Nolan next major project was the TNT miniseries The Company, for which he received a for which he received a Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Long Form – Adapted.[11] In early 2015, he published his first novel, The Spawn.[12][13]

He replaced Ehren Kruger as the writer of the Transformers film series, penning the latest entry Transformers: The Last Knight and the as-yet untitled spin-off film.[14] Nolan wrote Only the Brave, a 2017 drama film which, like Black Hawk Down, is a work of historical fiction based on true events.

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PrintEdit

  • The Spawn (2015)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN: 'Black Hawk Down' - Script Magazine". Script Magazine. 2016-01-21. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  2. ^ "Ken Nolan". www.writersstore.com. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  3. ^ "Writing "Black Hawk Down"". Screenwriting from Iowa. 2010-04-03. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  4. ^ "Writing "Black Hawk Down"". Screenwriting from Iowa. 2010-04-03. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  5. ^ "Writing "Black Hawk Down"". Screenwriting from Iowa. 2010-04-03. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  6. ^ "FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN: 'Black Hawk Down' - Script Magazine". Script Magazine. 2016-01-21. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  7. ^ "Writing "Black Hawk Down"". Screenwriting from Iowa. 2010-04-03. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  8. ^ "FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN: 'Black Hawk Down' - Script Magazine". Script Magazine. 2016-01-21. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  9. ^ Boggs, Carl (2017-07-05). The Hollywood War Machine: U.S. Militarism and Popular Culture. Routledge. ISBN 9781351543606.
  10. ^ Niemi, Robert (2006). History in the Media: Film and Television. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9781576079522.
  11. ^ "2008 Writers Guild Awards Winners Announced". Writers Guild of America, West. Archived from the original on 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  12. ^ "Ken Nolan". Simon & Schuster.
  13. ^ Nolan, Ken (2015-02-15). The Spawn. Permuted Platinum. ISBN 9781618685131.
  14. ^ "TRANSFORMERS: Akiva Goldsman Adds Ken Nolan and Geneva Robertson to Writers' Room". Collider. 2015-06-04. Retrieved 2017-09-15.

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