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Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are American screenwriters, best known for writing films together, like Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter, and Gods of Egypt.

Matt Sazama
Born
United States
NationalityAmerican
OccupationScreenwriter
Years active2014-present
Known forWriting films Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter, and Gods of Egypt.
Burk Sharpless
Born
United States
NationalityAmerican
OccupationScreenwriter
Years active2014-present
Known forWriting films Dracula Untold, The Last Witch Hunter, and Gods of Egypt.
Parent(s)John Sharpless

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CareerEdit

In August 2008, Sazama and Sharpless were hired by Sony Pictures Entertainment to write the script for the film adaptation of Flash Gordon, with Breck Eisner attached as director.[1]

In January 2011, 20th Century Fox hired Sazama and Sharpless to adapt Atari's 1980s arcade game Missile Command.[2] In August 2011, Universal hired Sazama and Sharpless to write the script for a feature film based on the Hasbro's board game Clue.[3] In September 2011, Chernin Entertainment bought an untitled pitch by Sazama and Sharpless, which was describes as a futuristic Jungle Book.[4]

Sazama and Sharpless wrote the script for the 2014 horror fantasy film Dracula Untold, starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, and Dominic Cooper.[5][6] The film was directed by Gary Shore, which released in the United States by Universal Pictures on October 10, 2014.[5][7]

Sazama and Sharpless wrote 2015 fantasy thriller film The Last Witch Hunter's script originally written by Cory Goodman, starring Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Julie Engelbrecht, and Michael Caine.[8] Breck Eisner directed the film which released on October 23, 2015 by Summit Entertainment.[8][9]

Sazama and Sharpless wrote the screenplay for the fantasy action film Gods of Egypt, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Gerard Butler, and Geoffrey Rush.[10] The film, directed by Alex Proyas, was released on February 26, 2016 by Lionsgate.[11]

In November 2015, Netflix announced a remake of the 1965 TV series Lost in Space, hiring Sazama and Sharpless to write.[12] Sazama and Sharpless rewrote the script of the 2017 Power Rangers reboot.[13]

Future projectsEdit

In June 2015, Walt Disney Pictures hired Sazama and Sharpless to write the live-action sequence of 1940's animated film Fantasia, titled Night on Bald Mountain, which they would also executive produce.[14] In 2017, it was announced that Sony Pictures hired to duo to pen the script for the film adaptation of Marvel Comics character, Morbius, the Living Vampire. The movie is set to be part of their shared universe titled Sony's Marvel Universe.[15]

FilmographyEdit

Year Project Co-writer(s) Notes
2014 Dracula Untold
2015 The Last Witch Hunter Cory Goodman
2016 Gods of Egypt
2017 Power Rangers John Gatins, Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney Story
2018 Lost in Space Showrunners, executive producers
2020 Morbius In pre-production

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sazama and Sharpless to Write Flash Gordon - SuperHeroHype". SuperHeroHype. August 7, 2008. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Graser, Marc (January 11, 2011). "Atari arms 'Missile Command' for bigscreen". Variety. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  3. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (August 3, 2011). "Universal Drops 'Clue'; Gore Verbinski Moves Forward With Hasbro Cash And New Writers". Deadline. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  4. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (September 28, 2011). "Peter Chernin And Gore Verbinski Landing Futuristic Pitch". Deadline. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Schaefer, Sandy (September 25, 2014). "'Dracula Untold' Featurette: The Man Behind the Monster". Screen Rant. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  6. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (February 10, 2012). "Universal Revives 'Dracula Year Zero' With Director Gary Shore". Deadline. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  7. ^ "Dracula Untold (2014)". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Marshall, Rick (October 14, 2015). "Watch Vin Diesel battle bad witches in new clip from The Last Witch Hunter". Digital Trends. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  9. ^ "The Last Witch Hunter (2015)". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  10. ^ Sneider, Jeff (May 17, 2012). "Proyas in talks for Summit's 'Gods of Egypt'". Variety. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  11. ^ Evans, Greg (November 28, 2015). "'Gods Of Egypt': 'Selma' Director Ava DuVernay Responds To Alex Proyas & Lionsgate Apology For Lack Of Diversity - Update". Deadline. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 20, 2015). "'Lost In Space' TV Series Remake In Works At Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  13. ^ Trumbore, Dave (August 11, 2015). "Exclusive: 'Power Rangers' Movie Characters Names and Descriptions Revealed". Collider. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  14. ^ Ford, Rebecca (June 3, 2015). "Disney to Adapt Iconic 'Fantasia' Sequence Into Live-Action Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  15. ^ Dave Trumbore (November 13, 2017). "'Morbius': Marvel's Living Vampire Movie in the Works as a 'Spider-Man' Spin-off". Retrieved November 13, 2017.

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