Michael J. Wilson

Michael J. Wilson (born January 13, 1966) is an American screenwriter best known as the creator of the Ice Age movie franchise for 20th Century Fox. He became the second sole-creator of an animated movie franchise that went on to generate over $1 billion from theatrical and ancillary markets after only one sequel.

Michael J. Wilson
Notable work
Ice Age franchise (creator)
Shark Tale
The Tuxedo


Wilson contributed creatively to the films Little Giants and The Flintstones, and for television he co-created and executive produced the CBS series Sydney starring Valerie Bertinelli, Mathew Perry, and Craig Bierko.[1]

After working in television, Wilson created the Ice Age movie franchise for 20th Century Fox where he became the first of several screenwriters on the project. In 2002 Ice Age, starring Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary, was a box office success, received an Academy Award nomination, and became one of animation's highest grossing movies. Following the release of Ice Age, Wilson worked as writer on other family movies. He co-wrote the live-action movie The Tuxedo starring Jackie Chan and Jennifer Love Hewitt as well as the animated film Shark Tale for DreamWorks. After its release in 2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown, including theatrical markets (worldwide box office) and ancillary markets (home media, cable, merchandising, books, video games, TV series, theme parks, etc), pushed franchise total revenues to over ten figures.[1][2][3]

Wilson subsequently collaborated on the animated Italian production of Gladiators of Rome for Rainbow/Iginio Straffi, then returned to the Ice Age franchise as screenwriter for Ice Age: Collison Course (2016).[4]

Wilson also sold the original spec screenplay Samurai (aka Blood In Blood Out) with Gavin O'Connor to Warner Brothers, about the drug cartel money laundering world.

In 2017, Wilson wrote Crashing Star, an action-adventure comedy, now in pre-production (2019) for media giant Dalian Wanda and producer Audrey Wu/Dorra Marr Cultural Media.

In 2018 and 2019, he worked on an original musical drama motion picture with singer/songwriter/musician Jason Derulo & actress/dancer Ragon Miller to star Derulo.

In 2020, Wilson is currently writing a feature film based on"Gigantosaurus" (which was originally a children's book by Johnny Diddle before becoming an international tv success story) for Paris-based Cybergroup Studios.

Personal lifeEdit

Wilson is married with children and resides in a community north of Los Angeles.[5]


Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2003 Academy Awards Best Animated Feature Ice Age Nominated


  1. ^ a b "20th Century Fox Press Kit - Ice Age".
  2. ^ "The Numbers - Where Data and the Movie Business Meet". The Numbers. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  3. ^ Spangler, Todd (June 23, 2016). "'Ice Age: Collision Course' Mobile Game to Sell Movie Tickets for Regal Theaters". Variety (in American English). Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  4. ^ Fox, 20th Century. "Home | Ice Age Movies". Ice Age Movies (in American English). Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  5. ^ Dercksen, Daniel (July 6, 2016). "Ice Age: Collision Course is deeply rooted in the mythology of the original Ice Age". The Writing Studio (in British English). Retrieved May 27, 2017.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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